With Christmas coming around, some families are buying up big for the little ones. But material things don’t always equal happiness. This is the chance for parents and guardians to do some early childhood education sessions of their own to teach their children the meaning of Christmas.
Christmas and the summer holidays is a time for the family to spend together. With both parents working most of the year, this time should be cherished and used as a childhood education tool. Quality time with the ones you love is something to appreciate. Do family activities together, things you don’t get time for during the year. Take the kids to see the Christmas lights around Brisbane for a few nights. Look at the Christmas windows in the Queen Street Myer.
As a unique form of childhood education, pass on the traditions you remember from your own Christmases when you were little. Your parents/guardians were your main role model during your early years, and now the baton is passed on to you. What do you remember doing with your family? Did you help bake treats? Decorate the tree?
In Parenting.com’s article 5 ways to raise a grateful child, one strategy is to encourage donations during the festive season. From age 3, kids can grasp the concept that everyone lives in different circumstances. Volunteering, donating money, food and other items under Kmart’s Christmas tree for example, is a good way to start.
In Eskay’s childhood education centre, the children do a lot of creative activities like drawing, beading and making their own jewellry. You can apply this to your own home and ask them to make their own Christmas card/drawing for someone. This can be another relative or the local charity. Elderly care homes and hospitals with volunteer programs will truly appreciate a child’s Christmas message because they know it’s made with heart.
Childhood education doesn’t stop during the holidays. Kids are learning all the time, except for when they sleep. Use these holidays to make them more appreciative of what they already have; love, home and family. Go to Christmas displays together. Donate to the less fortunate. One day your children will pass these ‘traditions’ on, to