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Top Ten Ways To Grow Your Child’s Intelligence

Smart and Cute Girl

by Dr. Shanthi Thomas

Did you know that it is possible to grow your child’s intelligence? Yes, research suggests that it is indeed possible to raise the IQ (Intelligence Quotient) of a child through certain strategies. This means that intelligence is not fixed at birth, but can be modified and improved. Let us see how.

1. Let her play

Play is serious business for a child. When she plays, she is learning.  Playing creates the foundation for not only her emotional and social intelligence, but also the more old-fashioned IQ, because interaction with other kids builds new neural connections in the brain. Therefore, parents should not think that time spent on playing is time wasted. On the contrary, play with peers is very important for the development of different kinds of intelligence.

2. Read to her everyday

If there is one strategy that guarantees results in your efforts to raise an intelligent child, it is reading to her. This can start even before the child recognizes letters of the alphabet. Moreover, to improve general intelligence, you can read in any language. Choose books that have colorful images at first, and then move on to those that have more words, as the child progresses in her own education. There is no best time to read, but reading before bedtime is advantageous because it gives a much needed one-to-one time for the child with the parent.

3. Play with blocks and puzzles

Construction blocks and visual puzzles can train a child’s spatial intelligence, which is the ability to imagine pictures or visuals in your mind. This is the reason many preschools let their students start the day by playing with blocks. Every child growing up should have a set of blocks and puzzles at home to play with. Developing spatial intelligence is important as a support to acquiring knowledge in science, technology, engineering and Math.

4. Teach Math early

It is important to get the child familiar with mathematical concepts early in life, in a fun and practical way. Numbers and counting can be introduced in very early childhood. They can be introduced by reading stories, singing songs, playing games or reciting poems that involve numbers and counting. Very simple board games also can be introduced at this stage.

5. Hug, cuddle and talk to your child

Physical and emotional closeness develops in the beginning years of life through physical touch and verbal interaction between the major caregiver and the child. This is one of the most important factors that will see children flourish later in life. Most importantly, the cuddling and hugging gives them the message of security while the verbal interaction helps them to mimic spoken words early on in life. Babies who are not cuddled, loved and played with are in danger of having stunted growth.

6.  Teach a sport or game early

Physical exercise combined with fun is what a parent should aim for her child early on. The best way to do this is to get your kid introduced to a sport or game like badminton or cricket. This will be one of the most important gifts a parent can give her child. Physical exercise not only makes a child strong, but also smart. Exercise enables more blood flow to the brain which ensures new neurons being created.

7. Introduce your child to music

Listening to music can boost memory, learning and attention. Music is also very useful in lowering stress at any age. It is a very good idea to get your kid started on instrumental music or vocals from small. The only caveat is that parents need to invest time and energy in seeing that the child practices what she learns at home. Otherwise, after the initial enthusiasm, she will want to stop learning.

8. Model the behaviour you want her to adopt

If you want your child to be a reader, she has to see you reading. If you want your child to develop an interest in gardening, let her see you gardening. You have to model the behaviour that you want the child to develop. Your child will follow you and imitate you.

9. Limit television and gadget time

No child should be spending time watching television or playing on a phone or tablet before she is 2 years old. Even after two years old, there should be strict timings allowed for television viewing and gadget usage at home. At any cost, two hours before bed time, the child should not be using any sort of electronic media so that sleep is not disturbed.

10. Feed your kid right

It is a no-brainier that good nutrition is important for optimal brain development. Food rich in protein such as lean meat, poultry and eggs, fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy should be given to very young children on a daily basis. Also important is to limit added sugar as well as saturated and Trans fat. Train your child to  choose healthy food right from a young age so that the habit will stay with her as an adult.

7 Ways To Motivate Your Students

School Students

Teaching is more than learning facts and passing tests: it’s about preparing students for life. Sadly, so many teaching systems around the world find this difficult to acknowledge and place far too much emphasis on the former, creating very narrow ways in which achievement is assessed.

If you are a student who does not respond well to these methods of assessment, you will likely be told repeatedly that you’re not very clever, which would cause anyone to lack the motivation in trying to pass these assessments.

As a teacher, your job is partly to prepare students for such tests, but it’s also to instill in them an interest in learning. For that you need motivation, so here are seven ways to motivate your students.

Tell them what you’re looking for

One reason your students lack motivation might be that they don’t know what is expected of them. Anyone would struggle to pursue a goal if they didn’t know what it was. Provide your students with a clear breakdown of your goals, lesson by lesson and across the class, and show how they can be achieved.

Use data

Keep track of performance for each student throughout the class. This can be any set of points, from test scores to effort grades, even motivation itself. Then, let the students in on the process: let them see how their work has changed over the class. You don’t have to use this too harshly — students rarely respond well to over-testing — but it can be a good way of approaching students on their level.

Give your students agency

Sometimes a lack of motivation is a manifestation of a lack of control. Those of us that work boring office jobs where you feel you have no agency in your own work struggle to motivate ourselves too: we like to see the impact of our work and know we have control over that impact. You can inject some agency into your students by allowing your students to vote on activities, or have some say in an aspect of the curriculum.

Switch up your teaching

Don’t be too arrogant to admit you could be doing better. Some students simply will not respond to certain approaches, activities or styles of teaching, so it’s your job to try something new. Ask other teachers what they do, do some research into alternative teaching methods, maybe from places and cultures you’re not familiar with. Try something completely different from what you’re used to and see if it impacts the less motivated students.

Change the scenery

Class outside is almost a cliché, but you’d be surprised how effective it can be. Both students and teachers can imbue a location with negative psychological associations after repeated bad experiences. For a student, their classroom might represent the place they can’t focus, where they get bad grades and negative feedback, and for teachers it can be the place they fail to do their job. Try and dislodge these bad associations. Change up the location by going on a field trip or moving to the library, or refresh the classroom environment with student art or information posters.

Create a positive atmosphere

An unmotivated student might just be a student who’s afraid to speak up. Whether intentional or not, a teacher may be projecting an atmosphere where students are discouraged from getting things wrong. In reality, learning is all about mistakes and being able to correct them. Avoid shooting down students who try something out and focus on the benefit of trying rather than the consequences of getting things wrong.

Know your students

All of the above tips are a lot easier to implement when you know and genuinely care about your students. If you’re reading this article you probably already do care: nurture that. Learn about your students’ strengths, weaknesses, interests and aspirations and you will be able to craft lessons that implement these, making your teaching much more engaging.

Author Bio: Katherine Rundell is a lifestyle writer at OX Essays service. She writes about teaching and student motivation.

