Development of Creative Potential in Children

Man has got tremendous creative potential. Only a few seem to understand this fact. Creativity and the ability to innovate are to be developed even from early childhood. A proper training and exposure are prerequisites for the development of this potential. More than anyone else parents are primarily responsible for the development of creativity development in children. Sadly most parents do not know how to recognize and cultivate the talents their children have.

 

Heredity determines the potential a child possesses. But environmental factors, which can be controlled by parents, determine to what extent that potential could be developed. So, it’s very important that parents take control of their children’s environment, preferably even from the early childhood, to mold their future. A proper guidance given to children in the right environment will do wonders and they will reap the benefits later in life.

 

Developing talents is like growing a tree. The right environment will help the tree grow to the fullest extent it’s programmed to grow in the seed.

 

By equipping themselves with the right kind of knowledge parents can help children achieve this goal. There are some principles parents should earn to create a right environment for their children. The environment has got two parts, one is physical and the other is ‘cultural’ which includes the behavior, intellect ,attitude etc.. Parents can have control over these two factors provided they are interested and determined to make the necessary changes. With a strong passion they can learn about the right environment and put into practice the principles of potential development.

 

Helene Goldnadel is of the view that the best investment parents can make for their children is to help children achieve their full potential. Parents should start the process when a child is born to them. There is no short cut and at the same it shouldn’t be complicated also.

 

Also read: Helene Goldnadel on Ways Art Classes Can Benefit Your Child

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Preparing Your Child Cognitively to Read

The ultimate goal of reading instruction is to enable children to understand what they read, so reading instruction has to be about more than simply matching letters and sounds — it also has to be about connecting words and meaning.

 

It is clear from research on emerging literacy that learning to read is a relatively lengthy process that begins very early in development and clearly before children enter formal schooling.

 

Children who receive stimulating literacy experiences from birth onward appear to have an edge when it comes to vocabulary development, understanding the goals of reading, and developing an awareness of print and literacy concepts.

 

Children who are read to frequently at very young ages become exposed in interesting and exciting ways to the sounds of our language, to the concept of rhyming, and to other word and language play activities that serve to provide the foundation for the development of phoneme awareness.

 

As children are exposed to literacy activities at young ages, they begin to recognize and discriminate letters. Without a doubt, children who have learned to recognize and print most letters as preschoolers will have less to learn upon school entry. The learning of letter names is also important because the names of many letters contain the sounds they most often represent, thus orienting youngsters early to the alphabetic principle or how letters and sounds connect.

 

The earlier you begin working on language with your child — simply speaking to your child, reading to your child, and then listening and responding to your child’s communications — the better off your child will be when the time comes to learn to ready.

 

Studies show a strong connection between early language development and reading. Language and reading require the same types of sound analysis. The better babies are at distinguishing the building blocks of speech at six months, the better they will be at more complex language skills at two and three years old, and the easier it will be for them at four and five years old to grasp the idea of how sounds link to letters.

 

However preparing your child to become a reader needs to go beyond this to cognitive readiness.

 

Cognitive readiness is essentially making sure your child has the essential foundations for reading. This includes the development and understanding of language, such as vocabulary, sentence structure, and grammar; but also includes background knowledge and experience.

 

For example, a child can easily make the transition from seeing the neighbor’s cat to the parent connecting the word “cat” with the animal. Then later when the child is learning the alphabet and connecting sounds with various letters the cat is again brought into play. Finally, when it is time to begin reading text the child is already well on her way to understanding the written word “cat” through her experience of seeing and hearing it.

 

However children need help learning these concepts. A child will not learn the names, sounds, and shapes of letters simply by being around adults who like to read and who engage in reading. Children learn these concepts when adults take the time and effort to share experiences with oral and written language.

 

Preparing your child to read must take a step beyond this as well. Children’s cognitive skills and knowledge are frequently thought of as core ingredients in the recipe for success in school. Children’s language/literacy refers to both their oral communication (language) and understanding of the written word (literacy). The concept of general knowledge refers to children’s conceptions and understandings of the world around them.

 

As children enter kindergarten for the first time, they differ in their cognitive skills and knowledge. Studies of first-time kindergartners indicate that children’s reading, mathematics, and general knowledge are related to their age as they enter kindergarten, the level of their mother’s education, their family type, the primary language spoken in the home, and their race/ethnicity.

