By Captain Unni Krishnan, Founder, Learnhive
Reinforcing learning in our child is something all of us are very keen about. By virtue of my few years as an educationist and as a parent of a growing boy, I experienced and noted a few interesting ways to help the process of learning including completing school homework which I found quite successful and thought would share.
Tips to help your child learn
1. Teach reading of maps
Reading a map is a skill that is of great help and can be made very interesting. Along with your child, try and create a small map of the house and your immediate locality and mark the places the child visits every day. Create interesting signs to depict information and then make a legend of the same. You can mark as much information as possible on the map so that it is used during discussions at home. Now when you get a real map the child will find following the map much easy.
2. Discuss recent purchases
In the next step, take up discussions based on things that are bought and then relate them to their place of origin. For example if you buy a new mobile phone, discuss about the country where it was made, the capital of that country, the language spoken in that country, cities that you know of in that country and so on. These discussions are a wealth of information for the child and will remain with them.
3. Ask requests in writing
Writing is again something which all of us find the new generation to be reluctant about – to improve this, try to get them to write a request for what they want. Instead of shouting/ punishing them, ask them to write an explanation about why they made the mistake. An apology letter is also a constructive punishment
Tips on making home work effective
- Have a regular schedule i.e. Fixed time and place for doing homework.
- No TV or radio during home work time.
- Try and be with your child during home work time and preferably read/ catch up with your work – it is a great motivation for the child.
- Try and get your child to teach you what was done as home work – ‘you learn better when you teach’.
- Prioritize difficult homework over easy ones, as the child wouldn’t be stressed while doing easy homework if it gets late.
Appreciation, Attention, Affection and Acceptance are key factors in developing a learning culture among children and parents play a key role in this.
Different children respond differently and even same child responds differently at different times, I am sure parents would have successfully tried a number of methods to help their children, please feel free to share your tips as it will help others as well.
About the Author:
Captain Unni Krishnan is a Founder and Director of LearnHive; he is also the Founder and Managing Trustee of Primus Public School, Bangalore. Prior to that he was the Founder and Trustee of Indus International School. At Primus, he has been instrumental in implementation of new teaching pedagogies. He has seamlessly integrated the International and Indian syllabi to help prepare students for higher studies both in India and Overseas. Capt. is a ‘Sword of Honor’ from the prestigious Officers Training Academy of the Indian Army.
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