Your role in helping your child learn

As parents and caregivers, we might often tend to lean towards formal teaching ways with our children. This may be due to our experiences as students when we went to school. We may explore new ways of teaching children, if we believe that it works.

Here are some principles we believe that a Parent can use:

  • Facilitating learning” or “guide” them, rather than “teach”.
  • While it is good to ask questions, allow the child to ask questions.
  • Engage the child, not through a prescribed timetable, but at any time of the day.
  • It is important to engage the child in learning and provide enough freedom and space for exploration but ensure safety and security at all times.

Watch a short video on story telling. Observe how the parent is asking questions to the child. Observe how the parent is facilitating or guiding learning in the child.

How do you, as a parent, make learning more experiential for your child?

Let us read about Sudha and her 4 year old daughter!

Sudha sat with her daughter, Kavita, at the table to tell a story. Kavita got down from her chair and sat on the carpet beside the table. She pulled a small pillow, put it across the wall and asked her mother to now tell a story. Sudha came down on the carpet too and asked Kavita if she was comfortable and then begins to read the story aloud to Kavita. As Sudha read, she sllowed Kavita to enact the emotions that came across in the story. Sudha also showed actions according to the characters in the story book. Both Kavita and Sudha had a good time with each other. While having lunch, Sudha asked Kavita a few questions on how the lion opened its mouth to yawn and how the deer walked very slow not to be heard by the lion. This way, Sudha got feedback on if Kavita has understood the story.

–     How did Sudha engage and involve Kavita during the story time?

–     Did Sudha find another opportunity to check for learning?

Now let us read about Sagar and his daughter, Avni.

Sagar is about to start doing the pre-maths activity in Level 2, which is about the 4 colours: red, blue, yellow, and green, with his 4 year old daughter, Avni.  He realises that he does not have blocks of these 4 colours, which is usually prescribed to teach. Avni meanwhile is playing with the vegetables her mother has brought from the market. He looks at the different coloured vegetables and sees he can teach these colours with a green capsicum, a red tomato, an orange (fruit) or a carrot, and a yellow lemon!  As they progress with the activities, they even do the next steps, like matching the colour of the vegetable to another object around the home. Avni picks a green napkin and places it next to the capsicum. Avni thought that this was such a fun game to match things around in the house. Avni learnt all the colours in 2 weeks.

What kind of intervention did Sagar do, that helped Avni learn easily?

–       Sagar was flexible, and identified other learning materials that were readily available.

–       Sagar allowed Avni to choose materials that she felt could be matched with the vegetables.

As you begin understanding and using the Tide methods, you will see how easy it is to use the MyTide Disha Kit. You will also make your entire home and your surroundings a learning ground for your child!

In the next topic, let us explore what simple, yet exciting teaching aids you will receive in the Kit.