Technology And Its Impact On Your Child – The Right Approach

We live in a technologically-advanced age, and to be ignorant of the realities and implications of this is simply unwise. A lot has been written about the pros and cons of technology, but these discussions are often aimed at adults. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at how technology affects younger children. This will help you ensure that the benefits of technology ...
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Technology And Its Impact On Your Child – The Right Approach

We live in a technologically-advanced age, and to be ignorant of the realities and implications of this is simply unwise. A lot has been written about the pros and cons of technology, but these discussions are often aimed at adults. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at how technology affects younger children. This will help you ensure that the benefits of technology are maximized for your child while the negative effects are limited.

A good place to start is getting a proper understanding of the impact of technology on your child’s development. The following post examines this in detail:

How much does technology affect our children’s development?

As we live in a world where technology is thriving, our children are having to embrace it as they grow up. But as a parent myself and an advocate of using technology to our advantage, I wanted to better understand what level of impact technology is having on our children’s development or better yet how much technology affects children’s development?

It was a different world in the 90s

There is little doubt that we live in a very different world from when I was a child growing up. I remember Christmas in 1990 when I was 6 years old watching TV on a rather antiquated and unintelligent box, or a film using a bulky VHS tape player whilst my Dad recorded the family video with a 90’s Panasonic video recorder. We all used to sit around and talk to each other or play board games that required imagination and social interaction. Read more at Eleven…

While you can’t control all the negative effects of technology on your child, you can take an active role in ensuring that a healthy balance is achieved when using it in its various forms.

An interesting recent discovery shows the importance of traditional learning methods, such as learning or reading, vis-à-vis technology. The following post describes how the two compare:

Reading to children ‘more effective than technology at boosting science skills’

Parents must put down the electronic tablets and start reading to their children if they want them to be successful in the world of tech and science.

Reading books to children has a far more profound effect on learning than letting them play with electronic tablets, according to Dr Shane Bergin, physicist, lecturer and researcher in science education at University College Dublin (UCD).

He said many parents made the mistake of assuming that just because a child had a tablet, they were learning about tech, or even playing with educational apps. And children are growing up in an environment where older family members are regularly glued to technology. Read more at Independent…

Scientific skills cannot be acquired by prolonged hours of looking at even technical programs. There is an aspect of apprenticeship that is lost to screen addicts. One has to actually learn by doing.

However, there are educational resources that can be accessed through the use of the internet and other gadgets and they should not be discarded. The following post gives insight on the type of tech use that needs to be regulated:

We Were Wrong About Limiting Children’s Screen Time

How much time should kids be allowed to stare into their screens like zombies? New guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics upturns conventional thinking on the matter, showing that a sweeping one-size-fits-all approach is not the right way for parents to go about limiting their children’s screen time.

For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has told parents to limit their child’s screen time to no more than two hours per day, whether that time is spent in front of a television, tablet computer, laptop, or mobile phone. What’s more, the AAP made virtually no mention of age, or the kind of content that should be limited, issuing a simplified blanket approach to media use.

In a series of papers published today in the science journal Pediatrics, it’s clear that the AAP has significantly revised its thinking on the matter, breaking down media use according to all these criteria. And to support parents with these new recommendations, the AAP has published an interactive, online tool that families can use to create a personalized Family Media Use Plan. Read more at Gizmodo…

As you create your personalized plan for media use, it is important to occupy the rest of your child’s time with meaningful activities. You could even allow them to get bored sometimes, as it helps them get creative with their free time.

One way of doing this is ensuring that you enroll your child in a preschool that will harness all of your child’s abilities. At Spanish For Fun, we do exactly that. We have a holistic program that is designed to grow your child intellectually, socially, physically and even emotionally.

If you are searching for a preschool that will offer your child an educational jumpstart, Spanish for fun! is your best option. Get in touch with us today to schedule a tour of our Wake Forest campus. Call 919-883-2061 or complete the form on our website. We look forward to showing you why your child will thrive with us.

How Important Are Routines In Child Development?

As a parent, you desire the best life for your little one. New parents are always willing to find out what they should do and what they should avoid. It is important to get this knowledge and then apply it to your own situation so that it works well for you and your child. An important fact to understand about children is their need for set routines and schedules for optimal development.

Getting a professional perspective on the subject of routines would be a good place to start and lay a proper foundation. The following post explains a teacher’s perspective on the importance of routines:

What Teachers Know About Routines and How They Benefit Children’s Development

Throughout the past two months, I have had the privilege of guest teaching in nearly two dozen classrooms at five different schools.

I enjoy interacting with the children, ranging in age from 3 to 12, and I constantly marvel at the amazing things they are learning and producing in class, led by their competent and well-prepared teachers.

