When children join a kindergarten, most parents feel that ‘academic’ learning is the only learning left for children. So they lay emphasis more on rote learning and drill-based activities like writing a letter or number 30 times!
Children pick up life skills everyday and learn from parents the most. So, as parents, you must help your children develop the thinking brain that is in charge of executive functions like goal directed behavior, self-discipline, resisting distractions, working memory, adjusting to change, controlling emotions and the ability to make correct decisions.
Here are some simple activities and ideas that you can do at home and facilitate early learners to become ‘thinking’ learners:
Stressing out your child to rote learn and complete senseless drill activities is not going to contribute to your child’s success. Play these simple games and shape up the learning environment at home and see your children blossom!
Happy Teacher’s Day to every parent!
About the author: Dr Swati Popat Vats is the Director of Podar Jumbo Kids and President of the Podar Education Network. Swati is an educator, author, educational entrepreneur, parenting expert and nature advocate who understands learning as something not restricted to schools but part of everyday living. She is also the President of the Early Childhood Association (India).