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Plan a terrific summer vacation for your children

Summer vacations are around the corner. You have planned a trip to some scenic place yet you find that most of the days are unused. As a parent, you are worried that your children would spend hours watching television or playing video games. You are at a loss of ideas to engage them. So what should be done?

With a little initiative, creativity and planning, the summer breaks can be transformed into a time to explore new hobbies, learn about tasks and responsibilities and build on skills and cultivate one's personality. Today we are going to share some ideas that you can bring into play to enhance the joy of summer breaks.

With approaching summer vacations, here are some activities to make the summer vacations interesting and fun for your children:

Let your child explore:

Bring in the natural world into the life of your child. Make him go to the park in the morning, look at the sun and feel the air. Ask them to discover insects, butterflies, a variety of flowers, leaves, birds and make a note of what he observes. You can ask him to carry magnifiers and a notebook.

You can also ask them to plant flower or vegetables. Coriander, potato, peas and money plant grow quickly. Let your child discover the marvels of growth and development.

Discover your city

You can visit museums, forts and other monuments in your town or city with your child. If you feel that your town does not have any old monuments, you can visit old markets, places of worship or any major landmark, of your town. This would make your child be connected with his place of residence and the people around him.

 Make such trips a fun outing with bus rides, queues, and dhaba meals out. Make the trip interesting as you solve riddles, uncover questions about the locality and take photos along the way.

The comfort of books

Reading is an essential part in a child's education. It helps children develop academically, socially, and sensitively. Make your child read lot of books this summer. You can either read aloud with him or make him exposed to new ideas and concepts. A child can join book clubs to initiate a better understanding of various points of view that can nurture his skills of discussion.

With the help of books kids can be taught any subject of the world besides decreasing his screen time in the best possible way.

Journal Writing

Journaling can be a helpful activity for children. It gives them a place to keep everyday documentation of their thoughts, feelings, and ideas. This encourages children to express themselves better and develop well-thought-out ideas to write about.


Provide your children with a good diary and stationery set and help them out in journaling. Encourage them to write point in time and other fun writing exercises.

The idea of journal writing makes him understand the concept of noting down important stuff, be more organized in work- facets that can help him later on in his life.


Writing is a channel for our innermost thoughts and emotions and journaling can make him understand his feelings better. Children who write journal grow more comfortable with expressing their thoughts and views and are more positive in their own identities.

Learning is at all times

Learning does not simply happen in schools and is not a duty of schoolteachers. A child should understand that learning can take place anywhere and can go all the time as an enjoyable activity. The summer is a great free time to try out new things and explore interests that don’t necessarily fit into the curriculum. Incorporating the above points can surely make a productive vacation for your child. Try out and share your views.

Best Wishes for a great time.

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Echo –friendly Holi

Echo –friendly Holi

Holi is around the corner to spread love and warmth to all.  This festival is celebrated by all as it cuts across all barriers of religion, caste class and creed. The colour of Holi makes enemies as friends and everyone rejoices as one group. Since ancient times, this festival finds mention in numerous scriptures, like the Narad Purana and Bhavishyad Purana. The 7th century Sanskrit drama Ratnavali, ascribed to Indian emperor Harsha also talks about "holikotsav”.

However like everything Holi has also changed. It has become callously money-making, and rowdy. Earlier the colours used in Holi were made at home either by, herbs, sandalwood powder, dried fruits, flowers etc Most of these colours beneficial to the skin as they were plant-based. However these days artificial colours have come into use. They are brighter and many times harmful.

Therefore to make Holi beautiful and in sync with nature, it is better to return to more natural ways of celebrating Holi. If we truly want to shower love and affection on friends and family we should go for an eco-friendly Holi. Here are some good ways to play Holi:

  • Apply coconut oil on whole body and hair before playing with colours.
  • Always use herbal colours, made by flower leaves.
  • Burn environmental waste for Holika Dahan or Holi Bonfire.
  • Avoid Pakka Colors’ instead use ‘Gulaal’.
  • Throwing watercolour filled balloons is a bad idea as it can be dangerous –just don’t do it.
  • Try to avoid the usage of Grease colours or chemical additions to colours.
  • Avoid wastage of water –go dry or play with flower petals.
  • Do not put colour on anyone without their permission.

Play safe Holi by not being impolite to anyone.

Wishing you a very happy and safe Holi.

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How to help your child read fluently?

Reading fluency is the ability to read words correctly and quickly. It is the process of promptly recognizing and understanding phrases or sentences rather than identifying individual words. Speed readers read effortlessly, recognizing words naturally without being wobbled.

A widely recognized problem faced by young children is that of slow reading. Brown & Hirst state, that a slow rate reader is unable to hold enough detail in short-term memory to permit an understanding of the overall message of the text. Children who are not smooth readers read falteringly, struggling to sound out each word. Such children use most of their mental energy determining words, rather than focusing on comprehension. Hence they are unable to figure out what they have been reading about. Reading for them is simply stringing out the list of words.

Christine Nuttall, author of Teaching Reading Skills in a Foreign Language, states that reading speed without comprehension is worthless. She says that children learn to read in the same way they learn to speak, that is through observing, modelling and practising.

However, children can develop reading fluency or speed reading through some simple and fun activities. Here are some tips to make your child read faster and comprehend the meaning of the text as well:

 Create a space for learning: Try to make your child start reading in a separate space where there are no interruptions and distractions. This would help him focus on the words better. Prepare a reading-friendly room with a comfortable chair, sofa or a bed with proper lighting.

Learning by Rote: Encourage your child to memorize short books, poems or even religious chants. This would make the child learn the rhythm of language besides giving him a sense of achievement. You can add gestures and dance moves to make it an interesting and enjoyable activity.

Start with something easy: Give your child something easy or simple to start with. Read books that your child enjoys and set a timer to set the speed of reading. Gradually increase the speed of the timer. Here it is important to let the child set his own pace and have fun at whatever he is doing.

Run finger under the words: When the child reads ask him to run fingers under the word. This would help him pay attention to the words he is reading and comprehend better.

Challenge your child: Set goals and challenges for your child to beat his own reading record through repeated readings. Try motivating your child by setting goals to increase reading fluency.

Do not force read the child: Do not force your child on letters, or words. Instead, make a fun game out of it and find ways to motivate his curiosity and enthusiasm.

Read several times: Let your child read the passage at least four times until he is able to read it fluently. Discuss what your child understood in the passage, let him express his thoughts and answer his questions.

Celebrate success: Listen to the first and last recordings of his reading. Listen to the difference of time and fluency and between the two readings and celebrate your child’s success!


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Encyclopedia: A ready Reckoner for young readers

One might think that in this age of the internet, a child can know and understand anything by simply going to Google. This is so because it is considered that the digital environment allows for a process that is more accommodating for the creation and promulgation of knowledge. Nevertheless, encyclopedias still hold their own value in today’s time, especially for children. They are the ready and steady source of information. A child learns to research and delves deep into the areas of his interest. It helps in the journeying of information for the child. He learns to examine, explore and find out more and more about a subject.

Encyclopedias come into the category of educational books where the information is designed and indexed in such a manner that a child can easily learn to sift through them and gain knowledge about various domains. However, children’s Encyclopedia is not competing with Wikipedia as such. It is small; it is different and can apportion resources for only some subjects. However what distinguishes it from Wiki is that it has a personal touch, backed by rigorous research by experts ensuring that what the kids read is well-written and factually correct.

Not just good reading content, Encyclopedia also has elucidations and explanations to help children learn science, mathematics or language skills. Besides this they also allow them to be more agile and curious. In addition to all of these this, they cater to the needs of teachers for teaching and designing of co-curricular activities for students in the class.

There are many publishers who are into Encyclopedia and one can buy encyclopedia for children online but one that is highly recommended for kids is that by Miles Kelly Publishers. They specialize in Factbooks for kids and a host of categories that aims to discover the whole world with a huge range of books.

The content of the Encyclopedias is designed by curriculum experts and is brilliantly written and liberally illustrated. It is multidimensional in approach and treats out different ways to create interest and expand the knowledge of children. The articles are restructured and simplified not just to help children learn about various things around them but also facilitate their cognitive, emotional and social development. As children learn utmost during their early years, the gift of Encyclopedia can be both a definite delight and an everlasting asset for them.

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Inculcating a habit of reading in children

Albert Einstein once said,“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

The early age of a child are the formative years for the development of physical, intellectual, and socio-emotional skills. Experts say that a child who starts reading early has a better vocabulary, interpersonal skills, and a superior grasp over written and verbal communication.
The age between 0-5 is the best time to inculcate reading habit into children. Books fuel a child’s imagination like none other things. This leads to an active brain and more creativity. Children who read have more chances to have more focused attention, understanding, and better memory.
The best way to inculcate reading habits in children is to read alongside them every day. This motivates the child to read, as he /she is able to share the stories and the joy they bring about with their parents.
Children of all age groups can appreciate fiction books. Even a toddler who is not able to identify alphabets and numbers can still love the storybooks if that is read out to him/her.

However, every child has a different learning curve. While some children may have a natural love of reading, others may just not want to read any books. There are several ways in which parents and teachers can encourage children to love reading.

Here are some simple ways to inspire a child to read:

1 If a child does not like reading , it is important to understand why he/she does not like

2 Make reading an enjoyable activity.

3 There are a variety of books tailored to different age groups of children . Select carefully those books that suit his choice .

4 Let the child choose his books along with you. You can buy fiction books for children online or visit a nearby book store with your child to create curiosity and develop liking towards various genres and styles of books.

5 If you are reading to your children try a lot of voice modulation to maintain interest in the story. If your child is an unwilling reader play characters from story books and create a lot of drama while reading books to him.

6 Expose children to books from diverse genres. Reading does not have to be restricted to moral stories or fairy tales. Children may also enjoy reading encyclopaedia, newspapers or even comic books.

7 Setting up a reading room or home library in your house may also encourage children to read more often.

8 Take time to read to children everyday. Fix a reading time as a part of child's everyday routine. Make them learn new words, ask questions about the story and discover the wonder of language with every new book they read.

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Exposure to TV Screens Causes ‘Heart Diseases In Children’

There have been several reports on how television screens are detrimental to your child’s health and how they have grabbed their minds. Well, there is yet one more reason to minimise the exposure of children towards screens. The American Heart Association (AHA) has revealed that continuous exposure to screens is harmful for your child’s heart. Yes, you heard it. It causes heart problems at early ages.


Dr. Stephen Daniels, a spokesman for the American Heart Association, said that exposure to television screens for longer times induce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Moreover, when they get habitual of the routine it continues to the childhood also.


Experts at AHA reviewed the statistics of past 20 years and came to a conclusion about the co-relation of cardiovascular disease and self-reported screen time.

