I am a firm believer of “Children learn faster by observing than by listening to their parents”. If you are looking for a list of things that needs to be taught to your children or a number of ideas to work around I am very sorry to say that this is definitely not your cup of tea. Sometimes we young mothers tend to get carried away.. With domestic chores, work and being a mom can be really taxing especially when children learn faster and from a lot of people they meet on a day to day basis. Yes, it is important to introduce and explain lot of meaningful concepts/principles at a very young age but at the same time it is definitely not going to work out if you expect your children to follow them blindly when you don’t. Now don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember the mantra is “slowly-patiently-steadily’.
Children tend to observe what you live by and let it into their subconscious mind without even realizing it. I have done lot of mistakes while bringing up my baby girl. I have snapped and said few things very rudely (esp when I was working), i have used certain words without even realizing it. But it was my little sunshine helped me to change myself to be better mother.
Here are few things that I learnt from her. Treat them like you treat any person.. apologize when you do something wrong, accept when you have made a mistake and voice it out, say sorry when you are late, think twice before committing to anything, if you do commit try to keep up your word, be stern but not rude. Sometimes things you casually mention while chatting have greater impact rather than having a discussion. When your kid sees you being kind, polite, assertive, committed and truthful and honest, they will not need you to teach them any of this. Many a times a problem can be easily handled by just asking them for ideas. Since it is their idea it works 100% of the time. I once asked my daughter why she never listens to me when she is playing in her school play area and what I should do to make her listen (I had tried a zillion things and ended up asking her) she simply said I just have to say “freeze” and she would immediately come with me!!!!! And it worked just fine. 🙂
SOMETIMES THINGS ARE TOO SIMPLE BUT WE END UP COMPLICATING IT
This book written by Beth Wagner Brust is about a girl named Anna who receives 8 tulips on her eighth birthday from her dad and how she trades 7 of them for a painting, a cabinet, cot, cat and many such things. After trading the seven tulips for more items than Anna could imagine, she retains the eighth one as it is a gift from her father.
This book belongs to level 3 reading category. The title might suggest that the book will teach about trading and will not be quite interesting like a story book. That is not at all true!!!
The book is quite interesting and my daughter enjoyed reading about tulips and came to know about the most beautiful and very rare Semper Augustus and when she googled to know what it looked like she simply loved the magnificent tulip. The kids will also get to know that Tulip trading was quite famous for a period of time!
This book has 48 pages and is neatly written.Since it is easy, and if you think your kid has the patience to go through all the pages, then I suggest it for a four year old kid as well.
It has very minimal educational value but definitely a thumbs up for early readers. Go for it! Have a good read!
One fine morning, after finishing off a Badminton game, my husband found this beautiful artist sitting on his car windshield.. He casually clicked it and showed it to me. Truly a marvelous creation of nature. The color just got me, the perfect border and those spots as though it was drawn after measuring the space. How can it be so flawless? With perfect harmony? Beautiful color? Pink and white lines?
Giving credit to God is going to open a whole range of discussion, I truly feel and believe that it is mother nature who loves each and every living and non living being equally. This always gives me a sense of peace and a warning
“Saving nature is not a service that you render; it is one’s responsibility”
Nature doesn’t need us! Only we need nature! The more we abuse it, the bigger we are going to pay for it! Mother nature can wipe us off the planet and give life to whole new range of species in no time. Only she can say, ‘anything is possible’. Beware and save earth before it is too late. To those who find this post a bit too dramatic, wake up and realize what is happening around you. Time to bring a change.. to make this heaven stay that way for the next generation. It is our responsibility to enjoy it and hand it over to others just the way it was given to us!
We don’t have to do anything on a larger scale. Don’t have to spend money. Just tiny steps,
- Stop wasting water.
- Consider nature as person you meet. Just be courteous and kind.
- You can not do anything as it pleases. You cannot pluck leaves/flowers or pull out a sapling while you are on a call.
- Don’t litter. Is it too much to ask for? If you visit another country, you follow all the rules. Why can’t you do it to keep your city clean and pollution free?
- Are you coming out of office/school/or college, pour the leftover water from your water bottle on to a plant.
- You run a company, just have a big drum to collect such leftover water and later use it on for watering plants.
- You live in an apartment, set up a terrace garden, work on patio gardening. It will be cheaper than the decor items you buy!
- As much as possible, spread the word. Don’t just do it for a day and stop.
- Teach all this to your kid. Teach your kid to love nature, respect nature and also to save nature. It will go a long way..
This time my six year old daughter did not want anything to do with princesses or fables.. so she went for “the cat in the hat”. I had read mixed reviews about Dr Seuss books. One even said she hates his books because the English is bad. I was a bit hesitant to let her choose this book, at the same time I did not want to curb her interest and force her to read something that I choose. Don’t you feel she should be given the freedom to make her own choices, at least to judge if it is good or not? So I promised, I will let her read this and see what she feels about it.
Strangely, she found it easier to read as small rhyming words were used to construct a sentence. She fell in love with the illustrations. It was relevant, simple and more like a doodle than a perfectly sketched drawing. This book had more than twenty pages but she loved the way it was written. It had a wacky plot, funny exclamations and a seamless flow to it.
This book will suit both boys and girls (since some mentioned his/her son or even daughter did not like pinkalicious) if you are looking at introducing Dr Seuss books , pls go ahead. This can never go wrong. In this, the cat in the hat says what all and how all it can read in a funny way. The kids get to identify and enjoy those rhyming words. They also get to learn new words and understand indirect/hidden messages. If your child is 4 and below, I suggest you wait for an year or so.Here is one small excerpt which I loved
My favourite from “I can read with my eyes shut”
Here is one more,
A page from I can read with my eyes shut
The next book I picked was Little Miss Naughty by Roger Hargreaves. This book has one of the nicest and comical illustrations that will attract kids. Little miss naughty is nothing but an egg shaped doodle who likes to be naughty all the time. One fine day she wakes up and says it feels like a good day to be naughty and continues to be behave naughtily with people she meets that day.
If you are expecting her to say sorry for the trouble she causes or the book to end with a note on discipline you will be disappointed. Even though that is important, that alone should not be the deciding factor when you pick this book. This is what I felt:
It is fun..
Short sentences with good choice of words.
and the book size is easy enough to hold with just one hand.
Would have been much much better if Little Miss Naughty realises and says sorry for the trouble she causes
If you feel it is too plain without a plot or a good note, you can just skip this series.If you are looking for a casual read, then I suggest you let your child decide if she/he wants to go for this series. At the end of it you can discuss with your child and explain how she doesn’t apologize for the troubles she causes.
Have a goodread!