Most children nowadays seem to stay at home and play video games rather than outdoors in the fresh air. Weren’t things just so much better before those darn electronics were invented?

You may feel that way. Regardless, those pesky devices are here to stay, but there are things that you can do to obviate the situation.

Going outdoors to play is much better than staying in the house with the computer, television, and smartphone. Here is why you should encourage your child to play outside rather than with apps:

Playing in the Outdoors helps to Make Friends

Most computer games that children play are done in a solitary manner. They just sit for hours on end and play the game by themselves. There is no interaction with other kids, which is bad. Friends are a source of support and camaraderie. Sometimes they might understand your child even better than you do since they are of similar age.

Only when they go outside into the real world can children meet and greet new people. They get to make new friends who probably share the same interests as them. You’ve probably heard the saying “no man can live as an island”. It goes hand in hand with “man is a social animal”. You don’t want your child to live the loner lifestyle. Encourage them to be with their friends.

Playing Outside means Physical Activity

When your child goes outdoors to play, they are using their physical strength and energy. Both boys and girls should be encouraged to go outdoors and play. Playing outside involves actually moving your body, whether they are running, climbing, or cycling. Going outdoors is a great way to keep yourself physically active.

With a smartphone game, the child just sits in one place and watches the game. They are on the sofa or chair and barely moving. Aside from their hands, every part of their body is completely transfixed on the screen.

They get sucked into a magical realm where they can do anything. Whatever words you say will be unheard. The online world almost serves as a delusion and distraction from the things that are going on in real life such as studies and class events. Overall, it is just a lazy escape route.

Playing Outdoors is Healthier

By going outside, the child gets to breathe in the fresh air and atmosphere of the outside world. If your house doesn’t have a play area, take them to a park nearby. At the very least, ask them to play with building blocks or toys.

Playing in outdoors gets the child’s hearts racing and blood pumping. It is good for oxygen inflow and helps keep the child physically fit so they don’t become a slouch.

What do electronics do? Damage the eyes and hurt the brain of your child. Electronic devices cause the child to squint and struggle to read what is on the screen. Viewing the bright lights for too long will make them strain their eyes.

Rather than allowing your child to watch television until late in the night, make them play in the outdoors. They will get tired soon and sleep much better as a result.

Playing Outdoors takes Actual Effort

When you play in the virtual world, you can do pretty much everything easily. This is why children love it and parents should discourage it. You can point and click to construct an entire building. Through pressing of a few keys, you can smash a ball for a sixer, or score a goal, or travel long distances.

In the real world, these things are much more difficult to do. They require more effort on the part of the child. However, the child consequently feels happier when they do accomplish something in real life rather than in a video game. The difference between the two worlds should be emphasized.

Tasks are not as simple to do in reality as they are in virtual reality. You can’t become a billionaire or dancing queen or famous singer in a heartbeat. It takes time and effort and practice, and this is what video games don’t teach your kids.

Playing In Outdoors prevents Electronic Addiction

You should limit the amount of time that your child spends on their devices. For example, only one hour on weekdays and two on weekends. Playing outside should always come ahead of playing games on the mobile phone or computer.

The big problem with electronics is that they become an addiction to the point where your child can’t live without them for more than a few minutes. You never want to get to this point. Do not let your child fall into this trap. If your child is on the computer / TV/phone/tablet as you read this, send them outside right now!

Using Let’s Practise Beneficially

The online world can be very fun and creative, and it can be used in a good way as well. Therefore, you shouldn’t immediately ban all computer games and electronics. In fact, we even wrote an article about the top seven educational apps for kids.

Let’s Practise is committed to helping your child live a better life. The PE class is important for your child as their fitness should not be neglected.

Just like playing in outdoors and exercises strengthen the body, studies strengthen the mind. We have practise worksheets and test papers for a lot of subjects like math and science. Students from 3rd to 9th are all welcome to use our papers to learn. Contact us right now to begin!

Your child is gearing up for the exams. There is tension in the air. So much to study! Class notes, textbooks, assignments, worksheets, revision papers, refresher guides, etc. It’s quite a handful! No wonder your child is feeling overwhelmed.

Even a simple school exam has been made complex by the strenuous testing patterns and exhaustive syllabi. Children have to master the fundamentals and keep in touch with the latest trends and technologies. It is indeed a tough job!

What to do? One has to swim and surface ahead in this sea of academics. But what is the support for your child when he has to meet his exams head-on? The answer is practice papers.

Practice papers, or mock tests are tests held mid-way before final exams. They are model exams that help the child to have an idea about the structure of the Final exam.

