How music and dance make the learning process of your pre-schooler easier

If you discuss the matter of admitting your kid into a kindergarten like My Little Campus with your friends, some of them may veto it. They may say that courting a pre-school with the assumption that it will benefit your kid is not worth your efforts. But on the contrary, the opinion of experts is diametrically opposite to what your friends may say. These experts firmly say that a pre-school can be of immense use to a kid of that age because the teaching process in it makes it easy for the child to easily imbibe the lessons taught.

A good pre-school effectively uses music and dance to make the learning process of kids easier. Let us now see how this approach helps.

1. Findings of several surveys have revealed that music and dance are accelerators of brain development. Especially, the language and reading skills of children will vastly improve if music and dance are appropriately incorporated in the teaching process of a pre-school. Not only that, if kids in a pre-school are taught to play a musical instrument, the mathematical learning abilities of the kids will also improve significantly.

2. Music and dance can trigger and hasten the process of making kids school-ready. Since there is a synergy between the mind and the body of the kids when they sing and dance, even those kids who lack in motor skills will benefit immensely. Songs and dancing will help children learn new words and hence, they will be able to communicate in a better manner. Most importantly, since the kids will find it easy to remember the lines of the songs or the dance movements, their memory power will also improve to a considerable extent.

3. When the teaching process becomes fun thanks to the music and dance elements in it, children will start enjoying the learning sessions. In fact, they will look forward to attending these sessions with all eagerness. This change in attitude will help them not only in their pre-schooling and kindergarten stages but throughout their life. They will hate to miss chances of learning new things.

4. Kids of pre-schooling age will not have any inhibitions and hence, they may willingly sing or dance whenever they are asked to. This means that they will develop a love for music and dance very soon. This will improve their creative skills because such kids are always eager to improvise their skills or display them in a better manner.

5. Researchers have proved that music and dance create more number of neural pathways in the brain. Since the teaching process in a pre-school consists of activities like music and dance, the kids who join the schools will have better brain development than those children who are not lucky to get the benefit of such pre-schooling.

6. Some of the top pre-schools make it a point to add visual experience to the music and dance elements of their teaching process. This will add more fun to the learning process of the children which means kids will be more eager to learn.

7. Children who are admitted to a pre-school that has incorporated music and dance elements into their teaching process will have improved skills for controlling their bodies. In other words, they will be able to move fast when fast tracks are played. Of course, they can decelerate their movements when slow music is played. Since they have to keenly listen to know the speed at which music is played, their concentration will also improve to a significant extent. This will help them in their studies.

To put it in a nutshell, if you admit your kid in a pre-school that has incorporated music and dance into their teaching process, you can rest assured that your kid will learn faster and more effectively.

How do you know whether your child needs speech therapy?

Children develop speech over a period of time and you cannot expect your child to develop very good speech skills over a short span of time. There are some children who speak very late, as young as 3 years and there are some children who can form perfect sentences at 2 years of age. Speech is an ongoing process and it takes time for children to develop good speech. However there are some ways through which you can sense that your child needs therapy in order to develop his speech and in this article you will learn about the various pointers which indicate that the child needs therapy to improve his speech.
Always look for a lisp when your child starts talking
It is a given that your child will mispronounce particular words and will not be able to say certain complicated words at all, this does not mean that your child needs therapy. But if you notice that the child has a lisp which is very apparent when he speaks and it is very evident in all the words that he speaks, it is best that you take him through therapy. A lisp can be corrected if the child is dealt with at very initial phases and the doctor gives him the required therapy to get over it.
If you see your child stammer while talking, he definitely needs therapy
A stammer is an indicator of a psychological problem and it can be dealt with well if the parents waste no time in identifying the problem and taking the child to a speech therapist. A stammer can be very embarrassing for a child and an adult and needs to be dealt with, with a lot of sensitivity and patience.
When you see that your child is not talking while his peers are past that stage, you need to consult a therapist
Some children do not talk till they are 3 years old, while their peers are all well past that stage. Till about 3 years of age it’s ok to not be able to talk that well. But after that parents need to take some action to help the child talk and express himself. By three the child should be able to talk a few words at least, but if he is not, then it’s time that the parents consult a speech therapist.
The child is unable to pronounce words correctly even after rectifying several times
A simple word such as a cow may see difficult for a one year old, but if you notice that your two year old is unable to speak it correctly even after repeated attempts, you need to consult a doctor and get some help for a child. She probably needs a little bit of professional help but you need to give it to her so that she is able to talk and express herself properly and move on to the next stage of development.
The child also needs therapy if he is unable to assimilate information
A child is intelligent enough to observe and assimilate information and convey it to people. But I you see that she is unable to do that and finding it difficult to convey and comprehend, you need to get some help for her. Therapy will only strengthen her communication and speech skills and there is no harm in getting some help for your child if you see her struggling in any sphere related to speech and communication.
Thus these are the various pointers to know that your child needs speech therapy. Look out for best therapy centres that provide speech therapy for children in Singapore.

