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How to inspire children to have an entrepreneurial spirit

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Children entrepreneur spirit“To often we give children answer to remember rather than a problem to solve”  Roger Lewin

Nowadays the world is getting increasingly complex. What parents can do is encourage their children to think outside of the box. It doesn’t have to be related only with business. It’s important to make every child use their initiative to find solutions. Curious, adventurous and fearless, having an entrepreneurial spirit at an early age will make them see the world differently.

The concept of entrepreneurship fades away despite the importance it has in schools or at home. We notice that kids lack the knowledge of entrepreneurship from the beginning. That is one primary reason for kids not having an entrepreneurial spirit. Whatever your role in a child’s life (teacher, parent, or another caregiver), there are some tips to inspire kids to have an entrepreneurial spirit.

1.Inspire creativity will build marketing skills

Inspire them to be creative.  Make something and own every part of the process from brainstorming to product development to presentation. For example, it could be creating artwork. This activity can be less than 10 min. But it builds the creativity of the child and helps them to express it and manage different stages. What is more motivated your children to start observing marketing materials. Billboards, promotional banners in front of businesses, printed advertisements in magazines, and television/radio commercials. Ask them what catches their attention about the message and also quiz them on how to identify things like the headline, subheadline, and “call to action.”

2.Create a game versus just a play game

In creating a game, they activate leadership skills on a very manageable scale. Someone will inevitably need to step up to create the game and the object of the game. Collaborate with others over reasonable rules that pull from previous experiences or games, and then just to freak’ play and see if it works. What’s great about this is this can happen indoors or outdoors.

3. Work with your child to create safe but impactful challenges

One of our favourites challenges includes building obstacle courses with lily pads to jump across, ground-level balance beams, jumps, or specific physical tasks. This above works for two reasons: we encourage you to use resources you already own versus buying new toys or supplies. You’re working together to create a new, unique opportunity that’s built to challenge someone else. A natural by-product of this is, of course, evaluation and feedback: Why did it work or not work? Was it too challenging? What would make it easier? What would make it a more memorable or more unique challenge?

4.Online resources 

Online resources can be an excellent way to get kids started and teaching them some of the essential skills that entrepreneurs possess to get them familiar with this art. One such tool is Bizworld.org, an online platform that inspires children to be innovative leaders through the teaching of entrepreneurship, business and finance. With an aim to prepare children for bright futures that support global economic growth and vibrancy. Bizworld connects third to eighth-grade students to the real world by providing curricula, training educators and fostering collaboration between education and business.

With their three different types of courses, namely, Bizworld, Bizmovie, and Bizwiz. Kids across the globe can learn the skills for entrepreneurship.

5. Kids must learn how to recognise opportunities

Teaching your children to seek out opportunities and take action on them, will directly contribute to their level of future success. How to prepare: Praise your children for pointing out small problems or setbacks in their lives. Those that cause them distress such as soggy sandwiches at lunchtime or not being able to reach items on a high shelf. Brainstorm solutions on how to resolve their troubles. This will teach them to focus on creating positive solutions, instead of focusing on the problem itself. This habit will allow them to create profitable ideas in their future businesses.

6. Independence builds confidence

The entrepreneurial mindset causes kids to depend on themselves for their success. This leads to well-rounded adults and future leaders.

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5 tips for innovative math instruction

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Girl-at-schoolFor any Innovative educators math doesn’t have to be boring or abstract. There are several innovative ideas for spicing up your math class.

1.Kids teach kids with mathcasting.

“Teach what your learn”! Kids are share and teach what they lear to other kids.It’s a good way to engage and involving kids who are psyched about math because they get to teach other kids how to get smarter.In another way mathcasting is help to build a culture where students teach each other.

2.Model thinking,not solutions and answers

Rather than telling your students how to solve a problem, consider “thinking aloud”. Model exactly what you thinking including confusion, emotions, skills, strategies and more.This method let your students know how mathematicians think. One piece of research that is helpful to know is that mathematicians spend a long time thinking about how to set up a problem, a little bit of time doing the problem, and a long time “looking back” by asking the question, “Does this make sense?” Model that for your students, by putting a complex problem on the board and spending time not just jumping into a solution, but talking about what strategies you might use to solve the problem.

