A classroom is an assorted assembly of children. Children of all kinds mingle in the classroom- Fast learners, slow learners, active kids, lazy ones and of course the kids with attention issues.

Who are the kids with attention issues?

Some kids are restless, easily distracted and inattentive in class. They seem more fidgety than usual. Focussing on the class is a major challenge for such children.

Teachers who observe children acutely in class are able to identify such kids with attention issues. Children may be affected by this types of attention issues

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most common attention issue affecting children between ages 3-17. For these kids, the attention-controlling area of the brain takes time to develop. So they exhibit the following symptoms.

  • Inability to focus on small details in a big picture
  • Be attentive without getting distracted
  • Continue a thought process even after getting interrupted
  • Require instructions to be repeated several times
  • Concentrate on one task at a time
  • Follow spoken instructions and process them
  • Continue a conversation without changing the topic

What is self-awareness?

Self-awareness is a life skill that enables a child to understand his

  • Thoughts and emotions
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Outward impression on others

Self-awareness is crucial in helping a child to optimize his potential and direct it towards his self-improvement.

Why self-awareness is critical for children with attention issues?

  • A child with attention issues knows his weaknesses, but he can realize what his strengths  are only through self awareness.
  • Self-awareness makes an attention-deficit child realize that how he perceives himself is very different from how others perceive him.
  • Being self-aware helps children with attention issues mingle normally and relate to others.
  • Self-awareness is the key for attention-deficit kids to identify unique opportunities for self-growth.

Tips to improve self-awareness of kids with attention issues.

  1.     Help them to acknowledge their attention issues

Children may be too young to understand the full implication of ADHD. But still, you can try to clarify to them that they might find certain things difficult – like retaining what have learnt or writing down what they have read. If a child understands that he has these difficulties, he may cope with it and work harder.

  1.     Bring in the big picture

Make the child understand that attention issues are not going to be the deciding factor that would rule his life. Celebrate his other strengths and guide him towards opportunities where he can excel. Children with attention issues might excel in sports like swimming, karate etc.

  1.     Make him feel comfortable with his shortcomings

Do not feel shy to discuss the weaknesses of the child. Rather make it seem as if they are minor issues. Relate his shortcomings to those close to him in a fun way- ” Look, I am good at Maths but I can’t swim like you even for a minute!”

  1.     Come up with smart solutions

Having explained his failings to the kid, now give him some smart solutions to overcome them. For instance, explain to the kid that “You might find it difficult to recall what you learnt at class. So try revising it 2-3 times instead”.

  1.     Motivate him to pursue his passion

Identify his passions and motivate the child to pursue them. “Your art teacher was pretty impressed with your work the other day. Why don’t you try a sketch right now?”

  1.     Explore new avenues

Induce your child to explore new avenues. Get him to overcome his fear of failing. Make him try his hand at boating, horse riding, art or music to build his self esteem.

 

Most children suffer attention issues in their growing years. But these attention issues can easily be surmounted by identification of alternate learning methods and with adequate practice. Practiced learning helps children with attention issues cope better with academics and excel in scholastics too.

 

It’s vacation time and parents are racking their brains to keep their kids occupied during these holidays. Kids want to have lots of fun while parents want them to enjoy too, but with some learning included.

Here are some ideas to give a judicious mix of both fun and learning as amazing vacation ideas for your kids. These are both fun and will enrich the mind/body.

1. Go Trekking

Get set to go a nature trail. Choose a safe location to go trekking this summer. Check out for some trek clubs near you and join one of their adventurous expeditions. Trekking is not only good exercise but it also builds team spirit and cooperation. It also instils the spirit of adventure and exploration along with a love of nature.

2. Pick up a New Hobby or Skill

Learn something new this summer that is both fun and fruitful. Opt for origami- the Japanese paper craft or our own Keralite mural painting or the famous Warli pot painting. If you care for the outdoors, learn horse-riding or boating. If you want something homebound, go for gardening or interior-decoration. Kids even pick up cooking, baking, pottery or sewing as hobbies. For those with a mechanical bent of mind, children can learn carpentry, vehicle servicing, basic electrification etc. with adequate adult supervision.