“Heart health starts during childhood, so I think it’s very appropriate that the American Heart Association looks at every issue that can contribute to heart disease,” said Dr. David Hill, chairman of the Council on Communication and Media for the American Academy of Pediatrics, in a report filed by Fox6Now.


Source: https://fox6now.com/2018/08/07/limit-screen-time-to-protect-your-childs-heart-american-heart-association-says/

“Passive viewing is still children’s number one activity. Whether it’s a video game, or laptop or desktop computer, children are still sitting,” he added.


The report also revealed that screen time also disrupts your biological cycle of sleeping and can make you feel sick. Moreover, with commercials and advertisement promoting unhealthy processed, it creates a bad impact on children watching TV. Also, other devices like tablets, mobile phones, and computers have superseded the television.


Going through the reports of AHA, Young Angels, a leading children book publisher believes that parents and teachers should encourage children to read more books rather than letting them watch television for hours. This habit is a slow poison to your child.

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NCERT Sends Guidelines on Cyber Security To Guard The Privacy of Preschoolers

The National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) has issued guidelines on cyber security to schools, teachers and parents, to protect the privacy of preschoolers and to track their internet usage. Keeping a track of people who are accessing computers, using USBs, and other storage devices, unknown icons on desktops are some of the guidelines that the organization has come up with.

“Students should not log in as someone else to read their e-mails or mess with their online profiles; attempt to infect or in any way try to make someone else’s computer unusable and not download any attachments from an unknown source as they may contain viruses,” the instruction manual said according to a report filed by The Indian Express.

They way children are getting addicted to social media and internet, the guidelines also encourage schools to teach children not to communicate with unknown people online and avoid susceptive profiles which could harass children through emails and messaging. Besides the guidelines, NCERT has urged schools to introduce educational activities and courses on cyber security.  The guidelines also follow that schools and teachers should teach children the judicious use of internet and technology.

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8 Simple Ways To Increase Height In Kids

As parents, we all want our kids to grow up to be tall adults. In today’s world, many kids are much taller than what their parents were during their childhood. However, there is a small percentage of kids who are not as tall as their peers. Concerned parents look for healthy ways to make sure that their kids grow taller. Healthy foods that promote growth and exercise are fantastic options as they do not require taking any so-called medicines to promote height in kids.

Therefore, it is an ideal time for you to begin with the practice so that your classmates don’t hit the growth spurt while you lag behind.

How To Increase Height In Children

There is no secret for increasing height overnight. You may have seen the advertisements in newspapers and on television which claim to speed up height but believe me, most of them are bogus. They do not actually have any impact on the growth of human beings. Conversely, eating such non-prescription drugs can lead to several physical complications.
Hence, you should never take those advertisements seriously. It is still possible to increase height when you are young. Moreover, achieving the target in this area needs effort and patience. Here are some simple guidelines that truly work to increase the height of kids.

1. Balanced Diet For Overall Growth

The first step for acquiring height is eating a balanced diet. If you truly want to have an enviable height, you should keep aside the burgers, cola, and chips. Switch over to a healthy diet style in place of the junk foods. A balanced diet would make you stronger by every means. Combine your platters with all types of nutrients containing protein, carbohydrates and fat. You can eat all the things in moderation, but avoid all carbohydrates or fatty meals at a time.

As part of a healthy diet, add plenty of lean proteins. The list should include fresh poultry, meat, soy, fish and dairy products. These fresh proteins would help you in building muscles, strengthen bones and stimulate body growth. Try to stay away from simple carbohydrates such as cakes, pastry, pizza, sweets and soda. Eat adequate amounts of Vitamin D and calcium too. Green leafy vegetables, dairy products are good sources of calcium. Studies have shown that zinc stimulates body growth effectively. So, try to add zinc-rich foods like wheat germ, squash seeds, peanuts, crab and pumpkin into your daily food chart. Try to include every food to increase height in kids.

2. Stretching Exercises

Stretching is one of the most effective ways to increase your child’s height. Simple exercises that involve stretching are a must. An exercise you can get your child to try is to stand against a wall with his back towards it. Ask him to raise his hands and stretch as far as he possibly can. The next step is to sit with his back against the wall on his toes and stretch the muscles in his leg. This can be repeated ten times every day.

Another fantastic stretching exercise is to get your child to sit on the floor with his legs apart as wide as possible. Let him bend his waist and stretch to touch his toes, about four times on each leg. This is a beneficial exercise as it helps in the elongation of his spine and improves his posture.

3. Hanging Exercises

Does your kid love hanging from bars at the playground and at home? Well, that’s great! Hanging exercises are effective in elongating and straightening your child’s spine. Pull-ups are a fantastic way to promote growth, so encourage your child to practice this regularly.

Chin-ups are also awesome growth-enhancing exercises that your child will love. Make sure that he practices every day for about 10 minutes.

4. Yoga

Yoga asanas such as Surya Namaskar are ideal in helping kids grow tall. The pose allows the body to stretch completely, encouraging growth in height. Make sure your child does simple breathing exercises before beginning.

Chakrasana is another great yoga exercise that will get your child to stretch his entire body. This involves lying flat on the back with legs apart. Get your child to bend his knees, touching his buttocks and bend his elbows so that his fingers touch his shoulders. The next step is to breathe in and push his body up to create a U, staying in this position for as long as he can.

5. Skipping

Skipping is an active that many kids love and it can be used as an exercise to promote your child’s growth. As he skips, his body stretches and hence, he grows a few inches every time he performs this exercise.

6. Swimming

This is another great workout to make your child grow taller. It also helps him exercise his entire body, giving him strength and health.

7. Ankle Weights

This is another effective way to enhance your child’s height. The sole purpose of this workout is to stretch the lower part of the body. The cartilage between your child’s knees is stretched, making him taller. Make sure that small weights are used and increase them as your child grows older.

8. Jogging

There is no end to the benefits of jogging, even for adults. To make your child grow taller, encourage him to jog every day and accompany him so that it is a more enjoyable experience.
With these eight exercises, you can help your child grow taller and help him have a healthier outlook on life by being physically active!

Source - https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/how-to-increase-height-in-kids

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Nutrition for kids: Guidelines for a healthy diet

You want your child to eat healthy foods, but do you know which nutrients are necessary and in what amounts? Here's a quick overview.



Nutrition for kids is based on the same principles as nutrition for adults. Everyone needs the same types of nutrients — such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein and fat. Children, however, need different amounts of specific nutrients at different ages.


So what's the best formula to fuel your child's growth and development? Check out these nutrition basics for girls and boys at various ages, based on the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans.


Consider these nutrient-dense foods:

  • Choose seafood, lean meat and poultry, eggs, beans, peas, soy products, and unsalted nuts and seeds.
  • Encourage your child to eat a variety of fresh, canned, frozen or dried fruits — rather than fruit juice. If your child drinks juice, make sure it's 100 percent juice without added sugars and limit his or her servings. Look for canned fruit that says it's light or packed in its own juice, meaning it's low in added sugar. Keep in mind that one-quarter cup of dried fruit counts as one cup-equivalent of fruit. When consumed in excess, dried fruits can contribute extra calories.
  • Serve a variety of fresh, canned, frozen or dried vegetables. Aim to provide a variety of vegetables, including dark green, red and orange, beans and peas, starchy and others, each week. When selecting canned or frozen vegetables, look for options lower in sodium.
  • Choose whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, popcorn, quinoa, or brown or wild rice. Limit refined grains such as white bread, pasta and rice.
  • Encourage your child to eat and drink fat-free or low-fat dairy products, such as milk, yogurt, cheese or fortified soy beverages.

Aim to limit your child's calories from:

  • Added sugar.Limit added sugars. Naturally occurring sugars, such as those in fruit and milk, are not added sugars. Examples of added sugars include brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, honey and others.


  • Saturated and trans fats.Limit saturated fats — fats that mainly come from animal sources of food, such as red meat, poultry and full-fat dairy products. Look for ways to replace saturated fats with vegetable and nut oils, which provide essential fatty acids and vitamin E. Healthier fats are also naturally present in olives, nuts, avocados and seafood. Limit trans fats by avoiding foods that contain partially hydrogenated oil.


If you have questions about nutrition for kids or specific concerns about your child's diet, talk to your child's doctor or a registered dietitian.

Ages 2 to 3: Daily guidelines for girls and boys


1,000-1,400, depending on growth and activity level


2-4 ounces


1-1.5 cups


1-1.5 cups


3-5 ounces


2 cups


Ages 4 to 8: Daily guidelines for girls


1,200-1,800, depending on growth and activity level


3-5 ounces


1-1.5 cups


1.5-2.5 cups


4-6 ounces


2.5 cups


Ages 4 to 8: Daily guidelines for boys


1,200-2,000, depending on growth and activity level


3-5.5 ounces


1-2 cups


1.5-2.5 cups


4-6 ounces


2.5 cups


Ages 9 to 13: Daily guidelines for girls


1,400-2,200, depending on growth and activity level


4-6 ounces


1.5-2 cups


1.5-3 cups


5-7 ounces


3 cups


Ages 9 to 13: Daily guidelines for boys


1,600-2,600, depending on growth and activity level


5-6.5 ounces


1.5-2 cups


2-3.5 cups


5-9 ounces


3 cups


Ages 14 to 18: Daily guidelines for girls


1,800-2,400, depending on growth and activity level


5-6.5 ounces


1.5-2 cups


2.5-3 cups


6-8 ounces


3 cups


Ages 14 to 18: Daily guidelines for boys


2,000-3,200, depending on growth and activity level


5.5-7 ounces


2-2.5 cups


2.5-4 cups


6-10 ounces


3 cups

Source - https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/childrens-health/in-depth/nutrition-for-kids/art-20049335

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Baby care during the monsoon 9 tips all mothers should follow

While rains bring relief to our body and mind after a hot summer, mothers start worrying about their baby’s health. This moist and humid weather is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other germs which may lead to diseases like malaria, dengue and also microbial infections. Here are a few tips mothers can follow to protect their baby in this weather.

Keep your baby clean

This is the most important step. Generally, babies sweat a lot due to the humid weather in monsoons. You should wipe their body at regular intervals to keep them dry. Bathe them every day with a mild antiseptic soap or liquid so that the germs don’t cause infection.

Proper clothing

During monsoons, it is at times very hot when the sun is out and cool and pleasant when it rains. When it’s hot, your baby’s clothes should be loose, cotton material and when it’s raining, you should wrap your baby in warm clothes to make him/her comfortable.

Healthy food and water

Monsoon gives rise to several water-borne diseases like diarrhea, since water gets polluted in this season. So, always give your baby boiled and cooled water. If your baby consumes formula milk and supplements, prepare it with boiled water. Do not keep any food uncovered. Keep breastfeeding your baby as this will boost their immune system.

