There’s lots to learn this sum­mer

7 Days in Dubai - - FAMILY -

Whether school hol­i­days are to be spent here or in cooler climes, it’s im­por­tant for par­ents to re­mem­ber that chil­dren never stop learn­ing. The long hol­i­day could be the per­fect time for a re­think in terms of fam­ily in­ter­ac­tion and time spent to­gether. Kim Tay­lor is an ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ist who has been in­stru­men­tal in putting to­gether the cur­ricu­lum for Clar­ion School, an Amer­i­can pro­gres­sive school set to open in Dubai in time for the new aca­demic year. This sum­mer, she urges par­ents to be­come more con­scious of how they in­ter­act with their kids, in a bid to ‘scaf­fold’ ex­pe­ri­ences and learn­ing for the young ones. Kim ex­plains: “It’s so im­por­tant for par­ents to take time with chil­dren, to ask open ques­tions and get re­sponses and also to let chil­dren lead at times. Even if you have to set a re­minder on your phone twice a day, just to get into the habit, it is im­por­tant to let your child lead. “It is re­ally im­por­tant to scaf­fold ex­pe­ri­ences and model things rather than just get through the day. That means ex­plain­ing things and hav­ing that con­ver­sa­tion, in­volv­ing them in your process and de­vel­op­ing that re­la­tion­ship with them.” Even a sim­ple shop­ping trip to Spin­neys is the per­fect ex­am­ple of an ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for young­sters in terms of learn­ing and un­der­stand­ing. Kim says: “When you are go­ing on an er­rand for ex­am­ple, it’s im­por­tant not to just take them along with you. “You should ex­plain what you are look­ing for and then the whole ex­pe­ri­ence opens up that con­ver­sa­tion - what is qual­ity and how do you know what qual­ity is? What else should we be look­ing for? It is im­por­tant to let them into your thought process.” In our busy world, it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber how even sim­ple things are brand new to young chil­dren. And that’s some­thing that can help fam­i­lies en­joy their time to­gether much more. Mak­ing a con­scious ef­fort is im­por­tant for both child and par­ent. Kim gives a per­fect ex­am­ple: “Try to take dic­ta­tion for fun. If you write down what your child thinks about some­thing you can save that as a won­der­ful arte­fact - this is what this amaz­ing per­son thought of some­thing as a five years old. Par­ents are their chil­dren’s most im­por­tant pri­mary teach­ers.”

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