Why Riddles are so Great for Childhood Development

 

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Riddles are great for all ages! They teach us so many life lessons, words, wordplay, problem-solving and comprehension. Riddles are fun and easy to remember, often children share the riddles they hear, helping them become more social.

Improve Vocabulary

Riddles are usually told in a creative way with more advanced words. When kids want to share riddles, that’s after they understand the whole context. Riddles also encourage kids to ask about words they can’t understand yet.

Funny Word Play

You know how most kids are when it comes to funny things. Children tend to love slapstick comedy and childish jokes. To improve a child’s taste in humor, you can give creative riddles to them. Riddles can entertain a child and get his brain working at the same time.

Comprehension

Many kids can read at such a young age but can’t fully understand context. In order for a child to share riddles with other people, he must fully understand the riddle first. With great understanding comes great comprehension.

Problem Solving

Practicing riddles help children to think outside of the box. This becomes so useful when it comes to academic testing. Through riddles, children are able to practice creativity, logic, and comprehension. Taking these skills

Most tests in schools rely on creativity, logic, and comprehension. Riddles can improve a kid in all those areas. They can improve the critical thinking and problem-solving skills of a child.

Family Bonding Time

Working together to solve something is the best way to form a bond and relationship with each other. Taking the time to play with your child solving riddles and playing games helps children learn valuable knowledge and build self-esteem.

Building self-esteem is so important for children, having the ability to be confident in your choices and answers will help to benefit them throughout their life.

 

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4 Reasons to always choose Homemade Food

It may seem obvious homemade food taste better and is much healthier for you than take-out still, so many of us are so easily persuaded to stop and grab food on the way home, instead of cooking!

Top 4 benefits to homemade food that are sure to convince you to ditch the take-out. 

760.jpgDevelop Healthier Eating Habits: Your body is a temple, honor it. Many fast food places are full of fillers, salts, sugars, fats, and chemicals.
When you order a burger do you really know everything that’s in it? For example, McDonald’s french fries have 19 ingredients!

When you choose to stay home and prepare your own recipes, you know exactly what is in your food. By preparing your food at home, you can avoid all the preservatives and fillers.

When you eat at home you are less likely to have a deep fried meal, and more likely to replace it with healthy options. Vegetables are pretty much non-existent on fast food menus, but a staple to every meal at home.

Family Bonding: Cooking is a great way to connect as a family. Organizing a meal takes a lot of communication and sometimes a fair amount of work. This is an excellent activity for the whole family. It can be a time to hang out and relax while cooking before dinner. Divide the tasks between each other and work together to make a delicious meal.

There are many life lessons to learn in a kitchen. (LINK TO LIFE LESSONS POST)

Improves Cooking Skills: The more you cook the better you get! Its no secret everything improves with practice. Cooking skills are a life skill everyone should have.

438.jpgSaves Time & Money: This may sound odd at first, fast food isn’t as fast as preparing a meal? But many meals can be prepared at home in just 20 minutes. That’s a lot faster than driving to the store and waiting in line for a subpar meal.

When eating at a restaurant or grabbing fast food you are not only paying the food but the operational costs of the business. You end up paying much more mark up on your food this way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why You Should Cook Together as a Family

The kitchen is often called the heart of the home yet how many of us actually spend family time in the kitchen. Before you go reaching for the takeout menu remember these four great reasons to cook with your family tonight.

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For the modern busy family, finding time between work, school, sports and more to hang out with the family can be quite difficult. Preparing dinner as a family is an easy solution to this issue.

Cooking is a great way to connect as a family. Organizing a meal takes a lot of communication and sometimes a fair amount of work. Delegate tasks and work together to create a healthy and tasty meal.

Preparing meals together allows for quality time talking to each other on a regular basis. It gives you time to talk about what is going on in each other’s worlds, and this becomes so important as they reach adolescence.

Communication & Practical Skills: 

There are a variety of skills that can be learned in the kitchen children can take and use these skills with them and apply them to many aspects of their lives. Communication skills or “Soft Skills” are sharpened by working together with others. Skills such as creative-thinking, teamwork, decision making, positivity, time-management, and flexibility are just some of the skills that are taught in the kitchen.

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No matter the age, getting your child into the kitchen cooking with you is always a good idea. Find age-appropriate tasks and get them involved, being part of something from a young age helps to build confidence.

Many children get to college and have no idea how to make themselves a nutritional meal. Get your child involved in cooking from a young age and they will always have the skills to make themselves a meal.

Practical skills such as following a recipe, measuring, preparing veggies, baking, cooking and cleaning up are very valuable in adulthood.

Give your Children the tools for a healthy future:

Preparing fresh and wholesome homemade meals at home will most likely teach your children how to do the same. Set them up for a healthier future in terms of how they will eat when they’re on their own.

7 Ways to Make Reading Fun!

“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 discover 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!270249

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

 

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’ve read. This helps children comprehend what they have read, and 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. Read the book and reward it with a trip to the theatre and 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 fellow parents and create a book club with your children. When they finish a book together throw a themed party for the kids to talk about the story. If they have a birthday coming up have it themed around their favourite book. Have fun with it! Make costumes or crafts, bake food mentioned in the stories.

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

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