Engaging babies in different educational activities:
As we all know that babies from ages 0-3 are fast learners. Their minds are programmed to process much faster than us adults. That is why the early childhood education (0-3) is a must nowadays.
You might say how will it be possible to teach a baby as little as new born? Guess what? The answer is yes. They can learn as little as new born. How? Simple. Through listening and observing they learn!
In this age we could engage them through toys and tools to some activities where we talk to them and perform the actions while talking and try to make them laugh by our actions.
As we talk and cover our face by hands and let them observe us and once we take our hands off and say any word louder they will enjoy and have fun with that and at the same time that’s how they learn through our actions. Meantime this is a good stimulation for them.
We could direct you to some products used for baby’s home school materials also kids school materials.
When you read a book a loud for them every bed time or when you play an audio language learner, they will listen to it repetitively and their brain is going to grasp it after they listen it for the 10th time. So the 10th time is the time when they start learning little by little, word by word and gradually to sentences when they start to talk.
Not only that, whenever you take an action in engaging with them you would also explain yourself at the same time so that their learning ability will be properly stimulated. For example, “it is your milk time honey, come on let’s drink! Let’s go to bed, let’s take a shower, let’s get outside for a walk, this is your little brother, these are your grand parents etc.
So the whole point by explaining in detail with those examples is that we get their brains stimulated throughout the days and each minutes that we spend with them. This is when they will adapt to be good speakers, extroverts but not introverts, a person who has no fear to talk his or her own mind rather than following a bunch of people even though they are going in a wrong direction.
These things will facilitate their language skills and learning process because listening while seeing the performed action for babies is the greatest way to teach any language that we have planed they learn.
The benefit of engaging babies, toddlers and kids in different activities and to work out their little tasks with them from an early age is when they turn 4 years old, they will be already ready and familiar with if not all most of the lessons for beginners.
In some cases bright kids get evaluated before entering to school through their parent’s suggestion and request, from the school principal to admit them in a higher class or level depending how their evaluation goes on?
In this case we have to be very careful in evaluating our children and letting them enter into the right level or class or course because if we admit them in a class which is lower than their knowledge and understanding, then that’s the time they will get bored in class and do not want to go to school just because all those information are repetitive to them and they simply get bored with the repetitions.
If not all, most of the day cares have the plans for early childhood education. Daycare normally receive the study plans from the Ministry of Education which is specialized for the program (early childhood education).
I have worked voluntarily in an organization for one year which was offering help for students with their homework and my responsibilities were to insure smooth school functionalities as an assistant principal. Over there, I had heard about certain students who went to school directly without going to any day care or any other early childhood courses or programs and also heard about the difficulties they were facing in terms of language, adaptation and learning process etc.
The whole point in giving above example was that as much as possible, we try to educate them in their early ages from 0-3 to avoid further learning delays or problems at school. Although we say and know that children are fast learners but still this will give an extra boost to their school studies.
There are also many other social benefits in engaging children, from their early ages in useful activities:
- When we engage our children in different activities, we teach them subconsciously how to be a team player when they grow up as adults.
- While doing some household chores meanwhile giving them small tasks which could be a bit challenging, could help built autonomy and self confidence in them.
- They will build a strong sense of responsibility.
- They will have that desire of achievement in life whether it is with school studies or business afterwards or no matter what kind of things they want to achieve in life. They will not hesitate to go for it and try it but also achieve it.
- When they are engaged in some activities, try to give them constructive advices but in order to do so it is always good to first mention about 3 to 5 good things they had done recently, encourage and congratulate them for those first and then try to correct what needs improvement because in that way they will not get discouraged and remain motivated at the same time.
Please visualize 5 examples of Social engagements listed & shown, through games and workbooks:
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My Feelings Game. Fun Educational Family Game to Help Kids Express Their Emotions and Learn self Regulation. Endorsed by Dr Temple Grandin and Other World Renown clinicians and Educators.
- 280 scenarios to help kids explore and talk about feelings!
- 260 regulation strategies to help kids manage their feelings in socially appropriate ways!
- 24 movement cards to keep kids engage!
- Illustrated Booklet that introduces seven different kids with seven different feelings!
- The (My Feelings game) is a fun family-friendly way to help kids understand and express their feelings and to cope with them in socially appropriate ways! Fun, easy to play and with great educational value.
- Endorsed by world renowned educators and clinicians including Dr. Temple Grandin, one of Time Magazine’s Top 100 most influential persons!
Anger Management Skills Workbook for Kids: 40 Awesome Activities to Help Children Calm Down, Cope, and Regain Control Paperback – Feb. 25 2020
While some children instinctively know how to regulate their emotions, plenty of others lack the skills they need to express their anger in healthy and effective ways. This warm, engaging workbook helps children ages 5-10 develop strong skills for managing their anger through 40 fun activities.
