5 Awesome Outdoor Activities for Children: How To Make Your Child Love The Great Outdoors

Play is how children clock in work. They spend most of their day playing that you sometimes wonder: How can they have so much energy for it?

Well, the answer is simple. Play is fun and that is why children can do it all day long.

It is an established fact that children learn through play. But aside from providing tons of toys and manipulative to your child, simply bringing him outdoors could open a lot of learning opportunities for him.

How To Make Your Child Love Outdoor Play

Here are simple yet awesome outdoor play activities that you can do with your child today:

1. Walk the pet

You and your child can go around the block with your trusted pet. This activity can help your child develop love for animals. It could also be a way to teach him about responsibility.

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Kadem is a responsible pet owner.

2. Water the plants

Water play is always a hit to children so they will surely love this one. Same with walking the pet, this activity teaches responsibility and love for plants.

3. Exercise

This would be like hitting two birds with one stone. Your child gets to play and you get to lose a couple of pounds! A simple jog or aerobic routine could definitely help you and your child hit your fitness goals.

Your child would also think of you as one of the Avengers as you lift and carry him around. After this activity, say hello to your toned biceps!

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Kadem and his mom are definitely in sync in this Superman move.

4. Go on a picnic

It’s always fun to eat. And you can definitely double the fun when you do it outside on a field grass with just the right amount of sunshine hitting your face.

5. Hunt for bugs

Act like real hunters as you go from bush to bush looking for little critters. This activity will help your child become more observant and curious with his surroundings.

Remember to have your magnifying lens on hand!

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These activities are definitely a must-do! And what’s even better, you don’t even have to spend a lot.

What you need to spend though is time. In our busy lives, it’s sometimes difficult to add an outdoor trip to the mix. Especially when it’s just so easy to stay at home and let the gadgets do the entertaining.

Just think of it this way, you are investing in your child’s memory bank. Remember, he will not be a child forever.

So what outdoor activities do you enjoy doing with your child?

I would definitely love to hear from you, so do drop me a comment.

Keep playing!

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5 Story Read Aloud Tips For Parents: How To Do Story Read Aloud Like A Pro

Read Aloud is a powerful yet simple strategy that teachers and parents can use to teach children. Read aloud literally means just that- to read aloud.

As simple as it may sound, reading aloud delivers a lot of benefits to children. These include:

  • develops a love for reading
  • introduces new vocabulary
  • promotes language development
  • instills good values
  • boosts imagination and creativity
  • increases attention span

 

The following are some simple tips that will help you make the most out of your read aloud sessions at home:

Read Aloud Like a Pro

5 Tips To Help You Do Story Read Aloud Like A Pro

1. Choose the right book

Children are easily attracted to cute and colorful illustrations so make that a priority in choosing a book to read. If you can hook a child with just the pictures, you are already one-step ahead.

An equally important factor in choosing a book is the moral of the story. Make sure that the children would gain valuable lessons after your read alone time.

2. Read with your whole body

Let your whole body make the story come alive. Use movements. Do dramatic pauses. Change your voice with different characters. Display different facial expressions. Do simple actions as deemed appropriate by the story.

Don’t let the book be the only visuals during your read aloud time. Think of yourself as the extension of the story and you’ll definitely be a hit to your child.

3. Involve Your Child

Let your child be an active participant during your read aloud time. Ask questions about the story. Ask your child what she thinks will happen next. Ask her the names of the characters.  Invite her to do the movements with you. Assign her a repeating line or dialogue that she can say.

The more immersed your child is in the read aloud, the more that she’ll enjoy and learn from it.

4. Wrap-up The Story

End your read aloud by doing a quick review. Ask about the basic elements of the story. Help your child be aware of the moral lesson. Lead her to have conclusions and maybe even do a simple problem solving. This practice will help your child develop her critical thinking skills.

5. Level-up

You can extend your child’s learning experience by adding simple activities that she can work on after the read aloud. You may ask her to color a page related to the story. Or you can do art and craft activities. The possibilities are endless. You just need to be creative.

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Seb loves listening to the story of ‘ The Three Little Pigs.’

Listening to stories being real aloud is one of the most priceless and pleasurable experiences children can have. And it should be a part of a child’s daily routine. Start today!

What is your special technique to get your child engaged in story read aloud?

I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to comment down below.

Happy reading!

5 Story Read Aloud Tips for Parents: How to Do Story Read Aloud Like A Pro

Virtudes De La Academia is a premiere school in Antipolo City. Our mission is to mold well-rounded individuals who manifest academic and character excellence. We do this by using effective teaching strategies, one of which is read aloud.

Read Aloud is a powerful yet simple strategy that teachers and parents can use to teach children. Read aloud literally means just that- to read aloud.

As simple as it may sound, reading aloud delivers a lot of benefits to children. These include:

  • develops a love for reading
  • introduces new vocabulary
  • promotes language development
  • instills good values
  • boosts imagination and creativity
  • increases attention span

With all the gains that come with reading aloud, it is without doubt a technique that should be included in the curriculum. In just 15 to 20 minutes, numerous lesson objectives can already be met.

