Teaching Your Child The Importance of Sharing

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Children have a difficult time sharing their things, especially when they are young. Learning how to share is a very important part of the growing process. Children need to learn how good it feels to give and that it’s fun to share with friends and family.

Don’t scold your child if they don’t immediately know that they need to share. Children have a tendency to get attached to things and people. Teaching them to share can be a difficult task, and it requires a lot of patience. You need to try and understand why your child might not want to share and take it from there.

Here are a few tips to help your child learn the importance of sharing:

1. Don’t force a child to share: To you the toys don’t mean much, but to a child they are his prized possessions. Instead of insisting that they share all their things try and create an environment that encourages your child to share.

2. Take them or invite their friends for play dates: Let them plan ahead and choose some of their favorite things to share before the other children arrive.

3. Teach them how to take turns: Tell them that they can play with a toy for a while, but they will have to give it to someone else after some time. Take the children to a park with swings.

4. Be firm with them: Tell them that they will not get what they want if they don’t learn how to share.

5. Sharing requires empathy: Children find it difficult to show true empathy under the age of six. So don’t be harsh if they do not learn immediately. Be kind and generous yourself, and the child will eventually learn.

6. There are some things the child will never want to share: There is always a blanket or a toy that a child is extremely attached to. Don’t expect them to share that.

7. Let them learn themselves: If a child is does not share his things with other children or grabs a lot then children won’t want to play with him. He will automatically start sharing so he can make friends.

8. Play games: Incorporate rules that require the child to share or take turns when playing with them. Children remember what they have learned through play than what they learn through lectures.

9. Teach by example: When you are giving something to someone make it a teachable moment. For e.g. While returning something to your partner say “Mom is sharing this with dad.” or “Look, dad and mom are sharing this popcorn while we watch a movie.”

10. Be the bystander: Sometimes what they learn on their own has a more lasting impact than what you try to teach them. Give children space to work it out amongst themselves. Don’t go running to stop every fight your child gets into.

A child gives as he is given to. Teach your child to communicate his needs to his friends. If the child is fighting with his sibling, don’t take sides. Just take away the thing causing the argument so no one wins. The child may sulk at first, but will forget about it soon.

Learn to respect the attachment the child has with his things. At the same time teach them that sharing is very important. Show them how happy the other person becomes when they share. They will start sharing just to see a smile on the other person’s face. 🙂

7 Ways To Help Your Child Develop Self-Discipline

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Self-control is the first step to self-discipline. It’s important for those who want to become successful in life. Children need to be taught the value of self-discipline from an early age. Every time your child accepts a limit that set by you, they are practicing self-control.

Developing self-control can be a lifelong process for some. By learning self-control at a young age, children can respond to stressful situations in ways that yield positive outcomes. To help your child develop self-control, follow these 7 steps:

1. Practice what you preach. Managing your emotions in front of your children is very important. Remember that your actions send a clear message to your children about how to deal with various situations in life. If you are calm during stressful situations your child will also learn to be calm. Compassion is another thing children learn from their parents.

2. The foundation of any relationship is trust. Parents need to be responsive to their children’s needs to foster trust. When a baby is fed it understands that food will come. Soothing your child will help him regulate his emotions. You will also teach him how to soothe himself, and give him a feeling of safety and acceptance.

3. Developing the brain is an important step. Children cannot resist grabbing whatever comes in front of them. They also have very little idea about what is good or bad. Parents have to develop that understanding in them. This is a long process that takes a lot of practice. The brain’s development takes place in many ways. Reading a wide variety of books, sports, art, etc. are excellent ways to develop a child’s mind.

4. Keep practicing. A child needs to understand how to prioritize. They will want one thing, but there will be another thing that they want more. They need to understand that they cannot always get what they want. Giving them a choice between two things will help them understand the importance of making decisions. They will be able to associate it with self-discipline. Remember that it has to be the child’s decision. When they are forced to give something up, they are not practicing self-discipline. If they are not given the chance to choose between two alternatives, they cannot practice controlling themselves.

