Family in Child Development

The Role of Family in Child’s Development

Before stepping into any kind of space, the inception of children’s preliminary education embarks nowhere but at home. It is not that the moment an infant is born it starts going to preschools or caregivers. Family is indeed a child’s primary group. It is the first set of people to whom a child is introduced. Owing to their docile minds, children adapt to a lot of things both by observing andby being taught.

Family’s interaction with the child in several ways makes the child imbibe many qualities, emotions, way of behaving, and values. All of it contributes hugely to shaping the child as a person. Moreover, a lot of preconditioning of a child’s mind is done by the family which plays a pivotal role in the child’s development.

It is after engaging with the primary group that the child starts interacting and socializing with secondary groups and peer groups. The child’s demeanor with new groups is absolutely going to be a reflection of how he or she has been brought up by their family.

Several instances, like the way a family member talks in front of a child, how the family treats and interacts with the child, the kind of teachings that they endow to the child, all contribute to the child’s early education. Thus the role of the family in a child’s development is far more than just providing academic knowledge. In fact, the family is the bearer of a child’s education in every sphere. Education is a vast sea of knowledge. It covers not just bookish knowledge but various morals, values, qualities, emotions, and the ability to comprehend the things around. Geoffrey Holder, an artist once said, “Education begins at home.” So the way we want to see our children performing should be the way we influence them.

On this special occasion of International Family Day, let us dive in deep to understand the role of the family in child development:

Teaching the way to behave

Know that the little ones are observing everything happening around them. They may not vigilant enough but they are learning the way people behave around them. They are too fast to pick up the way family members talk and treat each other. As fast as they learn it, they start implementing it also! So one must be careful of how they are behaving in front of the children as it shapes their behavior to a great extent.

However, not everyone can be perfect all the time, so if you do behave unpleasantly in front of the child then do go and talk to them about it. Such small gestures of parents take care of the mental health of the children and even teaches them about courtesy.

Mental health is something that we as adults struggle to keep at peace. Children do not understand the importance of mental peace, so it will work wonders if the family takes care of the child’s mental health. It plays a huge role in the child’s response towards various things directed to them.  Thus, the family’s role, in shaping children’s behavior is inevitable and must not be neglected.

 

Instilling Values

Whether it is the small decisions that children make or the way they behave with the people around them all of it resonates with their values. From where do they learn values? Well, it is their family!

Instilling good and high moralistic values have a very important place in the child’s early learning. It helps them understand the difference between right and wrong. Giving respect, showing sympathy, lending a helping hand, caring to share,etc, all of these things are a part of good values.

For children, their role models are their parents. So whatever they do, children are going to copy them. So it is definitely the family’s responsibility to instill good values in children from a very young age. Whatever values the family exercises, the child is going to learn from it. It can be tough for the family to play the role of instilling values in the child but it can be done in many ways.  For example, give them small jobs to do like watering the plants, helping someone in something, consoling someone, sharing things with someone, etc. These little things go a long way in instilling good values in the child. It even improves the child’s capability of emotional bonding. Another way of instilling good values in children is by having conversations with them about what values are and why they are so important in our lives. Moreover, apart from making children practice values, they must also observe their family members performing them. Family is the biggest influence in an infant’s life, so they derive a lot of inspiration from them.

 

Socialization skills

Whatever we teach our children they tend to carry it with them wherever they go. We often see certain children being confident enough to talk to people outside their primary group. On the other hand, some children simply shy away or are unconfident to have the simplest type of conversation with someone. This is a result of how the child is being treated at home.

Having regular conversations with children is important because it boosts their confidence. It gives them a sense of belief that they can smartly respond to things around them. Moreover, never ignore any question asked by your child. Always make sure that you are answering their questions and to their remarks as well. Family is undoubtedly a child’s primary caregiver. So the primary caregiver is responsible to improve the socialization skills of the child.  Therefore, the more parents initiate inter-personal communication with the child, the better it is for the child’s socializing skills. These skills improve a child’s sense of talking, forming bonds, and responding to the people around.

