Things that will disappear from Classroom in Next 10 Years

Do you remember how you used to get excited when as a kid you use to enter a computer lab? 10 years back, we used to get curious by seeing new technology in the classroom. But, now it has become our necessity. Technology has entered the classroom and in future there are chances that because of the technology we will have to say good bye to a few things in the classroom. Here is the list of a few things which are likely to disappear from classroom in next 10 years.

Textbooks:

Textbooks are the first things that will disappear from classroom in next 10 years. Textbooks are the set of content that a students use to understand the basic knowledge of perspective. As modern techniques of teaching are being introduced in the classroom textbooks will become less popular. Textbooks will be replaced by e-Books as they are cheaper, updated and quickly accessible and more interactive.

Classroom instruction:

Classroom instructions means a traditional way of teaching were a teacher stands in front of the classroom and teach the lesson to the students. In the next 10 years, students will research, listen to the online information, and take online tests as per their convenience. The teacher will play the role of a facilitator. The teacher will functions as a “go-to” person when the help is needed in managing experiments or providing directions for the lesson.

Teachers Desk:

Technology helps the students by allowing them to access internet and interact with journals, books and web pages online. Students also have their own social networks and groups where they can connect with the experts. The teacher only needs to be present as a reference point in order to reduce distraction and help students with their relevant topics.

Student’s desks:

Change in the technology has personalized learning. Personalized learning will keep the students engaged in their studies. In the flexible classroom the student’s desk will be replaced by comfortable furniture that might include bean bags, swings, sofas or double-deck beds.

Computer labs:

With the devices like laptops and iPads students are no longer confined to the computer lab. They can work on any assignment from home, in the classroom, or while standing at the bus stop etc. The computer labs will disappear and classroom will look like a computer lab.

Educational system on our planet is being changed. But, I don’t think change is the thing that we need. A traditional teaching method involving students and teachers in the classroom is not at all terrible. Teacher needs to find new ways of teaching so that these things won’t disappear from the classroom and the traditional concept of teaching doesn’t change.

Teaching the Students of 21st Century

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Technology has brought in a lot of changes in our day to day lives, which cannot be ignored. It has made the processes faster, without compromising on the quality of services. Similarly, the education sector has also been affected by the advent of technology.

Training and educating the upcoming or the 21st century generation has become a difficult task not only for their parents but also the educators. Teaching, which was never an easy profession, has become even more complex.  The demands of a current generation student are very high. So, the teachers have to be proactive and well verse with technology.

Here are some of the essential qualities required in a 21st Century Teacher:

Commitment towards Students

Among all the qualities, having professional knowledge of the subject is considered very important.  Nowadays, having just the basic knowledge of the topic or the subject is not considered sufficient.  A teacher should be aware of its commitment level with the students. Professional knowledge is the awareness of the commitment she/he/has with the students. Teachers should be aware about the consequences it can have on the students and should try to portray themselves as potential role models for them.

Instructional Effectiveness

The most important aspect between teacher-student relationships is the effectiveness of the instructions provided by the teachers. An effective teacher is one who can teach well, has a versatile way of teaching ability to teach well and precision over his/her methodology. The instructions need to be clear and to the mark. It should have diversity but at the same time should not be too complex to understand.

Communication Skills

Another important quality of an efficient teacher is having good communication skills. It does not take a lot of time to understand about the level of communication skills of the teacher. The information spreads rapidly among the staff members and students and a particular image is formed about the teacher.

The body language is also an important factor when it comes to judging a teacher’s communication skills. An ideal teacher is anything but hostile with the students and every teacher’s door should be open for a student’s doubts and queries. These factors are essential for personality development of students.

Moving out of the Shell

An ideal teacher for the diverse current generation is one who is not limited to constraints and is willing to go out of the box to get things done. They should put in extra effort to make the students feel comfortable and understand the true nuances of education. They should also be well aware of the student’s psychology, in order to resolve any possible conflicts.

Willingness to learn

Teaching is a long-standing process. Every teacher learns gradually over time and evolves not only as an educator, but also as a person. Along with the students, it’s a learning curve for the teachers as well. Good teachers are always in search of the activities that help them in their professional development.

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Children and Internet: Some Tips

children and internet and some tips

In this age, children and internet are two inseparable words. The advent of smartphones and tablets has brought a positive change in our lives. However, for kids, too much exposure to these can be adverse to their development. There is a famous saying, “excess of anything is harmful”. Likewise, if a child is allowed to spend too much time with gadgets and internet this can be hazardous for their growth.

