Saturday, December 26, 2015

How To Start Teaching Very Young Children

Let’s start teaching the young kids with this start-up article.  More articles will follow that explains how to teach very young children.

You must always bear in mind that you are handling very young kids who are individually different in their behaviors. No two children are exactly alike, even twins couldn’t be exactly the same.

What makes it harder to handle very young children is that they are still moody and have a very short span of interest. So, it’s up to you to find ways to make them interested and listen to you. And remember that not all children are fast learners. Some are slower than the others and these types of children should be given more time to cope with the others.

Very young children need more time to play and less time to learn their ABC. Take note of that so that you can be a more effective teacher to young kids. The longest time possible for a very young child to listen is only ten minutes. After that, the child will find things to do because he gets bored.

At home, tutoring is easier and more convenient, especially with a non-working mother. This is because she can have all the time to be with her child and be able to integrate teaching while rearing.

First thing first. Always start introducing things to your child very early on. Real things are the best tools then followed by pictures and then you can use other objects such as toys and other real object models. By doing this, your child will be used to seeing things and relating them to each other.

The first step when teaching young children is to show and tell. The child learns by using his sense of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. If these five senses are well developed at a very early stage, chances are that the child will become very perceptive and could figure out things easily on his own.

Children love learning new things and it is good if you are always there to guide your child through. There is no limit to what the mind could assimilate; just start feeding your child’s brain with good things and the rest will follow.

It's Never Too Early To Start Your Child's Education

Getting started to teach your very young child is often the hardest part but if you started very early introducing your child all the things around him then it wouldn’t be difficult. When the child is aware of the things around him then it is easier to teach him in the future.

The usual problem in almost all the children I have handled in the tutorial center is their ignorance about the things that exist around them. 

Most young children even some older children do not know the fruits and vegetables save for the fruits and vegetables that they regularly eat like apples, oranges, bananas and mangoes. They don’t know a peach, a pear, a jackfruit, a mangosteen and many more fruits. They also do not know the vegetables that they are eating. So, in order for your child to learn the things around him, make sure that you are teaching them these things.

Ask a child what a hoe is and he will shake his head meaning he doesn’t know what a hoe is. Ask him what a tablet is and he will surely tell you in detail about it. So, these things are simple but they will have a huge part when the child will soon start his formal education. As I always say, start the child’s education early on and start at home.

Children learn easier and better if you do it naturally. Hands-on experience is always the best teacher. Say for example, you cooked cabbage, carrots and bell pepper; you can let your young child watch as you prepare the vegetables then mention the names of the vegetables one by one. It is good to let the children know what they eat and what they see around them. That way, in the future, they will not be ignorant about the things around them.

When I teach the young kids, I always let them touch the real thing, especially the fruits and the vegetables. If possible let them taste the fruits so that they will have better retention about the fruits you are talking about. Relating the fruit to the taste will make them remember the fruit and have better retention.

Pictures are very helpful but if possible opt for the real things to show the children. Of course this is easier done at home.  Most materials in school are pictures and tri-dimensional objects that are copied from the real thing.

Even if your child is very young, you can teach him about the objects he touches and sees around him. This is important because this is the start of his education.

When is the Best Time to Teach My Child?

The question, “When is the best time to teach my child?” is a huge problem especially to new parents, but this should not be because there is no right time when to teach a child. Teaching is a process that starts once the child is conceived and it continuous for as long as the person lives.

This is why, the earlier you teach your child study habits, the better for your child to cope in school.

Do not say it is still too early to teach your child. Teaching and learning go hand in hand and the process starts even while your child is inside you and you are talking to your child. The child inside the mother absorbs everything that the mother does and says. 

It is therefore, important to develop good habits that the child will learn from you.

My observation as a teacher for more than thirty years shows that the children who are born from professional parents have better perception and understanding than those children whose parents are elementary or high school graduates. My best students are often the children of teachers, nurses, accountants, lawyers, and engineers.

It also helps when one parent is not working and has the time to follow-up the school lessons of the child at home. It is very important for a child to have follow-up lessons at home or with a private tutor especially when they are in the lower grade levels. We always recommend parents who want their children to have tutorial lessons to avail of tutorial programs until the 5th grade. We don’t encourage tutorial lessons to higher grade levels unless of course in some special cases when the child needs more assistance in the higher grade level.

