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Influence on a child.

Discuss why these items might be the most significant to you: Home influence on attitudes and perceptions, School influences on attitudes and perceptions, and Community influence on attitudes and perceptions.

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I have always been well aware of the fact that children's learning and development are first influenced by home. Since I was a young girl, I have thought about the fact that many people have the same religion, politics, and beliefs as their parents and the other members of their family. As a teacher, I have seen this over and over again. I also know it is true in my own life. I certainly don't have the same religious or political beliefs as my parents; however, my father was a principal and my mother was a second grade teacher. I have been a teacher for 25 years now, and I think it was because I was immersed in education literally for my entire life.

There are so many ways in which a person's home influences their life. I was adopted, but I always knew it. My home environment was full of love and my parents made a point to make me feel like I was chosen. They parented me in a way that made me feel like I was their own child, but yet they also made discipline and education a priority. Of course our family's attitude included education as an important part of its center. Our home was very structured and yet in some ways it was extremely flexible. In my entire extended family, all of the adults demonstrated positive attitudes and behavior toward responsibilities in life, school and learning.

We also had lots of appropriate ways to play and be creative. My parents provided enriching cultural and social experiences during my childhood. We went on many vacations and I visited libraries, museums, zoos, historical sites, and other places of interest. I was exposed to problem-solving strategies from an early age and I was allowed to ...

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I have always been well aware of the fact that children's learning and development are first influenced by home. There are so many ways in which a person's home influences their life. My parents were Great Depression Era in age range, and were authoritative in parenting style. They balanced acceptance with limits, and tried to be democratic. All of these characteristics associated with home were one layer of influence on me. All of these characteristics associated with home were one layer of influence on me. I would say that these characteristic are the deepest and had the most impact on shaping me. Formal schooling then added another layer of influence to my life, providing even more opportunities in the social, physical, intellectual, creative, and emotional domains. As a child, community was important for me and it influenced me in many ways too.

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