One day a group of moms and I were sharing information about our hobbies, jobs, and businesses. I told the group that I just started a YouTube Channel with Fun Accelerated Learning Tips for Kids. One mom asked me to make a video of Study Tips for Tweens/Teens. Excitement was my feeling because I love doing research, telling others what I have learned, and solving problems. My response was “I will work on it!”
Below is what I have experienced and found to be effective study habits and strategies for kids.
Let’s Get Going!
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How Can I Help my Kid study?
You can assist your child with their school work by being involved in their studies. Ask your child about the topics they are learning about in school. Create conversations during dinner, car trips, or walking the dog about that topic and share what you know. If you don’t know much about the topic, have your kid teach you about the subject. You may also do your own research on the topic and share what you learned.
Another way to assist your child is to attend parent conferences, open houses, or back-to-school nights. Students usually do better when they are supported in their academic life. As a parent, request meetings with teachers and other staff just to check your child’s progress. These meetings should happen whether your child is doing well or need some extra attention with school work. Open Houses or Back-to-School nights are when parents learn about school programs and polices and other opportunities your child may take advantage of.
Children should have a conducive studying environment. This includes having the tempature between 74º and 77º. It is helpful to place desks or tables away from distractions. Some parents find putting their child’s desk in the corner of their room away from the door and facing the wall helpful. Natural light is the best light to study with; however, if this is not available, ensure there is proper lighting in your child’s study area.
Another tip is to have a distraction sheet near your child in case they have ideas pop in their head that are not related to school work. The child can write down their thoughts to prevent them from constantly thinking about it during study time.
What are the habits of Successful Students?
Learning Outside the Classroom
Two habits of successful students are learning outside the classroom and doing practice exams. Many successful students don’t just read the text book provided by their school, they take the initative to learn about a topic through reading other books, watching educational videos, and through experience. For example, if a child is learning about the American Civil Rights Movement, they may read about civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis, watch a documentary on the movement such as Eyes on the Prize, or visit a history museum.
Successful students often do practice exams. A practice exam can be informal when a parent is having an analytical dialogue or asking the child questions about the topic. It can also be formal where the parents create a practice test for their child. Practice tests can also be found in the back of other textbooks on the subject. Sometimes, you can find older editions of textbooks at your local library.
Let’s say your child is taking geography, then observe your child and see what they like and offer a connection. For the child who loves sports, have them research Sports played in the countries they are studying. If your daughter loves fashion, have them research the dress and fashion trends in the countries they are studying. Take it a step further and compare their findings to what happens in their home country.
Another way to spark interest in studies is to encourage the child to find how it applies to their lives. Another subject I did not like in High School was Physics. However, if I would have done some hands on physics experiments then I would have been more engaged in my studies. For example, a great physics lesson is visiting a playground and studying how the two opposing forces of a seesaw lever and fulcrum (placed in the middle) counterbalance each other, creating a smooth ride through the air. My only exposure in high school to physics was in a book and I did not connect with it.
4 Ways to Improve Study Habits
Chunking is the process of breaking information into smaller pieces so the brain can digest it more easily. As a second grader writing a short story in class, I could not remember how to spell the word together. I got up and asked my teacher and she said three words “to” “get” “her.” From that time on, together has never been a word I have forgotten to spell.
Chunking can be done in many ways. Kids can group together information by categories. For example, if your child is learning the symbols of the periodic table, they can remember them by groups. First they may learn the Group 1 which are the alkali metals, then move on the Group 2, the alkaline earth metals, and so on.
Mind mapping is one of my favorite ways to learn new things. It is an easy way to get information in and out of your brain. With mind maps you can study, take notes, create new ideas and plan projects. It consists of words, colors, lines, and pictures, which coincides with how our brain thinks.
There are 5 steps to Mind Mapping.
Get a blank paper with colored pens, pencils, markers, or crayons.
Draw a picture in the middle of the page that sums up your topic or subject.
Draw thick curved, connected lines coming away from the picture, one of each for the main ideas you have about the topic.
Name each of these ideas and it is helpful to draw pictures of each.
For each of the ideas, draw other connected lines spreading like tree branches.
These represent the details.
We remember information better with pictures because it uses both sides of the brain. For example, it is natural for photographs, books and magazines to bring back our memories. If you want to remember all your favorite things, just draw a color coded picture like below.