Most of our students stop tutoring when they reach the 4th or 5th grade. It is the ideal grade levels for a student to stop private tutorial services and start learning to study on his own. Being independent is a plus when a student finally learns to study without the guidance of another person. This is because in school, whether the child likes it or not, he has to do things on his own.

Parents often report to us the progress of their child when their child finally learns to be on his own. Most of the parents are very happy because the child has developed a study habit that became a part of his daily life.

Instilling good study habits keeps the child in the right tract while in school. This is why it is very crucial to develop good study habits while the children are young.

As I said, “There’s no right time to teach a child. You can teach your child anytime and at any age.

Friday, December 25, 2015

My A-Z Towards a Better Teacher

To meet the needs of the children and be an effective teacher; here is the alphabet to teaching young kids:

  • A- Act like a mother to the kids and make them feel important and loved in the classroom.
  • B- Build a good foundation for the kids to start their life right and become better citizens in the future.
  • C- Children should be your priority so that they will learn more effectively.
  • D- Develop the basic life skills early on in the children; like being responsible in taking care of their things and being independent workers. This will help them a lot in the future.
  • E- Earn the respect and trust of the kids. Once you have earned the respect and trust of the kids, the classroom situation would become better for all of you.
  • F- Free the children from their cocoon. Let them grow and develop into productive people.
  • G- Give the kids what they deserve. Awarding the kids and giving them incentives for their performance will help them to participate more in class activities.
  • H- Hone the kids’ talents and skills and make them better people as they grow up.
  • I- Instill in them the good values needed to become good people.
  • J- Join them in the activities in class and teach them to enjoy class activities at the same time have fun.
  • K- Keep the classroom alive and harmonious by using strategies that are effective to the kids.
  • L- Love the kids like your own. If you love the kids you will always make sure that they are doing fine in school.
  • M- Motivate them properly. It is important to motivate the children properly so that they will be interested in what you want to teach them.
  • N- Never shout. Do not shout when there is no fire in the classroom. You will be scaring the kids and making them hate school.
  • O- Open up to your pupils so that you will all feel comfortable.
  • P- Plan your daily activities to avoid problems once you start teaching the kids.
  • Q- Quit all negative thoughts and actions so that the kids around you will always feel good and comfortable with you.
  • R- Refrain from playing favorites. All the kids are under your care and you should be fair to all of them.
  • S- Strengthen your relationship with the kids and make them part of your day to day life. They should be important people to you.
  • T- Think of the kids’ future and help them become better people.
  • U- Understand individual differences and don’t expect the same performance from the kids.
  • V- Vary the daily activities so that the children will not get bored.
  • W- Work with the kids especially those who cannot follow well.
  • X- Xerox copy all the works of the kids and display them so that they will be inspired to make more.
  • Y- Yearn for the best to give the kids by using effective methods of teaching.
  • Z- Zero-in on making the learning process more effective for the kids.

Monday, December 21, 2015

How to Teach Very Young Kids

When it comes to teaching young kids, the more they play, the more they learn.  Studies and observation show that when kids are having fun learning, they are more likely to learn better than when they are forced to do and learn something.

When you teach kids to write, you don’t let them write their name immediately on the first day; instead you teach them how to write one step at a time.  To very young kids; writing is a hard task.  It takes time before they can properly grasp the pencil and scribble something.

You can start teaching kids to write by allowing them to hold crayons.  Pencils are a no- no to very young kids since they can hurt themselves or they hurt their classmates with the sharp edges. 

Teaching very young kids is one of the hardest tasks that a teacher or a parent can do.  It takes a lot of patience before you are able to train young kids to write but you can let them color as they like on their paper.  Kids learn by committing mistakes and you must let the kids color freely without forcing them to color properly.

You can only correct the young kids with the way they color if they have gained confidence to do their work alone.  Most kids start school without much confidence in their ability so it is important to gauge each child in order to make learning more effective.

Kids do not want to be forced into something.  They want to have fun doing things and they want to learn on their own.  You can guide them and hold their hands as they work but you cannot force them to do something that they think they cannot do.  This is a case to case basis since there are young kids who want to do things on their own but most young kids do things with guidance from older people.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

How to Make A Mask For Any occasion

Making a mask is one of the fun projects for kids to hone their arts and crafts skills. Your kids will surely enjoy creating their own mask design and integrating their knowledge of color mixing.  You can teach this project to older children who can already handle paint and watercolor. 

