Early childhood education basically starts from home. Families are the first school institutions for children, and parents are their first and foremost teachers. Home is the place where every child first learns to communicate, feel together, know love, learn independently of the smallest things like eating, bathing, dressing, and more. Although home education does not have a curriculum. However, parents must play a smart teacher who is able to create a home education curriculum for their children. Because parents must know, will be directed where his son will be.
The strengthening of children's education in the family is very important. The role of family in the education of children is very important. There are many valuable educational activities parents can engage with involving children. These activities are part of the implementation of the family education curriculum. Among the activities that parents can do in carrying out their role in educating children in the family environment are as follows:
1. Invite the children regularly to worship.
As early as possible the child should be introduced and invited to worship as a form of duty creatures of God who believe, in addition to parents must educate children about religion.
Habits of worship with family, in addition to building togetherness in the family, the most important is to build good character in children and introduce the values of religion and divinity through the habit of worship together regularly every day.
Instilling a love for God is effective when it starts from an early age and is done continuously until a positive habits are developed. Among the small steps parents can take is to invite the child to always start all the daily activities begins by praying and ending with gratitude.
2. Introduce and invite children to read books
Everyone knows that the book is a window of science. Introduce books to children from an early age will build a child's love to the book. in the early stages of introducing illustrated books, there is no need to force the child to read quickly.
Reading visual images is a basic literacy ability of a child. Parents can read stories to children. Gradually the child will then recognize the letters and recognize the intonation and accentuation of letters and words. This is a fun step in building children's literacy skills.
3. Invite the children to do simple work
Make simple homework like cleaning the house as a fun activity. Involve all family members. Cooperation, love of hygiene, caring, responsibility, and mutual help will grow in children as they engage directly in doing their duties.
4. Invite the child to cook
The kitchen is an effective place to introduce a process. Parents, especially mothers, can make cooking activities as alternatives to educational and fun activities. cooking activities can be a means to introduce math, social, science, and so forth.
In addition to cooking, the follow-up activities that should be done is to eat together. Eating together is highly recommended because there are so many useful things a child can learn when eating together. For example about morals and eating procedures, gratitude, empathy, knowledge of nutritional content in food, and how to appreciate the work of others.
5. Telling the story of a useful child before bed
Research proves that reading a bedtime story is a very effective way of introducing a child's role model. Because before bed the human brain experiences a peak of comfort in which the information will quickly seep into long-term memory. Therefore, it is better to fill the time before sleep by telling something that is beneficial for the development of positive character of the child.
Inviting children gardening Inviting children to gardening early will foster love and care for the environment, so that he will grow a child who loves and cares for the environment and the homeland. A lot of knowledge that can be given by parents to invite children when gardening. For example introducing various forms of plants, planting procedures, how to care for plants, and so forth.
7. Invite children to discuss
Engaging children for discussion is very important in the family. In addition to building emotional closeness between parents and children, parents will be more know what the child wants, something he likes and dislikes, build a child's self-confidence, verbal language skills, familiarize polite attitudes and so forth.
Well, in addition to the above activities, there are many other activities that can be done as a means of building the character and personality of children, especially activities that contain religious education as the key to build the character of children should continue to be developed by parents at home.