THE blackboard, an orthodox requisite in schools is effective learning equipment in homes too. This conventional thing encourages learning through trial and error method and develops your child’s fine-motor and cognitive skills. Install a smaller form of it and witness its wonders …
Toddlers are aggressive scribblers; they go on a rage of random scribbling. “That’s mischievous!”, if that’s your outburst, then hold back. Well exactly… if you could ask their view they would blush to murmur, “Oh Mommy, I really like scribbling.” Toddlers are at a grasping stage of development. Scribbling helps in achieving wrist and hand muscle control, and eye – hand co-ordination. Scribbling on the blackboard, your child can use chalk according to preference in colour, wipe off the marks then choose to use another colour. It gives them the freedom to manipulate without parental guidance.
After your child overcomes the scribbling saga, it’s the onset stage of forming patterns. You can train your child to form patterns – circles, standing lines, sleeping lines, slanting lines, squares, rectangles, curves, triangles etc. which is the base to learn writing. At first write a pattern on the board, teasingly challenge your kid saying, “Can you write like me? Copy and write the same.” When the child is trying to copy the same, back your child’s performance with praise.
It’s easier to grip a chalk than a pencil at the initial stage of writing. The writing of alphabet and numerals becomes easier because your pre-schooler does not have to brother about the size of the script; it can as be as gigantic as possible or as minute as an ant. They can choose to write on the corner of the board or the centre. Their concentration is only on the formation of alphabet and numerals. This helps your child to withdraw their apprehensions, if any, towards writing and leads for a smooth transition on writing in books.
Through observation, kids discover new words and numerals. A blackboard lends this exploration a means to exhibit. Foremost they observe the letters in their own name and will copy the same. They come across popular words usually displayed on TV e.g. ‘BHEEM’ or ‘DOREMON’ which they copy on the blackboard. By this exploration your child develops vocabulary and learns pronunciation of words with ease.
Children can be taught to draw simple things e.g. shapes, ball, apple, flower, cat, hut etc. to create interest towards sketches. If your child is drawn towards creativity they may build on to it and progress to draw complex sketches.
A blackboard is like a playground for your kid to reveal the details of what they have learnt or found interesting in school. They will draw objects; write alphabet, numerals and words which will give you a good glimpse into their growing world of knowledge.
Kids declare their ownership on the blackboard; they allow themself to make mistakes while writing on it. They play pretend games (the target – their Teacher, of course!) and it keeps kids engaged in free play. Older kids may set their own mini question paper and may even write answers to it. Kids study free willingly which further develops their interest towards studies. For young children, blackboards are a better option than whiteboards because chalks provide better grip and marker-pens are unsafe.