Tips To Make Your Kid More Organized

unduhan (77)1. It’s ‘easier’ (and not easy) to amend your child’s body-clock than trying to make him stick to routine, so let’s put easier things first on our goal list. The simplest part is regulating his hunger timings. While lunch break in school will do half of the trick, regulate his snacks, dinner and breakfast time. Serve each meal on a fixed time so his hunger timings are regulated. Welcoming him after school with a tasty energetic snack can be a great start.

2. The next and the biggest hurdle is the bed time. There will always be distractions, but don’t allow a flexibility of more than 30 minutes on weekdays. Put your foot down if need be and create a lights out environment. Rest assured that the resistance won’t last a month and your baby would start to yawn before you could drag him to bed.

3. Introduce your child to a day-planner or if you are not a gadget fan then stick to traditional timetables. Put reminders for important dates and paper submissions, keeping scope for sufficient action time; coax your child into action accordingly. He will be pleased with himself as he would be appreciated at school for never missing out any test dates or submissions. That is the time when he will begin to act without your efforts.

4. Get an agenda book or ask him to use his school diary for writing his tasks and not just complains and holiday notices. Make it mandatory to list all homework assignments, submissions, and tests date wise even if he can remember. Check what he has got on his plate for the day and help him manage his time. This is an important lesson for life: document things before they become a clutter.

5. This entire ordeal is useless if you would have to turn the whole house upside down to find the drawing book. So, make a special school zone in your home where things are orderly arranged and absolutely nothing from school stuff should be found anywhere else. Allot a different corner and separate closet. Use labels, sticky notes, and color codes liberally to keep things sorted. Help your child keep it arranged till he learns to do that himself.

6. Help your child remember things he should bring back home for the day as he leaves in a hurry. Ask him to divide his locker or desk drawer in two halves: left part may have things he wants to take back and right part will have those he doesn’t need.

7. Get together in the school zone prior to retiring for the day and sort out the stuff for the next day. Notice if he has kept things correctly and guide him if he hasn’t. It will help him take things he need for the next day, keep things organized for him, and will be easier for you to monitor his daily activities. Moreover, a daily supervised reshuffling is much better than cleaning an entire week’s clutter.

8. Finally, don’t fixate on these tips tyrannically. Make them an easy going part of your life and not an ordeal. Remember, that there’ just one childhood and there’s an entire lifespan for him to take stress and get busy.

Help Your Child Flourish With Early Learning

unduhan (76)Early age of 1 to 5 yrs. is considered to be an important phase for a child’s development. It is during this time that what a child is taught becomes helpful in the later part of their lives. It is therefore critical that parent’s time should mostly be utilized in helping improve the cognitive skills of a child. But times as they are now, most parents are pre-occupied with their work and fail to give the necessary attention to their children, this however is understandable from a parent’s perspective, but it is critical to engage your child with developmental activities as well.

Parents that are pre-occupied with their work 24×7 can always send their child to a good early education center. A good early education center can help your child partake in developmental activities and help increase the cognitive skills of a child. On the off chances you do find time out of your busy schedule you might still want to consider placing your child in an early education center, here are some reasons as to why to rely on a professional for the development of your child.

1. Institutions that specialize in offering good cognitive skills are professionals and experienced in offering an environment for a child’s positive development.

2. These institutions offer a child with a beautiful and fun learning environment that can help your child flourish.

3. A child is made available with a healthy interactive environment that can help a child better in socializing.

4. These institutions encourage children with curiosity.

5. This might be known to all but is still ignored by many, skills taught to us in early age later acts as an important factor in the learning process.

6. Learning and skills offered by these institutions will develop as we grow.

7. Children who have had the privilege of being in these institutions find it quite easy to adjust.

As you may have noticed, as a parent, there are some things that you have control over and can offer your child with it but then, there are a lot of things that a professional institution can offer which you, just can’t. In addition to the above mentioned benefits, child care centers have the latest technological equipment’s that can help make learning more fun and interesting. If you are planning to send your child to an educational center you might want to consider leaving your child’s development in the hands of a professional institution.

