Helping Your Child to Focus on Learning without Stress

Really, who does not have learning issues as a child? Children want to play and play and play. It is obviously going to be somewhat difficult getting them to the study table. Even more, if they reluctantly come to study, it can get tougher getting them to focus on the lessons. This seems to be a very common issue with parents. Reactions to such lack of attention may range from criticizing the child or being not so happy, so to say.

Do not worry

Actually, you just need to be patient. It may sound like a typical suggestion, something that you always seem to know! Well, please consider the fact that the problem is not very far from being typical as well. Parents and guardians always have to face this issue of getting the child’s undivided attention. Often, a concerned mother may become impatient because she tends to think that there may be some sort of an attention span disorder in the child. So, simply do not let your mind get to conclusions such as ADHD or Autism! Parents are also anxious about their children missing out on the competitive edge early on. Take your time. Have hope.

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Responsibility of parents

Focus on growing your bonding with the child. It is necessary to accept the responsibility of not being able to connect with the child in a way that your young one listens to what you are saying! Start with spending quality time with your children. Play with them. Set your professional tasks aside as much as you can to be close to your family.

In the event that parents may have personal differences, it is good to sort it out peacefully. Always remember that it should be wrong to blame the child for any issues between parents. One does not choose to be born anyway! Besides, having an uncomfortable atmosphere is the home is more stressful for a young one, directly affecting their attention span.

Happy times

About creating a really beautiful atmosphere, you can try playing good music. You will find it surprising how well does the music therapy work! Even as grownups, people usually find it easier to concentrate, with their favorite music playing in headphones. It kind of creates a detached personal space to give the best. Obviously, you need to follow your wisdom in selecting the right tune. Anything that’s too loud, or haphazard, is not cool. Choose soothing instrumental tracks, jazz, or good country music (just a suggestion)! When the young scholar is studying, you can even consider creating a very silent ambiance. Shut down the TV. Keep the conversations into a low tone.

Parents, in their natural state of worry, often forget the simplest thing to ask the children about their problems. They tend to assume that they already know what it is. This may be a way of self-denial as well. So, take a good look at your own approach and recover that heart to heart connection with your child. Make sure that your young one is not afraid to give the true reply. You can always seek professional help online. Find experienced educators who can help you with practiced suggestions for helping your child. Even while putting these ideas to practice, you got to be tolerant.

Another usual mistake many people make is to approach issues with a very technical mindset. As if, there is a switch to turn on to make a robot work to commands! Instead, approach with affection, empathy, and understanding. There may be matters such as how the mind processes information and why motor skills are motor skills, but they should not make you numb to the human element of everything.  If you think this is the problem, then take a temporary turnaround from the digital world and connect to nature. Go on family trips and enjoy outdoor vacations wholeheartedly.

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Open-mindedness

Obviously, the digital world can be very helpful as well! Look up good online resources where people facing similar problems share their experiences. You can also connect by reaching out. Discuss your issues and be open to receiving help. It may not be helpful to assume that you already know all the answers! Well, you may have clues, but it does no harm in gleaning the best on how to go ahead with the clues to effective solutions.

Most importantly, follow the clues that are apparent with your child’s behavior. Look carefully at the moments when he is occasionally paying attention. Try to understand what is causing this change of mood and encourage it. See that the little one is getting enough time to play and rest as well. Keep working on growing your bond with your baby. Read together. Reading before sleep is an excellent idea! Apart from helping you to comfort the young soul, it also helps the young ones to develop reading habits. Finally, do not be in tension about professional competition from such an early stage. Everything is going to work well, have that faith! It always does! Of course, before that, you need to go through the usual challenges in the right way.   

Simple Practices Aid Well in Children Language Development

New parents need not feel too anxious about their child’s talking skills. There is really no need for that! You need to be patient and tolerant. Remember that a child is a natural learner. Do you know that a human child is a born swimmer? Yes, even a newborn can swim! Helping to learn to talk actually begins with following up with the child’s natural instinct in the way of nonverbal communication.

First lessons

Infants show signs of non-verbal communication such as recognizing parents, especially the mother. Yes, those body language signs that you recognize and respond to during breastfeeding actually pave the way for comfortable language development. It is a good practice to keep talking to the child. Many parents also follow this wonderful practice of recording the child’s babbles on their mobile devices and playing it to the child repeatedly. The results have been very well-received.

