Talking to Children about Disabilities

Explaining to your child what a disability is can be quite challenging. It is a sensitive topic, you need to choose your words wisely and create an open dialogue with your child so they feel free to ask you anything. What you say in this conversation directly influences how your child will perceive others with disabilities. Here are seven things to keep in mind when you talk to your child about people with disabilities:

Children with disabilities are like all children, they have feelings they want friends, respect and to be included.
Life can be tough and everyone is trying to find themselves, especially children. They are easily impressionable and often wear their hearts on their sleeves. Words and actions can hurt, all children have the same wants to be included and respected. Teach your children to include all children including children with disabilities in conversation and games, they are no different than typical children and deserve not to be left out due to a disability.

354870-PAPUF2-370Children can be born disabled or become disabled from illnesses or an accident. You cannot catch a disability.
A person does not choose to be disabled something had happened that is out of their control.

Just because someone has a physical disability does not mean they also have a cognitive (thinking) disability.
There many many different types of disabilities each affecting the body in different ways. Some may just be physical meaning they bodies may have problems when moving, others can affect their brain making speaking, school work and thinking difficult for them and some disabilities can be a combination of both. Children with disabilities can do most of the things other children do, it may take more assistance and more time. Be patient and help them!

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Children with special needs are different and that’s not a bad thing.
Everybody is unique it is what makes us all so special in our own ways. If everyone was the same life would be pretty boring!

It’s okay to ask questions about disabilities. Knowledge is power!
Learning about different disabilities can help a child understand a personal situation better. Knowing how a disability can affect someone can allow you to help them more and be more empathic about situations.

Choose your words wisely   When talking to your child choose your words wisely. The way to describe children with disabilities will influence the words your child uses to also describe disabilities. Make sure they are accurate and sensitive. Teaching them the correct words like special needs, disabilities, or even the names of specific disabilities like autism and down syndrome.

Be a friend. The best thing you can be is a friend.

W5Go Apps for Social Good!

W5Go Free Educational Apps for Social Edification! 

If you have checked the app stores lately looking for a fun, educational and safe app for your toddler you might see a lot of apps “designed for children” are full of in-app purchases, advertisements and are missing educational content. 0325_3

Each episode of W5Go is carefully designed for children 5-8. Our main focus is to get children excited about learning. We want them to run from our app excited to tell their parents, friends, and teachers what they have learned.

Our apps have a unique layout compared to others designed for children. We have episodes teaching children various topics, followed by games to help children retain what they just learned.

We believe in having an equal balance between work and play! In our newer apps, you need to play through the episodes/ lessons before unlocking related games.

We are part of a social edification project by QiiQ this allows us to create apps that are Ad-Free and offer freemium content while being primarily funded by QiiQ and grants. We understand many are unable to afford apps which is why we designed W5Go to be able to unlock all features by playing through the app. If you would like to unlock games faster a $0.99 Star pack is available for purchase, to contribute or donate to W5Go development please contact w5go.official@gmail.com.

W5Go Structure
We refer to each app as a “Season” and each season has several “Episodes” related to the main topic. For example, our season healthy kids have three episodes.

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– The Food Groups                        Coming Soon! 
– The Five Senses                           – Trip to the Doctors
– Hygiene                                       – Mind & Body

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What is Social Edification?

QiiQ for Social Edification™, a new category defined and championed by QiiQ.

W5Go is a project for social edification created by QiiQ. W5Go aims to encompass as many of theUnited Nations Sustainable Development goals as possible with every episode we release. So far our episodes, blog posts, youtube videos, and social media have targeted five of the seventeen sustainable development goals.

Quality Education

E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-04We believe everyone deserves the right to a quality education no matter their circumstances. W5Go’s mobile episodes and videos are created for the audience of children aged 3-7. They are easy enough for a child to follow on their own without parental guidance.

We thoroughly research all of our applications to create fun educational content for children to learn and explore. Within every app, we choose a topic and ask the children the W5 to encourage them to think and question what they are seeing. We then ask them to dig deeper by asking questions like “What if?” and “Why not?” W5Go believes you can always push boundaries and learn more. By asking “What if?” and “Why not” it opens doors to your imagination which intern sparks innovation. Each episode teaches 20+ English words through voice-overs, text, and animations for fun interactive learning.

Most of our applications have virtual and augmented reality experiences. Due to the rapid growth of technology, we want to gradually introduce children to modern technology. We use smartphones to portray these experiences, no fancy headsets required, just a smartphone with a gyroscope and a back-camera. Also, for young children to use technology, not using a headset is much safer as there are still aware of the environment around them. W5Go believes children from all walks of life should be able to experience the newest technology.

All of our applications are free to downloads, free from ads, no in-app purchase and do not require wifi after the initial download. W5Go wants to make it as simple as possible to get the educational tools to children to see them succeed.

Gender Equality

E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-05A major concern in society today is gender equality. W5Go works to create episodes that are as gender neutral as possible. We want to teach children to respect one another no matter their gender, race or sexuality. At the moment we care carefully crafting an episode and song about bullying, in which we wish to teach children the importance of thinking before you speak or act.

Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-16We try to include the peace and justice strong institutions goal in our apps by promoting children to have integrity. So they can understand what is right and wrong, and stand up for injustices when they encounter them. We believe by teaching these morals at a young age, children will grow up with a strong moral compass. Children are our future we must teach them what we know and let them learn from our mistakes. Some of these children will grow into powerful roles within companies and countries, having a strong sense of integrity is very beneficial.

Good Health and Well-Being

E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-03Across many of our episodes, we try to educate children on good health and well-being. In our Forest episode, we show how beneficial taking a walk through a forest can be for your mental health. We also focus on our blog to give tips on how to handle stress and  Our episode Dialogues shows a Grandma talking to her grandson about the importance of a healthy hygiene routine.

Zero Poverty

E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-01Knowledge is power! W5Go’s objective is to bring children to an even playing field when it comes to education when in or starting kindergarten or preschool. We want to make education available to everyone in any situation.

We believe education is the key to ending poverty. When people are educated they have more opportunities to advance in their lives and career. Everyone should have an equal chance to excel, no matter their environmental upbringing. W5Go wants to give children the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty. This is why all of our applications are free to download, have no in-app purchases, no advertisements and do not require wifi.

How do we do it?

We’re often asked,  “Where do we make money?” or “How do we afford to make these applications”
We are a social edification project headed and funded by QiiQ, a wholesale carrier voice service provision and managed services for retail telecom service providers. W5Go is a project created by and managed by Carl KS Teo, CEO & Founder of QiiQ.

This is all done for social good!

To learn more about W5Go and to download our mobile apps visit us W5go.com

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The only way to improve is by getting feedback! Have any suggestions for our apps?

Or would like to contribute to our cause, feel free to contact us at w5go.official@gmail.com

 

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.

Childhood lessons Taught in the Garden

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The garden, a wonderful place to learn and grow! (Pun Intended)
Growing a vegetable garden with your child can teach them many life lessons. Planning, planting, growing and harvesting shows them the many steps our food takes to get from farm to table.

We often don’t think of the many life lessons our activities teach us. Learning to garden at a young age exposes us to many great life lessons, morals and values rooted in us that take with us into adulthood.

Prepares Us For Adulthood 

Adulthood is can be an emotional rollercoaster. Like a garden, everyday something is new, there are so many challenges ahead and garden can teach us those many life lessons we need to live and grow into a successful life. 

Getting Intouch With Nature

ladybug-54311_1920The garden is full of exciting creatures! When your child is working on their own garden, they are bound to run into a creepy crawly or two. Introduce them to the many different elements gardening has to bring.
These encounters can be so inspiring to a young child when they are done in the garden encourage them to write and draw about their experience.
Gardens are a great example of the most basic forms of life it shows the fundamentals of the food chain and how the environment works.

Bigger Isn’t Always Better 

Having a garden you can manage with little stress is much more important than having a large garden you cannot manage. 

Everything in moderation, creating and planning a garden that is manageable will allow for a plentiful, stress-free life. 

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Growth Doesn’t Happen All At Once
A plant goes through many stages before it flowers. Each of these stages has a purpose and are important for the plant to grow, some stages take longer than others. Just like a plant, we have to go through stages before we bloom. You cannot just go straight from a seed to a perfect watermelon in a day good things come to those who wait.

In life when you get frustrated about the long road to the finish line (like graduating college) think back to the garden and the many steps it takes to get to somewhere worthwhile.

Accept Help When You Need It 

Sometimes we can be stubborn and feel like we can do everything on our own. It is important to know when to put our pride aside and accept help, for the greater good. Don’t wear yourself thin trying to do everything, work as a team and accomplish more. 

Persistence Is Key

In a garden, sometimes no matter what you try a flower may refuse to grow. Don’t let failures stop you from trying. Access what you did, study, ask for help and come back with a better game plan.   quote-if-at-first-you-don-t-succeed-try-try-try-again-william-edward-hickson-54-34-92

Be Flexible Life Changes 

Life changes, and sometimes it changes fast, for good or bad. Being able to adjust and adapt to new conditions only makes you stronger. 

Beauty Comes In All Shapes And Forms 

No two flowers are the same, yet each one is pretty in its own way. A garden full of identical flower would be boring, wouldn’t it? There is beauty in being unique.

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Clear Out The Negative To Make Room For Positivity 

Weeds can grow all over they can take over a whole garden and ruin your precious plants. Just like in life you need to cut out the negativity and not give it any room to grow. 

 Take Time To Smell The Roses 

Life happens fast, always take a moment to enjoy the present. When we’re constantly planning for the future and living in the past, we often miss beautiful moments right in front of us. 


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Last, but not least! One of the biggest lessons a garden can teach a child is that through hard work and planning come great rewards.  All things in life last when you put effort, hard work and love into it, relationships, items, yourself everything in life follows this rule.

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Feeling inspired to grow your own vegetable garden with the children?  Roll up your sleeves, get dirty and have fun in the garden! These are the top 10 easiest vegetables to grow from seeds. Get in touch with your roots! 

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  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Pumpkins
  • Radishes
  • Squash
  • Spinach

 

 

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! 

 

gamesmenuWell, let’s get puzzling! W5Go’s Healthy Bodies Season has many fun educational puzzles and more! Discover the 5W’s of hygiene, our five senses, and the food groups all while learning what we need to do to keep our bodies happy and healthy!

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