Today, the world we are part of is home to people who communicate more via internet than they do face-to-face. Nowadays, children as young as five know how to operate a mobile device and surf the internet. While most kids and tweens across the globe have access to the internet, they do not have the wisdom to spot and avoid online targets. Lately, the children have become the soft target of these websites and applications on the internet.

Consequently, it turns out that the impetus is on the parents and the teachers of the school to guide the children regarding the useage of Internet in the school. It is their responsibility to ensure that the children get proper guidance about various aspects of online safety. In addition to this, here are some tips that might help you in this regard.

  1. Check the sites your child has access to: Children need to understand that sharing personal information over the internet is dangerous. Basic information such as name, age, address, their school’s name, photographs, etc. should never be shared online. Individuals or organizations with a bad motive can use this sensitive information can commit heinous crimes like identity theft, kidnapping and extortion.

  1. Educate them about importance of credentials: Children should never share passwords with anyone over the internet. Whether it is a close relative or a friend, children are advised to never reveal this particular piece of info. Also, the passwords they choose should be strong and ideally be a combination of numbers and uppercase and lowercase letters.

  1. Monitor their time on the Internet: Although anyone can be cyber-bullied, children are most prone to it. They should be able to recognize it and avoid it at all times. Children should inform either parents or teachers about it and not participate in any such malicious activity; an important criterion of online safety.

  1. Social ‘Menace’ Media: This is the age of social networking. Naturally, children are the most active social media users. They should be taught about the do’s and don’ts of posting stuff on their profiles. The child should never be allowed to post personal photographs or write anything bad against anyone. They should refrain from becoming friends with strangers online.
  1. Anti-virus programs: Children must never download random files from the internet. Such files may contain virus that can crash the entire computer and even weaken the online security, thus enabling hackers to take charge of the computer.
aggressive child

How to deal with an Aggressive Child?

aggressive child

Every child, at some point in his/her childhood or teenage years suffers bursts of aggression – bet it violent behaviors like fighting, biting, or mere irritation, but 8 out of 10 times these reactions are ignored by parents as sheer changes of teenage years. Contrary to the popular belief that children are aggressive because of their mental state, aggression in children is often a consequence of poor parenting, lack of relationship skills, or biological factors. In many cases aggression is also related to a set of cultural and social circumstances varying from – instability in families to peer pressure in schools. Some children, because of their lack of ability to deal with emotion like frustration, find it increasingly difficult to deal with aggressive outbursts. In those cases, parents play a very important role to help their child deal with such aggressive behavior. The aggressive behavior of a child is directly proportional to his temperament; a child with more self-control is most likely to deal with his aggressive behavior than a child who lacks the basic ability to control their mood swings.

Teaching children about dealing with defeat is a great beginning to help them cope with this. In many cases, pressure from parents or schools to perform better in their studies or sports may result in pushing a child towards depression; making it equally important to accept failures with same intensity as one accepts successes.

Why Children get aggressive?

A variety of reasons can influence a child’s behavior:

Life Experiences

Many of us forget the fact that children are good observers who are influenced by the behavior of adults, imitating how they handle their anger and frustrations. When they observe some adults solving problems with physical violence, children take it as an appropriate behavior and ultimately end up replicating the behavior. Watching aggressive programs or movies can also influence the way a child behaves at home or school.

Lack of Social Skills

Some kids lack basic social skills like interaction or simple ability to adjust with peers at school. They look for independence is it at home or in school and after a period, this pushes them to believe that they are alone and they start considering everyone against them. This leads to depression and eventually other forms of aggression like irritation. Such children become feisty to deal with and with passing time, their behavior degrades to situations that are more hazardous.

Lack of encouragement

It is a much-underrated fact that, like adults, children also seek approval and appreciation from their parents at home and teachers in school. However good or bad a child’s performance is, if dealt without love or care, it can have a negative impact on a child’s psyche. If children do not get support from their parents or teachers, the pressure of criticism eventually gets to their head, ultimately affecting their cognitive abilities.

How to help?

Help them in anger management

Children must be taught the basic art of self-control to manage and control their behavior. Parents can start with reasoning to improve things. For instance, consoling their child that it is ok sometimes to lose out to other is a great way of getting rid of pressure. Encouraging a child to express their feelings is another important solution.

