2018 is at the corner and we are all gearing for New Year celebrations. It is a time for rejoicing, retrospection and resolutions. At this juncture, shouldn’t we look at setting new educational goals for the New Year for our kids?  LetsPractise is one site which gives ample inputs to help in this task.

New Educational Goals for the New Year

Every year is new. So how is this year going to be different? Let us make it so by setting some educational goals for our kids.

  • Review the past year

First, sit with your child and review the past year. What were achievements and challenges faced by him? What new things he learnt? This will help you gain an insight into your child’s interests, passions, aspirations, strengths and weaknesses. This retrospection is a must to set new educational goals for the New Year.

  • Decide top educational priorities and set goals

Ask your child what his impending school year entails. How many exams does he have to face? What other activities he would like to engage in? Which subject he is weak in? Where and how he needs help? Then make a list of the top educational priorities along with some scope for his hobbies or interests. Now set well-defined concrete goals like

1. Improving grade in Math.

2.Concentrating on Science.

3.Spending some time on Extra Reading.

4.Increasing Vocabulary etc.

5.Check whether the goal is realistic

Fixing goals may be easy for you as a parent. But you must also take into account the child’s difficulties and limitations. Asking a dyslexic student to score full marks each time in his exam is one such example of an unrealistic goal.

Discuss with your child frankly about the possibility of achieving the goal, ask him about what help he needs to do so and how his difficulties can be overcome. Fix realistic goals which your kid has every chance of achieving. This gives him the satisfaction and appreciation he deserves.

6. Fix deadlines for each goal

Goals which are not time-bound are simply useless as they are seldom achieved. For goals to be successfully realized, bind them to a comfortable timeframe after a thorough discussion with your kid.

7.Assign rewards for achieved goals

Rewarding your kid is the right way to motivate, appreciate and honour his achievement of a goal. Children feel motivated to perform when they have a reward to look forward to. Make the reward heartwarming and special. This will make your child get used to the habit of setting targets and accomplishing them.

8.Conduct periodical reviews

Every process needs monitoring to achieve efficiency. Track your child’s progress by conducting weekly or monthly reviews. This will act as an eye-opener for both you and him. your child will now self-analyze and understand how close or far he is from achieving his goals. Suggest changes that will help your kid achieve his goal easily.

What New Educational Goals for the New Year?

School is all about books, exams, timetables and deadlines. Let us not make your child an ‘automated reading robot’. Try to focus on outlining some unique and new Educational Goals for the New Year like:

  1. Trying a hand at a Spelling Bee contest or a Math Olympiad
  2. Bicycling everyday
  3. Trekking or Swimming once a week
  4. Meditation
  5. Learning an art form like Bharatanatyam, violin, oil painting, sculpture etc.
  6. Mastering a craft like pottery, carpentry, textile designing etc.
  7. Allotting some time for working out practice papers every day.
  8. Learning robotics or animation.
  9. Getting inputs on operating some accounting software.

Goals like these which intermix both scholastic and extracurricular activities with a dash of personality development training form an interesting package for the child to handle. Try to work hand-in-hand with your child to help him/her work towards achieving these New Educational Goals for the New Year.

Be a partner in progress for your child by leading him on a path of change and development this coming year. More inputs on practised learning are available at LetsPractise Website where you can get abundant information on the educational development of your child.

Advance Happy New Year and wishing you a great start ahead for both you and your child!

Every kid is a bundle of curiosity. Bubbling with excitement, they look forward to each day with enthusiasm to learn new things. Isn’t it important then to fuel their passion for learning by feeding them with tidbits of knowledge?

This is what we are going to do. Furnish amazing fun facts for kids to pep up their interest in the world in general.

Why amazing fun facts for kids?

  1.     Kids are curious and love to learn.
  2.     Kids love to learn fun things.
  3.     Kids love amazing things that inspire awe.
  4.     Kids are always interested in natural phenomena and life processes.
  5.     Kindling the interest of the child is important to whet his appetite for learning.