Teachers are an on-the-ground, in-the-trenches battalion of action researchers on child development and learning. Teachers observe children, they interact and communicate for hours every day, and many teachers spend year after year embedded with children of the same age, discovering how to best motivate, teach and guide them in the process of learning and developing. Parents and scientists can greatly benefit from the collective wisdom acquired by these professionals. Read more at Huffington Post…

A routine will give your child a sense of security as he or she knows what to expect, at what time, and how the activity will be carried out. Routines do away with ambiguity, and that contributes positively to healthy development.

One aspect of your child’s development that you need to pay close attention to is the sleep routine. A regular sleep schedule set’s the body’s internal clock, as described in the following post:

Good sleep routine ensures children’s body clocks are set

Mr Seah Yam Meng’s claim that requiring children to wake up before sunrise disrupts their body clock is unfounded (Push back start time of schools for health’s sake; ST Online, Feb 24)

What children need is enough hours of good sleep each night.

According to many sleep experts, establishing a proper sleep routine helps to set your body’s “internal clock”, making it easier for you to sleep and wake naturally.

Parents should encourage their children to go to bed no later than 9pm. Waking up early means children have more time in the morning to clear their minds and eat a good breakfast.

As long as your child has enough hours of sleep, he can wake up as early as he wants. All you need to ensure is that he sleeps early if he needs to wake up early.

It is always helpful to hear another parent’s experience in setting a routine. The following post is an interesting and realistic story of the joys and difficulties of setting a schedule for a little girl:

Importance Of Having Routine For Children

Routines instill order, stability, and a sense of calm – which benefits all new parents. Before I became a mum, I was never good at sticking to routines. By nature, I liked to enjoy my free time unrestrained, without operating under a schedule.

But when Chloe was a few days’ old, after we came home from the hospital and could no longer rely on helpful nurses and doctors to assist with caring for her, I set out to live a life of routines. I was a mum, and I had to be responsible.

So I wrote down our sleeping routine, breastfeeding schedule, a regular day’s agenda, the exact number of times Chloe pooped and peed, etc.

Despite my best effort, within a couple weeks’ time most of the record keeping and routines stopped.

When it’s time to enroll your child for preschool, you need to inquire about the schedule and ensure that the program is holistic and tailor-made for your child’s cognitive development.

Spanish for fun! is a unique Spanish immersion daycare that allows your child to easily learn a second language and culture. Our successful teaching method is rooted in play, which is how preschoolers naturally learn.

Our staff is ready to nurture and educate your child. Get in touch with us today to schedule a tour of our  Wake Forest NC Campus. We would be delighted to show you our facility and our time-proven teaching methods. Call 919-881-1160 or complete the form on our website. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Boredom Can Be A Good Thing For Your Child’s Development

Do you get concerned when you hear your child say “I’m bored!”? Do you immediately shift into high gear looking for activities to keep them occupied? For some parents, the threat of tedium leads to a long list of things for their children to do every minute of the day. We’re here to tell you that you can free yourself from the helicopter parenting because a degree of boredom can actually be a good thing. The following post explains:

Boredom is good for kids, says new Pooh author as she criticises parents who ‘over-organise’ their children’s activities

The author of Winnie-the-Pooh has criticised parents for ‘over-organising’ their children’s activities, saying that boredom is necessary for youngsters’ development.

Jane Riordan, who writes new stories about the famous bear created by late author AA Milne, said parents are ‘scared that their children will get bored’.

Speaking of the message behind Milne’s books, the mother-of-two explained that the strongest friendships are formed when youngsters are left to do nothing and use their imaginations.

The 41-year-old said: ‘There is something about the simplicity of life in those stories, where Christopher Robin and his toys spend a whole day hunting for the North Pole, that we as adults can never experience. Read more at Daily Mail…

Boredom can open up your child’s imagination in ways that will be productive all the way into their adulthood. Don’t rob your child of this opportunity for growth.

Apart from the possibility of exploration, there are many other benefits of boredom. The following post lists some key outcomes:

5 Reasons why boredom is actually good for your child

Parents today are more hands-on than ever, which is excellent—but not without its pitfalls. Kids these days are busier than ever, being shuttled from one enrichment class to the next, with very little unstructured time to explore and, yes, be bored.

We shouldn’t dread hearing our children say “I’m bored”. In fact, many experts say that boredom can even be good for your child. Here’s why.

  1. Boredom allows your kids to enrich their inner life

“Children need to sit in their own boredom for the world to become quiet enough that they can hear themselves,” writes psychologist Dr. Vanessa Lapointe for The Huffington Post. “It is only when we are surrounded by nothing that something comes alive on the inside.” Read more at The Asian Parent…

As you see, boredom helps to create a much-needed relaxed environment that your child needs once in a while. It helps them unwind and process.

