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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ALOHA Celebrates National Reading Month with 30 Day Family Challenge

ALOHA Celebrates National Reading Month with a 30 Day Challenge for Families

ALOHA Encourages Families to Make Reading Together Daily a Treat for 30 Minutes for 30 Days.

EDISON, NJ, March 17, 2014 – ALOHA celebrates National Reading Month by encouraging8455045_l parents and extended families to enrich their child’s reading and lives with books for 30 minutes for 30 days.

Reading is a fundamental and critical life skills learned in school, which most take for granted because they are fluent readers. For thirty days set aside at least thirty minutes to read together.

“By incorporating reading into our daily schedule as a family we help our children expand their attention span and thrive,” said Mani Manickavelu, ALOHA Chief Executive Officer and President.

“It doesn’t matter whether the parents or older children read aloud to the family or each read silently. This family activity promotes the importance of reading and could also progress everyone’s reading skills. Even though we are honoring National Reading Month, at ALOHA we celebrate reading and math every day.”

ALOHA offers some suggestions.

  • Create an environment conducive to reading. Turn off the TV and all electronics.
  • Treat this as a special time. Turn on the fireplace if applicable. Serve cookies and milk.
  • Make a rule that everyone read.
  • Children under 5 years old can participate by reading picture books, which can be found at the local library in the children’s section. Ask a librarian for help.
  • Afterwards, parents should ask factual and inferential thought-provoking questions about what the children read. Ask, “Who are the characters? What are they like? What happened and why? Why do you think that character acted that way? How would you have reacted? What do you expect to happen next? What did you learn from the story? How would you have told it differently?”
  • Have them draw particular aspects of the story they read.
  • It is ALOHA’s hope to get more families reading together, talking about books, and advancing children’s literacy skills. For additional reading and literacy ideas visit the ALOHA Mind Math blog http://alohamindmath.com/blog/#.Ux9lds7ajSs and News and Article page http://alohamindmath.com/news/.

About ALOHA

The unique academic enrichment programs at ALOHA Centers help children 5 years-old through 12 years-old be the best they can be to get ahead in all academic areas. This interactive learning method promotes the development and engagement on both sides of the brain, designed for frustrated learners or high-achieving gifted students. Through instructor-led, small group tutoring sessions, children improve their focus, develop vital learning skills, as well as study and life skills, and advance their self confidence to excel in reading, math, language arts, and science, to ultimately persevere in the face of adversity to go after their dreams. Discover the genius in your child.

ALOHA Mind Math was founded in 1993 and introduced in the United States in 2006. ALOHA Mind Math continues to experience growth beyond their current presence in 18 states, 23 countries, and 4,200 locations worldwide. To learn more about ALOHA, the mind math program, reading/writing programs, or to schedule an orientation at a center near you visit www.alohamindmath.com.

 

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7 Ideas to Create Christmas Holiday Traditions As a Family While Maintaining Math and Reading Skills

ALOHA Mind Math Centers gives 7 ideas to create Christmas holiday traditions as a family and maintain math skills and reading skills over Christmas vacation. It is best to plan ahead before the children ask for something to do.

1.    Celebrate cultures and end of the year celebrations. Go to the library to learn about how other cultures celebrate the holidays. Write a summary and compare select ones to your own celebrations.

2.    Visit a local museum. Most museums offer tours, while others offer learning and fun activities for children. Ahead of time tell the children to select three things to study during their visit. Afterwards they tell which three items were selected, why each were chosen, and talk about their three selections in detail.

3.    See a festive play or musical. What a better way to get into the holiday spirit than attending “The Christmas Carol” or another fine arts performance?

4.    Write thank you notes. Some children dread doing this so make it fun. Play Christmas carols, make hot chocolate, and help them write thank you notes to everyone who gave them a gift. If the child is too young, write it for them and help them hold the pencil and attempt to write their name. This is a becoming a lost etiquette practice due to email and texting. Sending a thank you is a business necessity and just as important in personal relationships. Besides everyone loves being the receiver of a thank you note.

5.    Take a tour of the local ALOHA Mind Math Center. Hours over the holidays may vary.

Aloha Mind Math, Waltham

Aloha Mind Math, Waltham (Photo credit: Joel Abroad)

6.    Turn looking at holiday lights into a math game. Maintain math skills while touring the neighborhood or city, count the number of reindeer and Santa Claus seen. For every reindeer they receive one point and for every Santa Claus they receive two points.

