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7 ways to boost your child’s learning at school

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Education is one of the most important things in your child’s life. It will endow upon your child the knowledge of the world and shape him/her into a better human being. It will help your child develop a worldly perspective and, in this process, add to his/her holistic development.

Schools are the institutions that will handhold your child, as he/she takes the first few steps in the world of education. Schools not only educate the child but also help in their personality development.

As parents, we should help our child so that his/her learning at school is accentuated.

Here are 7 ways to boost your child’s learning at school:

1. Be involved

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Be closely involved in the day to day activities at your child’s school. Meet the teachers regularly to understand the progress of your child and the development areas that you could contribute to, at home. At the same time, have regular discussions with your child about the school – how was his/her day at school, what he/she likes the most about school, what is that they dislike, and so on.

2. Emphasize on Reading

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“So, it is with children who learn to read fluently and well: They begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky” —William James

Help your child befriend books by introducing him/her to the varied world of books. Give a boost to your child’s imagination and add to his/her repertoire of knowledge by inculcating this habit of reading.

3. Do not over emphasize on Grades

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As parents, we sometimes become so focused on grades and report cards, that we fail to focus on the larger objective – child’s development and growth. Focus more on the holistic development of your child. If the grades are low, do not resort to chastising your child. Rather, try to understand the reason behind it, and help your child work his/her way through it.

4. Focus on learning outside the classroom too

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Education outside of the four walls of the classroom is equally important. Out of classroom experiences like art, craft, physical training, etc. imbibe many-a-values and help in the holistic development of your child.

5. Listen to your child

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Always ensure that you listen to your child’s side of the story. Don’t become too fixated on your own perspective and try to drive home only your point of view. Considering your child’s point of view is equally important as they have some problems which as a parent it is important for you to address.

6. Focus on ensuring discipline at home

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“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment” – Jim Ron.

Focus on the importance of discipline. Discipline will help your child in achieving his/her goals. Discipline is something which must be developed and nurtured over the years such that it becomes a habit eventually. Begin by focussing on cultivating discipline at home.

7. Do not be too critical

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Your child has just begun his/her journey. And it is but natural for things to not be perfect all the time. Do not be too critical of your child. Instead, help him/her become a better version of himself/herself at every step.

Be there by your child’s side and help him/her as he/she takes their baby steps towards their holistic development.

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7 books to teach meaningful values to your kids

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Books are indeed a powerhouse of knowledge and imagination. They have the power to transport you to places and make you feel the experiences.

As said by Confucius, “You cannot open a book without learning something”. Each book that you read introduces you to a learning.

Introduce your kids to the world of books. Let books enrich the life of your children with meaningful values.

Here are 7 books you can resort to for teaching meaningful values to your kids:

1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

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The Harry Potter series is a journey in itself.  While taking your kids on a journey of magic and adventure, the series will impart a lot of meaningful values to your kids – courage, bravery, friendship, loyalty, curiosity, facing the fear and so on.

2. Malgudi Days by R.K. Narayan

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Malgudi Days, a collection of short stories, will take your kids through the adventures of Swami and his friends in the imaginary town of Malgudi in South India. Let your kids learn the power of simplicity and finding happiness in the little things through this book.

3. Have you filled a bucket today by Carol McCloud

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The book is based on a metaphor that each one of us has an invisible bucket of happiness, that we have to fill. And we are responsible not only for our own buckets of happiness but also of others. This book introduces the concept of happiness and life and teaches your kids attributes such as kindness, caring and giving.

4. The Why-Why Girl by Mahasweta Devi

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The Why-Why Girl is a story of the ever-inquisitive Moyna and her mongoose and her journey of finding answers to her questions. Children are full of inquisitiveness and curiosity. And this curiosity leads them to amazing pathways. The book stresses on this beautiful attribute called as the curiosity.

5. Famous Five series by Enid Blyton

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The famous five series are about the escapades and encounters of four children and their dog. These will not only keep your kids glued to the book, but it will also teach them many lessons on courage and bravery.

6. Padma Goes to Space by Swetha Prakash

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Children have vivid imaginations and this book unleashes the power of imagination and takes your kids into a different space.

