Education Starts at Home

Our parents especially our mothers are our first teachers. During our early years, they are the ones whom we actually spend most of our times with. Each touch, hug, kiss and cuddle from them simply means unconditional love, tender loving care and understanding. Without saying a word, we generally know that they will always be there for us. From them, we also learn the basics of the four macro language skills such as: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Education indeed starts at home. Without a doubt, I firmly believe that you also get to learn and adopt your attitude, character, personal image, outlook in life, perceptions and many more from them – the people whom you live at home with. These individuals may be your immediate family, loved ones or relatives. What and who you are today merely reflects the way you were raised before.

Reading to children at an early age can give them a head start when they start school. But parents should not stop reading to children when they do start going to school. They still like to be read to, and it can help to increase their sight vocabulary as well. Parents can also help their children with their reading skills by providing them with reading opportunities. Parents can read their children books, signs, magazines – or anything else that interests them. Teaching children the alphabet whilst they are young, can also help them with their spelling and reading.

Providing children with the right equipment can help with their education. Giving them a quiet place where they can work, read and do homework, with a good reading light and a comfortable chair and desk are just some of these things. Parents can also help their children by proving them with some reference books, and any other relevant learning material they might need.

With that thinking, I want you to read the following lines as they truly happen and make a lot of sense…

Children Live What They Learn

If a child lives with criticism,
He learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility,
He learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule,
He learns to be shy.
If a child lives with jealousy,
He learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance,
He learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement,
He learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with praise,
He learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness,
He learns justice.
If a child lives with security,
He learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval,
He learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship,
He learns to find life in the world.

More so, the following are specific categories on how a child learns, adopts and lives.

Education at home – comes from parents, siblings and family;
Education from media – reflects influences from TV, Internet, video games, newspapers, advertising, politicians and businesses;
Extra-curricular education – influences from coaches and non-formal teachers, such as a piano teacher, religion teacher or camp counselor;
Education from social influences – roots from friends, activities with friends, and members of one’s surrounding community; and last but not least,
Self-education – a kind of interests which one chooses to pursue as a result of their own inclinations and/or influences from any of the categories above.

Now, would you agree? Let me know what’s inside your mind. Speak up and share your thoughts. I’ll be waiting. Thanks.

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