Avoid ‘Toughness’

Statements such as “Boys are supposed to be tough” can have a negative impact on a child’s psyche. It pushes them to believe “It is cool to fight or it is ok to settle disputes with violence”. Moreover, children, especially boys, start kicking or biting to seek parental approval, which has a negative effect on their ideology. Such statements leave an impression on a child’s temperament in the longer run thus making them more susceptible to aggression.

Avoid physical punishments to enforce discipline

A child who is physically punished can end up considering it as a correct technique to handle people when their behavior is not appropriate. Physical punishments go a long way in strengthening a child’s belligerence towards others.

Organize home environment

A home is where a child spends most of his initial years; regulating access to toys, TV, or computers during this period can go a long way in dealing with a child’s mental state. If parents become a positive model for controlled behavior, they can go a long way in shaping a child’s psyche.

Eventually, if parents accept their child for what they actually are – in terms of behavior and personality – it will be lot easier for families to deal with childhood aggression. The initial years of a child’s life ultimately play a crucial role, as it is during these years that the foundation for their future years is set. Patient, consistent, firm, and loving guidance can improve a child’s ability to cope with their aggression. Childhood aggression can only be dealt by accepting the problem, not running away from it.

Child Get Fit

5 Tips to help your Child Get Fit

Child Get Fit

If you think, physical fitness is only for adults than you are wrong. Like everything else, seeking fitness is a gradual process. A child, physically active from a young age will have better odds of maintaining the physical fitness over the period. Numerous times, as a child specialist, I come across parents who think it is too early to force their child to develop fitness habits. A majority of them just do not want to force their child towards a fitness regime. They are wrong. Like you send your child to a preschool to ensure a smooth transition from home to an educational institute. Similarly, an early fitness habit will stay a lifetime with your child. Nevertheless, with kids, parents have to show a lot of patience and smart skills to encourage them to achieve fitness. Here are some tips that can help you encourage your child to seek fitness.

Tip#1: Start Slowly

The trick is to start gently. If you push your child excessively, it will be likely that you will scare him away. A gradual approach is the best philosophy. This way, you can encourage your child; while at the same time build a long lasting support. A child who is not into too many physical activities will be more prone to burn out. Therefore, the key is to be slow, but steady. Additionally, make a fixed routine and keep track of your child’s physical activity. Setting small and achievable goals for a child will be more effective than preparing long-term plans. Moreover, these small achievements will boost your child’s morale considerably.

Tip#2: A healthy Lifestyle

The external appearance of a child can lead you to believe that they are fit. However, from inside a child may be unfit. It is important to build a healthy lifestyle from a young age. Conversely, a healthy lifestyle does not mean that you force your child to eat healthy food all the time. A couple of cheat meals (junk food) here and there will not harm your child in any way. The point is to encourage your child naturally to develop a healthy lifestyle. Do not force them to develop healthy eating habits. Make physical activity part of their daily routine. A child with a healthy lifestyle will be less prone to cardiovascular diseases at the later stage of their life.

Tip#3: Keep track of their TV time

TV is a technology that can be a blessing in disguise. If used wisely, this can be an effective tool. However, kids are more likely to use this entertainment tool as a bad habit. Rather, ration your child’s screen time and ensure that it is followed by a physical activity. Sitting for long hours in front of TV will not help your child in any way. This fitness-oriented approach to TV time may motivate your child to follow a healthy routine. In addition to this, outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and bird watching can be used to help your child control screen time. For instance, if your child likes physical activities like martial arts, dancing, or gymnastics; get them enrolled in a class.

Tip#4: Don’t Force Exercise on Your Child

These should be a part of your child’s healthy routine. Do not make them a sort of punishment for your child. It will have a negative impact on your child’s psyche and force them to develop bad habits. As a parent, you have to be aware of your child’s ever changing needs. Keep track of their demands and ensure that they take working out as a healthy part of their routine. Building your child’s confidence and body awareness is a time consuming process. Practice and patience is the key. So, encourage them and do not make sudden changes to their fitness routine.

Tip#5: Be a Role Model

A child looks up to his/her parents the most. If you develop a healthy lifestyle yourself, your child will be positively influenced by this. If you are a couch potato, then do not expect your child to become physically active. Share your enthusiasm about fitness with your child and motivate them to develop healthy habits. Always remember that your child keeps track of every word you say. Be positive and encouraging. Mentor them towards empowerment and a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, keep track of what your child loves and what they want to accomplish.

It is your chance, as parents and mentors of your child, to encourage your child to develop a healthy lifestyle that includes a right mix of physical lifestyle and healthy eating habits. Keep child activities full of fun.

