Mindfulness: A way to calm our mind, relax our body

Mindfulness gives kids a tool for understanding how their brain works, for having better self-control,

Handwork: A way to understand our ability.

A motor skill is a learned sequence of movements that combine to produce a smooth, efficient action in order to master a particular task.

Concentration through Craft work

Crafting is both fun to make and fun to play, at the same time, it helps the younger one to concentrate.

Teamwork: Learn to share and work together.

Functionality of a good culture family and society comes from teamwork.

Drawing is a way of self-understanding

Drawing for kids is an important time to enhance their mind and artistic skills, it shows the way of thinking pattern of a person.

Work with your hand

How flexible is your hand means how flexible is your brain, as your brain control your hands.

Fun work with clay

Working with clay is fun, because a child has to learn how to press, to work the clay into round, square, tear drop or peanut shape.

Concentration: training needed for all age.

When a child being able to be comfortable with silence, they have the ability to concentrate.

Parenting Tips 4

Let Your Child Make Safe Mistakes and Experience Some Failure




Sometimes we protect our children from failure because we don’t want them to be hurt or disappointed, but failure is a wonderful teacher for those brave enough to take the lesson.

If your child wants to try out an idea that is doomed to failure, don’t stop your child. Let your child create
the raft that will sink, or the plane that won’t fly. Discovering that it doesn’t work is worth far more than a lecture — it’s a lasting life lesson. As long as the mistake puts no one in harm’s way, let your child learn some lessons from the best teacher, the school of real life.

Advice from Aimee Tay

Watch your child—what interests your child?
Listen—really listen—to your child’s ideas.

Thank you for visiting our website and we at Purity Learning hope that tips published can help parents and at the same time guiding children to a better learning pattern.

Source: Parents Count. Better Kid Care, Pennsylvania State Cooperative Extension, March, 2005. 

Parenting Tips 3



Encourage Your Child’s Thinking

★ Restrict viewing of TV or videos and time spent at a computer or playing video games.
Children learn best by doing. The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending no conversation helps children learn words and can be the most important way to prepare your children for school.

★ Give your children time for play. 
With our busy schedules it can be hard to find time to just relax at home, but make sure your child has time regularly for satisfying play time.

★ Read, read, and read some more to your child.
The wonderful world of books will open up to your child with daily reading. Pick stories about things that are interesting to your child.

★ Explore your child’s interests. 
If you have a child who is interested in trucks, visit a construction site, read books about trucks, talk and wonder about trucks together, and play trucks. All of this helps children learn many things about the world while developing their unique talents and abilities.

★ Ask your child questions such as “What do you think?” or say “Tell me about it,” and really listen to the answers. 
These kinds of open-ended questions have no right or wrong answer and build great conversation. The
answers will also help you understand what your child does and doesn’t know.

★ Treat problems as opportunities. 
You lost some pieces of a game? Make up a new game. You don’t have tape—what else could you use?
This makes your children resourceful and good at coming up with fresh ideas.

Source: Parents Count. Better Kid Care, Pennsylvania State Cooperative Extension, March, 2005. 



Parenting Tips 2

Help Learn Problem Solving

All kids squabble from time to time. Instead of struggling to play judge and jury, try something new. Make your children responsible for finding a way to work it out. You will have to supervise to make sure that older children don’t take advantage of younger children, but even children as young as three can learn how to solve problems with a brother or sister.

If they are arguing over a toy, put the toy out of sight and say, “You can have the toy when you have figured out a plan to play with it that you both agree to.” Most often both of the children want the toy enough that they are willing to work together to get it back. Even young children will work out plans: “She’ll play with it for five minutes and then I’ll play with it for five minutes.” As long as they both agree to the plan, you can give the toy back. If children agree to taking turns, you might offer them a kitchen timer to help. This is a simple trick that really helps them succeed. Sometimes they enjoy using the timer as much as the toy!

Sometimes one child doesn’t want it enough to work out a plan and walks away or refuses to talk. If this
happens, give the toy to the child who was willing to try to work it out. Say, “Since she doesn’t want it
enough to talk about it you can use it now.”

For reluctant problem solvers you can set a timer. “If you won’t work out the problem in five minutes then I’ll decide for you.” It is always best to make the solution in favor of the child who was willing to work out the problem and less favorable for the child who did not put in real effort to work out the problem. This is a great consequence for not problem solving—kids learn that it is better to work with others than to refuse to try to work things out.

Source: Parents Count. Better Kid Care, Pennsylvania State Cooperative Extension, March, 2005. 



Parenting Tips 1


Does Your Child Drive You Crazy with “Why” Questions?

You don’t want to discourage your child's curiosity, but you can come to really dread hearing “Why?” over and over again. One of the best ways to handle the dreaded why questions is to ask a question back. “What do you think?” Your child’s ideas may surprise you, and will often help you understand what your child really knows.

