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Simple ways to teach kids empathy

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We all want our kids to develop empathy -- that essential knack for understanding how another person feels and responding with kindness. We want our children to grow up to be thoughtful, compassionate adults who are "tuned in" to the feelings and needs of others.
Fortunately, some simple, effective strategies can help empathy bloom as our children grow. Here are five strategies that busy parents can use:
1. Help your child describe his or her own feelings.
Kids need to be able to label their own feelings in order to understand how others feel. "Mad," "sad," and "happy" will probably be the starting point. From there, your child can learn words like "disappointed," "surprised," "excited," "scared," "thankful," "left out," and more.
So, when a child has a strong feeling, we can lay a foundation for empathy by helping our child put the feeling into words.
2. Help your child learn to read facial…

How to teach kids about Science

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Science education is a gradual process, and early childhood is a perfect time to begin learning science. Many parents are uncomfortable with math and science themselves, so they avoid these subjects with their kids. But don't let your own fears stop you. Teaching science to your kids doesn't have to be hard. And it can actually be fun for both of you.
Children learn best through practical, hands-on activities. You can use everyday tasks and simple projects to help your kids develop a love for science. Give them lots of opportunities to experience science in a relaxed way, through games and fun activities.
Don't expect very young children to understand and grasp difficult or abstract concepts. Focus science lessons on things kids can touch, taste, hear, see and smell. Their natural curiosity will drive them to want to learn more.
Kids love to discover new and interesting facts about the world around them. They like to ask questions about how things work. Asking questions h…

How building blocks for kids offer many new learning opportunities

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Building blocks for kids are elementary learning tools. They have been useful for many years and even now. There may be many toys and computer games out there yet children tend to develop unbreakable bonds with blocks. Adults may have no use for these building blocks but kids do. Children make all kind of structures and teach themselves how to be creative with these items.It is easy to think that very little kids do not imagine things or cannot be creative. 
Given the right playthings, children can display their creative side throughout their different age phases. Even though toys are countless, most parents prefer blocks for kids. Any expert in early childhood development would also recommend building blocks. Moreover, building blocks are good for babies of all ages. Since they can hold the objects with hands, babies can learn picking and grasping skills.
They are diverse and do not rush the learning and discovery procedure. Research and studies reveal that kids that play block game…

How parents can recognize a good elementary school for their children

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In order to have your children get a quality education, they should be attending a good elementary school. For parents to choose the appropriate school for their children they must know what qualities to look for in a high achieving school. This process will require the parent to do some research and to be patience.
Before looking into qualities of high achieving schools the parent need to decide whether to send their children to public or private school. To help in the decision making process, parents should consider the cost when investigating private schools, and the certifications of its teachers. This is important because private schools temporally have lower salaries for their teachers which could lead to hiring fewer qualified teachers. When considering public schools parents should always look at the enrolment of the building, and how many students are assigned to each teacher. Sometimes public schools have larger class sizes, which could lead to less individual instruction f…

Why do children and teens should make 'Summer Camps' part of their lives?

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Most kids spend their summer vacation in summer camps. The parents send their kids in camps usually for the whole duration of the summer. It's practically becoming more and more popular across the globe.
There are many different reasons why children and teens make summer camp a part of their lives each year and we thought it would be useful to list a few here.
Trying new things and learning new skills
Camps offer a wide range of games and activities that aren't available at your local sports centre or park. Children and teens might try archery, pottery, dance, high ropes courses, quad biking and a hundred other fun activities. Staying home and doing everyday things can be boring so camp widens the possibilities and opportunities to have fun and learn new skills.
Meeting new people
Going to camp gives children and teens the opportunity to mix with people from different schools, cities and countries. It's a great way to make new friends and learn about other places and cult…

Why art education is important in Schools

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Do you have a budding artist in the family? Does your son or daughter love to draw or paint? Does he constantly pester you for coloring books or art materials? If so, encourage them to continue what he or she is doing. Those meaningless scribbles might be the start of a bright future. Your kid might not become another M. F. Husain or Amrita Sher-Gil but he or she will surely benefit from a good art education.
Unknown to many, a strong art education is important, as it helps children develop skills that they need to be successful in life. Among the many benefits of art education are self-directed learning, improved school attendance and better creative skills. Recent studies have shown that the creativity and innovation used in the artistic process are highly valued by employers.
Creative arts programs play a big role in shaping students self-image and increasing their skills in math, science, geography and language. Early exposure to visual art, music or drama is known to promote bra…

How to teach kids to love learning

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How can parents and teachers keep the love of learning alive in students and children? Every parent and teacher knows there is nothing as annoying as dealing with a young person who refuses to learn. What is more sad to observe, than a young one who rolls his or her eyes and clams up at the mention of an academic subject? First of all, learning should start early and never be restricted to the walls of the classroom. 
Parents, who test their children with good books, hands-on-projects and fun learning games, put their children into the field of learning early. These kinds of parents show that learning can be fun. Research always shows, that the more fun a learner has, the more easily the subject matter will be remembered.
Having fun when learning, holds up in the classroom, too. Giving students a variety of learning techniques keeps students involved and interested. For example, when teaching earth science, there are many ways to inspire student’s imaginations. Projects, outings, mov…