<![CDATA[Creating Passionate Learners with Love and Fun - Blog]]>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:41:35 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Teaching Mathematics]]>Tue, 04 Jul 2017 04:34:09 GMThttp://teachkidlearn.com/1/post/2017/07/teaching-mathematics.htmlHow to Help Children Overcome Difficulty in Learning Math
There are several teaching mathematics strategies to help kids understand and interested in math. Teaching math to kids is more than helping them to comprehend mathematical concepts, develop number sense and master math facts.

Why It is Difficult for Kid to Understand and Like Math

There are many challenges a child can face when learning math. Some of the common hurdles are :
board for teaching mathematics to children
  • Children learn “HOW” instead of “WHY” in math. Though practice makes perfect but constant drilling makes it boring for kids.
  • Mathematical concepts can be abstract.
  • Each child has individual learning pace and style. The learning or teaching of math is not child-centered.
  • Children do not know how to approach math problems. They are not taught or encourage using the appropriate thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Learning math disability such as dyscalculia and math anxiety

What Parents Can Do

Begins Math Education at Home
Home and providing the right environment is where learning takes place for children. Jump-start children learning math early by engaging them in informal settings. Begins math education at home makes kids feel that math is an everyday subject.
Parents Involvement
Studies have shown that children can increase achievement when there is parents’ participation in their school or homework. Work with the teacher to achieve common goals for your child. When children see that math is important to you, they will feel it is important to them too.
Most parents who are concern about their kids having difficulty in learning math may already be involved and teaching math at home. In addition to the right home environment and parental involvement, there are other considerations when teaching mathematics to kids.
Attitude towards Math
We need to form a positive attitude, set high standard and strong beliefs towards math. Children will develop similar enthusiasm and attitude thus boosting their self-confidence on learning math.
Child Learning Pace and Style
Each kid learns at his own pace. Ensure the child has a strong foundation on acquisition and application of mathematics concepts and skills at each level. It helps child to be ready to move on to the next level. If the child is slow, spend more time learning math. Never skip on any level thinking child can play catch up in the next level.

Every child has his preferred learning style. Tune in to his learning preference. Different learning style learn abstract subject differently. Explore different ways when teaching math to kids. Include songs and jingles, math games and activities, use teaching aids and tools. Encourage discussion or work in groups to solve mathematical problems. Make learning fun and practical.
Children may already grasp the basic mathematical concepts but doing problem solving involves more skills. The purpose of learning math is to train kids on analytical, thinking and problem solving skills.

Teaching Mathematics Strategies to Apply:

Understand the “why” in addition to “how”
Avoid emphasizing procedural skills without understanding the underlying concepts. Help children to make connections among mathematical ideas. Be able to reason by analyzing mathematical situations and construct logical arguments. Then communicate using mathematical language to express the ideas and arguments logically, precisely and concisely.
Train Kids on Thinking Skills and Heuristics on Problem Solving
Encourage the usage of thinking skills such as classifying, comparing, analyzing parts; identify patterns in the thinking process. Use heuristics approach on difficult problem solving. Some heuristics include present problems in a diagram, make estimation, work backwards, before-after, restate or simplify the problem.
Approach to Problem Solving
Expose children to many types of mathematical problems. Include open-ended and real-world problems provide opportunities for children to apply their problem solving and reasoning skills.

Show them to solve problems in different ways. Train them to be a problem solver, one who finds, investigates and explores solution to problems.

Suggest children to adopt the following steps for math problem solving
  • Read and understand the problem
  • Underline/Highlight the important information
  • Decide on mathematical operation to apply
  • Estimate
  • Do calculation
  • Inverse calculation to check
  • Write the answer in sentences
If a child is suspect of having learning math disability, math phobia and anxiety, then you may want to get a specialist to evaluate.

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<![CDATA[Mathematics Manipulatives]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 02:36:31 GMThttp://teachkidlearn.com/1/post/2017/06/mathematics-manipulatives.htmlMathematics Manipulatives
- Teaching Aids or Toys?
Mathematics manipulatives or math teaching aids is one of those "must have" teaching tools, which help kids in learning math. Parents buying math manipulatives may want to understand the differences between educational aids versus toy. This is to ensure it is the right math learning aids for their kids.

