Don't just let the weekend pass by in another mindless manner. Try bringing your children closer to nature.
For most city children,
nature is the garden outside their doors or in their building premises.
Take them for a weekend into the countryside on the outskirts of your
city, and let them experience nature in all its splendour. This doesn't
mean a trip to the Farias Resort in Lonavala, when you spend the entire weekend by the poolside in the resort. Make a trip
to a place where you actually sit out amidst lush greenery and take in
the surroundings. Such an experience can be truly educative if you go about it in the right manner.
Do your research before heading for a destination. What is it famous
for? If a place has some beautiful historical monuments in addition to
natural beauty, read up on them before leaving. You will find that you
absorb a lot more information when you do so, rather than when you
simply listen to the tourist guide ramble on about places, people and
events you have barely heard of. Take out printouts of the information
you gather and give it to your children. This will make them a lot more interested in sightseeing than simply dragging them in the tourist buses along with you.
Get your child a picture book of trees. Let him carry this book along
with him, and as and when he spots a tree he can look it up in the
picture book. In this manner
he will learn the names of quite a few common and unusual trees. It is
surprising how many adults cannot identify a single tree that grows in
their backyard. This could work as a learning exercise not just for
your child but for you as well.
Needless to say, making the most of your weekends out in this manner
will help your child in school. Plant life is an important point aspect
your child's studies, and practical education will provide him with a
better understanding. If you have a younger child, help him identify
the different parts of a plant, like the leaf, flower, roots. An older
child can be taught to distinguish between one plant and another, while
a younger child can be taught to differentiate between flowers.
Make a trip to a wildlife sanctuary so your child can experience the thrill of seeing wild animals in the open. Even a trip
to the zoo should suffice. Always make it a point to take literature
along with you, as it provides you with a platform for discussion. As
you pass a lion in the zoo, you can stand outside the cage discussing
everything you know about lions with your child. You may not know a
lot, which is where the literature comes in. When you have a discuss
immediately in a detailed manner, the impression lasts much longer than if you discuss it a year later when your child comes across it in his schoolbook.
And finally, if you really cannot make it out of the house at all, sit
with your child under the stars and have a little astronomy lesson.
are fascinated with the idea of space, so get out your encyclopedia and
try and locate the Sirius. Don't know what it is? Maybe you and your child can find out together!
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