WAYS TO FEED YOUR CHILD MORE VEGETABLES

Fruit is naturally low in calories, high in fiber, and loaded with crucial vitamins and minerals for healthy growth and development. How can you get your kids to eat more fruit? Telling a toddler it will help ease her constipation certainly won’t do the trick. And, the more you coax your children to eat something, the more they’ll push back. Here are some tips to use so that your children will eat veggies.

Set an example
Kids eat what they know, and they won’t ask for a special meal if they do not know it is an option. By far the best predictor of a child’s eating behavior is the eating patterns of her parents. If vegetables and healthy foods are relegated to an afterthought in your household, it’s tough to expect your kids to take to them.

Make food fun
Broccoli can be intimidating to a kid hoping for macaroni and cheese. But if he is a dinosaur who needs to eat five miniature trees in order to outrun a tyrannosaurus rex, suddenly those florets are a lot more interesting. Relating healthy food to fun things the child already loves and turning it into a game is a great way to get a few bites of greens down the hatch. Try making it more fun by inventing a child friend snacks or dishes.

Get them involved
Children are more invested in a meal if they help with its preparation. Taking your kids with you to the farmers market or grocery store and letting them pick one or two things to cook for dinner can make them far more excited to eat it later. Better yet, start a garden and teach them how to plant and harvest their own. Letting them to clean carrots, snap beans, mix the dressing and set the table gives them a sense of pride and makes them more enthusiastic and cooperative at meal time.

ONE BITE RULE
According to a research children who have initially rejected a food must be exposed to it at least 8-10 times for the food to be accepted. Many parents have had success with the “one bite rule,” requiring the child to try at least one solid mouthful of a rejected food whenever it is served. After enough exposures the food will be more familiar to the child and usually they begin to rate it more favorably.

Reward good behavior
On the other side of the coin, creating positive food experiences can decrease picky eating tendencies. Research has shown that rewarding a child for trying one bite of a rejected food with things like stickers makes it easier for them to try the food.

Offer diverse food colors

One thing you have working in your favor is that children like colorful foods. You can expose them to more colors by adding more vegetables to their plates. While adults tend to like flavors mingled together, children often prefer them separate.

Arrange food in patterns on the plate
Another reason to cook different vegetables separately is that children love when their food is designed into patterns on their plate. Unlike adults, who prefer foods clumped near each other in the center of the plate, kids like their food separated into piles around the perimeter. Try creating different shapes that is appealing to them

HOW TO MOTIVATE MILLENIAL STUDENTS

Students these days are total slackers and hard to motivate, that results to low grades and performance in school. Inspiring students requires creative techniques. It usually takes more than one creative method to keep a student motivated to learn and want to learn more. Here are some tips that might help you to encourage them.

Give your students a choice whenever possible.

Offering choices gives students a sense of control rather than feeling constantly directed. For example, you could give assignment themes and allow students to pick from them.

Inspire Them
Inspire students by introducing activities that relate to them. Incorporate popular culture, relevant news, and interesting or provocative themes into your curriculum. These are the things that students are comfortable and familiar with, so they will be more inclined to pay attention.

Do not be an enemy to them.
Do not dismiss what your students like to talk about as petty conversation. These are the topics which your students enjoy learning more about. If you try hard enough, you will likely recognize the value in these topics as well.

Know them
Teach at a level that is challenging and respectful to the intelligence of your students. If you give students assignments that are far too easy, they will likely tune out. Therefore, opt for levels that challenge a student. Just make sure that you don’t raise the level to one that your students find to achieve. Raise the expectation to a level just above their capability.

Recognize each one of them
This means you should consider criticisms and compliments equally. Students may be able to tell you ways that you’re teaching could be improved which you may not realize yourself. While the way in which they tell you may not always be respectful, try to consider what you can draw from the critiques, if anything. Take your students seriously. Teenagers will resent you if they can sense a condescending or pandering tone. Do not underestimate the importance of simply treating them like you would treat any other adult.

Be nice!
Be approachable so that students can feel comfortable enough to come to you with issues or concerns. Always be open so that they believe nothing they have to say is ridiculous. By doing this, students will be more inclined to let you know when they are feeling uninspired. And when this occurs, consider it a challenge for you to find a way to motivate your student.

 

Be sure that they understand you
Be sure your students understand why they are learning the material. Oftentimes, students feel a large disconnect between the material and the real world. In addition to teaching the material, teach how the material can apply to the real world both in the workforce and in everyday life. Try to avoid rote memorization of material. Students will respect the material if they can easily understand how it will be used in the future.

Do not over test the students
Tests and quizzes are an effective way to gauge the students’ understanding level, but they can also add unnecessary stress. Students will respond better, and feel more comfortable, in discussions. It is also important to remember that tests do not necessarily gauge the understanding level of every student. Some students simply do not test well, even if they understand the material.

TEACHING YOUR CHILD or STUDENT TO READ

Having a hard time trying your child or your student to read? Reading is the foundation of all learning. So they need to fully understand it and love it. Try to make it a fun activity for your children. Here are some tips for you to easily teach your child to read and have their own vocabulary. Here are some areas that you can focus while they are developing their reading skills.
 