Teaching Tool or Toy

Math manipulatives may be viewed as educational toys or games. However, there are some key differences.
  • Toys or games can be battery operated. Mathematics manipulatives are usually very simple apparatus.
  • Games may be governed by rules but math manipulatives are usually guided by the teaching of teachers or parents. Regardless, kids view such math teaching aids as toys to them.

Review of Math Teaching Aids

Here are the reviews of some math manipulatives I personally used to teach my children math. This review provides an insight of how we use these simple apparatus to teach math. You may want to consider getting them to enhance your child math learning experience.

Abacus Beads

wooden abacus math manipulatives to teach counting
This is the most fundamental learning tool for most toddlers and preschoolers to have. It provides the child a simple way to count from one to a hundred. We may be able to use other items to teach basic counting. With a wooden abacus beads, you will not have to hunt for a hundred lose beads or items. Then risk losing them or have difficulty packing and unpacking them.

Pattern Blocks

pattern block math manipulatives to train spatial concept
A great tool to train spatial concept and is very versatile. There are many different levels of pattern blocks and boards. One should get the appropriate level depending on the age of the kids. One can use it to build many different patterns or learn about shapes. Children will start unleashing their creativity and find many functions of these blocks if you leave it with them to explore. Even adults may find it interesting to use it for themselves.

Linking Cubes

linking cubes math teaching tool
This elementary mathematic manipulatives is more appropriate for kids at elementary level. Singapore Math advocates using these connecting cubes when teaching addition and subtraction concept. The linking cubes provide a visual and physical cue for children to solve simple addition and subtraction equation.  Similarly, you can also let your kids explore his creativity by leaving these cubes with him. My son has turned it into his Lego set.

Number Balance

number balance math learning aids tool
One may also consider this number balance equalizer to enhance the teaching of math equation concept. In addition to teaching addition and subtraction equation, the key benefit is that one can teach multiplication using this tool too.

Fraction Circles and Blocks

fraction tray teaching aids
Fraction Circles and Blocks provide a simple visual concept of fraction. Kids can explore the different sizes of each piece. They will find out two pieces of a quarter become half and two halves become whole.

If one is constraint on budget, cards is an inexpensive mathematics manipulatives to liven up math lesson. We have turn playing cards into one of our math learning lesson at home.

You can also create your own math teaching aids get the children to make them. Here is how children learn about 3D shapes with paper craft.

Importance of Mathematics Manipulatives

Mathematics manipulatives are essential in teaching math because:
  • It helps to make abstract ideas concrete. Math manipulatives provide children ways to construct physical models of abstract mathematical ideas.
  • According to Piaget’s theory, a child is an active learner who masters concepts through the progress of three level of knowledge - concrete, pictorial and abstract. Concrete manipulative is the first step for our children to explore and understand about math concept.
  • It is a useful tool for problem solving. It also allows kids to experience solving problems in different ways.
  • It builds kids' confidence. Children understandings become more robust when they put their thoughts into physical concrete evidence for testing.
  • It makes learning math interesting and fun.
In addition to math manipulatives, some parents use other effective methods to teach math. These fun math activities keep the children learning and have fun.
<![CDATA[Summer Camp]]>Mon, 05 Jun 2017 03:36:01 GMThttp://teachkidlearn.com/1/post/2017/06/summer-camp.htmlHow To Determine If A Summer Camp Is Right For Your Special Needs Child
Summer Camp
Photo via Pixabay by JPlumb
Being a parent is a job loaded with worries, but if your child has special needs, those worries are likely multiplied every time they leave the house. There are often so many things to think about, including their safety, whether they will have access to medicine or a means of getting around, and how to get them to communicate their needs if you’re not there. It can be overwhelming, and with the end of the school year near, you might be thinking of ways to help them thrive in a safe environment during summer months.
Many states offer summer camp programs, and some of them are special needs-specific, meaning they offer services for children who need a little extra care and attention. For some parents, the thought of leaving their child in the hands of strangers is scary, especially if they have medical needs or have never been away from home before. However, it might be just the thing you and your child need to get a boost of confidence and take a little break. Talk to your child’s doctor about the possibility of summer camp and how it might help his development.

No matter where you decide to go, it’s important to do some research beforehand. If your child doesn’t require a special needs camp but is nervous about being away from home, you’ll want to make sure the counselors are sympathetic and helpful. If the camp is special needs-specific, of course you’ll need to find out everything you can about the camp and their policies, and, if possible, take a tour.