3. Learn a New Language

Why not try learning a foreign language- French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin etc? This is bound to be interesting and can come handy for your overseas education as well. Linguistic capability can open doors to a host of opportunities abroad.

4. Bond with Books

Those kids who did not have time to read storybooks during school days, can now really immerse themselves in books. Check out the latest best sellers and comics and have a go at them. Amar Chitra Katha and Panchatantra are fun and teach morals. You can also check out the ‘Feluda’ series by Satyajit Ray. Be sure to spend time reading books of authors like Roald Dahl, JK Rowling, Agatha Christie, and Enid Blyton. Fiction novels really help expand the child’s imagination and creativity. Raid the library for old classics and new hardbacks that you might have missed out on.

5. Sign Up for a Fitness Regimen

Go health-conscious this summer. Get into a fitness regimen eating the right diet, doing exercise, Yoga and meditation.  Gear up your body for the upcoming year of academics with fitness training, aerobic exercises or yogic asanas. Swimming is a great way to cool off in the summer heat and exercise at the same time. Other good options are cycling and badminton and they can be easily done.

6. Opt for Organic Farming

Learn the nuances of home gardening with organic fertilizers. Train yourself on vermicomposting,  manuring, weeding etc. Take a trip to a farm nearby and study their agriculture and way of life. See what practice can be adapted to do city-farming and try implementing them.

7. Go Tech-Savvy

Kids who are really into computers can enrol for a programming course or basic course on machine hardware. They can learn to use the computer for more than just games and entertainment. Robotics is also another area that is keeping kids really busy these days.

8. Join a Summer Camp

A summer camp could be the right place to give a mix of both learning and fun. Summer camps usually have sports like swimming, crafts like pottery-making and a bit of fun learning like arts and crafts. Lets Practise has organized such an innovative summer camp with a pack of productive activities that will keep them usefully engaged.

Points to remember while choosing vacation activities for kids

  1. Choose an activity that your kid has a genuine interest in. It is your child’s interest and not yours, and that is important. Choose something they want to do. Half-hearted involvement does not help.
  2. Ensure that the activity is suitable for your kid at his age. Small kids might not be able to undertake advanced software or digital courses or read complex novels.
  3. Make sure that the activity is safe for your child. For instance, swimming is not advised for kids with asthma.
  4. Let the activity centre be close to your home, always accessible, and in a hygienic environment.
  5. Do not choose rigorous activities that will stress your child out. Your kids need a break during the holidays. Let them enjoy their vacation.

Vacation time is a valuable time for both kids and parents.  Make the most of it by bonding with children and indulging them in fun activities that will revive them for the coming academic year.

Check out the innovative summer program from Lets Practise and feel the difference!

Hurray! It’s holiday time! Kids deserve a break after working so hard doe their exams, don’t they? But it’s summertime and many places in Maharashtra are really hot. How to beat the heat and yet occupy children enjoyably and productively? The answer is obviously “Summer camp”.

Here’s a list of Summer Camps for kids in Maharashtra. Take a look and decide.

  1. Kolad’s Nature Camp

Gear up your kids for a Nature Adventure with this summer camp at Kolad conducted by Small Steps Adventures. This unique summer camp focuses on outdoor activities and experiential learning for 7- 15-year-olds. Lasting for 3 days and 2 nights, this camp concentrates on improving the social skills and the love of nature for kids. Packed with excitement, this summer camp offers thrilling activities like Monkey Tail, Slackline, Burma Bridge, Low Ropes etc. Even /archery and Rifle Shooting are offered for the truly interested. Teamwork, Leadership, Nature awareness etc., are the learnings from this camp.

  1. Nilshi Summer Camp

The Nilshi Summer Camp is a unique opportunity to embrace adventure. Nilshi is a verdant village nestled in the Western Ghats between /Mumbai and Pune. This short excursion for adventure lasts for 3 days and 2 nights. Children find this an excellent opportunity to interact with nature and bond with their friends. Exciting activities like Kayaking, Target Shooting, Rock Climbing, Outdoor Cooking etc. are great fun for children.

