India has done it. Yes, Hima Das has won India the first Gold Medal in track events at the World’s Junior Athletics championship in 2018.  the reason for this- focus and hard work! Yes, Hima Das, the daughter of an agricultural labourer could scale such great heights because she had a strong focus and toiled relentlessly to achieve this great feat. She has become a model of inspiration to students and has proved that focus and hard work can make the impossible possible.

Another classic example of focus and hard work achieving success is the instance of Croatia in the FIFA WorldCup. Croatia as a country achieved independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Since then,  they have made several appearances at the World Cup race but their best bit was in 1998 when they lost to France in the semi-finals. After this, Croatia has rallied around and with focus and hard work, made it to the World cup Finals. Although they lost to France, their focus and hard work did not go unnoticed as the crowds cheered them on.

These are real-life instances where focus and hard work have really reaped rewards. Students must be motivated and should feel inspired to emulate these examples by consistent practice. Let us see how this can be done.

How can students use focus and hard work to make the impossible possible?

1. Aim high

Students must be always advised to aim high. Setting lofty goals for students is good as this charts the course of their life. If students aim high and have a high ambition, they will also have the vision to achieve it. This will keep them motivated to perform.

2. Plan their course of action

Every missile must have a trajectory. Similarly, every student must have a  clear-cut path defined to reach his goal. For this, the student must analyze the goal, the foundation courses and the framework required to reach the goal. This involves detailed planning and extensive research with a timeline set to the target.

3. Collect course materials

After the target has been fixed and the course of action has been outlined, the student must collect all the course materials and information required to assimilate knowledge to attain the goal.

For instance, if the student wants to become a doctor, he has to prepare for the NEET exam. He/she has to start preparing well in advance honing up his knowledge of life sciences, especially human anatomy and physiology.  This requires exhaustive preparation using worksheets right from class VIII onwards. All these worksheets are easily obtained from the Letspractise site and they offer a complete knowledge base for study.

4. Commence preparation and practice

Practice is the key ingredient of hard work and the sure ticket to success. Students must start preparing for the competitive exams by first building a strong foundation of the basics. This is possible only by continuous practice using different worksheets on the same chapter. The more questions students solve, the stronger their foundation becomes. Letspractise helps students to strengthen their base by offering them question banks pertaining to their syllabus- be it CBSE, ICSE or state board. Armed with this copious reservoir of worksheets and practice questions, students can meet any challenge head-on without hesitation.

Children need the right impetus to motivate them towards their goals. Inspire children by citing real-life examples, equip them with the right study materials from Letspractise and watch them make the impossible possible with focus and hard work.

The first day of school is all about the students marching back into the beginning of the academic year, excited to be back after the long break in their freshly pressed uniforms and brand new accessories. Has it ever occurred to you that this is one of the most prominent reasons why these kids love first days? How should a teacher handle students on the first day of school in keeping the excitement alive throughout the academic year?

Before we go on to look at the to-do list let us first understand the situation here. Whether the party under discussion is a first grader or a twelfth grader mixed emotions will be a part of getting back to school after the long summer vacation. There would be excitement in a few minds about their return and dread in some other minds about the confinement in a classroom. There is no right or wrong reaction to school, every child has the freedom to have his or her opinion about school and the system. This is where the school and the teacher come in. It is their responsibility to create an environment where kids long to wake up every morning simply to get to school and begin learning because the 7 to 8 hours are not sufficient to satisfy their desire to learn.

1. Starting the academic year on a positive note

Just like first impressions, the teacher ought to make a  welcoming head-start to the year. Beginning on a positive note is important because this sets the mood for the students for the rest of the year. Imagine this, the first day of school, everybody settles in and the teacher walks into the class demanding to check the completion of the holiday homework. It is an immediate buzz-kill. It immediately ruins it is for these children, instead, a better way to handle this new start is to build a rapport and a connection with the class holistically yet also influencing and making an impact on each individual. An exchange of self-introductory activities wherein both teacher and students discuss themselves and their preferences. This bridges the gap and enhances the teacher-student relationship.

2. Discussion of academic structure

Most educational institutions and teachers practice authoritative methods of teaching. Education has now reached a stage where the most effective way to handle students is through democratic leadership. This gives room for mutual respect and understanding. By giving the students the break-up or the plan for the year they are in a state of mental readiness which allows them to perform to their best potential. This also shows that the teacher consents with the students, in turn, giving them a voice.