3.Provide feedback relevant to the task,non-comparative

When you’re teaching, provide consistent and immediate feedback for learning.Be aware that you are stepping out of the role of improving your student learning.For example,giving only grades to your students does not give any informations on how they can improve if they are going to be  re-test in the future.

4.Game-based learning site

The fun to play games are designed to make math challenging, yet playable in a gaming context. The games allow skids to grasp and practice sophisticated math concepts in an entertaining way.

5.Use story to teach maths

It’s a great guide for teachers to start incorporating story as a supplement to their curriculum. Write a story, a real story with characters and plot, and add the math problem set. Write about wizards that need to use angles for their sorcery or spice trading ships on the deep seas. Story engages the creative part of the brain and helps build a more meaningful relationship to what is being taught.

If you’re a student or have a child, share this post with your math teacher.

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Language-How to develop your kid’s language skills and speech

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speech1Kids language skills and speech matter!!

The first few years of a child’s life are key to the development of speech, language and cognitive skills. For this reason it is important to create an environment that helps to develop speech and language skills that give them all the stimulation, positive role modelling and human contact that they need. For a normally developing child, learning is easy and creating opportunities for learning is also not difficult. Through play, simple daily interactions and experiences, parents or teachers can help the child acquire  language skills.There are some activities to improve and develop your child’s speech and language skills.

1.Be a good model.

It’s start with you first! speak clearly and slowly and face your child when speaking. If your child says a word or sentence incorrectly, rather than correct them or ask them to repeat it, just say the word / sentence back to them correctly to show you have understood. This way your child always hears the correct version. This is how children learn language.Remember your language level,do not use a word or sentence that your child may not be able to undertand it’s essential for every child to capture and understand the words.

2.Give time to your child. 

Make time with your child.It’s essential to have a communication about a topic that they like or they want to talk about.Spend some times with them away from distraction,and try to look some tv show or read books and talk about pictures,observe and comments and pay attenton to their vocabulary.

3.Let your child lead.

By letting your child be the boss or a leader when you are playing with him/her, you will build their self confidence and also avoid to put pressure on them.Evidence shows that children who have self esteem and confidence tend to develop skills quickly .

4.Make every opportunity be a language activities.

Point to things, name them, sing a nursery rhyme, or ask a question. You don’t have to set aside a specific time of day to learn language, every activity is a language learning activity.

5.Communications temptations.

Often by tempting your child with something motivating you can elicit some speech or a vocalization. For instance, holding onto the biscuit tin, but not opening it until he vocalizes a request, or only blowing bubbles when you get a vocalization from the child. In the early stages the child does not have to use the correct words or sentences, but just vocalize or make an approximation of the word. We want the child to learn that he can use his voice as a tool to initiate and request.

6.The environment.

The environment in which your child learns also has an impact on how they learn. Try and reduce distractions and background noise .
A busy household with lots of children will be noisy, but allows lots of play opportunities for the young child. However, sometimes you cannot beat some adult time, and if you get half an hour to have some one-to-one quality time with your  child then make the most of it.

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How to engage kids in learning? (Gamification)

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“I want you guys to be stuck on a video game that is teaching you something other than just blowing up something” President Obama 

Gamification is about increasing motivation and engagement. Once you have a kid’s attention, it is still up to the teacher or the parents to deliver a solid, meaningful lesson. Gamification is not a magic bullet, nor does every student need it, but the students who benefit the most from a gamified classroom just so happen to be the ones who most need motivation and engagement. There are some ideas about how to engage your kids through gamification.

  • Improving an existing training program, by empowering proactivity.
  •  Promoting social interaction, by simulating the actual tasks they will perform in a safe virtual environment.
  • Mimicking real life challenges with increasing levels of difficulty, by introducing different challenges with increasing levels of difficulty.
  • Adding gamification elements to learning for those with various learning disabilities, in order to keep them motivated.
  • Using game-based simulations, to improve the general performance of the group.
  • Simulating reality in different/new environments, so the concepts become active and independent of the environment.
  • Allowing students to collect badges by completing certain tasks, so the achievement is more tangible.
  • Using game elements during the lesson’s explanations, to avoid bored minds.
  • Enabling learning in a forgiving environment, which allows for risk-free mistakes.
  • Tapping into intrinsic motivation. Create a context and narrative, and then select the most appropriate game elements to create an immersive experience to take a player on a journey.