Happy Parenting!

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Role of Montessori Methodology in Preschools

Teaching colleges

Humans are called humans because of a reason. There is something, which separates them from the other species. You can help a person to walk, talk, and eat; however, it is the education that differentiates those persons from the ones who aren’t as evolved. The minds of young ones, over the years, have been greatly evolved with the kind of education they receive. It not only shapes their minds, but also helps them learn new skills, and sometimes those skills could be life altering. We must not forget the influence of the Montessori system of education while talking about young ones, and the state of preschool education in India. The system that has been widely adopted by various preschools across India has played a vivacious role in nurturing the process of early childhood education.

You are free to dissect the Montessori education system, analyse its various shortcomings and strengths. The Italian physician by profession and educator by profession – Maria Montessori – hold’s the key to this system of education. It was she who, after a dedicated research, adopted this teaching methodology in the Indian preschools. Primarily, this philosophy, which was founded by Maria Montessori, lays emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development.

It focuses majorly on enthusiastic child development, where a lot of thought is given on emphasising the development of emotional, physical, and psychological aspects of the child. In addition, this provides the children the necessity ingredients of their development. Notably, for an optimal development of their motor skills, it allows them to choose and act freely within an environment.

The principles such as, exploration, activity, order, orientation, and purposeful activity are given primary importance in this model. Further, the Montessori system of education focuses on free activity within a “prepared environment”, in other words, an environment tailored specifically for basic human wants and needs, and those of children at different ages, not forgetting the individual personalities the children possess. The sole purpose of the environment is to help and allow the child to develop independence in every term, according to his or her inner psychological potential.

The Indian Montessori Organisation is one such initiative taken up by the Indian officials in expanding awareness about the Montessori philosophy in the Indian educational system. Our country was one of the first few countries to focus the impact of this system on the preschools in India. In addition, its propagation and implementation of this system can be easily witnessed all around. And therefore, with the introduction of the newly implemented ECCE policy, the Indian pre-primary education has made a significant progress and the Montessori system of education has provided a big leap towards such development.

importance of read books

Why Encourage Children to Read Books?

importance of read books

Stephen King once rightly remarked, “Books are a uniquely portable magic”. This magic of reading needs to be inculcated among children early in their lives. Starting the process of reading early has its own merits. Novels are not only written for the adults, but also there are innumerable novels being written for children as well. Therefore, children must be regularly encouraged by their parents to read books. By reading novels, we all know how much the creativity and imagination gets boosted among the children. There are also several benefits of reading them such as

  • Basics of Reading- As no one is born with the innate quality of knowing how to read a book, so reading really helps teach the basics. Knowledge of how to hold a book, follow the words on a given page, and other such skills are taught by reading novels.
  • Speech and communication skills– Throughout childhood, children are in a continuous process of learning, therefore it is the right time for developing speaking and communication skills among them. Reading helps them to recognize the sound that each word creates, the pronunciation of different words, which form a great part of the pre-literacy activity. The children also see how the different characters interact with each other and this way they also learn the art of talking.
  • Mastery of language– By reading a novel, the children easily grasp the fundamentals of a certain language. So, if your child is weak in Hindi or English, give him/her some books to read and you will see how he/she develops the language. The children are curious when it comes to any story, so while reading the novel if the child fails to understand the meaning of any word or even how to read it, then he/she will directly come to you seeking a solution. Through these simple steps, they learn the language without seeing it as a baggage.
  • Logical thinking skills– This is where the best aspect of reading comes in. By reading, children effortlessly develop their thinking skills which are highly required not just in their academics but throughout life. The children start imagining the conditions in the scenario they are reading, recognizing the cause and effect of any occurrence they read, and finally the difference between right and wrong is also better understood.
  • Helps in Facing New Experiences– This may sound quite unbelievable, but it is true. The children often get anxious about facing anything that is new to them. For example, the night before the first day at pre-school make them stressful, full of fear and anxiety. In such a situation, the best way to explain them is narrating a story. They will be able to relate to the situation better and also the anxiety will be done away with. Similarly, when they are able to read a book, give them to read something similar to what is going on in their life and you shall see how easily they become understanding and adapt to changing times.
  • Better Concentration and Discipline– Initially though, they may not be able to keep their calm for the duration of that long novel, but once they develop the habit of reading, they will easily be able to concentrate better and also have a sitting habits. This habit of sitting at a place focusing on a single thing is something very crucial for their future academics.

Thus, the reading is a gift to mankind that opens the horizons of human brains. So, let the little brains feel this magic too.

