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 Improve Your Child’s Vocabulary

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

– Paul J. Meyer

From the moment they utter their first word, parents experience the unmatched joy of watching the incredible growth in their child’s expression of themselves. Vocabulary is the most helpful tool for communication. This is why one of the greatest gifts you can give to your child is to help them build their vocabulary. The key is a commitment to regularly learning new words.

You can help your child cultivate a good vocabulary at a young age. Here’s how:
1. Children start developing a vocabulary during infancy. They imitate words that they hear from adults, and associate those words with objects or actions. Talk to them, but remember to remove empty fillers from your speech by reducing the use of word’s like “um” and “ah.”

2. No matter how difficult, parents should work on giving up baby talk, while asking friends and family to do the same. Baby-talk confuses children. Talk to them the way that you’d speak to anybody else.

3. When the child is young, and can’t read, parents should read aloud to them.

4. Try and play word games with them. For example, play a game called “word of the day”, in which you teach them a new word every day. If they remember the seven new words at the end of the week, take them to their favourite place or give them something they like. Games like Scrabble, Word Search, Word Jumble have been designed to help children improve their vocabulary.

5. When they are able to memorise seven words easily start upping the ante. Try teaching them 10 words next week.

6. The way you teach your child is also critical to your child’s ability to learn. Show them books with pictures and words to help them learn through association. Use words that might interest or fascinate them while talking to them–they’ll ask you for the meaning themselves!

7. Teach your child to look up words they don’t recognize. As your child grows up, it’ll become easier for you to help them build their vocabulary. Encourage them to ask questions, use a dictionary every time they don’t understand a word and pick up a thesaurus when they are working on writing assignments such as essays.

8. Reading is imperative to improving language skills. It’s typically easier for children to learn more words when they are growing up. Children who make reading a habit, tend to learn more words than those who do not. This is true for all languages.

9. Comic books are a great way to learn new words and develop an early interest in reading. Ask them to articulate and share their opinion about their current reads.

10. Get them a library membership or urge them to bring home new books from the school library. Encourage them to listen to podcasts like NPR.

11. Once the child starts reading and writing they learn more words, ask them to start a journal or write letters. It’s a great practice, and it will also help them be more organized.

12. Do the crossword with your children. Help them at first, and eventually you would find that they would be doing it themselves.

13. Keep a vocabulary notepad for extremely difficult words.

14. Remember that they should practice putting your new words into their writing and speaking. It’s very difficult to retain a word if we are not using it regularly.

Speak to your child about your day. Tell them about the things you did and the people you encountered. Don’t miss any funny details. This will help them understand storytelling outside the realms of a book. Ask them to do the same and tell you about their day using the new words they’ve learnt. A good vocabulary will help your children at all stages in life. We use language to express ourselves every day. It may be difficult to memorize large words daily, but there are many ways to make it fun. You’ll start enjoying watching your child grow one word at a time. 🙂

Does class rank matter?

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“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

– John Dewey

Marks and grades are important, but they are not the only determinants of a child’s future. A child should not be labelled as “slow” if he doesn’t get a good score in math or science. Chances are his/her marks will not determine his/her success in life.

Grades have always played a very important role in a child and his parent’s life. They become the apparatus we use to judge our children. They also have a major psychological effect on a child. Good grades can boost his/her confidence while poor grades can cause self-esteem issues. It is important that the child believes that he is smart.

Education is about better knowing yourself, getting to know the world around you, and trying to figure out your place in the world. Even if he got a B or a C on an exam, he is better overall for having taken the class.

Parents become frustrated when their children do not get a good rank, and worry about their chances of getting into a good college. Some students don’t do well because they are disorganized, have difficulty communicating, or need help studying. Others may be not have these issues, but they just take a little more time. Don’t panic; instead, consult their teachers for ideas that can assist with building your child’s educational development.

Talking to the individual subject teachers of your child is also very important. A child may be good at English, but having trouble with math or science may cause his overall grades to slip.

Furthermore, parents should make sure they truly understand the grading system because different schools have different parameters to grade students.

Although only achieving high grades should not come in the way of learning life skills like making friends, developing passions, or general character building, scoring well in exams is extremely important in some cases like college admission or getting a good job.

If your child is having trouble understanding something make sure he gets all the extra help he needs, but don’t overburden him. Don’t judge your child based on the scores of one test, encourage and help them perform better in their future exams. Take help from your child’s teacher and analyse your child’s exam performance; identify their strengths and areas in which they need to put in more effort.