Responsible parenting

Do not think that it is pointless because the child is too little to understand anything anyway! Do not criticize or rebuke your child for not talking. Instead, spend as much time with your child. Encourage the child by constantly saying things with gestures. You will see the child respond with hand movement too, trying to express playfully. What do you do? Obviously, you also play! This bonding helps you to grow that comfort factor that inspires the young one to grow. On this note, it is important to remember not to do anything that’s fearful or uncomfortable for the child. Parents may have their personal differences, which can happen. However, a child’s well-being must always be the priority over adults having their issues.

The bottom line, avoid loud, uneasy, and aggressive behavior especially in front of the child. Obviously, it is always for the best to sort out differences and be a happy family! You can always create a beautiful home environment by playing good music in the room. Choose something soothing and uplifting. About using TV, parents ought to be very discrete. You should carefully supervise the TV watching sessions. Always play the child-friendly channels. Make sure that the child is not getting dependent on the audiovisual experience.

Whenever you have the time, go on nature trips with your children. Let Mother Nature teach your precious darling with the music of rushing brooks, rustling leaves, birdsong, and the rhythm of rain upon rooftops.  Look for professional help if you need. Sometimes, concerned parents rush their children to the counselor if they are reluctant to talk, thinking that the problem is with the child. Maybe, the issue is with the stifling climate in the home where the child is too scared to talk! Please look to this.

Get good help

You can find concerned services dedicated to helping parents with sessions and online programs so that they can better communicate with their children. How do you know that the service is really helpful?

  • Who is teaching? Do you get to interact with a qualified teacher who is well versed in neuroscience, relationship dynamics, and child psychology?
  • Do they offer play-based learning? This means that the tutor arranges easy games for the child to be familiar with the sound of words (phonetics). Another game is to identify shapes with sounds. Obviously, the most basic lesson is to recognize each alphabet and learn to pronounce it. Advancing by age group, the alphabets come together to make words; and later, the words together make the sentences. It can be with geometrical shapes as well (no sharp edges), helping the child with cognitive skills development. The child plays with shape and learns to say what it is. Group interaction sessions are very helpful as well.

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  • Along with verbal lessons, good professional service also provides reading lessons. 

Good Feelings

Parents should always help the child as much as they can. You can look up online resources shared by professionals and other parents. However, always remember that you are not to be too technical in language development. It ought to be natural, a feeling stemming from the heart. Never lose that heart connection, a spiritual feeling that reminds you of being a child once upon a time.

To have a child is a gift of God, an act of natural creation. Being so lucky, so graced, it is a huge responsibility! You need to be at your best. To hear your child speak the first words or call you Mama or Papa for the first time is a magical experience! If you are impatient or difficult, you may miss this grace. Take your time to grow as a mother or a father, especially if you are having your first child. If your child has siblings, the elder ones may feel distraught with the coming of a young one and most of the attention being there. Always make sure that the brothers and sisters are good and helpful to each other.

Here is wishing you a beautiful family time!

Homemade Remedies to Kill Fleas – Kids Friendly

These wingless, creepy pests known as fleas can give you a cerebral pain! No matter how many of these you kill, they will only emerge out in numbers. Every second, thousands of fleas are born and even if you kill some of them, you will find that more and more of them hopping all around your personal space and properties.

Their rapid expansion leaves them on your pets, deep down in the carpets, and there is a possibility of you seeing them colonizing in your wardrobe.

Strongly recommend the following SUPER EASY and SAFE home remedies to get rid of fleas!!! If you want to learn more about pest control, view pest pro site.

1. Boric Acid to Kill Fleas:

Boric acid has similar functionalities like salt and helps in eliminating fleas from your house. Boric acid is known for its dehydrating properties that severely dehydrates fleas and kills them. Simply sprinkle boric acid in places where you suspect flea infestation. It will help in not only killing the fleas but their larvae and eggs as well.

You will need:

Boric Acid (a lot in quantity)

A shaker (not necessary)

Synthetic or rubber gloves (not necessary)

Perform this:

Fill your shaker with industry grade boric acid

Before sprinkling it all over your house, vacuum your upholstery, carpets, wardrobes, etc.

Remove objects like your pet’s bedding, his chew toys, your shoes, bags, etc.

