Importance of Environmental Education in Children

Advancement in science and technology has also seen the disadvantages: Deforestation, burning fossil fuels, emission of industrial wastes, mining, oil spillage are some major causes of man-made disasters. We ruin Mother Earth for food, shelter, and comfort, etc. When will this stop?

“The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago – had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.”

– Havelock Ellis

We are not able to breathe fresh air or consume organic foods that our great-grandparents used to relish. However, we can ensure that our children don’t continue the inevitable path of man-made destruction.

Here are few tips to bring your child closer to nature through evoking the sense of social responsibility:

Dedicate some time for exploring nature

Even in a crowded metropolitan city, there will be oases – a pond, park or a beach. Avoid the distractions of the internet and simply relax. Encourage your child to absorb every moment in the silence. The waves, shapes of clouds, birds chirping, sea shells on the shore or birds and squirrels in the park. You and your little one will surely appreciate the experience.

Build a Nature Collage

If your child has the hobby of collecting stamps or coins, then this one is for him. Ask children to collect leaves, twigs, flowers, and more from each trip and visit you make to a beautiful place. He can later put them together in a nature journal or scrapbook. Recollecting the memories from the journal will fill him with excitement as he grows older.

Tend to Kitchen Garden

If you are lucky enough to have a garden at home, then get set for a wonderful family bonding activity. Ask him to take care of your kitchen garden. Let him maintain each plant himself – protecting it from insects and birds, pruning dead or infected twigs, watering, etc. but make sure you are there when he needs help.  

Start a Home Garden

If you don’t have a garden, then start a small garden today! Find a space to develop the garden – a rooftop, balcony or even the space near the windows will allow you to grow a few plants. Take your child to a nearby plant nursery and ask him to choose seedlings for the garden. Help him pick the right ones that will fit your space and are suitable for the climate. Teach him to transfer the seedling into the pots and how many times it has to be watered. Let him observe the growth of the plants and nurture them. This entire process will teach your child to be patient, caring, responsible and also create a sweet bonding with nature.

Take him to an organic grocery shop

Picture courtesy: Blossom Chutti Playschool, Chennai.

Take your child for grocery shopping. Point out a fruit or vegetable that he has not seen before. You can then answer his questions about them. This gives him an opportunity to see and learn about a wider variety of foods. You can also discuss about various healthy foods, differences beteen where they grow and how they are packed and transported, etc.

Many foods, animals and even trees are slowly becoming extinct due to callous human behaviour. By giving your child proper environmental education, you can build their interest in environmental and community services. This also expands their knowledge and makes them responsible about conserving our resources.

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Should You Encourage Your Child to Participate in Competitions?

“Competition is very good… as long as it’s healthy. It’s what one  needs to strive to be better.” Christine Lahti.

Active participation in competitions enables development of many positive traits in children. However, unhealthy contests can cause stress and disappointment in children.

Even child experts recommend healthy competition for children. But if you are still hesitant to involve your child in tournaments and worried about its effects, then here are a few ways to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy contests:  

How to red flag unhealthy competitions?

  1. The competition will arouse anxiety or make him nervous.
  2. He will not be prepared to accept his defeat.
  3. Resistance to further participation.
  4. Previous contests caused disruption in friendship.

How to green light healthy competitions?

  1. Your child will sound excited about the competition.
  2. He should be okay with losing the match or tournament.
  3. He will focus on improving his skills.
  4. Competition is seeding improved confidence.
  5. The child has fun and looks forward to participating rather than winning.

How can a healthy competition benefit your child?

 

  • Motivates children.

 

Tournaments are an interesting way to keep your child motivated. Despite the ups and downs, their passion for doing better keeping them going.

 

  • Builds confidence.

 

Participating in meets gives a good dose of self-esteem to the child. Continuous participation and interactions help them overcome negative emotions like fear, anxiety, etc.

 

  • Makes them goal oriented.

 

Contests set a goal for victory and children to practise hard to reach those goals. Thus, these children turn out to be focused individuals.

 

  • Prepares them for the real world.

 

In today’s world, one cannot move up the value chain without competition. From a seat in a reputed college to a decent job, you will face rivalry everywhere. Hence, school level contests would be a good start for him.

 

  • Life becomes interesting.

 

Youngsters are always curious and enthusiastic. Meets are a wonderful platform that enables them to exhibit talent and interact with teachers better. Thus teachers can work with students as a team, making even the introverts life interesting!

Three tips for encouraging healthy competition in children:

 

  • Help them set the right goal.

 

Your child can’t win all the time so make sure that failures do not stop him. Parents can help children in fixing achievable goals for the contest. Exceeding these goals will prevent him from getting dejected.

 

  • Ask them to compete with themselves.

 

Explain the importance of practice and perfection to your children. Contesting with oneself is always a good idea than with others. This will help him try harder and perform exceptionally than always.   

 

  • Don’t compare instead appreciate their efforts.

 

Parents should never compare their kids with others as this can evoke negative emotions in him and also lead to an inferiority complex. Always encourage your child to give his best and appreciate even his smallest achievements.  

