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Do you have any tips for helping kids concentrate on their studies?
Well, this may not be a popular answer, but we have consequences for dawdling or not paying attention. If students choose to procrastinate then they put their work in a "homework pile" that they get to do after school is over. Usually one time of having to do work while everyone else is playing helps motivate them to pay attention and work diligently during class time!
If someone is having trouble focusing due to noise issues, I let them use headphones to block out the excess noise. I also allow them to go to their room or another comfy place to read since that requires more focus.
What's an educational game or activity you and your kids love?
We like all kinds of games and hands on activities to help make our learning experience more well rounded and memorable. Whenever possible we make crafts, recipes, lapbooks, or notebooking pages to go with our studies. This just helps make things more fun in general, but also brings your subject to life for the kiddos. They'll definitely remember something they created with their own hands!
How do you encourage a love of reading in your kids?
We all read as a group. We take turns with the ones who are old enough and we do fun activities that go with our reading like lapbooks. But mainly we just read together as a family. I also have some reading incentive type things to help encourage them to read on their own. You can see more of that here:
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What's a good way to motivate and support children who are struggling to learn a certain school subject?
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My tip is to try something new, think outside the box! If your child isn't getting something, it's our job to make sure it get's through to them, not theirs. Be flexible, just because you purchased a curriculum doesn't mean that it is going to work for your family. Be willing to change it up if it is not working.
Be creative, make it fun by using manipulatives that your child is interested! We like to do lapbooks if available, and play games that promote that subject.
If it's a memorization issue, come up with a jingle, poem, or visual to help them remember.
Mostly, try not to get frustrated. Your child is probably just as frustrated as you are, and so it won't help if you are both having a bad attitude ;o)
What's a great developmental toy for preschoolers?
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I reach for anything that is hands on to work on those fine motor skills! Lacing beads are great, tongs to transfer objects, coloring, cutting, large wooden puzzles, and even art stuff like play-doh and painting! Erica @ www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com