10 Classic Games Which Work Great in Class

Child playing computer game online

Learning through play is a tried-and-tested educational technique, and games are part of this.

Not only is it important to introduce an element of competitiveness into children’s learning, those vital elements of teamwork, learning how to lose, and being magnanimous in victory, are all part and parcel of a well-rounded education, and provide invaluable life skills. These ten classic games are great classroom tools:

Taboo

Taboo is an age-old game which involves describing a word without using any vocabulary too closely linked to it (or spelling it out, of course). For example, if the word was ‘queen’, using words such as ‘king’ or ‘royal’ would not be allowed, but instead the student would need to describe the concept using other vocabulary. This is a great game for building lexis and introducing problem-solving capabilities, as students have to find another way to describe the word.

Bingo

Another game for the ages, Bingo is wonderful for familiarizing younger students with numbers, and can be adapted in any number of ways. For example, instead of using numbers, you could use countries, or states, or ides related to a particular school subject you are studying. The options are endless.

Categories

This classic game encourages teams of students to correctly categorize what would at first seem to be disparate groups of objects or ideas. Once again is it wonderful for encouraging problem-solving capabilities as students seek out the connections between things.

Where am I?

This game is wonderful for learning about the world and other cultures. Students reveal clues about their ‘destination’, with those clues getting a little easier each time. Each clue is worth one less point that before, so students are encouraged to guess the location from the more abstract clues at the start.

Number games (for example, Buzz)

There are a limitless amounts of number games out there, but something that is easily played with a whole class is a game where particular numbers, or multiples, are represented by a particular sound. So, for example, if all numbers with a 5, or a multiple of 5 (such as ten) are represented by the word ‘buzz’, then as you go around the class, each student whose turn involves one of those numbers  must say the word ‘buzz’ instead of the number, or they are ‘out’.

You can make the game more complicated with other words replacing other numbers and their multiples as well, so it starts to get really trick. It’s really great for deep thinking about numbers.

Dictionary

In this game, teams of students select an unusual word from the dictionary, and then give that definition of the word to another team, along with two ‘false’ definitions. The benefits of this game are easily apparent, with students increasing their vocabulary and also utilizing imagination to think up interesting, yet feasible, alternative definitions.

Dobble

This immensely popular game sees students identify the same object that appears on two cards. Each time there are eight objects, but the genius of the game is that there is only ever one object in common in any two cards. This is a great game for younger students to build up their knowledge of common objects, and also encourages observation skills. Run multiple games around the class at any one time.

Charades

A party favorite, charades is wonderful for finding alternative ways of acting out common objects, or film and book titles, of whatever it may be. First and foremost, it’s a lot of fun, but once again you are getting students to think outside of the box, which is a vital life skill.

Pictionary

Similar to charades, this asks students to interpret the word, phrase, or whatever it may be, but this time solely through drawing. As anyone who has played Pictionary before knows, it’s not about who is the best artist, but about who can simply interpret the idea and present it in a way that is easily recognizable to others. This game can get really competitive too, but that’s okay.

Hangman

This classic game is such a simple way of encouraging interest in spelling. You can even do it with a whole class split down the middle, with the teacher presenting the missing words, and of course the hangman, on the board as teams guess. It’s lot of fun.

Author Bio: Kristin Herman is a communications enthusiast and a project manager at State of Writing online writing service.

What To Do When Your Child Underperforms In School?

Girl Child Studying

by Dr. Shanthi Thomas

The typical underperforming child is an enigma to parents and teachers alike. They find it difficult to understand why some children would not do homework, don’t listen, daydream, and look out of the window during class. They may have poor study skills, and find school boring and irrelevant. Their abilities and intelligence may be quite clear in other spheres of life, but not in studies.

What does a parent do with an underperforming child?

1. Rule out psychological and behavioral problems

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can cause a child to have difficulty focusing, staying on task, and completing tasks. They may be disorganized, often forget to bring stationery to school, lose things easily and avoid tasks that need a lot of mental effort for a long period of time. Very young children with (ADHD) have difficulty sitting at one place, and will squirm and fidget if they are forced to do so. Depression and anxiety disorders are other psychological problems that will interfere with studies. When a child refuses to go to school day after day, has difficulty making friends, is unusually quiet and tired, is in bed for unusually long periods of time, has trouble sleeping, is having problems with food intake, or has lost interest in activities that she used to enjoy/normally all children enjoy, there is reason to suspect depression or anxiety. A psychologist may be consulted in such cases without delay.

2. Rule out learning disabilities

Common learning difficulties are dyscalculia (difficulty in understanding numbers and math facts), dysgraphia (affecting handwriting ability and fine motor skills), dyslexia (difficulties in reading and related language-based processing skills), non-verbal learning disabilities (difficulty in interpreting nonverbal cues like facial expressions or body language along with poor coordination) and comprehension deficit (difficulty in understanding oral and written language). Typically, learning disorders are diagnosed at a very young stage, and if not treated or accommodated properly, can wreck the child’s school life. 

3. Love and support your child

It is important to believe that the underachieving child wants to do well in studies, if only he knew how. No matter how dire the situation is, your child deserves to be given unconditional love and support. He should not be punished or threatened with severe punishments for poor grades. Instead, try to understand why he is performing badly, by communicating with him openly. He has to feel that you are on the same team with him, willing to support him in his struggle. He should feel close enough to you to talk openly about what is pulling him back from performing well.

4. Never compare the underachieving child with others

Typically, underperformers have low self-esteem and low self-efficacy. This means that they do not believe that they can do well, even if they try. This lack of self-efficacy and self-esteem will worsen if the child is compared to a better performing one. Therefore, it is important that parents should never compare their children, especially an underperforming child, with one who is doing better. He has his own strengths. You just need to bring them out.

5.  Communicate with his teacher

It can be painful to hear negative remarks about your child from the teacher, but it is important that you talk to him/her. Most teachers are only too happy to help if they know that parents are really trying their best to support the child. Moreover, it is the teacher who can give you invaluable information about your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses.

6. Extend practical help

Some children underperform because they are overwhelmed by the amount of work they have to do. Here, the parents can be of huge help, by offering strategies such as breaking a formidable task into smaller chunks of work and prioritizing different tasks. Help the child to maintain a check list, and a calendar on which he notes down work to be done and submitted. Parents can also help by setting time limits for mobile phone use, and reminding the child when it is time to start doing homework.

7. Get a professional tutor

If parents can afford it, it will be a good idea to hire a professional tutor who can sit with the child every day to help him complete tasks. This, however, is best seen as a short term strategy, because in the long term, the child has to develop his own learning strategies and study skills. It is important to make sure that the tutor you engage is empathetic and patient.

