- September 20, 2017
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Student Blog
Politics, economic crisis, floods, famine and war. Current affairs for children? Sounds difficult. We think children are too young to understand current affairs. Not anymore.
To ensure children stay informed about the happenings around the world, they need to be equipped with the knowledge of events around them. Sharing articles, which promote social and environmental responsibility, health, hygiene and safety are the best bet.
Here are 10 ways that help teachers and parents make learning current affair for kids an easy task
Encourage children to read the newspaper
- Ask kids to find what interests them in the paper. This will instill the habit of reading in children.
- Contests and quizzes can be organized and children should be encouraged to participate in these activities. The winning contestant can then be selected to speak in front of a wider audience.
- Group discussion on a particular topic relating to current news should be held in schools and all the children should be encouraged to participate and put forward their views and opinions.
- All these activities can be streamed online for wider reach and maximum participation.
Write an Editorial
- Have the kids take an issue that is related to them: climate change, gender roles or government policies.
- Ask them to write an interesting evidence-based editorial. The best ones can then be published in the school magazine and on the Facebook page of the institute.
Have News Inspired Plays
- Plays and skits are powerful tools to help educate children about the world around them.
- Encourage kids to form groups and stage plays based on news events, world affairs, positive stories and social as well as environmental issues.
Mock Elections And Campaigns
- Real world events such as elections can easily be understood by children in fun play.
- Ask kids to hold mock campaigns and elections. This will help them to better understand government formation, policies and political affairs.
Create Galleries And Organize Teach-Ins
- Children can form groups and conduct teach-ins to educate their classmates about the current issues faced by our society including poverty, drug abuse, war, gender roles, and climate change.
- The students can also collect photographs, news clippings, videos, maps and infographics and display them in the school gallery.
Have Discussions About Newspaper Photographs
- Many newspapers are famous for their quality photojournalism. Since photographs appear interesting to kids, these are a great way to involve them.
- Hold discussions over news events with children and encourage them to speak their minds and express their views on the latest events happening around them.
Making Infographics Eases Learning Current Affairs For Kids
- Kids can analyze newspaper articles and make interesting infographics that represent vital statistics and information.
- Making infographics is a great visual way to learn and understand day-to-day national and international affairs.
Storyboards Help Kids Visualize News Stories
- News stories can be easily understood and visualized by children by the way of making visual storyboards.
- Ask kids to break up an article into multiple scenes and illustrate their scenes with captions capturing their essence.
Twitter News Feeds
- Twitter is a powerful social media tool, which can be used in a variety of ways to stay up to date on the happenings around the world.
- Encourage children to use Twitter to its full potential and post relevant news items they like from the newspaper regularly to maintain their own repository of news tweets.
Putting Strings Together
In this era of modernization and globalization, it is even more important to stay connected with the happenings in the world around us. Children should be encouraged to read newspapers or simply browse twitter feeds for a fresh supply of relevant, positive news that can help shape their opinions.
Infographics, maps, social media, and photographs are all powerful ways to help kids gain practical knowledge of the world around them so they can grow up to be responsible, sensitive and aware citizens.