 

Is a Boarding School Really a Good Option for Your Childs Future

unduhan (75)Gaining admittance into a Swiss boarding school isn’t easy. A lot of preparation is required to ensure the best chances of success. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. Work with a boarding schools placements consultant.

You want a consultancy company or an expert specializing in Swiss boarding schools and international placements. Aside from helping you choose the most suitable school, these consultants can also help your child gain admission. Selecting and getting into some of the best schools in Switzerland certainly becomes easier with the help of a professional, who can guide you to the right facility that meets your requirements and expectations in terms of curriculum, method of teaching, facilities, and even tuition.

2. Submit the application way ahead of the deadline.

It might take you some time to complete your admissions folder, so start early and submit all the required documents in advance. An educational consultant can help you with this. The admission staffs of Swiss boarding schools are likely to appreciate the promptness and care you will show to complete the application files as soon as you can. The earlier you submit, the earlier they can begin the review process.

3. Seek and submit recommendation forms early.

You will likely need two to three recommendation forms from your child’s current teachers. Request them early. A week before the due date is too late; it’s also discourteous to rush the teachers. Thoughtful recommendations take time to complete properly. Give the teachers as much time as possible.

4. Practice and hire a tutor.

It’s a good idea to hire a tutor should your child need extra help. Buy the practice materials early, so your child can begin practicing for admissions testing ahead of others. While it’s not the only factor considered, your child’s admissions test scores indicate his or her level of learning to date, and how well he or she is likely to perform at the Swiss boarding school you are eyeing.

5. Iron out financial aids in advance.

Do you have concerns about the tuition? If you don’t think you can afford the entire amount, it’s best to look for financial grants and scholarships ahead of time. Waiting until the last minute is never a good idea-especially when it comes to seeking financial aid. Grant and scholarship decisions are typically made separately from admission decisions. There is limited funding for aid, so you should adhere to the deadlines scrupulously of you don’t want to risk having your request turned down.

 

How to Build Your Childs Interest in Reading

unduhan (74)Given the hi-tech gadgets a child has access to today, it is a real challenge to get children to even open a book. If they are not watching television, they are either engrossed in an internet video game or are jabbing away at the tiny keys on their cell phone. Reading is important because it enhances language skills building a child’s comprehension ability and vocabulary. It also promotes visual development and verbal skills. Additionally, reading provides us with different lenses through which we can examine our everyday lives.

So, if your child is not reading enough, he is missing out on something very crucial. This how-to article lists the different tricks you can use to spark an interest in reading. Although our focus is children, you can apply a few of the tips to yourself too.

  • Reading Time –

It should start with reserving some time for the reading ritual. It is true it’s hard to find time, but it can be as little as 10-15 minutes. Do it every day. The best time to read to a child is before bedtime as both you and your child are relaxed. Your child will continue this habit even as he grows older.

  • Lead by example –

It has been noted that children who liked reading had either of their parents as readers. If your child sees you reading something, a novel or a newspaper and realizes that you enjoy it, he will likely take to reading voluntarily, out of curiosity. Hence, the best way to get your child to start reading is to start reading yourself.

  • Create the right reading environment –

At home or in school, the reading corner should be a bright and quiet place. It should be a place with the least distractions. It should also have comfortable seating arrangements. Do not lie down and read unless you read at bedtime. If you do not have such a reading corner, create one. Avoid reading with the television on or with any music playing in the background. It distracts the child and causes him to lose interest.

  • Involve your child in the story reading sessions –

If your child is big and knows how to read, a good way to conduct the reading session is to have your child read to you instead of you reading to them. Be patient and listen to him. This sort of encouragement will not only inculcate a healthy reading habit but will also build confidence when it comes to speaking.

Besides allowing your child to read, you can make them participate in various other ways. For instance, instead of reading the story from cover to cover, you can ask questions in between or let them complete certain sections of the story using their imagination.

  • Let your child pick books –

Stock your library with interesting reading material according to your child’s age group. Give them the liberty to choose a book they would like to read or have read to them. You can keep adding new books to the shelf as your child picks up the habit and becomes clear about his interests.