After a certain age, children will have to spend a few hours with their peer groups. In such situations, the child will feel the need to make friendships with other children. Being able to socialize gives an advantage to children to form bonds with the people around them. However, children who lack these skills end up feeling lonely.Several preschools announce skill-improving setups like summer camps. These occasions are specially structured to bring out the best in children. Occasions like summer camps are a great part of preschool learning that recognize the efforts that each child invests into being engaged with their peer groups. It brings out a lot about their character, attitude, and nature. Thus, the family’s role in socializing with the child determines the child’s socialization skills outside the family.To sum up, socialization skills improve the child’s socio-emotional development.

 

Family induces development skills

When we say that family play’s a huge role in child development then it not only includes mental or emotional development but physical development as well. Children during the inception of their growing years have a lot of muscles and tissues to develop in their body. These small growths in the body lead to the development of major skills in children. These skills comprise motor skills, cognitive skills, language skills, and emotional skills also.  Apart from educating and instilling knowledge and good values, the family is also a coach to the child in terms of overall growth and development.

 

Let us understand how we can improve these skills and why they are important for the child;

  • Motor skills enable the child to perform actions like walking, running, crawling, climbing up or going down the stairs, jumping, sitting, and similar other activities. All of these actions engage both large and small muscle movements of mostly the arms, legs, and torso. Adults have developed motor skills, but children have underdeveloped skills which they need to develop eventually.It helps children to improve their balance, coordination, agility, power, speed, etc. Therefore, the more the child is made to work on her motor skills, the better it is.

Family members can make the child perform small physical activities that will help them improve their motor skills.  The activities that we as adults perform easily can be tough for the small ones. So engaging with the child in small activities is going to be beneficial for them.

 

  • Cognitive skills are a very vital skill to develop. The ability to read, learn, comprehend, pay attention, remember, reason, solve problems are all a part of it.

Apart from growing physically, children also experience brain development. This happens more effectively when their minds are engaged in things that require brainstorming.  To develop cognitive skills in children, families must engage them in things that will involve them in mental gyming. Solving puzzles, singing rhymes, building blocks, finding things, reading stories, etc. These help in improving the cognitive skills in children and will ultimately enable effective brain development.

 

  • Language development is equally important because it helps the child to talk without much hesitation. Most of the time when children shy away from talking to people around, it is also because they experience difficulty and confusion in finding the right words. With time if children do not develop their language skills then they are going to face obstruction in mixing up with the people in preschools and similar other places.

Thus, to help children improve their brain development, families must engage in talking with the child as much as possible. Talking will work as a practice session for the child that will elevate their language skills. Families can also engage the child in reading things written in poems, books, calendars, and even television.

 

  • Emotional skills are crucial for the child to develop because it makes him/ her expressive about their feelings. Emotions like, love, sympathy, respect, are things that children first learn from their family. Once the child develops emotional skills, he or she will be able to identify their own emotions and will also understand what is right for them. Families can improve the child’s emotional skills by encouraging them to do new things, spending quality time with them, recognizing the child’s feelings, and telling them about it.

 

  • If we are trying to establish that family does play a big role in child development, then we cannot do away with the aspect of security. The family is a child’s primary caregiver. That denotes that family should be the only space for the child where he/ she can be themselves. Children in their preliminary years are sent to preschools and several classes for learning different activities. Not all these places and the people there are going to provide the comfort and ease to the child which they get at home. Therefore, families should always make the child feel contented and supported. Apart from providing the child with the security of food, clothes, and shelter, they must always make the child feel that they are his/her confider and must treat them with affection. A Burmese proverb says “In time of test, family is best.” Children must feel that their family will always be their biggest support system. This will make children open up about their feelings to their families. Moreover, security ensures the child’s strong attachment to their home and the people who live there.

