In India, parents start planning for school admissions even before they beget babies! Yes. some schools ask parents to register for admission while the mom is pregnant. With such a rush for a place in the right school, infants are bundled off to play school even at the age of 2. But is this right- sending children to school even before they outgrow their infancy?

What is the right age for your child to start school, then? Let us discuss.

The right age to start school

A Stanford University study reveals that kids performed better when they were enrolled in Kindergarten at 6 years. Its results showed that kids had better self-control and test scores by the age of 7-11.

Our ancestors were probably right. Yes, ancient wisdom dictated school enrollment to be at 6 years. Until then, the home was the right environ for learning basic life skills. This approach is correct indeed for the brain development begins at birth, peaks at 3 and prunes itself to become adult-like at 6 years. By the age of 6, the child’s brain has developed definite cognitive abilities to understand the language of instruction and imbibe what is taught.

By the 1990s, pre-schooling ad steeped into India with several private pre-schools cropping up and enrolling kids at the age of 3. Today every child in an Indian home begins pre-school at 3 years. India also has the largest early childhood programmes in the world with 1.3 million government-funded anganwadis. All these facts point out to the kid starting his school/playschool experience at the age of 3.

Teaching methodologies for pre-school education

Kindergarten

Kindergarten involves guided learning through a play-way method of singing, dancing and games for the preschooler. This term was coined by Friedrich Froebel and has become immensely popular in India s the standard system of pre-schooling with Lower and Upper Kindergarten classes.

Montessori

Maria Montessori evolved this approach which is based on the natural eagerness of the child to learn. This methodology encourages children to learn by themselves while the teacher facilitates this process. This approach allows the child to learn at his/her own pace understanding his/her physical and emotional levels.

Waldorf

The Waldorf methodology introduced by Rudolf Steiner focuses on the imagination of the child which is encouraged with hands-on activities.

Whatever be the methodology of early education, it forms the basis for actual schooling at 6 years. PPlayschools focus on the process of getting the child ready to adapt to the system of formal education. They act as a stepping stone to actual schooling. Playschools go even the extra mile in teaching children personal hygiene like toilet training and social skills like interacting with other children to get them ready for school.

Schooling

Actual schooling from class 1 begins at 6 years and from then on, the child follows a curriculum of study like State Board, CBSE, ICSE etc. The child is tested for his basic cognitive abilities and then enrolled into the curriculum. It is not mandatory that the child should have followed a Kindergarten, Montessori or Waldorf system. Even homeschoolers can enroll directly in class 1 provided the child qualifies in the entrance tests for class 1. This is possible with the help of practice question papers available from Letspractise.

Children can practise basic Maths numbers and English words etc. using these practise tests and gear up for school in no time.

Getting children ready for proper schooling is a challenging task. Give your children a good start by enrolling them at age 6. Get them ready for school by enrolling them in pre-school or letting them enjoy homeschooling. Build a strong base with practise tests from Letspractise for a bright future for your child at school.

India has done it. Yes, Hima Das has won India the first Gold Medal in track events at the World’s Junior Athletics championship in 2018.  the reason for this- focus and hard work! Yes, Hima Das, the daughter of an agricultural labourer could scale such great heights because she had a strong focus and toiled relentlessly to achieve this great feat. She has become a model of inspiration to students and has proved that focus and hard work can make the impossible possible.

Another classic example of focus and hard work achieving success is the instance of Croatia in the FIFA WorldCup. Croatia as a country achieved independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Since then,  they have made several appearances at the World Cup race but their best bit was in 1998 when they lost to France in the semi-finals. After this, Croatia has rallied around and with focus and hard work, made it to the World cup Finals. Although they lost to France, their focus and hard work did not go unnoticed as the crowds cheered them on.

These are real-life instances where focus and hard work have really reaped rewards. Students must be motivated and should feel inspired to emulate these examples by consistent practice. Let us see how this can be done.

How can students use focus and hard work to make the impossible possible?

1. Aim high

Students must be always advised to aim high. Setting lofty goals for students is good as this charts the course of their life. If students aim high and have a high ambition, they will also have the vision to achieve it. This will keep them motivated to perform.

2. Plan their course of action

Every missile must have a trajectory. Similarly, every student must have a  clear-cut path defined to reach his goal. For this, the student must analyze the goal, the foundation courses and the framework required to reach the goal. This involves detailed planning and extensive research with a timeline set to the target.

3. Collect course materials

After the target has been fixed and the course of action has been outlined, the student must collect all the course materials and information required to assimilate knowledge to attain the goal.

For instance, if the student wants to become a doctor, he has to prepare for the NEET exam. He/she has to start preparing well in advance honing up his knowledge of life sciences, especially human anatomy and physiology.  This requires exhaustive preparation using worksheets right from class VIII onwards. All these worksheets are easily obtained from the Letspractise site and they offer a complete knowledge base for study.