 

The undisputed purpose of learning to read is to comprehend. Even before children can read for themselves, it can help them to build vital background knowledge by having adults read to them interactively and frequently. This means not only is the book or story shared with the child — but then the reader and the child discuss the book and the world, characters, and events it introduces. It is important for parents who want to build their child’s cognitive readiness to actually choose of variety of texts that will expand what their children know about the world around them. Further, comprehension is enhanced through discussion of the text which in turn might lead to seeking out further text on this or related subjects. Effective instruction will help the reader actively relate his or her own knowledge or experience to the ideas written in the text, and then remember the ideas that he or she has come to understand.

 

Helping your child become cognitively ready for reading will also include giving your child diverse experiences in the world and with events and people so they can make connections between the real world and their reading. This does not have to mean extensive travel or expensive outings. Many times simply taking children to various events and places within your community can provide experience with people of different ages and ethnic backgrounds, for example.

 

Ultimately, children’s ability to understand what they are reading is inextricably linked to their background knowledge. Very young children who are provided opportunities to learn, think, and talk about new areas of knowledge will gain much from the reading process. With understanding comes the clear desire to read more and to read frequently, ensuring that reading practice takes place.

 

Helene Goldnadel suggests following things you can do to help cognitively prepare your child for reading:

 

  • Read new stories and reread old stories every day.
  • Help extend their experience with the words, language, and ideas in books by interactively reading to them every day.
  • Relate information in books to other events of interest to children, such as holidays, pets, siblings, and games. Engage children in discussion of the topics.
  • In both stories and informational texts, encourage wondering. For example, “What will happen next?” or “Have you ever seen someone do that?”
  • Point out how titles and headings as well as text when you are reading.

 

Also read: Common Developmental Disorders in Children Discussed by Helene Goldnadel

The Natural Development of a Child

Raising a child can be a learning experience for the parent as well as the child. The various child stages are milestones to be achieved from being an infant to becoming a teenager. The stages are to be celebrated and enjoyed as they grow into successful young adults.

 

Child stages begin with preterm infants, who are when the baby was born earlier than expected and not around the forty week period which is for a term baby. Preterm infants, otherwise called “preemies” are smaller in size and require a longer stay in the hospital until they can successfully eat from a bottle, sleep without any breathing apparatuses and when they have reached a certain weight limit which is generally around five pounds. They many require certain additional help at home until they can feed and sleep as a full term baby would.

 

Next in child stages would be the infant stage, which is from around one month to almost two years old. During these months the child will grow immensely and learn to walk, crawl, feed them, sleep all night, speak and even begin potty training. These are the biggest years as far as development is concerned for the child that they will endure their entire lives. There seems to be a new change in their skills and progression each week until the child is two years old from walking to climbing and these months are the ones when you must watch the child at all times until they can safely move about the home without suffering from any injuries from falling.

 

The next years in child stages are the called the children stages. This is from the ages of two until they are eleven years old. These years are when the child will graduate to attend school, begin to play on team sports, begin to dress and care for themselves and not be as dependent on you the parents as they previously were. While the child is growing they may begin with attending preschool classes then progress to a kindergarten setting when they are five years old.

 

These years are generally not mandatory for a child to graduate, but it is encouraged to prepare them for a smooth transition into first grade and those to come so they are not so attached to you the parents. After the elementary school years the last in child stages is the adolescent one, which is from a twelve year old until an eighteen year old. This is the teen years that can be a tad tricky, but it is important to support your child and to allow them to become the people they want to be as adults.

 

Helene Goldnadel says that always has open communication with your children and be a good listener even when they are preschoolers, as when they want to tell you about their day and their lies they are doing so to engage with you. For information on child stages, you can do some research on the web for free to ensure your child is right where they should be.

 

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How to Spend Quality Time with Your Child

No matter how busy your life is, you should always find time to spend with your child. This is necessary in order to establish a good relationship with him. There are many ways to spend quality time with your child and Helene Goldnadel discusses them below. Make every moment count and your child will surely cherish it for the rest of his life.

