Go! Play Outside!- Learning Through Play

Go! Play Outside!  Learning Through Play(Written by Claire Bronson) A few years ago, you’d see so many children playing outdoors. They’d have the time of their lives rolling in snow or jumping in a pile of autumn leaves. They’d pick up rocks and examine them. They’d look for caterpillars, chase butterflies, and catch grasshoppers. These were the days when kids were kids, and they played in nature’s rough yet interesting and grand bosom.

Nowadays, it’s seldom that you’ll see children running after frogs or investigating riverbanks. Instead, they are cooped up in their rooms playing World of Warcraft or some other video game. Even toddlers today are very adept at tapping and sliding their chubby and nibble fingers on tablets and smartphones with touch-sensitive screens. There’s nothing wrong with being a tech savvy kid, but parents should also encourage their kids to play or do activities outdoors as these help in their overall development.

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Developing Social Skills for Children

Developing Social Skills for Children(Written by David Zielinski) I can’t really say that being shy is bad. I mean, there are just some people who are ‘listeners’ by nature. They don’t talk a lot but they sure know how to listen and understand other people. However, these kids who are shy have the tendency to not maximize their potential. They have a hard time talking to other people. Let alone, do something on stage.

Raising A Sociable Kid – Easy Tips For Parents

As parents, we want to maximize what our kids have. Being sociable can do a lot for them. They can make new friends and it can boost their confidence. Confidence is needed if they want to succeed in the future, right? So what can we do to make your shy kids friendlier? [Read more...]

Winter is Coming: Ways to Engage Your Children Indoors

Winter is Coming: Ways to Engage Your Children Indoors

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(Written by Nancy Parker) Winter is almost upon us and that means more time spent indoors with the kids. Sometimes we all get a little stir crazy when the weather gets harsh but there are ways to keep the kids happy and to keep our sanity. It does not have to take a lot of effort or expense to make children happy and so many times you can have fun with things you already have around the house.

As I look back over the years I recall times when I went to great efforts and expense to entertain my kids and then my mom would come along to babysit carrying with her the simplest items, things she already had on hand, and make the children’s day. On one particular occasion she brought her sewing kit out to do some mending and started the kids off with a blunt needle and a scrap piece of material and showed them how to sew.

Who would figure that it would keep them entertained for hours? It was not just learning how to sew that amazed them so much but investigating grandma’s sewing kit was like finding hidden treasure. She had dozens of old buttons of various colors and sizes which they loved looking at and then she offered them some string to make necklaces or showed them how to sew a button on their material. My son was enamored with the thimbles he found in the basket! He had one on each finger before he was done which then inspired the making of finger puppets out of their little scraps of left over material. With the fabric markers and a couple stitches they had a mini puppet show. [Read more...]

5 Fun Ways To Record Family Memories

5 Fun Ways To Record Family Memories(Written by Becky Olivier) When was the last time you had your family all dress up and sit down for a nice family picture? Was it worth it? Between the squirming children, the forced smiles, and the price of a photographer, chances are it might not have been the best experience. But don’t give up! There are any number of great ways to preserve your family memories, that are also fun and entertaining. Here are a few suggestions on how you can keep track of the best years of your life, while still being able to enjoy them.

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Spicing Up Math For The Reluctant Kids

Spicing Up Math For The Reluctant Kids(Written by Noelle Eberts) Math has a reputation for being the subject that only a few people are good at and even fewer really enjoy. As a parent, teacher, or tutor, it’s difficult to motivate learning especially when the subject is one most people struggle with. Here are a few tips to make math fun for students and those helping them learn it.

  • Games

Nothing motivates learning like competition. Whether it’s in a classroom or just one student working alone, being faced with a challenge can really inspire students to work. In math, this can be as simple as having the student or students compete in timed drills on basic math facts. Students can also be divided into teams and given questions that are worth points. Flash cards and the free website xtramath.org are a useful tool as well and can double as practice exercises if you have the student make the cards themselves. [Read more...]