The focus of education should be learning, and not just getting good grades. Once the child has fully grasped what is being taught he will automatically score better. Struggling to get a higher grade shouldn’t be the aim. If the child is able to understand the concept it will help him in the long run. For e.g. The Pythagoras Theorem is very difficult to memorize, but if the child understands the logic behind it he will be able to remember it for a longer time.

Though the grading system is important, the race to get better grades takes away the essence of education. Learning for the sake of learning has become imperative these days, where the students tend to study easy topics so they can score better instead of challenging themselves, which is why Pearson Schools follows a strong assessment and evaluation techniques with an effective grading system which ensures that the scholastic requirements at each level are met with, and prior learning is in consensus with the future learning of the student.

The School does not put any pressure of examinations on the young minds. Day-to-day progress is the criteria for assessing the performance of the child.
The schools offer Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE), and regular feedback is provided to the parents.

The schools also offer assessment programmes like – National Talent Search Examination (NTSE); Assessment of Scholastic Skills Through Educational Testing (ASSET); Olympiad & many more for the holistic development of students.

To Know More, Visit – www.pearsonschools.in

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 🙂

9 Ways To Build and Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills

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Being a good reader is arguably the most important vehicle for academic excellence. And who knows children better than their parents? Children who are exposed to a large array of reading materials in their homes from a younger age are shown to score higher on standardized tests.

As a parent, you can provide the one-on-one time and attention that is imperative for success in reading. Here’s how you can plant, nurture and grow a keen interest in reading in your child:
1. Shower them with reading material
Encourage your child by surrounding him/her with things to read. Keeping novels, magazines, and comic books in the living room, bedrooms, bathrooms and cars can be a good start.

2. Set aside time to read to them
Reading out loud to kids regularly has shown to produce significant gains in reading comprehension, vocabulary, and the decoding of words.

3. Read as a family on days off
Put aside half an hour on weekends when everyone in the family reads together silently. Watching you will inspire your kids too.

4. Use context to find out a word’s meaning

Help build their vocabulary by figuring out the meaning of a word by seeing how the word was used in a sentence.

5. Track their progress
Be in the know of reading skills that your child is expected to have at each grade level.

6. Bring them to a local library
Make books appealing to your children by taking them to a local library every couple of weeks. Once their interest builds, offer to get them a membership at the library.

7. Ask them about the book they are currently reading
Starting a conversation about their present read will not only help them articulate their thoughts about the book at hand, but also give you an inlet into their imagination and personality.

8. Help them set reading goals
To build a clear focus on reading and develop reading speed, help them set reading goals for reading material at hand.

9. Praise them for their efforts
Children seek validation for their efforts. Your reaction to their reading will have a great influence on how hard they will work to become good readers. Shower them genuine praise.

8 Things Successful People Do

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“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”

– John Wooden

Do you dream of creating more space, more happiness and a sense of peace and satisfaction in your lives? We all do. But isn’t it the stuff that successful people are made of? The stories of success are always pleasing to the ear and heart. But not all these stories have a merry start; many obstacles and distractions define the challenges which are faced whilst pursuiting success. Then, there are people who have re-written their stories, made others re-think and in their own ways, rebuilt the society.

The stories might be different, but they all have a few common highlights. Here are a few of those common aspects to follow and hit the success lane:

1. Faith, patience and passion are the key. Having the right belief is half the job done.

2. Time management and high productivity are imperative. Commit and prepare yourself for the long term vision.

3. Start off with setting short term, realistic goals. With time and experience will come the confidence to do better, to do more.

4. Analyse and realise your true capabilities. This helps in setting targets and meeting expectations. Over-doing or pushing too hard may not always bear the desired results.

5. ‘Change is the only constant’; this age old, tried and tested philosophy can help you reap rich dividends. Be flexible yet strong, dedicated yet adaptive and you will empower yourself to overcome and command any trying circumstances.

6. Hone your communication skills. You will be surprised with the response and reactions you will get and how you will be defined by the people around you.

7. Enjoy the struggle, acclimatize to the discomfort. They are a necessary evil and making mistakes will push you to the best of your ability.

8. Sync the efforts that you make to the way your brain is wired to learn. Use sleep and naps as tools to enhance performance activity.

Everyone has their own story, time you start writing your own.