5. Punishment doesn’t encourage self-discipline. The right kind of limits give children practice in self-discipline. If the child isn’t choosing to stop what they were doing; they are being forced. In this case the child doesn’t feel the need to stop himself. The point is to motivate them to discipline themselves, and not punishing them.

6. Patience is an essential step. Patience is a virtue, and most find it very difficult to be patient in difficult situations. Every time we exercise self-control, we build our ability to draw on it to meet our goals. You cannot expect your child to be patient when he is young. It’s something that they develop gradually. If you’re asking them to be patient, then make sure that the amount of time they have to wait coincides with their ability to wait patiently or they would resort to screaming to get what they want instead of learning self-control. Don’t be impatient, and yell at your child to wait. They will see it as punishment.

7. Children learn self-control on their own too. Do not underestimate your child. They can develop self-control when they’re motivated by something important to them. Playing with other children requires them to manage their emotions. Cooking or baking teaches them to wait till the food is ready and not put it in their mouth when it is hot. Playing their favorite game helps them understand that they need to practice in order to get good at it.

Every time children have to manage themselves, they learn a strategy that helps them in the future. Teaching children self-control is about teaching them to regulate their emotions, which allows them to regulate their thoughts and behaviour.

How To Make Maths Fun For Your Child

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Maths! You either love it or you hate it, but you can’t live without it. Most children, like their parents when they were kids, see Maths as their enemy. Maths is the one subject that evokes emotions ranging from dislike, to fear in children. The fear of the subject has been one of the major causes of anxiety in students, and it stops them from studying tougher subjects that involve maths.Unfortunately, a bad score in mathematics affects the rest of the subject grades too. Child psychologists have determined that a child’s confidence level fall if they’re not getting good grades in maths. Thus, their overall score starts falling.

Maths anxiety is a type of fear; a fear that isn’t impossible to be conquered. So, how can parents help their children with a subject that still gives them nightmares? Here are a few steps that will help your child face his fear of numbers:–

1. Ignore mathematical myths. There is no such thing as a mathematical brain. It’s true that there are different brain types, but that simply means we all have different approaches to problem-solving. Everyone has a different way to deal with problems, but that doesn’t mean your child’s way is wrong. Give them time.

2. Motivate them. Your child may come to you one day and say “I will never be able to understand Maths”. Don’t let them believe that. Simply encouraging them to think positively can help improve Maths scores.

3. Ignore the myths. It’s believed that good mathematical ability means higher levels of intelligence. In reality, Maths isn’t only for the brightest students and there’s no one gender that’s better at the subject. We need to get past these timeworn ideas.

4. Don’t transfer your fear/anxiety to your child. Some parents unintentionally put their own personal fear of Maths in their children. Focus on using positive language when talking about the subject with your child.

5. Make it entertaining. There are many ways to get your child excited about Maths. You could get him/her Maths related computer games or introduce them to educational TV shows that teach basic Maths. There are many books, video games, and websites that can help your child learn in an engaging way.

6. Incorporate it in their day-to-day lives. Ask your child to help you with the house budget. Ask for their help when shopping. Integrate Maths in activities your child enjoys. If your child likes candy then use that to teach them arithmetic.

7. Make it a game. Play games with your children that require Maths. There are many digital or non-digital games that use Maths. Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders, Lego, Blocks etc. are fun games you can play with the family. Challenge them. Ask them how quickly they can calculate something. When they start doing easy sums fast, increase the level of difficulty. For e.g. Ask them to calculate the amount of time to reach a particular destination at a certain speed. Sudoku is probably the most effective game to play to improve mathematical ability.

8. Practice. It cannot be stressed enough. Maths requires a lot of practice. Make them spend a minimum of 30 minutes on the subject daily. Use exercise books that have fun logic questions.

9. Get help if they need it. If your child is struggling a lot, get them a tuition teacher. The extra help will always come in handy. Make sure the teacher is making your child comfortable with the subject.

