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
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
Time will come when kids will start walking to and from school without your supervision, so they need to know some safety precautions. Parents have the most important role in this matter and you yourself need to know and teach them what to do.
Here are some tips every parent needs to teach their children to keep them safe while walking by themselves.
- Teach kids at an early age to always look both ways before crossing the street and keep looking until it is safe to cross.
- Teach them to recognize and obey traffic signals and pavement markings. Cross streets only in crosswalks, never cross from between parked cars, and it’s best to walk on sidewalks or paths.
- Don’t run when crossing the street, especially across intersections.
- Teach kids to put down phones, headphones or any devices when crossing the street.
- Remind them not to talk to strangers. If they think someone is following them and they don’t know that person, switch direction and ask for help to a trusted adult.
An idiom is an expression or a group of words whose meaning is something quite different from the individual words it contains.
Find out the common idioms and their meanings which you can use in your daily life.
1. A hard nut to crack
– a difficult situation or problem
2. A heart of gold
– very kind, generous, helpful; a good person
3. A penny for your thoughts
– the way of asking someone what they are thinking about
4. A sweet tooth
– likes to eat sweet foods
5. Absence makes the heart grow fonder
– distance makes us realize the absence of others
6. Against the clock
– doing something in a rush or short time
7. Catch red-handed
– to catch someone in the act of doing something wrong
8. Face your demons
– one must confront or fight their fears
9. Go the extra mile
– going all the way to get it done
10. Has a good head on his shoulders
– a person is very sensible, intelligent, think well; someone who can be depended on to give a good advice
11. Has eyes in the back of his head
– knows everything that is happening
12. Have your hands full
– you are very busy, you are preoccupied doing something
13. Hold your horse
– to have patience
14. Hit the sack
– go to bed very tired
15. Match made in heaven
– a relationship in which the two people are great together
16. New kid on the block
– someone who is new to a group or place
17. Rainy cats and dogs
– raining heavily
18. The best of both worlds
– you can enjoy two different opportunities at the same time
19. To feel under the weather
– feeling unwell or sick
20. To get into hot water
– to get into trouble
Geography is important as a child begins to explore beyond their room, their home, their city, their world. Expanding a child’s knowledge of places is good for social intelligence and general knowledge.
- Look at a global map or a globe. (You can get free maps at travel agencies and airlines)
- Ask a student to identify Continents, Countries, and Capital cities
- Write these as a list on a sheet of paper
- Discuss family & friends in the context of where they live globally
- Discuss common manufactured food products highlight where they are made
Geography is learnt over iterations of map investigation, reading and curiosity. The global news often will discuss places.
If you can afford to bring a child to these location, its best to allow a child to organise an itinerary.
Estimated Lesson Time
- Lesson Plan: Our Solar System
- Lesson Plan: The Earth
Spelling is the written representation of words. These words are often in memory after having read them. To spell is train the mind to formulate what it often already knows. Writing is often the best way to practice spelling.
- Print a list of words. Use 1-2 character words are for starters. Print these words in clear large friendly fonts. Do not overwhelm a child with to many words.
- Ask the child to write these words on a separate sheet of paper
- Ask the child to read each word and letter as s/he writes it down
A child is learning to spell subconsciously as s/he practices copying letters from a printed sheet to their own worksheet. Over time, the child remembers the letters, and their combinations.
This is a non-invasive way for children to learn. The educator is not directly involved, and simply prepares materials. The child learns by themselves as they independently perform an activity using the prepared materials.
Estimated Lesson Time
- Word List, Paper, Pencil
- PeakWiki – for Spelling Basics word lists