Keep your surroundings clean

If you have a garden or plants around your house, trim the plants before the rain starts and avoid water logging as stored water not only allows mosquitoes to breed but also leads to several bacterial and fungal growths which may lead to several diseases.

Keep your baby away from insects and mosquitoes

Despite all efforts you take to keep the mosquitoes away, they may still enter the room and bite your baby. So, some preventive measures need to be taken. Always make your baby wear light cotton clothes with sleeves especially during evening and use a mosquito repellent in your baby’s room. You can also apply a mosquito repellent cream on their body but always seek advice from the pediatrician before application. Use mosquito nets on their bed when the baby sleeps or stick a wire mesh on windows and doors.

Protect your baby from cold and flu

Avoid taking your baby out for long during this season as their immunity isn’t strong and they are more prone to cold and flu.

Seek doctor’s advice on vaccination

There are some flu vaccines available in the market which may be given before the monsoon starts but always take your doctor’s advice before you get your baby vaccinated.

Store certain medicines

Always keep common cold and flu medicines handy which can be given to your baby in case the doctor is unavailable that time. But do consult your doctor beforehand about the dosage.

Do a pre-monsoon check

Before the rain starts, always do a pre-monsoon check in your house especially in your baby’s room. There should not be any dampness or water leakage in that room. The electrical wiring should be proper and the house should be neat and clean.

Follow these steps and let your baby enjoy the bliss of monsoon.

Source - http://www.thehealthsite.com/parenting/baby-care-during-the-monsoon-9-tips-all-mothers-should-follow/

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5 Ways to Improve Your Child Handwriting

Parents are always worried about their child’s overall development and academic improvement is an integral part of this overall process. Being into studies is not the only criteria for having good academic results but presentation of work is also very important factor. To present academic works neatly or to excel in examination, handwriting holds a very important place. Not all kids have neat and attractive handwriting but by following certain important ways parents can help their children to improve their handwriting.


1.  Get Your Kids’ Grasp the Right Way

A child cannot have good handwriting if the child does not know how to grasp the pencil in the correct way. If the pencil is not grasped correctly, the kid cannot write easily. When the pencil is resting next to the thumb-base, it is right way of holding the pencil. The child should hold the pencil very tightly with his or her thumb, middle finger and index finger. With correct grasp of pencil, a kid can write more without letting the fingers get tired.


2.  The Kids Should Follow the Lines

Another problem in maintain good handwriting is that kids cannot keep the proportions of the letters rightly. Most of the kids find it difficult to keep the lines straight and letters in right proportion. Parents can help their children to overcome this problem by following certain methods. Children should practice writing on lined paper so that they can fill up the space between the lines properly. The capital letters must fill up the space between the bottom and top line. While writing the small case letters, the size should be about half of the capital letters. By regular practicing on the lined paper, children will get fair idea about size of the letters they must follow. Children with poor handwriting can practice on red and blue lined papers.

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10 Ways to Prepare Your Child for School

Starting school can be a difficult time for children. Every child is hesitant to go somewhere new and see people she's never met before. Here are some helpful ways to prepare your child for her first day of school:

  1. Let your child know what his schedule will be like. Tell him what time school begins and ends each day.
  2. Ask your child about her feelings -- both the excitement and the concerns -- about starting school.
  3. Visit the school with your child to see his new classroom and meet his new teacher before school officially starts.
  4. Point out the positive aspects of starting school. It will be fun and she can make new friends.
  5. Let your child know that all kids are nervous about the first day of school.
  6. Leave a note in your child's lunchbox that will remind him you're thinking of him while he's at school.
  7. Reassure your child that if any problems arise at school, you will be there to help resolve them.
  8. Try to have your child meet a classmate before the first day of school so she will already have a friend when school starts.
  9. Arrange for your child to walk to school or ride together on the bus with another kid in the neighborhood.
  10. Find out about after-school activities that your child can join. Will there be a back-to-school party? Can she join a sports team?

Article Sources: - https://www.parents.com/kids/education/kindergarten/10-ways-to-prepare-your-child-for-school/

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Summer Safety Tips

Summer in Rochester is a beautiful and wonderful time of year. The weather is pleasant and there is so much to do - swimming, boating in one of the lakes, picnicking in the parks, or enjoying one of many outdoor sports. Enjoy this time of year even more by taking a few precautions to protect your child(ren) and yourself from some of the more dangerous aspects of this season.

Sun Safety

Sun safety should actually be practiced year-round, but we are more likely to experience the damaging effects of the sun in the summer simply due to the greater amount of time spent outdoors. The following are precautions that should be taken by children and adults to avoid sunburn, sun/heat stroke, and dehydration:

Use Sunscreen:    Wear sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15. Apply sunscreen all over the body (even in places covered by clothing) 30 minutes before going outside, and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. Sunscreen should be worn for any outdoor activity, even on overcast or cloudy days.

Avoid the Heat:    Avoid outdoor activity between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are the most intense.

Get the Right Gear:   Wear sunglasses with 100% UV (ultraviolet) protection. Everyone, especially very young or very fair-haired children, should wear a hat. Wear cotton clothing, preferably with a tight knit.

Stay Hydrated:   Be sure to consume enough water, and avoid sugary and/or caffeinated drinks such as soft drinks.

For Babies:    Dress your baby in lightweight clothing with long pants and long-sleeved shirts and a wide-brimmed hat. Keep baby's feet covered with a lightweight blanket. If necessary, small amounts of sunscreen can be applied to exposed areas. Use strollers with a large canopy.

Water Safety

Whether swimming in the neighborhood pool or boating in a local lake, the water provides many opportunities for fun days and happy memories. Keep your child safe by following a few simple guidelines:

# Swim under adult and/or lifeguard supervision only.

Never be out of arm's reach of your baby or toddler in or near the pool or body of water.

Follow all posted rules.

Avoid use of inflatable swimming aids ("floaters"). These can provide a false sense of security.

On a boat: all children must wear properly-fitting life jackets at all times.

Do not consume alcohol when swimming or boating.

Pay attention to the weather conditions and forecasts and take proper precautions.

Article Source - https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/childrens-hospital/safety/seasonal/summer-safety.aspx

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Yoga helps achieve ultimate nirvana in our life

Yoga is a spiritual activity which rejuvenates our soul and body. It has become a prominent part of our well being, emotionally and physically. Allowing the essence of yoga helps attain spiritual equilibrium in our lives. To remind how Yoga helps us enlighten our life, kudos to Indian “Prime Minister Narendra Modi” for uniting people around the world to celebrate International Yoga Day on 21st June every year, to promote a healthy being.


Ever pondered how Yoga helps us get rid of our problems? Well, let’s get to the core of this question and dig out what it actually means. Attaining a high standard of living is what we dream off. Our life revolves around worrying about our future, hauling with the technology, attaining an everlasting financial regularity, trying to be an alpha individual, obsessing with success, living a life of high standards and be the superhero of the people we love.


There is so much to achieve right?

Before we are filled up to the brim with our desires and to achieve whatever we want in our life, we need to attain spiritual discipline on the physical and emotional level. And that’s when Yoga comes into play.


Yoga is comprised of distinct postures and breathing exercises that not only satisfies our body mentally but also helps attain a desirable physical state. Asanas or Yoga postures make our body physically active, whereas breathing exercises like ‘pranayaam’ and meditation help us reach a strong emotional well being in our life. These activities enhance personal power, self-healing, self-awareness, focus, concentration, strength, flexibility, confidence, and strong nervous system. Well, the list goes on.


“In a world suffering from mental stress, yoga promises calm. In a distracted world, yoga creates focus, creates concentration. In a world of fear, yoga promises strength and courage. A healthy body and a disciplined mind are the foundations of a world free from fear. In crafting a new self through Yoga, we create a new world. “ - Narendra Modi

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Young Angels: Education is the Strongest Superpower in the World

It is being said that if you are willing to learn you can be unstoppable. Education is the ornament, without which the economic, political and cultural being of a nation is futile. It is the most fundamental need of an individual which is categorised into three groups: primary education, secondary education and higher-secondary education. In this competitive world, it is highly necessary to have good education in order to accomplish the best in this world. Since things are moving around at a really high pace with the technology, one has to be updated with the time.


Talking about education among school-going children, this phase decides a child’s direction in his/her life as an individual to some extent. Completing primary education is a must in order to succeed in life, which is followed by secondary education and higher secondary education. So what is the purpose of education for school-going children who are still exploring their world in a shell? To build with passion and lead with passion!


Young Angels, a leading publisher of , activity books, encyclopaedias, picture books, sticker books and life skills books, has made primary education more interesting. Among the extensive range of books, Empowering Life Skills is one such a fun-filled magazine that challenges the intellect of school-going children. It tickles the gray matter of an individual to learn more and think more. It focuses on building multiple-intelligence, naturalist intelligence, logical intelligence and other skills. Moreover, we at Young Angels encourage all the schools in the world to implement ‘Happy Curriculum’ program, which, with the help of education can eliminate stress and depression among school-going children. Education is not all about exams and getting marks, but to inform young ones about the world through activities and practicality.


We humans are social animals and education separates us from other creatures in this world. With the multifarious outcomes, education not only upgrades our mind but helps us build a strong democratic system on national and international level. As a child grows, he/she witnesses an educational shift which challenges them to learn more about other aspects in the society like adult education, cultural education and women’s education.


Education links every single individual to all over the world. Once Mahatma Gandhi said:


"Literacy in itself is no education. Literacy is not the end of education or even the beginning. By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man-body, mind and spirit."

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Reasons Why Your Child Is Not Enjoying School

Are you witnessing temperamental differences in your child? Ever thought how healthy is your child’s emotional well-being? Is your child being suppressed under the weight of educational pressure? Well, it seems like it is the time to review your child’s schedule. Regardless of how much you as a parent feed them to be a better individual, children are more engulfed in the vibes of unhappiness.


Just like we adults face, children are not always surrounded with happy vibes and people. Whether it is about assignments, insufficient support from teaching staff and clashes with friends, it has become difficult to track whether your child is happy or not. So, keeping these points in mind, Young Angels has stepped forward to support the implementation of ‘Happy Curriculum’ program by the Delhi government. It is purely based on activities and does not include any exam.


We at Young Angels not only deliver a wide array of story booksactivity books, encyclopaedias, picture bookssticker books and life skills books, we also analyze the educational system to bring out new ideas and changes to empower children, emotionally and academically. One of the most influential magazines, Empowering Life Skill enhances progressive reading, multiple intelligence and other intellectual skills. So, in this blog, we have broken down a few points that show that your child is emotionally unhappy and is not having a good time.   