Top 15 Best Online Learning Tools for Kids in 2020

Online Learning Kid

Now with the coronavirus outbreak, we are forced to spend more time inside. Working or studying from home will be the new normal, and even though parents can easily get used to it, for our kids the change will be brutal. 

Going to school is not only about gaining knowledge, but also about socializing, playing, and making new friends. All these contribute to healthy mental development and children need the experience of going to school to learn more things about themselves and the others. 

Unfortunately, this is not possible at the time, and studying from home might be distracting and boring. But thanks to all technological advancements, kids can now learn a lot of new things online. Besides learning English or other foreign languages, they can develop their math, science, or art skills. 

According to experts from assignment help, these are the top 15 best online learning tools for kids in 2020. 

1. ABC Mouse

ABC Mouse is one of the most popular online learning platforms for kids aged 2-8. It offers a wide variety of courses on math, social sciences, art, science, and reading. Your kids can interactively gain knowledge through games, puzzles, song activities, animations, and so on.

There are 10 levels of proficiency and kids love using this platform because of its reward system that keeps them motivated. This platform is entirely secure and ad-free, and your kids can even personalize their avatar. You need to pay $9.95 per month to have access to ABC Mouse, but you can try it for free for one month. 

2. Starfall 

Starfall is the best online learning tool for kids that have difficulties learning. This platform has been built by someone who had dyslexia in childhood, so it is of huge help for kids that have this problem.

It encompasses courses in math, reading, sciences, art, and foreign languages and it can be used by children in kindergarten to grade 3. 

3. Reading Eggs 

This is another online learning platform that all kids should use. They can begin learning to read as soon as 2 years old by watching videos and playing educational games that teach them the alphabet.

The best thing about this online tool is that its teaching methods are based on scientific research and most parents have noticed an improvement in their kids’ reading abilities after using it. 

4. Cool Math 

Math gets more and more complicated as we age and begin to learn it, and most kids might see it as a difficult challenge. Cool Math is a platform that helps children learn the secrets of algebra and calculus funnily and interactively. 

5. Wonderopolis 

We all know that children are very inventive and creative and ask a lot of funny questions. While some are easy to answer, others are more complicated. Wonderopolis is the online learning platform that answers some of the kids’ questions. They offer information on topics such as culture, arts, science, math, and social sciences. 

6. CodaKid 

Given the recent expansion of technology companies, knowing how to code might turn to be a valuable asset. If your kids are passionate about coding, then CodaKid is the right platform. A group of teachers assists your kids in their journey of developing games and apps. This platform is designed for kids aged 8 or above and the subscription is quite affordable. 

7. National Geographic Kids 

National Geographic stands like an outstanding source of knowledge about nature, animals, the universe, and everything that surrounds us. They have designed a free platform for kids aged 6 to 14 where they constantly add new and fresh content. They also have another platform suited for kids aged 3 to 6, called National Geographic Little Kids.

The best thing about this platform is that it has an Interactive Map where children can explore the geography of a specific country, learn about its people, culture, environment, and government. 

8. PBS Kids 

We know that all kids love cartoons and have some favorite characters. And this is exactly what PBS Kids does. It uses familiar characters to help children develop their problem-solving skills and critical thinking funnily and interactively. The content is free and can be used by anyone. PBS Kids is designed to awake the imagination and creativity of kids while helping them gain knowledge. 

9. MetKids 

MetKids is an online learning platform “made for, with, and by kids”. It is developed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and it can be accessed through their website. They aim to help kids develop a sense of art and learn more things about art history interactively and interestingly. They can also use their Time Machine to explore different periods and discover inventions and innovations. 

10. Little Pim 

Have you ever thought about when is the right time to learn a foreign language? Research has shown that we are born with the amazing ability to learn any language. As we grow up, we learn our mother tongue, but our brain is still receptive and able to learn many foreign languages. We slowly lose this ability as we grow up.

Little Pim is exactly the tool your kids need to learn a new language. It has funny and engaging games in about 12 foreign languages. 

11. FunBrain 

Developers of FunBrain had understood that kids better learn by repetition and playing games. And this is exactly what they have built. An online learning platform for kids from 1 to 13 years old, who can learn more things about math, science, or culture interactively. The downside of this tool is that it features ads. 

12. BrainPop 

BrainPop was developed a few years ago by a pediatrician who wanted to offer kids a platform where they can find the answers to all their questions. Children always ask “why” and this platform is the one where they can find answers on topics such as health, arts, culture, science, and technology.

It also has a branch, BrainPop Jr, well suited for kids at kindergarten. They can learn the basics of reading and writing, and as they grow up, the difficulty level increases, and the topic horizon expands. 

13. SumDog 

This is another online learning tool designed for kids from kindergarten to eighth grade. Their focus is on math and spelling through interactive and funny games. The best thing about this platform is that it has an in-built learning platform that analyses the pace of your kids, their strengths and weaknesses, and offers a valuable learning experience. 

14. NASA Kids’ Club 

Every kid wants to explore the universe and be an astronaut. And to help kids learn more about space, NASA has designed a branch that helps kids gain knowledge in this domain. Their website is not so extensive, but it is a great place to start. They have designed interesting and informative videos and games, as well as, written articles for kids. 

15. Highlight Kids

Highlight Kids is a funny and interactive platform suited for kids aged 6 to 12. You can find here games, jokes, videos, and offline activities ideas that would be of interest to your children. Given the fact that children can post anything there, the information presented is not very scientific or academic. The website is free, but it has ads. 

Conclusion 

We must be lucky that we are living in an era of technology, where there are so many online learning tools for kids. They can gain knowledge on various subjects, such as math, reading, science, art, culture, space, science, and many more. These platforms offer excellent learning experiences for kids through their interactive maps, videos, games, and offline activities. 

Author Bio: Ashley Simmons is a professional journalist and editor. She has been working in a newspaper in Salt Lake City for 4 years. She is also a content writing expert and writes college papers in such topics as psychology, modern education, parenting, and marketing innovations. She is a master in her craft.

What To Do When Your Child Struggles With Handwriting

Child Handwriting

Illegible handwriting, awkward pencil grip, letter, and number reversal are some of the handwriting difficulties children struggle with. When your child starts to learn how to write, it can be a complicated process that gets parents, and likewise, the kids themselves stressed up.

When your child is in third grade or upwards, less time is spent in school developing good handwriting. So you will need to help them correct their problems with writing while at home. Although helping your children fix their writing issues might seem like a difficult thing to tackle. Fortunately, this article addresses some aspects of common writing issues and provides you and your kid with suggestions on how you can tackle these handwriting problems.

