SMART Goals for Children

What is A Goal?

A goal is an object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result. Statistics say 92% of people never achieve their goals. This could be because they have not effectively planed their goals, and when you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

It is very important to teach your children how to plan and achieve their goals so they can get what they truly want in life.

What goal-setting teaches them:

  • How to Stay Motivated
  • Healthy habits
  • Responsibility
  • Persistence
  • Adaptability
  • Problem-Solving
  • Self-Worth

A simple way to start planning a goal is to fill out a SMART sheet.  Fun fact! By writing your goals down you are 42% more likely to achieve them. Smart Goals

Is Your Goal SMART?

Specific? 

Do you know exactly what you want to achieve?

Measurable?

Can you track your progress? Being able to see progress is a great way to say motivated and stick to your goal.

Attainable?

Is the goal reasonable? Not something too hard such as climbing Mount Everest next Saturday or something to easy like

Relevant?

Is it important to you? Will it help you in the future? Something you are proud of?

Time? 

When do you want this goal to be completed by?

For example, your child wants to read the Harry Potter books (Specific). How many books are in a series? (Measurable). Will they be able to read the books on their own or with some help? (Attainable). Are they interest in reading and the stories of Harry Potter? (Relevant) They want to read them before they get to a certain grade or perhaps the end of summer (Time).

Great goal setting activities for children would be; reading a chapter book, planting a garden or something as simple as organizing their toys.

How to Teach Goal-Setting

Determine the goal: Ask your child what they would like to do with questions like. What would you like to achieve this summer?  What would you like to learn?

Discuss the purpose: Why would you like to do this? Will this help others? How will completing this goal make you feel?

Break the goal down into smaller steps. Write down the steps they need to take to achieve their goal. A flow chart is a great visual way they can track their progress.

Say they want to read a 14-chapter book on their own. Try reading a chapter a week, maybe an hour before bed. Ask them questions about what they are reading, what they like and dislike about the characters or stories.  This is a simple way to encourage them to stay motivated.

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Plan for obstacles. Things can and will happen, we can brainstorm what could possibly happen. What if they don’t have time to read some nights? Can they read for an extra half hour another night or twice as long on the weekend? What if they lose the book? We can look for it for a week, find it or borrow another copy from a library.

Talk about it! Telling others about your goals helps keep you on track. Others will ask you how your goal is going, what’s next and help keep you focused.

Monkey see monkey do: Children are great imitators and learn so much from their parents. If you verbalize your goals to your children try your best to follow through with them. If you told your child you are going to start walking more. Make a plan and follow through with it. They learn from seeing your plan and achieve your goals too!

Create group goals for the family and set out to achieve them as a family. For instance, you would like to do a 5k walk for a charity. You will need to find out when the event is, how much you would like to raise for the charity, how you will raise the money, what kind of training you will do and when you will do it. By planning out your 5k charity walk with your children they will see how much effort and reward there is in completing a goal. Completing goals as a family encourages teamwork, family bonding and creates beautiful memories.

I Want to Give Up!

Sometimes goals take time and children often want to see results now. They could feel discouraged because they are not progressing at the rate they want. If your child feels like giving up talk to them ask them why they feel this way. Remind them why they started, how important it was to them. Show them how far they have come and encourage them to keep going.  If it is an obstacle in their way help them to overcome it, show them how they can improvise and problem solves to get over this hurdle. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of cheerleading to help reassure them that they are on the right path and can do it!

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We Did It! 

When they have completed a goal celebrate with them. If they finished the book have a movie night and watch the film version. Maybe have pizza, cake or a trip to the beach. Ask them how they feel, what challenges they faced and what they would have done differently. Hindsight is 20/20! It is a good learning exercise to reflect on what they have done, where they can improve and what they have learned.

Almost!

Sometimes we aim for goals and we don’t quite achieve them. Say they wanted an “A+” on their science test but only reached a “B”. This is the time to teach them it is okay to fail and how they can learn from this and achieve their goals next time. A good trait to instill in a child is to be resilience. Yes, they will be upset they failed and that is okay! Talk to them about why they think they failed, where they can improve and what they plan on doing next time.

How can I support a child dealing with bullying?

Why do people Bully?

There are a million reasons why people choose to bully. Usually, the bully is trying to fill a void where they need to feel superior in some sort of way. They often pick a victim they think is emotionally or physically weaker than them, or is different from the social norm and an easy target. Often children that bully are reflecting the way have been treated at home or school. 

We all have a role to play!

