Monday, August 13, 2012

Educating kids about Independence Day


The day of independence holds a special place in history of a country. The newer generations must be educated about the struggle and glorious history of independence. To make them aware and respect this day, the parents can play fundamental role. These simple steps can create awareness among kids about the Independence Day:

  • Hold a free conversation with kids about the history and about the important events and dates related to independence. For that, one should have good knowledge about the history.
  • Spell out the important personalities and freedom fighters who contributed for the freedom. Also, talk about the ways they brought about a change in the society and their impact on the people of that time.
  • Watch documentaries, cartoon films and movies based on independence. It would be of great interest for children.
  • Visit to historical places and museums will provide more information to kids about the pre-independence life and the changes after independence.
  • Encourage kids to participate in Independence Day festivals in schools and elsewhere.
  • Teach patriotic songs and the national anthem to develop patriotism in them.
  • Educate about the significance of the national flag and meaning of each color of the flag.

Fun filled conversation and innovative techniques like watching facts on internet will help the kids to understand the significance of Independence Day.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

How to develop writing skills in kids?


Good writing skill is something that a child acquires and develops over a period of time. It requires initiation and full participation of parents. There are some easy ways to encourage kids to write and express their thoughts and ideas beautifully through writing.

 Let the child express his thoughts and feelings freely. Freedom to speak on anything would encourage him to think better and creatively.
  Encourage your child to read a variety of books besides text books. Reading newspapers, story books, poems, etc would serve as food for thought. Good thoughts convert into better writing ideas.

Ask the child to use dictionary to understand the meanings of tough words. You may also tell him to note down word meanings in his practice notebook.

  Let him write the menu for the day and his shopping list. These little things would improve his writing and spellings.

  Encourage him to maintain a colorful diary where he can write his memorable events.

  Playing word games and word puzzles along with kids improves their vocabulary.
  Ask him to write his thoughts on specific subject or some abstract thing. You can also join him in this writing activity. Alternatively, you can invite his friends in this activity and let them share and discuss their articles. It would be an enriching experience for them.

  If your child has flair for writing, provide him necessary tools like writing books, puzzle books, colorful pens and other stationery items. It would motivate him to use them and write.
  Create a funny poem with him and ask him to pen down the words.

  Help him to finish his writing assignments in creative and interesting way. Encourage him to prepare a draft of the work and then rectify the grammatical mistakes for him.  His final work would be a lot better.
  Writing letter to friends and relatives is a playful exercise for kids. They enjoy writing in this way and learn a lot.

  Making greeting cards for birthdays and anniversaries for family members allows the kids to be creative and expressive. Your active involvement would boost their confidence.
  Encourage kids to participate in essay writing competitions. No matter whatever is the result, he is going to gain a lot in the process.

  Set an example for your kids. Your habit of writing thoughtfully and creatively would definitely have a positive impact on kids!

Nurturing writing skills in kids requires time, dedication and patience. Expecting too much, too soon is not going to work. Appreciate them wholeheartedly when they express themselves on paper even if it contains mistakes. Regular practice would improve their writing skills.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Cultivate thinking skills in kids


Being a human, the ability to think comes naturally to us. The thinking process involves basic understanding of the situation, grasping the information around us and using the same in a correct way. However, kids need encouragement and education to develop thinking skills.

Children observe so many things around them. In order to make them evaluate, analyze and decide on different things or situations, they need support of parents, family and teachers. A motivating environment encourages kids to become aware about his surroundings and develop thinking skills.
  Let the kids ask questions. Do not try to diffuse their curiosity. Explain things to them patiently. This would help them to understand the world around them.

  Reading books with kids and conversing about the related characters /situations help kids to think better. Discussing current affairs with growing kids is a very good proposition to prepare the kids for real life.

  Enquire kids about their experiences in school or in a club or while traveling. Ask about their observations and thoughts, and help them to arrive at a conclusion. To compare and to conclude aptly is an important aspect of thinking skill.

  Play puzzles, crosswords and other thinking games with kids and assist them to learn better. Improving thinking skills through games works well for kids at all levels. Just keep on increasing the difficulty level as per the age group.

Thinking skills help the kids to deal with real life situations in a better way. They adopt problem solving attitude and attain confidence to creatively think and decide.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Value of Friendship day for kids


Friends are an important part of our lives. Kids need friends to play, to share and to evolve as a human. Friends are vital for kids for their social and emotional growth. Whether at home or at school, presence of similar age friends, help kids to learn better communication skills and maintain healthy relationships. Kids learn to work in team and learn to tolerate and cooperate with each other.
                             
All kids are not social by nature. They develop social skills over a period of time and that too with motivation from their parents. Parents need to play an active and considerate role in order to make their kids friendly and social. They can take following steps to help their kids make friends:

Parents should create friendly and playful atmosphere at home so that kid becomes communicative and confident. 

·         Parents can arrange play dates for their kids with kids in neighborhood. Initially, the kids can talk and play in the presence of parents but later on they can be encouraged to spend time together without parents.

·         Parents are the perfect role models for their children. They imitate the behavior patterns and communication skills of their parents. Therefore, a positive and friendly approach of parents helps children to learn social skills faster.

·         Parents can enroll their kids in various activities to make them friendly and outgoing.

·         Parents may also take the help of their teachers to develop friendship.

·         This friendship day encourage children to greet and wish their friends. They can also gift friendship bands and greeting cards to strengthen the most valuable relation that is Friendship Day.

Go ahead and call your friends on this Friendship day or at least send them a message that you care. Your kids will follow you instantly!