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Home Schooling


A child learns best at his mother's knee. Here are some tips on how you can educate your child at home until he reaches the age of four.


A few days ago when I visited to a friend's house, I was surprised to see that she was alone. Her two and a half year old was conspicuous by his absence. When I enquired about him, she answered that she had sent him to school. I was dumbfounded. "But he is hardly two and a half years old!" I exclaimed. Sending children to play school or day care is justified when the mother is working, but since my friend is a homemaker, I couldn't understand why she felt she had to send him off to school at this young age. She then said she had no idea as to what she should teach him at home, and so had sent him to school.

Having successfully home-schooled two kids until they attained the age of four, I would like to share some tips a propos home-schooling.


Books

In the mornings after your husband leaves for work, set aside a few hours aside to spend with your toddler. After a refreshing bath and a nutritious breakfast, start by flipping through picture books. Point out pictures and let your child know what each picture signifies. Don't worry about him repeating after you. The mind of a young child is like a sponge and constantly absorbs information. Within a few days you will notice an improvement in your child's ability to recognize and name images. Slowly, you can graduate to colours, and then, numbers.


Activities

The attention span of children is very limited, so take the cue from your child's behavior and move on to the next activity as soon as he becomes restless. Plan a separate activity for each day. One day you could string beads, another day, play with the play doh, yet another day make simple crafts with color paper and glue, and so on. With a few colored chart papers, glue and even pencil shavings you and your budding artist can create some very interesting wall-hangers.


Practical learning

Shapes can be taught using different biscuits and the concept of more and less can be taught with a glass of milk. Ascending and descending orders can be explained with the help of a staircase. This would not only help children to grasp concepts easily but will also help them apply their knowledge to everyday life situations. Rhymes can be taught with the help of audiocassettes.


Stories

Conclude each session with a story. Care should be taken to see that you don't push your child too hard in an effort to make him learn more. Psychologists often talk about the possible long-term damage done to the psyche and intellect by forcing young brains to master tasks they are not ready for. Let your instincts guide you to guide your child. It's proper that education should begin in the cradle, but in an interesting atmosphere.


Skills

As parents we have to teach age-appropriate skills to our kids. Tying the shoelace, buttoning up the shirt, filling the water bottle etc are certain life-skills that can be taught to very young children. To fine-tune his social skills, take him to local parks in the evenings where he is sure to meet kids of his age.

All you need to home school your child until the age of four is patience and imagination. But what you get in return is great bonding and enormous satisfaction.

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Rita.7 years ago
i agree with this. here in the us and even in russia kids start their first grade only when they are six years old. they seem to be doing well. it’s only in india that kids are forced into school long before they are ready. separating a two or three year old from his or her home surrounding should be avoided at all costs.
 
 
 
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monisha.7 years ago
i have a one and a half year old. i do all that, but he still has mind space and the energy to be in school, which he starts in june.
it is beyond me to keep him gainfully occupied and stimulated. and he would benefit by being with other children and having another adult play with him.
there is nothing wrong in sending babies in diapers to a good play school
 
 
 
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saritha.7 years ago
very nice article,i have a 3 year old kid,notyet going to school.i planned his day like u mentioned inthe article,please give more ideas.
 
 
 
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a.7 years ago
its true that kids in the age group of 2-4 require lots of stimulation and fun all the time. the existing set up of nuclear families leave most stay at home mothers quite occupied taking care of the little ones. naturally, play schools tend to provide marginal relief to such moms. however, i would want to know what is it that play schools provide for the development of the child which moms cannot do so at home. i am also surprised that most reputed play schools charge very high fees for a year. if you were to invest the same money in procuring additional help for household work, you could give more time and better manage the activities of your child. plus your little one really does not require to be bound to a particular routine of getting up, going to school etc…at such a tender age. let them be free souls and do what please them and whenever.
 
 
 
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Monika.7 years ago
i liked the article very much. doing simple and fun activites with my three year old gives me tremendous satisfaction and lifetime memories. i think the appropriate age of sending a child to a proper school is around five. but, definitely, around age three, the child is ready to go to a play school for two-three hours. the child requires some outside interaction and at this age it is very difficult to keep the child occupied all the time and stimulated in a positive way.
 
 
 
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maneka.7 years ago
i really like this article.i was getting so frustrated these days with my soon to be 3 year old,who is extremely active and needs constant occupation in some ways.and i don't seem to have energy.but i will surely try and plan my day accordingly as per the article.but don't you all feel that they need outside interaction to be alone with other kids.how about twice a week church school programs for them to get used to outside surrondings?any ideas on that?
 
 
 
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Aparna.7 years ago
that was a good artical but i am left with so many questions. we moved from us to india last year when my daughter was 2 yrs then. in india its joint family and my daughter who was so well behaved has suddenly changed with all the pampering she gets from her grandparents and now i am the bad person with her with all my rules. i had to put her in school but that did not help much either. so i think it does not matter really as long as the mother has a firm hand and no third person interfers in raising the child
 
 
 
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CHIRAG SHAH.7 years ago
i am agree with artcal , but what about after the age of four , & if i do not want to send my child to school & teach at home what to do ?
 
 
 
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