We all love our families because it is a place where purity resides. Family accepts each member of it just the way they are. It wants good for everyone and wishes for the progress and development of its members. Nothing can replace the childcare of a family. From uttering the first word to walking the first walk, a child experiences and learns a lot from her family. Thus, let a child’s observation only soak love, affection, and wisdom from their primary caregiver.

Online classroom

The #1 important sign of a high-quality online classroom

What is the most important sign of a high-quality classroom? Is it the camera? Is it the device? How about methodology? Is it the teacher-child ratio?
Well, I’ll tell you a secret: It’s not any of those. Instead, it is something that will not cost you anything.
You don’t have to make space for it. It doesn’t need cleaning or a label.  Managing children and communication will become easier than ever.
It will have a great impact on Online Learning for kids.

Could you guess it yet?

The SINGLE AND MOST IMPORTANT Thing that Distinguishes A high-Quality Preschool online learning From An Average One is the Child and teacher relationship.

During our Demo and Parent – Facilitator open house, after an introduction, we focus on building a Child and Teacher Relationship. Every Child gets to Virtually interact with the Teacher knowing their likes and dislikes.

This accelerates learning and also helps the child become mentally prepared for the upcoming classes.

MY CHILD RUNS AWAY! Is that the first thing that crosses your mind while you come across a good Online Preschool Program?

Let us re-work our thoughts.

  1. What moved you to think about the particular program? 
    A famous personality endorsing? Or the repeated advertisement on your social media? Or just because your friend suggested you? Or an exciting off in the fee structure. 
    Well before enrolling your child in any Preschool learning, we need to consider a few important things. 
  2. Is the online preschool focused on Child’s Brain Development or Rote Learning? 
  3. Is the curriculum progressive or backdated? 

Well, indeed, few things won’t change. The method of delivery of the same needs constant updating and re-structuring. We often focus on performance rather than delivery. Well, online schooling needs more effort than offline. Every facilitator needs to bridge the gap. It is often found that the child is constantly hitting the screen. Did we ever think why? Because of the constant instruction of being visible in front of the screen, children often get exhausted and irritated. The main reason why they get so is that they lose their interest in the class after a certain period. This might be because of a bundle of reasons. Maybe, the child is finding the class to be less-interactive, maybe the child is feeling left out or maybe the child is getting bored by the traditional method of teaching. Online classes are tough to carry out for the teacher and the child when compared with offline classes. The adage “All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy” is enough to indicate that online preschool classes essentially need to be incessantly interactive and fun for the children to attract their interest.

To achieve the best education for the child, online preschool classes need to be a fine blend of things that are both informative and entertaining. There are certain elements that will certainly invest in making online classes a high-quality one!