Create a Positive and Encouraging Environment and Attitude

Before you start helping your child improve his or her handwriting, the first step is to encourage them. The atmosphere should be a happy one where your kids look forward to learning. It is essential not to make them feel wrong about their illegible writing. While as adults, we might easily understand the importance of legible handwriting, your child doesn’t fully understand it yet.

So it would be best if you had a positive attitude when practicing writing with them. Everyone has unique handwriting, rather than force your child to write in a certain way, try to help them make their unique handwriting neater and better. Also, instead of nagging at your kid, for having ineligible writing, remind them that it’s vital for others to read their handwriting.

Furthermore, it would help if you made their work area comfortable with the right table, chair cushion, and adequate lighting. When children are seated in the correct posture and angle, it helps them relax and write better.

Girl child writing with Mom

Incorrect Grip

As your child grows, at each stage, they learn how to hold the pencil differently. Their grip might be closed fisted for toddlers, and then gradually, their hand, finger, and wrist movement improves. However, the developmental stages vary from child to child. While some children master the tripod-style grip naturally, there are a few tips for helping them when they find it difficult.

Check your child’s fingers and make sure that while holding a pencil, it is positioned in-between an arched thumb and index finger. The middle finger needs to be on the side of the pen by the index finger. While the ring and pinkie fingers should be tucked into the palm, you might want to try different pencil shapes for this.

Look for pens or pencils that are round cushions and thick, so it’s easier for them to have a better grip. Some are triangular-shaped tubes, which is perfect for the tripod-styled grip. Likewise, you can experiment with other shapes of pens and pencils until you find one that can improve your child’s grip and handwriting difficulties.

Sizing and Spatial Understanding

Irregular letter and number writing and likewise, spaces in individual alphabets that should not be there are the usual spatial difficulties children face when learning to write. For instance, your kid could write the letter “d” as a c and then a separate line. The size of their alphabets and numbers might not be consistent, and some might go above or beneath the line.

To correct this writing issue, you can use slope sheets to help keep your child’s letters consistent. Help your little one remember that all parts of an alphabet should touch without leaving any gaps. Also, ensure to give them positive feedback when they correctly close loops, dot “is” and cross “ts.”

Alphabet or Number Reversals

Children are in the habit of writing their alphabets or numbers backward, especially when they are younger. It’s because they are yet to develop spatial consistency fully, so they don’t understand that letters written in reverse could form a different letter of nothing at all. For example, small letters “b” and “d” or a reversed letter c “ͻ.”

Alphabet and numbers on reverse order

Correcting these writing issues takes practice and more practice. Form an early age, you can carry out finger tracing exercises to help your child practice the visual ways of writing such letters correctly. You can use several other motor sensory exercises like using fingers to write in the sand, writing with chalk, etc. it helps them memorize writing the letters correctly. Once they get the knack of it, you can move to trace the alphabets on paper with their pencils. Gradually they can grow up to become professional writers like those on custom writing review websites such as Online Writers Rating.

However, if your child is at a much older age (8 and above) and occasionally makes letter and number reversal mistakes, you should consider visiting a professional to evaluate them and check for any other learning disabilities.

Apathy or Anxiety When Writing

Lack of confidence, encouragement, and a general apprehension for handwriting tasks can make your child’s writing look sloppy and untidy. Additionally, when children feel a lot of pressure from parents and teachers about their writing difficulties, it can cause them to become anxious and feel undue tension.

Create a separate handwriting time for your child without the pressure of them having to think of homework or school project. Encourage their imagination using creating stories, puzzles, plays, and other materials that can inspire them to write neatly. It is important to note that because your child’s writing is illegible doesn’t necessarily lead to a disorder. Sometimes it could just be that he or she is suffering from an isolated writing problem commonly known dysgraphia.

Conclusion

When teaching your child how they can improve on their handwriting, especially when they have writing problems, try to make every moment a teaching-learning one. It could be on a foggy windowpane, using chalk on a slate or a sandy beach. Try to encourage your child in the best ways possible, so they don’t worry about failing.

Author bio: Frank Hamilton is a blogger and translator from Manchester. He is a professional writing expert in such topics as blogging, digital marketing and self-education. He also loves traveling and speaks Spanish, French, German and English.

How to Make an Interactive Lesson Material with PowerPoint

photo of woman teaching his son while smiling

Whether you’re a teacher or a parent, learning how to use PowerPoint is worth your time since it can help you make interactive lesson materials for kids.

Young children have short attention spans which could be a problem when it comes to learning. This is why teaching preschoolers requires a lot of activities that would appear as fun games to them1

The problem becomes more severe when a child has dyslexia or ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). If this is the case, you’ll need to think of a different way for the child to learn since traditional teaching methods probably won’t work.

One of these ways would be creating interactive lesson materials using Microsoft PowerPoint. This software is often known as a presentation maker. But it actually has a lot of features that you’ll be able to use to make interactive learning aids.

If you’re interested in learning how to do this, continue reading below.

Step 1: Outline Your Lesson

If you’re a teacher, you might already have a lesson plan prepared. If you’re a parent who’s looking into creating a personalized lesson material for your child, you may want to begin with this step.

Here’s an example lesson outline.

LESSON: Learning Animal Names

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Identifying animals by images
  2. Reading animals names in English

TARGET VOCABULARY: cat, dog, pig, cow, bat

ACTIVITIES:

  1. Sing and dance warm-up
  2. Introducing the animals using images and their names
  3. Individually identify the animals and spelling their names
  4. Short quiz

The lesson outline will help you through the process of making your lesson. It will also be easier to create the next lessons since you’ve established your objectives.

Step 2: Prepare the Materials You Need

Now that you’ve outlined your lesson, you’ll need to gather the materials (or files) that you need to make the PowerPoint lesson.

Based on Step 1’s example lesson outline, here are the materials needed.

  1. Images of the animals (additional images like happy faces or congratulatory messages will also come in handy)
  2. Sound files of the animal’s sounds and/or names (you can record your voice if you like)
  3. A warm-up sing and dance video to excite the child like One Little Finger (you can embed videos in PowerPoint from online sources like YouTube)
  4. PowerPoint templates that are colorful and child-friendly. You can use the provided templates in the software or download free ones from sites like Free-power-point-templates and Slidehunter.
computer folder display screenshot

It’s best to keep them organized by renaming them and sorting them into folders. It’ll be easier to make your lesson material this way.

Step 3: Begin Making Your Slides

Open PowerPoint on your computer and begin creating your slides. You can add as many slides as you want. Again, based on the example lesson outline from Step 1, you’ll see examples of the slides you can include in interactive material.