Here are a few things why your child is not interested in going to school:


  1. One of the excuses that we come across is that when your child denies going to school and suddenly suffers from stomach ache. Well, this is the time to hit the spot with open-ended questions and discuss his/her day.
  2. The time when your child is not interested in doing assignments and keeps deferring it again and again. Rather than scolding him/her it is better to find a solution or talk to their teacher.
  3. When your child is getting low score. This is one of the most crucial points which need to be figured out. It is better to track the way your child is studying.


And that is why we at Young Angels have designed books in such a way that can keep your child interested in reading and studying more.  Children are the best hope for the future, and it is the time to build a better one.

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Young Angels Announces #Giftabook Campaign to Enhance Reading Habits

Young Angels steps forward to enhance reading habits in children


New Delhi, India: Young Angels, one of the leading book publishers, has announced a #Giftabook campaign to make these summer holidays for children more adventurous. With the help of this campaign, free books will be distributed to children, so that they can spend their holidays informatively.


With the advent of digital world and technology’s domination, reading habit is on its way of becoming a thing of past. Big screens have captured the young minds of school going children in such a way that they barely think of touching a book. Keeping this in mind,  Young Angels delivers a wide range of story books, activity books, encyclopaedias, picture books, sticker books and life skills books.


These books come with an extensive range of activities, especially Empowering Life Skills magazine, which is purely based on empowering multiple -intelligence, logical intelligence and other intellectual skills. It not only enhances the creativity of children but also feed their brains with lots of knowledge.


In order to get your free book:

  1. Click on the "Select the books" button given on the header and footer of this page 
  2. Select a book from the range of books given.
  3. Fill out the entries after opening the link
  4. Submit your feedback with your message


Check out the contest here: http://www.youngangels.in/contest/. It ends on June 30th, 2018.


Since its incorporation in 2005, Young Angels has carved a niche for itself in the children’s books segment of the publishing industry. We specialise in books meant for children of different ages. The wide range of books offered by us includes fairy tales, moral stories, illustrated story books, encyclopedias, general knowledge books, grammar books, colouring books, activity books, sticker books and many more. All these books are available in both English and Hindi.


Website: http://www.youngangels.in/about.php


Phone Number: 0124 - 4001994, 0124 - 4001999, 0124 – 4001998


Email: contact@youngangels.in, support@youngangels.in

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Young Angels: With Less Psychological Control Comes Happiness

With children sticking to the clouds of sorrow and depressive behaviours, it seems like their pattern of childhood is being altered every day.  Children’s behaviour exhibits a picture of how they have been raised by their parents. It looks like the flow of happiness among school-going children is being hindered by emotional disorders like depression.


Witnessing the ongoing emotional struggle of children, Young Angels has stepped forward in the support of Delhi government’s mission of ‘Happiness Curriculum’. The mission promises to maintain equilibrium between school workload and personal life of children. Before we set a precise yardstick to measure happiness and bring it in fruition, let’s have a look on the psychological side of this cause. 


Assessing the ever changing pattern of children’s temperament, Young Angels offers a wide range of story booksactivity books, encyclopaedias, picture bookssticker books and life skills books. These books are designed to anchor their mind with a series of creative ideas to keep them engaged and happy. Moreover, they help them fight with the psychological control which is taking a hold of their mind every now and then.


According to a study published by the University of Edinburgh, it was reported that children who have parents less psychologically controlling were happier than the ones with controlling parents.


Children’s low well-being is quite related to how they have been raised by their parents. And stumbling upon this cause, we believe that psychological control restrict the behaviour of a child to make decisions. These restrictions make a child feel that they are not being loved. On the flip side, it should not be understood with controlling behaviour, which is also something being faced by school-going children.


Is your child engulfed in the walls of isolation? Here are a few things to have a happy relationship with your child:


Don’t expect them to be perfect, rather respect their efforts.

  1. Before you child, become a happy parent first.
  2. Let them handle the daily chores of life.
  3. Encourage the habit of reading and Writing
  4. Discuss their problems on their level
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Young Angels Brings Interactive Ideas Support ‘Happiness Curriculum’

No matter how nastily you have been squalled in the storms of your life, being happy is a choice and only few understand it. As much as we adults are being heaved into the daily chores of life, our younger ones who have not even crossed the adolescence are already facing mental stress. To chuck out this mental scum and to create a happy shield around the school-going children, Delhi Government has assigned some experts and government school teachers to fabricate a plan of ‘Happy Curriculum’. This plan will be based on activities rather than having a series of examinations.


Young Angels, a leading publisher, has been creating a strong positive environment for children by bringing a comprehensive set of story books, activity books, encyclopaedias, picture books, sticker books and life skills books. With full of imagination, interactive backdrop of colours and facts, these books deliver exactly what it takes to build a child’s future. In addition, grabbing an Empowering Life Skill (ELS) magazine will change a child’s perspective towards progressive reading.


The ELS is an adventurous ride of facts, knowledge and fun. Focussed on building cognitive ability, individual attitude, literary and scientific skills, and a strong knowledge base, it boosts individual personality of a child. In this way, they build decision making power and feel optimistic for accomplishing small things.


In addition, with the help of our book fairs and book clubs, we organise activities and workshops for children to form a strong relationship between parents, teachers and students. With this approach, it becomes easy to figure out the mental block that children are carrying and how to sort out things judiciously.


Unhappiness is a serious issue, especially in the phase of adolescence that is when children begin to aspire and undergo a major shift in terms of knowledge. Forming a life-long emotional well-being with parents, teachers, friends and others is a key to happiness.

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Young Angels: Your Child Is Emotionally Unstable

Keeping a positive perspective and creating a positive atmosphere around is quite a struggle for school-going children. From hauling in the morning to reaching home, children come back with a load of personal issues, work load and a competent behaviour to be the best among all. Where is happiness? Why are schools turning into a dungeon for children? How can we make them happy? Are they living in a virtual world? Are they scared of sharing and confessing their inner instincts? Well, these are some of the questions that are concealed under a table of ignorance.

Just to decipher this situation of unhappiness, Young Angels, a leading publisher, has been focusing on ‘Happiness Curriculum’, and fostering interpersonal and intrapersonal skills among school-going children. With a wide range of story books, activity books, encyclopedias, picture books, sticker books and life skills books, the ultimate objective is to help children build a positive environment around them. These books not only offer an interactive landscape of enjoyment, also, they focus the idea of value-based learning, creating cordial environment and developing skills.

Empowering Life Skills (ELS) is profoundly focussed on constructing logical intelligence, visual-spatial intelligence, holistic development and multiple-intelligence. Also, the ultimate purpose of this magazine is to shift the focus of children from digital world to reading books. Gone are the days when childhood was filled with moments spent outside the home, rather than glued to TV screens. A child’s imagination and playfulness together seem to be fading away. It seems like as the technology is pounding our intellect, a child’s life is scripted and entangled in the virtual world.

Coming across these challenges, we at Young Angels have broken down a list of activities that make a child happy. Addressing the emotional, physical, social, intellectual, relational and creative front of children, here are some points to have a happy life.

1.  Wake up early: Waking up early in the morning is a key to productivity and healthy body. 

2. Eating on time: Having meals full of healthy carbohydrates and protein is a must to stay energetic and motivated through-out a day.

3. Sound Sleep: From brainstorming to constantly writing assignments and playing, a sound sleep of minimum 7 to 8 hours is beneficial to heal the energy lost.

4. Hear your child: You may not know what your child has been building in his/her mind. Hearing them will help you get a clear view of their emotional side.

5. Love your child unconditionally: In the phase of adolescence, they live a life of trial and error all the time. So understanding them and loving them as the way they are will make them feel loved and happy.

With the ongoing unstructured schedules and pressure, we need to stand firm in all the stages of a child’s development.

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Young Angels Believes ‘Reading Eliminates Mental Health Crisis’

Mental Health Crisis is taking a toll on the mind of young children
New Delhi, India- With the increasing mental health crisis and depressive disorder among the school-going children, Young Angels, a publishing house, believes that one of the best methods to overcome social isolation and feeling of loneliness is to construct a reading habit. Depression and emotional stress among children have been treated as a typical melancholy, which is making school children more vulnerable.


Keeping the cause in mind, earlier this year, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced that the Delhi government has commissioned a team of experts to build a structure of “Happiness Curriculum”, which will not feature any formal examination; rather the focus will be on activities. In addition, the periodic evaluation will be calculated using a happiness index. The plan will focus nursery to eight classes.


“Education has to serve a larger moral and societal purpose and cannot be looked at in isolation from the needs of society. Even as we aim for economic equality, we must strive for ‘happiness equality’ as well,” said Mr Sisodia, in a report filed by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).


He also made a heartfelt request to all the teachers and school children of Delhi to help fabricate a better landscape to fight depression and influence the direction of children as a nation.
Talking about the pressure of the future, insecurities, self-image, educational deadlines and other cultural stereotypical elements, school children seem to be finding it hard to bear the burden of their life.


With this cause, Young Angels has always been focussed on teaching children and equip them with the skills to attain highest level of literacy. With the help of Empowering Life Skills (ELS), they bring different set of creative activities to stimulate and nurture different intelligences. Providing multi-disciplinary experiences to children, ELS books are full of creative imagery, which help build:

1. Logical Intelligence: The puzzles and activities help build an intensely inquisitive mind among children. Moreover, it assists them to solve complex calculation with no difficulty.


2. Co-Scholastic: The set of books touches various other domains of a child’s development which includes self-awareness, problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, interpersonal relationships, managing emotions, dealing with stress, etc.


3. Multiples Intelligence: The books focus on building multiple intelligences which represents different mental abilities, through a range of interesting activities.


4. Visual Spatial Intelligence: The amalgamation of pictures, diagrams, demonstrations and flip charts, help children to visualise images collectively. That’s help them foster a strong imagination power.


5. Inter-personal and Intra-personal intelligence: This activity help build SQ and EQ of the children. With this kit, they can narrate their own stories and build a constructive mind.


6. Holistic Development: This section targets the emotional, physical, social, intellectual, relational and creative side of the children. A well-integrated set of ideas together build a strong personality.


We at Young Angels believe that mastering the skill of self-realization and introspection are key aspects to have a life full of happiness.

Since its incorporation in 2005, Young Angels has carved a niche for itself in the children’s books segment of the publishing industry. We specialise in books meant for children of different ages. The wide range of books offered by us includes fairy tales, moral stories, illustrated story books, encyclopedias, general knowledge books, grammar books, colouring books, activity books, sticker books and many more. All these books are available in both English and Hindi.


