In today’s world, when most kids’ wishes are fulfilled by their parents in the nick of time, it makes me ponder on the rapid age of materialism that we are moving into. Some of our parents also brought us up with limited resources, put to best use.
The lockdown period actually taught us how to make the best of whatever we have, whether it was cooking meals with whatever ingredients we had or celebrating the birthday of a dear one with no gifts and no new dress.
It makes me think shouldn’t this also be a time for inculcating our kids, the skill of managing resources. Yes, you read it right, managing resources is also a skill, which we as adults also struggle with, at times.
How often we have heard kids saying ‘I want this’ and we, in turn, have rushed to order it. Wouldn’t it be wise if we ask the child, does he need it or wants it? Making conscious efforts to help a child distinguish between his needs and wants can be an effective way of helping kids manage their resources. This perhaps could be taught in classrooms.
In kindergarten, students can learn how to share stationary with others and help someone as they lose out a crayon or their pencil. Subconsciously, the child would grow learning that sharing is a way of managing resources.
Students maintaining their portfolios is another awesome way to demonstrate resource management to the students. They are able to understand that all study materials, assignments, and worksheets are examples of resources, and maintaining them properly is a skill for them to imbibe in their lives.
Teachers emphasized the importance of maintaining books in middle school and senior school for use by someone else later, is also a way of teaching kids to manage resources.
Class contributing a very nominal amount as a class kitty and managing this class fund could be a great and interesting way to teach kids to manage resources. This class kitty could be handled in rotation by different groups of students, thus giving an experience to all of them how to put it to the best use for the classroom requirements.
On the home front, parents taking their kids for grocery shopping, asking them to do comparison shopping helps children to learn how to manage resources. The family conversation on managing resources shouldn’t be just initiated by parents. Kids as young as 8 years could also be part of these conversations. They might come up with interesting manners in balancing the funds or resources.
In the end, I would like to say that this famous quote by Benjamin Franklin: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”, applies to managing resources too. Thus if we give ample opportunities to children to manage resources, I am sure they would all excel in learning the skill and apply that in their lives too.
Ms. Joohi Sharma, Ekya BTM
Mathematics_Grade 5 to 7 and 10th