What To Keep In Mind When You Teach Your Child To Sew?

One must keep his child busy in the growing stages. You can engage your child in different activities like painting, sewing, making crafts, writing and singing. Sewing is an art that should be taught to the child keeping certain guidelines in mind. Here are some vital facts you must remember when you teach your child to sew.

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Teach The Child The Basic Concepts Of Sewing

Avoid your temptation to dictate rules to your child. A child learns sewing only when you teach the child different concepts related to sewing.

  • Sewing Basics

The child should understand that sewing helps to hold the two pieces of fabric together. They are used with a purpose similar to gluing or stapling the fabrics together.

  • Stitch Length

The stitch length actually decides the tightness of the stitch. The stitches must be close to each other if you want a tight stitch.

  • Layers

Many times when we sew, we tend to work in layers. We may also have to work in backward layers. You must thus explain the concept of layers clearly to your child.

  • Be By Your Child’s Side Guiding And Helping
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It is always best to be by your child guiding him at every stage how he should go about sewing. This helps kids to feel motivated.

  • Proceed With Sewing Gradually

Do not expect the child to learn everything at a fast pace. Proceed in a slow and gradual pace so that the child has enough time to grasp the techniques. You must start off with simple fabrics that are easy to sew. Once the child gets the hang of it, you may proceed to tougher fabrics. Gradual transitions are always better for the learning process.

  • Be Patient With Your Child

Do not underestimate your child’s abilities. Proceed in a gradual way encouraging your child to use his creative skills. Appreciate your child’s art and intelligence. This will surely help the child to learn faster.

Never be strict with a child. A child learns only when his skills are duly appreciated and admired.

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Ways to Make Your Teaching More Effective

You are considered as a good teacher only if you have brilliant students. Your teaching method should be designed for the convenience of your kids rather than your own convenience. Don’t impose your teaching on them because this would make them rebellious and you won’t want this to happen.

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– Understanding your students

As a teacher, it is important to understand who your students are. Every kid has his/her limitations; therefore you must act accordingly. You must take into consideration factors such as age, gender, ethnicity etc. You must be able to understand their interests, fears, negatives/positives and hopes.

– Think like a kid/student

Picture yourself as a student and analyse in what way the subject would be interesting to you. This will help you develop an interesting teaching method.

– Find the purposes behind your teaching

Ask yourself: How important this subject is for my students and how will they understand and apply it?

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– Get Feedback from the Students

I have a 45 minutes lecture and I always make it a point to ask my students to write down the most interesting, complex, confusing or boring part of the lecture; these feedbacks are often interesting and fun. This type of interaction has helped me in improving my teaching skills and creating better connection with the students.

Kids can often feel shy, afraid or embarrassed to ask questions. Therefore, a teacher should be able to read the face of a particular student. If you notice a kid with confused or distracted look then you should talk to him and bring him back to the topic.

Every once in a while I ask my students for advice. If these suggestions are constructive then I agree on implementing them. My students wanted me to have an audio-visual lecture every week and we implemented it in our schedule.

– Grades and Tests

Analyse what question would be important for your students. Don’t make the test too hard and keep students optimistic about their chance to score.  Your test should not be about marks and grades, it should be about revealing the knowledge, interests and skills.

Teach Your Kids To Value Time And Money

Parenting is a tough task. You have to become a role model to your child. You must be able to guide your child and teach them to lead a good life. You should teach them the importance of time and money. These are two factors that continually govern our lives.

It is always easy to teach your children diverse values through interactive games and quizzes. These retain the attention span of children too. I just figured out a few games and methods to teach kids the value of time and money.

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Imaginary Salary
Let your child imagine that he has a salary of Rs 50 per hour and he works 40 hours each week. Make your child calculate how much time he will need to earn a certain amount. The amount can be the price of your child’s favorite toy. As the child learns the use of money, you may increase the sum. You may even use the pocket money as fake wage for older children.

The ‘What If’ Game
This is another way of doing the same thing. You can use a quiz to learn how much your child understands the value of money. You may start with ‘what if you had Rs 50? what would you do with it?’ You can slowly increase the amount. Make sure you note down the results. Play the game at some later period of time to know the difference in the child’s understanding.

‘Spending Time’ Concept
People in India manage to teach children to value money. They often fail to teach children the importance of time. Many people struggle all life to earn money but barely get to enjoy it.

The concept of spending time is a great way to teach your child to value time. Make your child note down the total time he is awake. You should also tell him to note down the daily activities like playing, going to school, watching television etc. The activities may be fixed time activities or variable time activities.

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You may also note down which are your child’s favorite activities. You may then calculate the percentage of time the child spends in activities he likes. This is a great way to teach your child the value of time as a resource.

How to be a Better Teacher

Teaching can be the best profession in the world if you are a good teacher. However, if handling students is not your forte then it could turn into a very exhausting, stressful and painful. Following are some of the tips help you be a better teacher.

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Tips :
As a teacher, you should know two things: Managing your classroom and planning your lesson.

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Step 1 : Managing your classroom

– Be their Role model : Your student look up to you and will probably copy your behaviour as a person. If you are rude, respect your students idea, insult for minor mistakes would impact them. They may behave in the same manner.

– Make rules : Set some rules for your students, so that the process of teaching goes on smoothly.

– Consequence : Warn your students about the consequences of breaking the rules.

– Show compassion : Try to understand your student’s problem and never ignore them they come to you with their problems. No matter how irrelevant they are.

– Build a creative environment : Give your students to come forward and share their ideas even if they are illogical.

– Have a peaceful classroom : If you students were friendly with each other, this would not be a problem. No matter how fun and cool you are as a teacher, your lesson should be conducted with the required discipline and without disrupting other classes.

Step 2 : Plan your lesson

Having objective : This is the most important part of being a teacher. If you are clear about your objective as a teacher then you know what your students should be learning and which, is the best to make them learn and understand a topic.

Plan your lessons :

A Lesson should be divided into three parts; Lecture, Participation and Question and Answer.

In Lesson, the teacher will explain the topic and different aspect related to it. In Participation, The teacher will ask the student to come forward and take part in activity such as group discussion. In Question and Answer, the students are supposed to answer the questions related to the topic discussed during the lecture.

So if you want to be a better teacher make sure you follow these rules. Hope you liked this blog; Feel free to share your thoughts and comments.