Website:  http://www.youngangels.in/about.php


Phone Number: 0124 - 4001994, 0124 - 4001999, 0124 – 4001998


Email: contact@youngangels.in,  support@youngangels.in

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In Service Teachers Training Program Report

Professional development is about life-long learning and growing as an educator. It is an important part of creating a culture of continuous improvement to maximize students’ holistic development. N.K. Bagrodia Public School, Dwarka is committed to the continued progress and involvement of all educators so that they can constantly improve their skills and become more proficient in the profession. In Service Training program for Teachers was organized from 14th May, 2018 to 17th May, 2018 in the school premises. The program was organized to update teachers about new-child centric teaching methodologies, meet challenges of educational reforms, and learn innovative subject enrichment activities and classroom management strategies for special need children. Our customized teacher training program focused on improving the quality of teaching-learning process, so that students achieve increasing level of proficiency.


Multifarious workshops were organized for the facilitators, in the school. These included: Fitness exercises for teachers by Dr. Shilpi Singh, Yoga by Mr. Sunil Singh and Stress Free Living by Art of Living.


Subject based workshops by Renowned Experts were held to upgrade the content knowledge and pedagogical skills of teachers. Workshop on ‘Writing without Tears’ was conducted by Mrs. Satinder Kaur Singh, Headmistress, N K Bagrodia Public School, Dwarka. The workshop focused on developing fine motor skills of children in order to make their pencil grasping correct. Various strategies to improve student’s writing skills were also discussed.


Creative workshops were organized to gain fresh ideas to liven up classrooms and to apply creativity into different subjects. Resource Persons from different organizations like DOMS explained importance of different colour techniques, Ms. Alka Gauba from NIE taught interesting Paper Craft works, Ms. Vandana Gupta an Art Expert made beautiful masks and puppets that can be used as interesting teaching aids by teachers. The experts helped teachers to enhance their creative skills.


Motivational Workshop on ‘Failure is the First Step to Success’ was conducted by Principal Dr. (Mrs) Rajee N Kumar. The workshop highlighted the need of guiding the students how to master fear of failure and to know the actual meaning of SUCCESS. 'Teachers as innovative mentors' workshop was conducted by Mr Kamalneet Singh from Promise Group. The aim of the workshop was to help educators to hone the skills and techniques that can be incorporated in teaching methodologies for better classroom management. Workshop on ‘Professional Etiquettes and Presentation skills’ was conducted by Ms Saadia Rahman. The workshop was engaging and interesting and emphasized on imbibing professional etiquettes as these help in working professionally, maintaining proper manners and engaging with colleagues in a spirit of cooperation and respect.


Professional Development Training helped teachers to become better at planning and staying organized. It enabled them to expand their knowledge base in different subjects in today’s changing world of ever-emerging technologies. Educators found the training program very insightful, inspiring, informative and engaging.

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Orientation Programme for Class X

The school organised an Orientation Programme for class X for the session 2018-19 on 11th May 2018. The main objective of theprogramme was to apprise the parents about the syllabus, mode of assessment including scholastic and co-scholastic domains and the code of conduct for the students within the school premises.


The programme commenced with the lighting of the auspicious ceremonial lamp by the Secondary In charge Mrs.Manju Gupta along with a few teachers and the parents. The soothing and mellifluous chanting of shlokas by S.Aneerudh, a class X student added more divinity to the lighting ceremony. The programme got an encouraging response wherein nearly 90 parents along with their wards attended the session. The entire session was designed in the form of a power point presentation. Certain inspiring videos were also shown tocreate an awareness among the parents and their wards pertaining to stress and the better way to study.


The first segment of the programme was conducted by the Head Counsellor of the school Dr.Jagmeet on ‘Good Parenting’. Firstly she interacted with the students and encouraged them to be honest to themselves. They were told to take their career seriously and put in genuine efforts to reach to their goals. Later the parents were cautioned in length about the high expectations they keep from their children irrespective of their interest and ability . This leads to an immense stress on the kids and they deter from their desired paths. The parents were told to follow certain guidelines to create a healthy and supportive environment in the house where the kids should get freedom to pick up the right options for themselves. This was later followed by the next segment i.e. showcasing the power point presentation including all aspects of assessment- internal and board exam. The parents were informed about the various domains of internal assessment and the portion of the syllabus to be included in each assessment. They were told about the grading system for scholastic and co-scholastic areas. They were also informed about the behaviour the school expects from all its students and the repercussions if they fail to follow the code of conduct for instance bringing mobiles or bullying. Suraksha Committee which came into existence last year was also introduced to the parents. They were informed about its function and significance in the school. The programme culminated with the feedback of the attendees and then followed by a Parents-teachers’ meeting.

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Safety Of The Girl Child: Tips For Parents

Statistics provided by the World Health Organization in their factsheet (2017) titled ‘Violence against women’ state that 1 in 3 women face sexual harassment. One of the many facts published by the Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls, an initiative of UN Women, states that up to 50% of sexual assaults are committed against girls under the age of 16.

Human trafficking, sexual violence and harassment have become a staple element of everyday news. Considering the fact that we live in a digital world and that children have access to phones right from a very young age, cybercrimes are also a very prominent threat. With so much violence being perpetrated against children, it’s important to teach the girl child that it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when she is on her own.

Going by the saying ‘parents are the first teachers’, you are the best person to teach your child about personal safety. It is important to inculcate a sense of awareness right from a very young age and help your child think smart and develop a strong character.

Here are some tips that parents can give their girl child to ensure she remains safe:

For primary schoolers (ages 6–9)

Information about self: Children should know their full name, home address, and phone number. They should also know the names of three trusted adults and ways of contacting them if the need should ever arise.

Situational awareness: Situational awareness is extremely important and can be taught with the help of some very simple methods. For example, ask your child to notice three things around her or the shortest route to the exit in a closed space. You can use fun games to teach your child to be situationally aware, a skill which will prove very useful in the long term

Safe and unsafe touch: Teach your child the difference between safe and unsafe touch, and reassure her that you will believe her words, no matter what. Do not explain it as good and bad touch as a bad touch can also feel good. Do not allow your child to be hugged and kissed by someone she does not want to be touched by just because she is in the ‘cute’ age. Children know when they are in an uncomfortable situation.

No-go-tell: This follows the above tip. Teach your child to shout ‘No’, and then to ‘go’ and ‘tell’ a trusted adult if she ever feels uncomfortable or unsafe.
Child helpline number: Ensure that your child memorises the Child Helpline number – 1098 – and dials it in case she feels she can’t speak to any known adult. Perpetrators of child sexual abuse are most often someone known to the child.

Stranger danger: Sometimes, in your presence, your child could feel emboldened to talk to strangers, for example, the door-to-door salesman. She might then speak to other strangers even in your absence. Explain to your child that she should not speak to strangers, travel with them or take/eat/drink anything from them, whether you are present with your child or not.

No wandering alone: Teach your child to stick to the routes you have shown her and always travel in the company of someone. Discourage her from discovering new places alone.

For preteens (ages 10–12)

Self-defence: It is always a good idea to teach your daughter how to defend and protect herself in any dangerous situation. Along with aiding her to stay safe, it will also give her a sense of confidence, which can deter someone from trying to harm her.

Always be alert and aware: Again, situational awareness is super important. Teach your child to mentally prepare a plan of action for any situation. Known locations or people do not guarantee safety. Hence, it is always important to be on guard.

Trust your instinct: Women and girls have an innate skill of sensing creepiness, be it a glance that is too long or a touch that is uncomfortable. Teach your daughters to trust their instinct and pay heed to it.

For teens (ages 13–18)

This is the age when girls are discovering themselves. It is also the time when they feel attracted towards someone. Attention from boys might seem like a compliment but teach your child to be a strong, confident and assertive young woman.

# Say NO: Understanding the value of consent is essential. Teach your daughter to say ‘No’ if she feels uncomfortable and not feel pressured by anyone under any circumstances.

# Open communication: As your daughter grows, it is natural that she might want to spend more time with friends, see new places and experiment. Let her know that you are always there for her, encourage open conversations especially about things considered taboo and explain reasons for curfews and ensure they are met.

# In the digital space: Your child might already have a phone and be active on social media. Make her aware of the dangers present online and encourage caution. Tell her not to share personal details online or befriend someone she doesn’t know.

# Awareness: Yes, again! Make your daughter aware of the different types of harassment and to speak up against it whilst always ensuring her own safety first.

Here are some ways of assessing whether your child is facing any safety issues:

# Is your child happy?
# Does she show any signs of fear or distress?
# Does she have any suspicious bruise, scar or pain?
# Has she become secretive?
# Are there any sudden behavioural changes?
# Is she comfortable with her friends’ circle?
# Does she try to avoid going to public spaces? If so, why?
# Does she feel comfortable travelling in the school van/mode of transport?

Source - https://www.parentcircle.com/article/safety-of-the-girl-child-tips-for-parents/

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Empowering Children To Be Happy

Happiness or the state of being happy is all about feelings and emotions and it has nothing to do with possessing things. It is about interacting with others and being happy in our lives with all that we have. The root cause of why we do things in our day-to-day lives, such as reading a book, playing with friends, eating the food we like and so on, is because these things make us happy. Being happy is basically the state of being in good mental and physical health. Happiness can be taught to the children just like other subjects are taught to the children either at home or in school. The children need to be empowered to be happy and free from any kind of stress. This can be done by reducing the exam stress, study stress or any other kind of stress they face in their lives.

Happiness is all about teaching good habits to the young children. The main aim is to teach good practices like mindfulness and gratitude to the children that will encourage the children to be resilient and, that in turn would help them to lead better lives. Our magazine works as a guide for the parents, teachers and children that is based on “making the children happier as human beings”. This would considerably and remarkably increase the students’ performance in all the spheres of life. If good lessons are taught that are interesting and fun, the kids would learn and make good progress throughout their life.

The magazines and books that we offer at Young Angels teach the children to be happy and content and be free of any kind of stress. Our magazines and books are full of engaging activities for the children which keep them hooked. The activity based content of our books relieves the children from the burden of studies and they enjoy studying these books. We offer books for classes pre-primary to VIII that are based on the happiness curriculum so that they turn out to be happier, more confident and have greater self-esteem. Our magazines also offer a progress index which helps in measuring the development of the children at regular intervals.

Teaching children to be satisfied and happy with their lives is very much needed in present times. Merely going to school to study and get good marks is not enough, children should also be taught to be self aware and responsible citizens of the country. The purpose of education is not only to educate the kids but its larger purpose is to teach the kids the necessary morals and values that would make them better citizens of the country. Our books are aimed at making learning fun and in teaching the kids that being happy is more important than their exam scores. Happy and content children will make a bright future for our country. The way we strive for economic equality for everyone, in the same way happiness equality is also a must for every one of us.

