Parenting can be considered as one of the most versatile of roles because as a parent, you have to stretch yourself to the maximum. You’ll be called a mother/father but you also have to be a cook, a nanny, a playmate to your kid/s, an organizer, a hired help and a teacher. However, juggling things between being a parent and assuming all those roles can be a bit tiring. You won’t see the aftermath of being busy actually until the first day that you send your child to school.
It’s not something new to hear that your kids are wailing once you left them alone within the premises of their prep school. No wonder they’d act like that especially if you forgot to introduce them to schooling. It’s no rocket science to help your kids learn but as parents, preventing their in school is likely to start the day that they open their eyes and look at you.
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You are your child’s best teacher
Your child’s education always starts at home. The way you teach them will always be embedded to their system. Whether or not your child would enjoy school would depend on how you train them for it. Of course you don’t have to expose them to learning Mathematics or English or Science immediately but that you have to consider preparing them with regular activities that they would later associate with learning.
The first year of his life is crucial to learning. (0-12 months)
Making your child feel loved as a baby is very important. They should feel secure within the confines of your home and you should be able to establish that trust between you. During the first six months, your child will still be dependent on you but they’ll start observing things themselves. Hanging a colorful mobile over your baby’s head can stimulate their responses early on and will help you develop it easier as they go along.. It’s in the second half of their first year of life that babies will begin to take things through their senses. Let them touch things and explore toys on their own. Let them feel, grasps, taste, reach, or simply point things. Just remind yourself to keep their toys safe not to choke them and keep a watchful eye on them. Also, you may start talking to your baby as early as the first two quarters but avoid baby talks. Your baby might pick it up and they might find a hard time talking normal as they grow. Instead, talk to them normally especially in the morning.
Teach them how to play, cooperate, share and take turns. (1-3 years)
Your child is past the age of being a small baby. Though they would still need your assistance, they are more mobile and would tend to crawl, walk or do things on their own. Their language responses would have also improved. Now they can tell you what they want exactly. Take advantage of their curiosity, cognitive skills and language improvement. Allow them to play freely. If he wants to do something and you said “NO”, help your child understand the reason. Enhance their imagination by playing make-believe. Fly a plane, be on a train or simply sit with your child and narrate a story using his toys and allow his imagination to do its part. At this stage, your communication with your child should be improved. Tell him how to do things right; when you bathe them, dress them, or even when you take them out on picnics or outings. A child is naturally curious so be prepared to ready an answer for them. Read them a book, introduce them to writing but don’t force them if they still can’t do it. Allow them to do doodles and when they are familiar with pencil, colors and pen, then you may start teaching them writing proper. Also, encourage them to do things on their own by first showing them how to do it; tying their shoes, washing their hands, eating without assistance or simply buttoning his shirt.
Make academics enjoyable for him
Did you ever wonder why your mom keeps on asking the shape of that slice of pizza? It’s because she’s initiating your basic math. If your child asks you why the moon is bright at night, tell him the sun lends the moon its light. Tell him that it’s Science. Incorporate basic academic subjects to his daily life to make him used to it. How many fingers does he/she have? Also, if you see early on that they have a penchant for music, arts or any particular academic subject, indulge them. This is a good sign that your child is identifying himself with something he is passionate with.
All in all, educating your child is not that hard. First you have to establish communication between the two of you and make learning a fun and enjoyable task for them. So let them play. Talk to them about school. Listen to them as much as you want to talk to them because this boosts their confidence. Do not forget to praise them for their accomplishments even how little. When you’ve done your part, your child is likely to enjoy school better and do better because you have a been a good facilitator of their learning early on.
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