Ed­u­ca­tion Role of par­ents in ed­u­ca­tion

Mid Day - - EDUCATION - SHAMEEM KHAN ◼ ◼ ◼

A child’s first school is his homH and his first tHachHr is thH mothHr/fathHr. WH sug­gest a few tips on how par­ents can be­come their chil­dren’s learn­ing mod­els...

THE grow­ing up years of chil­dren are times of learn­ing where kids evolve into ma­ture, sen­si­ble and sen­si­tive adults. How­ever, one thing that is and should be con­stant is the par­ent’s role in their chil­dren’s up­bring­ing. It is their at­ti­tudes about ed­u­ca­tion which is a source of in­spi­ra­tion for the chil­dren and helps them with a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of their own ed­u­ca­tional jour­ney. So how can a par­ent help in this re­gard is what we need to un­der­stand. In the early years of a child, par­ents need to be con­stantly with them--ex­plor­ing na­ture, read­ing to­gether, play­ing to­gether and be­ing by their side talk­ing about their daily ex­pe­ri­ences and thereby un­der­stand­ing the world and its hap­pen­ing around them. When the child be­gins for­mal school, the par­ent’s job is to show him how school will fur­ther help him in his learn­ing jour­ney. Through guid­ance and reg­u­lar prac­tise, par­ents help their kids to or­ga­nize their time and play and thus help them to learn new things in and out of school. One of the most im­por­tant things a par­ent can do is no­tice her child. Is he so­cial or an in­tro­vert, is he into gad­gets or the cre­ative kind, what sub­jects in­ter­est him, etc? This un­der­stand­ing helps to iden­tify the in­ter­ests of the child and ex­plore it. Dif­fer­ent chil­dren have dif­fer­ent modal­i­ties to study and learn. Some learn vis­ually through images while oth­ers pre­fer tactile ex­pe­ri­ences, like build­ing block tow­ers and work­ing with clay. While some are good lis­ten­ers, oth­ers are good at ob­ser­va­tions. By pay­ing at­ten­tion to how your child learns, you may use the abil­ity for bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of sub­jects like ex­plain­ing tough top­ics by draw­ing pic­tures to­gether, cre­at­ing charts, build­ing mod­els, singing songs and even mak­ing up rhymes. Many teachers en­cour­age par­ents to help their young chil­dren learn in a non-stress­ful en­vi­ron­ment where prac­tise helps in a big way. This may in­clude go­ing over ba­sic count­ing skills, mul­ti­pli­ca­tion ta­bles or let­ter recog­ni­tion, de­pend­ing on the needs and learn­ing level of your child. It is a good idea for par­ents to in­cul­cate the habit of read­ing in their chil­dren. This helps chil­dren in un­der­stand­ing the struc­ture and vo­cab­u­lary of good lit­er­a­ture and helps them in get­ting their gram­mar right too. Let kids pick the books they like. Book se­ries are great for re­luc­tant read­ers. Make learn­ing part of your child’s ev­ery­day ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially when it comes out of your child’s nat­u­ral ques­tions.

Sup­ple­ment­ing school with out­side ac­tiv­i­ties yet be­ing ju­di­cious enough to know how much you let or urge your child to do. Kids need down­time as much as they may need to pur­sue ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties. mon­i­tor your child to see that he is truly en­joy­ing what he is do­ing.

It is in the hands of the par­ents to keep chil­dren away from dis­trac­tions like lim­it­ing tele­vi­sion view­ing time, gad­get us­age etc. Help them with books, toys, crafts and friends helps chil­dren to de­velop their own skills and use their leisure time ef­fec­tively.

Learn­ing some­thing new your­self is a great way to model the learn­ing process for your child. Take up a new lan­guage or craft, or read about an un­fa­mil­iar topic. You’ll gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of what your child is go­ing through and your child may learn study skills by watch­ing you study.

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