Sunday, October 28, 2012

My Kids Fight All the Time - Help!

It's only ten am and your five year old is beating up his three year old brother. Again! Both children have been in time out twice, have had several lectures, and worst of all, this fight is over that ball bat that you took away from them yesterday. You told them they could get it back when they behaved themselves and would share. Well, they woke up pretty calm and co-operative but that was three hours ago. They shared the bat for about two minutes and started fighting. You are wondering how to get through this day without taking another Tylenol.

Why do children fight? And why don't strategies like taking the toy away or time out or lectures ultimately work?

There are many reasons why young children resort to battle.

The young child lives in a world of "me, me, me." Everything is about and revolves around self. It's difficult, if not almost impossible, for a young child to think about the needs of another without having been taught to do this. We try to teach "sharing" but, when a young child is told to "share" without a conversation, she interprets sharing as loss.

Language is also a problem. Young children don't have a lot of language with which to communicate the problem or the strong feelings that accompany it. They also don't know how to solve problems yet. But they do know how to use their bodies so the alternative is to fight.

Taking away the toy or the privilege doesn't work for several reasons. First of all, it builds resentment and escalates bad feelings. Secondly it does not give the child the opportunity to learn to use the toy or the privilege or learn to share. The problem disappears for the moment. But beware! It will resurface somewhere else because it has not been solved.

Lectures don't work because they are one sided. The child is talked at. He has no opportunity to engage or discuss. Lectures are boring, repetitive and easily forgotten.

Time out is, in and of itself, not a terrible idea. It's not the best way to go but it certainly is better than most other options. When time out is properly implemented, it is not a punishment, but a calm down time making.

Which leads us to the best option? Talking about the situation with the children involved and acting as a facilitator.

Before you even talk, however, be sure that the feelings of the children are calmed down. Nobody can talk when they are upset. Acknowledge how they feel and let them express before beginning to talk.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Teaching Values to Kids

Teaching values to children is an important part of a parent's responsibility.

Setting aside one evening each week is one way that families can teach values.

Following are ideas for preparing a family value lesson. A sample lesson using the value of empathy is also included.

Preparing for a Family Value Lesson

1. Set the evening aside well ahead of time. This allows everyone to clear his or her schedule. You may want to pick one night a week or a month and permanently plan it in your schedule.

2. Choose a value to teach. You can choose the value or let your children suggest ideas.

3. Find materials that correspond with the value such as stories and games. Places to search for resources might be:

· Theological lesson manual
· Faith based stories for children
· The Internet
· Children's magazines
· Educational stores for children
· Bookstores
· Libraries

4. Find pictures or coloring pages that illustrate the value and stories you've chosen.

5. Make or buy a treat to enjoy at the end.

Family Value Lesson Example

Focusing on one value a week helps you to identify teaching moments throughout the week so you can reinforce that value.

Following is a sample family value lesson using empathy.


Learn how to positively reach out to others (this is covered in the "activities" below)

Whiteboard & markers

Role-playing situations

Kindness award


Discussion and brainstorm


Kindness award


1. Discuss/brainstorm the words Empathy and Kindness

· What does "empathy" mean?
· What does empathy have to do with kindness?
· Why should we have empathy?
· What are some ways you can show empathy to another person?
· Have you ever hurt another person's feelings? How did that make you feel? How did it make the other person feel?

2. Divide the family into groups. Ask each group to come up with a specific situation that illustrates empathy. Then, have the group use the same situation but not show empathy. You can role-play these situations in front of each other. As a family, discuss which one was more positive and why. How would they feel if they were the person(s) in this situation?

3. Show or make kindness awards. Tell everyone that during the week or this evening they will be choosing someone in the family to give this award to. The award can have a place to write the name of their nominee. Next, write or tell that person how they showed empathy/kindness and what they learned about empathy/kindness from their nominee.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Child Development Through Play

If you have ever had a discussion about home schooling versus public schooling as a parent, you've probably talked or heard about how important the social aspect of education is at every level of learning. The school system doesn't just offer opportunities for academia but, and some might even argue more importantly, social interaction as well.

Development through social interaction isn't just important at a primary and secondary level either; play time for pre-schoolers and in early childhood institutions is one of the most important parts of these early learning experiences.

