Thursday, July 23, 2020

How do you make teaching a child less stressful?

As a parent or educator, your mental strength is important. It can be hard to manage a child. Most of the experience is out of your control, but a child needs and want you as the adult to be STRONG, and WISE. They understand you are the adult and they love that you are there for them, they never meant to drive you crazy. 

Being an intelligent adult, you need to take your time to understand their psychology, and be aware of every child's difference in attitude and inclinations, and in this regards, you give in your best to NURTURE and penetrate in their innocence to hopefully plant the seed of good values, and virtuous habits by whatever way you choose, and your learning goal, keeping the mental ability of the child into consideration. 

Childhood can be difficult. As an adult, try to feel and relate that children go through rough times, and this will make it less stressful for you. Whenever the rough time comes, maintain calmness as much as you can. BREATHE. 

How do you make the learning experience LESS stressful?

1. know your LEARNER.

2. Identify the goal and objectives

3. ESTABLISH your role as the facilitator of learning.

4. GIVE your learner space to learn from mistakes by creating assessment.

"Listen and Learn" by Cheri j. Meiners, M.Ed.

'Listen and Learn' is one of the 'Learning to Get Along' series. 

The series is a great compilation of essential tools to model social skills for children. Skills like respect, cooperation, empathy are great asset and value that the society needs, and to help young learners, it has to be in their own tunes, to effectively impact positive behaviors. 

Simple, but interactive illustrations by Meredith Johnson. 

"There is so much to learn about the world"
"listening helps me learn"

The book portrays a child talking about his day in an expressive way. The child says about how he wants to learn, and why listening is important to help him learn better. 

On the 13th page, the author shows how he child was willing to ask question, and how it is FUN and important to participate in a group. 

She went further on other parts of the book to talk about how children get distracted even when they want to listen. As an educator, I find this realistic, and she illustrated is a great resource. She encouraged them to look and listen carefully. The child in the book says by listening, he wants to hear and understand, and that make know what he is being asked to do.

"It might be something really fun!"

"sometimes it's hard to listen."
"There may be other things to see and hear"
"I can keep trying to watch and listen to the speaker.
"Each time I listen, I get better at it."

The book let young readers visualize how their appropriate behavior positively impact themselves and others. It also encourages them to think, it teaches practical, and fun techniques to cultivate listening and getting better at it.

I give the book a 5 star. and I recommend it for teaching affective skills. 

It also includes activity guide for adults!

It is a book that help young children learn to behave responsibly and respectively towards themselves and others. 

Friday, July 10, 2020

"The Giant Jumperee" by Julia Donaldson

Baby frog pulled up some joke, and it terrified the bigger animals. 

"The Giant Jumperee" was well written by Julia Donaldson, it is a funny trick made up by baby frog when it hid inside the Rabbit's burrow. 

"I'am the GIANT JUMPEREE and I'm scary as can be!" 

Terrified by the scary voice from an unknown creature, the Rabbit cried for help.

The first animal that offered to help was the Cat, and it promised to pounce on the creature. 

Was the cat able to help rabbit? 

You can only find out from this beautiful fictional adventure, it is not only FUN to read, but gives an expository details to the expressions by each animals that offered to help Rabbit. 

"I'm the GIANT JUMPEREE and I'm taller than a tree!" This terrified the Elephant just as he put his long gray trunk inside when he stomped up to the burrow. 

"Help! Help!" trumpeted Elephant.
 ""What's the matter, Elephant?" asked Mama Frog."

Mama Frog was able to get the Giant Jumperee out of the burrow as she uncovers the playful surprise.  

But the Rabbit, Cat,Bear and Elephant were terrified before the surprise uncovers.  You should read this book to your child, and they will love the well plotted adventure. 

A good lesson from the book is how it portrayed the bravery of Mama Frog, she was not scared of the loud voice  "He can sting you like a bee,"said Bear: "And he's taller than a tree," said Elephant. Yet, Mama Frog took no notice of them, and she jumped up to the burrow. 

"Come on out, GIANT JUMPEREE!" she said. "You're the one we want to see, so I'm counting up to three!

She counted, then the surprise was revealed. 

 It also shows how other animals were kind, and offered to help Rabbit. 

An adventure that young readers would love and enjoy. Well illustrated work of art.
 I will give the book a 4 stars.