Parenting Lesson 30 - Schooling and Education

Topics covered in this lesson-

  1. What and How to teach child at home?

  2. What type of activities I should make my child do for his development?

  3. When to send your child to pre-school and school?

  4. How to select a school for your child?

What and How to teach child at home?

The home is the first school for every child, at home they learn many things with their parents. Few important things that every child should learn are

● Reading

● Writing

● Speaking in their mother tongue

● Doing laundry etc

The above mentioned are some of the few things that a child will do if they are guided properly by parents. Child love playing when they are small, and they try to copy their parents most of the time. Parents can engage their child by teaching them the basic value or understanding of the daily things that they use to do.

Set up a place for schoolwork which helps to set the routine and expectation that there is learning to be done. This might be the corner of the dinner table, a desk in the study or a table in the garage. Ensure there is good lighting.

Involve your child in planning the day and allow them to decide the order of their lessons. Set a time for each activity. The timer could be used here, or you can find different timers on the internet to change things up.

If your child is older and doing some independent work, you can work on your own activity at the same time. Setting a timer for you both can make you both very productive.

If possible, spend some time outside. Study plants close take photos of interesting ones pull up weeds and study the roots. Look for insects or other animals. Watch water from a bucket flow downhill and build dams to move the water where you want. Listen to bird calls and learn their names and the patterns of their feathers. Find places to climb, play hide and seek, or sing songs loudly for fun.

What type of activities I should make my child do for his development?

Engaging activities and games will excite your young one, get them away from the TV/iPad, and at the same time you can make them learn. It’s time for them to indulge in extracurricular activities these are any activity done outside of (extra) their academics (curriculum). Some of the most common activities are:

● Dance: Most introverted children find dance as a great form of expression. This type of co-curricular activity builds confidence, coordination and intelligence in children and adults.

● Sports: Get your son or daughter to be a part of a sport and watch them grow physically, mentally and emotionally. They learn to make decisions on behalf of the team and look at the big picture. This is a very tough skill to teach a child, but a sport can help them learn this very easily.

● Cooking: Cooking a healthy meal for yourself or a loved one is a simple yet extremely important task. Learning to follow the recipe, mixing the right ingredients, experimenting, appreciating new dishes, learning about nutrition and sharing.

● Swimming: Swimming classes help create awareness, especially about personal safety and fighting back in an emergency. It is a basic life-skill. It also helps children develop personal growth, which helps with self-development and self-confidence.

● Gymnastics: It is a form of organized activity. It helps young children develop mental and physical strength and it is a fun way to remain fit. This extracurricular activity has something for every child. You can jump, run, flip, roll, swing and use all that built up energy, in every class. Most sports require a certain age, but gymnastics is an exception.

When to send your child to pre-school and school?

Your child is 3 after all – but you aren’t quite sure. Whether to enroll your child in preschool is a big decision but there are some key indicators that can help you to decide if she's ready to take that first step into a classroom.

● How old is your child?

According to educators, preschool is the 2 years before a child begins kindergarten. Some preschools set a minimum age for when they'll accept kids.

● Does he follow directions?

There usually aren't super strict rules in preschool, but it is expected that your child can follow simple instructions. Pre-schoolers are usually asked to clean up, follow snack guidelines, walk in a line with the rest of the class, and other assorted jobs.

● Can You Understand What He Is Saying?

No 3-year-old is expected to speak perfectly, but in general, people should be able to understand what they are saying. Likewise, they should be able to hear and understand you.

● How Well Does She Transition?

Most preschools are on a pretty set schedule—from carpet time to playtime to craft time to snack time—so if he's not good at transitioning, this is something you'll need to work on.

● Has She Been Away from You?

For kids that have been in day care, this is a no-brainer. But for children who have one parent who stays at home with them all day, separating can be an issue. If you've never left your child before, you may want to start. For short periods of time, leave her with your mom while you run to the grocery store or with a neighbour while you go for a quick walk around the block.

How to select a school for your child?

There are several parameters than can help you to select a good school for your child. Some of them are:

Gather information about schools:

You can talk to friends and family and find information on the Internet, in consumer magazines, or in other published resources. Another approach is that you can make phone calls, collect written material from different schools and look for reports in your local paper to get the information to understand about

● Curriculum: What courses does the school offer in addition to the core subjects? Does the school provide enrichment opportunities for all students? Does the school have extracurricular activities that support what is taught?

● Approach of teaching: Does the school have a approach to teaching and learning e.g. (group projects, individual assignments etc.)

● Teachers behavioural policy: What does the school do to help develop character and citizenship? What is the discipline policy? How does the school handle students who misbehave? Do school personnel call parents when students are absent? Does the school have a dress code?

● Safety, Facilities & Services: Is there a well-stocked library where students can check out books and do research? Are reading materials available in other languages? Is use of the Internet monitored? Is time provided in the day for students to go to the library?

● Academic Performance: Is time provided in the day for students to go to the library? How many students leave the school before completing the last grade? What special achievements or recognition has the school received?

The above factor should only be applicable when you analyse what is the need of your child. Your child needs, Your child learning style, Location of school etc.