  Whether it is a horror mask, Valentine’s mask or a Christmas mask you are planning to make, it is important that you know what you are doing so that you can create a fantastic mask.  The secret to making a successful mask is in planning and organizing.  Kids love to make a mask and it is important that you guide them with what to do.

Making a mask is not easy.  You first plan it then organize all your materials so that you can come up with a good mask.  Whatever kind of mask you plan to make; there are always important things to consider and bear in mind.

For young kids, mask making is such fun but you have to guide them so that they will be able to make their mask successfully.  There are simple and not so simple ways of making masks but the most important thing to bear in mind is to organize first the materials so that everything will be done smoothly.

Here are the steps in making a mask.

Step #1 - Planning

Planning is very important when making anything.  Mask making needs also a good plan to come up with a successful mask.  Always remember planning is the basic step when doing anything.

Step #2 – Organizing 

Organizing includes the materials plus the design you plan to use in your mask.  Everything must be organized first before you start making your mask.

Step # 3 – Prepare the cast

You can use a mask as a mould to make the cast.  Plain paper is good.  You can use a pattern paper to make the cast.  Use glue to paste the pattern paper in the mould.  Dry the cast until hard.

Step # 4 – Painting

You can use water color, crayon or real paint to color your mask.  Paint is the preferred one in order to make the mast look neat and good.  You can design the mask with the paint.

Step # 5 – Final coating

In the final coating you can add some colorful effects to the mask to make it look better.  You can apply your creativity and add some unique designs.

Making a mask could be fun and interesting, especially if you know how to create your own design and play with colors to make the mask more interesting.  At first mask making could be difficult, but as you make more masks, you can improve and become an expert.  Mask making is especially useful when there are occasions that call for it.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Wally and His Witch Friend

“Wiiii, hiii, hiiii, hiii, hiiii,” came the sound.

It was early evening and Wally wanted to play and watch television.  When he heard the sound, he grabbed the blanket and covered his head.  He was trembling with fear. 

Wally waited and heard no more.  He waited again for a few minutes, but it was so silent.  Whoever made that sound would be gone now he thought and removed the blanket on his head.

Wally looked around his room and found no one around.  He smiled and threw the blanket on his bed then sat down again to watch his favorite cartoon movie.  All of a sudden, Wally heard a sound at his back.  He turned his head to see an old woman wearing a brown dress.  She has a pointed brown hat too.

“Who are you?”  Wally asked in a trembling voice.

“I am a witch.”  The old woman said.

Wally stood and stepped to run but before he could run out of the room the witch waved her wand and said.  “Sit down.”

Wally found himself obeying the witch.  He said softly, “What do you want from me?”
“I want to talk to you,” said the witch.

Wally said nothing.  He was thinking of something.  He can grab the bat and hit the witch then run as fast as he can to find her mom in the kitchen.

The witch walked to Wally and said, “Fear not my dear, Wally.  I know what you are thinking.  If you do that I will turn you into a mouse then you cannot hit me or anybody else.”

Wally sat looking at the witch.  He wondered how the witch learned about him.  Maybe his mom told the witch that he is not a good boy.

The witch said, “I know what you are thinking.  Your mom never told me anything but I know what you are, Wally.  I know that you are not a good boy to the people around you.”

Wally said nothing.  He was scared.  What will the witch do to him?

Then the witch said, “I will not hurt you but promise me you should be a good boy from now on.”

Wally slowly nodded his head then closed his eyes.  When he opened his eyes; the witch is not there anymore.  Wally looked around.  He rubbed his eyes to make sure he was not dreaming.

Suddenly, he heard a knock on the door.  He ran to get it and found his mom carrying the tray with the steaming breakfast of fried rice, egg, and hot dog.  Beside the plate of food was his glass of milk; his favorite breakfast drink.

Wally swallowed then said, “Oh, mommy, good morning and thank you for bringing my breakfast.”  He happily helped his mom put down the tray on the table beside his bed.

Wally’s mom rounded her eyes and opened her mouth with wonder.  Wally is acting differently that morning like he was really a good boy.

“How’s Wally today?  Did you have a good dream?”  Mommy asked.

Wally shook his head and looked at his mom.  “I wonder how it feels to be a good boy.”

Mommy looked at Wally for a long time then said, “It feels great to be good.  Many people will love you.”

