Learning Starts at Home

Help Kids Read and Learn
Kids begin to learn from the moment they are born. They use all of their senses to take in the world around them, learning through experience, observation and by experimenting with the tangible world. Reading is a vast part of learning, especially as kids grow older. Reading is significant because it helps kids learn about the intangible world; books relate concepts and ideas to kids that they may not be able to experience in person. This is especially true when it comes to posturing hypothetical situations and problems or even learning about and imagining past historical events.
However, reading is something that should not be exclusive to school alone. Since kids begin to learn immediately after being born, it is vital that kids begin reading at home. This will not only prepare kids for formal schooling, but it will help encourage them to continue reading and learning outside of the classroom. Learning is something that happens constantly, and some kids may learn from habit that education only happens at school. There are opportunities to learn everywhere, everyday, and reading helps boost kids’ skills, imagination, creative ability as well as their critical thinking and evaluation skills.
It is important that parents equip their kids with the necessary skills before entering Kindergarten. Reading is one such skill. Even teaching them the basic alphabet and simple words and letters can help them significantly. Encouraging kids to read early on is also beneficial for other reasons. Many conditions, such as dyslexia, are easier to treat and accommodate if they are identified as early on as possible. This will make future learning much easier and kids; parents and teachers will have a better idea of the tools needed to succeed.

Parents should not rely solely on schools to teach their children. Every school, teacher and classroom environment is different and will inspire different modes and types of learning. If children know how to learn on their own and are already equipped with the building blocks for learning, kids will not only be successful in the classroom but will be able to hold their own in any endeavor as well.

Are You Raising a Digi-Toddler?

There is no denying the differences of our own childhoods in comparison to those of kids today. Even kids who grew up ten years ago did not have the childhood that kids today are brought into. Practically every aspect of our lives has become digital and this technology has found a niche in the developing demographic. Kids are enamored with these illuminated screens and dazzling animations, but how does this new technology affect the way these kids will develop?
The proliferation of this digital technology has seen a rise in literacy. Kids are becoming well acquainted with language because of the games, apps and programs they use on tablets, television shows and their parents’ phones. This technology begs kids to explore them, by introducing them to language, words and prompts at earlier ages. Not only are kids learning to read more widely without being urged to, they are also fast becoming technologically literate, as in learning a new language.

Over the past 20 years, computer and technology based education has been a necessity in order to teach the youth about this fast growing field of information. It is incredibly difficult to navigate society without knowing your way around today’s technology. Kids growing up and being born into this new generation are learning to navigate this technical world as they are learning to navigate the physical world around them too. They will have grown up with technology all of their lives and will much more easily adapt to and understand future developments and changes in this informational sphere. 

Immersive” and “enticing” are the words that describe this technical world we live in. However, it can prove difficult to tear your child away from the TV screen or pry their fingers from a tablet. While their time spent with technology is valuable, so is there social development. Face to face interaction helps kids develop a healthy social life and develop key social skills. Interacting with people is important for developing social as well as behavioral skills. Kids also need time where they are stimulated by their own minds and not a screen. Time spent outside helps them develop a sense of independence and sense of self. 

Encourage them to read a book, make art or create their own game. Personalized Books for kids make great attention grabbers because children read about themselves in their very own story.  Personalized books enhances the reading experience, builds self-esteem in children and gets them motivated to want to read.  Exercising their imagination helps them develop key critical thinking and understanding skills that are invaluable in the academic atmosphere as well as solving their own personal problems.