Sunday, April 1, 2012

Adventurous Learning Inspires Kids

© Lyn Lomasi; Owner/Shaman/Master Creator at Intent-sive N8R & Brand Shamans Content Community LLC

Having trouble teaching your kids vital skills? Try going on an adventure. When homeschooling my kids, I use many methods for getting them inspired to learn. One very useful one is to turn learning into an adventure.

When kids are struggling in certain subjects -- or just learning new concepts -- their confidence can be low in those areas. Sometimes traditional forms of teaching those skills can be downright frustrating and defeating.

Build your child's confidence by finding things to do around your neighborhood that are related to the lesson at hand. Child struggling with counting? Go see a juggler and help him count the tossed items. No juggler in your area? Visit the local pond and count the ducks.

When two of my kids were having trouble counting money, I took them on several fun adventures where they could practice using it. There were normal locations, such as the grocery store. But I also threw in things like area festivals. I let the kids purchase souvenirs and treats. They considered this to be fun. Therefore, they were inspired to learn the lesson over and over.

Sometimes just getting out and doing things without a paper and pencil can help your child connect the dots. On top of that, it doesn't seem like work. In fact, you should be letting your child have fun during the adventure as well. Don't make it all about the lesson. Just fit it in during the right moments.

Once your child realizes that he is doing the lesson he thought wasn't possible, he will likely be inspired to do more and more.

Furthermore, these adventures provide an excellent opportunity for experiential learning. For instance, a visit to a local museum can bring history to life, making it far more engaging than reading about it in a textbook. Similarly, a trip to a science center can spark interest in physics or biology through interactive exhibits. These experiences help children understand that learning isn't confined to books or classrooms – it's all around them.

Encourage your child to ask questions and explore their surroundings. This curiosity will lead them to discover new interests and passions. It's not just about memorizing facts; it's about understanding the world and their place in it.

Lastly, remember that each child learns differently. What works for one might not work for another. Be patient, and don’t hesitate to try different approaches until you find what resonates with your child. By making learning an adventure, you're not only teaching them valuable lessons but also instilling a lifelong love for learning. And that is the greatest adventure of all.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Counting Made Fun: Free Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Welcome to a world of numbers made fun! If you're a parent looking to introduce your toddler or preschooler to the joy of counting, you're in the right place. We've crafted a delightful journey filled with free, engaging, and easy-to-follow counting activities. Let's make those early learning moments count!

Why Counting is Crucial in Early Education:

Before diving into activities, let's explore why counting is so essential. It's not just about numbers; it's about building a foundation for problem-solving, understanding quantity, and developing early math skills. These counting activities are designed to be more than just learning; they’re about creating joyful memories with your little ones.

1. Counting with Everyday Objects:

Start with what you have at home! Whether it's fruits, toys, or spoons, use everyday items to teach counting. This activity enhances number recognition and makes learning relatable. Ask your child to count aloud as they touch each item – it's simple yet effective.

2. Nature's Counting Lesson:

Take learning outdoors with a nature counting adventure. Go on a walk and count the trees, flowers, or even birds. This not only teaches counting but also nurtures a love for nature and the environment.

3. Fun with Number Rhymes and Songs:

Songs and rhymes are fantastic tools for learning. Sing classics like "Five Little Ducks" or "Ten in the Bed." These catchy tunes help children remember numbers and enjoy the rhythm of counting.

4. Crafty Counting:

Get creative with arts and crafts that involve numbers. Make a counting collage with stickers or draw numbers with colorful chalk. These activities enhance fine motor skills and make learning tactile and visually stimulating.

5. Interactive Online Resources:

Utilize free online counting games and apps. These interactive tools offer a digital way to learn numbers and are great for tech-savvy toddlers.

Use all of the activities daily, rotating between them as needed until your child is ready to advance to another level in math.

5 Simple Free Counting Games For Preschoolers
Counting and Number Recognition Worksheets for Kids
Color & Write Numbers 1-20
5 Little Monkeys
Fishy Count Game
Bob the Builder Counting Game
Birthday Candle Counting Counting From 1-20 Game

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Conclusion: Counting doesn't have to be mundane. With these free and fun activities, you can turn learning into an exciting adventure for your toddler or preschooler. Embrace each moment of discovery and watch as your child's counting skills grow!

Ready to start the counting adventure? Dive into these activities and share your fun learning experiences with us in a comment below!

Happy counting!

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Two Affordable And Fun Toys for Teaching Kids to Read

© Lyn Lomasi; Owner/Shaman/Master Creator at Intent-sive N8R & Brand Shamans Content Community LLC

Teaching kids to read is a rewarding challenge that all parents face. These two fun and affordable toys can help teach kids to read and make reading time more enjoyable.

The Learning Journey Match It! spelling puzzle featured above can be used in a variety of ways. Teaching kids to read can actually be fun.

Kids should enjoy simply putting together the puzzle. However, for added benefit when teaching kids to read, parents can ask them to sound out the words during the process.

Kids just learning to read can still play this game, even if they don't quite know how to spell, since there is also a picture and the pieces will only fit together if they are paired in the correct order.

There are 20 of the word puzzles. Each puzzle has 3-4 pieces.

The GINMIC Magnetic Letters and Numbers with Easel can be used to spell out words with magnetic letters. The alphabet letters can also be used separately from the easel to form more words on a table or other smooth surface. Switching the way you do things helps keep kids interested.

Also try writing the letters and words on the wipe off board and playing sound and word games. This helps to provide some added variety in learning letters, sounds, and words.

Using the letters, easel, and puzzles in various ways helps ensure that the child is learning the lesson and not just memorizing the words based on pictures.

Combining these two products adds more flexibility and variety. However, they also can be used separately as well.

When teaching kids to read, remember to allow time for them to enjoy the learning activities in their own ways too. This way, they don't feel forced and the education comes more natural and easily.
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