What Can We Do To Improve a Child’s Concentration?

One of the most common characteristic of the children of today’s generation is their short span of attention or their lack of concentration. This means that they only have their full attention or concentration to one thing for just a short period of time because they tend to immediately shift to another one. This characteristic makes them hard to teach in school and at home and it makes them even hard to take care of. But have you ever wondered why they act this way? And have you ever tried to fix this problem? Experts have given several reasons why this happen and provide some insights to improving our children’s concentration not just at school but at home as well.

Sally Weale, through her article, will tell us why children’s struggle to concentrate at school is due to lack of sleep.

Children struggling to concentrate at school due to lack of sleep, MPs told

Sleep deprivation is a growing problem in schools, with pupils struggling to concentrate in lessons due to lack of sleep, MPs have been told. Edward Timpson, minister for children and families, highlighted the issue while being questioned by MPs who are investigating the role of education in preventing mental health problems in children and young people. Lack of sleep has been linked to children’s use of mobile phones and tablets late into the night, MPs sitting on the joint inquiry by the Commons health and education committees were told at Wednesday’s hearing. Timpson said: “A big issue in schools now is around sleep deprivation. Children are not getting enough sleep and that causes problems concentrating.” Doctors have previously reported a dramatic increase in children with sleep disorders; NHS data shows hospital attendances in England for under-14s have risen from almost 3,000 in 2005-06 to more than 8,000 in 2015-16.MPs also raised concerns about the impact of social media on children’s mental health, with reports of widespread cyber bullying, and parents’ inability to protect their children.  Read more here.

Lack of sleep for children really causes to them to lose concentration especially in school. Bottom-line, it is the parents’ responsibility to monitor their child’s sleeping time. They should make sure that their child gets enough sleep because when they do, their entire day would be a lot better because their body has had enough rest which will make them active in school. There are also other ways in which we could improve children’s concentration and pone is through yoga and mindfulness. To tell us more about this, let us read Menaka Bharathi’s article below.

How to Improve Concentration in Children with Yoga and Mindfulness

With the rise of technology, children are distracted more than they were a decade ago. Their concentration level is at the lowest level than ever thought of. Thus, for children to grow into healthy adults, they need to learn to be mindful not only in schools but also for the rest of their life. I have explained about the need of mindfulness for children and the advantages of practicing mindfulness. This awareness will reduce a lot many problems we see in children today. To bring about mindfulness, you need to have a healthy body and fit mind. This is where Yoga pitches in. Yoga is one such powerful tool that supports children to be more focused and balanced. Read more here.

Isn’t it nice to see your child actually doing yoga? That would totally look cute. It is true that a fit mind and body and can improve the way of thinking and of course the concentration of a person.

On the other hand, let us look into the situation of children in the Philippines, specifically in Marawi, who have recently been under the rage of war. What happened actually brought trauma to the entire city causing children to fear and the tragic event tremendously affected the children’s education. However, people have found ways to bring back the children’s concentration in school through art. Portia Ladrido will tell us how this happened. Let us read her article below.

How Art Helped Marawi Children Concentrate in School

 “For these [Maranao] kids, it’s so hard for them to verbalize things sometimes, and [art] helps to be able to provide this new avenue for them to be able to do that,” says Melissa Yeung-Yap, an artist and social entrepreneur who helped conduct art workshops for children affected by the Marawi conflict. Photo by KENNETH ABALLA

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — The conflict in Marawi has reduced the city to rubble. Though it has been liberated, its aftermath — homes and livelihood built for years destroyed beyond recognition — may be the most challenging image that the Maranaos will have to come to terms with.

