Tutoring toddlers is a tough and a very sweet job! A neighbour of mine has asked me to teach her little daughter the beginning alphabets and numbers so that she can pass her admission test in a good institution and meh- ain’t it hard? I mean, I did teach the beginnings to my brother when he was young but that was so many years ago!
Teaching kids so young requires A LOT of patience! Because when you ask them to make a “2”, after having them practice it so many times, and all they do is smile, sit on laps and say: “Mae aese beth jati hun”. (I think I should sit this way), then look around, find an activity book nearby, get closer to it in inches (as if I am not noticing), put a hand over it and then say, “bahar se cars ki awaz arahi haena!” (that she can hear sounds of traffic from outside), and smile cutely again. I’d ask her sweetly to make a “2” and will repeat the ways of making it like a duck, and illustrating, and with examples of many two things to which she’d draw some lines (which wont look like a “2” at all.) Then I would hand her a pack of biscuits, open it and make her count them. (And then let her eat them just in hope she would concentrate more after a tasty treat! 😉 )
It was a fun experience overall. She was nice, understood a number of things and promised to show me a “2” the next day, loved to color apples, show her pencils, and tell stories of her siblings!
But she won’t learn that easily. Only I would. To find newer and attractive ways and to deal in a playful way! I really look forward to enjoy this experience and teach that little friend of mine! 🙂