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10 Creative Ways To Make Spend Summer Vacation


Summer is the time when the house is full of life all day long because kids have holidays! They wake up late, munch on yummy snacks, watch the television, and play a game or two. In between all this, there are a few fights, a little misbehavior, and some loss of temper from your end. Well, that’s all good because that’s how a happy family is, generally. How about taking a step or two ahead from this same old schedule for the summer vacation and doing something fun with your kids? Quality time will help you come closer and bond. To help you with this, we have come up with a few creative ways to spend the summer vacation that you might find interesting:


Plan Picnics: If you are not planning on going on a vacation because of your tight work schedule, you can plan picnics during the weekends. Surely, you can take time out during the weekends for your kids! A picnic to the nearby park with some toys and snacks will also suffice. Your kids will enjoy and you will be able to breathe fresh air.

Engage in Gardening: You don’t need to have a huge garden to exercise this activity. Even a small space near your apartment or a few pots for indoor plants will suffice. Teach your kids the importance of plants and let them do the planting. Get seeds of flowering plants or, if space permits, fruiting plants, and engage them in the entire process. Teach them the weeding process and the nurturing process. They will learn and get extremely excited as they watch the plant grow slowly.

Play Board Games: In this technologically advanced world, only video games and online games prevail. Change that this summer by bringing the entire family together and playing board games such as carom board and chess. Make it interesting by adding rewards for the winners.

Play Science and Math Games: This is fun and you will love it as a parent because your kids will inadvertently learn a number of new things. Go online and look for easy experiments that you can conduct at home such as mixing baking soda and vinegar, and watch your kids get amazed!

Cook: Cooking alone may not be a lot of fun but cooking with your kids can make you and your kids very happy. Depending on your kids’ ages, you can come up with easy (and interesting) recipes such as brownies, cakes, and other snacks that your kids love. Supervise them at all times and keep them away from tasks that involve knives and the stove.

Museum Trips: Discover the heritage of your locality by taking your kids to the museum. Make sure you make the trips fun because kids can easily get bored.

Visit Orphanages: Teach your kids compassion and appreciation by having them spend time with the less privileged. Let them make new friends!
Read: Instead of having your kids read books, dramatize their favorite book! Narrate the stories, play with the characters, and have your kids dress up as well. Make this a weekly thing and watch your kids enjoy.

Read: Instead of having your kids read books, dramatize their favorite book! Narrate the stories, play with the characters, and have your kids dress up as well. Make this a weekly thing and watch your kids enjoy.

Have Them Learn A Sport: Cricket, football, basketball, hockey, volleyball, swimming, tennis – the choice is theirs. Give them an opportunity to get out and play!

Crafts: Girls will love this activity! Teach them embroidery or basic sewing or just painting. You will have fun, as will they.


Use the summer months to connect and come closer as a strong, happy family.

Best Compliment Words to Use with Children at Home and Classroom.



Usually, we complement children with positive words! Isn't it? 

Naturally, parents and teachers use often compliment words, Awesome, Good, Excellent, Very Good, Brilliant, etc. about close to five words only. But if you use different words each time without repeating for at least next thirty plus time, that will give the positive impact on children which will help to connected but also get motivated!!!

TRY THESE POSITIVE WORDS!
  1. Awesome!
  2. Amazing!
  3. Astounding! 
  4. Bravo!
  5. Brilliant!
  6. Congratulations!
  7. Cool!
  8. Dynamite!
  9. Dazzling!
  10. Excellent!
  11. Extraordinary!
  12. Exceptional!
  13. Fabulous!
  14. First rate work!
  15. First-Class!
  16. Fantastic!
  17. Good!
  18. Good one!
  19. Good. Keep going!
  20. Great!
  21. Great Job!
  22. Great. Keep it up!
  23. Hooray!
  24. Impressive!
  25. Incredible!
  26. Keep going!
  27. Marvellous!
  28. Miraculous!
  29. Magnificent!
  30. Nice work!
  31. Nicely Done!
  32. Nice one!
  33. Overwhelming!
  34. Perfect!
  35. Remarkable!
  36. Smashing!
  37. Splendid!
  38. Stunning!
  39. Superb!
  40. Sparkling!
  41. Terrific!
  42. Tremendous!
  43. Very good!
  44. Wonderful!
  45. Well done!
  46. Yippee!
  47. You Rock!
   Do you use any other compliment words? Please write them in the comments below.

