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Need to link events like Mother's Day to cognitive development through their cultural linkage to learning
The cultural linkage of teaching has been emphasized by pedagogy and positive social psychology, but unfortunately, all social and cultural events have vitiated by their commercialization, linking with competition or talentism and tokenism.

The proponent of multiple intelligences, Prof Howard Gardner, holds that every activity in the school and classroom needs to be linked to learning of the content in multiple ways including cultural events.

One the suggested ways is to link cultural events like mother's day enhancement of visual, musical and verbal intelligences of children through related classroom activities.

Here is one such activity of successive drawing the visual symbol of the mother and child on Mother's Day leading to writing a poem on it or enacting it through gestures.

To draw the visual symbol of the mother and the child, proceed as follows in four steps.

1.     Write the capital letter J of English alphabet.

2.     Convert the longer side of the letter to the side-face of the mother with 2 symbolic here

3.     Convert the shorter side of the letter into side face of the child

4.     Give a few suggestive strokes to depict eyes by dots and lips by a short line.

The successive drawing can be demonstrated first, followed by drawing by children and writing a few lines on the mothers, either as an essay or a poem.

This will lead to cultural linkage of learning to meaningful cognitive development of children. In schools, all externalization and commercialisation of cultural events as entertainment events must stop, many educators think.

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