Teaching Calculus to Young Children

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Some teachers are coming around to the way of thinking that says the traditional method of teaching young children the basics of math is boring for them and often puts them off the subject for life. They usually learn how to do addition first of all, followed by subtraction, multiplication and finally division. As they get older, the numbers may get bigger but really until they start high school, all the math they do will be based on these four things.
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Tips to Stay Super Fit As a Busy Mom

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As being a mom is a full time job responsibility, it can get difficult to squeeze any spare time out for yourself. Many women have to handle several tasks at once: caring for their child, doing household chores, working full time, and so much more. You may not feel like you have the energy or time to follow an exercise regimen strictly, but it is true that you can take care of your child and stay fit at the same time. Here are some easy tips busy moms can follow to exercise and stay super fit. These will allow you to lead a better life without your children and family.
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Hobbies and Pastimes for Kids to Enjoy This Summer

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Summer is almost upon us, and with it comes the chance to spend more time outdoors enjoying the warm days and light evenings. It’s a great time to encourage your children to put down their smartphones and game controllers and get outside in the fresh air, which is one of the best things they can do for their health and wellbeing. There are all sorts of clubs, sports, enthusiast groups and support organizations offering a wealth of opportunities to get involved with outdoor pursuits, so however reluctant your kids are, there’s bound to be something they will enjoy. Here are just a few ideas.
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Staying Fit As A Family

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Staying fit and healthy, as a family, is important for everyone’s health, from grandparents down to the newest member of the clan. There are numerous ways that families can stay fit together, including going on walks, running, dancing, sports and even with chores! Vacuuming your living room might be just the source of physical activity your home and mind requires, and if that doesn’t sound exciting to you, there are always a vast number of other options.

Families that teach their kids from a young age to stay physically active pave the way towards an active lifestyle. This, in turn, benefits adults by decreasing the chances they will face any of the health problems a lack of physical activity brings with it. This article provides more in-depth information about the fun ways families can stay active together.

Walk

Your source of physical activity doesn’t require you to be dangling upside down from anything. In fact, you don’t need to undergo any strenuous activity to stay active. Families, especially those that have kids, should get into the habit of going on nearly daily walks together. Why? Childhood obesity is currently an epidemic in the USA, and these walks can set an example of the need for regular exercise. To keep the children and everyone else interested, continuously choose new destinations for the weekly walks. Children will not be happy always going down the same route! By switching up the walk scenery, you are providing variety for the entire family. Keep it new and exciting to not lose interest.

Run

The next step up from walking is running. For a more serious workout that will even get you to break a sweat, run together as a family. Similar to walking, running has numerous health benefits. Firstly, running reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and is good for your heart. If this isn’t enough of a reason, running also improves people’s joints. Setting as little as 15 minutes aside a day to step out for a run will make a difference in everyone’s health. The good news about running is that it doesn’t matter where you are and it’s free. As long as you purchase a set of high-quality work out clothes, it doesn’t matter if you are home or on vacation. You can take up running from anywhere and stay fit. Change up the location of the run ever so often to keep it exciting, which is a similar idea to walking.

Dance

Dancing is one of the most fun methods of getting active. You can get the entire family sweating and laughing with some fun dance moves. For example, the macarena never gets old! It’s been out since the 1990s and is still played at parties. Don’t forget about the cha cha slide, YMCA, or chicken dance if you’re feeling extra silly. Depending on the family, learning how to salsa could be a better fit. Everyone has their preference, find yours as a family and get active while learning some killer moves. The good news is that you can show off your dance moves at future parties. It’s a win-win situation – you can stay active and learn a new skill.

Sports

There’s a reason that schools have a gym as part of their curriculum. Similar to running, sports are sure to get the entire family breaking a sweat. Choose anything from football to hockey, basketball, lacrosse, archery or other sports to do together as a family. The added bonus is that everyone will become star players with enough practice and can show off to friends and other family members. Once again, this source of physical activity is beneficial for various health-related reasons. Sports can help strengthen bones and ligaments and can prevent the symptoms of a torn meniscus. A torn meniscus is a sharp pain felt in the knee area and requires physical therapy to treat. A strain to the knee can cause this tear, such as suddenly lifting something heavy or due to playing a sport. An individual with weak knees is more likely to develop this. That is why physical activity and sports are in fact necessary to build up stamina and strength. Naturally, no one should start heavy right off the bat. Start off slow and work your way up, as you gain more stamina and strength. The only way to do so is by getting off your couch and hitting that court.