The Title Slide

This should clearly state the lesson you’ll be teaching in your material. You can add more images to make it more appealing to children.

Learn animal names

The Warm-up Slide

To embed an online video, go to the “Insert” tab and click on “Video” in the Media section. From there, you can insert an online video or a video saved on your computer.

PowerPoint design screenshot

The Lesson Content Slides

This will all depend on your creativity and the flow of the lesson. Using animations, you can create each slide interactive for kids. Let’s use this slide as an example.

orange colored cat illustration with boy character

You’ll see that this is an ordinary slide with an image of a cat. You can create a copy of the cat’s image and edit it to become uncolored.

Insert the image in the slide where you added the colored cat image. Right-click on the image and click on “Send to Back”

cat design editing on powerpoint

You’ll see that the black and white image will disappear. Now, click on the colored cat image and go to the “Animations” tab. Here, you can add animations for that image.

PowerPoint animation tab

Make sure that you set the animation trigger to “On Click”. This will give the child the chance to click on the image or slide to trigger the animation. It’s advisable to add sound effects as well.

This will make it appear as if the child has just colored in the cat’s image with a simple click.

grey colored cat illustration

You can add audio files as well by going to the “Insert” tab and clicking on “Audio” in the Media section. Here, you have the option to record or insert an audio media file. Adding an audio file with a voice saying “CAT” or the animal’s sound will make the lesson an even more wonderful experience for a young child.

The Short Quiz Slides

Of course, after the lesson, you’ll need to give a short quiz to see if the child has successfully reached the target objectives of the lesson.

You can also make this as interactive as you can using images, videos, audio files, and animations.

Here’s an idea that you can use for a short quiz.

dog and cat illustration

This slide requires the child to click on the correct animal that matches the word on the upper right. Now, you’ll need to create two more slides – one would be the “correct” slide and the other is the “wrong/try again” slide.

PowerPoint slides screenshot

Now, you’ll need to hyperlink the correct slides to each of the images in the question slide you made. On the left side, choose “Place in the Document”. Refer to the slide names or numbers that you’ll see in the Slide Tab that’s on the leftmost side of PowerPoint to know which slide to hyperlink.

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You can add “buttons” hyperlinking to the next questions if you want to add more questions to your short quiz.

Step 4: Test It Out

Before you use the lesson material you’ve made to teach kids, it’s best to test it out first. Make sure that it works. There’s a big chance that a child would become frustrated and your hard work will all go to waste.

You can test out different animations and add slide transitions as well. Check if the animations you added to the images are working as they should and that the hyperlinks in your quiz go to the correct slides.

It Can be Time-Consuming, but it’s Worth the Effort

Making these lesson materials with PowerPoint can take so much time and effort. But seeing the smiles on children’s faces as they go through a fun and interactive lesson will be worth the effort of creating them.

These can also be done for older students. You just need to use different PowerPoint templates, images, and other media files that’ll fit their age group and lessons. Use your imagination and hone your PowerPoint skills to make even better interactive lesson materials.

Learning English Through Unconventional Methods

by Dr. Shanthi Thomas

Girl writing on a book

English is, still, the world’s preferred language. When two strangers from different corners of the world meet, they greet in English, and try to remember all the English phrases they learnt in school so as to converse. No doubt about that. English is here to stay.  However, the methods of learning English have undergone a sea change over the years. Gone are the days when grammar rules had to be learned by rote in stuffy classrooms. English learning is much more appealing now, but perhaps not as appealing as it can and should be. English teaching and learning can be fun and effective if we adopt unconventional ways, as seen below.

1. Make friends in other countries

First, we have to get rid of the idea that English can only be learnt from a text. Why don’t the students of English have pen pals from other countries? For example, a student from India learning English can have a pen pal in Kenya, who is also learning English. The two of them can start communicating, first using very simple words and phrases, but as they progress in their learning, more complicated sentences expressing complex ideas. This is fun and effective because a language is learnt best when it is learnt in real life situations, answering a felt need.

2. Watch English movies without subtitles

Make no mistake. If you are watching an English movie for the first time, it can sound like all Greek and Latin. That is to be expected. However, once you watch regularly, you will automatically pick up words and phrases, and soon, be able to understand entire movies word to word. The advantage of learning English from movies and other visual media is that the visuals are there to help you decipher the meaning. Disney movies are a great starting point for young learners, since they are meant for younger audiences and the themes are appealing to them.

3. Listen to English songs

Music buffs especially will jump at learning English by listening to English songs. There are very popular albums by very popular artists that are ideal for the music lover, from whichever country he or she is.  In fact, learning English by listening to English songs may be the cheapest, most viable and fun way to do it. Most English song lyrics consist of simple words strung together, but with the music added, they are just top notch entertainment and a great way to learn the language. Who wouldn’t want to tap their feet and sing to a hit from Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift? Needless to say, learning English through music will be a hit with adolescent students.

4. Act in English plays

English teaching and learning will be so much more fun and effective if students of English act in English plays as part of their curriculum! Does this idea sound outrageous? It does not have to. Anything learnt in fun and creative ways will stay with the learner forever. Plays for acting by beginner English students can be very simple: they can be adaptations of famous short stories such as Aesop’s fables. It does not take much effort from an English teacher to adapt a world-famous fable such as the ‘boy who cried wolf’ or ‘lion and the mouse’ into a play. As the students progress in their learning, they may reach a stage where they can stage even Shakespeare!

5. Play games

In a perfect world, play and work will be synonymous. In a perfect world for students, games will teach English. Games such as Charades, Pictionary, Board Race and Hangman are traditional games into which English language learning can be incorporated. There are also well-known board games such as Scrabble that is competitive and educational at the same time. Learning English through playing games is most effective with young kids, but even adults can enjoy a game of Scrabble.

6. Use social media

Since social media is an integral part of modern life, why not make the best use of it? For example, a group of English learners can create a group on Facebook with their teacher, and post their small poems or stories, even one-liners. As people see their work and appreciate, they will be motivated to do more. Who does not like to get ‘likes’ for their Facebook posts? This is a small example of how social media can be used for a good purpose. Another idea is to post short, learner generated quizzes on WhatsApp chat groups for everybody to answer. These are fun ways indeed to learn English.

Problems Facing India’s Education System

by Dr. Shanthi Thomas

Problems Facing India’s Education System

Is everything well and good with India’s education system?

The answer to this question is a resounding ‘no’.

Even a cursory look at India’s school education will reveal the serious issues plaguing the system. Let us take a look at these issues.