  1. Pune’s Rainbow Island Summer Camp

Short and stimulating weekend summer camps are organized by Pune’s Rainbow /spello to Doodhsagar Waterfalls, Prabalmachi, Trikon etc. The Doodhsagar Waterfalls trek and Tour offers great opportunities for Bird Watching, Photography etc. Prabhalmachi, located between Matheran and Panvel is another nature spot to explore. Trikon tour has an evening of sailing at sunset and enjoying the scenic beauty of the ocean waters.

  1. Pune’s Surya Shibhir Camp

Located 50 km. from Pune, the Surya Shibhir offers an exclusive experience for children to sharpen their intellectual skills along with their physical vigour and nature awareness. At this useful Summer Camp, kids learn the use of windmills, biogas, solar panels, dairy farming, vermicomposting etc. Apart from this, adventure activities include flying kites, rock climbing, valley crossing, rappelling, rifle shooting and swimming. This camp offers a good exposure to organic farming while indulging them in fun activities.

  1. Nashik’s STEM Summer Camp

The thirst for knowledge is unquenched for some. For kids like these, who have an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Nashik is the destination. This STEM summer camp offers project-based learning and practice on the Maths and Science topics with audio-visual aids.

  1. Nagpur’s Edify Summer Camp

If you reside in Nagpur, your kid is lucky. Nagpur’s Edify Summer Camp has a lot of educational and fun activities for kids aged 5-14. Unique art and craft activities like Pottery, Music, Zoomba and even Hair Styling and IT designing are taught at this innovative camp along with swimming and sports.

  1. Aurangabad’s Full to Dhamaal Summer Camp

For kids aged 5-16, this summer camp offers skating, karate, music, swimming and lots more. With affordable and active learning opportunities, this camp is accessible to all the kids in Aurangabad.

  1.    Mumbai’s mind-blowing summer classes

Mumbai is a marvellous place in Maharashtra and the best to equip your kids. Come summer, you have summer classes galore at Mumbai. Children can dabble in Water Origami, Terrarium, Aroma Candle Making, Block Printing, Theatre, Social Media and Email Marketing and more. Such innovative workshops give lots of scope for learning and exploration.

Summer Practise Papers from Let’s Practise

Summer is always a fun time for students and it is important that they go outside and enjoy themselves. Physical activities such as swimming and other sports are always encouraged. These are much better than watching TV or playing computer games all day.

Keep your kids sharp with practise papers from Let’s Practise. We have mock tests in maths, English, science, languages, and other subjects, for a variety of school boards. They are perfect for getting your child back into the school groove. Blend fun and education into a sort of edutainment. Contact us now.  

“Kids and like school? You must be joking” I bet this is what most people would say. But you would be surprised to note that 88% of the students in the 34 OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation & Development) countries think that schools have taught them something that would help them in finding future employment. 74% of the students felt that schools gave them the confidence to make decisions. In short, kids DO like school.

What do kids like about school?

  • Learning

Be surprised or not, kids love to learn. Yes, a child has an innate curiosity to know more and learn new things. The school is the right atmosphere to do so. Every child has at least favourite period per day, which he is eager to go to school for.

  • Constant activity

No kid loves to sit idle. Every child likes to be constantly engaged in some activity and the schools provide abundant opportunities for the same. With a diverse curriculum including core subjects, sports and arts, robotics, 3-d printing, storytelling, the schools offer a variety of the activities a child would like to pursue.

  • Right peer group

For kids, friends mean a lot and schools provide the right company. Some kids don’t even want to change school for fear of losing their friends. Schools provide the right like-minded set of friends who share the same interests and concerns. This enables kids to foster long-term friendships.

  • Favourite Teachers

Ask your kid why he likes a particular subject and he would probably mention a teacher. Teachers leave lasting impressions on students with their teaching skills, subject knowledge,  the mode of interaction and inspiration.

  • Teamwork

Schools provide a forum for working as a team. Be it games, laboratory sessions or project activity, teamwork is encouraged at schools and children just love it. The prolific exchange of ideas, the heated debates and discussions, the doubt clarifying sessions-all these are part of team activities and just add to the thrill of being at school.