Learning a wide range of skills through play

There are a number of important skills that are developed during playtime. Social interaction, educational toys and exploring their surroundings are all crucial for a child's interpersonal, critical thinking skills and personality development.

Physical skills are also honed during this time. Playing with building blocks to throwing and catching balls increase hand-eye coordination, dexterity and motor skills.

Language is developed through communicating with parents, teachers and peers. Reading time at home leads to improved speaking skills which are then taken further at pre-school or when spending time with friends on play dates. Language is crucial for improving social skills and learning to cooperate with others. Without these skills a lot of children find it very difficult to fit in and relate with others, not only in primary and secondary education, but all aspects of life.

Parenting and early childhood development

As a parent you are responsible for laying out the groundwork for all of these skills through play. It's your influence that will have the biggest impact. It's a daunting prospect, but don't worry! Love, caring and attention are the most important ingredients to a healthy and happy childhood.

Early childhood education is a good way to develop these skills learned at home further. Interaction on a regular basis with peers and teachers encourages extroverted social skills and a better ability to communicate and cooperate effectively with others. It's in the preschool environment that the aspects of play and learning are fused together almost seamlessly.

Encourage and facilitate playtime

These early skills are the fundamental building blocks for a successful and well-rounded future in learning and development. Learning doesn't have to be and shouldn't be boring, especially at such a young age. Encourage your child to grow and develop through playtime and ensure they have all the opportunities that they require socially at a preschool or early child care facility.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

How to Organize Your Home for Educational Success

Parents need to organize their homes to be conducive to an educational environment for their children. Homes that are conducive to education have developed an environment that will increase the academic preparedness for their children. In our society, children need all the advantages necessary to become well-educated and if children can start the journey from home, all the better.

We all realize that the examples we give to our children can play a major part in what kind of person they grow up to be. If we set good examples for our children, hopefully they will observe and learn from those examples. Since parents set the first examples for their children, why not set an example of maintaining a well-organized home that has an educational environment.

Parents should realize there may be a direct relationship between a clean, well organized home and how much education and financial success children will achieve. Parents should always be looking for every advantage for their children, and if developing successful children is as simple as keeping a clean and orderly home. All of our homes should be clean. We also know that it takes more than keeping a clean house to raise educated children, and by no means am I saying that children must come from an organized, clean home in order to be successful. Children can learn in any environment, but an organized environment is more conducive to success.

Parents should also remember that requiring children to keep the house clean is part of keeping an environment conducive to education. Children should be given the responsibility of keeping their bedroom clean and also keeping any room they use in the house clean. In addition, children should have consequences for not keeping their bedroom or any room they use clean. This is a good way to build some responsibility in the children.

When organizing a home conducive for education anything that is not useful should be thrown out to make room for the educational environment. When this is completed the parents should try and find a room in the house that can be used for educational purposes. The room can be a shared room, but when someone walks in the room, they will observe the many educational tools. More information will be provided about this room later in this article.

To continue with organizing an educational friendly home, parents should place educational items throughout the house to make children aware of the importance of education. Parents could start by hanging up pictures throughout the house depict different people from other counties. This is a perfect time for parents to discuss the pictures with their children and give them a lesson about the people. The history lessons that can be derived from pictures can be invaluable for children, and remember this is part of building a house conducive to education for children.

In building an education friendly home the parents must have several bookshelves throughout the house. Bookshelves mean there are books in the home. Books should always be visible throughout the house for children, so they can realize the importance of them. Homes with no books in them are sending the wrong message to their children. Reading is the foundation of education, and the only way children can practice their reading is to have books at home. The bookshelves should be placed in strategic places throughout the house. One of the most important rooms to place the bookshelf is the child's bedroom. Children need to have easy access to books to encourage them to read. Parents should find one or two other locations in the house for bookshelves. Parents may have a special workroom in the house that could be another good location for a bookshelf.

If the house is big enough to set aside a special room for educational tools, this would be very helpful for children and adults. This room should be well lit and have a large desk or table with a computer and printer that has access to the Internet. This is a good place to have a bookshelf and books. Now since we live in the technology age, the room should also be equipped with fax, scanner, and telephone. Children can use this room to do homework, research and reading. This is what we call a 21st century room. Parents who can afford to have a 21st century room are giving their children an educational advantage that should help with their success.