The game mechanics found in a good gamified classroom raise a struggling student’s self-esteem and provide an extra layer of engagement that might not otherwise exist. Your best, brightest student may enjoy learning in a gamified class.

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How to teach children Through play and example (Age 3 to 9)

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Picture-324-468x311Children do a lot of growing and developing between the ages of 3 and 9. At 3, children are moving out of babyhood and into childhood. They have rich imaginations, may have strong fears, and love to play physically.Whatever your role in a child’s life (teacher, parent, or other caregiver), there are some ways to make learning productive, fun, and enjoyable for the both of you.

 

1.Read to your children

Reading aloud to children is widely recognized as an important activity in language development. It builds word-sound awareness, which is a huge predictor of their own reading success. It also builds motivation, curiosity, memory, and of course, vocabulary. When children begin having good experiences with books at a very early age, they are more likely to continue this feeling of enjoyment and confidence with their own reading throughout their lives.Read before bed time each night, or at the end of the school day, are perfect times to set aside for this activity

 

2.Play and pretend games with your children.

Playing house or other types of fantasy play is very important for children’s imaginations as well as their social and language development. They will love nothing more than to have you enter into their little fantasy world.

 

3.Play sport together.

Even if you’re not the most athletic caregiver in the world, exposing children to sports and playing with them is important for their physical development and motor skills. Sports also teach honesty, teamwork, fair play, respect for rules, and respect for themselves and others.Choose a sport or two you’ll play sometimes with your children and get the necessary things together for playing.

 

4.Ask for their help.

Young children naturally love to help. It makes them feel important and valued by you. Foster this feeling into their older years by asking them to help you with various chores. Gradually, through watching and imitating you, they will learn to take over certain chores themselves and develop a sense of responsibility.

 

5.Do arts or crafts.

Coloring, drawing, and crafts are not only a great way to keep children entertained on a rainy day, but they also help develop children’s fine motor skills, develop their concepts of colors and numbers, and help them see scientific processes like how glue works. Be sure to use age appropriate tools and materials, like child scissor.

  • For younger kids, try making finger puppets, pasta jewelry, or felt collages together.
  • Older kids often enjoy magazine collages, making pottery, and making masks.
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5 Movies to share with your Kids!

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Today is kids & family movie day! We have selected 5 movies 
to share with your kids and enjoy the weekend in the family.
We promise tons of fun with these movies!

The Incredibles (2004) : (A lot of actions and fun for the entire family)

The Incredibles movie is about superheroes, and that means big action and stunning visuals, unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else. But that’s just window dressing in a story that’s really about the importance of family and what yours can accomplish if you stick together. It’s also about being unafraid to stand out,
a movie about the importance of actually achieving and being rewarded for it.
It’s important for the kids to get part of the message and realize that their
parents are their superheroes

Recommended Age: 7 and up

Disney Animated Films movies

It seems Impossible to pick one or two movies from Disney’s massive library of 2D animated movies, so I’m making it a point to share them all. Good plan for a weekend with kids.

Recommended Age: 4 and up

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

The story of an overweight panda learning Kung Fu to take on the baddest of 
the bad is fun, a lot of fun. The action is brilliantly done 
and the characters are beautifully drawn. Kung Fu is affecting adults but he will blow your kids away!

Recommended Age: 6 and up

Harry Potter

While you should watch Harry Potter at any time of the year (can you tell we’re fans?),  There is something about Harry boarding the Hogwarts Express that really evokes that start-of-the-school-year, fall feeling. Oh…and there’s magic and witches, too! The first few movies are aimed at younger children while the later ones are better suited to their older, tween siblings.

Recommended Age: 7 and up

Pixie Hollow Games (2013)

 Beautifully animated fairy tale teach about teamwork. The story centers on two very different coworkers who learn to set aside their 
differences and work as a team, and the experience changes each one for
the better. Friendship, positive role models, and fair play are celebrated, 
and the show inspires kids to look at their world from a new (and much shorter)
perspective.

Recommended Age: 4 and up

The SKIDOS team wishes you a happy Friday and a great weekend ahead!