Get your Children Involved in Volunteering During Martin Luther King Day of Service or Any Time of Year

Are you a parent who is still a bit frazzled from having your children home from school over the extended holiday? Why not approach this coming weekend holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a bit differently. Why not get you and your children involved in a volunteer project via the national MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 19, 2015. What is Martin Luther King Day of Service all About? Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s Day, originally a celebration of the birthday (January 15th) of the fallen civil rights leader, has been a U.S. Federal holiday since 1983 and is … Continue reading

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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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Jack of all trades master of none!

Jack of all trades master of none! Most parents would have used this phrase on their kids. How difficult do parents find it to get their kids hooked on to an extracurricular activity and then have them to master it. Children these days have a very short span of attention and easily get distracted, they quickly tend to get bored and want to shift or even sometimes quit these classes. As parents how would one tackle this issue? To start with listen to what your child thinks about his after school classes. Are complains like the classes are boring, teachers … Continue reading

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Mental Arithmetic: Powerful and Fast Calculations

How easy was it for you to mentally calculate if a number was divisible by 4? Was it simple enough for you convert kilos to pounds, decimals to equivalents of fractions or convert kilometers to miles on your fingertips? All this and many more calculations were simplified with tricks and trades of mental arithmetic Mental arithmetic for kids surely makes learning fun. It has numerous benefits to start with Memory enhancement as the concepts helps to improve intelligence. Sharpening of their memory due to fast computations they will have to do. Most important through steady practice, your kid will learn … Continue reading

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Creative writing comes naturally and cannot be developed. Is this true?

Children’s thoughts are full of imagination and curiosity but they often find it uncomfortable to pen down their thoughts, whereas writing can be an excellent exercise for kids to let out their thoughts and pictures they construct which a mere image of their personality and creativity. Most kids today dread the thought of writing, even after all the writing exercises they do in school they often see it as tedious process. And in this digital age of email, text messaging and social networking, kids’ tolerance for writing anything longer than a few characters is being severely tested. It’s very important today to … Continue reading

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Presidents Day

President’s Day is a celebration of both George Washington’s and Abraham Lincoln’s Birthdays. The Presidents are sorts of gifts that keeps on giving. Though they were born more than 100′s of years ago, we all still get the day off around their birthday. With schools closed and hopefully offices, as well, all of us suddenly have a bonus day to do fun stuff with the kids. Fun for kids today is most probably eating out and having a game day with their friends, how many of us have actually put in some thought to know if our kids would know … Continue reading

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Piggy Banks go from Ceramics to Virtual

At what age should parents start teaching their children about money and savings? Is there a particular age to start, Probably NO. You would want to introduce your kids to finances as soon as they can count. A child’s brain is like a sponge it absorbs and accumulates a lot of Information and they usually learn by watching their parents. Leverage this and teach your kids at the earliest. The first exposure most kids get while learning about money management and finances is the concept of using piggy banks. Earlier piggy banks were mostly jars made of clay which ideally … Continue reading

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STOP Bullying. It’s NOT Cool

We all have experienced bullying in some way but with time this has only gotten worse. Some stats that I came across estimates that about 160,000 children miss school every day due to the fear of attack or intimidation by other students and a shocking ratio of  1 in every 7 students is a victim or a bully(Source: National Education Association). Hasn’t this got bad enough? Bullying creates an irreparable impact mentally and sometimes physically also. This activity also leads to very serious health issue and whose effects last well into adulthood. As always said Prevention is better than Cure. It’s time … Continue reading

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How to Help Kids with a Stage Performance – Aloha Mind Math

Schools nowadays are quite inclusive when it comes to performances on stage, and some smaller schools encourage all kids to have their time in the limelight. As parents, we might sometimes worry about how our young kids might perform in front of an audience, so here are a few tips:

Practice, practice, practice: Make sure that the child knows his or her part, as that is the best way to build confidence. If it is a dance, try to get the music from the teacher so you can get the child to practice at home occasionally. If they are having extensive practice sessions at school, do not overdo it at home though as children may tire easily, but you can take the teacher’s advice and proceed accordingly.

Teach your kids about audience interaction: One of the important ways to engage an audience is to teach your child about looking into the eyes of the spectators. This is especially important in debates and speeches, and occasionally at times when trying to make a point during a play. For younger children, teaching them about facing towards the audience, and keeping a smile on their face may be good enough.

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Make sure they are ready: On the day of the event, it may be that because of sickness or stage fear, the child may not be ready to perform. Be prepared for eventualities, and try to encourage them with pep talks, instead of forcing them to go on stage. Most of the time with some gentle support from your end, they will gain confidence and go ahead.

Dress rehearsals: In case of an unfamiliar stage, or unusual costumes, it is a good idea to try them all before the actual event. This way your child will gain comfort in what they are wearing, as well as know their way around the ups and downs of a new stage area.

These small tips should help, but a few times, it may happen that the kid just does not manage to perform to the best of his potential, or even go up on stage. We as parents should be supportive and positive, and encourage the child well enough so that the next time will be a better experience.

To help your child gain confidence, do check out our Mental Math and English classes at Aloha, which help their all-round performance. More details at: http://www.aloha-usa.com

 

Spoon-feeding Vs. Applied learning for kids

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An experienced teacher says in this article, that children learn better when left to their own methods, compared to being spoon-fed. As a parent, I would tend to agree with this wholeheartedly. As young parents, we tend to over-think and over-protect our kids, worrying about hurting them in case of anything going wrong. In reality, we might be helping students to learn more by letting them explore and learn a lot of things on their own. Here’s why: Engages attention better: A child concentrating to learn something on his own will pay much better attention to the activity, compared to … Continue reading

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