Teaching your child the fun way


If your child always wants to play, you’re not alone. Every child has the want to spend most of his/her time having fun and though most parents worry about their studies, I think it’s not a bad thing at all! Games and fun are the way to go if you really want your child to learn to apply the skills they only get to read in text.
Here are some ways to make having fun which is also beneficial to their mind:

1.Do fun quizzes
A quiz that also gives reward points to kids is ideal. Quizzes like the ones available on www.maths9.com are amazingly interactive, colourful and informative. The children get to see their score and learn where they can improve. Also, getting a good score encourages then to do better.

2.Games that require thinking
Games like Crossword, Chess, Chinese checkers, Othello and similar are fun and encourage you to use your mind before making a move. A game like Othello is really easy to learn but not as easy to master which will motivate the child to keep playing it till he/she can beat you! Play them with your children and watch them sharpen their brains.

3.Treasure Hunt
Treasure Hunt is a popular game where one has to follow a series of hints before they find the ‘treasure’. ‘Treasure’ here could be anything your child likes, for example, a toy, a bar of chocolate, a story book etc. The series of hints could be riddles or simple ciphers that point to the next location your child should be at. Write the hints on chits of paper and enclose them in small envelopes. Place each in a series where each chit links to the location of the next chit till the treasure is discovered. You could make this more interesting by adding a task-to-complete for the child to receive the next hint. The task could be anything from helping you with some work to solving a maths problem. This can be played in your own house, on the neighbourhood streets or any other place you can think of. It’s fun and the child also gets a nice reward for thinking.

4.Talk about how things around you work
How does the gas stove work? How does electricity reach us? How do uncooked vegetables change to delicious curries when heated in different ways? How does moon change its shape every night?
There are a lot of questions in your everyday life and they all have answers. Talk about them and see their eyes sparkle and eyebrows frown as they make an effort to understand. Give them their time and laugh with them as they learn and understand. Seeing science in everyday use not only makes it easier to understand but fun to learn and become aware that things happening around us are not some sort of magic.

Making studies fun is almost always the best way to teach children so do not refrain from doing it the fun way!

6 Horrible Mistakes you’re making with Children



To every parent, guardian and teacher who is reading this, we know you do whatever you do for a child when you teach him/her is for their best but there are some mistakes you might be making right now and be unaware of it because unfortunately, they are very common and even considered “normal” by the society. Here are six common mistakes you might be making with your child:

1. Pressurising the child with your version of correctness.
You are an adult and you have way more experience than your kid. That’s true but many a time, your version of correctness is not the best one. Sometimes kids just need to experiment and make mistakes and find out what is the best for them. Sometimes, they find better answers than the ones you have. We can learn so much from their enthusiasm and curiosity as well!

2. Telling them they are stupid/incompetent.
This is a blunder. You should never ever tell them they are below anyone. Every child is different – they may be terrible in some subjects but wonderful in others. As their guardian, you should support them, encourage them to pursue the activities they’re good at and not make them feel bad about the things they’re not doing well. Many talented kids beat themselves up for their weaknesses and lose their real interests in the process. Good parenting and teaching can prevent this disaster.

3. Discouraging them from pursuing a hobby of their choice.
Many parents make this error. When they don’t approve of a particular type of interest, they don’t allow their children to pursue it either. A parent needs to interact with his/her children and see the activity from their point of view. A child is a curious creature, and curiosity is the mother of all learning. So, don’t discourage him/her from pursuing interests which seem unusual (but are safe) like learning an uncommon instrument or collecting information on insects – just watch and support them in their quest.

