Fun Activities that Don’t seem like Learning for Kids but are

Some fun activities for children are just that…fun activities. Other activities you can do with your child can sneak learning in with your child not even knowing it.

 Cooking is a Great way to get Children to use Math and more while having Fun

Cooking is something you can do with your children. Yes, it might make a bit of a mess, but it is a great opportunity for your kids to use their brains in a different way. What can children learn while cooking with you?

 Mother and daughter in kitchen together

  • -Math and counting skills  – while measuring, fractions and volume
  • -Following instructions – such as a recipe
  • -Creativity – extrapolating from a recipe that you know, and making a few changes to make it more interesting. With some recipes, you can change some things, but not others – especially in baking – where exact measurements are crucial
  • -Decision-making – how to put together a meal, what main dish, sides, and desserts. Or how to get out your tools and ingredients first, then get cooking.
  • -Knowing how to cook simple items can help you child build confidence in their abilities but make sure they stick with simple things, and are not doing too much unsupervised in the kitchen.

 

There are many sites on the internet and books about cooking with children to help you get started.

 

Gardening is another great way to Engage Children in Learning

Gardening, especially vegetable gardening is both physical and mental. If you involve your child from the very beginning and walk them through the decisions you have to make, that is a big head start on learning. What skills would your child gain by gardening with you?

 A family gardening together

  • -Decision-making and problem-solving – where to place your garden in your yard, or where to expand your garden, (this can even be done on a small scale in a sunny apartment window). What vegetables to choose – based on what the family likes and the sun, soil and moisture you have in your yard. Also, what hardiness zone you are in (what plants will grow in various parts of the country.)
  • -Veggie gardening also helps kids connect with where the food on our table comes from. I remember my young nephew liking French fries, but not believing that baked or mashed potatoes were from the same vegetable.
  • -Gardening is also a lesson in setting and achieving a goal: taking steps along the way, from planting to watering, to harvesting…and in managing expectations – not everything we grow will make it to the table.

 

Again, there are many sites on the internet and books about gardening to give you tips and ideas.

 

Playing Video Games in Moderation has more Benefits than you Think

 

Many parents have a love-hate relationship with video games, on the computer, with game consoles on the TV, tablets and smartphones. They can entertain your child, but often it is hard to pull them away. Yes, we need balance, but the next time you child wants to play a digital game, ask them to teach you how to play and then take turns. Or find a game that you can play together, or one that has two players so you can play at the same time. Some games are created to be educational as well as entertaining. Of course, make sure that the games are age-appropriate for your child before you jump in. But you’d be surprised at how much the brain has to work at some games – even those that are not “educational.”

 

  • -Have them teach you how to play the game. It can give the self-confidence, and by teaching they have to think through what they do.
  • -Educational games make help them learn or use math or vocabulary words or other school-based skills
  • -Problem solving – most games have rules – kids have to figure out a strategy how to play and how to make progress in a game. Usually each level adds new twists, and decisions, to the game.
  • -Decision-making and consequences – many games have interactions and choices that have an effect on the next steps in a game. Doing something questionable, often has negative consequences.
  • -Imagination – kids think about games even when they are not playing. Just like you imagine in a book and what will happen next.
  • -Reading – yes reading! Many games incorporate reading – to learn the rules of the game at least. But often kids get motivated by games like Minecraft to learn more about how to do or build more things in the game. They may ask you to help them get onto the internet and research game guides. Studies have shown that often these game guides are at a reading level higher than they normally read, but they are motivated to read and look up words and concepts so they can play better.
  • -Cooperation – some games are single player, some are cooperative, some are competitive. Each game type can teach kids lessons about these things. But even solo games can help kids make friends…other kids who play the same game.
  • -Even playing board games with your children can help them learn some of the same things.

 

So try involving your children in gardening, cooking and games and let us know the results. What tips do you have for getting your kids involved in these tasks, or when have you seen your children learning, when they didn’t even realize it?

The Pros and Cons of New Year’s Resolutions for Children

New Year’s resolutions for children ages 5 to 12, when done well, can be a positive experience. However, if done poorly, they can set up a child to feel disappointed and inadequate, according to mother of three and family therapist Michele Southworth of the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia PA. Unkept New Year’s resolutions can be even more demotivating for kids, than they can be for adults. “New Year’s resolutions are hard enough for adults. Let’s not model for our children the feelings of making a promise to change that, by February 1, they’ve forgotten or failed; let’s not set … Continue reading

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Time Management Tips for Kids

Let’s face it, our children’s lives are busy. Between school, extracurricular activities from ALOHA Math or Reading|Writing sessions to sports or piano lessons, and time to just be a kid…that can be a lot to juggle. Parents can help children learn time management skills by following a few steps: planning, organization, scheduling and adaptability. A bit of time working with your kids on managing their time, can also help a parent’s busy schedule run more smoothly as well. Let’s Talk about Adaptability First We know every week is not going to go along with our plan. Unexpected projects or homework … Continue reading

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Tips to Help your Kids Handle Exam Stress

Exam time is upon us, and all parents know that it could herald some stress. Here are some easy tips to help kids handle stress of tests and exams, which would help ease our state of mind as well: Effective study and revision: Work out a study timetable for exam preparation, with inputs from your child. Their participation in planning ensures that they would be equally invested in being responsible and sticking to the study schedule. Encourage your child to be independent and study on their own as much as possible as it is unlikely that you would be able … Continue reading

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How to Ensure Healthy Eating at Exam Time