O6EWSI0.jpgBullying prevention starts at home, but teachers, principles, and organizations have a role to play too. If you notice your child acting out towards others or teachers are calling you about your child’s behavior, there are steps you can take to prevent your child from being a bully.

Make sure your child understands that what they do and say can impact others in a negatively and that their recent behavior is a problem.

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Let your child know that bullying is very serious and will not be tolerated. When talking to your child about bullying use a calm tone and be an example of respectful behavior. 

Talk to your child and see how their feeling. Try to find out why they may have been bullying in the first place. Were they trying to fit in at school? Are they picking up on emotions from home? Are they experiencing divorce? Do their siblings pick on them? 

 

There are 7 skills bullies need in order to change

 1. Responsibility-Being able to take responsibility for their actions.

2. Empathy-Understand how the other person may feel in that situation

3. Anger Management-Reduce episode of lashing out in a negative way

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4. Impulse Control -Stop and think about what they are about to do or say

5. Self-esteem – Finding happiness within themselves

6. Inclusive -Being able to realize popularity isn’t everything

7. Respect –Realize everyone deserves to be respected

This article from very well family goes more in-depth about these skills and how to achieve them.


 

How can I support a child dealing with bullying?

Both the bully and victim need support after an episode of bullying.

Victim

Have an open conversation about what happened. Ask them how you can help to make them feel safe.Sad pupil sitting alone on ground at corridor Remind them that it is not their fault and that people often bully because they are unhappy with themselves.

Get them involved in activities to boost their self-esteem. Sports, music or crafting activities will help them find a place they feel comfortable making friends and improving self-worth. Let them know they have people they can talk to, and they are not going through this alone.

Never! Tell the child to ignore the bullying. Blame the child for being bullied. Encourage fighting back. Always tell your child to seek a teacher or friend while being physically bullied. Fighting back could hurt the child and result in punishment for them. Contact the other parents involved, this is the teacher’s job and could create future problems.

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Talk it out! Where this is aggression coming from? Get them involved in activities to boost their self-esteem and socialize. People that are happy do not hurt others. Involve them in repairing the situation, have them write an apology. They will think more about their actions if they have to write it down.

If they broke or stole something, have them physically help fix what they broke or return what they took

Never! Blame the child or call them names. The child is clearly struggling with their own inner issues and that will only bring more negativity to the situation

 

 

 

7 Benefits of Playing with Puzzles

 

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Puzzles can be so much fun for children and adults, they come in all shapes and colors, with many different themes. It is no wonder children absolutely love playing with puzzles. Not only do they provide hours of entertainment they are also a valuable source for educational development.

1. Sharpen Cognitive Skills 

Cognitive skills are the core skills your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention. When playing with puzzles a person needs to utilize these skills, practicing and sharpening them, all while having fun.

Playing with puzzles increases their visual spatial awareness and develops a deeper understanding of these themes and topics.

2. Develop Fine Motor Skills

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When children play with puzzles, they are required to pick up, grasp, pinch and move pieces around, sorting them into the correct places.

3. Hand-eye Coordination 

Along with developing fine motor skills puzzles are a great way to help in developing hand-eye coordination. Often puzzles require a lot of trial and error, requiring a child to move and manipulate the piece into place. This requires a lot of hand-eye coordination.

4. Problem Solving

What is the point of doing a puzzle? To complete it of course! Whether it be a 12 piece puzzle or thousands of pieces puzzles are all about trial and error.

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When children are playing with puzzles, they must think and develop strategies on how they will complete the puzzle. This process requires cognitive skills such as reasoning and problem-solving skills, developing solutions. These are life skills they will take with them to their adulthood.

5. Persistence & Patients 

Puzzles can take a lot of time, effort and concentration. With some puzzles being over a thousand pieces and very complicated, being able to push through and complete the puzzle teaches a child that with persistence and patients they can achieve any goal.

6. Social

Puzzles are a great way to bring people together. Working together to develop a strategy, and cooperating together to complete a puzzle helps to develop many social skills. Nothing brings people together more than completing a common goal.

7. Self Esteem

Nothing boost self-esteem and self-worth more than accomplishing a goal. For children having something tangle-able to look back and say “Hey I did that” provides such a great sense of pride and achievement within themselves.  Working around issues and overcoming challenges boost their self-confidence and self-esteem, preparing them for other challenges in life.

Puzzles are not only a great source of fun but provide so many educational benefits! Have fun puzzling! 