7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

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This book is a story of a poor boy named Charlie, who finds a golden ticket in a Wonka chocolate bar. The golden ticket earns him a tour of Mr Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Charlie then goes on to become Mr Wonka’s successor. This book will introduce your kids to the power of dreams, being grateful for the simple things and trusting the process.

Greatest Treasures are to be found in the books. Let your kids find those treasures and help them become the best version of themselves.

Do you have some of your favourites when it comes to reading out a book to your kids? Do share with us 🙂

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7 ways to inculcate reading habits in kids

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“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island”– Walt Disney

Books are a man’s best friend. They introduce you to thoughts and places that you would have never dreamt of. They teach you the power of possibilities. With books, the world indeed is your playground. They ignite the power of imagination. Imagination is the beginning of creation. And creation leads to wonders.

Gift your child this power of imagination at a very young age by introducing them to the world of books and reading.

 

Here are 7 ways to inculcate reading habits in kids:

1. Start with pictorial storybooks:

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Children love stories, and they love pictorial representations. Use pictorial story books whenever you recite a story to your kids. They will be able to visualize the story better and at the same time, they will develop an affinity towards books.

2. Develop a reading habit yourself too:

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Children look up to you as role models. They practically try to ape everything you do. If you, yourself show a keen interest in reading, pursue reading as a hobby, and talk to them about the lessons that the book taught you, they will develop this belief that books are indeed good. This will encourage and help them befriend books.

3. Plan a fortnightly bookstore visit:

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Introduce your child to the wide genre of children books that exist. Let them go through different sections and options of storybooks and decide for themselves, which books they liked. They might not be tempted to pick one during their first visit itself, but you will at least have introduced them to the world of books.

4. Plan a group reading session at your place:

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Once a month, get your kid to invite all his/her friends for a group reading and reciting session at your place. Get your child’s most illustrative storybooks out and let them take turns at reading aloud different stories. You can make the session all the more fun by treating them with their favourite snacks and desserts.

5. Gift Books on special occasions:

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Children look forward to gifts. Instead of gifting them a video game or a dress, gift them this tool of imagination. Gift them a book that you think they may like, or is in lines with a value that you want your child to learn. You can also attach a small note, mentioning why your child should read the book.

6. Create a reading arena:

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Create a reading space in your child’s room. Have a colourful bookshelf and a cosy reading chair. Let your child decorate the arena as per his/her likes and they surely will love to spend time with their favourite books in their favourite corner of the house.

7. Do not force reading:

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Let your kids be inclined towards reading naturally. Do not make it a rule that your child has to read and make it sound like a punishment. If you do that they may instead run further away from books. Instead, let them get acquainted with the books at their own pace.

Books are indeed like gold mines. Once your child befriends them, they will be by his/her side forever. Pave a way for your child to fall in love with reading and books!

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5 “Back to School” tips for Parents.

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Schools going years are the most exciting part of your child’s life as they help them lay the right foundation.

Taking the initial steps towards this school journey or starting a new year at school after a joyful summer vacation, could be a little unsettling for your child. The entire thought of how your kid will be able to cope up with these changes could make you anxious too. This anxiety is normal.

Here are 5 “back to school” tips that we would like to share with you, to make this process a little easier:

1. Do not enforce the routine upon your child:

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Adapting to a fixed routine could be difficult for your child. He/she might be starting his school journey, or beginning yet another year at school, in both the cases, the sudden change in school timings, new friends, new syllabus etc can be overwhelming for him/her. Let him/her slowly ease into the routine. Do not enforce strict timelines right from day one.

2. Be ready for all the school supplies:

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As quoted by Aristotle, “Well begun is half done”. Ensure your child is well equipped for this new journey. Use summer vacations wisely to prepare aptly.  New school bags, books, stationery, etc pep up the little ones too so you can select the supplies in colours of their choice or depict their favourite characters; doing this will keep them involved and also add to their excitement.

3. Talk to your child about school:

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If your child is going to attend the school for the very first time, you need to prepare him/her for school by letting them know what he/she can expect. Talk to him/her about school, interact about good things that will happen like making new friends, learning new things etc. Share your experiences at school, to get him/her excited about going to school as well.