One of the most important factors to look at when you’re checking out summer camps is the staff. If possible, set up a tour so you can meet the counselors and camp owners in person. Most summer camps hire teens, and often they may only spend one summer there before moving on to college or another job. However, special needs camps are a little different; if you speak to the counselors and most of them are new or have only worked there a short time, it’s probably not a good sign. High turnover rates are a sure sign of inexperience, especially in a job involving working with children.

A good summer camp that focuses on special needs will offer a variety of programs designed to help children with various needs learn and thrive. Sometimes, these camps will be held during the day only, so you’ll want to check and see what times they offer certain classes or activities. Ask about how many children are assigned to one counselor to ensure your child will receive the best care.

Medical issues
Special needs camps should be equipped with at least one staff member who is trained in medical issues, but ideally all counselors at such a camp would be trained to handle medical emergencies in special needs kids. Ask the staff about their training and listen for specific medical terms; if they can’t give a firm answer using the correct terminology, chances are you need to move on.
“A bigger question might be, ‘How can parents know when they are ready to send their child to camp.’ If parents feel they can use a break to recharge their batteries or allow for some extra time to focus on the needs of their other children or each other, and the camp agrees that the child would fit in well to their program, then I think it’s worth giving camp a try,” says Stephen Glicksman, a developmental psychologist.

Of course, any child can be exposed to new experiences attending summer camp, so it’s important to talk to yours about making good, healthy choices, especially in the event that they encounter drugs or alcohol.

It can be difficult to think about sending your child to a new, unfamiliar place, but it could be the best thing for them. With a little bit of research and preparation, you’ll find that both of you can use this opportunity to learn and grow.

This article is contributed by Alex Robbins
Mr. Robbins is part of the Safety Today team, and loves having the opportunity to promote home and community safety through his writing. 

<![CDATA[Teaching Kids Money]]>Thu, 18 May 2017 04:19:44 GMThttp://teachkidlearn.com/1/post/2017/05/teaching-kids-money.html3 Tips to Raise Money Smart Children
Build strong financial literacy by teaching kids about money is not a choice for parents anymore. Learning about good money habits and proper financial management is a well worth effort for our children. It helps to pave their future income, social status and lifestyle.
children counting money
Children need to be taught about money regardless of family income status. It is not a subject covered in schools. Most people form their opinion about money based on childhood experiences, values and beliefs of their families. Thus, it is crucial children are exposed to discussion and communication on this topic at home.

1. Guidelines on Teaching Kids Money

Consistent in approach -
Each parent may have different beliefs. However, both parents need to establish a consistent approach on the value and beliefs to children when teaching kids money. Here are some examples
- Should we pay children for helping or doing household chores?
- Should we give monetary rewards when kids do well academically?
- Can parents spend away gift money received by or awarded to young kids?
Set limits -
Parent acts as an advisor instead of dictator. Let children know what they can and cannot do based on appropriate age level. Let them face the consequences for violating limits and learn from their mistakes.
Discuss about money -
Include all family members on money matters discussion and decision.
Basics of Money -
Do ensure to cover the concepts of earning, spending, saving and growing money.

2. Kids Allowance - The Essential Kids Money Management Tool

kids allowance with money in wallet
What better ways for teaching kids money than giving them allowance. This is a hands-on experience for them to learn about how to manage money. It also provides opportunity to learn about budgeting for kids.

When and How much to Give
Parents should give children allowance as soon as they attend school. This is the time when kids are put in an environment to “learn” on their own. It is time for them to learn about saving and budgeting.
We can determine the amount of allowance by estimating the cost of food, transport and emergency fund required when they are in school. Consider giving out the allowance daily before giving it out on a weekly basis. It allows us to monitor and for the kids to make less expensive mistakes.
Managing Allowance and Lesson Learned
It is interesting to go through this phase with kids. We need to impart what’s right and wrong in handling money matters with friends. Here are some lessons learned from me:

- Money is not like toys. We should not share money freely with everyone and anyone.
- Warn kids to be careful with friends who frequently borrow money without the intention to return.
- Just like adults, children are tempted easily. Friends of kids may lure them to buy unnecessary items. Teach kids to prioritize needs and wants.
- Let kids be responsible for their own spending. Never spend all amounts immediately. Save part of the money and plan for future expenditure.
- Apportion allowance amount. Reduce risk of losing money in school by bringing only the amount required.
- Get children piggy banks to encourage saving.