Here are the eight advantages of utilising practice papers.

  1. Ideal for the Late and Lazy Students.

Most often, students tend to put off studying for the Final exams until the eleventh hour. Nearly 75% of the students admit that they procrastinate or delay studying for the exam until the last moment.  When the impact of the final exam hits them, it is too late.

For such lazy and late preparing students, Practice Exams are the biggest boon. They make the student pick up the books and study. Practice Papers also ensure that the students aware of the seriousness of the final exam.

  1. Reduces Anxiety

Some children tend to panic when it comes to facing the Final Exam. The enormity of the subjects make them feel frightened. For such students, the Practice Paper is a  saviour.

Practice papers give the students a preliminary idea of how the Final exam would be. They reinforce the confidence of the students that they know at least something. They also help the student to prepare more as they now know where they lag behind.

  1. Identifies Strong and Weak Areas

When the students take up the practice papers, they gain focus about the final exam. They come to know their strengths and weaknesses. After attending the practice test, the student clearly knows which areas he has mastered. He can now focus on the areas which he has not yet touched or dealt with.

The students are able to identify the areas where they have to still practise more.  They also know how tricky the questions may be and get ready to tackle them.

  1.  Spaces out Studies

Trying to learn the entire portions at one go is a Himalayan task. Only few students have the willpower to sit through such rigorous hours of study.

Instead if we have such Practice Papers, students can split their portions and space out their studies. This helps them to focus and retain the subjects better.

  1. Effective Revision

Practice Papers are an excellent tool for revision.  Most students cram up the portions of study but fail to revise. This makes them forget some important points at the time of the exam.

By having Practice Papers, one can fine tune his method of study and revise the final points. Recap and revision always help the student to achieve better results. For this, Practice Papers really come handy.

  1. Planned Approach to Study

Most students do not have a planned approach to study. They tend to pore over their books for hours together without segmenting the important chapters from the trivial ones. As a result, they put in long hours needlessly to no result.

Instead if students attend a Practice Paper Test, they can easily know which topics are to be focused on.

  1. Understanding the Pattern of the Question Paper

Many students do not have a knowledge of the Question Paper Pattern of the Final Exam. For example, English may have sections of error correction and essay writing which require sound grammar and logical reasoning as well as good vocabulary. The Question Papers may also have a choice pattern  where the students can choose from either of the options.

If the students take up Practice Papers, they gain a firsthand knowledge of the pattern of the Final Exam question Paper. Now they can select the chapters of study, target the heavy areas, zero in on the weak areas etc.

  1. Sticking to the Time

Some students are lengthy writers or slow writers. Either way, they tend to face a “time-out” situation where the exam time elapses and they still have questions to go.

Such situations can be avoided by taking Practice Papers. When a student writes a Practice Paper, he can time himself and know how long he takes to finish. This helps him to adjust his time accordingly at the time of the Final Exam and helps him finish the paper fully.

Practice papers can be taken both in the exam hall as well as online. The advantage of online practice tests is immediate feedback while exam hall practice tests are more strict and restrain malpractices. Either way, practice papers are a sure way to make a student turn to success.

This is where we come in. Let’s Practise has practise sheets, assignments, worksheets, revision papers, and refresher guides for students of 3rd to 9th standard. We cover English, mathematics, science, social studies, and languages. You can even avail a free trial of our practise worksheets.

Now that you know how to utilise practise papers for success, it is time to put that into practice. Give your students all these advantages and more with practise papers from Let’s Practise. Call us for more.

 

                              

 

What child would like to sit and stare at a blackboard rather than play a game online or romp outdoors? None.

Children often prefer games to school. This is because games, both indoor and outdoor are interactive and engaging. Children always like to do something while all they do in a classroom is sit and listen.

Listening to long lectures from a teacher is too monotonous and children may get easily distracted.  Then how to ensure that children stay attentive in class? How do we make children absorb all the inputs of classroom learning? How to transform classroom teaching to an interactive one? The only answer is technology.

How can classrooms use technology?

Classrooms must use technology in order to grab the attention of the students and make them retain what is taught in class. Technology today is highly interactive through the use of visual and multimedia and makes academics engrossing.

Let us look at some of the options of how classrooms can use technology.

  1. Powerpoint Presentations for Lessons

Certain subjects like history or geography can be fact-oriented and hard to retain. Children find it difficult to remember dates, details of wars and battles, names of geographical locations etc. Similar is the case with Biology too. Learning about the botanical and zoological names of plants and animals, associating them with the right species, remembering their characteristics, understanding human anatomy – a child’s head would definitely spin!

