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For children, counting is the starting point in their journeys through the fascinating world of Arithmetic. They start counting objects around them at a very young age, in fact it is one of the first tasks they do. Counting is fundamental to the children’s notion of “quantity” and hence it is important to introduce the concept at an early age.
From counting, children progress to addition. Why? – Because addition is naturally linked to counting. Once children start counting fluently they usually start performing addition. Here, they must be provided the right experiences so that they acquire the required skills to count and add fluently.
We at Skola have identified the importance of these skills and created a unique toy, to enable experiential learning of the concepts of counting and addition – and all through play! The toy is “Peg and Add”. This experiential toy has a remarkable way of transforming seemingly complex concepts of counting and addition into stimulating games for children.
Peg and Add toy caters to children of 3 and a half years of age. At this age the brains are most curious and receptive to grasp math concepts. This self-correcting toy provides the right learning for concepts of counting and addition. By using coloured pegs on wooden decagons, learning of addition and counting is made easy. Children can put together numbered parts and pegs that add up to a maximum sum of 20. The toy comprises of 4 activities that can help develop a host of skill sets.
The toy comes packed in a beautiful Skola doodle box. The set includes:
A brown wooden base with 3 sections with holes
10 red pegs
10 blue pegs
10 red and 10 blue fractional decagonal bases each representing a numeral from 0-9
A wooden box with partitions to hold the pegs
Children can take up a host of fun activities that will help them comprehend the concepts of counting and addition. Here are the activities:
Peg and Count:
Cover one of the smaller sections of the wooden base with one decagonal base (either red or blue). Place the pegs (same colour as the base) in the holes. Count the number of pegs to indicate the quantity written on the base.
Pegging while counting ensures reinforcement of quantity count in a multi sensorial way. It also enhances fine motor skills (specifically pincer/pencil grip)
Cover the smaller sections of the wooden base with one red and one blue decagonal base (The numerals depict the quantity being added). Peg the open holes with pegs (same colour as the bases). Transfer all the pegs to the large section of the wooden base, starting from 1. This gives the sum of the 2 numbers. Children clearly see 2 quantities adding up to a bigger whole.
Add Tables of 10:
Take one red decagonal base. Find the complementary blue decagonal base and complete the decagon. Place the bases on the wooden base and peg the open holes in both the sections. Transfer all the pegs to the large section, starting from 1. This gives the sum of the 2 numbers. The answer will always be 10. This helps to introduce the concept of borrowing/carryover in Arithmetic.
Place one set of decagonal bases on a surface. Keep the pegs (same colour as the bases) in a bowl in another room. Place an indicator on a base. Ask the child to see the numeral written on the base, remember it and bring the corresponding number of pegs from the bowl. This activity strengths memory for numbers.
Over a period of time, children who take up this activity will tell how many chairs are there in the living room, the number of steps in the stairs and much more.
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“The goal of education is not to increase the knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new things “
These are the words of Jean Piaget - A Swiss psychologist and genetic epistemologist most famously known for his theory of cognitive development that looked at how children develop intellectually throughout the course of childhood.
Cognitive skills in simple words is all about the ability to grasp information, analyze the cause and effect and thereafter relate that learning to new situations. Research reveals that the formative years of children, especially their first 5 years are an extremely crucial phase when it comes to brain development. The learning opportunity that we, as parents offer to our children during this phase sets the stage for a holistic development of brain cells that are essential to understand the world and react appropriately to situations that range from simple to complex.
Challenge for parents, therefore, is to inculcate a learning process that can ignite and bring together several brain faculties such as learning ability, concentration, attention span, memory retention, analytical thinking and decision making, besides several other dimensions necessary at an early age so as to progressively achieve the various age related milestones in development of cognitive skills.
Here we look at some examples of Cognitive skills and how they facilitate simple day to day activities
Real life situations where the skills are applied
Helps to chronologically sequence out simple daily activities for children and prioritize them, starting from daily routine right up to bed time.
Develops ability to process Sensory stimuli so they can smell a Rose, touch/feel a surface or texture and hear/recognize their favorite sounds/voice or visually identify an object.
Enhances ability to question when they do not understand and also the ability to follow directions - both auditory and visual, besides engage in simple conversations.
Increases the sense of focus, attention span and helps to avoid getting distracted during multi tasking situations between work and play.
Prepares a child to register and recall simple written instructions, events and conversations – Be it a story recall or exciting moments from a travel or a play session.
Enables logical reasoning of what comes next, problem solving and decision making abilities.