5 Social Networking Websites

5 Social Networking Websites for Children

5 Social Networking Websites

Sounds strange? Well, this is indeed true. In an age of tech-savvy generation, no parent can stop their child from the exposure to internet and the plethora of social networking websites like Twitter, Facebook, and many others. While these websites are a good platform to connect to people who live far away, but they do have demerits if they are accessed before the right age. Further, the cyber bullying, depression, inferior complexity among teenagers are all results of the activities on these sites. So, where to go? To your help, here are 5 social networking websites created especially for children keeping in mind the worries of the parents too. Read on to have a look.

  • Kidswirl– Known as the “Facebook for kids”; children can use this site for social networking by building up their own profile, updating status, uploading and sharing of pictures, but only with the consent of parents. There is a first-of-its-kind ‘parent control panel’ which gives the parent the complete access to the child’s activity on the site from changing the password of account to accepting or rejecting any friend requests. The site is meant for children up to 13 years of age.

  • Scuttlepad– The children are not allowed to sign up to this site until their parents approve it. Further, for signing up the details demanded are birthday, favorite color, and parent’s e-mail address. Once they have made an account, they are free to post messages, make friends, update status, etc.. But, the comments are highly supervised as they are given in a format  and children can use only among the given sets of words. This ensures that there is no harm to anyone’s feelings by any kind of inappropriate comment. The site can be used by children from 6 to 11 years of age.

  • What’s what– It is one of the most secured social networking sites for children. Children can sign up for this site only under the supervision of their parents. For instance, parents have to submit their credit card information and three pictures of the family together to prove their identity. Further, the children can make friends only with people who fall in their age group. Everything posted on the site can be monitored by parents and they are entitled to edit or delete any post, picture, or comment. The intended age group for the users of the site is between 8 to 14 years.

  • Edmodo– This site is surprisingly beneficial in the most interesting way for children as well as teachers. Teachers across the globe use this site as a virtual classroom for connecting to their classes. Edmodo allows teachers to collaborate, share content, access homework, and circulate school notices. Parents can also create their account in order to know about the academic progress of their child from the teacher as well as to share their ideas. Thus, it is a safer version of ‘Facebook’ for the classmates.

  • Togetherville– This is a site which facilitates the interaction among the neighbors, classmates, friends, and family in the approved social circle. The children can play games, watch videos. For updating status, the site gives approved phrases which are only to be used. Parents can check out their child’s profile simply by logging through Facebook and hence can keep an eye. They have full access on their child’s activity from any location at any given point of time.  The best part is that there are no outside links, no unknown friends, and no private conversations.

As a parent, you can allow your child to use any of these sites and be tension –free also. After all, these are surely better options than banning your child from social networking completely, or making him/her lie their age at sites like Facebook.

Effects of Obesity on children

Effects of Obesity

Effects of Obesity on children

After reading the book “Don’t lose your mind, lose weight” by Rujuta Diwekar, a famous celebrity nutritionist. The only thing that stuck me was the revolution of being healthy over thin.

Gone are those days, when children used to participate in outdoor playing, running and sports. Early morning, hearing those yoga-laughs and claps with only elders participating in it makes me wonder why do it after suffering? Why not do it before we undergo any health problem? The famous old saying” Precaution is better than cure” has lost its meaning. Nowadays the bell only rings when the water has reached the brim and is about to drip anytime. These days obesity can be observed in all age groups, from the age of 5 to 50.

What are the effects of Obesity?

What are the effects of obesity?

Obesity is the state of being overweight, a condition where the fat has accumulated in a way that it becomes difficult to lose the excess and it grows further into various serious health complications. The prevalence of obesity in the youth has increased from a mere 7% to a whopping 21% in the past 20 years.  Obese children further grow into obese adults if not taken seriously. Obesity in the youth makes the children prone to at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease and it has been well predicated that the crisis may foster into the risk of diabetes or even cancer.

Many factors can be blamed for the reason behind childhood obesity, few being:

Irregular and harmful eating habits


In a health survey, it was found that children are addicted to junk food and sugary fizzy drinks and ultimately effects of obesity are hard to contain. It was confirmed that children drink at least one soda a day, which possess many harmful nutrients. While bad eating habits followed soon, Junk food like pizzas, burgers and deep fried stuff may look pleasing to the eyes and tummy yet they possess many harmful substances and do not aid in providing any healthy nutrient that is required for the growth and development of the body. The children are simply lured by the advertisements that follow on the television and recall healthy food and vegetables as the food for the ‘poor people’.  Many parents fall target to the fake promises made by junk food brands and are moreover intimidated by their low prices.