  1. Make the Online Classroom more interactive
    If children are supposed to be glued to their screen, then they have to find interest in what is going behind the screen. This can be done in many ways but one prime element is interaction.  Whether it is a classroom or any other group of people, one is able to draw everyone’s attention towards what he/she is saying, only by keeping them involved.  Interaction is the key element of a high-quality online classroom. The more people interact, the more they get clear with the point of discussion. Similarly, in an online preschool classroom, children get more enthusiastic with the lessons when each and every child gets to interact with the teacher.
    These interactions must involve question-answer instances and doubt clearing and should also be conversational in nature. Most classes churn out inattentive students when they lack interaction. Thus, not three or four children but the entire strength of the class must be interactive and teachers must take care of it.
  2. Songs and Dances to attract the attention
    Children can get distracted in virtual learning as well. Hence,    there should be something to gain their attention back. In this case, nothing can be as efficient as the mode of singing and dancing.  Children are more prone to find interest in these two activities. Moreover, teachers can also plan their lessons by blending them with certain dance steps and songs. Rightly said by Plato, “Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul”.  In this way, children remain more invested in performing these activities rather than getting distracted by any other thing. 
  3. Keep the lessons small and compact
    Virtual learning for kids can become monotonous for them at a certain point. The idea of sitting against the screen and expecting children to take in everything that is being taught is very utopian. According to child development studies, a 2-year-old child can concentrate for six minutes while a 4-year-old can concentrate for up to twelve minutes and a 6-year-old child manages to focus for twelve to eighteen minutes. Keeping this study in mind, online preschool lesson plans must be of short duration. Lessons must be short yet compact for the children. Also, initiate doing an interesting activity after completing the lessons. Hence, short lesson classes accompanied by interesting activities can hugely contribute to attracting children to go to their online classroom!
  4. Focus on studying alternatives
    Teaching lessons can be conducted in several ways. Apart from singing and dancing, another way of making lessons interesting is games and competitions. Teachers can organize a quick quiz session, online recitation of poems, an online alphabet fancy dress competition, etc, to encourage children to participate in the games in disguise of lessons! Nowadays, there is also the availability of kids’ educational games online. Teachers can get to customize these games according to the lessons which they have taught. Games can always excite the kids to sportingly participate in the lessons. Moreover, educational games can be a great alternative to studying.
  5. Involve parents
    Remember that children’s parents can be of great help in organizing a high-quality classroom. Apart from focusing on teaching techniques and lesson plans, teachers must conduct a time-to-time talk with the parents about how the family is coping up with the child’s online preschooling. These discussions must involve a child’s concentration and performance, reasons behind being absent in a class,  homework, and lesson plans as well. Parents are closest to the toddlers and hence talking to them will give a fair idea to the teacher about handling the students. Moreover, online preschool classrooms must also conduct official parent-teacher meetings too with digital report cards for monitoring the performance of the students. In this way, the teacher-parent relationship can also be strengthened. 
  6. Let children take the stage
    Being in front of the screen and always seeing the teacher speak and teach can become boring for the child and the teacher as well. To make things more involving from the toddler’s side, teachers can make a video out of the child’s daily activities and show it in the online classroom.  Teachers can interact with the parents and ask them to send videos of their toddlers doing any interesting activity like playing with toys, dancing, or any other fun activity. When children will see themselves on the screen, it is automatically going to fascinate them and thus, they will be getting more encouraged to be in the online classroom.
  7. Assign activities
    Apart from assigning homework to be done on notebooks, toddlers can also be assigned to do certain interesting activities. Activities such as watering plants, doing a yoga pose, or non-gas cooking can be very involving for the child. Teachers can ask parents to submit these activities by making a video or click a picture.  Moreover, these activities are also a part of the child’s education.  Thus, a high-quality online classroom can sometimes have activities in place of conventional homework.

A high-quality online classroom does not involve costly gadgets and technologies instead it focuses on the method of teaching and making education smooth and possible for children even in the online mode. Thus, through interactions, activities, and online learning games for kids, virtual classrooms can become interesting for the little ones. E-learning for kids is slowly making its place in the world of schools and to make it of high-quality, online preschools can refer to the elements discussed here.

Independent learning

How can we make a child an independent learner?

There is a Chinese proverb that says “Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.” Independent learning is one such method of studying that stays with a child forever. It can confer your child with utmost confidence and a great ability to decipher lessons on their own. Moreover, independent at a tender age will mold the child well.

All parents are deeply concerned about how their child is coping up with learning. Whether the child is able to grasp the lessons and do the homework in preschool learning or not can be very bothering for them. Also, parents wish to see their child grow into a smart and independent learner. In such confusing situations, they might end up helping the child too much or too little

The journey of turning your child into an independent learner in online preschool can be an apprehensive one. But it can be rewarding if parents follow the right steps and guidance.

Allow them to make mistakes

Here is where most parents go wrong! Thinking that your child cannot make mistakes is a major sham. In fact, children become more susceptible to understand concepts by making more mistakes. Allow them to make mistakes and do not discourage them. But, children need to understand why and where they are going wrong so that they do not repeat the mistakes in their preschool lesson plans.
As rightly said by Galileo ‘ You cannot teach a person anything you can, only help him find it within himself.” Thus, to make children understand the “whys” and “wheres” is the juncture where the parents play a big part. Parents must point out where their child is going wrong and help them correct it.


