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3 Benefits of Game-Based Learning

3 Benefits of Game-Based Learning

3 Benefits of Game-Based Learning One of life’s greatest moments is raising a child.  As a parent, you take pride in your child’s development and accomplishments.  Children begin to rapidly improve their skills during infancy, especially in the area of physical development and language.  Educational games help develop certain skills.   Entertainment is important for your child,  and so is building educational skills.  Fortunately, several educational games for kids are available on the market to make it possible for kids to have fun while learning important skills.  Learning through play is primarily how children learn.  This can be role-playing, solving puzzles, or playing games.  The 3 benefits of game-based learning are improving fine motor skills, problem-solving skills and increase attention span. Motor Skill Development For toddlers, some games that will enhance fine-motor skills may include: lacing sorting toys or large crayons for artwork experimentation with hands and fingers to manipulate small items Your child will practice fine motor skills as they learn how to use the mouse on computers. ABCmouse.com  Full Online Preschool-Kindergarten.  As children continue to play these games it will provide ample opportunities for using and mastering fine motor skills. Problem Solving Problem-solving skills are critical for any child to develop. Effective problem-solving skills are conducive to a positive learning environment.  Developing this skill during childhood will make them more productive adults.  Kids who lack the correct skills to solve problems will become frustrated easily, making high school and college difficult.  Higher level games such as chess that require critical thinking skills assist in developing the brain to rationalize, think logically, and learn how to find solutions to...
Accommodations for Your Child with Learning Problems

Accommodations for Your Child with Learning Problems

Accommodations for Your Child with Learning Problems Making accommodations for your child with learning problems means making it easier for your child to learn in school.  Thanks to technology, learning how to make accommodations for your child with learning disabilities is easier. There are four areas that technology and traditional education can be used together. Organization Note Taking Writing Cognitive Assistance Organization Children with learning problems should learn to organize their thoughts first.   Flow-charts, webbing, and generating outlines are excellent organizers to help your child.  Graphic organizers help your child see their ideas clearly.   Brainstorming ideas, color coding, and grouping ideas in ways that visually represent their thoughts will give your child a clear understanding of the topic they are studying. Note Taking • Use outlines for your child to fill in information •Set up web-cam photography across the Internet.  It allows your child to see and hear without being present. •Sending class notes and presentations via email. •Have the notes translated from print to voice by using optical character recognition software with a voice synthesizer. •Help your child take notes by using notebook computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs) or by using an ipad or tablet. Writing Writing is challenging for most kids regardless of their abilities.   Your child may encounter some problems that include the following: •Mechanics: spelling, grammar,  and punctuation errors. •Process: brainstorming ideas, organizing, drafting, editing, revising, making a final copy. •Motivation:  Being interested in writing, not becoming frustrated. This problem is avoided by using, grammar, spell-checkers, dictionaries, thesaurus programs are helpful with mechanics of writing.  Technology makes it easier to make writing...
When to Start Giving Your Child Chores-Responsibility for Kids

When to Start Giving Your Child Chores-Responsibility for Kids

When to Start Giving Your Child Chores-Responsibility for Kids Responsibility for kids is essential to growing up and becoming productive adults.  The question is when to start giving your child chores?  Depending on your beliefs this can vary.  However, I believe that teaching responsibility can start as early as when they first start walking.    As your child grows you can adjust the chores to meet the needs of their age.  A child who is 1 can be taught to pick something up and put it where it belongs.  It will require some constant modeling and guidance but it can be done early.  Here are some chores that your kids can help with at home. Chores for Teaching Responsibility for Kids Begin to teach your child how to clean up their toys and where to put their belongings. If they make a spill then have them clean up their mess.  If toxic cleaning products are a concern then you could make your own cleaning solution.  I frequently mix tea tree oil, water, lemon oil, and vinegar.  You can find an abundance of natural remedies at Wellness Mama. You can have your child help you load and unload the dishwasher. Have them clean their playroom.  Make sure there is a designated place for everything.  This will teach your child how to organize and the importance of keeping things neat and orderly. Make sure your child is picking up the things in their bedroom.  Is everything put away in the right place? Doing laundry is excellent for teaching responsibility for kids.  Have your child help you sort clothes into the right...
Why Chess is Good for Children-Benefits of Playing Chess