When trying to cultivate a reading habit in your children, it is important to remember that each child learns at a different rate. Hence, give your child enough time to develop an affinity for reading; don’t push it on them.

 

Home Tutor for Childs Better Future

unduhan (73)In today’s cut throat competition, home tutors are asked to further a child’s future prospects. Tutoring is all about giving guidance to students and this guidance in turn helps them achieve their goals. This most often includes one on one attention to the child to understand their concerns and provide appropriate help and guidance to alleviate these concerns. After school tutoring revolves around giving complete attention and focus to the child.

In a classroom, a student might feel hesitant to ask the teacher any questions that he might have or any problems that he may face. This results in most students keeping their problems and doubts to themselves. Whereas with a home tutor, a child can clear his doubts without any hesitation!

Also since home tutors will directly come over to your house, it saves the parents a lot of trouble of driving their kids to tuition center.

It is extremely important to hire a professional home trainer for your child, especially one who knows the ins and outs of the course and study material.

Compared to a home tutor, a school teacher might not be able to give individual attention to all the students in the class.

For students, the two important factors when it comes to learning are confidence and enthusiasm. A home tutor provides both these to a child by motivating them. Apart from these, they also help a child complete their tasks on time and help them focus on other creative work as well.

Home tutoring also acts a source of secondary income for teachers as most of them are paid lower compared to other professions.

Home tutors also provide a detailed explanation to youngsters about the subject and helps students feel secure about asking doubts.

One of the important duties of a home teacher is to provide a parent with the complete information of the child’s performance. This is important so that the parents and child do not feel that the tutor is completely responsible for their result. A teacher can only help a youngster clear their doubts.

Parents also have an important part in enabling the success of their youngster. They need to make sure that their child is able to understand the trainer and can attain good grades. In case, if they feel that a teacher is not helpful for a child they can hire a different tutor or look for other appropriate options.

A qualified expert helps develop the faith in a youngster by giving them complete focus.

Technology Brings Unconventional Teaching Methods Mainstream

home-school-1-255x155There was a time in the not too distant past where a quality education meant attending a traditional brick and mortar institution. The alternatives like home schooling, distance learning and correspondence education were often seen as inferior, albeit legitimate teaching methodologies. However, technology has changed the way we see the non-traditional approaches to education and learning.

The internet has revolutionized the way we interact with the world in a number of different ways. Information is now readily available at a click of a button, be it on a computer or mobile device. The ability to shuttle large amounts of data across vast distances means that traditional limitations faced by the in-home learning can now be overcome.

Overall technology has allowed education to be brought into the home and still have all the necessary components to impart knowledge to the student in a controlled manner. Even the social component does not have to be forgone due to distance and the lack of face-to-face contact in person.

Lectures can be delivered in video when and where it is desired. Classroom interaction can be matched through forums and discussions boards. Software can facilitate the step-by-step learning process. Assessments and even examinations can be done live online to ensure that the participant is not cheating.

While many of us may still frown upon the idea of online education when schools, colleges and universities are so readily available around us, we must look at the impact of online education in a global context. Technology has extended its reach to the most desolate parts of the planet, in countries where education is not accessible to the masses or limitations in finance and infrastructure makes it downright impossible for many to get an education.

Whether online education can outperform the traditional brick and mortar institutions with educators in class may be debatable. There is no way of saying for sure that one methodology is better than the other, especially in a time where the individual learner is acknowledged rather than the class of students as a whole.

However, there is no denying that new frontiers in education are constantly opening up with the aid of technology. Video lectures and webinars which were concepts of future innovation just two decades ago are now an everyday reality for millions across the globe. There is no saying how far online education will continue to thrive and what it will mean for prospective high school and college graduates in the future.

What can be said with some degree of certainty is that education is being revolutionized everyday by technology and being made accessible to the untapped masses. Even skeptics would be hard pressed to deny that in time online education in any form would have contributed in a positive manner to the human species as a whole.