Classes in 12 public schools have resumed in Marawi on the first week of September, but their usual routine has taken a pause. “[The students] were just drawing because they’re not yet ready for formal school. They’re too distracted with everything that happened to them. It’s only drawing that gets them focused,” says Melissa Yeung-Yap, an artist and social entrepreneur who headed art workshops for children in Marawi. Read more here.

Helping improve our children’s concentration would really be a big help especially for their schooling. As parents, we have to make sure that our children have a focused attention because they need it especially in learning. There are some factors which affect their concentration, so as much as possible, we should avoid it. For factors such as war which we cannot actually avoid by ourselves, we should work hand in hand to help our children regain their concentration.

 

KINDERGARTEN FOR CHILDREN

 

The journey of most children should begin with Kindergarten. This embarks an important step in a child’s learning process as this is before he/she starts the formal education. Also known as pre-school, kindergarten for children is the time to explore their unique talents and skills. Not only that but this also give the children an opportunity to expand their love of learning, improve their general knowledge, become social with children their own age and to develop an understanding and interest in reaching out to the world.

Kindergarten and The “Self” :

Kindergarten for children should be a time and a place where their positive self-image and self-esteem are developed. This should be a place to teach them that they have their own different identities, cultural backgrounds, their independence, freedom and ideas are respected.

Not all work:

Since this is for very young kids, it’s important to make time for fun activities otherwise they won’t come back. The curriculum should be flexible and fun. This should include snack time, nap time, recess and even group as well as individual activities. Kindergarten for children should be an enjoyable experience, as this is how they will view their upcoming school life.

Teachers’ responsibilities:

At this stage of their lives, children are curious and very eager to learn new things. The key is to pique their interest in not only to help them become creative but to other general knowledge. So it is extremely important to hire teachers with a very strong background in child development and early childhood development. Teachers who are qualified will undoubtedly be able to provide the children of kindergarten with what they need to grow not only physically but emotionally and intellectually as well. In order for our younger students to succeed in school and later in life, they need to be motivated, engaged, and stimulated by highly-qualified instructors who are masters in teacher efficacy.

What is a good Kindergarten made of? :

1.Children are playing and working with materials or other children. They are not worthlessly wandering around the classroom or forced to sit idly or quietly for long periods of time.
2.Children must have access to numerous activities throughout the day, including block building, pretend play, picture books, paints and other art materials, and table toys such as legos and puzzles to stimulate their logical and creative thinking. Children are not all doing the same things at the same time.
3.Teachers work with individual children, small groups, and the whole group at different times during the day. They do not only spend time with the whole class. This will help those who are weak in certain areas as well as help them become friends.
4.To boost their self-esteem the classroom should be decorated with children’s original artwork, their own writing with invented spelling, and dictated stories.
5.Children learn numbers and the alphabet in the context of their everyday experiences. Exploring the natural world of plants and animals, cooking, taking attendance, and serving snack are all meaningful activities to children.
6.Children should work on projects and have at least one hour to play and explore. Doing paper work like completing worksheets should not be their primary activity.
7.Children should be given a chance to play outside every day when the weather permits. This play time or recess should not be sacrificed for more instructional time.
8.Teachers should read books to children throughout the day, not just at group story time.
9.The curriculum should be adapted for those who are ahead as well as those who need additional help. Because children differ in experiences and background, they do not learn the same things at the same time or even in the same way. Each child should get the attention he/she deserves.
10. Most importantly, children should feel safe and happy while their parents should feel satisfied and safe about sending their child to kindergarten.

The focus should be on the development of the child as a whole. The best kindergarten for children to attend is the one where they can be happy, are not crying or regularly sick along with all that mentioned above!

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL SKILLS

To communicate effectively with others, establish friendships, positive social relationships, and be perceived as a likable human being, a person must first demonstrate good social skills.

Social skills for children are the most important set of abilities that they have. Having great social skills help you meet interesting people, get that job you want, progress further in your career and relationships. Some people just naturally blessed with , good social skills and easy, smooth conversation.