 

Weekend

See to it that you have a day to spend with your family. For most, this is Saturday or Sunday. Plan an activity you can do during the weekend. You can probably cook together or have a barbecue outdoors. You can also watch movies together and eat ice cream while watching the flick. You can also take your child to the mall for a stroll. You can shop for educational Anatex toys. These are actually good investments for your bonding time because you can use it to have fun during your days off.

 

Every morning

Find something that you can do together every morning. You can train him to wake up early and exercise with you. A simple stretching and jogging around the house will help your child develop a healthy lifestyle. You can also prepare breakfast while he watches you cook. Make it a habit to take your breakfast together. This will give you more reasons not to skip it and you are making sure that your child does the same.

 

Every afternoon

Call your child from the office at least once every afternoon. You can also send an email or a text message. Just check on him. Find out what he is doing. Hearing the voice of your little one will surely help you relax. It can even relieve stress. This will make your child as well as your partner feel that you remember them even if you are busy at work. You might be surprise with what your child is doing with his kidcraft furniture.

 

Every night

As much as possible, eat your dinner together as a family. If you are going to be late because of work, call ahead of time. However, do not make this a habit. Remember, night time should be a family time. And besides, you have to get home early and sleep early if you want to stay true to your morning routine with your child.

 

Vacation

Plan a vacation for the family. It can be a simple camping trip. You can also spend time at a beach resort and have a great time together. It does not really matter where you are going to spend your vacation as long as you take the time to get away for a while. It would be nice to just enjoy and not think about work or other issues even for just three days or so.

 

It is ironic that even with the technology we have to do things faster, we remain busy. Although this is the case, we should still find a way to have quality time with our children. Keep in mind that they are only kids for a while, and we do not want to miss that.

 

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Helene Goldnadel Tips to Raise a Smart Child

Parents are totally dedicated to their children especially on the stage where they begin to learn things around them. As a child continue to accomplish the milestones of growing, parents become more inspired to teach them. Every parent wants to have a child who seems to have advance knowledge. Simply, we want children who are smart and happy, to be themselves.

 

The big question is – how can we raise a smart child? Around the world, most parents use educational toys as an effective tool of learning while having a lot of fun. Since these kinds of toys vary from different styles, colors and shapes of learning, children tend to enjoy playing the toys constantly. Learning starts from playing, so parents should be pickier in choosing the right toys for their child.

 

You want a smart child? Here are the bright ways by Helene Goldnadel to raise one:

 

  • Explain the value of learning in a more simple and smooth way. Your explanation should not be too complex; simply, it needs to be what they call “cool”. Emphasize the reasons why they should learn, what they can get from learning and what are the good causes.
  • Provide nutritious food to your child. Instead of feeding them with unhealthy snacks like junk food; cook a healthy meal they would love. Pick vegetables and fruits rich in vitamins that would boost their memory and sharp minds. Children need to be smart in mind and body.
  • Choose the right toys for them; toys that are best and advisable when it comes to learning. For instance, pick educational toys that would help emphasize education in many ways. Pop-up books, building blocks, washable books and large puzzle mat are some of the toys that would fill knowledge in their young minds.
  • Encourage your child to engage in recreational activities like outings. Parents should not be too serious in raising a smart child. They should be patient, playful and understanding. Let your child play with other kids, let them enjoy their childhood. They could also learn a lot outside. Just let them have fun.
  • Give them vitamins prescribed by physician. Ask your physician about it. Not only vitamins help in providing energy, it would also help in feeding their minds.
  • Encourage your child every now and then, for every accomplishment made. Though be sure not to drown them with praises or else they would be too dependent on them. Let them feel that their hard works are appreciative.
  • Be a creative parent by creating games for your children. Our mom used to make name tags and post it all over the items in the house. That’s how we learned to spell the words correctly, mom doesn’t care whether the hours look to clutter because of the learning materials – mom wants us to learn, and we did!

 

Learning starts at home; parents are the child’s first teachers. As parents we are responsible for our child developments, so we should provide them the best educational toys we can find. In this way, they could play while they learn or they could learn while they play. Raising a smart child is not that easy, but it could be fun when you know how to apply creativity in your own smart ways.