25 Amazing fun facts for kids

  1. Apples float on water! This is because 25% of their volume is air and make them less dense than water. So they float!
  2. Hummingbirds can fly backwards.
  3. The largest animal on earth is the Blue or Sulphur Bottom Whale weighing 125 tons and being 96 m long. It is as large as 1800 men.
  4. The fastest animal might be the cheetah but the fastest bird is the Peregrine Falcon with an amazing speed of 389 kmph. It is faster than a Formula1 Car!
  5. Blue whales produce the loudest sound among animals at 188 decibels which can be heard even 800 kms. away
  6. An electric eel can produce an electric shock of 860 volts and ampere current for 2 milliseconds!
  7. An owl cannot move its eyeballs! The eyeballs of an owl account for 1-5% of its body weight and are held in place by sclerotic rings. So an owl cannot roll or move its eyes! It can only look straight.
  8. The owl can also turn its head almost upside down as it is able to turn its head up to 270˚ from its forward facing position.
  9. The Eurasian Woodcock has eyes set so far back on its head that it has 360˚ vision.
  10. The human eye can differentiate ten million colours.
  11. Geese are used to guarding the crowded Union of Piaui prison. Geese were chosen as they cackle loudly when they sense strange movements which are ideal to alert prison escapes!
  12. Sharks have 6 senses. the extra 3 senses are temperature sensitivity from pit organs, motion detection using lateral line and navigational sense using an organ called Lorenzini.
  13. The biggest turtle is the “leatherback” weighing 1500 pounds.
  14. The “climbing perch” is an aggressive Australian Fish that can live out of water for 6 days by crawling on land!
  15. The Mandrill Baboon has a red nose, bluish cheeks and sports an orange mane and beard.
  16. Only male toads croak to warn off other males from their territory and to attract the females for breeding.
  17. The Rhino horn is made of keratin which is the material of hair and fingernails. The African Rhino has 2 horns while Indian rhino has only one.
  18. The Colossal Squid has the largest eyes in the world measuring up to 11 inches across!  This is bigger than a dinner plate!
  19. The pearly and glittering scales of the Rainbow Fish are used as an ingredient in shimmery make-up, even lipsticks!
  20. Rabbits and Parrots have 360˚ vision and can see behind without moving their eyes! Their eyes can swivel to even see 2 predators at once!
  21. A polar bear has black skin! Yes, its base skin is black which is covered by a layer of white fur. The black skin helps to absorb sunlight while the white fur with a layer of transparent guard hair looks white due to luminescence as sunlight is trapped in these clear hairs!
  22. Horses sleep while standing. this is because if they lie down, they cannot get up quickly due to their straight backs. So they prefer to sleep while standing.
  23. Skunks can spray their stinky spray up to 10 ft to ward off enemies.
  24. Shark has a skeleton made of cartilage and not bones. Cartilage is light yet durable making the shark feel light in swimming. Sharks also do not have ribcages.
  25. Kangaroos cannot walk backwards because of their unusually shaped hind legs and bushy long tail.

 

Interesting, eh? Well, there are lots more Amazing fun facts that your kid needs to know. Make a practice of kindling your child’s curiosity using  Amazing fun facts for kids. Learn about practised learning at Lets practise website.

 

‘Education makes you sufficient and skills make you efficient‘ goes a saying! Academic education alone is not enough to survive in this world or groom your personality. What a student acquires as a skill beyond school walls is sometimes what makes him successful. It is known fact that eminent people like Steve Jobs or Henry Ford succeeded based on their skills and not just education.

Being academic proficient is called being a ‘nerd’ these days.  Parents want their children to be ‘smart’. When they mean smart, they might mean ‘street-smart’ which means basic life-coping or problem-solving skills. They might want their children to be ‘tech-smart’ where they learn the current day IT software and trends. Well, there are all kinds of ‘smarts’, but to be ‘smart’, you have to have ‘skills’.

So what is a skill?

Skill is defined as ‘ the ability to be good at something’. Skill often goes hand in hand with practice. This is because a practice is a must for developing and fine-tuning a skill.

Basic skills every student should have

1. Reading

Reading is the gateway to knowledge. In order to learn social studies, science and math, you should know how to read’, said Krista Bethke.

Reading is not just a casting a cursory glance at a book or skimming its contents by turning pages. Reading involves ‘paying attention to the content- the words, the style, the vocabulary, the spelling etc. and absorbing its information’. So Reading is a skill to be properly practised.

2.Writing

Writing is an art and a skill that every child should practise.

Writing as a skill involves ‘legible handwriting, attractive presentation, clear outline, well-defined structure and ample speed.’

Children should practise the skill of writing neatly and fast to enable them to score well in their examinations.

3.Written communication or content creation

The other aspect of writing that has to be nurtured as a skill is ‘writing content’. At school, college and later at work, children will be expected to compile essays or white papers on prescribed topics. children must develop the art of creating cogent, creative as well as resourceful content.  Even writing letters or emails is a skill.

Every child must practise the skill of written communication using the tools of grammar, vocabulary, style and presentation.

4.Typing

Today’s age is computer-driven. Every child must know to use the QWERTY keyboard effectively to type swiftly and easily.

In the Corporate and IT world, using laptops or iPads has become second nature. So your child must become adept at typing fast and without spelling errors to shoot out emails in a jiffy.

