learn what they live
‘For the love of children’ , seeks to help
parents understand the vital early childhood years
By Sachie Fernando
As every parent knows, raising children is a never-ending series
of questions. What can I do to get my child to eat fruits? How do
I keep my child safe? How do I teach my child the limits with the
child's brain develops most dramatically during the early years
of life, (till the age of 3) and parents and caregivers have a big
impact during this time which makes a profound difference in their
this in mind, the Association of Montessori Directresses and Educators
(AMDE) has organised an educational awareness programme, 'For the
love of children' for parents and extended family members on Saturday,
October 9 at the Sasakawa Hall, Colombo 3 from 9a.m to 1p.m. This
event is being held to mark Universal Children's Day which fell
on October 1.
Kodippily, a counsellor will talk on the essential areas of parenting.
Shanthi Wijesinghe, president of the AMDE says, "Parents must
watch over their children while finding time for themselves."
Research proves that children react to the surroundings they are
the very nature of children's development does not lend itself to
"standards". Pre-school children's development often is
uneven, with development in one area outpacing development in other
development often is sporadic. A child may make relatively little
progress in one developmental area for a significant period of time
and then suddenly master a series of skills or demonstrate more
advanced characteristics almost overnight.
children's development at this age is highly influenced by the environment,
to which they are exposed, and the preschool, the child's home,
community, and educational environments differ substantially.
early childhood pedagogy has traditionally relied on child-centred
or child-initiated approaches where the learning curriculum originates
from the child's own unique developmental level and interests. These
are the key areas Mrs. Kodippily will talk on, to help parents discover
the inner potential of their children.
children eat more fat and chemicals than fruit and fibre. The hard
part isn't knowing what's good to eat; it's eating what's good to
eat. What's a parent to do?
Studies have proved that learning problems in the latter part of
growing up are associated with sub-standard nutrition at the early
days of childhood," says Mrs. Wijesinghe. Dr. Ruwan Jayathunga,
consultant on learning difficulties attached to the Army Hospital,
Colombo will focus on the dangers of consumption of wrong types
Perera, a therapist for speech and language difficulties working
with the 'Focus Ability' Resource Centre, Colombo will deal with
the problems of coping with disabled children and those with language
session includes a question time where parents will have the facility
of getting first- hand information from the professionals. Parents
not only help a child learn, they establish rituals and routines
that help develop a child's sense of security and ability to understand
how the world works around them.
have a duty to protect their children. The AMDE seminar aims to
give parents an opportunity not just to carry out their duty but
to accomplish much more. Because we all know that the first years
truly last forever.