 

Also read: Tips by Helene Goldnadel to Raising a Moral Child

Plans by Helene Goldnadel to Help Your Child Lose Weight

Helping your child lose weight can be a difficult task. The last thing you want to do is find yourself in a power struggle with your child over what he or she does or does not eat. How you help your child trim down will depend on many factors. Helene Goldnadel discusses some of them below:

A first consideration will be your child’s age. A very young child may not be aware that he or she is too heavy. You will want to have healthy lower calorie snacks available for the younger child. Check your own behavior. Are you giving the child overly large portions or using food as a substitute for other positive attention? When your children are overweight you will want to use other ways to reward his or her good behavior. Do not make food a reward. A child who is old enough to know he or she is overweight will usually want to lose weight. It is important to assess their motivation and if it’s appropriate, to offer your help. However, you will want to avoid being pushy or demanding with your child and be sure to let your child know you love them whether they are overweight or not. Offer to help with their weight loss because it is something they want and will make them healthier and perhaps happier.

You can help your child lose weight by keeping healthy low calorie high nutrition snacks available. Eliminate desert from the evening meal or change desert to low fat, low sugar items. Fruit or yogurt or low calorie Jello is good examples. Make sure your child starts the day with a good breakfast containing some protein and minimal fat and sugar. Good ideas for breakfast include whole grain toast with low sugar jelly or peanut butter, fruit salad, oatmeal with fresh berries, apples with peanut butter dip or a small omelet with ham and cheese.

Increasing your child’s activity will help them lose weight as well. Many children love joining local team sports. Baseball, softball, soccer and football are good examples. Another option for exercise is letting your child choose lessons for tennis, horseback riding, golf, ice skating or dance. Finally, if money is no object and your child likes the idea consider finding him or her a personal trainer to get started on physical fitness program.

Remember that whatever you do to help your child lose weight you should not ignore your child’s feelings and response to your help. Don’t forget that serving as a healthy role model can go a long way in helping your child develop good habits.

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Teaching Your Child Healthy Hygiene Habits

Once your child begins walking, he will become more and more independent. Toddlers and preschoolers want to try to do a number of things on their own and parents have a tremendous opportunity to instill good, healthy habits as they teach self-care skills during this stage of development.

 

Your child will best learn how to care for herself by watching you and her older siblings. Set a good example by taking good care of yourself, keeping yourself well-groomed, and following the same healthy practices you hope to teach your child. Discuss germs and their role in sickness with your child very early on and talk with her about things she can do to prevent germs from making her sick.

 

As we all know, the best germ deterrent is washing your hands regularly. Teach your little one to wash his hands after playing outside, after he uses the restroom, and before he eats. Also encourage him to wash up if he coughs or sneezes and after he plays with animals or pets. Twenty seconds of rubbing, remembering to get in between fingers, with warm water and a mild soap is usually enough to get rid of any germs.

 

Also read: Where Can a Child Attain Character Development?

 

When children enjoy keeping themselves clean, they are more likely to make good hygiene a lifelong habit. Help your child wash her hands the right way by asking her to sing a short song as she washes. “Happy Birthday”, “Row, Row Your Boat”, or two rounds of the ABC song will last about 20 seconds each, helping your child develop a habit of washing her hands properly.

 

Most toddlers and preschoolers already enjoy splashing around in the tub, but educational bath toys like the Baby Einstein Bath Toy collection can make bath time even more fun. Make a game out of washing to encourage and teach your child to clean himself, as well as learn the names of his body parts. Hand him the soapy wash mitt and let him wash each part as you call out the name, like leg, knee, or shoulder. Make the game more challenging by using right and left as well.

 

Good oral hygiene habits are equally important and should be encouraged during the toddler years as well. Teach your child to brush her own teeth by brushing your teeth beside her. Show her how to turn the brush to get every side of her teeth clean. Many children want to rush through this part of their routine, so a timer set for two or three minutes may develop better habits. Always be sure to brush behind your child until she is about nine.

 

Eating a healthy diet, exercising, and getting enough sleep are also key factors in good health and hygiene. Talk to your child about why these things are important and set a good example by eating your own vegetables and making exercise a part of your daily routine. Introduce your child to new foods often and always explain the benefits the food holds. Encourage him to try at least one bite and continue to serve not so popular dishes as he acquires new tastes. Establish a bedtime routine to ensure that your little one gets enough sleep and encourage at least 90 minutes of physical activity each day.