How to make it easier then?  A smart teacher can present these lessons as Powerpoint slides. Pictorial descriptions of historical events, geographical locations or biological data are more easily engrained in children’s minds.

Powerpoint presentations are visually communicating and can incorporate pictures, charts and graphs. They can even be copied or transferred as files for students to review and revise later.The teacher can use a projector to zoom it on screen or display on the laptop or iPad itself.

Powerpoint presentations are excellent alternatives to oral lessons.

  1. Allocate Assignments as Tasks Involving Online Research.

Every child has a passion for exploring. Tap this instinct of the child to make him go on an online search or WebQuest.

For instance, if the English lesson is a poem by William Wordsworth, allot an assignment where they have to make a biography of the poet or list his other works. Give them a deadline and ask them to submit it online. Award them marks for originality. Plagiarism can be avoided this way and children will also learn the values of punctuality and authenticity.

  1. Conduct an Online Poll to Develop their Reasoning and Decision-Making Skills

An online poll requires the student to think or dwell on the topic, analyze, reason and decide. This is a good practice in decision making.

Deploy an online poll on a topic in the subject lessons. It could be in English like  Should poems rhyme? or in History-“Was India right in agreeing for partition?”. Insist that every student should participate in the poll and support their answer with a valid reason award marks for the most credible logic.

Online polls create a feeling of participation and excite students immensely.

  1. Create an Assignment Activity Involving Blogging

Children have to learn the act of expressing themselves right through digital media. Assign essay work as blogging topics and ask each student to create a blog. Award marks for content, images, creativity and research. Motivate the children by publishing or sharing the article on prominent websites.

  1. Use Multimedia Videos to Explain Concepts

Math and Science are the storms looming over any child’s academic schedule. Children find it hard to understand theorems or geometrical constructions unless they are illustrated stepwise. This is possible only through multimedia animated videos. Imagine watching the construction of a quadrilateral visually. It would definitely get registered better in the child’s mind.

Similar is the case for physical phenomena and chemical experiments. Watching dispersion of light through a prism or a neutralization reaction would definitely make the child recollect it better.

Videos help the child to visually see, understand and remember stepwise the concepts illustrated.

  1. Initiate Online Classroom Sessions

To break the monotony of being confined to a classroom within 4 walls, initiate online classroom sessions.

Having an online classroom session allows students to break free from the classroom mindset. They also learn how to use web tools in joining the discussion forums.

Classroom online helps the student to educate himself in an informal atmosphere which is sometimes conducive to learning.

  1. Offer Recap of Lessons via Podcasts

For students who missed your classes or who wish to have a recap of their lessons, this podcasting feature is particularly useful.

Teachers can create a video of their lessons and upload it as a blog.  They can give an individual id and password for students only through which this podcast can be accessed. Students who wish to have a view of the blog must be asked to register online and use the facility on specific days.

blog help the students to supplement their missed portions or have a recap of the attended ones.

Technology is a valuable tool in the hands of the teacher. If used wisely, it can make classroom learning – informative, interesting, interactive and highly resourceful!

Here at Let’s Practise, we try to make learning fun and innovative. We have practice sheets and papers for many different subjects, from math to science to languages. Just take a look at all the many subscription plans that you can choose from. Just contact us today to get started.

The world is full of vices today. It is especially difficult for women to survive here, let alone young girls. Every day we hear instances of abduction, abuse, rape and sexual harassment in all places for women – at home, office and even in school.

Should girls then cower in fright and hide in a corner? Or should they be dependent on the male figures like fathers, brothers, friends, and relatives?

Neither of these options is practically possible moreover, they are downright wrong. Women have to learn to survive in this vicious world. They have to learn to combat not only harassment but also sexual exploitation while moving ahead in their career or activity.

Parents are acutely anxious about sending their young daughters into the outside world. However, young girls have to spread their wings in order to flourish in their career and life. What is the solution then?

The solution is to create awareness in the minds of young girls about sexual advances and exploitation. Most often, very young girls are not even aware that somebody is abusing them sexually. This happens when the offender is a known person – a friend, neighbour or relative. This is when sexual awareness has to be taught.

As a parent, teaching your daughter about ‘good touch’ and ‘bad touch’ is very crucial. Let us begin by first understanding the difference ourselves.

What is Good Touch?

A “good touch” is one that is not offensive and uncomfortable to a girl. Every touch that a girl feels must be with her full and conscious permission.

If a person touches a girl, they should do only after knowing or ascertaining fully well that she would not object to it.