4. Commence preparation and practice

Practice is the key ingredient of hard work and the sure ticket to success. Students must start preparing for the competitive exams by first building a strong foundation of the basics. This is possible only by continuous practice using different worksheets on the same chapter. The more questions students solve, the stronger their foundation becomes. Letspractise helps students to strengthen their base by offering them question banks pertaining to their syllabus- be it CBSE, ICSE or state board. Armed with this copious reservoir of worksheets and practice questions, students can meet any challenge head-on without hesitation.

Children need the right impetus to motivate them towards their goals. Inspire children by citing real-life examples, equip them with the right study materials from Letspractise and watch them make the impossible possible with focus and hard work.

The first day of school is all about the students marching back into the beginning of the academic year, excited to be back after the long break in their freshly pressed uniforms and brand new accessories. Has it ever occurred to you that this is one of the most prominent reasons why these kids love first days? How should a teacher handle students on the first day of school in keeping the excitement alive throughout the academic year?

Before we go on to look at the to-do list let us first understand the situation here. Whether the party under discussion is a first grader or a twelfth grader mixed emotions will be a part of getting back to school after the long summer vacation. There would be excitement in a few minds about their return and dread in some other minds about the confinement in a classroom. There is no right or wrong reaction to school, every child has the freedom to have his or her opinion about school and the system. This is where the school and the teacher come in. It is their responsibility to create an environment where kids long to wake up every morning simply to get to school and begin learning because the 7 to 8 hours are not sufficient to satisfy their desire to learn.

1. Starting the academic year on a positive note

Just like first impressions, the teacher ought to make a  welcoming head-start to the year. Beginning on a positive note is important because this sets the mood for the students for the rest of the year. Imagine this, the first day of school, everybody settles in and the teacher walks into the class demanding to check the completion of the holiday homework. It is an immediate buzz-kill. It immediately ruins it is for these children, instead, a better way to handle this new start is to build a rapport and a connection with the class holistically yet also influencing and making an impact on each individual. An exchange of self-introductory activities wherein both teacher and students discuss themselves and their preferences. This bridges the gap and enhances the teacher-student relationship.

2. Discussion of academic structure

Most educational institutions and teachers practice authoritative methods of teaching. Education has now reached a stage where the most effective way to handle students is through democratic leadership. This gives room for mutual respect and understanding. By giving the students the break-up or the plan for the year they are in a state of mental readiness which allows them to perform to their best potential. This also shows that the teacher consents with the students, in turn, giving them a voice.

3. Analysis of students’ learning styles

At this point, it is quite clear to us every individual has various modes of learning such as kinesthetic, visual and auditory every student requires specified activities in order to allow effective learning to take place. The first day of school is the best time to evaluate students. How does a teacher have access to evaluating students in a few hours? We are not talking about a complete analysis of studying the students MRIs and brain function but we are trying to simply learn their dominating learning styles.

Kinesthetic – hands-on craft activities

Auditory – answering to comprehensive audio passages

Visual – interpretation of images and visuals

Don’t forget to add a few games in there every now and then. Who doesn’t love a little entertainment with a bit of laughter and movement? Try the above activities it doesn’t just bridge the teacher-student gap but also keeps the students on their toes to know education can be a lot more fun than it seems.

The main aim with which LetsPractise has been designed is to bridge the gap between teaching and learning and to make learning a fun process. Here the overall development and child-friendly learning is of importance.

Take a look at the available options to best suit your child and check here for free trial .

“You just can’t understand! It’s all due to the generation gap!”- Parents face this remark often from children when they don’t agree with their point of view. So what is this generation gap that creates a distance between parents and their offspring?

Generation Gap

Generation gap is a term that refers to the differences in thinking that 2 generations face. It is used commonly to denote the ideological differences that parents and children have with respect to their values, priorities, goals, attitude etc. This generation gap is felt more if the parents are more aged than usual. It is also felt acutely during the period of adolescence when children undergo a difficult face of changing perceptions due to their hormones.

Reasons for  the generation gap

  1. Parents are very old and there is a huge age difference between parents and children due to which their perceptions vary.
  2. Both parents are busy career professionals who cannot devote much time to spend with their children.
  3. Parents have a rigid point of view and exercise strict control over the children.
  4. The attitudes of both the parent and child generations mismatch.

So how to bridge this generation gap between parents and children? Implement these steps and find significant progress in closing this generation gap.

Ways to bridge the generation gap between parents and children

1. Open and constant communication

Parents have to take time out of their busy schedule and devote it by spending time with children. Join them in their activities, interact freely and probe gently to find out what their concerns are. Do this regularly to gain a wonderful difference in your relationship.

2. Keep your mind open 

Children are in the process of growing up and are bound to be influenced by both peers and the outside world. Online media and social networks have crept into the lives of children at a very early age. So parents must keep their mind open and listen to what the children say without being judgmental.