It’s important that your child doesn’t give up on Maths. Tell them about the many applications of Maths in various careers, and how it will help them no matter what path they choose in life. To help students with Maths, we at Pearson Schools make use of a special program called the ‘Maths Navigator’. The ‘Maths Navigator’ helps improve the conceptual understanding of the subject by means of commonly available material around us, providing students a better understanding of the subject through unique techniques. We have noted that this leads to improved interest and participation in the learning process.

Your child just needs a little push from you, but don’t put too much pressure on them. Following the aforementioned steps for a hands-on learning experience propels kids to think divergently as well as understand and solve mathematical problems from an early age. Positive reinforcement is very important to encourage them. And before you know it, they’ll soon get over their fear of Mathematics! 🙂

Pearson Schools Ranked 1st & 2nd amongst Top Schools In India

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In a recent survey, conducted by EducationWorld, 8 of our Pearson Schools were ranked 1st and 2nd in various cities across India. EducationWorld has been publishing the “Annual EducationWorld India School Rankings” with C fore (the well-known Delhi-based market research and opinion polls agency) for six years.

Schools were judged on academic reputation, faculty competence, leadership quality, sports education, etc. Our schools ranked high in not one, but each of these parameters!

Pearson Schools were ranked out of 1000 of India’s most high-profile schools, on 14 parameters- academic reputation, faculty competence, leadership quality, sports education, etc. Our schools ranked high in each of these parameters. We are a young family that has already left a mark on the country. This survey has also helped us improve the quality of education.

Pearson in India brings a wide range of leading products and services to the Indian education system and has changed the way we see education in the country. We are committed to bring enabled learning in India.

Pearson Schools seek to provide the best of academic standards with international teaching methodology, qualified and trained teaching staff and multimedia-based interactive content, creating a learning environment that is innovative, challenging and enterprising.

Here’s a detailed look at the rankings:
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5 Ways To Help Your Child Develop Good Communication Skills

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“Communication–the human connection–is the key to personal and career success.”

It’s extremely important for young children, students to talk, share & communicate. As individuals it makes them stronger and more confident. A two months old infant’s smile is one of the first signs of communication from a child. As they grow older, children might find the task a bit difficult.

Does your child feel extremely shy talking to new people? Does he/she also hesitate participating in fun activities? Don’t fret. It’s not unusual for a growing child to have average or even poor communication skills. But with a good balance of effort and love, you can help your child develop the art of communicating well.

Here are 5 simple ways to jumpstart your efforts:

  • Keep Your Ears Open: Let your children express their feelings, concerns and ideas and answer their questions. This will not only boost their confidence but will also increase their level of curiosity.
  • Put That T.V. Off: Not only is it important to listen, it’s also extremely important for you to pay attention to each and every word they say. Encourage verbal communication and maintain eye contact. If you don’t take full interest, they might lose hope of getting anyone else’s attention in the future.
  • Give Space: While you must try to talk to your child about everything, if he/she shows anger or stubbornness, give space. Let go and try again after some time. Don’t pester children or force them to share or express when they don’t want to.
  • Encourage Participation: Encourage your children to take part in local contests and competitions. Don’t discourage them even if they lose. Let them get out and talk to people from various walks of life. That way, they will have a broader perspective about things and they might learn a thing or two by meeting people from different backgrounds & cultures.
  • You Are Your Child’s Hero: If you talk to others with kindness and respect, he/she is likely to follow your lead. Be confident and have conversations with friends and relatives in front of your child. Try to use various words to communicate with everyone!

Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Remember, communication is a vital skill that all children need to learn. Your children could touch great heights with a little bit of your help. Develop a bond with them and help them build interpersonal relationships by communicating. Communication skills will help them soar both personally & professionally. It’ll be worth it 🙂

The Use Of Technology In Classrooms

The use of technology in classroom“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.”

– John Dewey

A classroom is the hub of innovative thinking, making it imperative for educators to continually embrace new tools of learning. Technology has brought forth a new meaning to learning in recent times, leaving parents and teachers alike with no doubt about its effectiveness. Young minds today are brimming with the curiosity and are eager to adopt new ways of learning instead of the old tried-and-tested methods more than ever before.