No physical activity

The ever increasing technology is one more factor to be blamed for the rising issue of youth obesity, those days are now of the past when children could be seen enjoying and playing outdoors, in today’s time cricket, football are more enjoyed in the form of a game on their smartphone’s. Children must be encouraged to play outdoors and must perform some sort of physical activity. As per doctors an hour a day of playing and physical activity is a must for children, assisting them in their growing years.

WHAT CAN BE DONE?

Replace the sugary drink with healthy homemade juices or lemon water

Children can easily reduce their intake of sucrose by removing sugary sodas from their diet and drinking more healthy versions of it. Homemade vegetable or fruit juices, cold soups, water with a few drops of lemon or just simply plain H2O would be of great help in tackling Obesity.

Offering the children plenty of whole foods                                                     

Moderation is the key, diminishing of junk foods and including more of whole vegetables and fruits in their diet can be of great help. However, this does not imply that the children should be starved or tempted. Include a cheat day where the whole week, they eat healthy, but one single day they are permitted to eat out of their choice.

Decreasing the screen time

Playing outdoors has no comparison to playing on their Smartphone’s or their PSP’s. Outdoor playing has not just health benefits to it, but also teaches the child the spirit of winning and tackling healthy competition. Playing outside is a form of physical activity and builds their stamina.

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Healthy living is now a revolution; everyone wants to stay fit and healthy. Why not include these habits in our children from their younger days so that they can be conveyed further? Fighting obesity doesn’t only mean losing weight, but healthy living. Being skinny or extremely thin isn’t the solution, but being fit is. The youth is our upcoming generation, a generation that would lead the economy and is an asset for any country so why not prepare them for the best. Being fat takes the fun out of being a kid.

Froebel Philosophy

The Kindergarten Revolution – The Froebel Philosophy

Froebel Philosophy

“The child-soul is an ever-bubbling fountain in the world of humanity.”- Friedrich Fröbel

Froebel. A much familiar name in the world of early childhood education arena. An educationalist, who identified the need of recognising that children have their own unique requirements and abilities. Throughout the history of education, a proper system of educating the young minds has been argued upon. According to history, the idea of training the children as soon as possible, so that they could contribute their bit towards the production process in the society, is something, which has been widely accepted.

Froebel wasn’t someone who accepted this theory with ease. He believed that every child possesses a full educational potential, and an educational environment, which supported the same was highly important for the encouragement of the child to grow and develop in an effective manner. This is what formed the basis of the Froebel Philosophy.

Froebel’s ideologies stimulated the fact that appreciation and love for children was highly important in an environment, which could provide them with a feeling of belongingness, a whole new tiny world of their own. A world that was later popularly known as the Kindergarten, a place where children could have a world of their own, play with other kids of the same age and experience their first important swish of independence.

Froebel philosophy centered around kids

Froebel philosophy mainly spoke of four basic components:

(a) Free self-activity

(b) Creativity

(c) Social Participation

(d) Motor Expression.

He firmly believed in the ideology of self-activity in the childhood stage. Before going on with the Froebel Philosophy, we must understand what self-activity basically means. Self-activity can be defined as the development of qualities and skills in an individual in such a manner that an impossible idea can be converted into a reality. And therefore, going forward with such a vision, he designed a series of instructional “gifts”, portraying certain connections and relationships, which helped the children easily identify the process of comparison, questioning, and creative exploration of various activities.

But what were these gifts basically?  A gift was a play object, which a child could use to play with, and these objects held great educational importance, as they consisted of objects like a sphere, a cube, or a cylinder, and with which the child was significantly able to comprehend, understand and internalize some basic vital educational concepts of shape, dimension, size, colour, choice, connectivity and their respective relationships. (Click here to read about the Montessori Philosophy)

Objects like paints and clay also played an important role in the learning process where the children had the choice and the freedom to make and shape whatever they wished for. And therefore, children were not bounded by the geometrical dimensions and were allowed to externalize their own existing ideas and concepts within their creative minds.

Therefore, the process of a child’s own self-activity and independent creative approach in play and learning, the child would eventually begin to comprehend in an effective manner, both the inner, as well as the outer aspects of things as they move towards the developmental stages of the educational process. And therefore, Froebel played a wide role in inculcating the importance of a tiny little kindergarten in a big metropolis driven economy.