Category: Early Childhood Development

Why Is Experiencing Nature Beneficial For Children?

Why Is Experiencing Nature Beneficial For Children?
By Ahmad Amirali

It’s been four years when I first tried to explore that topic as my Mteach practice-based enquiry (PBE) module; I was not sure about how much importance ‘outdoor learning’ has in adolescents’ cognitive development and engagement with the world. We always believe that children should provide a healthy and safe learning environment and for us ‘healthy and safe’ means no outside encounter. In my research Learning Outside the Classroom –  Students Responses and Learning Outcomes, I explain how exposure to outdoor helps adolescents to engage in an experiential mode of learning. The significant outcome of my research was individuals who spent more time in natural environments as kids appeared to have better mental health outcomes in their adulthood. Continue reading “Why Is Experiencing Nature Beneficial For Children?”

From the Heart of The Students’ Curious Mind

From the Heart of The Students’ Curious Mind
By Ahmad Amirali

While working on my assignment, I analysed my previous year student classwork task (I usually take snaps of my classroom activities and students’ performance to later show them to parents in PTMs). I found a student note in which he asked me a series of questions about the question I asked during the session on Crusades. I smile for a moment because suddenly, the whole school term just flashed into my eyes, reminding me how different and curious today’s generation is. I wonder, what makes them question the question or even question the reason?  Is it a student’s way to explore reasons for the reason, or is it just a time-killing strategy? Continue reading “From the Heart of The Students’ Curious Mind”

To Protect Children’s Future, Parents Should Stop Protecting Them from Failure

To Protect Children’s Future, Parents Should Stop Protecting Them from Failure

I remember my childhood when my mom always reminded me that failure was not an option in my exams. This philosophy is still running in many homes, but the competition is now getting much fiercer than before. Now, the race is not against the pass or fail but of achieving higher grades and test scores. Nowadays, students were under more pressure than students twenty years ago. Moreover, this parental desire to see their kids shine leaves little room for children to make their own mistakes and learn from them. The question is, what would be the lifelong threats for a child who is overprotected by their parent? Is overcontrolling a hazard to their mental and social growth? Continue reading “To Protect Children’s Future, Parents Should Stop Protecting Them from Failure”

Why Do Children Misbehave? – Reasons and Solutions

Why Do Children Misbehave? | Reasons and Solutions

There were times when parents consider every bad behaviour of their child as ‘Misbehaviour’ or disrespectful. The situation is most likely the same nowadays when parents usually ask me, ‘I don’t know why my kids’ behaviour is like this or should I consult any doctor or child specialist’. These concerns made me think, why is a person who just stepped into this world unable to comprehend their parents. There are many ways to read your child’s behaviour; Books, videos, counselling or, most importantly, talking to your child’s school teacher. However, above every possible way, parents are the most likely source where children feel secure and comfortable. Talk to them, try to understand why they behave in a particular way for a specific situation. Continue reading “Why Do Children Misbehave? – Reasons and Solutions”

The Fear of Phobias in Teens

The Fear of Phobias in Teens

Once I was conducting a classroom activity to explain the concept of trust to my students. The activity had an instance where one student needed to stand on a chair and fall back without seeing backwards, and four students needed to catch that student. There were four groups when the third group came in front of the class. The student who is supposed to stand on a chair said she would not do that as she was afraid of ‘heights’.  Teenagers likely developed different fears when they entered teenage, for instance; fear of needles, fear of fire, or fear of a thunderstorm. What makes them afraid of any object or situation? To understand this phenomenon among teens, we will explore two terms: Fear and Phobia. Continue reading “The Fear of Phobias in Teens”