Coronovirus 2020, Education, Kids, Parenting, School, Summer, Tips and Tricks

5 Tips to Help Kids Overcome the COVID Learning Slump this Summer

5 Tips to Help Kids Overcome the COVID Learning Slump this Summer

I won’t forget the date, it was March 13 (Friday the 13th) when they announced that school will be closing due to Governor’s orders for at least 2 weeks and that we don’t know when they will re-open. Here it is July and they never went back. There was a spontaneous online learning set up, but they were not being graded so many kids struggled to stay motivated. It was a COVID learning slump. It looks like a mix of classroom and home learning again next year so this time it counts and they need to be ready to learn in a new way!

Many students lost much of the academic skills and knowledge they’d gained throughout the school year before the pandemic changed life as we knew it. The fact is, learning loss due to coronavirus school closures, dubbed the ‘COVID Slump’ by experts, is becoming a common phenomenon for many students across the nation– and one that’s actually preventable if the right measures are taken.

Consider this: About 84% of U.S. parents are worried that this COVID learning slump changed their child’s education schedule and routine and negatively impacted their learning, and 61% are worried their child’s college and career prospects will be negatively impacted, according to a recent Brainly survey of 1,600 moms and dads.

So how can parents prevent their children from backsliding during school closures?  Eric Oldfield, Chief Business Officer of Brainly, the world’s largest online learning community, and father of two school-age daughters, is well aware of the risks of two months out of the classroom can have on students, and he has tips aimed at combating it. 

Here are Oldfield’s 5 tips to help prevent COVID learning slump

1. CREATE HAND-BUILT PROJECTS. With all the screen time kids are getting from online learning (not to mention their non-educational screen time), sometimes the best thing you can do to get kids flexing their brain muscles is to have them physically design and create something with their own two hands like a 3D puzzle, creative board game, pop-up storybook, or time capsule, to name a few examples. 

2. TAKE UP AN EDUCATIONAL HOBBY. Now is the perfect opportunity for students to take up a new hobby. Learning a musical instrument, taking a coding class, or joining an online trivia league can help students of any age stay sharp through the pandemic days to help avoid the COVID slump.  

3. MOVE THE LEARNING OUTDOORS. It may seem basic, but a little sunshine and fresh air are excellent for everyone’s mental health and can help bored students reinvigorate their learning by helping them escape the monotony of their home learning space. Physical activity can also help memory recall and increases mental dexterity. Try passing around a soccer ball in the backyard while learning the state capitals, or playing hopscotch while reciting new vocab terms.  

4. ENROLL THEM IN AN ONLINE EDUCATIONAL COURSE. Think of it as a virtual summer camp. But before you blindly sign up for some online program, look for some specialized programs designed to keep children learning with engaging activities and personalized instruction, and take advantage of these slower months boost problem areas.

5. ENCOURAGE THEM TO KEEP THEIR CURIOSITY PIQUED. Even inquisitive children can use some coaxing to keep learning over the summer. There are many services, like Brainly, where children can ask questions, learn new things, and keep stimulated to prevent the COVID slump.

Regardless of what you choose, staying mentally active during school closures (and throughout summer) can give your child a leg up come September. For more information and ideas on how to prevent the COVID learning Slump, visit www.brainly.com

Education, