Which are the main requirements to be considered to start a House of Children? How do you implement them? Answer:
It is not easy to start a house of children. One has to consider so many things before starting it. There are several reasons for why we cannot provide education to the children according to a special system of education. Some of the reasons or the requirements of children are summarized as under: Problem of restrictions:
The natural urges during childhood are universal and every child experiences them. However the behavioral experiences children undergo during sensitive periods may vary from child to child. The children who are more developed may have better and appropriate experiences as compared to those children which are less developed in the same period. Homes are designed according to the adult’s needs, so they cannot fulfill the natural urges of children as the children are being restricted and forbidden by elders to meet their natural urges. Children cannot access anything freely and comfortably. The children need to be at a place which should be scientifically designed for their pattern of development and to satisfy their inner urges. Problem of Complexity and Size:
The furnishing and other fittings are quite bigger in the house as compared to children. There are so many things in the house that attract children and they want to feel touch and explore the use of some objects but they are forbidden because they’ll break things or hurt themselves. This affects the learning and mental capabilities of a child. So it is very necessary to provide a real world according to the size of children which they would be able to explore by themselves and they won’t hear word “NO” many times a day. As Montessori said, “prohibition is prohibition, either sweet or bitter”. Problem of Lack of Occupation:
Children require some activities all the time and many problems can arise if they are not provided with some suitable occupations. Adults are sometimes so busy that they don’t have proper time to spare for their children. Children get hyper or depressed if they don’t do what they want to do. They will behave normal if they are happy and all their inner needs are being satisfied but they will be deviated minded if they will not get what they want. They can be inclined towards disturbing others, aggressive or will be cause of destroying environment. This is the main reason of problematic child because his inner needs are not satisfied and he’s unhappy. Adults at home usually try to teach children by ordering them or by words which they do not usually practice in real life but they do not realize that by doing so they are oppressing child’s basic urges. Children may also have some complaints with elders and by thwarting and yelling we may become hurdles and torment for child. A good house of children must provide some meaningful activities for children like cooking or gardening etc. Problem for Superfluous Help:
Usually in houses, mothers provide superfluous help to children and by doing so they become hindrance in the way of their child’s development instead of being helpful. Parents may be unconscious of repressing child continuously by doing his day to day tasks and not letting him doing by himself. The need of the time is not to pamper the child by doing all his tasks instead Montessori motto is “HELP ME DO IT MYSELF”. This is the most important need of child to help child being independent which is necessary for his growth and development which cannot be satisfied at homes since there are many valuables and harmful goods in the adult’s house. Implementations of the requirements:
Since children start their learning process right after their birth, it is very necessary to provide appropriate environment according to their needs. A good House of Children must acquire all these facilities for children which lack in the normal houses. Where all the activities to interest children are available and an...