So, now that we’ve established that boredom has benefits, what should you do when your child is experiencing the doldrums? The following post has some good insight:

Faced with our children’s boredom, we need to know our role as parents. If we see ourselves as chief entertainment officer, we jump in and try to rescue our child. “We rush around taking them to movies, putting the video on, playing games with them. This teaches children to sit back and expect someone else to entertain them,” says Mullally.

Instead, it’s the parent’s job to be the facilitator — to create resources for the child — like plenty of art materials and dress-up clothes. Once resources are available, children themselves need to find what they want to do, recommends Mullally. “Supporting children to find their own play opportunities enables them to see themselves as people who can use their creativity and imagination, their problem-solving skills and their resources.” Read more at Irish Examiner…

Creating opportunities for your child to be creative is vital. It encourages self-expression and can expose natural talent. Moreovoer, these opportunities should not just be provided at home. The school environment is crucial as well. That’s why choosing a great preschool is important as part of your young child’s development.

At Spanish For Fun!, we are committed to ensuring that children develop holistically. We believe in the concept of learning through play. Our Spanish immersion program also gives your child the opportunity to develop bilingual skills. He or she will have an amazing experience at Spanish for fun!. We also give parents the opportunity to be part of their children’s preschool experience through our unique programs.

If you are searching for a preschool that will offer your child an educational jumpstart, Spanish for fun! is your best option. Get in touch with us today to schedule a tour of our Duraleigh campus. Call 919-881-1695 or complete the form on our website. We look forward to showing you why your child will thrive with us.

Your Child’s IQ – Separating Fact From Fiction

For decades, IQ (intelligence quotient) tests have been given to individuals to determine their intelligence. As a parent, you may have considered taking your child for an IQ test, possibly to determine what to expect in their educational journey. It’s a common thought; every parent wants to know that their child has the capacity to excel in life. Does an IQ test actually show this, though? Let’s take a closer look at IQ, the common assumptions surrounding it, and what you can do to improve it.

First, you need to understand what IQ really is, and the effect it has on a person. The following post sets a good foundation for our discussion:

What is IQ — and how much does it matter?

Earlier this year, 11-year-old Kashmea Wahi of London, England scored 162 on an IQ test. That’s a perfect score. The results were published by Mensa, a group for highly intelligent people. Wahi is the youngest person ever to get a perfect score on that particular test.

Does her high score mean she will go on to do great things — like Stephen Hawking or Albert Einstein, two of the world’s greatest scientists? Maybe. But maybe not.

IQ, short for intelligence quotient, is a measure of a person’s reasoning ability. In short, it is supposed to gauge how well someone can use information and logic to answer questions or make predictions. IQ tests begin to assess this by measuring short- and long-term memory. They also measure how well people can solve puzzles and recall information they’ve heard — and how quickly. Read more at Science News For Students…

While a high IQ score equates to elevated reasoning ability, it does not guarantee that the test subject will do well in life. The reality is success takes more than that.

When it comes to discussing and assessing intelligence, an important question to ask is what is the best indicator of it. For example, if a person has a natural grasp of any sport they attempt but nothing to show when it comes to music, are they intelligent? This next post explores this issue:

3 Things You Need to Worry About When It Comes to Your Child’s IQ

One of my favorite graduate school professors told us about a parent who wanted her child to undergo an IQ test. This parent knew in her heart that her child was a “genius” and wanted the test done to confirm it.

My professor explained why she was bothered by this request. “If we let the child take the IQ test, and it does show that she scores far above the normal curve, now what? Even worse, what do we do if she takes the test, and we find out she’s ‘average’ all along?”

We all know that IQ stands for intelligence quotient, and it is a test of your mental abilities. But does this number really say how intelligent our children are? It depends on what intelligence means for you.

It is important for both you and your child to understand what an IQ test does and does not reveal. In addition, beware of placing unnecessary pressure on yourself or your child once you get the result. You do not want it to distort your child’s self-perception, especially since it can impact their self-esteem.

If your child’s intelligence relative to testing is a concern, there are aspects of their IQ you can deliberately and consistently work on and improve from an early age. This article provides more detail:

What makes children smart may surprise you.

Contrary to popular thinking, developing a child’s IQ is not about getting them to do tons of IQ questions or assessment books. Neither is it about improving their memory.

It is the everyday activities of what parents do and you say that matters.

Here are 5 things you can do to improve your child’s intelligence.

  1. Read To Improve Verbal and Linguistic Intelligence

Linguistic intelligence is the ability to process information using words and language.