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Creating Experiences With Books

We at Young Angels love children’s books and we want to spread this love to our young readers too. We want to provide children with books that will add real value to their education and social development. We have beautiful picture books, amazing beginning books and a seemingly endless selection of excellent story books for kids. We also have a wide range of books on moral stories. Further, we provide a varied collection of books on fairy tales for kids. Today is the golden age of juvenile literature.

We are dedicated to the cause of providing the best of books for children. We have a website named yaonline bookstore dedicated for this purpose. We don’t sell TVs, cosmetics, auto parts, and children’s books; rather we sell just children’s books. Our bookstore is 100% dedicated to juvenile literature. We are dedicated to providing a wide variety of child friendly books. We provide our customers with an excellent shopping experience and sell books that kids will love. Our books are our team efforts to further the cause of empowering the children to deal with everyday life and conflicts and make learning fun. Our beautifully designed books are meant for the young readers who want to be entertained and are at the same time also eager to learn something brand new and thrilling. We pride ourselves in having carried out extensive research to assess reading practices, interests and preferences among our young readers.

We want to create experiences with books. Our books let you have the feel of holding a book in your hand and experience the joy of written word. The excitement of flipping through a fresh book is a wonderful experience for the kids. Our books have useful reading activities for the children and also helpful for the parents, educators and child care providers create productive literacy activities for children. Reading is essential for every child. A child who is read to and reads books is more likely to do well in school and become a productive, interesting and, reasonable adult. Today’s children need real books. There are valuable educational and social lessons that are learned when a child experiences a real book and it benefits their lives. The best time for the children to start reading is now!

We have all kinds of books such as moral story books, fairy tales books, educational books, activity books and many more books available for children from Pre-school to Grade 8. Our books include a range of activities to enhance critical and creative thinking. We also focus on parenting and teaching strategies that will enable the parents and teachers to better assist their children to become confident, resilient and, respectful citizens. We love to work with schools and we are dedicated to supporting our schools to become a safe, successful and empowering community for the children. We offer the option to carry out book fair in school on the day of school PTM (Parent Teacher Meeting). These book fairs are beneficial for the schools, the parents and the children too. These book fairs also help to promote reading among young children.

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Develop Your Imagination With Books

Young Angels Online Bookstore is a growing bookstore of unique children’s books. We aim to provide easy access to great children’s books for the enjoyment of reading. Children's books have an essential role in their lives as they help young readers to understand the language in a better way. We have a wide variety of stories in our storybooks for children that promote vocabulary and language skills, entertainment, learning experiences, subject matter, social skills, and many more skills in the early reader. Reading and sharing stories can help the children in becoming familiar with sounds, words, language and the value of books. They help his brain development and help in the development of early literacy skills like the ability to listen to and understand words.

Reading these books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. These books help to understand the written word. Even after the children learn to read by themselves, it's still important for the parents and/or the teachers to read aloud together with the children. Reading provides them with important visual experience. Our books will benefit them in school also, as they’ll be able to participate fully in all the activities. Another part of building confidence and self-esteem is, knowing where you fit into the world. Stories can help with this process by showing children what people’s lives are like where they live and in other parts of the world.

We at Young Angels provide online storybooks for children. These books contain stories that play a vital role in the growth and development of children. The books they read and the characters they get to know can become like friends to them. It’s also good for children to understand that these storybooks are a useful source of information and that good reading skills are important for success in their future lives. Reading also helps children with their confidence levels and coping with different feelings. Children who can read well are more likely to have higher confidence levels.

We provide the best online books for children just at the click of a button at your doorstep. Our website YA online bookstore gives easy access to online books for children starting from pre-school till grade 8. We have an extensive collection of all kinds of online books for kids such as activity books, story books, educational books, value books and so on. Reading these story books to children can help them relax, before bedtime for example. They allow children to forget the stresses and strains of the day and indulge in fantasy for a while.

The soothing familiarity of a much-loved story, the rhyming and repetition in a picture book, plus the sense of security that time spent reading together can foster, all of this help the children to relax. When children will read these storybooks having stories that contain feelings that can help them understand and accept their own feelings. It will help them in understanding that there are other children who feel the same way and they are not alone. This, in turn, helps the children to understand that feelings are normal and should be expressed. As you can see, children’s stories are important for a number of reasons and form a vital part of the growing process.

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Learning Through Books

In contemporary times, online bookstores have gained a lot of popularity among consumers. Online bookstores offer a host of benefits, from customer convenience and access to a greater variety of books to significant cost savings. We at Young Angels online bookstore provide a wide variety of books ranging from, moral stories books, kids story books, English storybooks, and many more educational books. We offer great convenience to the consumers as with the help of our search engine, we help the young readers in finding exactly the book(s) they are looking. Another advantage is that being an online book store there are no time constraints. The children can look for a book of their choice whenever they find the time.

One of the greatest benefits that we offer is that we welcome reader recommendations and customer feedback. This can give the young reader wonderful insight as to whether or not a particular title is right for them. Our aim is to provide the children with instant and inexpensive access to a variety of reading materials. You can order the book(s) you want and get them delivered at your doorstep.

We offer books on moral tales for children and  English short stories books for kids. Stories are a great way to introduce new words and ideas into a child’s language – starting with picture books for beginners, working up to activity based books and educational books for young children. Young children can learn about the world from books. Showing simple pictures and naming what they are helping young children learn what things are called. These stories can help children learn about concepts such as shape, size, space and colour, up and down, inside and outside, numbers, and the names of objects. These books can also teach children about everyday tasks, such as how to brush their teeth, taking care of animals, cleaning and tidying, and preparing food.

Stories and moral tales are also useful for teaching more complex ideas to the children, such as the importance of sharing, the passage of time, compassion for others and many more such things. Fiction stories that are based on real-life can also help children with their own life experiences – it shows them how diverse the world is and that some people’s lives are vastly different from theirs. And what’s so great about learning through stories is that the process is done in a natural way. There’s no actual teaching involved at all, they learn from simply reading the story in a fun way. Children learn to cope with many feelings and problems and they learn things about the world just by enjoying the story.

Our storybooks help to develop a child’s imagination by introducing new ideas into their world – ideas about fantastical worlds, other planets, different points in time and invented characters. These books will encourage the children to realise that they can, and should, imagine anything they want. The beauty of stories is that they can be super realistic or incredibly fantastical. The young readers can be reading about children growing up in exactly the same situation as them one minute and about another species, aliens holidaying on Jupiter for example, the next.

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Welcome This New Year With Books

Books play a significant role in the development of young readers. Opening a book lets the children to enter into a new world full of knowledge, insights into a happy life, lessons for life, love, fear, prayer, and helpful advice for all the spheres of life. Understanding the written word is one way the young mind grows in its ability. Reading also helps them learn to listen. It is fundamental for the overall development of children. Reading opens various doors and enables the children to have a chance to live their own journey of life. The impact of reading can be life-changing for a child as it acts as a building block to the essential skills of life. Books can transform a child’s life by putting the young readers on the life-changing path of discovery. Reading keeps the brain of a child active and engaged.

We at Young Angels want to support enthusiastic young readers. The best way we can do that is to bring you more of the books that the young readers would enjoy reading. To further this cause we bring to you an excellent series of books called My First Picture Book Series. This series of books introduces the young ones to the basic concepts of education that a child needs to start with. These books have beautiful illustrations all over that will make the children stick to these books for hours. Our books make reading fun and engaging. What preschoolers know before they enter school is strongly related to how easy they learn to read books. The more the children read on their own for fun time, the more their reading develops.

My First Start Helpers and My First Start Animals are two of the books from this series. These books will enable the children to be familiar with the names of animals and the people around us who help us in our everyday lives. These are the concepts that a child would start learning when he is beginning to read and these books would help the children to grasp the concepts in a fun and easy way. The books that the children read and the characters they get to know can become like friends to them. It's also good for the young ones to understand that books are a useful source of information. Reading these books would turn out to be an immersive experience for the young readers that would bring their brain alive - it would create its own images and ideas as the children would lose themselves in the books.

Let’s love books a little more this coming new year. Together, let’s make this year an outstanding year for great books! Books should be in the hands of every child to encourage more and more reading and talking about books too! So bring in the New Year with more and more books from Young Angels Online Bookstore. Order now to get the books of your choice delivered at your doorstep without any hassles and that too at unbelievable prices. Happy reading in 2018!

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Best Christmas Gift For Young Readers

Reading books to our children is very important for their mental growth. Toddlers and pre-schoolers who are read to every day have many advantages and benefits. Not only does reading enhance a child’s vocabulary, and helps them understand how to read and write later in their life, but reading aloud to children also helps them to understand different topics about the world and everyday life. After all, reading with your children gives them the skills needed for when they start to read themselves. The importance of reading cannot be emphasized enough in young children and parents should try to make reading a priority for the young children. The more the children read, the more knowledge they absorb, and knowledge is important in all aspects of life. Parents can try to inculcate the habit of reading in young children by giving them the best of available books.

For this purpose, Young Angels brings to you an excellent series of books called My First Picture Book Series. It is a series of books designed to introduce the children to some basic concepts of day-to-day life that will come handy to them throughout their lives. These books have been designed after carrying extensive research to assess reading practices, interests and preferences among our young readers. These picture books are quite helpful for young readers and are very easy on their minds. It is important that children learn to follow words across the page from left to right, and turn pages which are pre-reading skills that benefit children and help them to become better readers later on. Children who enjoy reading do better in language and literacy subjects, as well as in all of the different subjects.

My First Start 123 and My First Start A B C are two such books in this series. There are many more books in this series. These are picture books that introduce young children to the basic concept of numbers and alphabets. Their layout and designing are quite simple keeping in mind the age group of young readers. They would definitely appeal to the young children. These books are sure to get the attention of the children in just one look. Reading through pictures stimulates the minds of young readers. Also, it helps the children to be creative in all spheres of their lives. Exposure to reading at an early age exercises the brains of the young readers. Further, reading enhances a child’s concentration.

This festive season buys the best of books for your children from Young Angels Online Bookstore and gives your children the best gift. This Christmas become the Santa for your children and gift them these books. Books are the best presents for children who are beginning to read and need some help along the way. These books are sure to enthral young readers and would be the best gift for them. These books are available at highly competitive prices. So order now and get the books at the best price at your doorstep.

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Learning Trough Picture Books

Learning through picture books is exciting and stimulating for young minds. Pictures are much more than simple, colourful illustrations on a page. They play a critical role in learning, helping students develop observation skills, identification skills, and self-awareness and also assist in teaching them how to make inferences. My First Picture Book Series is a small step in that direction. The playbooks in this series are designed to introduce children to some basic concepts such as numbers, letters, fruits, animals, transport so on and so forth using pictures. Aimed at facilitating the process of learning for your little ones, these books will also enhance their observation skills.

