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Social-Emotional Development in School-Going Children

Social-emotional development is a very important part of the growing up years of children. It forms an integral part of their overall development. Studies suggest that social-emotional development takes place gradually starting from the early childhood days. Therefore, parents have a crucial role in the development of social emotional skills in children. Before we look at ways in which parents can play a part in their child’s social-emotional development, let’s understand what is social-emotional development and how does it help our children. What is Social-Emotional Development? To understand social-emotional development for children, it is important to understand the relation between emotional intelligence and social skills and behaviour. Understanding Emotional Intelligence When emotions run high, people do and say things they normally would not. Children may do likewise. It is noteworthy that children have the ability to feel, understand and express emotions from a young age. It probably starts when they…

10 Easy and Fun Science Experiments for Young Learners

Is science an extension of our everyday world or an integral part? From our daily activities to the gadgets we can’t keep our hands off – everything has an application of science. Consequently, science forms a natural part of the growing up years for our children. Science helps them understand the why and how of even the simple things that they come across. It is important for children to develop an interest in science from an early age. The best way to spark their interest in science is to perform simple science experiments with them and introduce science concepts. How to Develop Your Child’s Interest in Science? You don’t really have to teach your child science, they learn it themselves by observing, asking questions and conducting experiments. All you have to do is to connect science to their daily life. Children are curious. They love exploring things. However, you just…

10 Ways to Build and Improve Your Child’s Vocabulary

A child’s vocabulary refers to the set of words that a child knows, understands and uses in his/her conversation or writing. A robust vocabulary forms the basis for your child’s comprehension and cognitive skills. It is the foundation for any communication and acquiring of knowledge. Your child’s vocabulary usually develops with age. As parents, you can be instrumental in providing them with the right platform and environment to help build and improve their vocabulary. Needless to say, the home is the first place where any learning starts. Before we look at some simple and easy ways for parents to help build your child’s vocabulary, let’s understand the vocabulary types and milestones. Vocabulary Types Vocabulary is broadly classified as: Receptive Vocabulary – Words that a child knows and decodes but may not reproduce them in speech or writing. Receptive vocabulary helps a child to understand what others say. Expressive Vocabulary – Words that…

Why do so many kids struggle with math problems?

STEM education is a really important part of education for children. It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. These four aspects permeate every part of our daily life, so knowledge regarding these is essential to our education. However, kids all over the country struggle with STEM education, especially Math problems. Why? The answer lies within the subject itself. Children, at an early age itself, start having difficulties and struggle with math. And this struggle with math continues growing with them and by the time they reach grade 9 or 10, they have a really hard time grasping concepts. This generalized math anxiety among children is a very common phenomenon. However, struggling with math problems does not mean that a child isn’t smart or intelligent. It is just a matter of aptitude and practice. With a little guidance & practice, children can perform much better in their academics. Reasons why…

Helping your child deal with peer pressure and bullying

Friends can influence a child’s attitudes and behaviors in ways that matter across multiple domains of mental and physical health and well-being. Consider two scenarios. First, your kid wants a certain kind of school bag. Second, when he doesn’t want to go to school without that school bag as his fellow classmates and peers make fun of him for not having it. The former is the case of peer pressure [1] and the latter is of bullying [2]. In such cases of peer pressure and bullying, your child goes through psychological stress and suffer from issues like anxiety, emotional breakdown, depression as well. In both the cases the child is put under psychological stress and mental pressure. Peer pressure and bullying is a serious problem among school-age children and adolescents. They lead to anxiety, low self-esteem and in worst case mental illness. Mental health issues have always existed but, in…