Then you can use what your child says as a way to start talking about the topic. Often you discover that what your child wants to talk about is not what was asked about, so take your time to listen before you answer a question—it may not be the real question at all.

Source: Parents Count. Better Kid Care, Pennsylvania State Cooperative Extension, March, 2005.

Brain Development

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Brain power,
brainstorming,
brain scientist,
brain food....


many of these terms are commonly used, but do you really know the facts about that mass of electronic power on your shoulders?

Brain research is unraveling many of the mysteries of the brain



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The smell of a flower - The memory of a walk in the park - The pain of stepping on a nail. These experiences are made possible by the 3 pounds of tissue in our heads...the BRAIN!!


What is the Brain

The brain weighs about 1360 grams (3 pounds), looks like a gray, unshelled walnut, and is the most complex structure in our world? The brain is the body’s most vital organ.


How does the brain work?

Life shapes the brain’s development.

Warm touches and caregivers who talk positively to the infant allow the brain to take in all things around them. On the other hand, severe stress that goes on for many months or years in early childhood can actually affect the development
of a child’s brain.

The brain is just waiting to send out signals to other parts to connect the wiring to form what kind of person the infant will become. These connections between cells are called synapses. A connection (synapse) is made depending on the stimuli or signals the brain gets from the setting.

The brain defines who we are, and it is influenced by what we do. With proper stimulation, the synapses become stronger. Electrical chemicals are sent out that make the connections stronger and more permanent.


How parents and caregivers can nurture positive brain development

Give consistent loving care.
If a child is raised in a loving setting, they will learn to love. Children who are ignored or not nurtured will not fully develop all areas of their brains.

Touch infants.
In research with infants, it was shown that gently massaging premature infants three times per day for 15 minutes helped them gain weight, be more alert, and cry less. These infants were released from the hospital sooner than infants who were not massaged. Addition ally, low lights, skin-to-skin holding, and being near the mother’s heart can improve growth and save medical costs for premature infants.

Pay attention to hearing and language.
Repetition forms connections. Talk to the baby so that he or she will begin babbling. Name what you are doing, name items, point and show expression on your face.

Lots of ear infections can slow down language development because babies cannot hear words repeated to them.

It is easier for children to learn two languages than it is for adults. For example, children whose parents speak Spanish and English create two maps and strengthen their use of both languages when both these areas of the brain are used in childhood.

Watch babies notice the world at 2 to 4 months.
Watch the health of the eyes to assure babies are taking in the colors, faces, and shapes around them. Each neuron is attaching to 15,000 other neurons during the first months. The development of vision peaks at 8 months. In research with infants, it was found that if cataracts were not removed by age 2, children were unable to see since the vision centers were not used and did not develop.

Look for teachable moments.
Every day offers windows of learning for children. When you are dressing your child, name items, colors, and count. When you are fixing dinner, let toddlers play with plastic dishes. When you can, name things that are the same, different, bigger, smaller, hot, cold. When you drive in the car, point out things like trees, cars, big trucks, and stop signs.

Use music because it relates to math skills.
By exposing children to complex musical sounds (Mozart, not hard rock), children will develop the same areas of the brain required
for math and spatial reasoning. Using mazes, copying patterns, and drawing shapes has been shown to improve with exposure to complex musical sounds.

Know that emotional connections can be stressful or relaxed.
Vivid memories are often tied to emotional reactions to particular situations. The more vivid the memory, the stronger the print in the brain. The limbic system regulates emo tional impulses and helps us make decisions about what to do... run, cry, react, whine, turn away. If the goal in childhood is survival and coping skills around survival are taught, this will become permanent. If trust is nur tured, then this will become part of the child’s nature. Neglect or trauma during childhood could cause learning and behavioral problems later on.

Be gently physical.
Children need to move their small (fingers and toes) and large (by running and jumping) body parts. Expose your child to a safe variety of physical activities as they grow. During the child’s preschool years, think of all areas — climbing, splashing, slow and fast movement, hard and soft areas, different textures like clay, and and paint.

Mirror behaviors you want in children.
Children will pick up many behaviors of the adults around them. If parents voices are loud, children may be loud; if parents use soft warm touches, children will learn the same. If children see patience in adults looking for solutions to problems, they will see that learning is a process with many steps.

Summary

The power of the brain is very interconnected.

In early years, children learn symbols to understand meanings. For example, outstretched arms may mean a toddler wants “up,” or hugs may be a symbol of love and security. But over time, these key elements found in the emotional centers of the brain begin to organize responses to things that happen. Over time, life experiences combine to form our understanding of abstract concepts, such as justice, pride, forgiveness, anger, and security. Adults play a critical role in the lives of children. Helping children organize their world takes time, patience, and warmth, but these efforts form the building blocks to positive, human interactions.