3. Do not criticize or reprimand sharply

Children are like budding flowers, They have their own dignity and self-respect. Do not criticize their opinions or reprimand them sharply. This makes them withdraw themselves into a shell of their own.

4. Do not control rigidly

Parents tend to exercise control rigidly over their children in an effort to discipline them or protect them. Rigid control will only make them rebel more. Learn to let go and allow children to be themselves. Allow them to make mistakes and learn by themselves.

5. Stop being idealistic

Parents tend to be idealistic and expect their children to be the  epitome of perfection. They want their children to be good at studies, sport, hobbies and also be a prodigy! It is time for parents to stop being idealistic and accept the shortcomings of children. It is ok for children to fall short in some areas as long as they are willing to mend their mistakes.

6. Empathize

Those days of schooling that parents had are now gone. Parents should stop being nostalgic about those days and try to enforce the same guidelines on their children. Times have changed and you should evolve. Learn to put yourself in your children’s shoes and empathize with them.

Children have to counter changes in syllabus, heavier coursework and stiffer competition than what you did. So have a heart and give some leverage to children to cope with all this stress.

7. Give some space

Children have a world of their own as they grow up. Give them space to enjoy their world without intruding on each and everything they do. Learn to keep a watchful eye while allowing them to explore their world.

8. An attitude of positivity and balance

The right attitude can help parents bridge the generation gap with their children. Adopt a balanced approach and exude optimism, encouraging children in whatever they do. This will help you become closer to your children and bind you strongly.

Treat children as “little adults” and give them the due respect they deserve. Do not preach to children but lead by example and practice. Gain such valuable insights from Lets practise to bring you closer to your children than ever before.

2018 dawned with the hope of a new year with new beginnings and breakthroughs, of peace and harmony and of good health and prosperity. Yet challenges do loom ahead in 2018, especially for children. The increasing onslaught of video games and internet on the children’s mind, the excessive burden of academics, unhealthy competition…all these prove to be major deterrents to the personality development of the child. so yes, raising kids is a challenge for parents in 2018.

Challenges for parents to raise kids in 2018

  1. Limiting internet and social media usage

The internet has become an inevitable part of your kid’s life. Even for school projects, he has to source the internet. But the internet can be intrusive and hazardous through its spam emails, junk pop-ups and random feeds. Censoring social media and internet usage is a major challenge for parents in 2018.

In 2018, the “Blue Whale challenge” claimed lives of many innocent kids. Unknowingly children became hapless victims by downloading this online game. This shocking incident made parents realize how dangerous internet and social media could get.

So parents must learn to censor the children’s social media usage, limit internet usage, block unwanted sites and have access to their online accounts always.

  1. Vetoing violence

Violence has spread like wildfire in the world today. In the US, gunning incidents at schools have become common while back home in India, assaults on female kids are prevalent. Teaching children to steer clear of violence is challenging in 2018 but parents have to take a firm stand.

Children must be made to understand that “violence cannot appease any angry soul, only love can.”  Kids must be taught to handle their tempers better and anger-management sessions must be taken in class to combat stress.

  1. Saying no to suicide

Academic stress and competitive exams like NEET are demoralizing children to a great extent. Suicides of children failing to clear such entrance tests have become quite common. Counselling children against such suicidal thoughts is a major challenge for parents in 2018.

Children must be made to understand that academics alone is not life. And also that failing once in an exam does not make you a zero. They must be taught that suicide is cowardice and it is brave to face failure and try again. Parents must give moral support to such children and guide them carefully towards repeat attempts to gain success.

  1. Overburdening academics

When your child comes to high school, he becomes a book-bearer. It is pathetic to see children struggle with books, guides, worksheets and what not. Plodding through scholastic studies take a toll on children and is a major challenge.

Parents must seek alternate ways like practised learning to make studies easier. They must also help the child indulge in sports activities and hobbies to refresh his mind.

  1. Perfection is painful

These days, there is an over-emphasis on perfection. Parents want their kids to study like an IITian, play football like Ronaldo, sing like Shankar Mahadevan and in short be a perfect possession. This is not challenging but stressful for a child.

After all, a child is a child. Let him be. It is his failings and eccentricities that make him lovable. Do not turn him into a robot by aiming at perfection.

How can practised learning help combat these challenges of 2018?

  1. Practised learning helps children gain confidence in studies. This helps in the overall personality development of the child.
  2. Through practised learning, the child combats stress and depression and bans suicidal thoughts.
  3. Practise learning makes your kid engrossed in studies leaving him no time for idling on social media.
  4. Practised learning sharpens the focus of your child towards his career and life.

Life is full of challenges. Help your child surmount each and every challenge by guiding him rightly and supporting him every step of the way. Connect with Letspractise to gain more useful insights on child development and academic excellence.