Mathematics is an art

G.H. Hardy’s excellent description:” A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas”. Mathematics is rarely seen as a form of art but I strongly believe and classify it as an form of art . It is all about imaginations, possibilities and playing with numbers to get a desired result just like any artist does if he is a painter with his canvas or if he is musician with his notes. You can improve a child’s mathematical understanding by using an … Continue reading

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Getting kids to start reading can be made easy and fun

Reading to your children every day is one of the most important things a parent can do. Not only you spend quality time with you children but also cultivate into them a habit which is a multidimensional process involving word recognition, comprehension, fluency, and motivation. “Kindergarten and first grade lay the foundation for how kids feel about books throughout their education,” says Annemarie B. Jay, Ph.D., director of graduate and doctoral reading programs at Widener University, in Chester, Pennsylvania. As a kid I used to dread reading a book merely by just looking at the thickness of the book. Have you … 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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Do you see your Kids being an Entrepreneur?

Most school systems and parents today are raising their kids to become a lawyer, doctor or Engineer. Isn’t it time for parents to give entrepreneurship an equal stand among-st all the options. Children are taught in school to go with the flow and follow the rules. They are programmed to learn and memorize facts instead of becoming independent thinkers. If kids are taught entrepreneurial concepts at school and home along with other subjects then there will be solutions to almost all the problems that exist today.The idea is to teach the kid to fish rather than giving them the fish. “It’s all about shaping … Continue reading

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Educational games are they useful or not?

Most school going kids today are absorbed into the current media rich, universe, popularly known as the, “always connected” world. As Bill Gates (2005) noted in his address at the National Educational Summit on High Schools, “Training the workforce of tomorrow with the high schools of today is like trying to teach kids about today’s computers on a 50-year-old mainframe. It’s the wrong tool for the times.” Do you think of a need to reform the educational system which could effectively prepare students for a much more technology driven, interconnected and competitive “flat world”? Will educational games act as values … Continue reading

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Why Good Handwriting Still Matters

Handwriting

At a time when most parents are hectically preparing for kids going back to school after the summer break, one of the aspects to be considered is their handwriting. With hardly any writing by hand done over the holidays, and a lot of gadget use such as laptops, tablets and video games, it may be required to put in a few pages of handwriting practice before going back to school. In trying to understand why good handwriting still matters in this day and age, when most people prefer typing to writing, here are some interesting points: Brain research: A common … Continue reading

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Games Can Help Kids Learn!

Ask any parent about the best way to keep a child occupied and sitting in one position for more than 10 minutes and the answer will mostly be “Hand them a video game!” Though we try to impose restrictions and limit the time spent on electronic items such as games or the computer, an easier way might be to introduce children to games that are fun as well as educational. In this way, we can utilize the time that is going to be spent on playing games anyway, in an effective and positive way.   Free Educational Games Online:You can … Continue reading

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Hands-on learning with Play dough

Remember the expression on your child’s face when you buy him/her a fresh batch of play dough? Available now in attractive colors so as to keep the attention of even a toddler for a long time, play dough need not be treated as just another “toy”. It can be used in a variety of ways to enhance your child’s playtime and introduce some learning experiences as play based learning. Math skills – This subject can give a parent nightmares, but can be made very approachable using play dough. Even before starting to identify the numerals, your child can start identifying … Continue reading

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