Now sprinkle boric acid in every nook and corner of your house. Make sure to sprinkle thin layers. It is not necessary to use a sprinkler; you can simply use your hands for sprinkling boric acid powder given that you are wearing rubber gloves.

For upholstery and hard corners, you can use a hand brush and work down the corners and gaps. You have to keep in mind that industry grade boric acid can fade the color of the fabrics.

Leave the sprinkled boric acid for 1-2 days before vacuuming.

You need to keep on vacuuming regularly as the presence of boric acid will continue to kill the fleas infesting your carpets and furniture.

One important thing to consider is if you are using a shaker; label it ‘BORIC ACID’ as it can be easily misunderstood for your regular kitchen salt.   

Also, ensure that when you are sprinkling boric acid, none of your pets or children is present.

2. Diatomaceous Earth to Kill Fleas

You might be thinking about what diatomaceous earth is. Well, it is the atomic remains of the fossilized algae known as diatoms. The reason why it is effective against flea infestation is that it contains silica in high numbers. Diatomaceous Earth is a very fine powder, like flour and is found in saltwater as well as freshwater. Diatomaceous Earth can be dried and sprinkled all over your house. The presence of silica shards cut through the exoskeleton of the fleas and dry them out. Diatomaceous Earth works similarly on adult fleas as well as larvae. The best thing about Diatomaceous Earth is that it is non-toxic to animals and humans.

You will need:

Diatomaceous Earth of food grade category

Perform this:

Before sprinkling Diatomaceous Earth everywhere, brush off the upholstery and carpets and vacuum thoroughly. Wash everything that can’t be vacuumed. Use hot water to wash everything.

Now, sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth in thin layers all around your house where you doubt the flea infestation. Don’t hesitate to sprinkle it on your carpets and pet beddings.

Leave your house intact with Diatomaceous Earth sprinkled all over for 1-2 days. Once getting in contact, the fleas will start to dry out. It will take nearly 5-7 hours for the fleas to completely dry out.

Now vacuum the places where you have sprinkled Diatomaceous Earth. Make sure you dispose the vacuum bag and get yourself a new one.

Diatomaceous Earth can also be used in your backyard garden, but you will need it in high quantity.

You have to make sure that the Diatomaceous Earth you bought is of food grade category else it can harm your pets.

3. Pennyroyal herb to Deter Fleas:

When you go from market to market, you will get to know there are several verities of pennyroyal herb. However, look for American pennyroyal (Hedeoma pulegone) or European pennyroyal (menthe pulegium) as these two verities are traditionally used as flea killers. But pennyroyal herb of the mint family can cause harm to humans and animals. This herb is profoundly used by the Native Americans as a medication for abortion. Animals may also face fertility problems if exposed to this herb. In case, if your pet licks or chews the leaves of pennyroyal herb, it can even kill them. So, use this remedy only if you want to repel fleas from your home.    

Perform this:

Grow pennyroyal plant herb in your backyard or in your garden especially where your pets like dog love to hang around. But make sure that the plant is completely out of your dog’s reach. You can use a tree-guard or any other form of protection to safeguard the plant.

Once the plant blooms, pluck a handful of leaves and crush them or ground them till they release aroma and oil.

Now wrap this pulpy mixture of pennyroyal leaves in a muslin cloth. Ensure that the juice of the leaves is not dripping from the cloth. You can add extra few layers of muslin cloth to ensure the oil and juice remains intact.

Hang this pouch in your room or any other place where you think flea infestation is at the highest. Let your family members know you are using such kind of treatment for fleas.

You can also pour a few drops of pennyroyal juice on your dog’s or cat’s collar. But pour it in a way that it does not come in contact with their skin in any way. In case, if you see your pet scratching or itching, remove the collar immediately.

You can also put some dried pennyroyal leaves in an empty tea bag and place it on your floor or at some height to keep it away from your kids or pets.

Educational, Father’s Day card craft

This Father’s Day, help your child to make a cute Father’s Day card with a message of appreciation.

This is a great activity because it provides you with the opportunity to discuss letter names and sounds while creating something for dad.

1. Explain that you are going to make a card for dad, that has a message on the front. Discuss possible messages such as; You are the best, I love my dad, etc.…

2. Once you have decided on the message, write it in large letters on a piece of paper and place it in front of your child. Discuss the different letters and sounds that are in the message. Depending on the age and stage of your child you could also practise sounding out the words.

