The question whether formal education and the degrees associated with it is more a matter of concern or whether the all round development of the child and being a complete human is every aspect is more important is an ongoing debate that have set parents and teachers alike thinking.
However, it has been agreed that a formal education and degree is what it takes to build a successful career and there are few experimental people who dare not to pursue formal studies and set out on their own. On the other hand, too much of studying and technicalities have indeed reduced the perception powers of the students to the brighter and more beautiful things of life. Modern researchers are now indeed stressing that new ways of teaching should be invented so that the young minds blossom into individuals who are aware of everything that life has to offer, instead of just being contended individuals with fat paychecks.
For this it is essential that the taste of the child should be developed from the very start. Therefore, for the kids of kindergarten, colorful storybooks should also accompany the schoolbooks. If they are reading a children’s story instead of just reading out the moral, make the students enact it in a little classroom skit.
It does not have to be anything big, but enacting it out will serve the two-fold purpose of driving the message home as well us involve the children in-group activities which will teach them how to work and perform in a group. Singing or performing a task together also helps in improving the coordination among the children.
Tasks like hand painting and collage introduces them to new textures and ideas whereas the older children should not only be restricted to doing things just for themselves but also for others.
So if they are making a drawing, tell them to make something for old men and women or for underprivileged children. By this, from the very childhood they will imbibe the feeling of sharing and doing something for the happiness of others. This is because being creative does not only mean to be able to do beautiful things. That is more of a question of talent. Rather, it means to improve the faculties.
If the children are learning about the importance of plants and trees, then teach them gardening in simple terms. Like watering the plants or taking out a weed or two. Touching and feeling and actually performing the task leaves a greater impression on the child, rather than just reading from a book and knowing nothing about what the actual thing looks like.
By Jacob Bainton