3. Analysis of students’ learning styles

At this point, it is quite clear to us every individual has various modes of learning such as kinesthetic, visual and auditory every student requires specified activities in order to allow effective learning to take place. The first day of school is the best time to evaluate students. How does a teacher have access to evaluating students in a few hours? We are not talking about a complete analysis of studying the students MRIs and brain function but we are trying to simply learn their dominating learning styles.

Kinesthetic – hands-on craft activities

Auditory – answering to comprehensive audio passages

Visual – interpretation of images and visuals

Don’t forget to add a few games in there every now and then. Who doesn’t love a little entertainment with a bit of laughter and movement? Try the above activities it doesn’t just bridge the teacher-student gap but also keeps the students on their toes to know education can be a lot more fun than it seems.

The main aim with which LetsPractise has been designed is to bridge the gap between teaching and learning and to make learning a fun process. Here the overall development and child-friendly learning is of importance.

Take a look at the available options to best suit your child and check here for free trial .

“You just can’t understand! It’s all due to the generation gap!”- Parents face this remark often from children when they don’t agree with their point of view. So what is this generation gap that creates a distance between parents and their offspring?

Generation Gap

Generation gap is a term that refers to the differences in thinking that 2 generations face. It is used commonly to denote the ideological differences that parents and children have with respect to their values, priorities, goals, attitude etc. This generation gap is felt more if the parents are more aged than usual. It is also felt acutely during the period of adolescence when children undergo a difficult face of changing perceptions due to their hormones.

Reasons for  the generation gap

  1. Parents are very old and there is a huge age difference between parents and children due to which their perceptions vary.
  2. Both parents are busy career professionals who cannot devote much time to spend with their children.
  3. Parents have a rigid point of view and exercise strict control over the children.
  4. The attitudes of both the parent and child generations mismatch.

So how to bridge this generation gap between parents and children? Implement these steps and find significant progress in closing this generation gap.

Ways to bridge the generation gap between parents and children

1. Open and constant communication

Parents have to take time out of their busy schedule and devote it by spending time with children. Join them in their activities, interact freely and probe gently to find out what their concerns are. Do this regularly to gain a wonderful difference in your relationship.

2. Keep your mind open 

Children are in the process of growing up and are bound to be influenced by both peers and the outside world. Online media and social networks have crept into the lives of children at a very early age. So parents must keep their mind open and listen to what the children say without being judgmental.

3. Do not criticize or reprimand sharply

Children are like budding flowers, They have their own dignity and self-respect. Do not criticize their opinions or reprimand them sharply. This makes them withdraw themselves into a shell of their own.

4. Do not control rigidly

Parents tend to exercise control rigidly over their children in an effort to discipline them or protect them. Rigid control will only make them rebel more. Learn to let go and allow children to be themselves. Allow them to make mistakes and learn by themselves.

5. Stop being idealistic

Parents tend to be idealistic and expect their children to be the  epitome of perfection. They want their children to be good at studies, sport, hobbies and also be a prodigy! It is time for parents to stop being idealistic and accept the shortcomings of children. It is ok for children to fall short in some areas as long as they are willing to mend their mistakes.

6. Empathize

Those days of schooling that parents had are now gone. Parents should stop being nostalgic about those days and try to enforce the same guidelines on their children. Times have changed and you should evolve. Learn to put yourself in your children’s shoes and empathize with them.

Children have to counter changes in syllabus, heavier coursework and stiffer competition than what you did. So have a heart and give some leverage to children to cope with all this stress.

7. Give some space

Children have a world of their own as they grow up. Give them space to enjoy their world without intruding on each and everything they do. Learn to keep a watchful eye while allowing them to explore their world.

8. An attitude of positivity and balance

The right attitude can help parents bridge the generation gap with their children. Adopt a balanced approach and exude optimism, encouraging children in whatever they do. This will help you become closer to your children and bind you strongly.

Treat children as “little adults” and give them the due respect they deserve. Do not preach to children but lead by example and practice. Gain such valuable insights from Lets practise to bring you closer to your children than ever before.

