Let us teach all epics to all children before five years of ageThe present crisis of the virus has lead to some interesting observations. Since the parents are also holed up in their houses, they do not know how to handle the children, particularly in the age group of three to five. Since the children cannot play outside, they are given a smartphone each to keep endlessly playing the video games. Sometimes two or more children in the same gated community play such games on laptops and the parents are very proud that their children are happily engaged.
Really? The parents are really fooling themselves. They are so much part of their rat race that they have forgot the basics. Since schools cannot even reopen before Septemeber 2020 and only online classes will be on in most parts of India, it is high time to tell good stories. If not anything else, the grandparents who live in the same house, will happily do so and feel happy that they are making a useful contribution. Since the stories will kindle interest, once the child becomes involved, the grandparents can switch over to the epics like Ramayana and Mahabharatha. Furthermore, there is nothing wrong with telling all the good that Jesus Christ did or the crux of his teachings. After all, a good balance between the teachings of all epics and Holy texts like the Bible can only add value to any child.
The most advanced research in psychology indicates that all learning takes place before the age of five. This is the right time to grab the opportunity and see the difference. Making children between 3 and five or even lesser age children play video games is no solution at all.
This is my entry to the
K Mohan @ Moga
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
One shloka, if taught has to be repeated several times regularly every day for about fifteen to twenty days for a child to have a clear grip on the tone and pronunciation.
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As the child grows older, the trick is to revisit the epic with short anectodes.
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My son, who is 6 years old knows the story of both Ramayana and Mahabharata. In family, we talk more about these epics. I listened to Suki sivam's narration on Mahabharata when I was pregnant. I believe it has some impact in him. So his listening to the related stories did not surprise me.
Me as a blogger, want r d learn the history behind these epucs, so I was doing the related research for a long time. So when the videos and audios related to Mahabharata and Ramayana are much heard by him. When he ask any doubt, I happily discuss in detail with him
As I mentioned above, he get to know more about epics and other mythological stories from cartoon. It helped him to visualize the story that I tell him.
Sharadha Madam's observations on slokas is correct. Children in that age group pick up the Slokas also very fast. The suggestion can be tried as well.
There are various children edition available. These epics are retold in abridged version as easily understandable to children.
It is 'Catch'em young' everywhere. So in this case also the beginning should start from childhood so that it gets base.
One has to consider the practicality of it. With ongoing work at home tasks, when both parents are on the job plus doing the housework together, how is it possible for them to have time to narrate epics? Before the current scenario, too, they were busy with their work and now they have even more to do. It is not in every home, either, that there are grandparents.
Also, aren't you jumping the gun and assuming that regular classes will begin in September 2020? How do you know this as a fact?
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Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.
When I and my elder brother was children till our seventh year our grand mother took us daily to the nearest temple where pravachan was going on epics.
Such an epic should be taught as bedtime stories. The story should start just before going to bed. It should be in parts ending with curious questions. So the child is ready for the next day's bedtime story period.
I learned Ramayana and Mahabharatham when I was eight. After my mother's death, my father used to tell me a story every night before going to sleep. Not only the epics, but he also taught me many slogans and mantras that I still remember and practice.
My father's teaching made me to draw the figures of Ram, Sita, Hanumaan, Ten headed Ravan, Duryodhan and Dutchathan, Krishna and Karna. That helped me to become a good artist.
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