Summertime seems like the perfect time to forget about learning and just enjoy the nice weather. And yet I’m writing this article about research on the how the human brain connects to learning. According to recent studies, we learn the best when learning is connected to emotion and when it makes sense to us. And in summer we do lots of things that make us happy and make sense to us, don’t we? So let’s use that to our advantage!
Let’s prepare our children for the digital age! We created these 10 golden rules as a safety measure so parents know whether kids are spending too much time on a tablet and whether they’re using it in a meaningful way.
We need to address a very sensitive issue that is actually more common than most of us realize. After reading other blog comments, social network comments, several forums, listening to friends and also from personal experiences, I have found desperate parents who end up admitting that due to how their sons or daughters regularly behave, they find it difficult to like their kids.
6.00: A beautiful dream, in which I am lying ALL ALONE in a meadow, is interrupted by my daughter’s voice: “Mummy! Up!” It’s Natalie’s most active part of the day. Of course, my opinion on getting up at 6 AM doesn’t interest her at all. I am trying to use various cunning tactics to win at least 30 more minutes of sleep.
I based my selection of movies on a couple of criteria: those which had a strong emotional effect on me, and those which raised many questions and taught me something. And most of all – I really enjoyed watching them.
The wave of media and public interest in the compulsory nature of homework in schools has taken the Czech Republic by storm. Should we have no choice in the matter, should we do it voluntarily, or abolish it? Solid arguments exist both for and against all of these options. In truth, however, there’s no right or wrong answer. Every child is an individual with individual needs, so we should be asking different questions altogether.
When I look back at my childhood, spring used to be an adventurous time full of expeditions. We roamed around the neighbourhood with my friends, discovering the “wilderness” hidden behind the houses and yards. Today, children (especially those who live in the city) don’t spend much time outside anymore. Maybe it’s because places where children could play independently and without supervision have become scarce? There are also concerns about child safety, which is why it’s very rare nowadays to meet a group of unsupervised children playing outside. It has also become a trend that parents organise their children’s free time for them. Some parents may think that wandering outside is a waste of time for their child and that it’s better to send them to a drama class. So why should children spend more time outside?
How early is too early to sign your kids up for preschool? Are two-year-olds ready for it? Data exists supporting both sides of the argument, but making sense of it can be intimidating at first. In this case, it’s better to approach the topic from a different angle: there’s no universal truth for each and every child.
Being brought up in a Christian school, I understood Easter as being a religious holiday that celebrated Jesus Christ rising from the dead after his crucification, but I didn’t know anything about Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny. Today, we see that these have become a prominent and inseparable part of this holiday, but to many of us it’s still a mystery how bunnies, chicks, colorful decor, and eggs have anything to do with the celebration of Easter. Here’s what I found out.
Bullying isn’t new. But just like how our technology has evolved, bullying has evolved. Thanks to our always-on mobile technology and our nature of sharing everything online, cyberbullying is the new trend. Cyberbullying is becoming the biggest online concern, already affecting about 35% of children worldwide.