But the lack of good social skills can make life lonely, causing anxiety and depression. We get depressed and anxious when we dont meet our fundamental human needs. And the need to socialize, to connect with others is fundamental. We all need social contact. But its a trap to assume that you either have social skills, or you dont.

Sure, some people find it easier to relax around people, talk and listen confidently naturally. But like any set of skills, social skills can be learned, honed and developed by anyone. And social skills training are a vital part of building confidence.

Building good relationships with other people can greatly reduce stress and anxiety in your life. In fact, improving your social support is linked to better mental health in general, since having good friends can act as a buffer for feelings of anxiety and low mood. This is especially true if you are socially anxious and desperately want to make friends but are either too fearful to do so or are unsure about how to reach out to others. As a result of these anxious feelings, you may even be avoiding social situations.

Therapeutic intervention to help a child with social skills difficulties is important to:

Help a child to engage appropriately with others during play, conversation and in interactions.

Help a child to develop friendships at school and when accessing out of school activities (e.g., playing sport, attending a group such as Scouts).

Help a child maintain friendships with peers.

Help a child to behave appropriately during interactions with familiar people (e.g., parents, siblings, teachers, family friends) and unfamiliar individuals (e.g., adults and children they may need to engage with during excursions and when visiting places, such as the park or swimming pool).

Assist a child in developing their awareness of social norms and to master specific social skills (e.g., taking turns in a conversation, using appropriate eye contact, verbal reasoning, understanding figurative language).

Develop appropriate social stories to help teach the child about how to respond in specific social situations.

Some children require explicit teaching about how to interact and communicate with others as these skills do not come naturally to them.

When children have difficulties with social skills, they might also have difficulties with:

Making new friends.

Maintaining friendships with peers.

Communicating effectively with unfamiliar individuals during situations including asking for assistance in a shop, asking for directions if they are lost and negotiating with someone with whom they have disagreed.

Reading/understanding social situations.

Understanding jokes and figurative language during interactions with others, and when watching television shows and movies and reading books.

Coping with failure.

What type of therapy is recommended for social skill difficulties?

If your child has difficulties with social skills, it is recommended they consult a . If there are multiple areas of concern (i.e., beyond just social skills), both Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy may well be recommended to address the functional areas of concern. This is the benefit of choosing Kid Sense provides both Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy.

A major goal of social skills training is teaching persons who may or may not have emotional problems about the verbal as well as nonverbal behaviours involved in social interactions. Many people have never been taught such interpersonal skills as making “small talk” in social settings, or the importance of good eye contact during a conversation.

How to choose a preschool that is worth your money

 

A child is a gem for every parent, with their cute smile and sunshine-in-the-sky disposition, even when they being sunny at the wrong place and at the wrong time. They have that something that makes their parents say I would do anything for you. Those 5 magic words didn’t just cross certain parents, it happened to almost all of us, it’s a vow that keeps us motivated to work harder, to provide more for them. So, when and where will you start to give them the best?

Well, if you haven’t yet, you can always start by enrolling them in a good preschool, one that can assist in improving your kid’s mental, physical, and social skills. Make sure the preschool your kid will attend does have enrichment classes especially for kids under the age of 7. The development of a child starts early and fast, they need every help they can get to stimulate their brain cells and motor skills. The article by Livinio Stuyck from sooperarticles.com tells you the why enrichment classes are essentials for pre-schoolers.

Importance of Preschool Programs and Enrichment Classes

Usually, children are never too young for enrichment opportunities. Even research shows that the younger a child is exposed to learning and discovery, the more they’re set for success in later years. If you’ll wait until your child goes to kindergarten to indulge them in learning environment, you’ve lost the valuable time to optimize your child’s development.

In fact, researches show that enrichment experiences in the early years not only make a great difference, but are actually considered as crucial as the brain is developing rapidly. No matter what, enrolling children in preschool programs and enriching extracurricular classes will ensure healthy development of your child through social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth.

