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3 games to learn about animals

To toddlers and preschoolers, animals are endlessly fascinating, mostly because they seem just as silly, noisy, and cute as little kids. They’re even easy and fun to imitate — one reason most toddlers can moo soon after they say “Mama.” Lots of tots are eager to learn about their furry or feathered friends (especially if you already have a pet), so try a few of these animal activities to boost your child’s knowledge of the natural world.

Eat like an animal.

Turn snack time into a lesson on what animals eat by filling a muffin tin with animal-friendly snacks: berries for bears, pumpkin seeds for birds, sliced bananas for monkeys, or baby carrots for rabbits. As your munchkin munches, have him try to guess which animals prefer each food — he can even match the treat to a lineup of pictures you’ve printed out. (Add a few sneaky snacks, like mini marshmallows — your little one will think it’s hilarious that they’re a favorite of those junk-food fiends, raccoons.)

Build your own zoo.

Most kids have a menagerie of stuffed animals, so why not give these furry friends a home? Brainstorm the perfect habitat, like a mixing bowl of (imaginary) water for his stuffed seal or cut out some brown construction paper to create a mud puddle for his plush pig. Group animals from similar places: sea creatures in one corner, barnyard critters in another. When you’ve finished your DIY zoo, take the grand tour together.

Do a dance.

Your munchkin probably loves to get her groove on, so the next time you turn on the tunes to dance, transform the party into an animal activity. Take turns calling out different creatures to imitate. The two of you can waddle like a penguin, prance like a deer, lumber like a bear, or slither like a snake. To boost more large-motor skills, see if your tot can balance on one leg like a flamingo, tiptoe like a giraffe, or climb up the couch like a chimpanzee.

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Ten tips to improve your child’s IQ

Raising IQ in your children involves a series of activities that focus specially on developing the mental faculties as well as physical abilities. Enhancing IQ is also a dedicated activity that needs plenty of patience, will power and knowledge from parents. Learning House Jaipur suggests some simple techniques and methods that are known to raise IQ levels in children:

1. Are you an expecting parent? If yes, talk to your baby every day, sing songs and rhythms and say pleasing things throughout the day.

2. Help your children sleep early. Children need a minimum of 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep and ensure that they get it without fail. Available research findings suggest that brain function drops drastically with decreased sleep.

3. Never, ever exert too much pressure on your children! It may be counter-productive in the end! Set realistically possible expectations for your children and never be hasty in your efforts.

4. Love your kids and adore them for their good qualities. Shower affection whenever necessary.

5. Young children need intelligent and smart toys to play with and develop a range of useful skills like motor and cognition. Choose your toys wisely and intelligently. Toys are available in a number of forms, patterns, shapes and activities.

6. Reading bedtime stories and singing lullabies are known to boost brain growth. It will also help your child develop an emotional bond with you.

7.Never, ever provide lead-rich playthings and toys as lead can seriously impair brain growth functions. Ensure that you are buying lead-free and toxic paint-free toys for your children.

8. Encourage your children to eat plenty of vegetables, proteins and good carbohydrates. Make breakfast a mandatory activity. Give them full and complete meal consisting of eggs, fish, green vegetables, good oils and recommended nutritional supplements. Control intake of caffeine and nicotine rich beverages. Instead, promote nutritional drinks.

9. Repetition helps your children master academic studies. To master any type of technique, your child may need to repeat the process many times over and develop his or her brain power to achieve the best in life.

10. Daily exercise, aerobics, sports will help your child boost oxygen supply to the blood and brain which eventually result in brain development. Physically active children are agile and intelligent.

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Five steps to a better handwriting

Five steps to a better handwriting

Earlier, we discussed how writing process is an integration of a variety of sensory-motor skills. Today, Learning House, Jaipur presents five steps that will ensure a better handwriting:

 

1. Get a Great Grasp

The way you grasp your writing tool is pretty important for your writing. If you don’t hold your pen/pencil in proper manner, your writing will get messy. The best way to hold a pen/pencil is to let it rest next to the base of your thumb. Hold it in place with your thumb, index finger and middle finger.

 

2. Let the Lines Be Your Guide
Lined paper is your friend! Those lines can help you create letters that are the right size and proportion. The capital letters should stretch from the bottom line to the top one. Lines also can keep you writing straight instead of uphill or downhill.

3. Slow Down
If your writing is hard to read or you erase a lot, try slowing down a little. For some kids, going slower solves the problem. If you rush, it’s hard to control where you stop and start your letters, and you end up making more mistakes.

4. Lower the Pressure
Some kids press down really hard when they write, punching holes/dents in the paper all along. That makes it harder to make the smooth lines needed for writing, especially cursive. Try easing up, don’t grip the pencil as tightly, and let your pencil mark the paper without going all the way through.

5. Play Games
Yes, games can improve your handwriting! Lots of games require you to write or draw pictures. So even though it’s not official school work, you’re still using the skills you need to control your pencil better. And if you want to strengthen the muscles you need for writing, you can also do that while you’re playing board games. Use a clothespin instead of your fingers to pick up your game piece and move it around the board.

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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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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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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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