Parents are also encouraged to practice this strategy at home to further help their children become better learners. Thus, at Virtudes De La Academia, we promote read aloud to parents.

Read Aloud Like a Pro

The following are some simple tips that will help you make the most out of your read aloud sessions at home:

 

1. Choose the right book

Children are easily attracted to cute and colorful illustrations so make that a priority in choosing a book to read. If you can hook a child with just the pictures, you are already one-step ahead.

An equally important factor in choosing a book is the moral of the story. Make sure that the children would gain valuable lessons after your read alone time.

 

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2. Read with your whole body

Let your whole body make the story come alive. Use movements. Do dramatic pauses. Change your voice with different characters. Display different facial expressions. Do simple actions as deemed appropriate by the story.

Don’t let the book be the only visuals during your read aloud time. Think of yourself as the extension of the story and you’ll definitely be a hit to your child.

3. Involve Your Child

Let your child be an active participant during your read aloud time. Ask questions about the story. Ask your child what she thinks will happen next. Ask her the names of the characters.  Invite her to do the movements with you. Assign her a repeating line or dialogue that she can say.

The more immersed your child is in the read aloud, the more that she’ll enjoy and learn from it.

4. Wrap-up The Story

End your read aloud by doing a quick review. Ask about the basic elements of the story. Help your child be aware of the moral lesson. Lead her to have conclusions and maybe even do a simple problem solving. This practice will help your child develop her critical thinking skills.

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5. Level-up

You can extend your child’s learning experience by adding simple activities that she can work on after the read aloud. You may ask her to color a page related to the story. Or you can do art and craft activities. The possibilities are endless. You just need to be creative.

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Listening to stories being real aloud is one of the most priceless and pleasurable experiences children can have. And it should be a part of a child’s daily routine.

That is why at Virtudes De La Academia, we have adopted read aloud as a teaching strategy to help our students develop a genuine love for reading.

Other reading strategies such as book work and reading alone are also practiced to give our students a well-rounded reading experience.

Read aloud is a proven effective teaching strategy, that is why we made it a part of our school curriculum. At VDLA, we practice read aloud as early as preschool because we live by the tag line: ‘READERS TODAY, LEADERS TOMORROW.’

If you see your child as a smart and global leader in the future, JOIN US NOW!

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Importance of Play: 10 Benefits of Play to Children

Play is a child’s work. It is so important to a child’s development that it is listed as Article 31 on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child.

Article 31: That every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts. 

The UN has spoken. Play is a child’s right. So what exactly are the benefits of play to children?

10 Benefits of Play

Here are the top 10 benefits of play to children:

 

1. Play teaches children how the world works

A child indirectly learns about gravity as he observes that a ball will fall back down no matter how high he throws it.

2. Play helps children learn relationship between objects

A young boy learns that spoon is for eating while spade is for gardening. He realized this because a spade is too big for his mouth and it’s found in the garden, not the kitchen.

3. Play develops gross motor skills

A toddler may find himself a wobbly walker at first but soon he’ll develop into a fast runner. Then a couple weeks more, he’ll add jumping, hopping and skipping to his list of movements as he safely plays in the confine of his play pen.

4. Play develops fine motor skills

A preschooler finds herself more capable of stringing beads together as she gradually improves her fine motor skills. Next week, she plans to make a bracelet for her mom made of colorful beads.

5. Play promotes imagination

Two girls are playing doctors. Surgeons to be exact. They hand each other toy scalpels and stethoscope as they operate on a toy doll lying on a toy iron board.

6. Play develops social skills

A young boy learns that he’ll gain more playmates if he shares his toys. While a little girl learns how to take turns as she waits for her round on the playground swing.

7. Play builds self-esteem

A kindergartner finds out that she is brave after crawling inside a long and dark tunnel.

8. Play promotes creativity

Two siblings are busy moulding their play dough. One made a pizza with pepperoni and mushroom toppings. The other one made a burger with pizza as a filling.

9. Play improves communication skills

A cute boy just learned his first clear sentence, “I want to play, Mom.”

10. Play improves emotional quotient

A young girl displays different range of emotions as she plays with her friends. She felt happy, sad, frustrated and relieved in just an hour of playing. In that one hour, she learned how to control and manage her impulses.

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Seb at Kidzoona

Play is a treasured part of childhood. It clearly has a big contribution to your child’s development.

Let’s not forget, play was a huge chunk of OUR childhood! I know. I have lot of good childhood memories and most of them involve me playing.

I guess it is safe to say that: Happy Play = Happy Childhood!

I know you want that for your child, too! It is then a must for us adults to encourage play in children. And it will be even better if we could provide them with appropriate toys that they can play with. We can also facilitate some of the games they play to further boost their childhood experience.

Do you have any childhood memory that involves play that you wish to share?

What games did you like playing as a child? Have you introduced those games to your child yet?

How about your favorite toys?

I would be happy to read your thoughts. Do write them down on the comment box below.

Keep playing!