Parents should also target other rooms in the house to develop an educational environment. If the house has a basement the parents can put up posters with positive messages to encourage children. Furthermore, parents can place magazines in the bathroom and in the kitchen to encourage reading. The kitchen could be used to place children's report cards on the refrigerator each semester. Parents who have degrees, awards or certificate should place them on a wall in the house or a room that is visible. Children love to see accomplishments of their parents, and maybe it can motivate them to be successful. Parents should remember that the goal is to build the entire house as an educational environment.

In addition to the educational friendly home, the parents should set some routines in place for their children that go hand and hand with the educational environment. Some routines that should be in place include having children set a special time each night to do homework, a set time to get up each morning and go to sleep each night. Children should have procedures for what chores are expected of them. It also helps if parents show children how to organize their room by placing items in special places. Parents should also consider posting a chart on the inside front cover of their child's folders to track the amount of time spent studying for each subject, and note what chapters and assignments have been completed. This can help organize your student's educational materials within your home and document his or her learning accomplishments for the school year.Time should be set aside for children to read. If possible, dinner should be eaten as a family, and parents should discuss the happening of the day.

Parents should monitor noise levels during homework time. Whether the child is working independently or together with parents, the phones, televisions and outside noises distract should be at a minimum. Parents should be aware of study time and encourage family and visitors to avoid unnecessary interruptions, such as loud video games or conversations. Consider turning off or silencing electronic devices that can interfere with students' concentration during study time. Television should be turned off during the week and only allowed on the week-end.

Parents should build a relationship with their children that encourage them to do a good job at school; this is part of the process of building a home conducive to educational success. The parents should expect their children to be successful in school and provide all resources needed to make it happen. Parents should continuously tell their children how smart they are and make sure they placed them in educational enrichment programs outside of their normal school day to build on their intelligence. If parents want their children to attend college, this should be clearly stated at an early age. If parents are trying to gear children toward a particular career they must begin early by focusing on skills that are necessary for that career.

In order to continuously encourage children, parents should show interest in their child's ideas and allow them to express themselves. Don't continuously quiet them.

Remember, learning at home doesn't always have to be restricted to your residence - visiting a local science museum or taking in a play may be related to something the child is doing at school, and will broaden the child perspective on life.

Monday, October 1, 2012

10 Tips For Completing School Mission Projects

Why do teachers send home big projects for kids to do, like missions and solar systems? These really aren't projects for the kids... it's just more homework for parents! Well, my son had to do a mission, and after lots of glue, paint, small plants, dirt, and scraps of construction paper all over the place, I think we did a fairly decent job...

A few tips I recommend:

    I DO NOT recommend buying the 'mission' kit... they really suck! Some of the solar system kits are alright, but you have to take out Pluto because, unlike how we were taught in school, it is no longer a planet?!?!
    Before beginning a mission project, make sure you know which mission it is and you can even look up pictures of what it looks like online! Isn't it amazing what technology allows us to do these days?
    I do recommend just getting some cardboard, construction paper, and paint to build it from scratch.
    Make sure you have PLENTY of extra supplies on hand... just in case you measure incorrectly, drop an important piece into the paint (the wrong color at that!), or glue the wrong pieces together.
    Learn how to make it look like your school-age child cut, drew, painted, and glued the project by themselves (this isn't too hard to do... for most people, including me!).
    If the project looks 'too good' then your child will likely not get full credit because the teacher won't believe that your child did the project (personal experience).
    Cut and paint all of the pieces PRIOR to gluing everything together (it's not easy to paint and add pieces AFTER gluing them to the base).
    Give your child big and small pieces to do, not only so they feel like they helped, but so they can say that they did the project (it's never good to ask your child to lie to their teacher... ).
    Solicit ideas from all of your children. The fountain in this picture has pipe cleaners painted blue sticking out for the water spitting... this was my daughter's idea. As parents, our imaginations have diminished significantly (at least most of us).
    Start the project as soon as your child tells you about it. This way, if something goes horribly awry during the process, you have time to start the project again... and again... and again...

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Importance of Early Reading

Children will show real interest towards books, reading and learning later on, if their parents expose them to reading aloud and to an environment that promotes the written language through posters with words and corresponding images, for example.