5. Verbal communication

‘The child who talks get noticed‘. Yes, this is true for even Corporate Boardroom discussions.

Articulation or Verbal Communication is a skill that every child must practise. This involves choosing the right words, using the appropriate tone of voice and the right gestures, body language and so on.

6. Social communication

Speaking is one thing and speaking of command respect is another. Social communication is a part of social interaction. It involves speaking to unknown or known people in public individually or in groups, in the right manner. It is a key factor in personality development as it involves building rapport, giving the right responses and showing due respect to others.

Teach your child the skill of ‘social communication’. This involves kindness, courtesy, respect for others and politeness.

7. Questioning

The true student is one who knows how to question. Yes, if you know how to put forth the right question, you get the right answers. Even in class, knowing how and when to question really matters. If your child learns how to formulate his question and express it boldly, he automatically inherits the quality of analysis and critical reasoning.

Questioning is an aspect of curiosity to learn which every student must possess. But questioning rightly is a skill which the child should develop. The art of questioning is a confidence-building measure which carries weight in group discussions and corporate forums.

8. Research

‘Knowledge is power’ said Francis Bacon. This is true even today. The more you know, the more you are respected.

Acquiring information through research is a skill that every student must possess. Every child must know how to source and locate information from books, libraries and the internet. The child must know to filter the information available and extract what is required for him pertinently. Amassing this information in the shortest possible time is an additional asset.

9. Analytical skills

Life is full of situations to analyze and school is no exception. Get your child to start thinking analytically from an early age. Analyzing the question, situation or problem gives clarity to the child and helps in decision making .all this builds self-confidence in your child

10. Critical Reasoning

Critical reasoning is a precious skill that every successful individual must possess. It involves evaluation of an issue and forming a judgement. This is a problem-solving skill that your child must master at a young age.

11. Decision making

At every stage of life, an individual must take his own decisions. Teach your child to make his own decisions from an early age. The skill to take the right decisions and to stick by them is a great life-saver.

12. Responsibility

Taking responsibility for oneself and his actions at home, school and work are called accountability and this is a skill that your child must practise. This involves the care of our own and others’ property, civic sense, proper social conduct and also practising what one preaches.

We have taken a look at some of the essential skills that every student should know. To know more about practised learning and the skills needed for 2020, subscribe to our LetsPractise blog.

 

Say ‘History’ and students are willing to scream ‘Help!’ Why do students hate History so much?

Why children think History is boring!

  1. History is boring – full of treaties, laws and old information that make you yawn.
  2. Too factual – full of dates and places – too difficult to remember.
  3. Not relevant – children think History of past events is irrelevant to current modern age.
  4. Not interesting – History is full of wars that happened for silly reasons.

Face it! You cannot escape History. What we speak this minute is History the next. And History is relevant for these reasons.

Why History is important for students

1. History teaches us to learn from past mistakes

The World Wars, the Nazi rule, the Hiroshima-Nagasaki holocaust, the American War of Independence, the Indian Partition – all these teach us where even great men have failed.

2. History gives us warning signals

It is human to err and we humans keep on making mistakes. History warns of impending dangers. The futility of the Crusades, the failure of Communism, the polarization of Superpowers – all these is relevant even in today’s context of continuing violence in places like Syria.

3. History inspires us

When History narrates the tale of great martyrs, heroes and world leaders like Lenin, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln etc, we feel inspired to follow their example.

How Teachers can Reduce Boredom During History Class

We now know that History is vital to guide us through the mystery of tomorrow. How to make it interesting then? This is how teachers can reduce boredom in History class.

  • Weave a fairytale around the mundane event

Tell the tales of History with creativity and charm your student audience. Spin an aura of magical enchantment around the mundane events to capture the interest of your class.

  • Have debates on crucial historical decisions

Divide the class into 2 factions. Take a historical decision-making event like ‘Was it right to divide India?’,  ‘Could the collapse of the Soviet Union have been prevented?’ , ‘Was Hitler  a great leader?’ etc. Get the children to debate for and against the topic. This makes the children thoroughly research the topic and so they remember it well.

  • Conduct quizzes

Quizzes are the best way to get children to remember dates and events. Children always like games, group activities and contests. A quiz is the best way to get them to memorize dates and events.

  • Encourage presentations

Motivate children to prepare slides or PowerPoint presentations on topics like ‘ The Golden age of the Guptas’ or ‘The Sepoy Mutiny’. This evokes interest in the topic as it involves self-learning. Moreover, visual representation of historical events makes them worth remembering.