How can we, as parents help in developing these skills to the fullest potential?
Cognitive skills development is a combination of genetics and as well, a process of teaching and nurturing. The need of the hour for the current age millennial is therefore a tool that can simplify this process while at the same time ensure that they are fun-filled to make learning and development a joyous experience for the children. Only then can we find them` immersed in the learning process as they embark upon the journey to explore, discover and learn new things.
Vince Gowmon said – “Play is the shortest route between children and their creative calling “.
Our innovative early education toys cater to every milestone in a child’s cognitive development. The experiential learning from our toys unshackles the millennial from conventional preschool education. They are aimed at developing all skills necessary to prepare them well enough to emerge as winners in life not by chance but by choice!
Product set includes:
Stage 1 – 3D formation with Jigsaw tower for Age 3+
Stage 2 - 2 D formation with Mosaic Nuts and Bolts for Age 4+
Stage 3- Simple replication with Popsicle patterns for Age 4+
Stage 4 – Sequencing with Locking blocks for Age 4+
Stage 5 – Picture completion with animal blocks Age 5+
Stage 6 – Complex replication with house of Patterns age 6+
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” - Aristotle!
Academic education indeed helps to impart knowledge, prepare children for their careers and make them employable but that will not prepare them adequately for life’s challenges and make them responsible citizens. As parents, we therefore have to look beyond conventional learning to make social skills a part of pedagogy at an early age because during formative years, they are both vulnerable and receptive. Therefore an effective value based preschool education can actually mould the innocent minds into a strong personality well prepared to face the competitive world even while maintaining the social decorum necessary to be a good human being.
What are Social skills?
The simple golden rule of Social skill is “Doing unto others as you would have them do unto you”. The Mosaic Law contains a parallel commandment: “Whatever hurts you, do not do to any other person.” Some of the aspects that are crucial for a holistic social development are enumerated below -
Values and principles that mould children into good human beings -
Love and Compassion, Unity and Collaboration, Discipline and Humility, Simple Living and Sacrifice, Honesty and integrity, Freedom without abuse – these are only some of those essential human values. They not only help children to make them good citizens but also prepare them to lead a happy life. Children need to be made aware of the importance of these values and nurtured in such a manner that they follow that for life and not compromise on these values, no matter how hard circumstances get.
Spirit of inclusiveness
This is an era where Technology, AI and Automation dominate the world and the millennial today are deprived of opportunities to interact with human beings to the extent the older generations were naturally exposed to. Children need to be made aware in a conscious way that individuals are only an integral part of society. When this awareness is well fostered in them, they naturally develop a spirit of inclusiveness in society and become successful in managing relationships. Some of the important skills that are relevant here are
Team spirit and cooperation
Good communication skills such as reading and writing
Good listening skills
Greet people politely
Spirit of sharing
Expression of gratitude when help offered whether or not accepted
Humility and courage to accept mistakes and apologize
Learning to react gracefully to negative comment if they are not justified
Self awareness and Empathy towards individuals as also to society at large –
On this Planet earth, since we are an integral part of Society at large, every action and reaction at our end would impact someone, somewhere, sometime. So we need to create self awareness among them about
- What we are allowed to do and what is not appropriate in social perception
- How our actions impact someone’s life positively or negatively
- How to align our thinking, our emotions and behavior in a positive way
- What are our responsibilities towards Nature, Environment and Mother Earth?
- How can we protect and preserve scarce natural resources
Emotional skills refers to a child’s ability to deal with, manage, express and control his or her emotional state, including anger, sadness, excitement, anxiety and joy. Emotional stability is an important aspect of resiliency. These are the skills that shape their mental strength and help them to react in a balanced and rational way even in negative and challenging situations.
Here are some ways to build a strong and resilient emotional quotient.
Guide them not to suppress emotions but express them in a morally acceptable way
Help them overcome negative emotions such as Jealousy, hatred and violence which are all an integral part of emotional quotient
Get them volunteer in NGO activity or even spend some time in less privileged environment. This way, they would learn to empathize and count their blessings
Extracurricular activities involving tryst with Nature so they learn to enjoy small pleasures and fosters holistic perspective to life
Encourage Indoor and outdoor sports activities that stimulate a healthy competitive spirit and a sportive approach towards failures
At Skola, we have premier products designed to cater to a holistic social development in every child. Experiential ways of learning are based on extensive research whereby they are incited not just to learn but to become students for life.
What skills can children learn from these toys?
Explorative thinking - both convergent and divergent
Creative thinking, Problem solving and decision making