4 Steps to Help Children Calm Down

Sometimes our emotions can get the better of us and for children often they don’t know how to control them just yet. Practicing yoga with your children can help them learn stress coping methods and help reduce the number of tantrums.

A simple mediation a child can practice STOP.

When feeling overwhelmed they need to:

Stop what they are doing

Take three BIG breaths. Fill that belly and let out a deep breath releasing that energy

Observe the world around them
Find: 4 Things you can See
                                                           3 Things you can Touch
                                                           2 Things you can Hear 
                                                           1 Thing you can smell 

Proceed! Once you feel calmer you can continue what you were doing with a clear mind. Mind&Body_SB_0013_Stop

 

Why teach meditation and mindfulness to Children?

Meditation, yoga, and other mindfulness practices are popping up in school systems nationwide—and for good reason. Studies have shown that teaching kids mindfulness practices can build students’ attentiveness, respect for fellow classmates, self-control, and empathy, all while reducing stress, hyperactive behaviour, ADHD symptoms, and depression. In addition, grades are shown to improve for students who participate in mindfulness programs

How to Raise a Confident Reader

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss


Jumping into a good book is like taking your mind on an amazing expedition. Through
reading and writing, anything is possible. Creating worlds with talking animals, alternate universes, aliens, and more!

Unfortunately, not everyone has a natural taste for reading. Depending on a child’s learning style, reading and writing may feel more like a chore. As a parent, it is your job to convince them reading is fun! This may be difficult, but there are many ways to encourage a child to love reading.

How can we ignite a child’s passion for reading?


Read the Right Book


Choose or let your child pick a book that they can relate too. If they play sports, love camping or dancing, for example, find a book that encompasses those topics.
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Books are more enjoyable to read when you’re interested in the topic and want to know more.

Choose a book that is on your child’s reading level. Sometimes reading can be overwhelming when you don’t understand the words or is too long for them. A simple way to tell if a book is on your child’s reading level is by using the five finger rule. Read the first page, and have your child hold up a finger for every word they don’t know. If they don’t understand five or more words, they may not be ready to read that book yet. That is okay! Everyone learns at his or her own pace and overbook they read improves their reading level!

Read a variety of material – stories, poems, information books, newspaper articles, and comics for your child. Show them all the forms literature comes in. Maybe they would prefer to read short stories and poems instead of chapter books?

 

Create a Reading Space

Finding a quiet place to sit down and read a book is a great start a habit of settling down and focusing on reading. Create a calm and inviting environment where your child feels completely comfortable spending time with their favourite characters, and getting lost in a beautiful story. This should be a place where their imagination can run wild.

Lead by example! Make time for yourself to read a book as well. Go to your reading place and read your books silently together. This is also a great way for family bonding time.

My little bookcase has a wonderful list of reading space ideas here.

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Bring the Book to Life 

Try and plan ahead if the book is spooky and Halloween related, dress up in costume and read it by flashlight. If it about going to the beach, read it at the beach! By doing this, you’re bringing another element to the story. Visual and kinesthetic learners really connect when they feel physically involved.

Three vintage witches perform magic ritualWhen reading a story with dialogue change voices or share the reading by assigning a character to each reader.

Ask questions about what they are reading! How do they feel about the characters? What do you think will happen next? Can they relate to the characters? As your child becomes more familiar with books and reading, ask questions about the structure. Who is the protagonist? When you ask questions and discuss what they are reading it makes them think, and question what they just read helping their reading comprehension.

Many books now have apps and videos you can watch and play along with. For an introduction to book and reading, W5Go’s app on books and reading explains the many kinds of books and reading material available and when we use each one.


Library Dates

Set a day once or twice a month where you go to the library to find a new book. Make a date of it, grab a hot cocoa, and settle in for some family bonding time! Also, many libraries offer programs for kids or reading clubs your child can join!

Bringing a child to a library promotes being social and creates a sense of community. They can see a world of different books and can meet new people that also enjoy reading. The library community helps a child feel more comfortable with talking about what they are reading, expressing their thoughts, and feelings about a book. Joining a book club is a great way for a child to discuss and learn about how everyone views things differently.

Make it A Challenge 

Some children are really motivated by challenges and find it really fun to complete a task. So make a game out of it! How many books can they read over the summer?