Several developmental studies confirm that the more and earlier a child is spoken to, the richer his/her vocabulary will be by the age of three. Thus, children who receive more attention, more one-on-one time with their parents and who are read aloud to from an early age, have better chances to develop cognitive skills and a good memory, to build motivation and curiosity - all of which are essential for getting ready to start reading and writing on their own.

Unfortunately, there are many parents out there who still believe that a child's reading program starts when he/she is old enough to go to school. What they do not know is that this kind of behavior puts their child at a real disadvantage.

Taking into account that parents are practically responsible for the child's future and success in life, it is strongly recommended that they start by acknowledging the vital importance of early reading. Also, there are several things that they can do to improve the reading aloud experience or even to replace it with equally enjoyable alternatives:

· If you are too tired to read the children a story one night, TV watching is not a good replacement. Instead you can buy them online audio children's books that they can listen to every time you work late or don't have the energy to read aloud.

· Children's books always have illustrations to go along with every page and one can easily understand why: to stimulate imagination and curiosity. You can stimulate them further by not reading the ending and by brainstorming together with your children possible ending ideas.

· It is very important that children see the pages of the book as you read them. You can even show them from time to time where is the word that you are currently reading or just follow the written lines from beginning to end with the tip of the finger or a crayon while reading them. In this way, children will slowly start associating certain sounds to corresponding letters, and groups of sounds to words. This process will enable them learn the alphabet easier.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fun Materials to Teach Letter Formation

Teaching children the correct way to form letters is much more important than most people think. Children must learn to start at the top of the letter and end at the bottom right of the letter (in most cases). Using correct letter formation helps children write more quickly and more accurately.

There are several ways to teach correct letter formation, but one of the most effective is using letter formation prompts. To use a prompt, have your child say the prompt out loud as he or she traces or writes the letter. When your child has formed the letter, have him say the letter name out loud.

This method is extremely effective as long as your child is not frustrated. The hardest and most important thing to do is to make letter formation fun for your child. Obviously, a parent with high energy and a child who is well rested both go a long way. However, another way to make letter formation fun, is by using exciting materials. Here is a list of 15 different materials your child can use when practicing letter formation.

1. Play dough - make a long roll, then form it into the letter. Can also use a letter play dough mat.
2. Salt Tray - pie tin filled with enough salt that the bottom is covered.
3. Shaving Cream - pump shaving cream into a cookie sheet. Have your child spread it around before making the letter with his finger.
4. Sandpaper - cut the letter out of a piece of sandpaper, or just have your child trace the letter on the sandpaper.
5. White Crayon on Black Construction Paper - Write the letter with white crayon and have your child trace it with his finger.
6. Dot Markers - Use dot markers to make the letter.
7. Pipe Cleaners - Use pipe cleaners to make the letter.
8. Gel Bag - Fill a gallon sized zip lock bag with colored hair gel. Squeeze out any extra air. Use packing tape to seal the top. Have your child trace the letter onto the bag.
9. Pasta - Use plain or colored pasta to make the letter.
10. Puffy Paint - Write the letter with puffy paint on a piece of card stock. Have your child trace over the paint with his finger once the paint is dry.
11. Whiteboard - Write with a dry erase marker on a small whiteboard or on a whiteboard that is hanging on the wall.
12. Bathtub Crayons - Write with bathtub crayons in the bathtub.
13. Chalk - Write with chalk on a small chalkboard or outside on the sidewalk.
14. Rainbow Letters - Write the letter on a half sheet of paper using a pen or thin pencil. Have your child choose 5-10 crayons. Your child will trace the letter 5-10 times each time with a new crayon. The letter will be written in a rainbow of colors when he is finished.
15. Yarn on Sandpaper - Give your child small pieces of yarn and a piece of sandpaper. Have your child make the letter by sticking the yarn to the sandpaper.

All of these materials will not only help your child with letter formation, but they will make it fun and exciting to learn new letters. By using these materials, you can start teaching your child how to form letters at a very early age. The more practice they get, the more polished their handwriting will be in the future.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Affirmative Sleep Talk for Kids

    Complaints from School
    Incomplete Classwork
    Arguing and fighting
    Sibling rivalry and conflict
    Struggling with Homework
    Thumb-sucking, nail-biting, bed-wetting.
    Shy and no self confidence
    Problems with Speech.
    Difficulty in accepting family situations.