Text published by
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY: COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE

The Island Of Inventions




The first time Luca heard talk of the Island Of Inventions, he was still very young, but the wonders he heard about sounded so incredible to him that they were forever engraved in his memory. Ever since he was a little boy, he never stopped searching for clues to investigate. Clues which might lead him to that place of wonder. He read hundreds of adventure books, histories, volumes of physics and chemistry; even music.

Taking a little from here, a little from there, he arrived at quite a clear idea of what the Island Of Inventions was really like. It was a secret place, where all the great wise men of the world would meet to learn and invent together. Access to the island was totally restricted. To be able to join that select club, you had to have created some great invention for humanity. Only then could you receive the unique and special invitation - which came with instructions on how to get to the island.

To be in with a chance, Luca spent the years of his youth studying and inventing. Every new idea he got, he made it into an invention, and if there were ever anything he didn't understand, he would seek out someone who could help him. Soon he met other young people, brilliant inventors too, and he told them of the secrets and marvels of the Island Of Inventions. These fellow young inventors would likewise dream of being sent 'the letter', which is how the invitation was referred to.

As time passed, the disappointment of not being sent the letter gave rise to even greater collaboration and mutual help between the young inventors. Their interesting individual inventions were put together, creating some incredible contraptions. They met in Luca's house, which ended up looking like a huge warehouse for machines and spare parts. Their inventions became known throughout the world, and managed to improve every aspect of life.

But even after all that, no invitation came.

They did not lose heart. They continued learning and inventing every day, trying to come up with more and better ideas. Fresh young talent was added to their group, as more and more inventors dreamed of getting to the island. One day, a long time later, Luca, already very old, was speaking with a brilliant young man who had written to him to try to join the group. Luca told the young man the great secret of the Island Of Inventions, and of how he was sure that some day they would receive an invitation. Surprised, the young inventor interrupted Luca:

"What? You mean this isn't really the Island of Inventions? Isn't the letter you sent me the real invitation?"

And, as old as he was, Luca looked around him, and realised that his dream had become true in his very own house. He realised that no island could exist which would be better than where he was now. No place of invention would be better than what he and his friends had created. Luca felt happy to know that he had always been on the island, and that his life of invention and study had been a truly happy one.

Author.. Pedro Pablo Sacristán

Routines to Improve Concentration in Children

For anybody, and particularly for children, routines are immensely important for success. I'm not saying they are fun or easy, but they are essential if concentration is the goal.

Now, everyone knows about how vital routines are for an infant: feedings, nap-time, diaper changes...I'm sure you had it down, right?

But it seems many parents start to neglect routines for their children over time. Sometimes it's a matter of having too few routines in place, or perhaps not enforcing the ones that you do have. Everyone is guilty of some or all of this.

In a classroom, a successful teacher will establish routines, not only to maintain order, but to facilitate the learning process. The less "surprises" a child has, the more they know what to expect. They know their boundaries. They gain independence. Furthermore, they are less distracted by transitions and more focused on what the teacher has to teach them. Thus, the children are better able to concentrate.




You probably have a laundry list of things you'd like your child to be able to concentrate on. To master concentration, they'll need to be able to have a strong will to do. They need the independence, desire, and ability to concentrate.

In order to help your child train their will to do, you need to set routines for them that you consistently enforce. Start these routines as soon as possible if you haven't already done so. Don't just give up and throw your hands in the air; reflect on the routines and figure out what worked and what didn't work. It's not a set in stone process, but rather maintaining routines should be a work-in-progress, constantly fine-tuning them to meet your child's needs.


An example of a routine is a bed time. Some people don't set bed times for their children because they think it's too mean or maybe too restrictive, or perhaps just a big 'ole pain in the rear to enforce every night (especially if you are a night person, and/or you like to sleep in). However, life is about routines. We wake up, go to work, come home, eat, sleep, and repeat the process all over again the next day.


Successful people have the self-discipline that keeps them focused throughout their day and they are able to do it with routines. Routines are not about being restrictive or rigid, but a tool to help an individual concentrate on what they have to do. In addition, routines are essential for time management, and we all know there aren't enough hours in a day.


Here's an exercise you can try at home:


Exercise: Routine Setting
Your assignment is to come up with routines for your child and to enforce them. Here are some examples:



bed time
time to wake up in the morning (you can buy them an alarm clock to promote their ownership over this routine)
time to eat breakfast
time reserved to do homework after school
time to play
time to read


Most likely your child will resist complying with the routines, especially if they aren't used to them. That's okay. Kids are going to test you and test rules, so you should actually expect that. Your job is to calmly never back down. Develop consequences for them and stick to it. For example, if they refuse to go to bed on time, the next day they have to go to bed five minutes earlier. Continue to do this until they learn to follow the bed time.

If you can master routines in your daily schedule, you're going to see that concentration will be easier to achieve than you previously thought.

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