Why Chess is Good for Children-Benefits of Playing Chess

Benefits of Playing Chess Children playing chess is becoming more trendy. The game of chess is often seen as a game for teens and up.  However, recent studies show there are many benefits of playing chess for children.  If your child is in elementary school this is a great time for them to learn how to be good at chess. Advantages of Children Playing Chess-Benefits of Playing Chess Chess enhances your child’s education.  It is easy to stay focused on academics and forget about other essential skills.  Having children play chess teaches them how to be creative by coming up with more than one solution to a problem.  Chess is about having a strategy.  They learn that every piece on the board has its own unique movement.   When your child understands this concept they will see the challenges associated with the game.  Learning about the several ways in which the pieces can be moved teaches creativity. Chess is excellent for teaching lifelong skills.  Playing chess is a game that has a variety of options.   Understanding body language and reading expressions while playing the game will help them to plan their strategy.  Reading expressions will help them in chess and as adults.  It is important for your child to have the ability to predict problems and consequences of actions.   Having this skill teaches them how to reason. Some children are overactive and are constantly moving.   If your child has a difficult time being focused chess would help.  Because chess has so many options,  it requires concentration.  Playing chess will teach your child that in order to...
How to Monitor Kids Text Messages

How to Monitor Kids Text Messages

How to Monitor Kids Text Messages Technology has been one of the best things ever invented.  We have access to anyone around the world.  Social Media allows you to connect with old and new friends, as well as your favorite companies.   Cell phones have come a long way since its first appearance.  It went from just making calls to being an actual computer.  Kids today love to text!  Texting is the best way to get in touch with them.  That is where we want to monitor safety.  Because cell phones are a primary source of communication especially texting, it is more important now than ever to learn the best way on how to monitor kids text messages. Tips to Monitor Kids Text Messages Make them aware that you can check anytime you want to. You pay the bills and are still their parent. Try doing random spot checks.  At different times ask them to give you their phone and go through it. Make sure to check the deleted text messages, photos, and all apps. Look on the screens that require you to flip farther back. Keep track of social media activity by being friends with them on all social media and have access to their passwords. To some, this may seem like an invasion of privacy.  These decisions are not easy.  However, I believe that as parents we have the right and should be aware of what our children are doing and who they are associating themselves with daily.  Having this knowledge will make you more aware of what is going on in your child’s life.  Although you may...
Preventing Cyber Bullying Using These Simple Steps

Preventing Cyber Bullying Using These Simple Steps

Preventing CyberBullying Using These Simple Steps Technology has been amazing.   New advancements in technology continue to make it easier to communicate to anyone around the world.  Although technology is extremely useful and has made our lives as we know it today easier, it can also be used as a tool to harass and destroy lives. This is relevant now that young people are spending more and more time online and are at risk for cyberbullying and harassment.  Preventing cyberbullying using these simple steps can make using technology safer for our youth. Tips for Preventing  CyberBullying Keep a close eye on your kids’ online activities and stay in close communication with them, especially if it seems like something is bothering them.  Tell your child if they are being bullied or know someone who is being bullied, to tell you or another adult they trust. Urge them to take a break from social media and spend more time with friends. Update privacy of all your accounts in social media.  Set direct restrictions on posting, messaging, tags, contacts from bullies and unknown persons. Check the privacy settings of your profile and make sure it’s set to the right level. Even if your social network is set to private, it doesn’t guarantee that your information is completely private. Block all contacts and delete all info that you think is inappropriate. If the posts of bullies violate social platforms terms and conditions report them. Be cautious about using geo-location services, location-centric apps, Foursquare, etc. Stalkers and harassers can easily access your location. Remember that the friends of your friends might be able to...