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Even before kids enter the realm of formal education in schools, parents are their first teachers. A positive learning environment at home is a must for kids to understand that education can be fun and also the most powerful weapon to change the world.
Instilling a desire to learn is the precursor to education. Instead of making ‘mistakes’ a monster, we can offer kids soft cushions to land on, when they fail. Risk-taking is also a form of learning.
The other ways you can build an educational environment at home include offering them a good listening ear, celebrating the uniqueness of every child and more. Start GALLERY.
Let your kids understand the practical implications of education. Watch documentaries and educational videos on the TV with them. Encourage their curiosity. Take time to weave heavy, jargon-laden phenomenon by weaving stories around them. You can personify abstract constructs like gravity. Giving concepts a form that they can relate to will not only make education more enjoyable but also relevant.
Have their artwork and accomplishments posted on the walls. Visits to museums, libraries, planetariums, historically significant monuments or arranging travels where kids can get an understanding of the wildlife and natural marvels are healthy ways of building an educational environment at home. It is more likely to inculcate a favourable attitude towards learning and arouse a sense of wonder for the world.
The fact they want to touch everything they see is a sign of kids’ readiness to interact with their environment. They are inquisitive about how stuff works.
Early age is the best time to channelise this keenness. Simple, day-to-day activities like counting money, using a piggy bank to save money, picking vegetables, grocery shopping, fixing a broken toy or reading aloud from newspapers contain latent life lessons.
If you talk your kids through these activities, their understanding of language, mathematics and mechanics amongst other subjects will be supplemented with a strong foundation.
Gadgets have become an inseparable part of our existence. We need to encourage kids to participate in active play to make up for passive play involving screen time.
Outdoor toys, jump ropes, sandboxes, Lego, clay modelling, board games like Scrabble, the Rubik’s Cube, items for playing house and the likes are great ways to build an educational environment at home. These are ideal for prompting discovery, creativity with leadership, social and problem-solving skills.
When you watch a play/movie, read a book, listen to music or expose your kids to any other form of art, inspire them to voice their opinions about what they witness. Ask them to review these with star ratings.
It can go a long way in building an educational environment at home. This will help them think for themselves, develop their language faculties, help them reason and express their views.
They will also learn that their outlook matters, nurturing an independent attitude. Gently push them to self-assess their work and develop their own standards.
Children articulate their learning in different ways. They respond to different mediums. Forcing them to conform only to reading materials may lead to frustration. If they like to scribble, talk to them about what their masterpieces represent.
Kids can also comprehend things by hearing and touching. Let their reading be accompanied with pictures, audio-visual aids or a hand’s on activity.
Finding out their preferred medium and motivating them in that direction is a conducive way of building an educational environment at home.
Ensure that your preschooler’s diet is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, complex carbohydrates and other nutrients that boost brain power. Whole-grains, yogurts and beans among other foods help the memory function.
Brightly coloured fruits and nuts like almonds are bursting with Vitamin E. Fish, walnuts and flaxseeds are great sources of Omega-3. You can also fuel your kids with oatmeal for breakfast to retain their concentration during the day.
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