  •  Conduct skits or short plays to enact historical events

History is full of stories and these stories make excellent plots for short plays. Children love theatre and drama. Organize historical dramas on kings like Akbar or Shivaji or on events like ‘The Battles of Tarain’ or ‘The Maratha Wars’.

  • Screen movies on historical events

Which child does not love movies? Screen movies like ‘Gandhi’ by Richard Attenborough or ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ or ‘Schindler’s List’. These blockbusters are compelling stories to watch and narrate historical events in detail.

  • Use audio-visual aids

Make use of projectors to telecast your slides and presentations. Audio-visual aids have a telling impact on children’s minds and they remember History better.

  • Organize tours to historical places

Take children on short trips to historical places in your vicinity like Mahabalipuram, Hampi, Ellora caves. These places depict History in fine form with all their frescoes and sculptures. Make children absorb the grandeur of History by visiting such heritage sites.

History is a gift and a legacy handed over to us by our great ancestors over generations. Cherish the value of History by making it more interesting in class. Use practice papers to make History more retentive to students.

Log on to LetsPractise website to download latest History papers and worksheets for all classes.

 

Say the word  ‘Math’ and most kids will run a mile. Say ‘Worksheets’ and they will recoil in fright. Such is the terror induced by both Math and Worksheets. Math, for most kids, seems worse than any cough medicine – too difficult to swallow! And Worksheets are longer than Mom’s grocery list!

So what to do now? shall we get rid of Math and worksheets then? Impossible! Math is an integral part of our daily routine. Right from waking up on time to cooking food, everything involves Math and numbers! Similarly, Worksheets are a must to make children practise Math and study the fundamentals.

How to use Math Worksheets and make Math and Worksheets interesting? Let us take a look.


  1. Make Math Worksheets Colourful using Graphics:

Kids get attracted by bright colours, cartoon figures and graphic icons.  Make boring worksheets interesting to look by using pictures, images and bright hues.

If a Worksheet looks rich and multi-coloured, any kid would want to pick it up. Use pictures of their favourite comic characters or superheroes to capture their interest.


  1. Use puzzles and games to solve Math problems

Kids love puzzles and games. Use crosswords, puzzles, mazes and games to get children to solve tough problems.

When kids see a game, they automatically want to try it. Surprisingly, they get engrossed and forget the difficulty in solving the problem. As they play on, they realize they have ended up solving the problem.

This technique of using games for Math is highly recommended by experts. This is because it carries a lot of retention and recall for the kid. When the kid solves the problem through the game, he is never bound to forget it.

  1.  Use quizzes in your Math Worksheets

Math Worksheets may sometimes have objective or multiple-choice questions. Children often blindly tick an answer in the choices if they don’t know. To get the best result, one has to make sure all questions are read, understood and attempted by the child. What better way than to have a Quiz?

Conduct a Math Quiz session in class using the Math Worksheet and make it fun! Divide the class into 2-3 teams. Keep the quiz and make sure each one answers a question. This way everyone is involved and each one attempts the Math Worksheet.


  1. Try to make Worksheet solving a Team activity

Kids love to perform in groups with their friends. Organize the class into teams and hand them worksheets. Ask them to solve it team-wise. Finally question each student individually. Using this method, you can nurture both Math and the team spirit. Solving Math Worksheets as a team becomes a fun activity now and children look forward to such group sessions eagerly.


  1. Organize a lec-dem using Math Worksheets

Teaching is the best way to learn! Once in a while, ask every child to be a teacher. Give each child a problem form the worksheet and ask him to teach the class. This is a  sort of lec-dem (a lecture-demonstration) as the child has to both lecture and solve the problem in class. Allot equal time for each child and make sure no one misses out. Children love to play ‘teacher’. So encourage the timid ones and get them to participate in this activity. This is a good one for personality development too!

  1.  Innovation is the Key

Use innovative techniques to make Math Worksheets interesting. You could have a ‘Formula 1’ Math race where kids have to answer the worksheet fast. Each one gets to answer only one question. Once he is done, he has to opt out of the race. In this way, every kid covers the question in the worksheet and the activity is interesting too. You could have a ‘Passing the Parcel’ game. Create a worksheet with 31 questions for 30         students. Each one answers one question and passes on to the next. The next kid checks this question and answers another. This way, everyone answers and checks all questions.


  1.  Encourage self-development

Ask kids to form teams.Let one team make a set of questions for the other. No 2 sets should match. Finally, discuss all questions. This kind of activity motivates children and develops a healthy spirit of competition and self-development. The best part is your worksheets are done

As the saying goes-‘It’s all in the mind’. Yes, Math Worksheets can be made fun, interesting and interactive.

Download practice papers from LetsPractise and learn how to use Math Worksheets effectively by employing the above techniques.