Remove the dependency

Once you have taught your child a lesson, make a deal with them. This deal will mean that you are going to help them with the first two problems. But after that, they have to solve the following questions of their preschool online learning, unescorted. On solving the problems correctly, encourage them to solve more. The more they exercise their brain, the more interesting it gets for them. In case, they get stuck anywhere then help them out. The main focus here is to make children non-dependent on anyone while solving. In this process, the child will get pushed towards independent learning.


Allot them a time frame

It is very difficult for children to comprehend the importance of doing the work on time in online preschool classes. Punctuality is also a pivotal part of independent learning. Finishing things on time actually does make a big difference. Thus, to fit them into the habit of being punctual, parents need to gradually start the process. Every day, take anyone’s lesson and set a time frame for your child. Once, the child gets used to speeding against time, you can timebound them very often. The concept of independent learning majorly involves the need to complete lessons timely. So that, the child will have ample time to move to other lessons by keeping track of time.


Create the space

Most children have the habit of doing their work only when their parent is sitting nearby. This suggests a dependent attitude of the child. Thus, parents need to check whether how much and how long can the child study without them being around. This is a very slow and steady process that needs gradual distancing. Allot the child his/ her homework along with the time frame and then sit nearby. Make sure their concentration is completely invested in their work. Gradually, move a bit more distant. Practice this every day until you can see that the child can complete the lessons on his own. This will automatically trigger independent learning in your child. Moreover, by doing this parents can also handle other important chores.


Praise and encourage your child

” The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated”. Appreciation in different forms fascinates humans of all ages. It works as a great motivator. Thus, appreciation fuels the child to keep working hard with great passion. To make them feel that you are happy and proud of them for doing their work nicely is very important. Thus, allot a reward or kids educational games online for finishing their homework or lessons. For example, their favorite candy as a reward after completing their English lesson. The reward can also be, one hour online learning games for kids after completing the math homework. Such types of rewards go a long way in encouraging the child. Naturally, it also makes them do their work! Praises and encouragement drive children to become an independent learner.


Organize self-evaluations for them

In the era of e-learning for kids your child needs to analyze their own performance in class. Children must know that how they feel about their own performance at school. This might get complicated for them to understand. Thus, parents must organize self-evaluation sessions with their children. They must ask them how they feel about completing their lessons or performing in a test. Notice how they are self-evaluating their performances. Appreciate them for their good performances. Moreover, let them know, that it is all right to feel dissatisfied with a certain test. Instead, encourage them for working harder the next time. Self-evaluation sessions provide the child an opportunity to introspect. It helps them to know their own strong and weak points and infuses independent learning.


Be strict when needed

Being a parent, you will be most aware of your child’s strong and weak points. Thus, choose to stay firm, when they ask you to find solutions to questions of which they are capable of solving. Encourage and motivate them for doing their work on their own. Let them know that you are sure that they can work out the problem on their own and that is why you are not assisting them. There are many learning websites for kids which your child can refer to. Of course, it will be tough for you to deny helping them. But ultimately it is going to help them in becoming fine independent learners.


Set a study routine for the child

You need to put your child into the habit of doing their homework and lessons at a particular time of the day. This means setting up a study routine for your child. There needs to be a schedule that your child must get into the habit of following. Once your child gets into the habit of studying at a fixed hour, you will not need to coax him to study. With a particular schedule, the child will independently initiate intendent learning for virtual classes.

Oscar Wilde once said, “Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught”. Your child’s best education will start when he will start self- studying. Having ownership of learning can really take your child to places. Moreover, independent learning is making a stronghold in this era of online learning for kids. Parents of many toddlers are having a tough time making their children attend online classes. This is because children are dependent on parents when it comes to studying. But if your child is an independent learner then he has the best of both worlds. Independent learning is worth all the efforts that we make as parents for our children.

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