Ask your child to pretend to be her favourite character for a day. “What would Yudhishtir have done in this situation?”
Today’s deteriorating environment demands that we teach our children the importance of ecological conservation. Read the Passions and Pursuits article in this issue on ‘Children and the Environment’ to see how we can inculcate a love for the environment in our children.
So as you have probably guessed by reading the listed examples, teaching your child is not rocket science. It does not have to be about sitting down for an hour each day and making her solve worksheets. You can teach her effortlessly and easily at home. All it demands is a little bit of creativity from you. Every conversation you have, every activity you jointly do can be an interesting learning experience for both of you! Keep talking to your child, answer her questions, correct her mistakes, praise her efforts and encourage her to look for answers from you.
Words of Wisdom
ParentEdge spoke to Mrs. Jaya Suri, Founder and Principal, Tiny Twinklers and Twinklers School, to explore how parents could teach their children at home through simple and creative exercises. Suri is trained in the Montessori way of teaching and has a Post Graduate degree in Education, along with a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management. She has been working in the field of education for the past 36 years.
Why is it important for parents to take it upon themselves to ‘educate’ the child, and not just leave it to the schools?
When children are young, it is very important for a child to reflect on the world around him and every new bit of information that he absorbs. The parent must keep an eye on this, and help facilitate this reflection and understanding. However, a parent must understand that the child has already been programmed; you can’t change the fundamentals of the child. Instead, you must persevere to bring out whatever is there in the child. In the name of ‘educating’ the child, you cannot force- feed him to learn.
I remember an incident with one of our students. He was sleeping in his cot watching his mother place the mosquito net around him. All of a sudden, he said, “That is a rectangle!” – this shows the power of observation of a child. What you can do is help your child do what he does best. That is how you educate him.