 

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Personal Hygiene App for Kids

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Part of the W5Go Health Bodies seasons Personal Hygiene is an episode focused on explaining a healthy personal hygiene routine. 

This episode covers the basics of personal hygiene; bathing, hand-washing, toilet hygiene, and laundry. Often being able to do your own hygiene routine is the first bit of independence for a child. Showing by example and explaining the importance of a good personal hygiene routine can help a child develop a good personal hygiene routine of their own.

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Key Features:

  • Spot the difference: Attention to detail 
  • 20+ Fun hygiene facts
  • Sequencing Games: Toothbrush, Toilet, Hand-washing and laundry

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25 Fun Christmas Facts

1. Have you received a fun creative Christmas card? These lovely letters of good wishes
originated in England and were first sent in the 1840s.

Christmas_0001_Layer-32. It takes around 15 years for a Christmas Tree to grow to 6-8 Feet. There are about 30-35 million Christmas trees planted every year.

3. The tallest Decorated Christmas Tree ever displayed was in Seattle in 1950. It was 221 feet tall!

4. Christmas Trees are also called Yule Tress.

5. Traditional colours for Christmas are red, green and gold. They represent eternal life, the blood of Jesus and royalty. 

6. The carol “Jingle Bells” was originally written for Thanksgiving as a way to commemorate the famed Medford sleigh races.

7. On December 16, 1965, Jingle Bells was the first song to be broadcast from space.

Christmas_0000_Layer-28. Have you sent a letter to Santa Claus? In the United States, all letters addressed to Santa go to Santa Claus, Indiana. 

9. In Japan is it tradition to eat KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) for Christmas. Orders must be placed two months in advance.

Christmas_0007_16610. Why do we say “X-mas”? We use the abbreviation X-mas because of an ancient tradition. X is a Greek letter “chi” which is a short form for the word “Christ” in Greek.

11.  1 In 3 men waits until Christmas Eve to do their Christmas shopping.

12. The two days before Christmas are the busiest shopping days of the year. Even busier than Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

13.  In 1980, the must-have toy for Christmas was a 2$ Rubik’s cube. Quite the difference compared to the top sellers in 2017; Hatchimals, fingerlings, fidget spinners and Nintendo switches.

14. One of the most iconic Christmas characters in Central Europe is a character named Krampus. A Demon that wanders the streets with chains and bells looking for naughty children.

15. In the early 1900’s, when Christmas lights were the newest trend. Many people would rent rather than purchase the lights because they were so expensive. A lit tree in the early 1900’s was very much a status symbol.

16. Americans purchase and send 1.6 Billion Christmas cards every holiday season.

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17. Candy canes were originally created in Germany and were moulded into a J shape for Jesus. The red stripe wrapped around the cane symbolizes the blood of Christ.

18. Since Dennys Restaurants in the United States were originally designed to be open 24/7, their buildings were built without locks. This was an issue because in 1988 they decided to close the stores for Christmas Day for the first time!

19.  Coca-Cola was the first company to use the image of Santa Claus for promotion during the holiday season in 1950.

Christmas_0006_Layer-120. The statue of Liberty was a Christmas present from the French to the United States, in 1886. It is considered to be the largest Christmas present in the world, weighing 225 tons. 

21. Christmas dinners in Italy can last for more than 4 hours. Most Italian families have more than 7 courses for Christmas dinner.

22. Scientists calculated that Santa and his Reindeer would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world’s presents on Christmas Eve, travelling at 650 miles a second.

23. The tradition of putting tangerines in stockings comes from 12th-century French nuns who left socks full of fruit, nuts and tangerines at the houses of the poor.

24. The first Christmas crackers – a traditional festive favourite – were made around 1845-1850 by a London sweet maker called Tom Smith.

25. The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (he was the first Christian Roman Emperor). A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th of December.

 

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Digits For Children! Mobile App

Digits is an introductory app to the world of numbers! Digits are the numbers 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 9! Discover who uses digits, what are digits, where do we use digits, when do we use digits and why we use digits.

Key Features: 
Count along animations
Learn different counting styles
Real life-based visuals
20+ Onscreen and Voice over words to learn
No ads, no in-app purchases and does not require Wifi

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All of our applications are free to download, free from advertisements, no internet required and do not have any in-app purchases.

These apps are designed for children 4-12 to complement their traditional education. Throughout this lesson, you will be asked a variety of questions about numbers, have time to think and they will be given the answer.  We want to encourage children to dig deeper by asking questions like what if and why not.

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