A CIU Academic Made Suggestions about the Effective Development of Children
Cyprus International University (CIU) Faculty of Education, Preschool Teacher Program Chair, Lecturer. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sarem Özdemir made suggestions to parents about the healthy development of children at pre-school and primary school.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Özdemir reminded parents that children should be in constant contact with pre-school or primary school pupils and parents should chat with their children at certain times of the day. Assist. Prof. Dr. Özdemir also stated that it would be useful to prepare an area where children can freely express themselves and she said "Parents should make sure that this area does not contain harmful substances."
Özdemir gave information about language development, which is a part of children's effective development and she stated that it is beneficial for parents to tell their children daily short stories. Özdemir also suggested that parents encourage their children to create stories by using a book with a visual intensity to activate their imagination and motor development.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Özdemir pointed out the importance of identifying journals, books and documentaries considering their interests for the children who knows how to read and she said in this way the problem-solving skills of the children will be increased by asking them the reason-result relationship about the events in the surrounding area. Özdemir also mentioned that "Ask the children why the seasons changes and ask them to paint it". Özdemir stated that as pencil-keeping skills and language development progressed parents should encourage them to keep a diary and she added that it is important that the child himself/herself choose the diary.
Sarem Özdemir said "Do not forget that you have to be a model for the child's reading, writing and painting, they are good imitators. She stated that the models they will imitate in their environment must be good and she added that it is important that parents make their children feel that they are unique.