3. Learn about Earning Money

kids making money
Parents need to educate kids how and where money comes from. Children need to know money does not simply come from ATM cash dispensing machine.

It will come a time when we want our children to be earning their own money. As parents, we need to guide them to ensure the methods are honest and appropriate. They do not fall for any scam or pick up inappropriate habit such as gambling. They need to understand that there is no easy way to earn fast money. Rewards will only come with hard work.

We can help our children to understand the various earning money options available and their preference in the real working world in future.

Work for Other People
Kids can pick up some skills along the way while earning money.
We can arrange for the kids to work for a neighbor or relative for pet sitting, gardening or walking the dog. If you are a work from home parent, you may want to pay your kids for helping out in your home business.
Work in this category let them learn that there is a boss and someone else will determine how much they earn.
Work for themselves i.e. self-employed
Kids can help or market skills they possessed. They can sell self-made craft, provide homework guidance to younger kids in the neighborhood or build a website. Building website based on their passion can turn out to be a business venture eventually.
Kids learn to find out the value of their skill. They may make more money if they improve their skills.
Make a profit from selling things
This can be interesting and it helps to spur the young entrepreneur spirits in them. They can set up/participate in garage sale, sell off second hand items on eBay or pay friends to help to collect/gather household items and sell to recycling centers.
Understand what is in demand in the market. Learn research and negotiation skills. They may have to take a risk in making a loss if things cannot sell.
Invest and Grow Money
Most kids may not be able to understand the concept of investment initially. Nevertheless, one way is to show them the amount of interest earned in their bank account. Encourage them to save and they will be able to see that the more they save, the more money they earned.
If we have been teaching kids money appropriately, it will come a time when they will take it upon themselves to learn the various instruments and methods for investment to maximize returns.

Money Games and Activities for Kids

School has no obligation to build up our kids’ financial literacy. Children may learn how to count money but not the concept of saving, spending, investing and borrowing. Teaching kids’ money by playing games and through planned activities help children learn more about money.
<![CDATA[Brain Based Learning]]>Tue, 02 May 2017 04:20:37 GMThttp://teachkidlearn.com/1/post/2017/05/brain-based-learning.htmlMaximize our Children Learning with Brain Based Learning Approach
brain based learning
Brain based learning school of teaching takes a less typical approach to instructing children. It encourages teachers and parents to use several different methods that are considered most effective for a child’s level instead of following a single approach. Through variety and different opportunities, this type of learning maximizes what a child gets out of a lesson, class, or experience.

Conditions of Learning Environment

Finding the best environment for lessons is one of the biggest concerns of brain based learning. The environment must be conducive to learning without being distracting.
Challenging and Yet Not Threatening
Challenges stimulate a child’s mind alertness to learn. A child needs to feel unthreatening to remove a child’s fear of failure. These are important factors to children’s interest in learning.

Teachers and parents are encouraged to find a way to challenge children without turning them away from what they are learning. This requires positive motivations and praise to help keep kids from getting too frustrated and quitting. They have to feel that they can complete the challenge if they keep trying.
Set Goals and Objectives
Having objectives and goals can really help a child see the progress made in comprehending different areas.

For example as in a video game, setting up an “obstacle” course for understanding concepts and applying them gives students a sense of accomplishment without being threatening.
My Approach…

I always challenge my daughter on her ability to solve math problem. It involves monitoring her progress on each level before setting a goal to proceed to the next. There is no stress to push her to learn. She is highly motivated because she views the difficulty in solving math problem as a challenge instead of a threat. Of course, my praises to her plays an important positive reinforcement.

Providing an environment that removes a child's fear of failure is important but sadly this is not widely adopted in the school system in most Asia countries where I stay. The highly stressful examination system where the best academic students are identified and glorified had turn off many children the interest in learning.

Schools tend to mark children with tests. Children may find it intimidating (as not all students test well). When parents are involved and spend time assisting children through the areas that are more difficult for them, those students can gain confidence in the subject to keep tests from being so intimidating and disappointing.

Immersed Learning Experience

Brain based learning also advocates creating an environment where students immersed fully in the learning experience. It must provide the learners a complex and interactive experience. One good example is learning a language.