This is the rule for even fathers, brothers, uncles, or grandfathers. No family member, relative, neighbour, or friend can touch a girl without her permission. If they continue to do so after her objection, it is termed as a sexual offence.

The following are considered as good or safe touches:

  • Holding your hand
  • Patting your back
  • Putting an arm around your shoulders

Helping you in an injury like carrying you if you faint or removing a thorn or splinter from your leg might hurt but help is necessary here. This too should not prolong for more time than necessary.

Generally, good or safe touches are those touches which your child does not find objectionable.

What is Bad Touch?

The term ‘bad touch’ means any touch that the child objects to and which affects the child in a negative way. Bad touch is a broad term which can be classified into 2 categories.

  1. Unsafe or harmful touches

Pushing, elbowing, pinching, kicking, etc. are touches which hurt the child. These abusive touches might harm the child and are termed unsafe.

Parents must teach their girls that such kind of touches should be strongly objected to. Girls must openly protest against such unsafe touches.

The intent is important. Touching with intent to harm is a criminal offence. Not all touches are harmful and they may have touched by accident. Make sure you determine the intent before acting.

  1. Unwanted or offensive touches

Touching girls in the wrong places or their private parts, kissing them or hugging them without their consent, etc. fall under this category.

Girls must be taught from a very young age to say a strong ‘no’ to such touches. Even if close family members like a girl’s father touches the girl in a wrong way, she must know to say a polite but firm “no”.

Although one might argue that a father has the liberty to touch his own daughter, try to make the girl understand that even a father has his limits. In these days of parental sexual abuse, girls must be taught to be on guard always.

Difference Between a Touch and a Caress

First, teach your daughter the difference between a touch and a caress.

A touch is a light or casual physical contact.

A caress is an intended and purposeful physical contact with a romantic or sexual intention.

Make your child understand the difference. Girls are very shrewd and have an uncanny ability to sense a “caress” when they feel one. They express it as “I feel uneasy” or “I felt like caterpillars were crawling on me” or “I felt like puking”.

Tell them to protest strongly against such caresses and move away from the scene. They should not ignore what happened, brush it off, and move on. Characters of such predatory nature should be reported to the police and justice should be served. There should be no place for them in our society.  

Ways to Teach Your Daughter About Good and Bad Touch

  1. First, make you understand that she is the owner of her body. Tell her that her body is solely hers and no one, including parents or siblings, have the right to touch her without her permission. Ask her to express loudly her objection if she does not like the touch makes her uncomfortable.
  1. Teach your girl what her ‘private parts’ are. For very young girls, use the phrase “all that your undies cover”. This makes them understand that all the parts covered by undergarments are deemed private.

For slightly older girls, use the phrase “all that a swimsuit covers”. This gives them a clear idea of where they should not be touched even casually. However, just because she wasn’t touched in a private part doesn’t automatically make it a good touch.

  1. Teach the girl that sometimes adults (like parents, babysitters, relatives or siblings) may help the child to change their diaper or clothing or bathe them or clean them after they use the bathroom. Make the child understand the difference between “helping” and “touching unnecessarily or for a long time”.
  2. Teach them that strangers must be dealt with caution and alertness. Even a neighbour or friend come under the stranger category when it comes to touches. Educate the child that strangers do not have the liberty to touch the child unnecessarily. Teach the girl to maintain a physical distance right from the start.
  3. A touch from even close relatives can sometimes be offensive. Even uncles and brothers have been known to sexually harass girls at a young age. Motivate the child to speak out against such atrocities even if they are from close kith and kin.
  4. Educate the child that for unsafe touches, she has to act as follows
  5. Ask the other person to stop touching. It may have been an accident.
  6. If the other person persists, strongly object in a loud voice.

iii. Scream and attract attention.

  1. If no help is around, run away from the scene.
  2. Immediately report to parents, teachers or even the police.
  3. Never hide such things from parents.

vii. Do not feel ashamed as you did nothing wrong.

Most importantly, talk to your child in a casual manner while giving this advice. Make the child feel comfortable first and then educate. If the child does not want to talk about it, take up the topic at another time. Create a friendly atmosphere at home or school where the child can open up to you.

The significance of saying “NO”

Teach your daughter that is perfectly fine to say “NO” – in fact, it is her right not to accept any situation that is uncomfortable for her or that diminishes her self-esteem or her personal space.

Remember as a parent, you are the best protector of your child. But teach your child that self-help is the best help. Teaching your daughter about good and bad touch is highly necessary in today’s world and the sooner you do it, the better.

