Griha Shiksha Kendra

(Research, Demonstration and Training Centre for aligning education with Sustainability)

Dear Parents,
Your Child Needs "Shiksha Fifty-Fifty" and
Griha Shiksha Kendra can help you!


Age 12-15 Teenager

When your child shifts from being a 12-year-old kid to a 13-year-old adolescent, you're likely to see some interesting changes. The mental shift kids make as they begin to see themselves as teenagers, combined with the physical changes their bodies experience, can make early adolescence an interesting time. This is the time when they neither fit in the group of young children nor in the group of adults and they feel awkward as hormones change their apearances and fluctuate their moods. Their needs for physical affection and emotional support continues to be there as had been when they were kids.

They are sensitive to their changing bodies and take notice of the changes in their peers. Your teen may worry that he's different or may wonder if he's abnormal because he hasn't hit a growth spurt yet. With their peers and friends they form groups which they seldom allow entry to unfriendly guardians where they have their free thought exchanges.

Fourteen can be a pivotal age. While some 14-year-olds start heading down the path toward becoming a healthy responsible adult, others begin to rebel and get mixed up with the wrong crowd. It's an important time to ensure you're giving your child plenty of friendly guidance and helping your child gain the skills he needs for a successful future.

The teenage years can be a bit of a rollercoaster, for both you and your teen. But if you lay the groundwork now—by giving your teen the skills he needs to make good decisions—the teen years don’t have to be tumultuous.

People :
Family is the most important thing to kids, they are the only support system. Incidentally this is the age the kids try to look beyond their family ethics and values and focus what is good outside. This is the time they are outgrowing and incorporating the best of both worlds. They are developing their healthy ego this time. Everybody thinks friends are more important, but they’re not. Friends are great, but they’ll come and go. Family is always there to nurture and support their growing ego and also help them learn humility. Young people aren’t always sure where they fit, and they’re still trying to work it out. Adolescence can also be a time when peer influences and relationships can cause you and your child some stress. Supporting each other can be vital to getting through these challenges. Right time to support the society too, by helping children in sheltered homes or old aged homes. This will make them responsible and feel for the others around them. The more people they mix with this age the better it is to learn from everyone’s life conditions and how people cope and thrive and curve their own niches.
Prosperity :
A 12-year-old’s brain has stopped growing in size, but it’s nowhere near done developing. Abstract thinking, problem-solving, and logic are all becoming easier, but the prefrontal cortex, which plays a role in impulse control and organizational skills, is still immature. Giving exposure to all types of subjects and all types of thinking at this age help them to broaden their mindset.
A young teen is starting on the road to becoming an independent young adult who "has a say" over her space, her body, and her need for private conversations with her friends. Starting to spend their free time on activities such as organized sports, video games and social activities with friends. Show interest in learning more about what has shaped her ideas and why she has certain beliefs. Teens often just want to know that someone is listening to them. They definitely need a mature guide to free talk on all their ideas and feelings at this age, which they expect to see in their parents/ mentors.
With some experience in using more complex thinking processes, the focus often expands to include more philosophical and futuristic concerns. The teen begins to question and analyze extensively; thinks about and begins to form his or her own code of ethics and begins to systematically consider possible future goals.
Peace :
This is also the time that kids start to find their leadership skills and begin to understand the idea of giving back to the community. This is the age when kids learn how to make peace with self and how to fight for peace and social justice. They tend to become activists for the plight of the expoited be it nature , animals , children, elderly.
Encourage this by letting them take part in decision-making processes in the home and supporting involvement in community or school activities. Experiencing great fluctuations in their self-esteem is common, which is when they need support shoulders to fall back upon. Stay connected with your teen’s emotional state of mind to be aware of mental health issues, such as depression, that can pop up at this time.
Exploring morality , ethics , spirituality is a normal part of the development process. So while it's important to explain your morals and establish rules that promote morality in your household, don't worry too much when your child says they don't agree with your beliefs. Rebellious behavior is sometimes common during the teen years. Encourage them to develop their own rationality that is helpful for general societal benefit and the nature.
The ordinary, everyday things that families do together can help build and sustain strong relationships with teenagers. Several teens cement independence from parents, but often wants adult approval. They question family values and develop personal morals. They show concerns about being liked and accepted and they can understand other people’s point of view.
Keep communication channels open and available to your teens. Treat your teens as grown ups and listen to their point of view and respect their ideas. Inculcate a bond with them and the others in the family, neighbourhood and others who need help.
Planet :
Students need to be active agents of environmental awareness. I think that the effect students have on the dwindling natural resources is negligent in comparison to the companies and economic forces that use them as plateaus towards economic growth. In my mind the question is more driven towards how students can become participants in helping to reverse or mitigate this trend. One particular way this can be done is to help gear scientific education towards an environmental ethic of care for the ecological balance of the planet. This might involve teaching units on ecosystems and biomes with a practical disposition or discussing with students how waste, in any form, endangers the planet. This could be where a discussion or application of conservation would be evident. In the final analysis, students have to be exposed to not only why it is important to practice ecological balance but how they have power to reverse this. In the process, education is seen as teaching students that power, in all of its forms, has to come from the "bottom up," starting with the notion of collective solidarity and social cohesion over a particular cause of change.
1. Assessments :
The children of this age group are quite mature as makers , doers , logical thinkers , team building , self explorations , general soft skills , leading adults from front, growing proficiency in multiple language and passionately working for their life goals.
2. Learning Periphery :
With in 10x10X10X10x10x10 meters of the home , ie interact with kids of the whole country and participate in national level competitions and games.
3. Best Learning Activities :
Domain knowledge and complex Model making , planning and designing projects and teamworking to completion. They can debate , represent organisations , run workshops , and research with the knowledge gathered