Studies have repeatedly proven that the younger a person is when given lessons, the easier it is to learn a second or third language. It stimulates several areas of the brain and teaches children multiple ways to look at an object or idea.
My Approach…

Though we are an Asian family but English is our main spoken language at home. We have made a conscious decision to send our children to a Chinese elementary school where Mandarin is the main spoken and written language. It was a struggle for my children to pick up Mandarin in the beginning. They managed to learn the language well based on daily interactive experiences with friends and teachers in school.

My kids also take up Bahasa Melayu (Malay language) in school as a subject. Grandparents are encouraged to speak Hokkien dialect with them at home. They are multi-lingual.
To maximize learning, it is important to give a child opportunity to continually and actively process information, internalizes, consolidate and relate it. They need to make meaning through experience learning. Field trips, kids’ activities, educational games and real-life projects are some of the teaching strategies that enhance brain based learning.

Some Brain Based Learning Activities

Building Activities

From color coding buildings, to designing a bridge that can withstand the weight of a book, it gives kids a real hands-on approach to apply what they have learned. Having them worked in teams creates a sense of teamwork and teaches them how to work together, instead of alone, to accomplish a goal. Creating a light-hearted competition can challenge them to really apply what they have learned.

Computer Coding

Coding is a slightly different type of building, but can give children a good look at what is going on behind the games and searches they take for granted. Short programming projects will give them a sense of accomplishment because they have something they can play when they are done, as well as acting like another language.

Field Trips

This is a great way to really make a lesson clear. Parks, forests, and the ocean are great places to go for numerous lessons, particularly science. Teaching children many of the basics about nature and the environment will give them the basic knowledge to see what they do affects the world around them. 

Outdoor activities for kids make great learning lesson too.

Daily Chores and Routines

Turning everyday chores and routines into challenges and activities are great learning experiences. It also establishes positive behaviors.

For example, helping to put away the dishes teaches young children about sorting and categorization. Folding laundry can be made into an interesting game to see how something bulky can be reshaped to fit into a tighter area, or clothes can be folded into shapes that the child can then use to create larger shapes (like a clothes-based game of Tangram).

Some of the more traditional activities such as puzzles, mazes, and simple crosswords help to stimulate children’s brain development. They still work well for teaching today. 
<![CDATA[Teach Kids Snorkeling]]>Tue, 07 Mar 2017 03:23:03 GMThttp://teachkidlearn.com/1/post/2017/03/teach-kids-snorkeling.html5 Simple Steps to Teach Kids Snorkeling
Have you consider teaching your kids snorkeling? Expose children to the underwater world is a great experience for them.

Let me share with you my personal experience of how you can teach and plan a memorable snorkel experience with your kids. Just like any learning activity for kids, with some effort and preparation, everyone will have an enjoyable time together.
It is a rare sight in this part of the world for kids to snorkel. It is considered an “unsafe” activity for most parents.

Ideally, you should have some prior snorkel experience. My husband is passionate about the underwater world and had years of snorkeling experience.

Right Age

What is the right age for a kid to snorkel is always the utmost concern for most parents. I was skeptical in the beginning when my husband suggested snorkeling for kids. I thought they may be too young.

I found out children are ready to snorkel at any age if you make the necessary preparation with them. My kids learn to snorkel at the age of seven.

Preparing the Kids

Before the trip, do ensure your kids are comfortable in the water. Our kids were already learning how to swim. They felt comfortable in deep water. It is not necessary to know how to swim as long as one does not fear to be in deep water.

Entice the kids with beautiful pictures of the underwater world. Show them colorful pictures from books, magazines or even videos on what they can see under the water. If they have prior trips to underwater world, parks or aquariums will be better. Kids feel confident when they can anticipate what they can see and do.

Choosing Snorkeling Destination

You can do snorkeling as a short outing or part of a holiday vacation. If you are living in a place with easy access to snorkeling facility, then you can plan it as an outdoor day trip. Replace a swimming activity with snorkeling instead.