 

Home Schooling and How Cheap Your Childs Work Is

unduhan (72)Home Schooling is the wave of the future; it is how America will survive, or fail.

To understanding how important it is for you to home school your child one need merely look at the way children are taught today. For the purposes of this article I will choose one, and only one item. Believe me, there are dozens of items like this one. The item I will discuss is how cheap your child’s work is, and how this makes your child view his work, and therefore himself, as unimportant.

Your child is given a task. Maybe it is to write a report, maybe it is a page of math. Halfway through the task the bell rings, and the child is made to go play.

Yes, made to go play. The intent here is not to complete the work, but to order the child about, and make him/her amenable to social control and behavior modification.

If you were at work, had an important job to do, would your boss make you go play? And, more important, would you let yourself be made to go play? Negative. You would put your nose to the grindstone and pound away at that job for one simple reason: it is important.

But day after day your child is interrupted, made to go be ‘frivolous,’ and this tells him/her that the job is not important.

And, most interesting, the teacher says it is important.

So what is the solution? Well, here is an interesting alternative. You put work before you child, and you say, ‘You can take a food break if you wish, but you don’t get to play until it is done.

Now, how many of us, if the boss said, “You can work till five, but if the job is done early you can take off for the day,” would work our fingers to the bone?

Every last one of us. The job suddenly becomes extra important, and our lives literally hang upon it.

When I did this at my school the result was instant. Children ignored breaks, told other kids to be quiet, and became work maniacs.

Yes, sometimes I had to check the work, at least in the beginning, to make sure it wasn’t slipshod. But doing this at times during the day forestalls any nasty confrontations with one big checking at the end.

Yes, sometimes they wouldn’t get their school work done, and I would commiserate with them, and let them go. But if you plan the work out (with their input is helpful), then you can usually come up with a target that will get them an extra hour of play, and get you an extra hour’s worth of their work.

Most important, through this type of home schooling approach your child will develop a sense of self worth, and a very valuable work ethic.

 

Want Your Child to Be Smarter at Math

unduhan (71)Who doesn’t want their child to be smarter at math? Who wouldn’t like to see an A on the report card, rather than that one legged version called an F?

Interestingly, it is REALLY simple to make this happen.

Before I tell you how to make this work, however, before I tell you the one step method for making your child’s math grades shoot up to an A, let me tell you the secret: you have to get your child to appreciate math as a game.

Hey, they can play video games like a world class champ! And they can program your smart phone like it is an abacus! And the difference is that they want to. And by getting them to play with numbers in a games fashion, they will want, and they will excel, and their grades will go up.

To begin with, I taught school for a number of years. First as a teacher, then owning my own private school. I used the method I am about to tell you with great success, and I got the kids to use this method during ‘play time.’ That’s right. Instead of them going out and actually playing, I got them to do math and ‘think’ (he he) they were playing.

Now, the biggest lack in math schooling, in my humble opinion, is the lack of basics. This is the times table, the addition table, the basics of how to manipulate numbers.

When I was in school (had to walk 20 miles, uphill both ways, through the driving snow) we had to do a page of tables every single day. Rain or shine, all the way through grade school, we did basic math.

Nowadays they don’t. They give a few pages in a book and think it is sufficient. It’s not. And for the simple reason that it doesn’t make math intuitive. It remains, even through high school, something they have to think about. Think. Long and hard and laborious. Any wonder why they don’t do well? The basics are TOTALLY out.

So, a page from the Case family larnin’ book. Cards.

Yep. Mama Case brought out a few decks of cards and we played. We learned how to play solitaire, and in group fashion. To this day I feel a profound happiness swell when I remember four of us, my brother, myself, my mother, and even granny! slapping those cards down, trying to beat one another, and laughing hysterically. Or crying foul when we was beat!

But the point is that we learned to look at numerical symbols and understand them. The speed at which we could differentiate a 4 from a 6, or a 9, or whatever, enabled us to win the game. So we wanted.

And, when the group wasn’t spending a night slapping cards down, we learned other games. Several forms of individual solitaire. Hearts, Rummy, whatever!