Both preschool programs and enrichment classes offer a different learning environment than what kids see and experience at home. These programs allow them become explorers and discoverers from the very young age. The classes won’t push children, instead provide an environment rich with interaction tools for what comes natural to them. Read more here

Other than enrichment classes, a good preschool should cover a healthy meal for the kids and allow them to play freely under adult supervision. Many misunderstood and underestimate the term ‘playing outside’ for kids, you don’t have to. In this technology age, we allow our kids to use gadgets in everyday life, which didn’t help their physical attributes. Then, the obesity problem occurs. This can be avoided by making sure the kids have their own play time outside the house, with other kids. Here is an article by the author of evolutionenrichment.com which talks about the advantage of play.

PLAYING CAN HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN

Many parents of children enrolled in preschool think that playing and learning don’t go hand in hand. But, for young children, the opposite couldn’t be truer. Research is now showing that play constitutes a large part of how young children learn. By embracing your child’s natural tendency to play, learning can actually be improved.

THE ADVANTAGES OF PLAY

So how does play help your child learn? In short, it helps them reach their full potential. Play psychologist Dr. Jeffery Goldstein has studied play for over 40 years. His recent study found that play helps to develop neural pathways in the brain. It helps children exercise their muscles, as well as their imaginations.

 Play has emotional and social benefits. It helps children to find joy and self-esteem not based on others. It helps them to learn to be more flexible and adaptable in changing situations. Social play teaches them emotional intelligence. It can improve non-verbal skills and attention spans.

Play also has physical benefits for children. It helps them grow and develop their muscles. It also helps with coordination, agility, and other motor skills. Play has the power to decrease stress and anxiety while increasing positive emotions, thereby strengthening the cardiovascular and immune systems. In short, it makes them feel happy and healthy. Read more here

To help you choose which school you want to send your kid to, here are lists of great preschool written by youngparent.com. These schools offer enrichment classes to assist in the development of your child.

 

40 enrichment classes in Singapore for babies, pre-schoolers and schoolkids

  1. 1. Heguru infant & Toddler Class
    Where:Heguru Method
    What:Tapping on learning methods that optimise brain development, Heguru Method cultivates early learning through a fun, nurturing environment, with particular focus on creative and critical thinking. Best of all, the centre’s certified senior instructors are also veteran teachers familiar with the local school syllabus —allowing them to prepare little ones (from the age of six months onwards) for school in years to come.
  2. Musical Monkeys For Babies
    Where:Musical Monkeys
    What:Develop a closer bond with your little ones as they learn simple exercises such as bouncing, wiggles and tickles through musical stimulation. This is because these movements to music trigger the release of oxytocin, the same “bonding” hormone that is produced during nursing. Another advantage of the course? You get to build your parent support network with other parents attending the programme too.
  3. Mum & Baby Pilates
    Where:Inspire Mum & Baby
    What:New mums will appreciate how this course restores core and upper body strength—which is especially important for allowing you to carry baby without hurting your back. This class also helps speed up healing and recovery from delivery, while reducing stress and the possibility of post-natal blues. Have fun exercising with your little one as baby enjoys lots of playtime, music and songs!

Read more here for a full list of enrichment classes 

Last but not least, in order to choose the right enrichment classes for their kids parents need to first know their kids’s interest. They need to start taking notice of which interests their kids more whether it is music, art, outdoor, sport, or entertainment. From there, they would then be able to make the right decision for their child.

 

The role of socialization in childs development

Child care plays an important role in the life of children. This is the first formal institution they have ever experienced. A good child care will provide all the basic things to the child which they need for a better and effective development. The learning environment and the skilled professionals will make sure that your child is getting the right thing they need for their learning. Also, in the presence of various other kids in the child care centre contributes to the creation of various qualities in the kids. The important aspects of the child care are as follows:

The role of socialization:

One of the biggest contributions to the experiences of your child is the environment in which they can communicate with their peers and teachers. There are several things a child can learn only by interacting with peers. They work together for the achievement of several goals. As far as my opinion is concerned, all the affordable child care centres near me provide this opportunity to the children. Other benefits children will get from this socialization process include the following:

With this socialization process, children will be able to develop the ability to wait for their turn. This will further help them in the self-control factor. They will know the right way to wait for their turn.

At a child care centre, children will be able to learn the ways in which they can effectively communicate with their peers. Also, they will know the dos and donts of this communication process.