If there is no such facility available nearby, then include as part of a holiday vacation will be ideal.
- Our First Experience
My family did our snorkel as a day trip to an offshore island between Penang and Langkawi called Pulau Payar. It is about three hour’s boat ride from Penang. The snorkel facility is on a floating platform, which is about two hundred meters off from Pulau Payar. The other best part is that - they serve buffet lunch too!
pulau payar snorkeling platform
snorkeling platform
The Snorkeling Floating Platform

Snorkel Equipment for Kids

Most snorkel facilities provide the necessary equipment. Select the appropriate size for the kids. Life jacket, goggles with attached mouthpiece are necessary while flipper is optional. Brief the kids and get them orientated on how to use the goggles with attached mouthpiece before entering the water. They have to learn to breathe through the mouth with the equipment.

Getting into the Water

Once they are at ease with the equipment, enter the seawater slowly. Depending on each kid, some will take it to the water immediately while others may take a while. Always stay beside them and never drift too far off. Do keep a constant watch out for them for safety purpose.
children prepare to get into water for snorkeling
My children preparing to get into the water from the floating platform.

girl enjoyed water
My girl in the water.
Then, simply enjoy the beautiful underwater world with them. Observe different sea creatures swimming close by, beautiful corals on the seabed or bring some bread to feed the fishes. Learn to appreciate nature. Enjoy the thrill of baby sharks swimming close to you too!!
sharks and fishes swimming in crystal clear water
Sharks and fishes swimming in crystal clear seawater.
Snorkeling has proven to be such an enjoyable experience for my kids. We have gone back there the second time. I know we will be going back there many more times.
<![CDATA[Playing Video Games Effects and Benefits for Kids]]>Tue, 14 Feb 2017 04:40:40 GMThttp://teachkidlearn.com/1/post/2017/02/playing-video-games-effects-and-benefits-for-kids.htmlHow Playing Video Games Can Be Instructional for Kids
- by AJ (guest - freelance journalist)
Most children love to spend their time playing video games. This is something which worries a lot of parents because they think that it may be detrimental to their child’s progress. Nevertheless, there are a lot of benefits associated with video games for boys and girls. Research and studies show that when it comes to video games they can actually be instructional and help your child’s educational development.
parents playing video games with kids

Help develop key problem solving skills

Online games are extremely beneficial when it comes to problem solving. A child’s mind will become accustomed to finding solutions for different problems and issues. When it comes to a game they are given their components and their end target, it is then up to them to figure out how to get to the end result. This is something which is parallel to how problem solving works in the ‘real world’ – so to speak. Thus, by playing video games children adapt their brains to operate strategically and this is something that will serve them well later in life. In fact, a psychologist at Fordham said that children think more strategically compared to adults because of this association with online game playing.

More inclined to think scientifically

Research has shown that children who play games are more likely to think scientifically. These games link towards the mathematics and problem solving factor which is associated with the point mentioned earlier as well.  It is a fun way of getting children introduced into all of these academic areas.

Children will soon become computer masters

Using a computer is something which is considered an essential in the modern day. In order to do school work, in order to get a job in the future and even to do simple day-to-day tasks you need to be able to use a PC and the internet effectively. The sooner your child learns how to do this the better it will be for them. When children learn things from an early age it becomes easier and almost second nature to them. Getting your child to play online games is a fun and easy way to introduce them to the world of technology.

Games help children get into the right thought process for tests

Online games for boys and girls can be extremely beneficial for children when it comes to preparing them for tests and examinations that they will take at school. This is because the process of a game is similar to the process of a test. There are two key reasons as to why this is the case. First and foremost, when you take a test you need to use your memorization skills. This is no different to when you play a game. You will need to remember where things were in the game and what different things do and mean. Moreover, when it comes to playing games you need to think fast. This is no different to a test; you need to ensure that all the questions are answered before the time is up. Nevertheless, you need to answer them efficiently and effectively in order to be successful.

As you can see, there are many parallels between playing online games and the way in which you tackle problems relating to schoolwork. In this sense, games can be very instructional for young children.

Contributor Author bio –
AJ is a freelance journalist. For this article she used Cartoon Network to research games for boys and girls.
<![CDATA[Educational Kids' Learning Activities]]>Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:46:59 GMThttp://teachkidlearn.com/1/post/2017/01/educational-kids-learning-activities.html7 Considerations When Selecting Children
Learning Games and Activities
kids play toys clipart
There are many varieties of learning games. Children learning games may come in the form of toys, online games, PC/video games or entertaining activities for kids. Most, if not almost all, claim to be of educational value to kids.