Exploring and utilizing technology in the right way, whilst adapting it to the existing trends in the education sector has become the need of the hour. With the recent Internet boom in India as well as advancements in science and technology, educators are disposed to a plethora of possibilities for the betterment of the education as a whole.

Technology brings a variety of learning tools at the fingertips of educators, students and parents. Here are a few reasons that highlight its positives and usage as a learning tool:

  • Offer students a way to connect what they are learning in class, to real-world situations, in a safe and low-cost environment by­ using games and simulations.
  • Lets educators form a system wherein they share and collaborate their ideas and resources online.
  • Enhance understanding of concepts that involve motion or action by using animations and videos.
  • Holds a student’s attention for longer periods of time, than they would with books and/or paper resources.
  • Allows boring subjects to be more engaging with virtual lessons, tutoring, and the streaming of educational videos.
  • Provides a variety of knowledge from more than one source and doesn’t limit students to one person’s opinion.
  • Promote higher-order thinking skills such as collaboration, communication, problem solving, and teamwork.
  • Students are able to receive direct, individualized instructions from a computer, which enables them to learn at their own pace.
  • Allows self-expression by the students through a multitude of tools, such as PowerPoint, digital photography, filmmaking, class newspapers, web-based school radio stations, or creation of a blog.

This symbiosis of learning and technology enables young, curious minds to prosper and explore unknown territories, and often gain several perspectives on the topics at hand. All that needs to be taken care of is finding the perfect mix of digital curriculum and the face-to-face support and instruction systems.

Over the past decade, innumerable studies have confirmed the benefits from the use of technology in education. In the present scenario, the importance of technology in education is irrefutable, making the question ‘does technology enhance learning?’ redundant. Today, teachers, students and parents must always ask, ‘How do we improve our use of technology to enhance learning?’

Reasons to Thank Your Teacher

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“If you can read this, thank a teacher.”
– Anonymous

The word “teacher” implies the flow of knowledge and skills from one person to another. Throughout our entire careers as students, we encounter a tremendous amount of teachers. Each one impacts our educational career in some way or another.

Not only are teachers some of the smartest, most compassionate people we know, but they do work that few of us could accomplish on our best days. Infectious workaholics or cheerful powerhouses, each has a way to leave an ever-lasting mark on the innocent minds they take under their wings. Here’s a list of the few reasons, out of the countless more, why teachers need to be thanked.

HEAD STRONG- Understanding how difficult it is to deal with young people who have very different minds, understanding capabilities, home lives and backgrounds. Yet the ease and composure with which a batch of hyper, eager and excited kids is handled is worth thanking them and much more.

DEDICATION- As a teacher you cannot have ‘off days’ or even be in a bad mood. Every day you have to be on top of your game, organized, lively, enthusiastic because you will have a classroom full of faces looking at you and expecting you to be the same as you are.

STABILITY- On any given day, you never know what you might say or do that will leave a life-long impression on your kids. Children are often better than adults at noticing that something is wrong. However, unlike adults they are likely to call you out on it, or at the very least respond negatively through bad behaviour or laziness.

VISION- In other professions, the people you come into contact with, colleagues or customers, you will have an effect on their day-to-day professional lives but not have a great impact on their personal and future lives. the experiences we have in school affects our future in terms of our personality, motivation and aspirations.

CONTENTMENT- Teachers care ! This may sound strange to list as a reason to be appreciated, but that is only because it’s something easily taken for granted. Though they are ‘paid’ for it and it is their ‘job’, most of us tend to forget that it is humanly impossible to be under appreciated yet focused to keep doing what we do best.

It’s time to thank you for replacing, an empty mind with an open one. A shaky heart to a sturdy one. Making, a wayward thinker a visionary one. And a long life a learned one.
Help us thank all your mentors, guides, philosophers, friends or whatever role your teachers donned, to know that we care and we owe them more than we can pay.