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Make a chart counting the books they’ve read. According to SMART goals, people are more likely to achieve a goal, such as finishing a book, if they can physically see and track their progress. You can start off small such as a chapter every two weeks. By making it a challenge, a child can practice planning and setting goals to achieve them. It instills a habit of making time to read and set aside time to accomplish a goal.

Often libraries will release summer book series challenges, and there are plenty online to choose from. My KidsTime has a great list of summer books and challenges for kids here.

Be Creative!

While reading the book take time to draw, paint, act, or model scenes they have read. This helps children comprehend what they have read and will be able to retell the story to others. Use voices while reading aloud to make the book more interesting. Have your child create a voice and read along pretending to be the character.

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Try and find books that have movie adaptions or plays made about them. When they finish a book reward them with a trip to the theatre to watch the show together. Make a family date of it, grab a treat after, and discuss how the show compared to the book.

Come together with other parents to create a book club for your children. When they finish a book together, throw a themed party for the kids to talk about the story. Have fun with it!

Break the Rules!

Some rules are meant to be broken. Allow them to stay up a bit later to finish that chapter in a book. Read to them even if they can read on their own. Hearing others read helps with pronunciation. Let them move around while you read. For kinesthetic learners, this may help them listen and understand what the story is about. 

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Reading yields so many benefits for a growing mind, encouraging a child to read is like giving them the keys to the city. So go ahead give them the key and open the doors to possibilities! 

Books and Reading

W5Go’s Books and Reading app is an easy, fun way to introduce your child to the wonders of reading! Enjoy an exciting adventure in augmented & virtual reality, exploring the W5Go secret library, learning the who, what, where, when, and why’s of books!

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Books & Reading Update!

W5Go’s Books and Reading app has been updated now including 3 new games!

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Room Detective: Find objects in the room from the list above!

Book Catcher: Develop fine motor skills moving the library cart from side to side to catch the falling books.

Library Runner: Run through the w5go library and collect the books.  Find a library card and become invincible to objects.


Explore the Who, What, Where, When and Why’s of reading! In this interactive mobile app, your child will learn all about all the different kinds of books and reading materials available. This app is designed for children aged 3-7 and is meant to compliment a child’s traditional education while sparking their imagination by asking the 5w’s.

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Key Features:
Virtual Reality Library
Interactive Augmented Reality Storybook
Rhyming Game
Anagram Game
Fun Animations
20 Words on screen & Voice over to learn 

VR Library

The W5Go library is full of beautiful books and books. Enter the secret W5Go library and find the magical book that will take you on an educational adventure!

The library features a stack of books to choose from, pick which story you want to learn. You can choose from storybooks, a book of rhymes, picture book and a non-fiction book. They explain what kind of book they are and then read an example of that kind of story.



Storybook! 
Choose where the story goes!
In this interactive augmented reality simulation, your child will be able to choose and place characters into a story to change the storyline! You choose the defender of the castle, the brave night or the ferocious dragon, and decide who will go save the castle!

AR_books2Play again and again to explore the many different ways a story can go.
Augmented reality works on any phone with a back facing camera. We believe that with technology changing so rapidly children should be gradually introduced to the newest thing. This way when they are adults they will have the general knowledge of how the technology works.



Rhymes
Rhymes are an excellent way for children to learn a language and build their vocabulary. Wordplay is often repetitive and catchy, which helps children easily recall a word or meaning. Rhymes help children learn phonetics, often rhymes repeat difficult sounds which in-turn helps improve their speech


Picturebook. In this chapter, your child will have to place the images to make the story in the picture book. These activities help children understand time and processes. You need to plant the seed before you can water the flowers.
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Picturebooks play a significant role in childhood development. They help a child comprehend what is being said in the story. It is an excellent way to hear, read and relate to new words. They are often repetitive and rhyme which helps children remember keywords and scenes.

Picturebooks are multi-sensory which stimulates the imagination. When they see the illustrations, smell and touch the pages, they become completely immersed in the story.

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Non-Fiction Books. 
This chapter defines what a non-fiction book is. Read along and learn some interesting facts about spiders, castles and more!

 

WHEN DO WE READ BOOKS?

Books have so many uses and can come in hand in so many different situations. This chapter shows children when and why we use certain types of books and reading material.