It can be confusing when choosing kids' educational games. Some games are labeled with age group. Parents frequently use this information to determine if it is appropriate for the child. There are many considerations when we select learning games for kids.

What is my Child Learning Level?

Some games come with age group label but every child is an individual. Each child may have different learning speed. Some child may be a fast or slow learner for her age group. We need to apply the appropriate stimulation such that the child learns what she requires.

Is it Simulating according to My Child Learning Preference?

Every child has a preferred learning style. Some kids are visual learners while others may be auditory or kinesthetic learners. Study your child to determine what the best learning style is for him. Play games according to his learning preference will help your child to learn easily.

What are the Skills and Knowledge Can the Games Offer?

Based on the child's learning needs then we determine if the games can fulfill the learning requirements. Even though the game may match the skills and knowledge required, we have to evaluate if there is any violent element in the games.

Some activities or games involve some form of hitting, shooting or killing. For example, an online game requires the kid to shoot an animal when learning alphabet. It is inappropriate to teach children to kill animals and learn alphabet at the same time.

Are the Games' Rules Govern by Adults or Child-Driven?

Children learn best when they are free to explore. When children learning are governed by adult rules, kids may get frustrated. The frustration will kill their learning interest immediately. Allow them to define rules and explore freely helps to unleash their creativity.

Does it Help to Unlock the Creativity in My Child?

Learning should take place without hindering child creativity. Choose a game or educational toy as simple as possible. Consider some quality math manipulatives instead of electronic gadgets.

We may see some math manipulative as just a few simple pieces of blocks. You will be amaze what the kids can do with them.

Is the Game Active Entertainment?

We have to be able to differentiate active and passive learning. Children watching educational program on TV is a passive learning. Preferably, learning should be an active entertainment.

Children learn best when all senses are stimulated. Exploring garden and playing outdoor games are some of the best learning games for kids.

What are the Advertisements on those Online Learning Games?

There are more challenges if you are looking for free online learning games for kids. In addition to the violent element mentioned above, do take note of the advertisements presented on the page with the games.

From my experience, I saw sexually provocative, skimpy dressed and violent monstrous cartoons along side the games. Kids may click on those advertisements out of curiosity. Parents have to determine if these are healthy exposure to our kids.

Select kids learning activities and games with care. No one game or activity can address all the needs. We should choose a collection of appropriate learning games with educational value. Play, teach and have fun with your kids while inspire them the passion for life long learning.
<![CDATA[Develop Children Mental Skills]]>Wed, 04 Jan 2017 06:12:40 GMThttp://teachkidlearn.com/1/post/2017/01/develop-children-mental-skills.htmlDevelop Children Mental Skills with Printable Kids' Games
Printable kids' games such as kids’ brain teasers can help to stimulate the brain development of children. This is one of the proven and accepted methods acknowledged by most child developmental practitioners.
printable games to develop child mental skills

Type of Skills Learned

Kids’ brain teasers such as crossword puzzles are effective in teaching children spelling and reading. It is also the best tools to expand vocabulary knowledge and word power in reasoning abilities.

Doing printable mazes also helps a child to grow her mental ability as she immersed herself in problem solving, creative and critical thinking skills. When a kid works on tracing path using a pencil or pen, she needs to be able to “look ahead” to figure out that it is not a dead end. This pre-empting ability helps to train strategy development skills.

Developing and instilling children’s interest in playing brain teasers help to challenge their mind constantly.
Here are some printable kids’ games for children. Check them out....
- Word Search Puzzles let kids learn to spell and improve their spelling skills. Start with holiday themes which are familiar to the kids; Christmas Word Search Puzzle  and Halloween Word Search Puzzle.

- All kids love mazes. Mazes come in easy to hard level too. Choose and pick the mazes based on the appropriate level.

I find solving mazes hold the attention span of children. It is a great tool to keep them occupied.

- Family Travel Made Easy has some great coloring pages and games to keep your child busy while traveling.

If you are looking for “carrying along” book, then The Everything Kids' Mazes Book is a book not to miss!! The collection of mazes is HUGE and kids learn various topics as they tackle the maze. Children need not complete them in one go. It is one of those books which the kid can pull it out again when she is bored and need to sharpen her mind. Get it as a present for your kids.

Other Games to Develop Children Mental Skills

In addition to learning mathematics, math activities can also help to develop logical and problem solving.