Exams for kids can turn out to be a time of stress and food might either be exploited or ignored at such a time. While handing out that pack of chips might seem like the easiest solution, it is definitely not the healthy one. Here are some tips on how to help your kids eat smart and fuel their body and brain at exam time: Eating at regular intervals: Rather than 3 heavy meals a day which will leave the kids in a sleepy state after each one, aim to give them smaller but more regular meals over the course … Continue reading

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ALOHA Helps Your Kids Exercise Their Brains

Health and fitness are areas that we have started getting more serious about, not just for us but for our children too. The term “fitness” must ideally be a combination of physical and mental health. As parents, we try to incorporate physical activities and de-stressors such as yoga in our children’s schedules. What are the ways in which you could stimulate their minds equally as well? A conventional classroom might utilize the left side of the brain that contains the centers for speech, writing and analytical thinking. The right side is also known as the creative side and contains the … Continue reading

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All Work and No Play

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” -  Fred Rogers It’s common for parents to wonder how our kids are having a much tougher time of it, and how much more of a fun and carefree time we had as children. While trying to enrich our kids’ lives with extra-curricular activities we shouldn’t forget the importance of play! Here’s why playing and the outdoors should be an important part of kids lives’: Reduces stress: Playing an outdoor game and … Continue reading

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Yoga for Kids – How It Can Help Your Child

Yoga came into vogue in the last couple of decades, and has been popular as a form of exercise for a while now. Some of you might be surprised to hear that it is not just adults who can benefit from Yoga, but children as well. If you’re wondering whether you need to go and start looking for that neighborhood Kids’ Yoga class, read on:

Fitness: Other than the physical activity that children get from the playground and gym activities at school, they could be introduced to a refreshing way of getting fit through yoga. It would help in improving flexibility and muscular strength through the specific poses, when taught by an experienced instructor.

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That looks like fun! Pic source: http://bit.ly/1qbrvQq

Calming influence: Pranayama and other yoga techniques could be very useful for kids to deal with the stress they face in their daily lives. It would definitely help calm their minds and improve concentration and attention levels when at school as well.

Teaches self-control: A regular practice of Yoga could help with teaching aspects of discipline and self-control to kids, to help them deal with their challenges related to fitness and even with behavioral issues.

Helps special needs kids: It is important to note that Yoga has been known to help children with special needs too. This is because it helps them ease anxiety levels, while teaching aspects of discipline.

It is important to find the right yoga instructor, so that your child enjoys the class and is not bored with just learning to strike one pose after another. Yoga sessions for children can be very interactive and a great experience for your child, to make him or her want to go back every time.

About ALOHA Mind Math

ALOHA Mind Math has been guiding children between the ages of five through 12 years to achieve academic excellence since 2007. The interactive learning process is proven to enhance a child’s math, reading and writing capabilities. The teachers also assist children in developing skills and abilities such as observation and listening that result in the overall growth of the child.

ALOHA Mind Math is currently training children all over the United States of America with more than 150 centers. For more details on this unique program, please visit alohamindmath.com or search for the center closest to you by using our locator alohamindmath.com/locations/.

Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal of the Day?

While the answer to this question might make for popular debate, there is no doubt about it in the case of school going children. It is definitely to the advantage of your child to have a filling and nutritious meal before starting their classes every morning. It should provide them the required energy to pay attention in school, or to take part in sports or gym activities.

In the flurry of activities every morning with everyone rushing off to their workplace or school, it gets tough to plan a balanced and interesting meal every morning. Here are some easy ways that you can go about it:

Minimize cooking time: Plan your elaborate cooked breakfasts for the weekends! Where schooldays are concerned, it should be something that you can put together in 10-15 minutes at the most. A boiled egg for example is quick to make and provides some essential protein. Plan items like sandwiches or salads that you could put together easily using pre-cooked or raw ingredients.

Freeze, freeze, freeze: Choose items that freeze well, so that you could even prepare and freeze breakfasts for the week if needed. A lot of veggies like carrots, beans and peas take very well to freezing, and will provide the required nutrition punch to your child’s meal.

Fruits can be quick to prepare and provide all the color you need!

Fruits can be quick to prepare and provide all the color you need!

Use colors and fun shapes: If your kids complain that meals are getting boring or repetitive, make small changes by using new ingredients that provide color. You could also try cutting out patterns or funny faces to make even the most mundane sandwiches look more interesting.

Not really a breakfast tip, but a note like this one is sure to bring a smile to your child’s face and provide them incentive to finish meal, don’t you think ;) ?

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About ALOHA Mind Math

ALOHA Mind Math has been guiding children between the ages of five through 12 years to achieve academic excellence since 2007. The interactive learning process is proven to enhance a child’s math, reading and writing capabilities. The teachers also assist children in developing skills and abilities such as observation and listening that result in the overall growth of the child.

ALOHA Mind Math is currently training children all over the United States of America with more than 150 centers. For more details on this unique program, please visit alohamindmath.com or search for the center closest to you by using our locator alohamindmath.com/locations/.

Seven Ways to Keep Your Kids Brain Fit

Mind Over Body Exercising your body is one thing and your mind is another. It’s important that your kid’s brain gets a good workout, so that it can function at an optimal level. In this blog, you’ll be able to pick up a few ways that you can keep your kid’s brain healthy. Kids of the age group five to 12 tend to be very active and alert; you can use their hyperactivity as an advantage to keep their minds in good shape.   The Steps to a Fit Brain Here are seven ways you can try to keep your … Continue reading

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