Sounds Familiar! Does this remind you about your Child? Well there is nothing to be embarrassed about; this is the situation in every home across the world. There is nothing new about it. But now at least you know a way to handle and the situation positively without any further stress, arguments or conflict.

All you have to do is spend 5 minutes every day with your child while they sleep and softly whisper these affirmative sleep talk in their ears. Always start by telling them that you love them very much and are always there for them.

Just as they are falling asleep, repeat one or two positive sleep talk affirmations to suggest to their subconscious, adding their name so they know that it is directed to them. Whispers can echo something positive that you noticed your child do or they can reflect a positive action or attitude about your child and would like to see more of.

You can choose appropriate affirmative sleep talk quotes to address specific issues related to the situation you would like to address with your child and repeat it every day for at least 4 weeks till it gets embedded into their thought process and gets accepted.

You will be amazed at the quick results, but do not give up the 5 minutes of affirmative sleep talk after seeing results in the first week. To make sure that positive behavior pattern gets embedded in the system. You have to follow the sleep talk practice regularly.

Only use positive sentences and always avoid negative words. For example, if you want to stop your child from beating other kids or taking loudly.

Correct Affirmation:

    "Ryan always talks softly."
    "Ryan is a kind and friendly boy."

Incorrect Affirmation:

    "Ryan does not talk loudly."
    "Ryan does not beat other kids."

We as parents have a remarkable amount of influence and responsibility which we can use to help our kids reach their full potential and become happy and successful individuals. Our children are a mold in our hands. Let's use our love and methods such as positive sleep talk and encourage them to be happy, healthy, peaceful and successful in their lives. Let's fulfill the right task of parenting.

Start using the positive sleep talk with your kids right away. We can help our kids in more ways than we can comprehend. Share this with other parents or with the school teacher, so that she can share this method with other parents during the parent - teacher meetings, so kids that need help can also gain from Positive Sleep Talk.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Things to Consider Before Starting a Home Daycare

Working from home can be a great business opportunity especially for full-time moms taking care of their children at home. Starting a daycare center is a great way to combine your passion for kids while at the same time making some lucrative business for your family as well. A daycare center allows you to earn some income while staying at home and being able to take good care of your kids. But before you can even open and start operating your daycare business venture, there are some things you need to consider first.

Licensing your Daycare Center

Acquiring a license for your daycare is one of the most important things that you need to secure first. This can help boost client confidence in you making your daycare business even more profitable. Also, by acquiring a license you can take care of more than three children at the same time. Having no license gives you limitations with operating your business especially with the number of children you can accept at the same time. Most state laws only allow up to 3 kids at the same time if you are unlicensed but if you have a license you can accept a minimum of 7 kids at the same time.

Forms and Permits

Before you can even file for a license, you need to complete each form and permit required of you to operate and before starting a daycare center. This can include government forms and permits that you need to file and pay for before you can get your license. There are three forms that you must secure: request form, background check form, and fees for your services. Upon submission and payment of such forms you will then be interviewed and given a set of guidelines, codes ad laws governing such business. You can always visit the official website of the governing agency to learn more about securing forms and permits to start operating your daycare center.

Nutritional Necessities

We all know that it is important for children to be supplied with nutritious foods in order for them to grow healthy. As a daycare owner, you need to be able to supply these nutritional requirements to the children under your protection and care. You should be able to provide them with breakfast, lunch and snacks that are all healthy and nutritious but delicious as well. You will be asked to create a menu that promotes a healthy and balanced diet.


If you are planning to operate a daycare center that can accept more than 7 kids at a time, doing this on your own might seem impossible. This is why hiring some staff and other people to help you with running and managing a daycare center is important. You need people to take care of kids, people to feed the kids, someone to manage the staff, and someone to do the accounting.

Starting a daycare center might be hard at first but nowadays, it proves to be a lucrative business opportunity that many homemakers might be happy to engage in. Just remember to consider these things so you are prepared for whatever the business brings to you.

