by John Cale, GiftCertificateTemplates.net
Kids are growing up really fast and money is a really big issue that affects everyone -- kids too. It is always wise to let them know about money and be able to differentiate the values. As a parent, it is your responsibility to teach them about all this and the sooner you start the better. There are many ways to teach kids about money, but the best way is to make it fun, since kids get bored really fast. You can introduce them with fun games that include money like:
Sorting and Stacking
Make sure the kids know the different coins. Then, let them sort them out and put them in different places. They can match up the ones that look the same and put them together in a different place.
Showing the Different Types of Coins
You can teach them by using boards and putty tabs. Start by sticking the front of the coins on the board for them to see and then stick the back of the same coin to match up. Do this for the different types of coins and let the children try and stick the same under the ones that you have put up. Let them repeat this until they are finally aware of all the coins and their values.
Matching Up Coins
Teach them in groups of their friends and give them coin cards with each coin drawn on them. Then, let them match up the real coins and cards and make it a friendly competition. Tell them that the one who finishes first gets a reward.
Value of Coins
Once the kids have learned all the different coins, you can then add up the bigger currencies. Start by letting them know what a certain coin can buy. They will then learn to appreciate money and treasure it.
You can then teach your children the importance of saving money and get them piggy banks. Give them goals and let them save a certain amount at a certain time and offer rewards when they do this.
When they make an effort to save, as a parent it is your duty to recognize this and appreciate them. You can show your appreciation by rewarding them with a certificate of appreciation. You can design one easily by using a certificate of appreciation template. By doing this, your kids will grow up with the knowledge of saving, which can help them become financially responsible.
by Lyn Lomasi, Staff Writer
"I can't do this, mom! I don't get it!" "Math sucks!" If your child or student says things like this try to make math fun with music. This helps the child relate more in an entertaining way. Music lyrics and musical activities can also help the child memorize certain skills, due to repetition.
Write songs for each new concept that is taught. Parents or teachers can do this themselves and teach the songs to the kids. Depending on their age level and understanding, kids can even even participate in writing the songs. Singing and creating the songs helps with memorization of the steps required to solve problems. Be sure that the songs not only have answers, but explain the steps necessary to get there. This way the child is not just memorizing the answers, but knows how that answer is possible.
Use the beats of the music to make math. For instance, count how many beats there are per minute. For more complicated math, add, subtract, multiply, and divide beats to figure out how many occur within a specific time-frame or within the entire song. For fun, kids can tap the beats with a drumstick (or clap them) as they count, add, subtract, multiply, and divide.
Turn lesson time into a musical at school or at home. This one may work best with your own children or with younger kids. Sing the lessons to the kids and have them sing back the answers. It's just a silly activity that gets kids giggling and having fun while learning math. This can be a good good activity during homework time or other times when a child is getting frustrated. To take it a step further for older kids, they can actually write a musical based on what they learn and perform it for family or for the school.
Let them dance for correct answers. When a child gets the right answer, let her dance. This inspires the kids to work hard at getting those answers. Dance also helps relieve tension and increase energy, which is good for concentration. The music should be the signal that it's time to dance. Pause it during questions and when someone gives a correct response, press play.
Assign them a research report to be given in song. Just as children write reports in other subjects, they can be written for math as well. To add to the effect and make math fan, add music to the mix. Children can present their reports in song, rather than reading them aloud. Allow for creativity with dance and even props. Leave it up to the kids. When children are having fun, they are more receptive to their environment.
*I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
by Lyn Lomasi, Staff Writer
Comprehension is an essential part of learning and surviving in today's world. No matter what subject your child is learning, comprehension skills are vital. Comprehension skills are those that help your child to recognize and remember the important details of a story or the methods to solve a problem.
In Math, comprehension is the understanding of the mathematical process being performed to find the solution. In Reading, comprehension is the understanding of what is being read. In Science, comprehension is the understanding of what is read and also what is performed during experiments. Those are just some examples of the importance of comprehension.
Without comprehension, not much can be accomplished. Comprehension is used daily, even by the minute. In order to cook, clean, drive, or sing a song, we need to comprehend what we are doing. In order to write this article, I need comprehension. As you can see, comprehension is vital to succeed.
Here are two great activities that will help build and enhance your child's comprehension. These games were invented by me for my own children to use.
Find My Details
Materials: A book or story
Number of Players: 1 or more
Directions for sentence details: A child who is just starting to recognize details and main ideas or a child who is struggling, should start out with sentence details first.
Point to a sentence in the story. Have the child read the sentence out loud. Once the child has read the sentence, the child needs to go back and read the sentence again, this time only reading the important details aloud. If the child struggles with which words are important, explain to your child how words like and, to, but, and if are only necessary to form a sentence, but when you need to remember important details, they are not so important. For example, in the
sentence "Tom ate three apples while swinging on a branch", the child would read aloud for the details: "Tom ate three apples swinging on branch". While the sentence, of course, does not make any sense, it makes the details stick out. Teach your child that when reading a sentence, they only need to remember the important details. They don't need to remember the sentence word for word.
Directions for paragraph details: The directions for the paragraph mode are the same as the sentence mode. There will just be more than one sentence to read. Start out with shorter paragraphs and progress to longer ones as your child advances.
My Amazing Mazes
In this activity, your child will look at mazes in a different way. While the goal is usually only to get to the end of the maze, this is a little different.
Materials: mazes (Mazes can be easily found and printed from the internet for free. Just do a search for "free printables mazes".) and a pencil for each player
Number of Players: 1 or more
Directions: Once each child has a maze and a pencil, you will explain this to them. Tell the children that they need to first solve the maze. Then, you will do something fun and interesting with it. Once the children have solved their mazes, tell them it's time for the fun part. Next, tell them to examine the mazes and figure out how the artist made the maze direct them the way it did. They should trace the lines with the pencil or their fingers. They should be thinking about what would have happened if the maze was drawn a different way. Ask them each individually what would happen if certain lines were taken away. Would it create a new way to solve the maze? Do this with several different sections on each child's maze. This helps to build comprehension in that it shows the child the importance of details and how and why things are done.
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