2018 dawned with the hope of a new year with new beginnings and breakthroughs, of peace and harmony and of good health and prosperity. Yet challenges do loom ahead in 2018, especially for children. The increasing onslaught of video games and internet on the children’s mind, the excessive burden of academics, unhealthy competition…all these prove to be major deterrents to the personality development of the child. so yes, raising kids is a challenge for parents in 2018.

Challenges for parents to raise kids in 2018

  1. Limiting internet and social media usage

The internet has become an inevitable part of your kid’s life. Even for school projects, he has to source the internet. But the internet can be intrusive and hazardous through its spam emails, junk pop-ups and random feeds. Censoring social media and internet usage is a major challenge for parents in 2018.

In 2018, the “Blue Whale challenge” claimed lives of many innocent kids. Unknowingly children became hapless victims by downloading this online game. This shocking incident made parents realize how dangerous internet and social media could get.

So parents must learn to censor the children’s social media usage, limit internet usage, block unwanted sites and have access to their online accounts always.

  1. Vetoing violence

Violence has spread like wildfire in the world today. In the US, gunning incidents at schools have become common while back home in India, assaults on female kids are prevalent. Teaching children to steer clear of violence is challenging in 2018 but parents have to take a firm stand.

Children must be made to understand that “violence cannot appease any angry soul, only love can.”  Kids must be taught to handle their tempers better and anger-management sessions must be taken in class to combat stress.

  1. Saying no to suicide

Academic stress and competitive exams like NEET are demoralizing children to a great extent. Suicides of children failing to clear such entrance tests have become quite common. Counselling children against such suicidal thoughts is a major challenge for parents in 2018.

Children must be made to understand that academics alone is not life. And also that failing once in an exam does not make you a zero. They must be taught that suicide is cowardice and it is brave to face failure and try again. Parents must give moral support to such children and guide them carefully towards repeat attempts to gain success.

  1. Overburdening academics

When your child comes to high school, he becomes a book-bearer. It is pathetic to see children struggle with books, guides, worksheets and what not. Plodding through scholastic studies take a toll on children and is a major challenge.

Parents must seek alternate ways like practised learning to make studies easier. They must also help the child indulge in sports activities and hobbies to refresh his mind.

  1. Perfection is painful

These days, there is an over-emphasis on perfection. Parents want their kids to study like an IITian, play football like Ronaldo, sing like Shankar Mahadevan and in short be a perfect possession. This is not challenging but stressful for a child.

After all, a child is a child. Let him be. It is his failings and eccentricities that make him lovable. Do not turn him into a robot by aiming at perfection.

How can practised learning help combat these challenges of 2018?

  1. Practised learning helps children gain confidence in studies. This helps in the overall personality development of the child.
  2. Through practised learning, the child combats stress and depression and bans suicidal thoughts.
  3. Practise learning makes your kid engrossed in studies leaving him no time for idling on social media.
  4. Practised learning sharpens the focus of your child towards his career and life.

Life is full of challenges. Help your child surmount each and every challenge by guiding him rightly and supporting him every step of the way. Connect with Letspractise to gain more useful insights on child development and academic excellence.

Every morning, the moment we wake up, the first thing we do, even before brushing our teeth, reaches for our mobile phones. Every person in the household, young or old is armed with a smartphone and so engrossed in it that it takes an effort to disengage them.

Children are no exception to this and are in fact the easiest preys as they simply imitate elders. Gone are the days of routine, discipline and exercise. Now, these are the days of Whatsapp, Facebook, and Instagram!

So what should we do? Dump all technology as trash?

Obviously not. Using technology in moderation and in the right way is the key to improving our life. Raising children in a world of technology is a challenge as Technology is a double-edged sword which we cannot do away with or do without. Here are 10 important tips for raising children in a world of technology.

  1. Encouraging the use of technology in the right way

We are in a world of incessant technological innovations. Every minute, technology is getting upgraded and outdated. If our kids don’t catch up, they will feel left behind in this rat race. To survive in this world, children should have the latest know-how of tech trends.

Encourage children to learn the use of the right kind of tech devices which are essential for their life. Children should be familiar with the use of email, internet, operation of home security systems etc. In the case of an emergency, technology can be a powerful weapon to have on hand.

  1. Using technology in moderation and by example

Forget cigarettes and alcohol. Smartphones are what a majority of children are addicted to nowadays.

