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Preparing your child for first day of kindergarten

Back to school

Hello Mommies! It’s back-to-school time, and children everywhere are getting ready to return to school or start for the first time. It’s hard to predict how a child will handle separation on the first day of kindergarten. Some kids will cling to their mom in terror, while others will skip happily off without even a parting glance in mom’s direction. If your child leans toward the former behaviour, don’t be alarmed. The beginning of school and days and weeks leading up to it are perhaps hardest on kindergärtners. Their common worries include:

  • “What if my teacher is mean?”
  • “What if the kids don’t like me?”
  • “What if I can’t do the work?”
  • “What if I cry and want to go home?”
  • “What if Mommy or Daddy forgets to pick me up?”

Welcome to kindergarten

Starting Kindergarten is big step for children, and the anxiety they experience is a perfectly normal part of the developmental process. Here are some tips that would help you and your toddler to be prepared for that anticipated first day of school:

  • Develop a positive attitude about your child going to school. Children are very much attuned to the attitudes of their parents. If you are worried that your child is going to have a terrible first day of school, then your attitude is going to feed your child’s insecurities. Develop confidence that your child is going to be just fine, and exude that confidence when you talk with your child about school.

Positivity

  • Talk about your happy school memories. Tell your child the things that you enjoyed about school. Even if school was not a pleasant experience for you, you likely had some things that you enjoyed, such as eating lunch with your friends. Talking about your happy memories gives your child something to which he can look forward.

Share your school memories

  • Bring your child along for back-to-school shopping. Buying school supplies can be an exciting time for your child and can build anticipation for the start of school. Allow your child to select her own book bag and lunch box to help her buy into the idea of school being a good thing.

Shopping for school

  • Try time away from you to make him deal with separation anxiety issues. Leave him with a close relative or family friend for some time and see how your child reacts to being without you in a safe environment.
  • Answer your child’s questions. Ask your child how he feels about starting school, and then answer any questions that he might have about the experience. You might be surprised by the issues that are the most concerning to your child.

This way you can put your toddler in a excited mood to start his kindergarten experience, where he will learn to play and grow with others.

Kindergarten experience

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Hand Washing for Kids – A Childs Guide to Hand Hygiene

“Mummy, let me do it!” If this one’s at the top of your child’s list of favourite phrases, you’re in good company. Toddlers and preschoolers often want to do everything themselves: turn on your computer, answer the phone, feed the dog, pick out their outfits… But when it comes to personal hygiene,you still need to be heavily involved in her cleanliness to be sure she gets the job done right.

Raising awareness about hand washing to help reduce the spread of germs is extremely important. The sooner children get into the habit of washing their hands regularly, the better.

It is widely known, 80% of infectious diseases are spread through touch. That’s why Hand-Washing is the best way for kids to keep healthy.

1 .Help your child develop a good hand-washing habit.
Help him understand that bacteria are invisible, so even though our hands don’t look dirty, they are dirty. You can play some videos or use a microscope to show to them.

2 . Wash well and frequently
Soap up back of hands, wrists and fingers and under nails for at least 20 seconds. Soap helps to remove germs but cannot kill the germs.

3. Supervise to form a good habit
Stand over little ones as often as you can until they learn to wash their hands properly.

 

 Tell your child when to wash his/her hands

  • Before touching any food or eating
  • After using the bathroom
  • After handling animals or animal wastes

Teach them-How to wash hands properly-

  • Wet your hands with clean water
  • Apply soap
  • Rub your hands together vigorously and scrub all surfaces
  • Scrub for 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice)
  • Rinse with clean water
  • Dry hands briskly


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Developing social skills in your kids

All the humanity is based on society. Adults certainly know how important it is to stay connected to their colleagues and peers if they are to have successful lives, but did you know that the number and strength of our social connections are also very important for happiness?

Stay Connected!

The quantity and quality of a person’s social connections—friendships, relationships with family members, closeness to neighbors, etc.—is so closely related to well-being and personal happiness the two can practically be equated. People with many friendships are less likely to experience sadness, loneliness, low self-esteem, and problems with eating and sleeping.

As a parent, it is important to think about how we spend our time: if our happiness is best predicted by the quantity and quality of our relationships with others, how can we foster lots of strong relationships between our family and our communities. And yet more importantedly, how do we engage our kids in social activities to ensure their happiness.

Fostering strong relationships

When it comes to fostering social connections in kids, three arenas are imperative for discussion and development:

1. Family relationship: Where it all starts– establishing secure parent-child attachments has a great impact on emotional security that leads to social intelligence. Social and emotional intelligence is critical for forming strong relationships.

