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Exams & Mother's Stress is directly proportionate... when I flashback my memories I can still see the palpable stress on my mom's face, but today I can just smile and tell her; "Hey! mom, see I have made it through"....
The time has shifted it's course, today I am a Mother and braving the exams will be my junior. She's on the first step of schooling (4.5 yrs) and exams are not that far.. probably in couple of years she will be writing her very first time-bound alphabetical races or some short sentences. Will I be ready for that challenge....???
I am a firm believer of logical & visual styles of learning among kids, when it comes to accepting new concepts; brain must reciprocate with correct reasoning towards the challenge. Hence, when I sit with my kid to teach her any new concept... I keep array of things to explain her the reason behind it. For example, last fortnight she completed the Dinosaurs, their types and Earth's evolution in her class. When we did it at home I weaved a story around how Earth was formed and with the help of 'play dough', we made meteoroids and Earth's sphere colliding, great craters, etc.... and call each other carnivorous/ herbivorous dino's based on what we having on our plates.
The best part with this style of leaning is: you are just not teaching your child something new, but also telling them the whole concept behind it...
Human brain is funny, it works all the time throughout our life;
stops only when.... we fall in LOVE or Talk about EXAMS!!
I have seen my friends and family members getting paranoid during exams, but honestly I do not agree to that. More the pressure you build in child's brain, more he/she will go away from it. I know this lady, who wakes her 6 yrs old kid (studying in first grade) at 4 in the morning just to revise what he learned last night!!
How can you reduce the stress level (your & kid's) during Exams?
This is my little list of Do's & Don'ts to curb the exam pressure among Kids & Mommies. We all wish to see our child on top, but please also remember; Kids have JUST one childhood!! DO not snatch away tiny happiness from them under the peer pressure of performing better then 'them'.
Thanks for reading...