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Gardening with kids

 

Gardening is one of those activities that soon grow into a hobby. It keeps you busy, it makes you sensitive towards environment, it makes you appreciate nature and more than anything else, it cheers you up. Due to time and space constraints, you may not indulge into gardening but believe us it helps your kids too. How? We’d tell you.

 

With a bit of your participation, your pre-schooler can learn many things from helping in a garden. They learn to be responsible and patient while caring for a tiny seed as it grows into a plant. They discover self-satisfaction in raising something beautiful. The simple act of digging and planting also helps physical development, strengthening both gross and fine motor skills.

Beyond what your child will naturally learn from being outdoors, there are ways to make the gardening experience more educational for him. Help him to make a chart of his plants and teach him to predict how the flowers will change each week or month. Then, work on basic math concepts by measuring the plants together every Saturday. Talk to him about the principle of cause and effect as he waters the seeds and they later sprout. As the summer wears on, the cycle of life unfolds magically in front of him, from sowing seeds to growing plants to harvesting flowers and veggies.

But be assured to assign him a duty. Put him in charge of certain tasks, like watering the plants. Plant a “pizza garden” of tomatoes, peppers, and basil or a “rainbow garden” with flowers of each colour in the spectrum. You can go all out with your creative theme gardens. Most importantly, gardening is a great way to bond together in the great outdoors.

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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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