If your child is about to start another year at school after the summer break, talk about the good things that happened in the previous year, and what’s going to better now. Encourage them to change what didn’t go right to make their schooling more meaningful.

4. Be prepared for Back to school emotions:

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Your child might not be prepared for adapting to school yet. It is a lot of change from his/her present environment and routine. Also if it’s for the first time, children do not take separation from parents very sportingly. The same applies to parents too. Be prepared for the emotional outburst and be strong through all of it. Help your child evolve in this new phase.

5. Be involved in your kid’s day to day activities at school:

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School days mark the growing years of your child’s life. As a parent, it is very important for you to be an active part of the journey. Interact with the teachers to understand the pedagogy used at school and how you could help your child use the learning’s from school, at home too. Know what they like and what they don’t. Help them overcome the dislikes and motivate them to do better in studies as well as extracurricular activities to ensure holistic development.

It is just about a matter of time. Eventually, your child will not only get used to this new routine but also start enjoying it. Remind yourself to take it easy too. Have fun all along the way.

 

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5 ways to encourage Language Development in early childhood

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“The child begins to perceive the world not only through his eyes but also through his speech” – Lev Vygotsky.

Language and Communication skills play an important role in the child’s development and success in school and the years to follow. Kids have a tendency to talk a lot, but their ability to articulate their thoughts in a decipherable way will help them in the long run. Hence, emphasis on language development should be placed from early childhood.

Here are 5 ways to do that:

1. Create experiences and remember them through stories:

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“We are storytelling creatures, and as children, we acquire language to tell those stories that we have inside us” – Jerome Burner.

The stories inside us are nothing but experiences that we remember. Make life an experience for your child, especially all the firsts – the first day school, the first dance, the first road trip, the first bicycle, the first football cleats, the first picnic, and so on. You can also help them document their experiences. Let them recite those experiences to their friends. This will not only help them in knowing how they feel but will also help them in articulating their thoughts better.

2. Make them fall in love with reading:

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Stories have a magic of introducing us to possibilities and thoughts, taking us to places that we have never been to before and igniting our imagination. Reading and reciting stories help us with language development and vocabulary strengthening. Encourage your child to practice reading more. You can create a vocabulary wall in your child’s room, where he/she can write down the new words they learned.

3. Let them learn at their own pace:

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As parents we want the child to be perfect, for his/her own good. Correcting him/her at every step comes naturally to us. However, it is very important to keep in mind the child’s pace and to not go overboard on him/her. Whenever your child gets a language usage incorrect, instead of directly pointing out the mistake, try a subtle route instead. Try using the same sentence in different contexts multiple times during the day, using the correct language. Your child will pick up the correct usage.

4. Be descriptive in your communication:

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Try being creative in your daily communication with your child. Be descriptive while referring the objects and things from every day. This will spark your child’s imagination and also add to his/her vocabulary.

5. Play games that focus on language development:

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Games are not only very involving but also add up to the fun component. Resort to games such as Scrabble, Pictionary, Guess who, etc. for your child’s language development.

Language Development is very important for the holistic growth of your child. Remember, language development will not happen overnight, it is an ongoing process. Make sure your kids are having fun all along the way.

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7 tips for planning a fun summer for your kids

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Summer is a time most kids eagerly wait for. After an academic year full of hard work, the summer vacation is their well-deserved break. No pre-determined school schedules, no dressing up in uniforms and no limits on the play time. For kids, summer, thy name is fun. However, there is a catch. Few days into the summer vacation and your kids might start getting bored. As parents, it becomes important to ensure that your kids have meaningful and fun holidays.

 

Here are 7 tips for planning a fun summer for your kids:

1. Make an activity chart along with your kids

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Dedicate a day to plan the summer along with your kids. Make a list of all the activities that they want to do during the holidays. Use colourful papers and pens to make a detailed weekly or daily activity chart. Use a separate sheet to list the summary of the things they want to accomplish by the time holidays end. You can paste this activity chart on a wall and keep re-visiting it to see how it is going.