This socialization opportunity will teach sacrifice to the kids as well. They will know that there are some people who need things more than them.

The enhancement of communication skills will take place. No matter if it is about communicating with the peers or communicating with other adults, they will be able to do it in an effective way.

They will be able to learn the norms of their society. No person is accepted within a society if they dont follow the norms and values of that specified society. This is why; they need to know the right ways to behave and this will be done in a child care centre.

Confidence is one of the most important traits that should be developed in a kid. While interacting with the kids and learning new concepts in the child care, a child will be able to develop this ability.

The next important thing you child will develop includes the ability to solve the problem. As they will be provided with the opportunities to solve their problems on their own, they will learn the ways to figure out these problems on their own. Also, they will find effective ways to face their problems and solve them in a manner that is easy for them.

Cooperation is the second important ability your child will develop while in the child care centres. There will be several activities that need to be performed in collaboration with other children. There will be group activities that require your child to interact with other people in an effective way. Within this interaction process, they will learn the ability to cooperate and help each other.

As your children will be passing through a transitional phase, there is a possibility that they experience a lot of stress. While attending a child care centre, they will be able to get rid of this stress. Their attention will be diverted to positive activities and they will no longer concentrate on something negative.

THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL SKILLS

To communicate effectively with others, establish friendships, positive social relationships, and be perceived as a likable human being, a person must first demonstrate good social skills.

Social skills for children are the most important set of abilities that they have. Having great social skills help you meet interesting people, get that job you want, progress further in your career and relationships. Some people just naturally blessed with , good social skills and easy, smooth conversation.

But the lack of good social skills can make life lonely, causing anxiety and depression. We get depressed and anxious when we dont meet our fundamental human needs. And the need to socialize, to connect with others is fundamental. We all need social contact. But its a trap to assume that you either have social skills, or you dont.

Sure, some people find it easier to relax around people, talk and listen confidently naturally. But like any set of skills, social skills can be learned, honed and developed by anyone. And social skills training are a vital part of building confidence.

Building good relationships with other people can greatly reduce stress and anxiety in your life. In fact, improving your social support is linked to better mental health in general, since having good friends can act as a buffer for feelings of anxiety and low mood. This is especially true if you are socially anxious and desperately want to make friends but are either too fearful to do so or are unsure about how to reach out to others. As a result of these anxious feelings, you may even be avoiding social situations.

Therapeutic intervention to help a child with social skills difficulties is important to:

Help a child to engage appropriately with others during play, conversation and in interactions.

Help a child to develop friendships at school and when accessing out of school activities (e.g., playing sport, attending a group such as Scouts).

Help a child maintain friendships with peers.

Help a child to behave appropriately during interactions with familiar people (e.g., parents, siblings, teachers, family friends) and unfamiliar individuals (e.g., adults and children they may need to engage with during excursions and when visiting places, such as the park or swimming pool).

Assist a child in developing their awareness of social norms and to master specific social skills (e.g., taking turns in a conversation, using appropriate eye contact, verbal reasoning, understanding figurative language).

Develop appropriate social stories to help teach the child about how to respond in specific social situations.

Some children require explicit teaching about how to interact and communicate with others as these skills do not come naturally to them.

When children have difficulties with social skills, they might also have difficulties with:

Making new friends.

Maintaining friendships with peers.

Communicating effectively with unfamiliar individuals during situations including asking for assistance in a shop, asking for directions if they are lost and negotiating with someone with whom they have disagreed.

Reading/understanding social situations.

Understanding jokes and figurative language during interactions with others, and when watching television shows and movies and reading books.

Coping with failure.

What type of therapy is recommended for social skill difficulties?

If your child has difficulties with social skills, it is recommended they consult a social skills therapy for children help them acquire social skills . If there are multiple areas of concern (i.e., beyond just social skills), both Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy may well be recommended to address the functional areas of concern. This is the benefit of choosing Kid Sense provides both Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy.

A major goal of social skills training is teaching persons who may or may not have emotional problems about the verbal as well as nonverbal behaviours involved in social interactions. Many people have never been taught such interpersonal skills as making “small talk” in social settings, or the importance of good eye contact during a conversation.

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