In this series, we bring to the young learners My First Picture Book of Fruits and My First Picture Book of Vegetables. Through these two playbooks, preschoolers will learn to identify the names of commonly known fruits and vegetables and even learn to describe each fruit and vegetable by looking at its physical attributes through their pictorial representations. It is important to remember that fruits and vegetables are a popular topic in any pre-primary school course and this topic has a lot of scope for cross-curricular work, for which these picture books are perfect. These fantastic books prove that learning the names of fruits and vegetables does not always have to be serious and tedious.

Help your child master basic knowledge of identification of fruits and vegetables with this exciting and unique book that engages the little learners in multiple ways. If your child is ready to start learning names of various fruits and vegetables and needs some help along the way, these books are their perfect companions. Through these books, parents can teach children with the help of wonderful graphics introduce important concepts such as fruits and vegetable names and aid them in associating the names with their pictures. These books use an uncomplicated design layout that focuses on the written word and picture of that particular fruits and vegetables.

Buy these picture books for your child at unbelievable prices at Young Angels Online Bookstore. We ensure you that these books in the First Picture Book Series help parents to strengthen their child’s mind and introduce some basic concepts in an enjoyable way. The attractive pictures in these books attract the little ones at once and also make learning fun and interesting for them. These books aim to boost cognitive function as well as language skills and are a must buy for every beginner.

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7 ways to boost your kid’s brain power

According to several child counsellors, the first six years of your child are the most important formative years where the child learns several life skills. Here are ways to boost your baby's brain power in these formative years.

Play with hands: Babies respond well to learning simple sequential games. Involve counting on fingers or playing the game of peek-a-boo with hands for your kid.

Read to your toddler: Choose books with large and colourful pictures, and share your baby's delight in pointing and making noises. For instance, make the animal sounds to go along with farm pictures. Modulate the tone of your voice; simplify or elaborate on storylines; encourage toddlers to talk about books.

Choose appropriate toys: Pick up toys that allow babies to explore and interact. For instance, musical toys, building blocks as well as bright coloured keys help your baby identify objects, colours as well as learn about cause-and-effect relationships.

Respond promptly when your baby cries: Studies show that soothing and cuddling your kid helps him/her to build positive brain circuitry in the limbic area of the brain, which relates to emotions. Your calm holding and cuddling, and your day-to-day intimate engagement with your baby signal emotional security to the brain.

Use body massage: Massaging your infant can decrease his/her stress and enhance their feelings of well-being and emotional security. Loving touches promote growth in young babies. Research has shown that premature babies who are massaged three times daily are ready to leave the hospital days earlier than babies who do not receive messages.

Set up a safe environment: Crawling is not only essential for your kid's physical but also mental development. Baby-proof your house so that you don't have to worry about your crawling baby or toddler. Spatial learning is important, and when your child begins to crawl, he/she will begin to understand parameters such as under, over, near, and far. The kid will be able to establish mental maps of his/her environment and a comfortable relationship with the world in which he/she lives.

Sing to your kid: Don't leave the nursery rhymes only for the teachers. Poems like Ring a Ring O' Roses involving body motions and finger play will help your baby integrate sounds with large and small motor actions.

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Foster a Love for Reading with Young Angels Online Bookstore

“Read everything you can get your hands on. Read until words become your friends. Then when you need to find one, they will jump into your mind, waving their hands for you to pick them. And you can select whichever you like, just like a captain choosing a stickball team.”
—Karen Witemeyer

Reading is essential to building skills that support a lifetime of success. Books build a strong foundation for the future. In this Information Age, plenty of recreational activities are available to our young learners. But the timeless activity of reading for pleasure still rules. The importance of reading beyond the curriculum can never be undermined. Reading exposes children to new things, to new information and to new ways to think.

Young Angels Online Bookstore staunchly supports the culture of reading and our team works tirelessly to foster a love for reading in our younger generation. For this purpose, we provide an excellent inventory of children’s books ranging from story books, activity books, encyclopedias, book packs and life skills books. The team of Young Angels Online Bookstore firmly believes that when children are exposed to good reading practices from an early age, they become better readers. Our vast array of storybooks and activity books enrich early reading experiences, provide opportunities to build vocabularies, and support the development of pre-reading and cognitive skills that ensure that children are prepared for success in school and throughout life.

Our esteemed customers’ queries, feedbacks, and book reviews are always welcome by the team of Young Angels Online Bookstore. We value our customers and invest in long-term relationships.

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Learning is Fun

“For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does ‘just for fun’ and things that are ‘educational.’ The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable also plays.”
~ Penelope Leach

Children at the kindergarten level are little sponges. They learn what they are taught and they learn very quickly. Learning and play go hand in hand for them. Young Angels Online Bookstore understands the importance of making learning fun at the kindergarten level.

Young Angels Online Bookstore has an excellent range of kindergarten books that are effective and entertaining with great content. The kindergarten kids books that we publish focus on basic skills as phonetic recognition, vocabulary development, knowledge of the alphabets and numbers, letter-sound correlation, concepts of writing, comprehension skills, decoding, critical thinking and life skills.

The team of Young Angels Online Bookstore firmly believes that when children are read to from an early age, they become better readers. Our vast array of storybooks and activity books enrich early reading experiences, provide opportunities to build vocabularies, and support the development of pre-reading and cognitive skills that ensure that children are prepared for success in school and throughout life.

Young Angels Online Bookstore’s kindergarten books are great for interactive reading. They keep young learners occupied and engaged. These kids’ books open the door to reading, learning and imagination.

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The Fascinating World of Stories

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” -Phillip Pullman

Stories have entertained human beings right from the start of time. From oral to written to print culture, stories have survived through time. Children need stories and poems as much as they need love and food.

Young Angels Online Bookstore opens the doors to the fascinating world of stories. Our beautifully illustrated children’s storybooks give a great opportunity to the young learners to explore new cultures through fairy tales, animal tales, classic tales and moral tales from all around the world. Young Angels Online Bookstore is committed to strengthening foundational knowledge, language skills, reading skills, moral values, social and emotional awareness among our young audience. We work on it through our excellent range of enjoyable storybooks. Our storybooks are entertaining as well as educative with great content. The storybooks that we publish focus on vocabulary development, general awareness, morals and life skills.

The team of Young Angels Online Bookstore firmly believes that when children read from an early age, they become better readers. Our vast array of story books enrich reading experiences Young Angels Online Bookstore caters to various age groups and aims at making reading fun and rewarding. Young Angels Online Bookstore’s story books keep young learners occupied and engaged. These story books open the door to reading, learning and imagination.

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How older kids can improve their writing skills

An education expert offers a surprising way for parents to help that will do more than improving their child's writing skills.

Writing skills don’t come naturally. It is a bigger struggle for many children even if they are good readers. You know, it’s interesting that here in California — and my read of studies from around the country suggests that this is relatively consistent — we find across the board, whether students are doing pretty well or not so well, that they’re usually doing better in reading than they are in writing. So we find that this is kind of a generic issue. That in general, our students, our young people are not writing as well as they should be or could be.

Parents often think there is not much they can do to help their older kids except keep on them to finish the paper — or do it for them. But the answer very much mirrors the answer about how to address reading issues: it’s a combination of excellent instruction and age-appropriate practice — and lots of it.

A strategy and process
For example, say you have a student who is in middle school, and they have to do a report on some famous person in American history in their eighth grade U.S. history class. It’s important that they have a strategy for how to gather information, how to organize that information, how to execute a rough draft, how to edit that draft. There’s got to be a step-by-step process, and it’s got to be taught and supported.

So what can parents do? Really, a couple of things. One is to partner with the schools, to make sure that we understand what the expectations are in writing, and to break the expectations down [into specific skills]. So, for example, it’s really helpful, if the school’s not requiring it, to support your kids by [providing] an assignment calendar where they see: Oh, this major report, an eighth-grade biography report, for example, is due in three weeks. We then help them come up with an outline by the end of week one.

It doesn’t mean that we have to necessarily be doing it with them, but just orienting them. “Make sure that you have this outline by the end of week one. Make sure that you’ve gathered research on these eight topics (about the person’s educational background, their contributions, their politics, whatever the elements are).”

Monitoring and supporting
So, breaking it into manageable parts and then monitoring and supporting the kids to accomplish the parts. Not waiting until two nights before and then having the parent write the whole thing, which is what we find typically happens. Either the kids don’t do it, or they do it poorly, or the parents wind up stepping in and writing it for them. And so it’s really a matter of understanding what the requirement is, helping our students break it into manageable parts, and then working with the schools to make sure that they’re being taught strategies for how to accomplish these parts.

In sum, it’s very similar to learning to read.

We have to really look at and analyze what needs to be taught. What are the expectations? What are the standards?
Then separate it into manageable pieces.
Then give them lots and lots of instruction and lots of practice.
Organization skills and work habits
So parents are really helping their kids with a lot of their work habits and their organizational skills. And that’s something that I think is very appropriate for parents to do. We’ve been doing that with our seventh-grade son, and at first, there’s quite a lot of resistance. You know, it’s, “Get out that assignment calendar. Okay, what’s due?” And I show Max, my son, my calendar and say, “Hey, this is exactly how I’ve managed my time at work.” I get a lot of grumbling, but I think over time we back out. We monitor or we do less and less as he shows us that he’s really taking responsibility for it.

But earlier in the year, I was monitoring it every night. When he came home, I wanted to see what the new assignments were for that day. Did he have them? Of course, at first, he would say, “Oh, nothing, Dad.” So I’d say, “I don’t know about that.” And we would call up one of the neighbour kids in his class and say, “How about that science report?” “Oh Gosh, Dad, I forgot about that.” So it’s two parts: It’s modelling — such as modelling with your own calendar — and then monitoring.
A big part of it is supervising the use of these skills, as well as reading and writing and math,  at home.

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Improving Kids' Social Skills

Learn about the social milestones your child should have at different ages and the activities that can help enhance social development.

Not all kids need help with the same social skills, and what your child needs practice with could vary, depending on her age. "It's important to know the normal developmental skills appropriate for different age groups so you can determine where the help is needed," says Susan Diamond, M.A., a speech-language pathologist and author of Social Rules for Kids. The proper social skills that need to be taught can be divided into three stages: determining the social skills that need development, figuring out ways to teach the skills, and reinforcing lessons with the right resources. We'll take you through all three stages and offer examples on how a child struggling with general shyness and social anxiety can become a friendly kid who's comfortable and ready to handle any social situations.

Determining the Stages of Social Development

In general, kids will have developed certain social skills and social cues by these ages:

2- to 3-year-olds: able to seek attention from others, initiate social contact with others both verbally (saying "Hi" and "Bye") and physically, look at a person who's talking, have the ability to take turns talking, and laugh at silly objects and events.

3- to 4-year-olds: are able to take turns when playing games, treat a doll or stuffed animal as though it's alive, and initiate verbal communication with actual words.

