Although, as parents, we believe that we are the ones who have to teach our little ones every little thing, and we put in all our effort towards that, the fact is that the learning process is actually simple and we really don’t need to do that much.
In an interactive session for parents facilitated by Being Momma, education consultants Soniya Lalla and Nandita Jhaveri explained what ‘Learning’ is all about and how we, as parents, can facilitate the maximum and deepest learning for our kids by doing extremely simple things.
How Does Learning Happen?
Kids are naturally curious and learn different things that interest them or when they find a need to learn something, We DON’T really need to teach them anything. They learn through self-discovery and repeated attempts. As parents, we tend to intervene and teach them the right way of doing things, but this actually inhibits their learning. In fact, children improvise through several attempts which result in self-improvement leading to excellence rather than mediocrity.
Imitation is one of the greatest tools that kids use to learn. So, the best way to get them to learn the right thing is to be a positive role model.
One of the biggest fallacy is that we have to keep our kids busy all the time. They have to DO something so that they don’t fall behind. However it’s important to understand the best learning is actually happening when we think our kids are doing nothing. Kids need to ponder and assimilate. So we need to give them that time. If they are randomly staring at objects, does not mean they are doing nothing, in fact what they are learning that time is something that we will not be able to teach them in a life-time. Learning to be at peace with one’s self, is so important.
What Can You Do To Help Your Kids Learn Better?
- Firstly, we have to step back and relax. Enjoy our kids. Let them enjoy their childhood. The child’s emotional well-being is most important. If that is in place, they will learn better, express better.
- Providing your children with tons of experiences, opportunities and real life situations is crucial. What they will learn through that, they can never learn through books and flashcards. For example, how will a child understand the difference between an elephant and a dog when both look the same size in a book? Real experiences result in stronger concept formulation and deeper insights which will last a lifetime.
- It’s important NOT to pressurize them to give right answers. Naming is not learning. Giving information does not mean that the child knows. In fact, this just leads to them pleasing adults and inhibits their deeper thinking abilities.
- As parents it’s our duty to retain a child’s curiosity. Do not provide them with ready-made answers. This will stunt their deeper thinking and analyzing abilities.
- Ask Questions. When they ask questions, question them back. This will ignite their curiosity and sense of wonder.
- Every child learns differently and we have to respect that and help them maintain their individuality.
The objective of the workshop was to help parents understand the learning process, the relationship between teaching and learning, help create a conducive environment and strategies for the child’s learning, which would thereby help lay the correct foundation of learning for kids, at a pre-school stage.
This is a synopsis of a parenting workshop facilitated by Being Momma. It was conducted by Nandita Jhaveri and Soniya Lalla, past Head-Teachers at Saifee Nursery at Malabar Hill, Mumbai for 18 and 12 years respectively. Nandita has also been the Vice Principal of New Era School, Mumbai for 12 years.
They have gotten together and started a consultancy – ‘Resonances’. You can check out their activities and get more information about them at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/resonances.in
They are the education consultants and brains behind By The Sea Nursery and Pathfinders Nursery in Mumbai.