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Let’s break the monotony of New Year Resolutions!

As we begin to roll towards January, we start to think and plan our coming year. With a new year come new opportunities, new ideas, and a new beginning to start afresh. Children are usually more excited for such events; New Year for them is a good party, some celebration and a list of goals to accomplish in the coming year. As parents, mentors and guides it’s our responsibility to make them stress free from the burden of the huge enlisted goals and the forthcoming disappointment from them. Why not make them start off with small things that they can do to not only improvise their lifestyle but also to keep them encouraged with instant success.

Here is something you can pen down to your child’s list of to do’s from New Year.

Add a little spirituality to their daily life

Create a new tradition for celebrating birthdays or anniversaries; make them visit the prayer room on regular basis. Teaching habits like saying a small prayer each morning, thanking God for the day and making them realise that they are lucky and fortunate to have such a life will not only positively modulate their lifestyle but will also build up their trust in the Almighty.

Teach them to be organized

They need to manage their things well, be it preparing for exams, last minute revisions, drafting a project or maintaining their wardrobe, they need to be organized. They should keep their things in place and should avoid last minute rush.

Teach them to be expressive

It’s too easy to forget to tell people that we care about them. This year, make it a special promise to yourself that you’ll tell at least one person, each week, that you love them and that you’re grateful to have them in your life.

Develop Nature love

Buy a plant for them and ask them to maintain it. Not only will they be creating better air quality for your home, but nurturing a plant can help them emotionally as well. They will get to know the importance of Mother Nature.

They should know how to manage money

Although, they are young and are not directly involved in much of financial things but still they should know the importance of managing funds. Monitor how they use their pocket money and try and develop some saving habits in them.

Spend time with your best friend

A one-hour lunch, a movie, a walk in the park, it doesn’t matter what you do together, as long as you spend time with each other. Not only will they get a sense of companionship and love, but they’ll be going a long way towards stress relief.

Health is Wealth

Develop habits like morning work, some exercise in the morning, some jogging etc for them to follow the path towards good health. They should know that staying fit and healthy is the biggest gift they can give to themselves, their family and friends.

Ask them to take a self-test

Tell them the best way to analyze their past year is by taking a self-test. Nobody can judge them better than they themselves; they should analyze their failures and success, their weakness and strengths. They will not only learn from their past mistakes but will also get the energy to strive better the next time.

Help your child to start their new year at a positive note, filled with enthusiasm. Don’t let them burden themselves with big goals and New Year resolutions let them start with smaller steps which will lead them to bigger achievements.
Happy New Year to All!

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Think from a Student’s mind!

How students behave in a classroom affects how much and how well they learn. Each student has a different mindset and a different approach towards things. Some are too sensitive while the others are too curious; some think why is the earth round and the others think why is their Monday after each Sunday. A school needs to answer each of these questions, as every child’s requirement is different so is the manner in which they need to be dealt with. The student-teacher bonds play a very crucial role and help the best of a student get acknowledged.

Behaviour

Children learn behaviour by watching and imitating others. Many types of behaviour detract from learning. These include talking out of turn, being out of the seat without permission, not paying attention and disrupting other students by making noise or touching them. The teacher needs to identify the problem, figure out how to change the behaviour, find a way to encourage students to follow a pattern of desired behaviour and use this pattern consistently so that all the students are focused on the lesson being taught. Only a good school which understands the need of character building of the students will pay heat to such issues and will work on it.

Rewards

Some students respond to receiving rewards for good behaviour, such as prizes, extra recess or stickers on a chart. Students learn they will get something they want if they behave in a certain way, but they don’t always learn that behaving in a certain way is its own reward. This can prevent students from consistently using the desired behaviour that promotes learning.

Punishment

Some students respond to punishment. They stop using unacceptable behaviour if they know they’ll face consequences for breaking the rules. Students who are verbally corrected, assigned extra work, miss recess or are sent to the principal’s office as punishment often learn to lie or cheat to avoid punishment. Therefore, you need to be extra careful as to how you can make them known their mistake and yet keep them away from the habit of lying and cheating.

Responsibility

Acceptable classroom behaviour should be reinforced by making consequences closer to those of real life. The world doesn’t always punish or reward people who behave in a particular manner. Students need to learn that there are natural rewards and certain consequences that come from certain types of behaviour. This will not only make them more practical but will also make them more acceptable for the forthcoming challenges in future.

Considerations

Schools have sets of rules, and many have school improvement teams that study behaviour’s effect on learning and adjust rules accordingly. It’s helpful to gain support from parents, colleagues and community members to identify problem behaviour, set a good example and teach students to practice proper behaviour.

Children have a varied understanding of things, their perception, and beliefs vary and so are their talents and capabilities. It’s the responsibility of a school to understand their requirements and make their queries resolve and their questions answered. A good school, an understanding teacher, a comfortable learning environment is the best surrounding for a student to develop, learn and excel.