4- to 5-year-olds: are able to show more cooperation with children, use direct requests (like "Stop"), are more prone to tattling, and pretend to be Mom or Dad in fantasy play.

5- to 6-year-olds: are able to please their friends, say "I'm sorry," "Please," and "Thank you," understand bad words and potty language, are more strategic in bargaining, play competitive games, and understand fair play and good sportsmanship.

6- to 7-year-olds: are able to empathize with others (like crying at sad things), are prone to sharing, use posture and gestures, wait for turns and are better losers and less likely to place blame, joke more and listen to others tell their points of view, and maintain and shift/end topics appropriately. At this age, however, they still can't understand the clear difference between right and wrong, and may not take direction well.

Improving Social Development

Playdates are a crucial part of growing up, but kids with social issues can have a hard time making plans. "Having a playdate is a great way to introduce your child to the concept of using rules when a friend comes over and to teach him how to be polite to guests," Diamond says. Discuss ahead of time any situation that could be uncomfortable. "Write a plan beforehand. Go over all the different things the kids can do together, and then have your kid offer his guest three activities to pick from. Have them take turns picking activities from there, to avoid fights and to help teach compromise," Diamond says. "Talk about what you think will happen, what could possibly happen. You can even role-play and practice greetings and manners. If it's necessary, write a script to help reduce your child's stress."

To enhance your child's social development further, Lawrence Balter, Ph.D., child psychologist and parenting expert, suggests the four strategies below.

Teach empathy: Run through different scenarios by asking your child how other people might feel when certain things happen, and substitute different situations each time.

Explain personal space: Tell your child that it's important for everyone to have some personal space to feel comfortable, and practice acceptable ways to interact with someone during playtime.

Practice social overtures: Teach kids the proper way to start a conversation, get someone's attention, or join a group of kids who are already playing together. These are all situations that can be discussed and brainstormed at the dinner table, or in the car on the way to school or activities.

Go over taking turns: Sit with your child for at least an hour a day and play with him to explain what it means to wait, take turns, and share.

Reinforcing Specific Social Skills

Activities and games can provide additional help in developing specific skills, and you can reinforce your child's social development and interaction by playing The Name Game and Follow the Leader. Researchers Sandra Sandy and Kathleen Cochran developed The Name Game to help young children learn the importance of getting someone's attention before speaking. Have kids sit in a circle and give one kid a ball. Ask him to name another child in the circle, and roll the ball to that child. The recipient then takes his turn, naming another child and rolling the ball, and so on. The classic Follow the Leader game teaches kids about taking turns and practicing patience. Designate either yourself or your child as the leader, and have the follower(s) mimic the leader's actions.

Dr. Diamond recommends these other activities for recognizing particular social cues:

For nonverbal skills: Help kids recognize facial expressions and body language by watching kid-friendly TV shows with the sound off and observe what characters are doing and what certain movements might mean. (Just make sure to follow the media guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which suggests that kids watch TV for a maximum of two hours a day.) "Predict what you think they're saying, and really start [observing] facial gestures," Diamond says. "You can also look through magazines and make collages with different facial expressions, and talk about what the people in those photos might be saying."

For tone: To help kids differentiate a range of tones, "use a tape recorder and record different emotions in your voice and ask your child what they are, then explain how meaning changes with voice change," Diamond recommends. For example, try recording phrases like "I'm angry!" in a loud, empathic voice, and "I feel so sad" in a soft, low, dejected voice.

For attention span If your child has trouble staying on point, pick a topic and say three sentences -- two related to the topic and one random. Then ask your child to pick the sentence that's off-topic. For example, bring up the family dog. Talk about how long he played outside today and what he did at the dog park, and then say something about the weather. Ask your kid to differentiate between the different sentences. "Also, at the dinner table, have your kid keep track of how many times the topic changes during dinner," Diamond suggests.

There are plenty of good apps available that reinforce social skills. "Model Me Going Places" allows kids to look at photos of other children modeling appropriate behavior in certain situations (the hairdresser, doctor, playground), "Responding Social Skills" teaches kids how to respond to others and how to understand others' feelings, and "Small Talk" presents conversation fillers for awkward social moments. But if your child still seems to have difficulty keeping up with the skills she should be developing for her age group, it may be time to give her a little help. "Some children have problems with impulse control and self regulation; some have a problem with processing information," Dr. Balter says. "These issues can lead to [kids] having awkward interactions with peers." So if social issues cause your child fear or make him feel isolated, seek help from your pediatrician or another child expert, such as a therapist.

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What Your Kid Will Learn in First Grade

First grade is an exciting time for new literacy skills. Your child now knows at least 2,000 words! She has a better sense of how words and language work and can sound out more complex words. She's becoming a better speller, too. In math, she's getting faster by the week at adding and subtracting, and she's learning to solve word problems. But your first grader still needs plenty of encouragement. In fact, she needs it now more than ever, says Susan Quinn, a reading specialist and elementary school teacher at Saint Brendan School in the Bronx, New York. "Kids will start to not like school at this age if they feel that they're not smart or that they're not doing well," Quinn says. So give your child extra doses of support this year. First graders are able to talk more about their feelings, so be sure to listen and help out if your child gets discouraged. Here are the important learning milestones children will typically achieve in first grade, with tips for helping your child stay on track.


At School:  First graders will be able to read at least 150 high-frequency words ("sight words") by year's end; they will be able to read grade-level books fluently and understand them.

At Home:  Give your budding bookworm lots of opportunities to read aloud every day. Have him read a short story aloud while you're cooking or putting dishes away, or give him the important job of reading to his younger sibling. Take turns reading the pages, help him sound out and learn unfamiliar words (use contextual clues like surrounding words or pictures), and keep discussing stories by asking questions ("Why do you think she did that?"). Help him learn prediction by asking, "What do you think will happen next?" and ask him to retell a story in a few sentences to practice summarizing. Always have kids' books or magazines handy if you need to wait somewhere, such as a doctor's office or train station.


At School:  In first grade, kids will learn to spell three- and four-letter words and write clear coherent full sentences. By the end of the year, your child will be forming short paragraphs with at least three or four sentences, and will also be able to write a basic short story (perhaps one about losing a tooth or learning to ride a bike).

At Home:  Have your child keep a notebook at home, Quinn says. Kids this age love to write lists and notes to friends, so keep a special notebook on hand for this. It won't be graded, so your child should have fun with it. Encourage her to draw pictures and write without worrying about correcting spelling or grammar. Give fun writing prompts. After you visit the park, ask your child to write about the interesting things she did. Give children prompts connected to reading, too. "After you've read Charlotte's Web, have them write about a pet that they would like to have, or ask what they would name a pet pig if they had one," Quinn suggests.

Number Sense

At School:  By the end of the year, kids will be able to count, read, write, and order sequential numbers up to 100. They will also learn how to compare numbers using the signs for greater than, less than, and equal to. First graders will be able to add whole numbers with a sum of 20 or less and subtract from a whole number 20 or less, and they will be introduced to the concept of place value when adding and subtracting two-digit numbers.

At Home:  Help your first grader see how math is a big part of everyday life. When you go grocery shopping, talk about how much money you'll need to buy milk and bread. While waiting in line, practice counting by twos and fives together. Hang up a number chart in your child's bedroom showing numbers one to 100 and find a placemat with numbers on it to practice counting during meals.

Measurement and Geometry

At School:  In class, kids will compare the length, weight, and volume of two or more objects. They will measure length using small objects, such as paper clips, as units and they will compare, identity, and describe common shapes.

At Home:  When cooking, show your child all the numbers on recipes and talk about what they mean as you measure the ingredients. Get a pitcher and a variety of cups and have your child experiment with volume by pouring the same amounts of liquid into different-sized cups and different amounts into same-size cups. Have fun with the scale at home and use it to weigh people and objects. Talk about 3-D shapes of objects, such as a tissue box (cube) or ball (sphere), and discuss the different architectural shapes of buildings outside. Examine big and small plates and ask whether they're the same shape. "Shapes can be a lot of fun," Quinn says. "Seeing these as part of their life, not just something taught in school, definitely makes a difference."

Time and Money

At School:  Another skill kids will develop further is telling time; first graders will be able to read a clock face to the nearest half hour. They will understand concepts such as "an hour from now," and they will be able to name the days of the week and months of the year. They will also learn to identify different coins, know the value of each one, and combine different amounts (for example, two nickels equal one dime).

At Home:  Even if you have a digital clock, find an analogue one and point out when the big hand is on the six, or on the 12, and what that means. Look at monthly calendars together, and let your child mark important dates and events. Keep talking about what you did "today" and "yesterday," and what you'll do "tomorrow" or "next week." Play games with coins. Take a pile of spare change and ask your child how many ways he can make 10 cents, 25 cents, or 75 cents.

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How Kids Learn in First Grade

Understanding an Abstract World
First graders move slowly from a world of play into a world of symbols and concepts (with a lot of backtracking along the way). This doesn’t mean that play is not still important, but it does mean that learning in first grade becomes more organized and routine-based, with a lot of room for children’s explorations.

The First Steps
To get a handle on the way your first grader’s brain is developing, think back to her first baby steps. Your child was probably a master crawler before taking those initial wobbly steps. First graders take those same baby steps away from the familiar information that they are comfortable with into a bigger, abstract world that is more difficult to understand. During those early toddling days, your child probably reverted to crawling in order to get somewhere quickly. Similarly, your child will still be more comfortable gaining knowledge through exploration and play. A first grader’s brain is just beginning to grasp a few concepts at the same time, and then to make connections between those concepts.

You can see this in a first grader’s writing. Children use “invented spelling” by writing in ways that make sense to them. They use what they know about sound and spelling relationships to get their ideas onto the page. They haven’t mastered all the letter sounds or spelling rules that they need to be fluent writers, but they’re willing to use what they know to work out the puzzle of written language.

Learning From Mistakes
First graders learn by doing and by making mistakes. These mistakes can be frustrating, so they need positive reminders of the many ways that they are powerful learners.

Until now, most of their learning and growth have been part of a natural progression that took place in the comfortable worlds of play and home. They may have worked hard to learn how to slide down the fire pole in the playground, but no one gave them a grade on how well they did, or how long it took them to accomplish the task.

In first grade, children begin to acquire skills in areas they may not be completely comfortable in — and they may be graded on them. First graders are asked to work with more difficult material and may feel like they are struggling for the first time in their lives. These new situations can sometimes lead normally confident children to feel unsure about their abilities. Previously, they have been “masters” at whatever they did. But now they may feel pressure to learn to read and to grasp more complicated math and science concepts. Therefore, first graders need to be surrounded with excitement and encouragement and given examples of how we learn from mistakes.

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