7.    Create a book celebrating the year. Tell and illustrate touching moments, highlights, and lessons learned throughout the year. This activity maintains reading skills, writing skills, and relives special moments and milestones.

The holidays can be hectic, then everything winds down and sometimes children get restless. Crafting plans ahead of time can make the vacation break run much smoother and bring the family closer together.

Enhance children’s learning, improve and maintain math, reading skills, and writing by visiting the nearest center ALOHA Mind Math.

Halloween – Treats not Tricks!

Here are a few tips that ALOHA recommends to keep your Halloween activities safe so that it is more Treats than Tricks! Make sure your older children travel with at least one friend. Enlist a TRUSTED friend, parent or adult to accompany your younger children on their trick-or-treat route. Accompany your children to the door of the homes on your route. Know who will be giving your children treats. Children should avoid entering homes, unless you have discussed it the specific home with them. Only approach homes that are well lit inside and outside. Do not approach vehicles unless accompanied … Continue reading

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ALOHA Kids Gain Confidence

con·fi·dence (ˈkän-fə-dence) – having or showing assurance and self-reliance Children have a very short span of attention and are often easily distracted. Boredom can take over, followed by low self-esteem and lack of confidence, if children are not given opportunities to succeed and be challenged. To build confidence within children here are a few options for parents. Understand your child’s disappointments. Reading and math intimidates many children. With proper techniques and guidance their confidence will soar. Capitalize on your child’s academic strengths. Start where they are most comfortable and perform with ease. Create activities your child enjoys and excels. Involve your child in … Continue reading

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5 Principles to Help Your Child Excel

We thought we would share the following 5 essential education and life principles to help your children excel as they prepare to go back to school. Teach Your Child to Reach for the Stars - Have them write down their hopes and visions each year. Throughout life we have the tendency to let go of our lofty goals because of fear. Lead them to talk openly about their hopes and dreams. Be supportive. Encourage your child to not give up, especially during challenging times and, especially when obstacles get in the way. Support your children to dream big. Parents can create a … Continue reading

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Super Foods that Build Immunity

It is widely known that the type of food children eat influences their physical health, emotional health and mental health. It affects behavior, ability to learn, memory power. Eating right and ensuring a balanced diet goes a long way in the overall development of the child. Here’s a quick list of the super foods that build immunity for children as well as adults.

Fruits and Veggies

Fruits are a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Fruits like berries are rich in antioxidants and bananas are rich in potassium. Whole fruits are a good source of fiber hence wholesome fruits are better than juices, as they retain fiber which helps with digestion. Best time to eat fruits – Anytime!

All vegetables are good and come with their own source of nutrition. Include a portion of veggies every day that will provide Vitamin A, C, E and minerals. Green leafy vegetables and vegetables of all colours are extremely healthy.

Milk, Yoghurt and Cheese

Milk should be consumed everyday as sufficient calcium and protein helps keep bones and teeth strong. Milk is rich in calcium and a serving of one or two glasses of milk per day is essential. Lactose intolerant children can be given soy milk.

Yoghurt and cheese are great sources of protein and calcium. Yogurt helps smooth the digestion process and cheese provides a rich source of Vitamin A, B12 and riboflavin. One serving a day is great, and children love cheese!

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Eggs and Fish

Eggs help the body absorb calcium and retain them. A great source of protein, eggs are rich in Vitamin D. They are wholesome and help children stay well fed and satisfied for longer periods of time. Best time to eat eggs is for breakfast, although eggs can be eaten anytime of the day.

Fish is rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids and are crucial to brain and eye development. You can give your children salmon and other sea foods such as shrimp and scallops which are also rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids.

Nuts

Nuts provide essential healthy fats which are important for the growth and development of kids. Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios and Walnuts are great sources fat. Walnuts are essential brain food for your child’s brain development. Best time to eat nuts – Anytime!  Encourage your child to eat well and eat healthy. It goes a long way in building up immunity, and a healthy way of life in the years to come.

 

 

Tips to help kids deal with back to school stress.

School Stress

This article talks about how back to school can be a stressful time for children. Most parents have gone through the experience of seeing their kids deal with the start of a new grade, and wondered how they can make that transition easier for the child. Here are some simple tips to help kids deal with the start of a new school year in a smoother and more confident manner: Do a private orientation: If the school allows you to visit during the summer break, put in a couple of hours with your child exploring all the important areas like … Continue reading

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