Let’s Practise is determined to impact your child’s life in a positive manner. We want to improve their understanding of concepts by helping them with homework, tests, and exams. We offer practice and prep material for students from 3rd to 9th standard. Get in touch with us for more.

Today’s children are at the crossroads of life. Technological advancement and heavy educational input meet at this crucial intersection. On one hand, technology has opened up wide avenues of both learning and entertainment to children. On the other hand, academic study-loads are back-breaking for kids. Both parents and children are in a fix as to keep up with both technology and studies.

A better solution is to educate your child using educational apps. This is the optimum approach as you are harnessing technology in a positive fashion.

What are Educational Apps?

Educational Apps are software applications created solely for the purpose of education. They can be downloaded onto your desktop or even mobile and accessed on the go. Educational Apps are developed individually for various subjects like Mathematics, Science or even Languages.

With interactive learning, concepts are explained using visual and graphic inputs. At the end of the session, a quick revision helps in the recap. Exercises are provided for practice and tests are conducted online to assess the performance of the student.

Take look at the top 7 Educational apps for kids aged 6- 8:

  1. Marble Math Junior

Math is one subject kid have to be strong on at a really young age. Build a strong foundation for your kid in Math using Marble Math Junior.

A younger version of Marble Math, this App has a highly interactive game which teaches your kid the fundamentals of Maths. It has a marble maze through which the kid has to find his way by solving Maths problems.

With easy instructions and a clear voice-over, players can just touch the screen to hear and solve problems. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, Kindle and Android, Marble Math is the best bet to keep your child engaged with schoolwork even on vacation or on the move. With exciting rewards that win the kid over, Marble Math is a bundle of Math Learning plus Fun.

  1. Geo Walk 3D World Fact Book

A mini-encyclopedia for kids is  Geo Walk 3D World Fact Book. Spin a globe and touch a spot to learn more about the city/country from A-Z. Geography is at the grasp of your kid when he plays Geo-Walk 3D World Fact Book. Not stopping with Geography, it gives inputs on natural science, talking about animals and plants as well.

History is also dealt with by Geo-Walk 3D World Fact Book in the form of historic events and personalities. Compatible with all Apple devices, Geo-Walk 3D World Fact Book is a handy tool for your kid any day.

  1. Shake-a-Phrase

A fun and engaging App for your kid, Shake-a-Phrase has a collection of 1700 words and definitions. Watch your kid widen his vocabulary as he uses Shake-a-Phrase in 4 engaging colour schemes. Upper elementary schools can also use this App to improve their grammar and creative writing skills.

This Apple-device compatible App has a structured approach and works on 3 levels – Vocabulary, Imaginative skill and Grammar. Easy-to-use and hard-to-resist, shake-a-Phrase will surely shake your child out of boredom.

  1. Thinkrolls

Rated 2nd among US App Stores, Thinkrolls is a series of science and logic games with two modes – early for young kids and hard mode for kids from 5-8, Thinkrolls takes your kid through puzzles and mazes kindling his thinking ability.

Available in English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai versions, Thinkrolls is an Apple compatible Educational App ideal for your kid.

  1. The Robot Factory

Kids love Robots and your kid is surely going to like this one. The Robot Factory helps your kid create machines, locomotors, G-Force mixers, Zephyr mechanisms, hydrostatic tentacles and even basic exoskeletons.

Available for all Apple devices and featuring in around 59 language versions, The Robot Factory will surely get your child engaged productively and learn the fundamentals of robotics.

  1. Duolingo

The best Learning App for learning foreign languages, Duolingo is easy, smart, interactive and well-structured. starting from basics, it teaches your child conversational language skills at the same time enforcing phonetics.

With tests and revisions at each level, Duolingo is vouched for by even adults as equal to a university degree. Offering Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Irish and Danish, Duolingo is free to download, highly effective and easy-to-use.

  1. Lets Practise

Lets Practise provides Practice material for CBSE, ICSE and SSC Boards from Standard 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th. They have Question Papers, worksheets, Revision Sheets, Multiple Choice Online Assessments with detailed solutions prepared by qualified teachers and experts. There are over 4 Lakh questions in the database customized as per the curriculum followed by schools.  The purpose of this app is to inculcate the habit of everyday practice in children. This will help identify and remedy problem areas while the concept is freshly taught in school.

The above top 7 educational apps for kids have been chosen with great care to cover various subjects so that your child can perform best in all areas. Introduce these Apps to your kids and watch them make the best of both academics and technology for years to come.

You can download the Lets Practise app from the Google Play Store by clicking here. Be sure to contact us if you have any doubts or queries.