Playing video games can be instructional for our kids too. But, of course, with parental supervision to ensure it does not turn into an addiction.

Tips in Choosing Printable Kids' Games

Introducing printable learning games such as kids’ mazes, word games and crossword puzzles to our kids provide them fun and excitement learning experiences. When choosing developmental learning games, we need not go for the most expensive. The consideration should be age, difficulty level and each child’s ability. This helps to keep the motivation going as they learn.

One great advantage of printable kids' games is that you can print as many copies as you like and use them for many different occasions. Keep it handy when traveling or waiting in restaurants.

<![CDATA[Christmas Activities for Kids]]>Mon, 05 Dec 2016 04:38:56 GMThttp://teachkidlearn.com/1/post/2016/12/christmas-activities-for-kids.htmlTeachable Moments during Christmas Season
Christmas activities for kids need not be just fun but can be valuable learning lessons for them during this holiday season.

With Christmas round the corner, some of you will be doing the inevitable; last minute Christmas shopping!  If you are hard up for some ideas on what Christmas activities and games to entertain kids, here are some recommendations.

Christmas Activities for Kids

Teaching Tradition

With days leading to true old-fashioned Christmas day; you may like to dabble in a little history and geography for the younger ones, from Christ’s miraculous birth; Joseph and Mary’s “no room in the inn” adventure to the 3 wise men. You may like to create Christmas printable quiz games base on Jesus’ birth story or have the little ones tell you what they would do if they were in Joseph and Mary’s shoes. It will be interesting! Be sure to tape it and have a good laugh later.

Learning Math

Learn measurement - As with most festive seasons, we cannot run away from food. Involve the children in baking cookies. In the process of baking, they learn about measurement, timing and volume. Not to mention, they pick up the art of baking as well.

Value of Money – Teach kids to make smart spending decision with a budget. Planning Christmas party and gifts for family and friends with limited budget is not easy. Get kids involved in the planning of “party fund”, “gift fund” and “charity fund” etc. Get them to prioritize a wish list. Help them to reflect on what they want. This exercise set the habit of comparing options and weighting trade offs to make a wise spending decision.

Counting with Christmas songs - what better way to learn counting than practice 12 Days of Christmas song with your young ones. Stage this song presentation to families and friends after Christmas dinner will motivate children to perform their best.

Addition and Subtraction – play a simple game using Christmas themed math worksheet to see who can do the math fastest.

Create and Personalize Card

Instead of running the aisles eyeballing that perfect Christmas card/cards, make your own! It is meaningful and has that personal touch.

Children love craft and getting them to hand-made some for family members is always easy. Such personal touched items are highly appreciated especially to the grandparents. Some suggestions for the Christmas cards are

-    Use child/children/family’s photos as background or borders to create personalized cards. Using the same artwork allows you the flexibility of choosing the colors accordingly.

-    Include a little poem, verses composed by your little ones, adding a Christmas joke or perhaps even a secret recipe.

Other Christmas activities for kids

Fun Word Find

There’s always the time-consuming Christmas Fun Word Find to engage kids after dinner. It is also a time to learn new words and meaning. Give them tips by providing the meaning of the hidden word; such as: A selfish person who is unwilling to give or spend (Scrooge), The legendary patron saint of children; an imaginary being who is thought to bring presents to children at Christmas (Santa), A vehicle mounted on runners and pulled by horses or dogs; for transportation over snow (sleigh), and so on…

Present Christmas Gifts with a Difference

You could fashion Piñatas out of papier-mâché or even cloth. Its shape is entirely up to you, being creative! Within these Piñatas, all sorts of yummy goodies and little gifts of your choice are enclosed. Gather the children, turn off the lights or have them blindfolded and let them “work” for their gifts by breaking/hitting the Piñatas with a stick. All these while, you could create some cheer and atmosphere by singing carols in the background.

For those busy do-it-all parents, this is the teachable moment to instill responsibility for older children. Get the children involved from start to finish also help to lessen our load.

This assignment gives kids an opportunity to relish the experience of gift-making/purchasing to wrapping, to writing out personal cards. Give children the opportunity to suggest dinner menu and ownership of the feast wherever possible. It teaches them the art of hosting, planning and budgeting. It can prove useful when they are older and hosting on their own.

Christmas activities for kids can be fun, enjoyable and good learning lessons for the children.