From identifying their feelings and challenging negative thinking patterns to practicing healthy coping skills when angry feelings arise, kids will learn to feel calmer and more in control and to form better relationships with family and friends and ease problems at school. A bonus section at the end of each chapter encourages kids and their families to practice the skills they’ve learned for even greater success. This positive, interactive book will help your child calm down, cope, and cool a hot temper with skills that will last them at lifetime.
Here’s what you’ll find in the Anger Management Skills Workbook for Kids:
• Six essential skills everybody needs to find to calm and control your children.
• 40 Awesome activities that help kids develop these important social skills.
• Bonus games and exercises at the end of each chapter to practice the skills learned with family and friends.
CBT Workbook for Kids: 40+ Fun Exercises and Activities to Help Children Overcome Anxiety & Face Their Fears at Home, at School, and Out in the World Paperback – Sept. 17 2019
Stand up to anxiety and feel cool, calm, and confident.
Worrying all the time can stop kids from having fun with friends, hobbies, sports, or school. The CBT Workbook for Kids helps them get back to doing the things they love. These ideas and activities for children ages 6-10 use proven, up-to-date cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) strategies to help manage or even change worried thoughts and feelings.
This CBT workbook is an imaginary toolbox for any anxious child, full of methods to help lower anxiety. First it helps them figure out what’s going on in their heads and then gives them tools to change it. Fun quizzes, drawing challenges, and fill-in-the-blank exercises show them new ways to look at each worry.
The CBT Workbook for Kids includes:
- Helpful skills: Learn techniques for expressing feelings, dealing with anger, staying focused, and making smart decisions.
- Bright ideas: Discover everyday calming methods, like creating a morning routine, asking for help, and facing fears a tiny bit at a time.
- You’re not alone: Each chapter in this CBT workbook has stories about how other kids might experience anxiety, too.
The CBT Workbook for Kids helps kids take a deep breath, face their fears and win!
Mindful Games Activity Cards: 55 Fun Ways to Share Mindfulness with Kids and Teens Cards – April 4, 2017
A deck of 55 mindfulness games for kids that takes a playful approach to developing attention and focus, and identifying and regulating emotions–by the author of Mindful Games and The Mindful Child.
Playing games is a great way for kids to develop their focusing and attention skills and to become more mindful. This card deck helps parents, caregivers, and teachers cultivate these qualities at home or in a school setting. The games develop what Susan Kaiser Greenland calls the “new A, B, C’s” for learning and for a happy and successful life: Attention, Balance, and Compassion. In a playful way, the games introduce kids to breathing practices and techniques for developing focus, concentration, and sensory awareness, and identifying and self-regulating emotions, among other skills. They include “anchor” games that develop concentration; visualization games that encourage kindness and focus; analytical games that cultivate clear thinking; and awareness games that develop all of these qualities and give greater insight into ourselves, others, and relationships. The deck contains 55 5X7 illustrated cards, each devoted to one game or activity, and comes in a sturdy, beautifully designed box.
You Know Social Skills Games and Therapy Games, A Fun Game That Opens Communication and Encourages Meaningful Conversations to Establish Relationships
- Fun CBT Game for everyone: Great for family game night. Used by many teachers, school counselors, therapists, and small group settings.
- Self esteem builder for kids, teens and adults: Perfect for rapport-building and starting meaningful conversation that encourage players to reflect on their existing strengths and weaknesses.
- Promotes positively: Thought provoking questions that reinforce a positive self-image.
- Ice breaker and relationship builder: Encourages players to get to know each other better, all while building confidence and focusing on positively.
- Made in USA- You Know: For 2-6 players, ages 7+, Includes 2 decks of playing cards (108 cards total).
Play Brainy Balancing Monkey Math Game – Fun & Educational Monkey Scale Math Toy – Cute Numbers Counting Game for Girls & Boys – Perfect Learning Game for Young Children
- 65 PIECE EDUCATIONAL GAME SET – The Play Brainy Balancing Monkey Math Game comes complete with a fun monkey scale base, 19 counting monkeys, numbers 1 – 10, 30 double sides cards, and 2 scales to place onto the monkey scale.
- CUTE & FUN MONKEY COUNTING GAME – Our monkey scale math toy is the perfect educational toy to help young children learn the basics of counting and simple addition that’s both fun and engaging, perfect for kids who struggle with focusing.
- EASY TO set up & PLAY – With our monkey counting and learning game’s included instructions and easy to understand game-play, parents and kids will be able to set it up in seconds and quickly begin learning and having fun together.
- IDEAL FOR YOUNG CHILDREN – We’ve designed our monkey scale math game to be perfect for children ages 3 and up to play with and as a learning toy tool for parents looking to interact more and educate their kids in an exciting and interactive way.
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