Today we have a number of Activities , Montessori toys, pretend play toys , STEM based project learning , DIY project based learning for subjects and ELA to develop learning in a more practical and interesting way. All this come very handy to develop various skills and knowledge in children from various ages with hands on experience with real life models or objects and practical learning.
Children develop skills in five main areas of development:
- Cognitive Development
This is the child’s ability to learn and solve problems.
- Social and Emotional Development
This is the child’s ability to interact with others, including helping themselves and self-control. Examples
- Speech and Language Development
This is the child’s ability to both understand and use language.
- Fine Motor Skill Development
This is the child’s ability to use small muscles, specifically their hands and fingers, to pick up small objects, hold a spoon, turn pages in a book, or use a crayon to draw.
- Gross Motor Skill Development
This is the child’s ability to use large muscles.
The base of all this methods of learning is experience, do your self, see and learn . But with onset of COVID we have come closer together as family and our children see us perform multiple task through out the day .Isn’t it the right time to utilise this time and opportunity to let children be part of this process at home and learn practically .Let them be part of every small process from organizing , taking instructions , perform their part , taking their part of responsibilities, understanding the different roles and complexities to a household or people roles, ability to handle multiple roles swiping between work and personal jobs and yet maintaining a healthy communication etc. An exposure to all this helps in developing a strong language , cognitive , relation building skills , motor skills.
In the process it’s very important to explain to them this is not a part of helping but it is their equal responsibility and part of life they need to develop to bring in all round growth along with education .Not to mention to develop an independent individual a very necessity in today ‘changing new normal world.