How to Make The Best Use Of Online Tutoring For Kids

How to Make The Best Use Of Online Tutoring For Kids(Written by Irina Kovalyova and Edited by Elle Yi) Online tutoring is one of the emerging trends in broadband internet era and it offers children a valuable support during the learning process. Online tutoring is not only an alternative approach to 1-on-1 tutoring sessions, but it is also becoming a strong competition for traditional tutoring, offering modern vision of learning, supported by robust technological solutions. Today you can find online tutoring in many different disciplines, but the most popular are math and science trainings. [Read more...]

How To Encourage Your Child To Learn To Play The Piano

How To Encourage Your Child To Learn To Play The Piano(Written by James Holden) At some point or another, your child may express a desire to learn how to play the piano. If they do – then jump on it! Children are far more likely to progress with their learning if they feel like it has been their choice to do so. Learning the piano is great for kids because it is so visual, and unlike an instrument such as the violin, it is possible to get a note out straight away. This parenting advice below lists the importance of learning to play the piano in an early age and provides a few tips to guide an individual through the basic steps.

Here is our guide to helping your child get to grips with the basics of the piano: [Read more...]

The Pros And Cons Of Homeschooling For Kids

The Pros And Cons Of Homeschooling For Kids(Written by Irene Kovalyova) Homeschooling is becoming more and more popular among parents in US these days. Research conducted in last few years showed a significant increase in the number of children, who are homeschooled, from 1.7% in 1998 to 2.9% in 2007. What for some is a question of choice, for others is a necessity.

Many children, who live in remote, rural areas or frequently travel and relocate have no other choice but to be homeschooled by their parents or professional tutors. However, in the vast group of homeschooled children there are some families, which deliberately made the decision to refrain from sending the children to public or private schools. What are the benefits and disadvantages of this decision? Is homeschooling better or worse than typical school education? [Read more...]

5 Cheap Ways To Enjoy Halloween

5 Cheap Ways To Enjoy Halloween(Written by Christine Maddox) With Halloween just around the corner you may be in a frenzy trying to prepare your home and family. However you do not have to spend a lot of money for this fun and silly holiday. Save some money for Christmas gifts with these five cheap ways to enjoy Halloween:

  • Treats

You do not have to break the bank to get great treats to give away to trick or treaters. It can be as simple as finding affordable alternatives to fun favorites. For example you can get a bag of mini Snickers bars for the same price as a six pack of regular sized bars. Mix that up with some affordable Pixy Stix or Smarties and you have a combo that kids will love to get. Think small and affordable when buying Halloween candy. You can also look for the best deal in your local ads and stores. Some stores even have buy one get one free offers, discounts the day before Halloween, and other great offers. Check the regular candy aisle too. Sometimes the packaging for Halloween means a higher cost. When giving out the treats make sure you hand them out personally. Do not let greedy fingers grab too much. Instead make sure everyone gets their fair share and gets to join in on the fun. Since younger kids come early you can even wrap up the night before it gets too late and avoid the larger, more aggressive older kids. Set out whatever is left over and let the cards fall as they may. [Read more...]

Healthy Snacks For Kids To Keep Them Fit

Healthy Snacks For Kids To Keep Them Fit(Written by Jeremy Coutcher) Children often play a lot and never seem to lose energy throughout the entire day. Most of them will surely need carbohydrates and protein in order to sustain their daily energy needs. If not, they will manifest different kinds of signs of being unhealthy. Children with less carbohydrate intake will feel tired all the time, they become sleepy, and they become inattentive at school.

Parents who want to take good care of their children should serve them healthy food. Most parents usually let their children decide which food to eat by giving them money to buy food at the cafeteria. But, that should not be the case. Any parent who wants their child to be healthy should be ready to prepare healthy food every day. Also, some parents who are too busy to prepare meals everyday consider meal delivery services that can save the time.

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