  • Competition

Healthy competition exists among students in studies and sports and this is what kids thrive on. Competition propels a child to move forward and gives him that extra-plus to perform. School life is full of competition in every arena and kids just love it.

  • The Routine

The very act of getting up and dressing for school, packing their favourite lunches and thinking of the time to meet and greet friends- this routine just clicks for kids. Especially lunchtime is a favourite, as they get to sample various diverse delicacies. They revel in the praise that friends lavish on the lunches lovingly packed from home.

  • Motivation

Schools provide a motivation for children to perform and excel. Leadership qualities are honed at school and kids feel this as they grow up. Schools build a confidence in kids to face life and make them aware of their inner strengths. Kids love to lead and take responsibilities at schools.They love organizing and contributing to events and the opportunity to have fun as they do so at the school.

  • A sense of belonging

Children are at their best when they are amidst other kids of their same age. They feel that they can be themselves with their friends without fear of being scolded or judged. School evokes a sense of belonging for kids and is a “home away from home”.

  • A place to perfect their skills

A school is a place where children practise and perfect their skills before they enter the real world. Children like schools for being the perfect playground to sharpen their talents and acumen.

Children love school. Make them enjoy their school life by making studies easier through practised learning.

Childhood is a golden age of exploration, learning and adventure. Every child has an inborn curiosity to learn things and this spirit of childhood learning must be nurtured carefully to develop his/her personality.  And this can be done only with learning and practice.

What is the childhood spirit?

The childhood spirit symbolizes enjoying life in its every moment with endless enthusiasm and an incessant desire to learn new things. In childhood, the curiosity to learn of learning is alive and pulsating as the mind is free and open to new ideas. But with age come prejudices and judgements and our mind gets blinkered, not willing to learn or accept new ideas.

It is very important to keep the childhood spirit of learning alive throughout to stay healthy and happy.

How to nurture the childhood spirit by learning?

  1. New avenues of knowledge

It is a wide world out there. Introduce your child to new subjects which are right for his age. Take the field of science, for instance. It has several branches like botany, zoology, anatomy, physiology etc. Let your child know that the ocean of knowledge is vast and endless. This will make him find his areas of interest by self-exploration.

  1. Off the beaten track

Develop the ability of lateral thinking in your child by making him look at a Math problem or English essay in different ways. This will enhance his thinking skills and help him to build independent thought leadership.

  1. Analyze

Life presents a new challenge everyday. Gear up your child to meet it by developing his analytical skills. This can be done by exposing him to new problems in not only school-based subjects but real life situations as well and seeking his opinions. Analytical ability is a very important aspect of childhood learning.

How to nurture the childhood spirit by practice?

  1. Make reading a habit

Train your child to read daily- anything from comics, storybooks to newspapers. This practice of reading will widen his horizons of knowledge and keep the spirit of learning alive.

  1. Solving problems

Math is an integral part of daily life. Right from the time we wake to the food we eat, everything has to be calculated. Make your child strong in math by getting him to solve simple problems on a daily basis. Use the play-way method to get your child to do simple calculations. Let math become a joy to practise and not a boring chore.

  1. Seeking answers

Encourage your child to ask questions on everything that interests him. This will make him seek answers by himself. This practice of seeking answers is the spirit of exploration in learning and will keep his childhood spirit active.

   4.Trying by practice

Have you seen small kids? If they climb a jungle-gym and fall, they get up and try again till they get it right. This process of trying, is slowly lost as the child grows up. Never let this spirit wane die in your child. Make him understand that practice makes a man perfect. Asking him to practise his school work inculcates this trying habit.

  1. Practice papers

Let your child know that there is so much beyond the book. Introduce him to practice papers where different kinds of questions are posted on the same lesson. This will improve his confidence and make him ready to face any question, problem and situation.

Every child must continue to learn new things in life and not consider learning a tedious task. Nurturing the childhood spirit is vital to transform the child into a confident individual and this can be done only by learning and practice.