“Mom, why isn’t the colour of my skin blue, like Lord Shiva?” asked ten year old Ankit. After the narration of the legend of how Shiva swallowed poison which he held in his throat thus making his skin blue, a google search by Ankit’s mother also lead to biological reasons of the colour of human skin. Touching his skin, Ankit learned about melanin and racial discrimination.
The ‘Ahhh….now I get it’ moment
Knowledge can barely be taught or transferred, it has to be experienced and assimilated, in the background of personal context. ‘Why do I sleep at night instead of the morning?’ Or ‘why is it that I need a dark room to sleep?’ While a biology class may have taught you and your children the correlation between light and the release of sleep hormone melatonin in the brain, more often than not, you tend to forget a lot of the details. This is simply because not enough time is spent in assimilating the information we receive.
There are ways that you can help your child know more than you did, understand better that you did. While schools systems are increasingly moving towards practical styles of teaching, there are alternative ways of educating your child.
Don’t let wonderland fade away
Familiarity ebbs away the ‘wonder’ in our minds. You are reading this post on a screen. Do you know what and how it’s made? What if I were to tell you that your iphone screen has sapphire in it? Now go and see the world through your child’s eyes and identify where familiarity is setting in. Ask a question and shake him/her out of it.
Why are the carrots in your lunchbox yellow? How are clouds formed? Why are they white and of different forms?
Knowledge is abundant and easily accessible today. Assimilation of knowledge and its subsequent application is what gives us the edge in today’s world.
Play with them
While ready-made toys are good, there are many others that allow your child to create and discover things in his/her environment. Buy less, buy wise. Purchasing a basic telescope is more beneficial than numerous dolls. Go out with it, find things to put under the lens and let your child revel in the intricacies of nature.
Promote active learning
Attention span and the ability to focus in the moment – power of the sages, is learnt best from trying to craft the right earthen flower vase on the potter’s wheel or an hour of intense physical activity. Activities wherein you create by your own hand require intense focus. Not only does it help in improving the attention span of a child but also helps them gain insights on the art at hand.
While you provide your children with the best of formal education, it is also important to fill the gaps therein. As we at Rustomjee help you do that, we also help the underprivileged move from abundant outdoor education to formal schooling. Every time you buy a home in our project, we sponsor the education of an underprivileged child.
The Rustomjee Educate a Child Initiative – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3ImXQB_Nh4&feature=youtu.be