Help!, My child won't play alone.
Some kids are just born independent. They play on their own when they’re barely two years old. They just run around the home and reach for the nearest tree branch, eager to climb to the top of the world without our help. Most children have a difficult time separating from their parents, even for a few minutes.
Even if we ask them to play with their favorite toys, the parents will not be spared and will always be disturbed. Some kids play independently with great concentration and loads of creativity, and others need a playmate or a parent to play with. To make them focussed on a given task, the task should be a passion for them, and hence a variety of tasks should be tried.
A few of them I would like to highlight here:
1. Create a task that set’s them up for success: Tongue twisters are a series of words, having similar sounds, but are difficult to pronounce. Tongue twister can be used to engage a child for at least half an hour every day. Practicing tongue twister can help a child learn new sounds and strengthen their speech muscles to produce different sounds clearly. It is scientifically proven that people who practice tongue twisters often have the clearest speech. Communication trainers in Spoken English institutes use tongue twisters as a tool to eliminate bias from their native language influences, also known as MTI (Mother tongue influence). Recording tongue twisters, one can identify the problems in its sounds. Consistent practice of such tongue twisters can make a person perfect on his pronunciation. A tongue twister, thus, not only helps in engaging a child at home during these pandemic times but also helps him to resonate correctly with the actual sounds.
3. Do a handholding: Asking a child to do gardening will not be interesting to a child, but if the same task is narrated using a comparison of modern and old technologies in farming, the child might come out with novel ideas/strategies. I found this technique personally of great use when I experimented with my son. He is very much interested in Indian scientists’ history, but if I ask him to read a book, he will not. I purchased an animation software for him for a month, and he started using that software and started his own youtube channel. His animations may not be the same as a professional animator, but he still learned a new way of expressing an idea.
4. Assign Primitive tasks initially: Give smaller and easier tasks initially and then proceed for bigger challenges: If you want your child to be IT savvy, Don’t teach the kid with a programming language, but start giving the kid some smaller logical constructs or begin with a block programming language like SCRATCH programming, where constructs in the language are to be learned visually.
5. Teach every aspect of life: Teaching is not restricted only to textbooks, but one can teach using Television serials/movies/youtube videos/video games. The child should be exposed to relevant digital media/textbooks/video games to learn from them. Simple tasks like creating tables in MS-Excel, usage of faceapp (android app) in transforming his/her photo, promoting a child’s niche in terms of videos in a youtube channel, etc. all keep a child engaged and make him/her more creative.
Many of the current generation parents would not have faced these problems in their childhood as they were a part of a large undivided family. Today’s children from nuclear families face these problems and find it difficult to mingle with others.
We at CRACS labs have brought about an innovative product in the form of an app, which can supplement all these activities. It offers 30 activities in the form of an app, and the child is expected to do all these activities and upload it back using a smart phone. The salient features of this app are:
1. It provides 30 talent activities to engage a child.
2. The activities are arranged in an age-wise manner, so every child in a given age group will be able to solve the task without depending on their parents.
3. Points are allotted for each activity, and upon uploading the activity, the child will be awarded the points and will be shown in the dashboard
4. Every month, a competition is held for the children, and the activities they have uploaded will be accessed by an in-house team. Prizes are awarded for the child who had performed these activities well. This encourages a child to perform a task more creatively and promotes competition too.
If you wish to know more about this app, you can contact me or attend a webinar today night.
Webinar Timings: November 3rd, Tuesday, 7:30 PM
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