If you wanted to Mind Map an article, use the basic elements below in your picture.
Get creative with how new information is studied especially if it is a subject you are not fond of. If you love making home videos, create a show on the information you are studying and perform it for family and friends. Another idea is to make up questions about the subject and play a trivia game with friends in your class. Have all your friends bring a certain amount of questions for the game. If you like music, write a song about the information and put it to a catchy beat.
Please note: As you are preparing for your creative way of studying, ensure you understand the material first to pinpoint any area of confusion you have.
Get creative with how to study information
Create a You Tube video teaching others about the topic.
Create a commercial or role play on the information.
Schedule but with a Catch
It is helpful to set up a daily schedule of when you will study. However, it is important to include fun things like hobbies, time with friends or playing video games, and digital media time. You are more likely to complete tasks when you have playtime and work time on your schedule. This allows you to create in your mind something to look forward to.
One of the easiest ways to remember information is to associate it with something in which you are familiar. For example, make up a sentence using the letters in the formula to remember the area of a rectangle which is A = lw. The sentence could be Laura and Will had a big baby named Adam. Try to use items that you will remember like name of friends and family.
I hope you have found these tips helpful!!!
Use these studying strategies above to make studying revelent, interesting, and fun!
As adults, we most likely want to prevent children from getting sick. It disturbs their playtime and they often look helpless lying in bed during an illness. One way to keep kids healthy is to teach them how to prevent germs.
I have provided 4 FUN and SIMPLE activities that will complete this mission! These activities will have your child wanting to help with chores and pinpoint the importance of good hygiene.
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Let’s get started by answering basic questions about germs/microbes.
How are germs spread by hands?
When you cough or sneeze, this is the lungs’ way of doing their job to force bad germs/microbes out. Some people cough in their hands if they don’t have a tissue. Coughing in your hands leads to germs being left there. When you touch anything such as a doorknob, pen, sink, utensils, or someone else’s hand, you will spread germs.
How can you prevent germs from spreading?
There are good and bad germs. You want to keep good germs and get rid of bad germs. Good germs can help make vitamins that your body needs. Foods that increase good bacteria or germs are asparagus, beans, spinach, and bananas.
One way to prevent bad germs from spreading is to cough or sneeze into a tissue or elbow. Furthermore, if you don’t cover up at all while sneezing and coughing, the germs can go really far. Some germs can travel 100 miles (160km) per hour and spread over 100,000 more.
Another way to prevent germs is to wash your hands frequently with soap. Soap helps to remove dirt and microbes. Hand washing should occur before eating, after using the bathroom, when playtime is complete, after using public transportation, or visiting public places.
How can kids prevent germs?
Germs can enter the body through the mouth, nose, breaks in the skin, eyes and genitals (privates). Below are 5 ways to prevent germs…
Using tissues to wipe and blow your nose.
Staying home from school when you are sick.
Keep hands out of mouth.
Do not use other’s forks, spoons, or drink from the same cup.
Teach kids to wash their hands.
How do you teach a child to wash their hands?
Have kids do the following steps to wash their hands…
Wet their hands with warm or cold water.
Use soap to lather their hands while singing “Happy Birthday” twice.
Scrub between fingers, on the backs of hands, and under nails.
Rinse well and dry with a clean towel.
Tip: Create a colorful chart with the steps above and display in all bathrooms.
This book is about an oval shaped microbe character named Min, who teaches children about germs, by going on an adventure. Min begins her journey ON the book and involves readers by asking them to take her various places.
For example, the book says “Let’s take Min on an adventure! See the circle on the next page? That’s where Min lives. Touch the circle with your finger to pick her up. Min is now on your finger!”
Taking your Child on a Germ Journey
During Min’s travels, she meets friends and takes them along the way. Somehow Min and Rae end up on the reader’s shirt! At each stop, the authors show children a microscopic view of their destination. Additionally, commentary from other microbes explain how they function. While Min and Rae on are the reader’s shirt, one microbe says “Can you give me a hand spreading this dirt around?” Another microbe says “We’re making this shirt smell.”
While Min and friends are on the reader’s belly button, one microbe asks, “Did I tell you about the time soap got all the way in here? Another microbe replies “I don’t like scary stories!” This book teaches children the importance of brushing their teeth, washing clothes, and taking a bath in a humorous manner.