Kris Murray is a business coach for child care and daycare professionals. She has helped thousands of people open, run and increase enrollments with her inside knowledge and leadership. She is a published author with several books including The Ultimate Child Care Marketing Guide.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Help Your Child Develop Social Skills With Toys and Games

Most parents want their children to have good social skills. Without them, your child will not be able to make friends and so will not have a happy life at school or anywhere else. It's up to parents to help their child develop in this way - and toys and games can be good tools to use.

Even though physical and mental achievement such as is seen in sports and academic success is often thought to bring happiness, it's our relationships with others that are the most vital. If a child cannot get along with their peers they'll not be truly happy no matter how gifted they are in other areas.

Parents can help their child develop social skills in various ways. Having certain standards of behavior in the home is one way and while these may differ in different cultures and families they tend to belong to three main categories.

    Respecting oneself
    Having respect for other people
    Respecting other people's property

Most parents understand that teaching such principles takes time and effort and that they must be reinforced to children in many different ways to make them clear.

Not everyone realizes that toys and games can also help children learn social skills. Of course, some are better than others for this purpose, but using them will reinforce lessons in a pleasant and acceptable way. So which are best for this purpose? Here is a guide to help you choose.

Board Games

To play most board games you need more than one person. So when children play these games it gives them plenty of opportunity to interact with others such as friends and family members. Naturally, each child wants to win, but only one can. Playing such games will help children learn how to handle the disappointment of losing. They will learn to wait their turn for a go and to play without cheating.

Let's Pretend Toys

There are many toys on offer these days that help children play pretend games. Medical kits, play kitchens, dolls and dolls houses, cars and trains will all encourage wonderful games of let's pretend. Such games can be played alone, but often kids love to pretend with a friend to make it more fun. So they learn to share toys, but more importantly they learn how to talk to the others about their ideas for the game.

Verbal skills are enhanced along with co-operation if they are to play the game properly. Both boys and girls enjoy pretend games.

Basic Building Blocks

Most parents consider building blocks to be ideal for developing their kids' motor skills, but social skills can also be developed by playing with blocks. And even though children who play with blocks are quite young, they are not too young to learn social skills. Besides, which, even older children enjoy helping their younger siblings create a block tower or road.

Here's how playing with blocks can help develop social skills.

    You can encourage your child to share the blocks with other people
    You can get them talking about what they would best like to build - or have already built.
    Two or more children or people can work on building one thing
    Parents can point out that the building progressed faster and it was more fun with another child to help

The result is that even small children learn about the advantages of teamwork and sharing. Naturally they will not be able to verbalize these lessons, but they learn them, nevertheless.

Sporting Toys

Very few sports type games can be played alone; most need one or more people for successful play. A soccer ball may be kicked around by a lone player, but how much more fun it is with a second or third child to help kick. Tennis needs two players, cricket sets for kids need two or more. When children have access to sporting toys they learn to socialize, share and play fair - all while having the best fun.

Children that learn good social skills while they are young have developed skills that will make them popular and happy not only now, but when they grow up and must face the world on their own.

The wise parent will provide toys and games to help develop this skill in a way that is indirect, but still extremely effective.

In fact, learning through playing games is usually the best way of all to learn anything. The child has had fun and wants to repeat the process. Learning in a way that is not fun is often painful for both parent and child.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

How to Teach Nursery Rhymes to Children

Nursery Rhymes are a great way to teach phonemic awareness. The rhyming, alliteration, and obvious tempo they provide really help children understand the process of reading. Nursery rhymes are also great tools for teaching word parts like syllables and blends.They are very helpful and there are plenty of ways to use them in a preschool. Here are 6 great strategies to teach nursery rhymes in preschool.

Use Funny Voices
Say the rhyme one time or several times, but use a different voice each time. Say it in a robot voice, British accent, Texas twang, Opera voice, scary witch voice, baby voice, monster voice, tiny mouse voice, or pirate voice. You can also have students do actions while they are reading. Have them pretend to throw a ball, do jumping jacks, do a hula dance, act like an animal, or clap the syllables as they say the words. It is best if the children already have the nursery rhyme memorized when they do this, but you can also use this strategy to teach the rhyme.

Tap the Rhythm
Tap the rhythm as students chant it the rhyme. You can tap the rhythm using rhythm sticks or students can clap the rhythm, pat their legs to the rhythm, or march to the rhythm. This process will help with fluency as students learn that reading has a natural rhythm to it. Feeling a steady beat while repeating the words will also help students with memorization.