PHONEMIC AWARENESS
Effective reading instruction begins by ensuring that students have mastered phonemic awareness, which is the ability to identify, manipulate, and substitute phonemes the smallest units of sound. Phonemic awareness lays the groundwork for learning to associate individual sounds with written letters commonly known as phonics.

PHONICS
Phonics is an instructional method that associates written letters and letter combinations with the sounds of spoken language. Once letters are linked to sounds, they are no longer meaningless marks; they are the building blocks of words. Phonics strategies help students develop basic skills for decoding the words they read as well as spelling the words they write.

FLUENCY
Fluency is the ability to read text accurately and quickly, either silently or orally. Researchers have found that fluent reading at the word level is established after an individual reads a word at least four times using accurate phonologic processing. Fluency is built word by word and is based on repeated, accurate sounding out of the word. Fluency is not established by “memorizing” what words look like but rather by developing correct neural-phonologic models of the word.

VOCABULARY
Vocabulary is an expandable, stored set of words that students know the meanings of and use. Vocabulary has both print and speech forms. Spoken vocabulary plays an important role in word recognition. Beginning readers use their spoken vocabulary to recognize words that they encounter in print. When students “sound out” a written word, they try to connect that word to a word in their spoken vocabulary.  If the word they are reading is not in their spoken vocabulary, that word will interrupt their reading. That new word must be learned, in both form and meaning, before it can be added to their vocabulary.

COMPREHENSION
Reading comprehension is the ability to understand, remember, and communicate meaning from what has been read. Comprehension is the purpose and the goal of reading, but comprehension depends on students being able to access the text, which can only happen after they have already mastered certain phonemic awareness and phonics skills.

FINDING THE RIGHT COLLEGE

As a student, you’re probably already noticing how many universities you can choose from. So how on earth can you get through the pile of options and find the one for you? Here are some tips for students to find the right college for them. Look closely at the courses Although most universities will offer you the same subjects, their individual modules are likely to be very different. So while one university’s English degree involves teaching you nothing but Shakespeare, another could focus on just Harry Potter and Twilight. Curriculum Look for the schools that offer the right courses and facilities offered for the kinds of studies you want to undertake. If you’re not sure yet, look for a school with a broad-based liberal-arts program. If you want science, make sure they have up-to-date labs, computers and other facilities.   Location Decide where you want to go to college. If you need to live at home or just want to be near at your home or if you want to live in a big city with all its other attractions, limit your scope to that area. Look at the rankings Some universities will open more doors than others. If you’re looking for a prestigious school, or even just one that is really fantastic in a certain subject area, it’s a good idea to check out their rankings to find out who’s the cream of the crop and who should be at the bottom of your options. Size If you think you might be overwhelmed at a large university, look for a school with a smaller number of students. But remember, even at a larger school, after your first couple of years, classroom size gets smaller and you get to know the students in your major area of study. Sports and Activities A rich social life is an important part of college. Find out if the school you’re interested in has clubs or other organizations you can participate in. If you like big-time athletics, make sure your college has the teams in the sports you want to watch or intramural programs you can play in.

Ask other students Want to find out what the university is really like? Then there’s no one better to ask than current students – after all, they’re living it right now. They’ll be honest about what’s great, what sucks and whether it’s worth going to.

Cost Find out what the tuition, fees, room and board charges will be at your choices. You can also find out what the average student pays after financial assistance is factored in. The results can be surprising.

 

HOW TO BE A SUCCESFUL STUDENT

As a student we always dreamed of that successful life for the future. But in order to achieve that we need to be successful as a student and graduate with good grades. Listed below are some tips for you to achieve your dream successfully.

Be responsible and active
Responsibility is the difference between leading and being led. Active classroom participation improves grades without increasing study time. Successful students get involved in their studies, accept responsibility for their own education, and are active participants in it.

Set your educational goals
Successful students are motivated by what their goals represent in terms of career aspirations and life’s desires. Never settle of what you are right now strive for greatness!

Understand your Instructor
Successful students reflect well on the efforts of any teacher; if you have learned your material; the instructor takes some justifiable pride in teaching. Join forces with your instructor, they are not an enemy, you share the same interests, the same goals – in short, and you’re teammates.

Avoid sitting in the back
Successful students minimize classroom distractions that interfere with learning. Students want the best seat available for their entertainment dollars, but willingly seek the worst seat for their educational dollars. Of course, we know they chose the back of the classroom because they seek invisibility or anonymity, both of which are antithetical to efficient and effective learning.

Take good notes
Take notes that are understandable and organized, and review them often. The whole purpose of taking notes is to use them, and use them often. The more you use them, the more they improve.

AVOID CRAMMING IN EXAMS
Short, concentrated preparatory efforts are more efficient and rewarding than wasteful, inattentive, last moment marathons. You’ll learn more, remember more, and earn a higher grade by studying in four, one hour-a-night sessions for Friday’s exam than studying for four hours straight on Thursday night.

Be a time managers
Failure to take control of their own time is probably the no. 1 study skills problem for college students. It ultimately causes many students to become non-students! Procrastinators are good excuse-makers. Don’t wait until tomorrow to do it.