And here was an interesting bonus: when we played monopoly with the kids in the neighborhood, we became adept at reading the dice, at adding those cubes littered with one of six digits face side up!

What, you think it won’t work? HA! That’s like saying your child is immune to games. But if there really is a lack of enthusiasm, take another page from Mama Case’s book.

‘Oh, you don’t want to play? Shucks, I was going to bet a cookie. But that’s okay. I’ll eat that cookie myself, and you can watch those delicious crumbs dribble down my shirt front.’

Guaranteed. Those kids of yours are going to be making math a game, they will become adept at manipulating numbers, and when it comes time to learn a new math concept they are going to be LIGHT YEARS ahead of the curve.

 

Homeschooling Mentoring and Support

unduhan (70)Mentoring and support groups are a great way to meet other homeschoolers in your area. They give parents an opportunity to ask questions and get answers from reliable sources. These groups have a variety of different children who are different ages. Therefore, the parents of such children are able to mentor new mothers or fathers in their next step if they need any help. Will and Sue enthusiastically recommended the mentors they and their children had had throughout their homeschooling journey:

When going about on different camps or outings, the other parents really do become mentors to the children and that’s really valuable and is the beginning of a relationship that extends into the children’s lives. Mentoring can be a tremendously important when they go off to study or move away from home, to have these stable adult contacts in their lives year after year, who are interested in their lives. Mentors are there if they need help, advice, wisdom, prayer support or whatever it is. It’s a relationship of trust. Its’ been a support for us and an encouragement for our kids to have these other people. They’re all very different, but they’re all able to contribute in their own way. To have that continuity is special. For instance, we held Jono when he was a baby, and now Jono is married and he has babies of his own.

Veteran homeschool parents in home groups find themselves becoming mentors to new homeschool families. As a new homeschooler, and one that wishes to continue homeschooling without burning out, it is vitally important to become involved in a home group, as these are the basis of training and support in the home. Experienced homeschool parents take a role in educating and initiating new families into the routines of life as a homeschooler. For instance, if parents are not sure what to do for high school, another parent/s in these groups may suggest helpful ideas or explain how they did it. In Canberra, for instance, there is a secular group (Home Education Network Canberra and Southern Tablelands or HENCAST) and a Christian group (Christian Home Education Canberra or CHEC). This is just the beginning of the groups available, especially with the advent of Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites.

Homeschooled children also benefit by the influence of older mentors in their lives. These mentors can often be a generation or two older. They can be grandparents, friends or other homeschooling parents whom the homeschooled children spend time with. When asked if he had any mentors, homeschool student, Ben replied:

Yes, I did, especially when it came to building. I have three or four friends now who are 60 years old and onwards. Some have even passed on now. They taught me heaps and heaps. I spent a lot of time in people’s garages, tinkering away with a bird cage and all kinds of things. The mentors sat and spent their time with me. The grandparents were also pretty good. I spent a lot of time in the shed doing metal work… welding up bits of tractors and things like that as a child. My parents would be inside with the grandmother while I was spending time in the garage with granddad.

Homeschooling magazines and website are also other great and supportive resources. The Home Education Network Otherways Magazine gives parent’s a great opportunity for encouragement and advice in their homeschooling journey. Each issue is delivered quarterly in the mail (or alternately it can be downloaded online). Subscribers can also access all back issues printed. These publications are great for answering the plethora of questions the homeschool mum or dad has, as well as raising other issues close to their heart.

Facebook groups are a great way to ask experienced and fellow homeschooling parent’s questions. For instance, the last three posts in the ‘Homeschool Australia’ forum group I participated in have been:

o Can anyone recommend movies based on historical events? Preferably Australian but not too bothered. – 51 responses

o My 12yr old has totally thrown his sleep cycle out of whack. Today he didn’t go to sleep until 8am. So not much learning is being done because when I’m asleep he is awake and when I am awake he is asleep. How can I fix this? – 27 responses

o Just wondering what outcomes I can meet with a hip hop workshop my 12yr old, year 6 son is doing? It involves composing a beat, adding extra instruments to it, writing a song and performing it. He also does hip hop dancing, aboriginal dancing and learning about the history of rap/hip hop music. – 4 responses

The range of questions, as can be seen, are as wide-ranging and frank as can be. Many parents would discover the answer to their own questions via these forums. This particular group has over 2800 members and is closely monitored by a few administration members who ensure the group stays on topic. Most groups in Australia are closed groups, and require prospective members to tell the administration a little about themselves before they join, in order that vandals or anti-homeschooling activists do not join.