Chores

Chores are necessary and inevitable. However, families can kill two birds with one stone by doing their chores and staying active. While this activity isn’t enough to keep anyone healthy for the remainder of their lives, it does get people up and moving. Pick up your vacuum and clean your room. Dust off your counters, wipe the floors and clean behind every nook and cranny. The result will be a clutter-free and tidy home, as you will also gain some extra stamina. Your home will look as good as you feel. Doing chores together as a family will help move the process along and can make it more fun. You might as well play some music in the background while you are cleaning!

There are various kinds of physical activity, each with a different degree of difficulty. Walking and chores, for instance, will help get families moving but will not help build stronger bones the same way that running and sports do. It’s beneficial for families to choose a variety of exercises and switch it up. Perhaps one week everyone can go for a scenic walk together, whereas the next week everyone can take up archery or practice his or her basketball skills. There are a fitness preference and option for everyone, depending on personality. The one thing that can never be used as an excuse is time and location, considering walking and running can be done by anyone, anywhere. If you’re reading this article and have been due for some physical activity for a while, get up! This is your sign that it’s time to get active (just don’t forget to remind your entire family).

Cooking with Kids

Cooking is a lot of fun and eating is even more fun. Whether you’re the type that likes to cook or not, you’re probably wondering about the right time to introduce cooking to your kids. Well, the truth is that it’s never too early to start with the basics. Of course, you don’t want to force anything on them, but lightly introducing things into your children’s lives is the only way to know their interests and to be able to push them in the right direction on time. They may not wish to become world class chefs, but being able to prepare a few meals is definitely considered a perk at any age. In that respect, here are a few ways you can do this subtly and successfully.

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11 Reasons Why Grandparents Are Important

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Unless a grandparent has died or there has been some kind of estrangement within the family, it’s important for children to be able to be in contact with them throughout their life. There are many reasons why grandparents are such important figures in a child’s life, such as teaching them about their heritage, being a link to the past, and being experienced in raising children themselves. Below are 11 reasons why grandparents will play a huge role in your children’s lives.
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Childproofing: How to Prepare Your Home

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Having a child is often regarded as being a part of life that is unbeaten by anything else. From the moment you hold them in your arms, you will feel a love you never thought you could have. However, as much as kids bring much joy to people’s lives, they also bring with them stresses beyond belief. Such stresses include turning your otherwise clean home into a haven for mess and dirt, which can make maintaining your home a difficult task, but that doesn’t mean it is impossible. In fact, you can follow handy tips through each important stage in their life to keep your home looking sparkling clean.
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How to Start Collecting Teddy Bears

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If you haven’t heard already, teddy bears can be highly valuable collectors’ items. From the classic bears that are highly desired to the simple ones that people just love to have around, getting started can be a challenge for a new collector. If you’re considering collecting teddy bears with your kids, you can use this advice to start your collection and keep them in good condition.
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How to Teach Your Kids About Other Cultures

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With over seven billion people living in the world, there are plenty of different religions and cultures that live amongst each other. Teaching your children about other cultures can be a fantastic way to help broaden their minds. Here are a few activities that you can teach to help your children understand different cultures and diversity.

Creating a Passport

A great way of helping your child understand about different cultures is by creating a passport. Before you begin creating a passport, let your child know the reasons why we need to use a passport and why they can differ from country to country. Making a booklet that serves as a passport for your kid can enable them to draw, use stickers, and glue pictures of different country flags, as well as learning about all the different cultures.

Different Climates

Whilst your kid will be used to the climate they currently live in, they are likely to be unaware that other children their age are living in completely different weather conditions. Teaching your child about the different climates in other countries can help broaden their mind and be more understanding of the types of weather other children experience.

Authentic Cooking

A great and fun way to teach your child about other cultures is through food. Cooking up authentic dishes can give your child something new to try and learn more about the cuisines of the world. There are plenty of authentic recipes that you can find online with many recipes being quick and easy to make and to suit all budgets. Also, letting your child taste popular dishes from around the world will help them be less fussy with food.

Cultural Etiquette

How you act in your own country may not be acceptable in another. Letting your child be aware of cultural etiquette in other countries and how they may differ to their own can be an interesting topic, which gives your child a different sense of perspective. Each country will abide by different regulations and rules, so teaching your child about a certain country’s do’s and don’ts can be a fantastic way to help your child understand a culture.

Get Crafty

Injecting some arts and crafts into the learning process can be exciting and interesting for your child when getting to know about other cultures. Websites like Origami Way will give you more information on different arts and crafts that you can implement into your teaching. Your child can also have a go at creating clothing that is relevant to a certain culture. Giving them different tools and activities such as beadwork and pottery can provide your child with fun and interesting ways to help keep them occupied and understand other cultures.

Opening your child’s mind to the vast amount of cultures living across the world can be incredibly beneficial in making your child be aware and accepting of others around them. Also, letting your child know about other cultures will help them be more respectful and understanding.