Wally smiled and hugged his mom.  “Mom, I promise to be good from now on.”

Mommy shrugged.  She doesn’t know what happened.

Read then answer the questions.
1. What is the name of the boy in the story?  __________________________
2. What was he doing when the woman suddenly appeared?
3. What did the witch tell Wally to do?
4. Why was mother surprised when Wally when Wally acted like a good boy that morning?
5. What did Wally promise his mom to do?
6. What lesson did you learn from the story?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Bzz-Bzz, Wake Up Polly

Polly stretched on her bed sleepily and yawned.  She was still too sleepy to get down from her bed.  She lay again and closed her eyes.

There was something wrong as she tried to open her eyes and closed them again.  Someone was murmuring in her ears.  She tried to listen and found out that it was a bee buzzing something in her ears.

She looked at the bee and smiled. “What are you trying to tell me?”  She asked.

The bee flapped its wings and looked at Polly.  “Well. Polly.  Do you remember what day is today?  The bee asked.

Polly shook her fuzzy head and looked at the bee with a puzzled look.  “Don’t disturb me,” Polly said and waved away her hand to shoo away the bee.

“Buzz, buzz,” came the bee again.  Polly wanted to get rid of the bee and enjoy the softness of her pillow.
The bee said, “You are forgetting that today is still Monday and it’s time to wake up and take your breakfast because you are going to school.”

Polly once again waved her hand to shoo the bee.

Just then, a loud buzz awakened Polly to her senses.  She sat up on her bed and looked around.  Was there really a bee in her room?  She heard her mommy’s voice as she got down from her bed.  Then she looked at the smiling clock on the side table of her bed and smiled.  It was still buzzing.  Now she knew that there wasn’t any bee in her room.

Polly ran downstairs and kissed her mommy good morning.  She has to hurry if she doesn’t want to be late.

Answer the Questions:

1.       Who stretched on her bed sleepily?
2.       Why did Polly think someone was buzzing in her ears?
3.       Was there really a bee buzzing? 
4.       What do you think was Polly hearing?
5.       Connect yourself to Polly and tell one situation where you felt the same thing as Polly?


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Simple Easy to Make Art Projects for Young Kids

Young children love arts and crafts.

Arts and crafts are two of the favorite activities of young children. It is important that you know what kinds of artworks and crafts you are going to teach the children.

 The very young ones can do their crafts with your help. The older children can sometimes do their crafts on their own but you have to watch them work so that they will do their crafts right.

 The artworks:

1. caterpillar - cut green circles and let the children paste them one after the other on a white plain paper so that it will look like a caterpillar. Let them draw the legs, eyes, and antennae. You can also let them color the background.

2. fish - cut colored paper that look like waves. This if for the scales of the fish. It is better if the children will use different colors. Trim the edges when the scales are already pasted. Draw the eyes abd fins.

3. Clown - cut diffferent shapes for the body, pants, arms head and balloons. Let the childrem paste them in a white plain paper. Let them draw the eyes, nose and mouth of the clown. They should also draw the strings of the balloon. The children can color the bacjground.

These are simple projects for the little kids.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Meet Polly, My Cartoon Character

Meet Polly my new cartoon character.  Polly is just like the normal kids you see playing around.  She acts normally.  She does things just like the normal children around and she makes mistakes just like the other kids around.

What’s good about Polly is that she always manages to do things on her own because she wants to be an independent child. 

Polly goes to school and goes home every day to study and do her homework, but there are times when she cannot do her homework alone and that’s the time that she needed help.

Whose help?  Read the stories about Polly to find out about it.  Here’s Polly…

Read more stories:

Bzz-Bzz Wake Up Polly

Wally and His Witch Friend

The Happier the Children, the Better they Learn

Children love fun learning.  The more fun the kids have the better they learn.  That is because the minds of the kids are stimulated more when they are happy while learning.

When children are happy, they think well because their concentration is more focused.  Think about yourself when you are happy while doing something, and think about yourself when you are annoyed.  That is also true to children.
As much as possible, the children should be happy when they are doing something or when you are teaching them.
What makes learning fun and more effective?
Different activities that include games, arts and crafts and different paper works.
Comfortable classroom embellished with everything colorful and beautiful; spacious enough for the kids to move around and a safe place for the kids to work and play.
When you have provided the necessities of the children, you can expect effective learning.