 

Competitions help children to understand and develop social skills and values. Taking part in group matches will encourage them to cooperate with other team members for success. Winning in these matches not only boost their self-esteem but also prompt them to practise, research and develop their skills. Even if they lose one of the tournaments, they can learn from their mistakes and give their best the next time.

So will you encourage your child to participate in the next contest at school? Let’s know here.

 

How to help your child in exam preparation?

Exams are stressful not just for children but for parents too! Your child may be taking the exam, but we are sure you will be equally nervous and anxious about it.

The ChildLine National Exam Stress Survey revealed

“96% of the 1300 students who completed the survey felt anxious about exams and revision, with 59% feeling pressure from their parents to do well and 64% saying they have never received any support in dealing with exams”

School teachers take efforts to prepare your child for exams by arranging revision classes and class tests. However, this may only increase the stress your child is facing right now! There are various ways in which you can help her prepare better for exams.

Experts  at ‘Lets Practise’ share three techniques to help your child de-stress and prepare well for exams:

1. Take care of your child’s sleep routine

Lack of sleep has an adverse effect on a child’s memory. Late night studies not only results in low grades but also a possible health hazard. Your child may feel drowsy and unable to recollect what she studied the previous night. If your child’s homework and other activities extend to late in the night, then it would be difficult for her to wake up early. So, plan her activities accordingly so as to not affect her sleep. Make sure that she gets enough to sleep the night before the exam.

Encourage your child to follow an ideal sleep routine and don’t let her exam effect it. Paediatrics recommend children to get 8-10 hours of sleep daily.

2. Provide her healthy food

What children eat has a great impact on their energy and focus levels. Take good care of your child’s diet during exams. Keep junk foods away from her till the exams are over as they can lower the concentration level. Instead, add brain-foods to her diet that aid concentration and memory. Regulate her diet with the right amount of healthy foods since overeating leads to decreased grasping power and fatigue.

If your child has the habit of having tea or coffee then you can serve her a cup or two during the study hours. This will prevent drowsiness and help her stay focused. The meal before the exam is very crucial. Give your child an energetic breakfast with some nuts or chocolates that maintain her energy level throughout the exam.

3. Motivate your child and help her stay relaxed

Parents should be emotionally supportive during exams as children are usually very stressed. You can make sense of her behaviour like irritability, lack of interest, fidgeting with stuff, etc. If you notice such a change then you should talk to her. Ask your child to share her feelings and listen to what she has to say. Make her feel comfortable and secure to share her issues.

If she lacks confidence, motivate her to study effectively so as to do well in exams. You can also help her in the planning the exam schedules and share some relaxation techniques too.

Your support can help your child ace the exams. Try the above three ways to help your child in her examinations and share your feedback with us.

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Six Ways to Make Learning Fun

Does your child feel anxious about going to school and learning a new lesson?

This is a frequent complaint of parents of many school goers. In contrast, your child shows more excitement when you plan a trip or buy her a new video game.

So, why is she not interested in learning a new lesson at school?

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Neurologist and educator Judy Wills’s book ‘Research-Based strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher’ has highlighted the benefits of making learning fun.

Here are six ways from Let’s Practise to make learning fun:

1. Tweak teaching methods.

The addiction to online games, hours on social media sites, TV, etc. has a great impact on the child’s learning process. Her brain is not like the CPU that scans and stores information; she has to take notes in class and read them multiple times to retain it. Making your instructions more appealing and fun through interesting flashcards is a great option. Using flashcards in between lectures makes it easy for students to recall the lessons taught in the class that day!

2. Get them involved.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

Students prefer interactive classes to boring distractive lectures. Teachers should start with a brainstorming session that helps them concentrate. Ask questions to make students interact and if the topic for the day is monotonous theory, you can end the class with some fun activity.

3. Replace boring revisions with activities that stimulate her brain.

Teachers should avoid sticking to the textbooks alone. Use different sources like newspaper cuttings, films, experiments, etc. Include fun games for the review sessions. Making the revision time fun and broadening the study materials stimulates the student’s brain.

Include one of these games in your review sessions to make learning more fun.

4. Make learning easier.

However difficult the topic is, a smart teacher can simplify it to her students. Teachers can split a difficult topic into multiple sessions and include activities, illustrations, discussions, etc in it. This makes it doable and interesting for the students. You can also use the power of technology. Images help process information faster and also facilitate long-term memory.

Tip: Create a video clip or use relevant videos from YouTube.

5. Arrange competitions for the creative arts.

Students spend a majority of their time in school and home, studying and doing homework. Preventing the child from following their productive hobbies has negative effects on his overall development. There are many students who can draw effortlessly, carve a beautiful piece of clay and make miniatures. Teachers should include art in the class and appreciate their creative genius. This motivates and encourages the child to do better.

6. Turn responsibilities into fun.

Homework stress, peer pressure, and other issues prevent the child’s full involvement in class. Get your students involved in a fun activity that tests her skills. For this, you can ask your students to take turns and explain part of the lesson of their choice. Make sure that every child gets a chance. This will boost their confidence and also be a fun time for students.

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instil a love of learning.” – Brad Henry

A student can only fall in love with learning when the teacher supports and guides her. Let’s Practise is a platform that makes problematic maths, confusing grammar more fun. Click here to learn more.