School readiness is often measured by the kids' ability to read and write before school starts. However, aside from their physical and cognitive skills, parents should also give importance to the development of their child's EQ, which involves social and emotional skills.
With children now more dependent on technology, their exposure and activities outside their homes may cause fears, anxieties, and even delayed brain development.
In an event presented by Enfagrow A+ Four NuraPro called “Getting Kids School-Ready, Future Ready!” actress-TV host Iza Calzado-Wintle talked to fellow parents and experts about ways to develop children's IQ and EQ to make them ready for challenges inside and outside the school.
Tina Zamora, Directress of Nest School for Whole Child Development, stressed the importance of determining which learning approach is best for kids.
“It starts with understanding your child's learning style and interests. Montessori education centers on self-directed learning and hands-on exploration. If they thrive in structured environments and value clear guidelines, traditional learning might be suitable. On the other hand, if they're curious, creative, and enjoy exploring, progressive learning could be a better fit.”
Dr. Ma. Theresa Arranz-Lim, founding member and former president of the Philippine Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, further explained how the different learning approaches help shape children's IQ and EQ.
“Adopting the growth mindset is very relevant now — applying what you've learned, accepting feedback, and learning from mistakes. Children are happier when they are affirmed; they feel safe and protected. Whether it's Montessori, traditional, or progressive, giving the best care to children helps them become smart and emotionally aware kids. Keep in mind that every child is unique.”
Child star Annika Co, who has showcased her wit and talents on her TV appearances, has been using the applied learning approach as part of her homeschooling since she was 6 years old.
Her parents, Adrian and Anne Co, allowed her to do whatever activities would help her develop her talents further.
Celebrity mom Coleen Garcia shared the same experience with her son, Amari.
“We spend a lot of time with him and expose him to various experiences because we want Amari to adapt to different environments and interact with people. When we were in Paris, we rode buses and trains, and when we were at home, we exposed him to everyday chores like laundry day, cooking time, etc. We are doing it slowly, using a lot of intuitive tools. That way, we can observe his learning interests,” the actress said.
Educator Tina Zamora approves of the Co's and Garcia's way of enriching kids' learning experience, “It's true what they say: it takes a village to raise a kid. The key is collaboration among teachers, parents, and caregivers. We need to observe and see their strengths and weaknesses so we can give them the essential support system.”
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