There are four sections in this chapter:

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Bedtime –
 We read many different books at bedtime. This chapter features a short story book about rain. Click through the pages and watch the animations, read along with the voice over, learn pronunciation and spelling.

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Recipes – We read recipes when we want to cook something new. This section shows a simple way of making scrambled eggs.

 


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Newspapers-
We read newspapers to learn about the world around us. This chapter explains the many different sections newspapers have, sports, weather and news.


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School- We read many different kinds of books in school. This part has an anagram game, where children will learn to spell what they see. These

 

 

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10 Budget-Friendly Kids Summer Activities

 

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  1. Build a Reading Fort
  2. Go to the Library! Libraries often have many free summer programs for kids.
  3. Have fun with science! Here are 50 different childsafe science experiments you can do at home!
  4. Invite friends over for a board game day.
  5. Garden together! Give your child a space of their own to create their own special garden. Plant fruits and vegetables and watch them grow all summer long.
  6. Free Educational Apps like W5Go are great for those rainy days!
  7. Go to the Beach!
  8. Search for “free admission days” at the zoo, museums, and art gallery.
  9. Bake! Cookies, muffins, cakes all that good stuff!
  10. Set up camp in the backyard! You don’t have to go far to get a good summer camping experience.

Have a great Summer! 

Fresh New Games from W5Go!

Learn to count, identify colours, spell and more!

We’ve updated our older apps Imagination, Books & Reading, Colours and Greetings!

Download free today on Google Play & Apple Store.

The Art of Play 

Play is one of the best ways to solidify topics you’ve just learned. In each W5Go episode, the child plays through the lesson learning, exploring and collecting facts so they can unlock games related to the topic.

We have gone through our older apps redeveloping games to create the best possible learning experience for your child. Researching and developing games that are not only enjoyable to play but help children recall and apply what they have just learned.

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How to Raise a Healthy Eater

Teaching a child the importance of healthy eating and how to make healthy choices is a lesson they will take with them throughout their whole lives. Here are some simple ways to show children the importance of healthy food choices.

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Before the age of televisions, apps, and videos games, how did we teach children fundamental lessons such as eating healthy? Books for course! There are many books written to help introduce children to healthy eating. Barnes and Noble have released their top 7 delicious books to promote healthy eating, check it out
here.

 

Mobile Apps

HealthyKids_PhonePromoThere are many apps designed to introduce children to the importance of healthy eating. There is a variety of games and lessons available on google play and apple store for this topic many free to play but have in-app ads and purchases.

W5Go’s Healthy Kids is a collection of apps exploring how our bodies work and the many ways we need to take care of our bodies. This app is designed for children in preschool and kindergarten, these fun learning games get children excited to learn how they take care of their bodies. With episodes on the five senses, the food groups, hygiene and more your child will have so much fun learning about their bodies!

Healthy Kids is free on Apple Store & Google Play

Get Cooking! 

Get them involved in preparing their food!

There are so many benefits to getting your child involved in the kitchen, not only does this provide precious family bonding time, but it also allows children to learn new skills.
From farm to the table, get your children involved meal preparations, and they will have a lifetime love and appreciation for their food.
Start at the store take them to the grocery store or market and show them where we gather our foods from. Give them the option to pick out a couple fruits, vegetables, or full meal they would like for dinner. Help them make good choices at the store, explain to them the difference between good nutritious food and junk food.

Take them on a field trip! Taking them to the farm to see where their food comes from, meet the farmers who grow it will not only help them develop an appreciation for the hard work that goes into producing food but also gets them excited about food!

Need some inspiration? Here are four ways to make eating fun for children!

  1. Add colour!
  2.  Make it interesting! Try using themes or get creative in how you serve it.
  3. Get them involved! From the farm to the table, there are plenty of places a child can help make their food.
  4. Books and Games. Fun apps like Cooking Mama or Healthy kids can inspire children to get excited about healthy eating.

 

Monkey See Monkey Do!

If you want your children to learn and instil healthy habits, you need to start with yourself. Children are great imitators and will copy most of the habits you have. Teach your children by example, make healthy food, eat healthy food, get active, go for walks, show a positive example of a balanced healthy lifestyle.

Gardening 

When children learn where their food comes from, and are able to get hands-on with the process, they become more connected to it. Gardening teaches children so many life lessons as well. For more reasons to get your child into gardening check out this post Childhood Lessons Taught in the Garden.