Find Rhyming Words
Have students look for rhyming words. Point out if the rhyming words are spelled in a similar way or not. Have students think of other words that rhyme with those words. If the students are older, you can have them make up another line or two that end with a new word that rhymes.

Find Words that Start with the Same Letter
Have students look for words that start with a certain letter. If alliteration is used, point out how the same letter sound over and over helps to make a point. If students are older, have them look for words that start with a specific blend. Have them think of other words that start with that letter or blend.

Substitute New Words
Substitute new words into nursery rhymes and change other words if necessary to make it rhyme. For example: In Hey Diddle Diddle, ask students to think of another instrument that they like. If a drum is suggested, the new rhyme with the word "drum" could go "Hey diddle dum the cat and the drum." You can also substitute students' names in rhymes that have a name. For example: Kayla be nimble, Kayla be quick, Kayla jump over the candlestick. This will make the rhymes more personal to students.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Many Positive Effects of Fairy Tales For Your Children

Keep Your Child Happily Occupied And Stimulate Their Imagination.

Kids LOVE fairy tales. There is nothing more pleasing to children of all ages, than listening to a great story. And when kids fall in love with a story they'll want to hear it over and over again.

Listening to these stories will enhance your child's vocabulary, while increasing their attention span and ability to focus.

Fairy tales are just about everywhere, and you'll soon to begin to realize that your children love them. Whether it's the traditional Beauty and the Beast or a new Disney story that's come into the world, your children will be going absolutely crazy for them. What some people don't understand though, is that fairy tales do have a positive effect on your child's personality and development in later life. While you may not think that princess warriors and talking frogs can't help your children, the true reality is that they can!

Fairy tales are naturally written because of their creative values. However, the majority of them possess an underlining meaning. Whether it's showing happiness, trustworthiness or the benefits of being obedient to your elders, the majority of fairy tales do have a positive aspect to them. In addition to educating your child's mind from an early age, you'll also be helping them to develop a healthy personality. For example, Beauty and the Beast, speaks of a relationship between a beautiful princess and a beast. While the story is completely fictional, it will teach your child some important meanings of life. The ending of the story shows that children should learn to respect and love everybody in the world - regardless of their looks, race, culture or personality. If a princess can fall in love with a beast, then your child can make friends with somebody who looks different, right?

Apart from teaching your children morally correct principles in life, you'll also be helping them to develop a natural passion for reading and writing. Once they hear their first fairy tale, you can rest assured they will want to hear more and more. As time goes by, you'll begin to notice that your child begins to develop great reading and writing skills as a result. It's often hard to get your child started in life with the English language - but by teaching them fairy tales, you'll be giving them the boost in life they really need.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Benefits of Teaching Your Children Nursery Rhymes

Nursery Rhymes are used not only to entertain and stimulate the imagination, but also to help educate children by promoting literacy and language skills, using easy to remember musical rhymes.

If you're considering teaching your children nursery rhymes, you'll be glad to know that there are several benefits. Whether you're planning on teaching them old rhymes, or newer ones, all of them will provide a unique experience for your child.

In recent years, studies have shown that teaching your children nursery rhymes can have a positive impact on their future. These rhymes are considered highly beneficial in the development of your children. Additionally, research has shown that nursery rhymes help to optimize your child's spatial reasoning - which is never a bad thing. What you can ultimately expect is for your child to perform better, and excel in their studies later on in life. Research has shown that children who learn and memorize these rhymes at an early age have greater levels of academic success in subjects such as Math, Science and English. The following points will help you to identify the additional benefits of teaching your children nursery rhymes during their young lives.

1. Children who are taught nursery rhymes at an early age begin to develop a passion for reading poems, short stories and other types of English literature. In addition, children also show more willingness to write, and as such, develop better writing habits in later life.

2. Research has shown that children who are taught and educated on old nursery rhymes generally grow up to have better comprehension skills and higher levels of cognitive functioning.

3. Nursery rhymes also help your children to develop an understanding of the English language from an early age. By learning these songs, your children will develop an understanding of the language. This can often lead to your children being able to read and write better than their peers.

Dreams & Lullabies have taken a unique new approach - Using all the standard rhymes they created new arrangements, new sounds and combined them with rhythms from around the world.

