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Jakarta Post

Parents taking active role in children's early education

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 24, 2019   /  12:44 pm
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Khaylila (right) plays with Montessori educational materials to learn sensory skills and patience at home on Wednesday. Her mother Nafila (left) has taken a diploma on early childhood education.(JP/Alya Nurbaiti)

One fine afternoon at a home in Beji, Depok of West Java, 4-year-old Khaylila decided she wanted to play with a spoon and bowl. Her mother then prepared a bowl of corn kernels. The game was to move the corn kernels from one bowl to two smaller bowls of identical size. Khaylila carefully spooned the kernels while observing the height of kernels filling each bowl. Her mother silently watched, keeping intervention and distraction to a minimum. “This exercise is not only useful for practical life but also teaches children the mathematical concept of division without any explaining, because they experience the concept themselves,” said the mother, Nafila Rahmawati. Nafila is not the only one finding the precursor step important and helpful. Martha Iriana, a mother of three living in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, explained her experience of teaching her first two sons writing...