5 Story Read-Aloud Tips for Parents: How To Capture Your Child’s Attention

Story read-aloud is a fun and effective educational activity that you can include in your child’s daily routine. As the name suggests, it is simply reading aloud a story from the text of a picture book. This helps him develop a love for reading, learn good values, improve his listening skills, boost his imagination and creativity and be more accepting of others. Indeed, story read-aloud has a lot of benefits to your child.

Knowing the benefits of this experience, you are now ready to start the habit of reading aloud to your child. Or you may have already started. You bought a lot of storybooks with cute illustrations. And you also have some props on hand. It is now time to read them to your child. But how do you do it? How do you catch his attention?

 

Top 5 Story Read-Aloud Tips To Capture Your Child’s Attention

Here are the top five tips that you can apply so you can have a successful story read-aloud with your child:

5 Story Read Aloud Tips

1. Short and Sweet

If it is your first time to do read-aloud with your child, it is advisable to choose a short story. A ten-paged storybook (or even less) would hit the spot. Remember, your child is just starting to love read-alouds. Expect a lot of squirming and wiggling. So keep it short.

2. Keep It Comfy

Find a comfortable corner where your child won’t be easily distracted. The place should create the perfect ambiance for read-aloud. No blaring T.V. on the background or even pets running around. Your child gets distracted easily. That is a fact of life. So make sure you stay away from distractions for just a couple of minutes.

3. Give It Your Best Shot

Use movements. Do dramatic pauses. Change your voice with different characters. Display different facial expressions. Use props. Give it everything you’ve got! Just think of story read-aloud as your stand-up show. Your child is your only audience and the spotlight is on you. It’s your time to shine!

4. Involve Your Child

Audience participation is always part of a successful show. And in your story read-aloud, you only have one V.I.P. audience- your child. So keep in mind to engage him as you read to him. Ask him questions about the story. Let him point to the pictures. Invite him to do the movements with you. Give him some simple lines to say. Make the sound effects together. Hand him the props. Remember: Audience participation is key.

5. Again and Again

Expect to read the same books again and again. After a couple of story read-alouds, your child will surely pick a favorite story. So be prepared to deliver the same story over and over again. But never lose the enthusiasm. Read the story with the same gusto, as if you’re a reading it for the first time.

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Nina’s lap is Seb’s favorite read-aloud spot.

 

Bonus Tip: Have fun!

Story read-aloud should be a fun experience for you and your child. This simple activity that you do with him even for just a couple of minutes everyday could possibly and inevitably lead to love of learning and reading in the future. And that is our long-term goal. So have fun!

Please do share with me your favorite storybooks that you read to your child.

I would also love to hear how you keep your child engaged as you do read-alouds.

Happy reading!

5 Reasons Why You Should Read To Your Child Today

When was the last time you read a story to your child? Last night? Last week? Never? No judgment here, as it is understandable.

It is common nowadays to see children- even as young as toddlers, tinkering with electronics gadgets. And it is surprising albeit disturbing to see that they’ve become experts at switching apps even before they’ve mastered the proper pencil grip.

With the demand of work today and other parental responsibilities, it is easier to hit the play button on a tablet and let the video entertain the child rather than spend time to read him an actual book.

But the convenience of electronic gadgets could have a negative impact on your child. And you don’t want that.

Here comes in a simple thing that you can include in your child’s daily routine: Story Reading.

Story Reading is an oral presentation of a story from the text of a picture book. Simply put, you read what’s on the book. Movements, sound effects and props may be used but not entirely needed.

There are many benefits of story reading to children that you simply can’t afford to pass up.

Top 5 Benefits of Story Reading to Children

5 Reasons Why

1. Instill Good Values

Children simply love listening to stories. They actually like hearing what the characters have done to overcome their problems and how they have succeeded. By reading your child stories with moral lessons, you can easily inculcate good values such as honesty, responsibility, courage, and many more to your child in a matter of minutes.

2. Develop Language Skills

By simply pointing at the pictures and saying their names, your child can already add new words to his vocabulary. Whereas before, he only knows the word cat to represent a cat, now the word kitten is added. And he also knows that kitten is the word for baby cat. And all because you pointed at the picture of a cat.

3. Improves Listening Skills

Your child has to listen attentively to your story to be able to understand it well. If you do story reading regularly, your child gets to practice his listening skills regularly, too. And as time goes on, your child will learn to be more attentive so he can listen and understand the story better.

4. Boost Imagination and Creativity

After reading a story book to your child, the pictures that she has seen and the words that she has heard will then be part of her mental memory. And as she goes on with her day, you can see and hear a little bit of the stories that you’ve read. And for all we know, she has created an entire world full of characters from the stories she has heard.

5. Open New Worlds

Stories can open a whole new world to your child. One night, she is hearing about a princess who lives in a tall castle, the next she hears about a princess in a desert. The more diverse the stories you read, the more world and experiences open up to your child. This will help her to be more accepting of different cultures apart from her own.

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Seb is listening intently as I read him ‘Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone.’

Story reading is a simple yet effective activity that you can include in your child’s routine. It has a lot of benefits that can really help your child advance in life. So start story reading today!

Some of you may not know how to read to your child effectively. Here are tips on how to capture your child’s attention so you can maximize his read aloud experience.

Let me know what stories you love reading to your child.

Happy reading!