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Tips for Homeschooling

COVID-19 has hit the world hard and with this pandemic dragging on for what seems like forever, we are forced to improvise and navigate through the situation. One particularly challenging aspect is school closures around the world which has compelled teachers and parents to home-schooling children.

As parents, it’s quite understandable that the pandemic has left us confused and worried about the education of our children. This is why we need to do everything in our power to engage kids at home with their education through homeschooling.

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Why Pretend Play Is Important

When we think of playtime, we often consider it to be time set aside for running around the playground or playing with toys. While it’s true that these are forms of play that are very important, it’s not the only forms of play. Children learn a lot through play. In fact, learning through play is now considered as an essential method of learning and development for children.

Pretend play, or imaginative play,

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Why is child psychology so important to understand

Getting to know your child as they grow and develop is one of the most rewarding parts of being a parent. Teaching your child new skills, learning how your child sees the world and mentoring them as they process new feelings and changes is all part of being a parent, but it’s not always easy.

As your child develops, they go through continuous progressive developmental stages – from birth into adulthood.

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Quick ways to help your child control their mobile phone addiction

There is little doubt that the world we live in now is nothing like the times we enjoyed as kids. It’s highly digitalized where even a one year old can easily access an iPhone without any help. Kids nowadays are addicted to playing games more than ever on any device they can get their hands on, be it iPods, iPhones, iPads and a myriad of other devices. The constant nagging of kids asking for mobile phones is one thing that drives most parents to the edge of desperation.

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Why digital addiction in kids is a real danger

In recent years, we have seen an upsurge in what can be termed as ‘digital addiction’ in our kids, turning them into screen junkies with a ‘digital heroin’ tech addiction. It does seem extreme to use that term but it is definitely something we as parents should give some thought to. Are kids addicted, in the truest sense, to screens?

In her study of “Internet Addiction”, Dr Kimberly Young suggests that 18 percent of college-age internet users in the US alone suffer from tech or digital addiction.

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How much screen time is too much time for kids?

Parents in today’s digital world often complain of their kids’ battle over screen time and TV addiction. Be it children as young as three year olds throwing unending tantrums when the mobile phone is snatched away from them, eight year olds watching YouTube all through the night, and nine year olds demanding their own phones, this TV and mobile addiction is apparent at every stage of childhood and adolescence.

This brings up the questions –

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Ten Montessori teaching principles for natural learning

The Montessori Theory is an approach to learning developed by Maria Montessori where the main principles are Independence, Observation, Following the Child, Correcting the Child, Prepared Environment and Absorbent Mind. Listed below are our top Montessori principles that can be used whether or not you have the traditional Montessori materials. The principles given below are relevant for any preschooler and they fit with natural learning because they meet the natural needs of young kids without requiring a specific material:

1- Follow the child

This is perhaps the most important teaching principle for any age.

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The negative effects of technology in the development of your child

Technology is everywhere, literally. From mobile phones to teaching aids, technology is now interlaced with everyday living and has made several things quicker and more convenient for us. However, as with most things, technology has its own fair share of negative effects if used inappropriately. Children are also surrounded by technology today than ever before but this could also have serious consequences in their lives which we may not be aware of.

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5 ways to motivate kids to enjoy reading

We’ve heard this a gazillion times but nothing is as fundamental to your child’s education as learning to read is. Two decades ago, parents and teachers didn’t find it as challenging as is it today to instill and encourage the love for reading in children. But with the turn of the new millennium that brought about technology, smartphones, and games, reading is a skill a lot of children struggle with, causing them to regress in their education.

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Fun and therapeutic activities for children with autism

Autism is becoming a common neurological condition that can affect brain development. Due to this, children diagnosed with autism tend to have difficulties in socializing, communicating and responding to the environment around them. As we all know, a play is, definitely, the very best way to encourage your child to learn, explore and interact with the world around them and it’s no different for an autistic child. In fact, there are plenty of fun and therapeutic activities that can help increase an autistic child’s social skills and strengthen the bond between them and the environment around.

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