Category: Tips

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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Photo by Sai De Silva on Unsplash

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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Photo by Jon Flobrant on Unsplash

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.   

Tip: Break up your child’s reading and spelling practise

Today’s Tip

Regular, short learning sessions are more effective than one long session. Break up your child’s reading and spelling practise over the week to make it more manageable and more effective.

Today’s Tip

Each week, attach your child’s spelling words to the back of the car seat so that they can practise while you drive.

How to know what to teach your child – Sneak Peek

Each month we will introduce to you one of the useful features in our member’s area to ensure that you get the most out of your time with us. This month we are looking at how you can use our assessment checklists, in our Letter Names and Sounds program, to figure out what to teach your child. 

It can be tricky to know where to start when you decide to teach your child the phonetic sounds of the alphabet. You don’t want to start with something that is too difficult because that is the quickest way to switch your child off from learning, but at the same time, you don’t want to be rehashing things that your child can already do competently. 

The best way to learn where to start is to do a simple assessment before teaching anything. By doing a pre-assessment you will find out what your child knows, what they are aware of but need practice with and what they need to learn from scratch. You can use the assessments in each unit of our Letter Names and Sounds program to do this. 

The simple assessments are in the form of a checklist, which makes them really easy to do and provides you with valuable information about what your child knows. Simply ask your child each question on the checklist and record their response. You will soon see what your child needs to learn and will be able to organise where you will start. 

After teaching a unit of work, go back and complete the checklist again. This time you will be able to see what your child has successfully learned and what they still need help with. Using the assessment checklist in this way will ensure that your child has retained all the information taught before moving on to another unit. It also ensures that children are not left with gaps in their education that will cause literacy difficulties later on.  

Mother’s Day Card Craft Activity for Kids

Help you child to make this pretty and simple Mother’s Day card.

You will need

Coloured card or paper

Pencil

Scissors

Glue

Mother’s Day card template

Download and cut out the template and trace the the pieces onto  coloured paper or card. If you don’t have coloured paper or card, just use white paper and colour in using crayons or pencils.

Cut out the flowers and fold each petal in towards the middle of the flower.

Glue the flowers on top of each other using a small blob of glue and leave to one side to dry.

Use scissors to make small cuts all the way along the strip of paper that will make the centre of the flower. Take care to stop approximately 1 cm before the edge.

Roll the strip of paper and glue the end. Leave to one side to dry.

Once the flower centre is dry, spread the trimmed paper apart. Put a small blob of glue in the centre of the flower and glue the flower centre in place. Allow to dry.

Fold a piece of card in half to make a card. Discuss with your child which way a card opens and point out that it is the same as a book.

Write a greeting on the front of the card. You could draw dotted letters for your child to trace. Now is also a good time for your child to write a message or draw a picture on the inside of the card.

Glue the flower onto the front of the card and leave to one side to dry.


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