Whether it's Itsy Bitsy Spider combined with rhythms from Africa, or Jack and Jill with the pulsating beat of Brazil.

Not only will you and your child have fun joining in and singing along, you'll also find yourselves both dancing along to the infectious rhythms.

There's no doubt that teaching your children nursery rhymes at an early age can have a positive effect on both their childhood, and in later life as they progress through educational development.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Benefits of Playing With Educational Games

Various educational games for children can be found in the market nowadays. Nearly all youngsters relish the challenge of engaging in these kinds of games, and the process of participating in some of the activities may actually make them wiser and much more capable.

Especially for small children, board games and different types of educational games that invite physical interaction play an essential part in enhancing and improving motor skills. Games which often promote manual dexterity and improve sense of balance help little ones coordinate the body with the brain and try out how the two entities cooperate. State-of-the-art video and electronic-game systems also have the advantage of developing hand-eye coordination and visual focus.

According to a medical doctor in Boston, interactive games have the major benefit of developing social skills through stimulating diplomatic and structured interaction among children. If parents aren't playing, kids have to decide ground rules, adhere to a set system of guidelines and take turns to keep the game running. Learning games promote cooperation and may possibly even play a role in the development of children.

Numerous educational games, especially board games, have the ability to enhance children's focus and increase their attention spans. Kids who quickly get discouraged and might quit other activities without seeing quick results might tend to continue with games for extended time frames because of the probability of advancement and rewards. Finally, sticking with a game through its course can help kids develop patience and maturity.

Several educational video games seem to increase children's self-esteem and impart a positive feeling of achievement. Educational games whether they comprise of solving a problem or completing a virtual level, offer rewards for tasks that kids have independently completed and may encourage them to take productive risks in other areas of their lives as well.

Board games, concentration games and mathematics activities call for memorization and repetition for success, and kids who play them often learn the merits of exercising those skills. Since many tests and quizzes in elementary school, middle school and beyond are set in identical formats to those found in board games and quiz games, kids can better their chances of scoring well by mastering those systems and formats in a playful setting.

Educational games that inspire imaginative expression force kids to think outside the norm. Exploring and expanding creative imagination through such games can also help with nurturing self-esteem and self-acceptance.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

3 Tips for Choosing an After School Club

The term 'latchkey kid' - used to describe children who must let themselves into an empty house after school and are unsupervised for some or all of the time between 3pm and 7pm - has been around, perhaps surprisingly, since WWII. However, in recent years it has increased in both notoriety as a socio-economic phenomenon and in frequency, all over the world. In America, it's been termed an 'epidemic,' with an estimated 10 million children fitting the description of "latchkey kids".

Here at home, the problem has grown substantially in recent years, especially among single-parent families, where the parent must work during the day and cannot be home when their children come home from school.

One solution - and one that is growing rapidly in popularity and utility - is the establishment of dedicated 'after school clubs,' providing after school care for children of various ages until a parent can collect them and bring them home.

An after school club is a great way to ensure that your children are safe until you return home from work. However, they vary greatly in availability, quality and cost, so here are some tips for choosing an after school club programme for your child.

1 - Homework

For most children, the best time to do homework is as soon as possible after school, before the distractions of electronic entertainment, friends, etc, take hold, so a good after school club will provide the three things children need to focus on to get their homework done:

a - Time. Children usually work best when a specific period of time is allotted to homework, perhaps an hour after a brief snack and settling in period.
b - Space. A cluttered table or noisy play area is no place for homework. Children should be provided with suitable, well-lit, clean and quiet space in which to work.
c - Support. While children should be allowed to work without unnecessary interference, an adult supervisor who can provide gentle help, control excessive talking and manage time is a great help to children's productivity.

2 - Activities

An after school club should not be seen as a holding pen for children to kill time in before being collected. Check that specific, scheduled activities are on offer, giving a balance of individual and team participation as well as a mix of creative and physical activities, and opportunities for socialisation.

3 - Nutrition

Most children could use an afternoon snack as a pick-me-up to revitalise them. But be sure the club isn't appeasing children with crisps, sweets and fizzy drinks. Instead, healthy (but tasty) treats should be on offer, not only to improve nutrition but also to help build a healthy attitude toward food.