3. Fold a piece of card in half to make the Father’s Day card and put it, along with a collection of foam or plastic letters in front of your child. Allow your child to use the message you wrote to help them to find each letter that they need to create their message. As they find each letter, help them to lay it on the card to create the words.

4. Once all of the letters have been found and placed correctly on the card, glue them in place and leave the card to dry.

5. Once dry, help your child to finish the card by writing a message on the inside.

Have a great Father’s Day, everyone, and please share your creations with us.

Top ten children’s books for book week

Book Week is one of my favourite times to be a teacher. Not only do I have the opportunity to focus on my passion, children’s literacy and reading children’s books for a whole week; I am also luck enough to work in an amazing school that goes all out in celebrating and promoting reading through book week festivities.

Visit our school during our Book Week celebrations and you will be transported into a world where the students and teachers are dressed up as their favourite book characters whilst enjoying guess the book competitions, guest readers, daily drop everything and read sessions and Mad Hatters tea parties where the older children read to the younger ones. This all leads up to a school play extravaganza, staring teachers, rather than students, acting out a well-loved story with a twist. This year’s will be the Jolly Postman with a few extra characters, including Roald Dahl’s Twits, Harry Potter, Hermione and of course, my role, the postman’s cat.

If your child has not yet started school, and you would like to create some Book Week learning fun of your own, here are my top ten children’s books to read at home. Each of these books is perfect for cultivating a love of reading and have many opportunities for fun, activities that will improve reading comprehension skills.  

(These books are personal favourites that I have used for teaching. I have not been paid to promote these titles.)

My top ten children’s books to read at home

#1

Possum Magic, by Mem Fox

#2 

Magic Beach, by Alison Lester

#3

Diary of a wombat, by Jackie French

#4

The pros and cons of being a frog, by Sue DeGennaro

#5

The enormous crocodile, by Roald Dahl

#6

The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson

#7

The very hungry caterpillar, by Eric Carle

#8

The Jolly Postman, by Allan and Janet Ahlberg

#9

Bamboozled, by David Legge

I just have to add one fantastic picture book for older children aged 10 years +.

#10

The water tower, by Gary Crew

If you have a reluctant reader, this is a great book to piqué their interest. The mysterious story and expressive illustrations really capture children’s attention and leads them to anticipate reading the Gary Crew sequel, Beneath the surface. Here is a trailer for the first book, The water tower, guaranteed to intrigue your reluctant reader.

Tell us your favourite children’s books

Please add to this list of fantastic children’s books by telling us your children’s favourites in the comment box below, or help us promote children’s literacy by joining us for the Love2Read, Reading Hour on the 24th August.

Have a great Book Week, everyone and be sure to add your favourite books, below!

Love2Read for 10 minutes a day

Why you should Love2Read with your child

Children begin to learn about language and reading from the day they are born. Research shows that the more exposure children have to books before starting school, the easier they learn to read. There are a number of reasons for this.

  • Children learn how to use books from seeing others read

  • While listening to stories children are exposed to new vocabulary and concepts

  • Exposure to letters and words helps children to recognise letters and their names and sounds

  • Children begin to develop a bank of sight words that they can recognise without sounding out the letters
  • Children improve read comprehension skills by being exposed to a range of text types
  • Children develop more language skills from birth, to the age of three years, than they do at any other time so it is important to start early

The Reading Hour

Parents live busy lives, but if you can find 10 minutes, most days, to read to your children, it soon adds up to a whole hour. Just an hour a week of reading is an excellent way to introduce literacy to children and begin encouraging children to Love2Read.

The Reading Hour is the perfect time to start reading regularly to your child and help spread the word about the importance of reading to children.

Join in

This year’s reading hour is from 5pm till 6pm on Saturday the 24th August. We encourage you to make a commitment to reading to your child for 10 minutes a day and join us in reading to your child during The Reading Hour. Help us to promote The Reading Hour and encourage other parents to join us by posting the title of the book you will be reading to your child during The Reading Hour, or a photo of you reading to your child, on Facebook. 

If need some inspiration finding great picture books to read to your child, check out our top ten children’s books for book week.

Dont forget to use our Facebook comment box below to help us spread the word that ten minutes a day is all it takes to give your child a positive introduction to reading!

I look forwards to hearing which books you will be reading.

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