Children should be made to understand that technology is a bane if used in excess. Explain to them the health and lifestyle issues that a child may face by using technology 24×7 like sleeplessness, obesity, poor academics etc. Emphasize the importance of exercise, sports, academics and family time.

Lead by example and strictly practise what you preach. Do not sit up with your laptop or phone until late hours. Be the example for your child to emulate in using technology. Otherwise, their excuse will be “you do it, so why can’t I?”

Staring at computer, TV, and mobile screens for too long is unhealthy and often times the children get sucked into a fantasy world that isn’t real. Beware of this and use the net with caution.

  1. Use age restrictions for using social media

Social media channels like Facebook and Instagram earmark 13 years as the minimum age to use them. Others like Reddit, Tumblr, and Discord have content not suitable for children of all ages. Enforce the same at home. Strictly prohibit the use of social media below 15 and insist on total honesty and transparency in their usage. Do not entertain the use of social media through false accounts.

There are umpteen social sites out there such as Twitter, YouTube, Twitch, Pinterest, etc. Not all of them restrict content to filter it accordingly. It is up to you as the parent to analyze what your child is watching and take the appropriate actions.

  1. Have schedules and control over what your child does

Clearly, mark the hours of technology usage. For instance, allot a single hour of 5 – 6 PM every day for TV for the child. If there are two kids, insist on sharing or taking turns. Install parental control in your TV and limit the programmes children can watch. Insist on you having access to their emails and social media accounts so that you can watch their cyber footprints.

Prohibit children from taking phones to school. Insist on knowing their passwords and frequently use their phones to check on their social media presence. The internet is not all sunshine and rainbows, so you need to block access to certain sites for a good reason. You can read our post on Keeping Your Child Safe Online for more.

  1. Highlight the demerit of technology as a distraction

Continuous surfing on the internet, talking on the phone, or Whatsapp chats will only cause delay to the school or office, leave homework or office work unfinished and diminish your self-repute. Explain to children that technology can be a major distraction and hence must be restricted.

Children use it so much to the point where grades and real life friendships suffer. This is unacceptable and needs to be stopped.

  1. Life does not run on likes or shares

Children these days are desperate for Facebook or Instagram likes. It is an unhealthy and sometimes dangerous obsession.

Counsel them saying that flattery and praise are fickle and the true realization should be from within. Getting depressed over poor social media following has become a trend for teenagers today.

You are not your Facebook likes or Twitter followers. You are you, and social media should not define you. Teach your kids the same and ask them to like themselves for what they are and not for what others see in them.

  1. All that is on the internet is not true

Children often do research on the internet for their school projects. Teach them to differentiate credible information from false. There are lies, falsehoods, and half-truths.

Teach your children that just because they read something on the internet, it doesn’t make it true. There is a lot of fake news floating around on Facebook, WhatsApp, and the like. It is important to be cautious and perform research instead of  just sharing everything you see.

Most of the content is opinionated and only some are backed by statistics. Teach children to look out for credible information from scholars like whitepapers and use them.

  1. Technology cannot replace personal relations

A smartphone can help you converse for hours but it cannot become your family.  Teach kids the value of family ties and relations and the importance of personal relations.

The online world may seem like a fun and exciting place where you can be anything. However, no matter what, real life is real life. Kids tend to use the online realm as an escape from real life problems. Sit down and talk to your child. Have

  1. Make technology the problem solver

Encourage kids to use technology to seek and solve problems in academics and in daily lives. Ask them to question what purpose technology serves each time they use it. This will help them be the right judge in using them.

You can find answers to almost everything on Google. All you need to do is look.

  1. Use technology for education

Sure, you can find games and fun content on the web. The internet is also an ocean of information if you use it rightly. It has videos and tutorials on building robots, coding, innovation, and basically anything else you can think of.

Apart from gaming or entertainment sites, your children can use sites to learn new stuff. Just search for it on Google and you will probably find the answer. Even YouTube has a lot of instructional and informative videos.

There are also websites such as Let’s Practise that are really resourceful in helping kids with their academics through practiced learning. We offer practice sheets and mock exam papers as well.

Technology is tied to our lives today. Let us make children use it judiciously through awareness, counselling and example. Contact Let’s Practise for more information.