4. Talking about your house budget and their role in it.
This is something no loving parent should ever do to their children. A child is not supposed to know the amount of your monthly income spent on him/her. They have their desires and sometimes, they might be out of your budget but you do it for them anyway. Yes, that is your love and devotion to your child but do not tell them about it. A lot of financially insecure parents can get stressed because of all the tension related with raising a child on less money and end up showing their vulnerability to their kids. You may think it would make them feel more proud and loved to know how much you sacrifice for them but in a lot of cases, it can develop a sense of low esteem in the child where he/she would think of himself/herself as a burden on you and we know you don’t consider them such. No matter how stressed you are, never put this type of pressure on them.

5. Giving them EVERYTHING they ask for.
A lot of parents don’t think twice before granting each and every wish of their children and end up spoiling them (Think: Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Yes, a child wants a lot of things but you should be careful with how you respond. Getting everything easily is never good for anyone and your kid is no exception.

6. Comparing them with their peers.
Do not do this unless you really have to. Yes, you can use a child around his/her age as an example of certain habits and activities but be comparing them constantly with their peers with demeaning statements like, “You scored only 70? Rita Sharma in your class got 95” then you are only asking them to develop the inferiority complex. Encourage them to do better without repeatedly pointing out how they need to be as good as someone in their class to become acceptable. They are great the way they are and need to improve as an individual and not because you think someone else in their peer group is better than them.

Be a little more careful and raise them with love, care, affection along with some strictness, rules, and regulations.

Why you shouldn’t hate maths



Why do some people absolutely hate maths? Is it really because it is a difficult and boring subject? Or is the perceived difficulty just an illusion? Let’s list a few points about why you should not hate it as much as you do:


Maths is about problem solving

When you see a problem, what is your first instinct? To run away from it or to try to solve it?

If the latter option is your preference, then you should not hate maths because it is a subject that develops a logical thinking process. A maths problem requires you to think logically and hones your problem solving skills.

Solving a problem is a vital skill – from a teacher arranging students in groups for a class activity to astronomers deciding the best parameters for an optimal trajectory of a satellite to be launched, every person will always encounter a problem and will have to solve it by logical thinking and some calculations.

Maths is about patience

Maths requires patience. Yes, it is very possible that you will make mistakes and not reach the correct result in the first few tries, but is it really worth leaving the subject to your hateful negligence just because you didn’t get it right the first time? Good things take time, so stay right there and don’t give up! It could just be that you were overlooking a simple yet important fact that was messing up your result.

Maths is about understanding

Maths is not about memorising facts, it is about understanding them. Every concept requires you to understand it and feel it, not memories each step in the proof of a theory. Every step has a meaning and can be replaced by another step if it provides the same result. You need to think and understand and understanding things is not a bad trait.

You can practice your concepts here to improve your understanding and build confidence.

Maths is not only about calculations

If you’re one of those who believe that maths is tedious and only about boring numbers then you are wrong. Maths is about a lot of things – patterns, shapes, games, functions, relations, routes and a lot more! Maths is not only about calculating numbers, it is also about finding logical solutions to most common as well as not so common problems in numerous ways.

Maths is used almost everywhere

Maths is used in almost every domain of life. From your daily activities like shopping from the nearby grocery store to various career paths, from business to fashion designing, maths is unavoidable.

Fashion designing looks fun, colourful and creative and it requires the designer to design according to the measurements of a model, adjust the parts of the design to match others not only in colour but in shape, length and size as well. Maths, we found you here too!

Maths is fun!

And last but not the least, maths is fun! Once you start to understand it and see how interesting it is, it is actually quite enjoyable. Maths based games are fun and so is understanding a new, cool concept.

 

If maths look tedious and uninteresting to you, you only need to give it a chance. Be patient, be understanding, be thoughtful: these traits are not just useful for maths.

Author: Gunjan Vyas
Gunjan is a college student who likes to write as a hobby. She has contributed to internationally acclaimed anthologies and also published a well-received collection of short stories.