What is the best way to educate kids? Or, how can we as parents and teachers contribute best in educating our kids?
This is the first question, that we ask ourselves when we are ready to have a school for our kids.
Because we know they are just kids, it is difficult to expect that they would know it all.
They probably will have thousands of ifs, but's, what's and why's. That is when our roles come into play.
Every parent is a home educator, as time passes by it is not only the kids who learn but as an individual as a parent, we too learn and see ourselves growing with them.
There’s a big world of questions out there and getting your children ready for this is a very big responsibility. As parents, you should be strong and ready enough to expose your children to as many meaningful experiences as possible.
The major goal in educating a child should be to foster a lifelong love of learning.
Kids will never know the importance of education until they see us valuing it every day with them.
Every parent/teacher should interact with kids in a way such that they feel what they study or do in schools is so essential for them. Ask them questions about what they do or how are they seeing these things. No child will ever on its own realize that education is a part of them. It is us who can make them feel that way.
Following principles or tested methods can help these kids get the best education:
- Interact with them on daily basis – I am sure all the parents will agree, that it is a very difficult task expecting that kids would come on their own and tell you what was fruitful for them today and what was not. We ourselves have to understand and frame the questions in a way that we know they will get it and will communicate with us what so ever. For example, what is it, who is it, can you show what did you do, why did you do it etc. Setting aside a few minutes of your day just for them, working with them, playing with them will help them believe in what they do.
- Help them learn the basic values that will help them become a better human being – Early year learnings and teachings should contain themes and values that are necessary for them that includes helping, sharing, using three magical words, being polite, forgiving and others. Children don’t learn these behaviours automatically, yet they are an essential part of being a well-rounded adult. Starting these early will yield positive benefits in the future.
- Encourage them by appreciating their efforts and not the achievements – For young children, appreciating efforts is at least as important as the achievement. Praising the effort, they have made shows that we support them through the full process and notice their small triumphs. It’s important to note that adults don’t do things equally well either, but the effort is still appreciated.
- Volunteer at your child’s school – It is a very big deal to the children and the teachers when parents help out at the school. There are multiple ways through which they can contribute by attending parent-teacher meetings, following up with the teacher every week or month to ensure that everything is working out fine for the child and others.
- It is not just about Schools – Explore the world with them at every opportunity. You may travel with your kids, organize a day trip or weekend trip, teach them about history, geography and diversity of cultures, traditions and customs.
- Make them aware of the things that are around us – Exposing them to as many artistic and social highlights such as Museums, Zoos, Historical Places and Cultural Events happening around. This will help them broaden their horizons and possibly excite lifelong interests, hobbies and passions.
- Be Generous with your Affection – Let your child feel your love and affection for the people in your life. Talk to you children about how much you love and appreciate them. Show your love in unexpected ways. I can practically guarantee you that the more you say "I love you" to your child, the more your child will say "I love you" back. The more hugs and kisses you give, the more your home will be filled with love and affection. And when our children feel free to express their love to us, we instil in them perhaps the greatest value of all.