SIMPLE THINGS TO REMEMBER OR TO FOLLOW WHILE DOING ACTIVITIES WITH YOUR CHILD
HOW TO EXPLAIN AN ACTIVITY TO THE CHILD?
- Sit beside the child and you need to present the activity once (may be more if required), just do the activity.
- Use the fewest number of words possible during the presentation. The child needs to focus on the materials and the presentation. When you speak too much, the child will start to focus more on your words.
- While presenting your movements need to be slow and clear, for the child to keenly observe.
- There are also some activities where you don’t have to do anything from your end. Just present the activity to the child and invite the child to play, let the child go further with it. Everything has to be child led.
- Invite the child: Inviting the child to play is very different from telling your child to just do it.
WHERE YOU NEED TO SIT?
Sit on the child’s dominant side: This will help the child to watch your presentation clearly and understand and reciprocate your exact movements.
HOW TO INTRODUCE A NEW CONCEPT/ACTIVITY?
Use the three-period lesson: Show me||Tell me: When presenting new concepts, try to use the three-period lesson to ensure that the child understands the term. Make sure that the child connects successfully with the corresponding object. Repeat as many times-if required, repeated exposure to the child is very important.
REGULARITY AND REPETITION:
Increases the rate of success. The child needs to practice and they will keep doing it until they master it. All we need to do is just set that right environment/space for them.
- You need to have your full focus; you need to fully be there at the moment of presentation. No external distractions.
- Stop immediately and put the activity away if the child shows no interest.