At the end, the authors show readers what microbes really look like and where they can be found.
Let’s apply it with 4 FUN Activities!
Use the activities below to….
Teach your Child about germs.
Encourage them to help with chores.
Promote Hygiene and Self-Care.
I do these activities with my son and he loves it!
Create the Germ/Microbe
Have your child draw a germ/microbe.
Tell the child to give the microbe a name.
Have your child draw the microbe a friend and name it.
Tell your child the microbe is going to travel to three places…
On their teeth
On their hands
Tell your child you are going to get rid of the germs by doing the next three activities.
Explain to children that microbes get on our clothes and make them dirty and stinky.
While doing laundry have your child help you put the clothes in the dryer and washing machine.
While your child is handling the clothes say the following…
“Let’s get the Microbes off the clothes by putting them in washing machine.
Make it fun and urgent by saying the following…
“Oh no! The microbes are multiplying let’s put them in the washing machine quickly!
Make it into a race against the Microbes.
Explain to children that microbes get on our teeth and cause tooth decay and cavities.
Explain that cavities are holes in your teeth.
The microbes also cause your breathe to stink.
These microbes love sugars like candy.
In order to get them off, they must floss and brush their teeth.
While your child is brushing their teeth say the following..
“Hurry Hurry, the microbes are running because they know we are about to brush your teeth!
Let’s brush your teeth to remove them now!”
I hear the microbes saying, “No, No don’t brush your teeth! We don’t like the smell of toothpaste!”
When your child is rinsing their mouth and spitting, say the following…
“The microbes are down the drain and they are yelling “No, No!”
Explain to children that microbes get on our hands as we touch various things like the doorknob and sink.
We often touch our noses, mouths, and eyes allowing microbes to come into our bodies and make us sick.
We need to wash our hands to decrease our chances of getting sick.
While your child is washing their hands, laugh and say the following…
“We are going to get those microbes by washing our hands with soap!”
“The microbes are scared of soap so let’s keep scrubbing!”
When your child is rinsing their hands, say the following…
“The microbes are down the drain and they are yelling “No, No!”
“Yes! We conquered the microbes!”
When I forget to do these activities, my son usually asks me to play the Microbe Games!
Get creative with your children on how to remove microbes!
Dads should read aloud to their child frequently. Also, children can observe how their dad enunciates words and his reading rhythm. Furthermore, do hands-on activities where the child can experience the words in the book. For example, if the child is reading about animals on Wednesday, take the book with you to the zoo on Saturday. Show the child the animals in the book while observing them at the zoo. This allows the child to see the words and experience it simultaneously.
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How do Books Help Children’s Development?
Children will learn life skills through experience. However, books can help a child’s development because they see how book characters solve problems and handle difficult situations. This is why it’s important for dads to read various types of books frequently to their children. The child receives a male’s perspective on how to handle issues through discussion encouraged from reading books. Also dads are given the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics through books which can range from friendship to feelings and emotion.
A Fun Book Dads Can Read to Children
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Along with the benefit of dads reading aloud, this book highlights the positive aspects of fathers such as telling funny stories or singing silly songs. It also stresses the negative side of dads, from a kid’s perspective, like being bossy or grouchy. Sometimes kids wish their dad’s were someone else, but the author warns children to be careful what they wish for because it be could way worse.
The book gives humorous scenarios of how it could be worse. One page reads, “Be glad your dad is not a tortoise because everything would take forever.” Another example is “Be glad your dad is not a Dung Beetle, because he would pile poop in your room, (Seriously, that would be really gross.)”
Fun Educational Components of the Book
The animals discussed in this book provide children with insight on how they function. At the end, the author gives more information about each animal in the book. When dung beetles pile poop and eat it, they help rid the earth of it. If they didn’t, the whole world would be covered in it!
My husband and son had a great time reading this book! My son found this funny and entertaining!!!
Fun Ideas to Supplement Book
Take it a step further and do a fun activity to supplement this book. Below are some ideas…
Role play a tortoise and do everything around the house slowly.
Get a balled up brown sock, representing poop, and leave it beside your child’s bed.
Leave a note saying “Daddy the Dung Beetle left this poop for you!”
Get this book and let your child laugh and learn while dad reads.
P.S. If dad is not present, get other family members and friends, like granddads, uncles, and mentors, to read to your child.