I hope this article has been helpful in giving you a bit of support!

Homeschooling Facebook Groups:

Homeschool Australia
Homeschool Buy Swap and Sell
Homeschooling with Art
Homeschooling with Apps
Homeschooling with Pinterest
Homeschooling with YouTube
Christian Homeschooling Families
Secular Homeschooling Families
And so on…

 

How To Finish Your Homeschool Year Strong

unduhan (69)If you are a homeschool mom, chances are this time of year you are getting the itch to finish things for this school year. It’s sunny outside which means the kiddos are not as focused as they were a month ago and let’s be honest, we homeschooling mamas are ready for a break too. Summer is so close we can smell it and after a long winter who doesn’t want to get some sunshine therapy! However, you probably have a bit more schooling that needs to be completed before you can officially wrap things up which can be grueling to do at times.

Never fear fellow homeschoolers, I have learned a few tips over my last 5 years of homeschooling on how to finish your homeschool year strong and to keep you from pooping out.

1. Do more hands on learning
Those experiments you skipped during winter when your days were packed, now is a great time to do them! Not only will it be fun for the kiddos and a great change of pace for them and you but you’ll also be reviewing previous material at the same time. What homeschooler doesn’t love that!

2. Get outside
Now that the weather is warmer take the lessons outside. Pack up the books and move the learning outdoors. Hearing the birds singing, getting some Vitamin D and lots a fresh air can be very energizing. Spread a blanket out on your lawn or at a local park. Pack some water and snacks and enjoy learning in a natural setting. (Just don’t forget the sunblock!)

3. Get moving
Play learning games that involve moving. For example, if your kids are learning addition write the numbers in chalk on a sidewalk and give them a problem and then have them jump to the correct answer. We are currently doing this with multiplication and division facts. Don’t forget to move with them. It’s a great way to get some physical activity for yourself too!

4. Take some me time for yourself
This time of year I start to feel burnt out and my child picks up on that quickly. She then starts to feel burnt out as well so over the years I have learned that the best thing that I can do as a mom and a homeschooler is to take a little time and do something I enjoy. You have to fill yourself up before you can pour into others. I take an hour and read on the deck or watch an inspirational sermon. I grab my camera and go for a ride looking for great scenery. Whatever fills your love tank, do that! It will help you to feel better so that you can finish those last few weeks strong.

5. Field Trips
Now is the perfect time to take a few field trips. Visit the zoo, the aquarium, local museums… whatever you like. It will give the kids and you a much needed break from your routine but still allow for lots of fun learning that your children will remember forever.

6. Offer the Kids Extra Motivation
This is the time of year that I like to offer a little extra motivation. Extra screen time, video game time, the promise of a lunch date at a restaurant, extra art time… whatever your child loves. Use those as incentives when it seems that your kiddos are being sluggish and watch them work!

7. Remember that you don’t have to finish everything
I taught public school for 10 years and we never finished an entire text book. Many times the material is reviewed at the start of the next school year so don’t put extra pressure on yourself to finish every single lesson. Do what you can and when it’s time for summer break, pat yourself on the back for what your homeschool did get accomplished.

8. Give Yourself Grace
It’s all OK mama. I promise. You and your children have worked hard all year and they have learned more than you probably realize. Forgive yourself for the mistakes you made this year or what might not have gotten covered as much as you wanted it to. Be proud of what you did and take some time to recharge as a family.

Summer is almost here and the school year is almost over so have a little fun, get outside, get moving, get creative with your lessons, do those lost experiments and most importantly celebrate what you got accomplished this year.