1. Lack of quality educators

The quality of teachers in many Indian schools, though not all, leaves much to be desired.  The reason for this is easy to find. If you ask a school graduate in India what he wants to become in the future, he would say doctor, engineer, and scientist and so on, but most probably, not a teacher. Teaching as a profession does not attract the most accomplished of candidates, who usually opt for careers such as engineering or medical field.  Very often, students who do not make the cut for other careers opt for teaching as a profession. This is exacerbated by the fact that in many private schools, it is not necessary to have a teaching degree to become a teacher. It turns out that anybody and everybody can teach, which is not the ideal state of affairs.

2. Low remuneration

Why do so few people want to become teachers? Why is it not the number one ambition of the young people in India? The answer is simple. Compared to other professionals such as engineers, doctors or lawyers, teachers in many schools in India, though not all, are paid low. This has eroded the respect and high status that teaching as a profession has been accorded since time immemorial. It is also a matter of regret that people who are entrusted with molding the future generations of the country should be rewarded with so little, in terms of money. This is most evident in private schools, where often fresh graduates without a teaching degree or experience are employed.

3. Disempowerment

If a teacher is to be respected in society, and are deemed worthy of being paid well, they should have decision making opportunities about what to teach, and how to teach. Teachers should not be just robots who repeat the same lines in classes year after year, without using their intellectual capacities for any kind of decision making. This is the negative effect of the mass education policies in India where educational decisions are centralized and text books are written by the so-called experts. Teachers are just instruments to implement their decisions. This makes teaching a profession that involves very little intellectual challenge.

4. Lack of money

4.6 per cent of India’s GDP is spent on education. For a country of India’s size and population, this is hardly adequate. The lack of funds shows up in inadequate infrastructure, and lack of quality educational materials. How many high schools in India can boast of well-equipped laboratories or computers? How many Indian schools have well-stocked libraries? How many have a good playground, football or basketball courts?  Barring International and private schools that charge exorbitant fees, the schools in India do not have the facilities needed for a high quality education.  

5. Text-oriented rote learning

The 21st century demands critical skills, creativity and leadership. Technology has advanced to the point of robots taking over human jobs like teaching. The modern world has little use for people who are just followers, who blindly follow orders with little thinking. Sadly, Indian education is still stuck in the past, with its emphasis on the supremacy of the text and the rote learning of facts. It does not engage the learners through the application of theory. Language learning in particular, is a case in point. A CBSE English examination can be aced if a student can understand the given text and write a pre-prepared answer. Writing or speaking skills are not assessed in the examination. For this reason, there is no guarantee that a person who is a graduate of English language and literature can speak, read and write good English. This is a basic problem with the curricula in schools in India. In fact, not speaking good English is the major handicap that Indian candidates have in International job markets.

6. Lack of emphasis on co-curricular and extra-curricular activities

There is a reason why a nation of 1.3 billion people cannot produce even a couple of winners at the Olympics. Students in India lose out on holistic education. Sports, debating, foreign language learning, arts and craft, dance, music and Model United Nations are just some of the activities that children in good schools around the world take part in, apart from academics. Very few Indian schools have these provided as part of their school experience.

Common Idioms in English and Their Origins

Common Idioms in English and Their Origins

Idioms add colour and flourish to the language and it is very interesting to know how they originated. Anyone who wants to learn English will have to learn these expressions that make the English language so much more interesting and vibrant.  Here are a select few.

1. Be on cloud nine

If we say that someone is on cloud nine, we mean that he is very happy or elated.

How did this idiom originate? It originates from a practice of the US weather bureau which identifies different types of clouds. The highest type, which is found at over 10,000 meters, is called cloud nine. Now, ‘high’ is a word that is often used to denote extreme happiness or euphoria. Hence, cloud nine being the highest cloud, came to refer to the heights of happiness.

2. Keep up with the Joneses

When you try to keep up with the Joneses, you always buy/do what one’s friends and neighbors buy /do in order to seem as rich as they are.

Arthur R. Momand, an American cartoonist started writing a comic strip for the New York Globe in 1913 and it ran for 28 years. It was called ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’, and came from his own experience of married life in Cedarhurst, Long Island, where he had to buy things just to be equal to or keep up with his neighbors.

3. Let the cat out of the bag

This means ‘to reveal a secret by mistake’.

In village fairs in Britain, piglets used to be sold in bags. These bags were not opened by the buyers until they reached home. Some of the sellers at the fair were less than honest and put cats into the bags instead of piglets. When the bag was opened at the buyer’s home, the cat would jump out and the secret would be revealed. Thus, when you let the cat out of the bag, you are revealing a secret.

4. Buff

A buff is a person who knows a lot about a particular subject/area of human enterprise even if it is not really his official business to know so much about it.

The word originated in the last century in New York City where amateur firefighters helped the official firemen to put out blazes. The amateur enthusiasts were called buffs because of their coats made out of buff leather. This was a pale yellow leather coat made from buffalo hide. Today its meaning has widened so that one can use it to describe people who are interested in many different subjects; you could meet a wine buff, a music buff, a gardening buff or a basketball buff for example.

5. Underdog

An underdog is someone who is almost certain to fail/lose a competition/argument/war etc.

 A common way of using it is in the expression support the underdog. One theory about its origin is that it came from the time when dogfighting was popular. The dog that was strongest was called the top dog (which can be used of people today) and the animal that was more likely to lose was called the underdog. ‘The Under Dog in the Fight’ is a 19th century song which ends:

“But for me, I shall never pause to ask

Which dog may be in the right,

For my heart will beat, while it beats at all,

For the underdog in the fight.”

6. White elephant

A white elephant is something which is expensive but useless/something which is costly to keep and has no apparent benefits.

This expression comes from Thailand. A long time ago in Thailand, if a white elephant was born in the country, the king would claim it for himself and rear it. However, if anyone displeased the king in some way, the king would give the white elephant to him. This would soon ruin the hapless fellow because the upkeep of a white elephant took a lot of money. 

7. Pay through the nose

When you pay through the nose, you pay a high price for something which is not worth it.

This expression relates to a tax imposed by the Danes on the Irish during the 9th century. The punishment for not paying the tax was nasty. One’s nose was cut open with a knife. A related slang term is rip-off, which means cheat someone by making them pay through the nose.

Helping Your Child Make Major Decisions

College Students Walking

College planning in USA, for some, can start as early as the preschool years, when children begin to learn about different occupations, learn to make decisions, and start performing small household chores. Conscious college and career planning, however, generally begin when a child is in middle school or is just starting high school, and students can greatly benefit from the wisdom and guidance of their parents as they choose what courses to take in high school, consider career options, take aptitude tests, and begin the daunting process of selecting colleges and completing applications.

