As parents, we all want to provide our children with the best possible education and learning environment; but, many of us are so wrapped up in the daily grind that we forget why children need to learn these things.
Why do children need to be “educated”?
- provide children with such “life skills” that will assist them in comprehending and appreciating the ever-changing aspects of the world we live in.
- allow them to use their sensory organs to gather information
- Recognize critical knowledge that is important to the issue at hand.
- develop new ideas using the gathered information
- develop the ability to communicate the information you want in the manner you want
- develop a sense of imagination
- improve the ability to solve a problem in a specific amount of time
- build up skills that will enable them to understand and respond to new concepts and situations in a logical manner
- develop skills to judge situations from the right perspective.
Study time stressbusters :
So far so good…but how do you get your child to enjoy the “homework time” which many of us parents have come to dread? Here are a few pointers that will hopefully make your life a little easier when it comes to studying time.
- Explain to the child that the study patterns and lifestyle she builds during the school day are small stepping stones that will help her inch closer to her long-term objectives. So, if her “current” future goal is to become a rock star, tell her that these routines will teach her perseverance and thinking “out of the box” which is important in the music industry.
- From a young age, instil in him the value of time management. Tell him that everyone has the same amount of time, the difference lies in what we do with it. Sit with him and work out a doable plan which allows him enough time for all activities including playtime. Let him not view homework as a chore that needs to be done as soon as possible.
- Encourage her to see her study material as “fun stuff” to be discovered, understood and experimented with by the two of you. For example, if she is reading about evaporation, take her to the kitchen, boil some water and watch the vapour together. To internalise the idea, touch it, smell it, and promote the use of all five senses.
- Introduce him to the practice of writing up notes; that is, ask him to write some sentences about any topic which has interested in a class that day. This will help them learn the art of putting their thoughts into words.
- Instil the habit of leisure reading in her. Reading is one of the most beneficial brain activities. Introduce her to books that are related to what she is learning at school; for example, if she is studying the Alps, read “Heidi” with her. If you buy school books in online or kids storybooks online, school basix is the best online school store in India.
- Assign small chores for him to do and praise her efforts however small they are. Avoid constant criticism which will dampen his confidence.
Let me sign off by saying that although study time is important, it is equally important to keep in mind that they are a child. Help them create wonderful memories about these “wonder years’ and allow them some time each day to do what children enjoy best…unstructured playtime.