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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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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Early Learning – A Step to Success

In our last newsletter, we discussed early learning and how it’s beneficial for kids to start as early as possible. This week we’re looking deeper into early childhood education. The Facts According to the Chicago Longitudinal Study that was conducted by the University of Minnesota, kids who attended an early childhood education program were 29% more likely to graduate high school than those who did not attend one. Kids are most impressionable during the first eight years of their life; their minds are like a sponge that absorb information at a rapid pace. It is also the time when kids … Continue reading

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Attention Span is the Key to Effective Learning

Concentration is Crucial A child’s attention span is a very important factor in the learning process. The amount of time a child spends listening and understanding the teacher affects how much he or she has taken from the lesson. Hyperactivity is one of the biggest enemies of good concentration the other is the environment. If a child is not in the mood for studying, he or she will sit idly and daydream or talk and disrupt the rest of the class. A short attention span has little to do with your child and more to do with their surroundings. A … 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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Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

Did you know St. Patrick the patron saint of Ireland is famous for driving all the snakes from Ireland while preaching to the people of Ireland about Christianity? Most people in the US synonymize St. Patrick’s Day with green colored clothing, pots of gold and stories of leprechauns, Wait the day isn’t limited to this. The day is celebrated as a remembrance of the patron saint of Ireland, who died on March 17th in the year 416AD.It, is also a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history. People of Irish heritage (and even those who aren’t) in the United States love to celebrate … Continue reading

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Should children watch television?

Should children watch television? If yes what and for how much time they should watch? Parents commonly face these and many such questions as their children grow up. Today television plays both a negative and positive role in a child’s life. It can be entertaining as well as educational. For Preschoolers watching television can help them learn alphabets and how they sound on public television, for kids in grade school can learn about wildlife on nature shows, and parents can keep up with current events on the evening news. The various travel shows and quiz shows improves a child’s knowledge … Continue reading

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