Choosing a college is one of the first major decisions a child will make for themselves, and parents have a delicate role in providing support, guidance, and encouragement without pushing their child.

“The role of the parent is critical, said Paul Francis, senior admissions counselor at the University of Washington. “Many parents just don’t realize how what they say and do–or many times, what they don’t say and don’t do–affects their children.”

Preparation During High School

Before entering high school, students need to be aware of their general career goals and the courses needed. Any student planning on attending college should take courses on the college prep track, and during the freshman year, a parent can stress the importance of these college prep courses as well as help their children strengthen areas of academic struggle.

In the sophomore year, parents can discuss with their children which honors and advanced placement courses to take during the junior and senior years. Students don’t necessarily need to know exactly what they plan on majoring in at this point, but those who have an idea can tailor their studies accordingly. Those interested in engineering, for example, would be smart to take extra courses in science and math.

Also during the student’s sophomore year, parents should remind their children of the registration dates for the PSATs and preACTs and help with preparation. This is also a good time to start visiting college campuses.

As juniors, children will need assistance preparing for the SAT and ACT exams. College fairs will be a valuable resource for both parents and children to gather information about prospective schools, as will be information nights hosted for parents to learn about the application process and financial aid options.

Seniors will benefit from parental assistance in tracking the deadlines for applications and final decisions. Parents will also need to file their income taxes as early as possible and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as other student aid applications required by prospective schools.

Choosing a College

“Parents need to help students set realistic framework types of schools, those that are affordable,” said Tricia Petty, coordinator of undergraduate student recruitment at West Virginia University. “Then, [they should] give students independence with that framework so they can decide personally based on their own academic factors or social factors or a combination.”

Sabrina Cave, director of the Mountaineer Parents Club at West Virginia University, said that parents should help their children develop and keep realistic expectations about what to expect during the application and enrollment processes.

“[Parents should] facilitate an open and honest discussion with their child about college,” added Francis.

Some of the specific things Francis suggest parents do include setting appropriate boundaries, like informing their children that they should take the lead in setting up college visits, speaking with university staff, and filling out application forms.

“The gift of self-empowerment is one of the greatest things parents can give to their children,” Francis said.

Once students and parents have a general idea of the schools that are of interest, campus visits can help narrow down the selection.

Visiting campus benefits both students and parents in myriad ways, said Francis. Students can visualize if this is the place where they want to spend the next four years of their life, while parents often feel relieved in knowing exactly what environment their child will be in during this new phase in their life, oftentimes very far away from the comforts of home.

“Students need to physically envision being there,” said Petty. “Even with all the pictures and information available online, a campus visit engages the student with the school.”

“Both students and parents can get a true sense of what college life is like–both in and out of the classroom — and how many resources and support services (human and operational) are there to ensure a students success,” added Francis.

Making Final Selections

The decision ultimately has to be made by the students, and both Francis and Petty warn parents not to try to live vicariously through their children.

“There aren’t many things we get to decide in life, but where we want to go to college should be one of them,” said Francis. Allowing children to make their own informed decisions about higher education while providing emotional support will help to ensure a healthy relationship between parents and children long after college has ended.

Forcing a decision on your child sets them up to potentially not be successful where they are, said Petty. Students who’ve chosen a university based on their own criteria are more likely to succeed.

Transitioning & Letting Go

Administrators at some colleges and universities have coined the term “helicopter parent” to describe parents who are overly involved with their childrens’ applications or general college lives.

Francis says that while the majority of parents at the University of Washington act entirely appropriate, there are parents that cross the line, especially when students are denied admission or when other problems arise. We really do prefer to counsel students directly, he said. It’s the issue of the student being proactive about their education and looking toward the future.

Petty agrees. “Students really need to be the initiator when problems arise. We want to see our students become productive adults.” “[The helicopter parent] is a trend we welcome,” said Cave, “as long as parents are engaged in a productive manner.”

For parents who want to be involved in a positive way, Cave suggests finding an appropriate outlet. Many schools have organizations for parents such as West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Parents Club that provide local events, special parent weekends, newsletter and email updates, and other activities that help parents stay connected to their children.

“When parents are knowledgeable about resources and services, such as tutoring and advising, they’re better able to support their children,” said Cave. “When a child calls home with a problem, parents are better prepared to help them deal with it.”

Ultimately, Petty recommends that parents have patience and understanding throughout this process. “Kids change their minds as they try to figure out who they are. “It’s a major decision, but don’t make too big a deal of it”

About the author: Linda S. Davis works as an English teacher at a local college. Besides, she is a highly experienced editor at a research paper writing service. By the way, she is a great speaker and communicator.

How To Become An Ideal Teacher For Your Child During The Coronavirus Quarantine

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The global pandemic that hit the world at the beginning of 2020 has already changed our lifestyles a lot. The majority of countries around the globe are currently in the lockdown, which means adults are encouraged to work remotely and kids are in the quarantine.

However, even though schools are shut, it does not mean that the educational process needs to stop. It is important that kids continue learning and continue covering the school program. The only difference is that given the current circumstances it is parents that need to take control over their kids’ studies and temporarily become their personal teachers.

At the very beginning of it, homeschooling during the quarantine can be rather difficult for both children and their parents, especially if neither of you had had this type of experience before. Nonetheless, if you approach the situation rationally, you will soon realize that it is easier than it seems. All you need to do in order to become an ideal teacher for your child during the Coronavirus quarantine is to calm down and follow some simple rules.

Create a Healthy and Positive Working Environment

One of the main reasons why actual educational institutions work so well when it comes to educating your child — apart from having specifically trained and highly-skilled teachers to deliver the information — is the fact that they promote a particular kind of environment.

Indeed, a considerable amount of scientific research suggests that a positive classroom environment has a significant effect not only on the process of student learning but also on the results of it. Children tend to understand, process and remember information better if they feel motivated to do so. One way of motivating students to learn new material is by keeping them disciplined and allowing them to feel supported at all times.

It is a known fact that the studying process can sometimes be rather challenging; we all have gone through both ups and downs of the school career and have experienced the struggles related to it. In fact, this is a normal part of the journey: in order to better their knowledge, students need to face certain challenges to tackle and problems to overcome. However, they should not be depressing and impossible to combat. On the contrary, students need to feel included in the process of solving those problems and have the motivation to do so, have a clear sense of belonging, and be encouraged to ask questions instead of accumulating the things they do not quite understand. All of that promotes positive learning and affect the effectiveness and the speed of the learning process.

On top of that, it is essential for students to know how to distribute their time and stick with the activity they are carrying out. The school does the job by having a set schedule with bells, breaks and the exact duration of classes as well as separate rooms for different classes.