2. Plan a Travel trip with your kids

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Choose a destination that would probably interest your kids; something which is educational as well as fun. Make a travel plan well in advance. Involve your kids in the planning process; teach them about various aspects of travel, tell them about the sites you would be visiting and their prominence, teach them to operate a camera and encourage them to try photography and make a travel journal full of pictures and their thoughts. They will cherish this travel journal for their lifetime.

3. Enrol them in a hobby class

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Summer vacations are the best times to introduce your kids to the various possibilities, make them try different things and help them discover a different version of themselves. Introduce your kids to a new hobby this summer, something that has always caught your kid’s fascination or would help them leverage their skills.

4. Encourage outdoor sports

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Ensure that your kids are not spending all of their summers just within the four walls of your house on the screens. Encourage them to participate in outdoor sports in the evening or early morning, along with their friends in the neighbourhood.

5. Make afternoons fun and full of activities

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Kids should stay indoors during summer afternoons. You can organize a play date inviting their friends to your home. Plan some interesting indoor activities like drawing challenge, story reading etc. You can treat them with yummy summer treats to make it all the more fun.

6. Take time to enjoy nature along with them

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In today’s day and age, we get so involved in our day to day lives that we do not have time to pause and appreciate the beauty of nature. Dedicate a day in a week to go out into nature along with your kids. You can visit a local zoo, a nearby beach to catch the sunset, or even to a local public garden.

7. Get them to help you

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With the kids around at home, your day to day tasks will also increase. Do not hesitate in involving the kids in helping you with some domestic chores. This will serve as a bonding exercise with your kids, and also keep them productively occupied.

 

Tell us how you keep your little ones engaged during summers 🙂

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7 ways to raise Happy Kids

Happiness is a state of mind. It is a choice. It is a way of life.

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Happiness is the ultimate goal that all the parents want for their children. As kids go through the journey of life and try to make their way through the ups and downs, it is important that they remain happy at the core. The foundation of how your kids perceive their life and the challenges that come along with it is laid down during their growing years.

Seven ways to ensure that you are contributing to raising your kids as “happy kids”:

1. Be happy yourself

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Happiness and smiles are contagious. Children absorb a great deal from the environment around them. They see how happy you are with your life, how do you handle the ups and downs of your life and what do you do to overcome unhappiness. To ensure that your kids are happy, make happiness a priority for yourself too.

2. Do not over-criticize

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Sometimes as adults we become so focused on the results that we forget to appreciate the journey and all the efforts put in. You can discuss with your child about what could have been done better to achieve the desired results, but do not forget to give your child a pat on the back for the efforts put in. This will help in boosting your child’s confidence and prepare them for the future.

3. Do not make life appear as a pressure zone

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In today’s hyper-competitive world, children are stressed even at a very young age. Their schedules are packed with school, tuitions, extra-curricular classes, and so on. While it is important to make your children well equipped and future ready, it is also important to let them go about life at their own pace, and ensure that they are enjoying the process. Appreciate their capabilities and avoid constant comparison.

4. Help your children learn Optimism

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Help your children to look at the positive side of things, and teach them to believe in the goodness of life. Let them know that the journey might be a little challenging sometimes, but it always gets better. Teach them to begin each day afresh.

5. Celebrate often

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Celebrate all the little joys, all the little achievements in life. Make every moment count. This way you are making your kids have fun and motivating them to do better every time.

6. Teach them the importance of Relationships

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Life becomes easier and much better when we have our loved ones to share it with. Teach your kids the importance of building and nurturing relationships. Teach them how to develop empathy, and understand the other person’s viewpoint.

7. Teach your children not to be afraid of failures

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As children grow in today’s competitive world, they start taking failure as a stigma. Stress on the importance of experimentation and how it can be a stepping stone to success. Let them understand that failures are an inevitable part of life, but they leave us with valuable lessons and every time they lead us a little closer to success. Teach your kids that it is not a bad thing to fail but it is important that they learn from it, improvise on it and try once again.

 

It is very important as parents to lead their children on the path of happiness. Hold their hand and let them enjoy this beautiful journey called life.