Compared to processing images or speech, reading is more challenging as parts of our brain are making connections. When we read, we are also required to construct and imagine. Read more at The New Age Parents…

Spending time in a positive environment that encourages playful learning is a great contributor to a young child’s intelligence. At Spanish for fun!, we are committed to providing your preschooler with a comprehensive and holistic approach to learning, which will contribute to the development of all the dimensions of intelligence discussed in this post.

Our immersion curriculum enables youngsters to learn the Spanish language, reaping the cognitive benefits that come with being bilingual. Plus, exposure to Spanish culture develops social intelligence and instills an appreciation for diversity.

If you are searching for a preschool that will offer your child an intelligence jumpstart, Spanish for fun! is your best option. Get in touch with us today to schedule a tour of our Cary campus. Call 919-677-7114 or complete the form on our website. We look forward to showing you why your child will thrive with us.

Bedtime: Safeguarding Your Child’s Sleep For Health And Growth

Like all human beings, children need an appropriate amount and quality of sleep to ensure that the body and mind can rejuvenate and prepare for the next day. Getting the proper sleep allows the brain to work at peak efficiency, since it is during sleep that the brain is “cleaned up.” This daily housekeeping optimizes the speed of learning from day to day.

On the other hand, lack of sleep contributes to health problems, such as obesity. Setting a good sleeping pattern for your child will do them a great deal of good both now and in the future.

Some of the questions you may be pondering now are how many hours of sleep your child should get each day. And, does this amount only refer to uninterrupted sleep or is it the total number of hours, including nap times? The following post addresses these points and more:

Healthy Sleep Habits: How Many Hours Does Your Child Need?

From infants and toddlers to school-aged kids and teens, parents want to know how many hours of sleep are recommended. While it’s true that sleep needs vary from one person to another, there are some very reasonable, science-based guidelines to help you determine whether your child is getting the sleep he or she needs to grow, learn, and play.

Childhood Sleep Guidelines

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) provides some helpful guidelines regarding just how much sleep children need at different stages in their development. Keep in mind that these numbers reflect total sleep hours in a 24-hour period. So if your son or daughter still naps, you’ll need to take that into account when you add up his or her typical sleep hours. Read more at Healthy Children…

Different age groups have different sleep requirements, so you need to adjust your child’s sleeping routine as they grow. Eventually, they will learn to value the importance of a good night’s sleep based on your emphasis of this fact.

One of the ways you can instill the discipline of sleeping adequately is ensuring that your child goes to bed at a particular time each night. The following post describes how and why you should do this:

Importance of Early Bedtime for Babies and Children

My Experience with Early Bedtime

I am a huge believer in early bedtime. I will tell anyone and everyone that early bedtime is a magical thing. I’m usually met with a lot of skepticism from people when I tell them that my 3.5 yr old goes to bed at 6 pm every night. “Well, doesn’t he wake up at like 4 in the morning?” is a question I get asked a lot. I’m always thrilled to reply that no, actually he sleeps straight through until 6 or 6:30am. Again, I am met with skeptical glances.

It’s true though, ever since discovering the power of early bedtime completely by accident, my son is a better sleeper than he has ever been. It shows in his everyday behavior. He’s happy, well rested, attentive and more willing to listen to me when I talk, which is huge for a toddler. Read more at Good Night’s Sleep Site…

As noted, apart from guaranteeing the right amount of sleep, you also need to make sure that the quality of your child’s rest is good. There are several factors that can lead to difficulty in sleeping. Let’s take a look at some of them:

Pediatric sleep disorders

Arousal Disorders – Transitioning from deep sleep to partial wakefulness, children with an arousal disorder don’t simply wake up. They are in a very light sleep and show signs of confusion or disorientation. Behaviors range from simple, such as mumbling during sleep or sitting up for a moment, to complex, like sleep walking or inconsolable crying.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – When the soft tissues in the throat relax during sleep, they can partially block the airway just enough to cause problems during sleep, resulting in obstructive sleep apnea.

Restless Legs Syndrome – A neurological disorder, restless legs syndrome involves urges to move legs, arms, or trunk during times of rest or inactivity. This makes it challenging to fall and stay asleep. Read more at Monbaby…

There are many things that can interrupt your child’s sleep. Anxiety about school can be a major sleep disrupter, which is why it’s critical that you enroll your child in a school they will love.

If your child is in preschool at Spanish for fun!, you can rest assured that he or she will look forward to each new day. Our unique Spanish immersion program will develop your child’s cognitive skills in a fun, play-based environment based on the latest standards for preschool education. Your child will learn to speak Spanish, gain an appreciation for diversity and increase their social skills under our expert tutelage.

Get in touch with us today to schedule a tour of our Wake Forest campus. Call 919-883-2061 or complete the form on our website. We look forward to showing you why your child will thrive with us.

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