While it is difficult if not completely impossible to replicate the classroom environment at home, in order to become an ideal teacher for their child during the Coronavirus quarantine, parents need to try their best and foster a healthy working atmosphere. There are several key things to consider when trying to do that.

Set Up a Working Space

One of the most important things to do when trying to homeschool your kid is to have a special place in your house where your child would study. It would be ideal to allocate a spare room just for studying, but it is understandable that not everyone has an opportunity to do that. If you do not have a room to spare, a simple desk for doing school work only would be good enough.

The trick is to draw an association between a particular part of your house and learning new material. By getting into a habit of having a designated area specifically for studying, your child will get into the productive headspace easier, and will overall be less distracted.

Differentiate Between You as a Parent and You as a Teacher

Another important thing to remember when trying to homeschool your children during this quarantine is that you need to differentiate between the working hours and leisure time. At school this is done easily since you physically travel from one building which associates with free time and fun, home, to another building dedicated specifically to working hard, school.

When quarantined in your house, however, this distinction can easily fade away. While you, of course, cannot pretend like you are a different person, and you definitely should not be doing that, you need to make sure that your kid knows that when it is studying time, they are not to get distracted by any other things.

When teaching your child, you need to be professional and focus on the subject you are trying to explain to your offspring. Especially since it will be hard for both of you to get used to the new roles.

Create a Set of Rules to Follow During Classes

At last but not at least, you need to make sure that you are consistent in your learning and do not waste your time.

A lot of people who choose to homeschool their children under normal circumstances and are not forced to do so by the quarantine say that the whole point of a home school is to have more freedom and not be confined by a certain schedule and textbooks.

However, if you are turning to homeschooling as a temporary solution, you might want to have some structure in your classes in order for both you and your kid to have the sense of ‘normal’.

This means that you should stick to the usual length of classes, have breaks and lunch. In addition to that, it will be good to ban phones for the duration of the lesson. Not only this would further reinforce the idea of a separate working space, but will also be extremely efficient as it will help your child to stay focused and not wander off.

Turn to Online Resources for Help

It is great if you have textbooks and other teaching materials to guide you throughout the journey. However, if you are not an experienced teacher and, perhaps, are lacking knowledge in some areas yourself, you might need to search for some additional information to both fill gaps in your knowledge and make it easier to explain the information to your child.

Access Teaching Resources

One of the best ways of tackling this problem is looking up teaching resources online. First of all, the internet is full of supporting content to use in your classes.

This is particularly important to use them as the textbook alone will likely not be sufficient to keep your child interested and focused. This is particularly relevant to those parents who have to homeschool primary and secondary school students during the quarantine. While older teenagers have some sense of direction and understand why they need to stay concentrated on work, younger kids can easily get bored with learning at home.

For this reason, you need to find some assisting materials to keep your lessons interactive and interesting. If the activities you do are repetitive, it will be harder to remember the information you are trying to deliver to your kids. Therefore, it is important for you to alternate the ways in which you deliver the facts. For instance, you could incorporate some visual materials such as videos and presentations found online into your lessons or use Quizlet for digital quizzes. Get creative with your approach to teaching and learning! After all, in the digital era, it is easier than it sounds, and you will get to learn something new with your child, too!

In addition to that, if you have no idea where to start and have not had any prior experience of teaching, you might want to look up some lesson plans for different subjects.

The only nuance when it comes to teaching resources is that a lot of them are paid. While there are plenty of free resources available online, a lot of them are only for short-term teaching and are not meant for longer use. However, if the lockdown lasts longer than initially announced, you might want to consider signing up to some platforms with premium resources.

Ask a More Experienced Teacher for Guidance

Remember that you are not alone in all this. Millions of parents across the world are currently in the same situation as you are, so they are all gathering into groups online (no contact, social distancing is key!) to share their tips and tricks with other fellow parents.

You might go on Facebook to search for the aforementioned groups and see whether someone is dealing with the same problems as you, or could suggest some fun alternative ways of handling the coronavirus quarantine homeschooling.

In addition to that, you can also turn to actual teachers for some guidance, too. You can either look for someone qualified on the web, contact the teachers from the school your child normally attends to see whether they would be able to offer any help or even search for tutors online.

Plan Your Lessons Effectively

In order to be an ideal teacher for your child and not be overwhelmed by the whole teaching thing, you need to remember that planning ahead is key to success!

It can be stressful at first, especially when you first see the amount of work you will have to cover, but believe us, it is not all that bad. If you break down the workload into smaller chunks, you will be able to structure effectively and prepare lessons in a way that would foster your child’s learning.

However, to be able to do that, you first need to get familiar with lesson planning as the only good lesson is that structured well. Before you get down to the actual learning, you will need to settle the following questions:

What are the objectives? Defining the objectives of each lesson is something that will be helpful for both you and your child. Your kid will understand what they are going to be educated on and therefore remember the information better, while you yourself will benefit from knowing your objectives in a way that you will not wander off the initial plan and cover everything you wanted to cover. Before you start your lesson, tell your child exactly what you are going to talk about and what skills your child will gain at the end of the lesson.

Do not go straight into the learning routine but rather dedicate some time to an overview first. It can be tempting to get straight down to the business, but the chances are your kid could end up being confused. In order to get them listening and focused, you need to start the lesson off from afar. Tell an engaging story, add in some exciting facts or get your kid to complete a worksheet to warm them up. That way, the information will be going into their brains easier. And do not forget to solidify their learnings with a quiz at the end of the lesson.

Be realistic. This is all about understanding yourself and your child. While it is, indeed, possible to teach a whole unit of physics in one sitting, it is unlikely that it will turn out to be an enjoyable experience. Instead, try to plan everything out in such a way that you would have smaller, more manageable chunks that will be more fun and interesting to learn. After all, it is all about consistency. As long as you keep a steady and comfortable pace, and are regular with your lessons, you will be great!

At last but not at least, you need to understand that you do not have to spent the whole day studying with your kid. While you need to plan your lessons in such a way that you would cover all the units by the time the quarantine is over, do not exhaust yourself and your child. After all, in these uncertain times, it is all about staying healthy and relaxed.

The bottom line is that with a little bit of extra effort and some additional resources, you can easily become an ideal teacher for your child during the Coronavirus quarantine even without having any previous experience of educating kids. Just make sure that you are consistent in your studies and keep your calm in this difficult situation!

Author’s Bio:

Louis Robidoux is a blogger who enjoys writing articles that are of great interest to society. After having lots of posts published on different platforms, Louis decided to create his own site deeptop10.com where he’s covering topics about food, interesting hacks and lifestyle.