Family Bonds

2. Social virtues: As kids get older, having the skills to negotiate and maintain relationships becomes important. Having the skills to make or break a relationship are sharing, forgiveness, adjustment, and a clear communication. People who consciously practice expressing gratitude and appreciation have stronger relationships.

Social virtues

3. Altruism: Being kind to others, even strangers—does not only create deep and positive relationships, it also enhances the development of mental-emotional-spiritual faculties of your beloved child.

Altruism

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Help Your Child to Improve His Gross Motor Skills-II

In continuation…..

In our previous blog, we have discussed the movements that you can teach your child at home. Here are few games that we would love to share with parents, as these games would definitely enhance your child’s gross motor capabilities.

Games that you can try at home- 

“Simon Says” – Your child must follow your directions, but only if you begin with the words “Simon Says.” Direct your child to move his large muscles, such as “Simon says touch your toes” or “Simon says do three jumping jacks.”

Catch
– Play catch with your child. When he is a toddler, you can sit opposite him on the floor and roll a medium-sized or large ball between his legs. As your child grows, he can stand up to play catch. Balloons make excellent items to catch at first because they float. Try bean bags or foam balls next becaue they are easy for small hands to grab.

Kicking games – First, build a tower with blocks and ask your child to kick it down. The tower is stationary and an easy target. Next place a large ball in front of your child and ask him to kick it. When he is comfortable, you can gently roll the ball towards him to be kicked.

Chasing games
– “You’re It” or “Gotcha Last” are fighting words for kids! Just tap your child on the shoulder and take off! He’ll be after you in a flash.

Jumping rope – Ask your child to jump when turning his own rope or find a few friends to turn a longer rope for your child to jump over. (When it is his turn to turn the rope, his arms will be getting the exercise!)

Bike riding
– This is great exercise that strengthens legs and improves balance.

Splashing in a wading pool – What can be better in the summer than getting wet? And your child will not even realize that he is strengthening his large muscles and improving his balance.

Roller skating or in-line skating – With the proper equipment to protect knees, elbows, hands, and heads, this activity provides wonderful outdoor fun for the whole family.

Don’t forget to tell us how do you find working with suggestions from Learning House.  We emphasis on various similar type of activities during school hours also but parents support and training is most valuable during the development years of  your child.

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Help Your Child to Improve His Gross Motor Skills

Do you need to work on improving the gross motor skills of your children? Have you ever watched your sons stumble as they’re clearing the table and dump food all over the floor – or seen them playing with their siblings and thought to yourself, “Oh no, my son is  clumsy !” Don’t panic – there are lots of different ways you can work with your children to help improve their gross motor skills.

Gross motor skills are very important for young children. Gross motor activities of crawling and walking give children important independence, but strong gross motor skills allow children to interact comfortably with others on the playground, carry large bins and stacks of books with ease, and feel confident when they engage in physical activities and organized sports.

Gross motor skills are those required to move the large muscles of the body, including those in the arms, legs, feet and torso. Large muscles are used in movements such as crawling, walking, skipping, running, hopping and clapping.

Children are active and often on-the-go. It is important for them to control their bodies to keep them from frequently bumping into people or things, falling when on their feet or sitting in a chair, or dropping large items.

When a child can control his body movements, he will feel more confident when interacting with peers.Children can strengthen the muscles in their arms and the legs with exercise and practice.

If your child’s gross motor skills are not yet fully developed, consider working with your child.

Find an open area where your child can move without restriction or fear of hurting himself or breaking something.

At home, a large area in the middle of the room can work. A driveway or grassy area near your house is an excellent area, if that is possible. There are always open areas for large muscle movement on playgrounds or parks.

So encourage your child to play and practice, practice, practice!

Here is a list of basic large muscle motions that can be practiced in your house. We at learning house school also practice these activities with kids.

No extra equipment is needed! To make practice with these basic movements more fun, try playing a “copy cat” game. Demonstrate the skill to your child and ask him to copy your movements. Or turn on some lively music to keep the practice more interesting.

Clapping – Babies love imitating this motion. Of course, a huge “hooray!” when he follows your lead is appropriate!

Tapping both knees with both hands – This can be done while standing or sitting. Ask your child to touch each knee with the corresponding hand (right hand on right knee, for example). He should move his hands simultaneously.

Marching – Ask your child to pick his knees up to his hip level in an exaggerated step. Direct him to swing his arms by his sides as he marches.

Jumping – This is harder than it looks for small children who sometimes give is a giant effort by somehow cannot manage to lift off the ground. With practice they will be able to do this by bending their knees slightly and then springing up.

Hopping – This is like jumping, but on only one foot. Balance plays a key role here, which makes this a multi-skill movement. Holding onto one hand can give your child the security he needs to continue practicing this skill

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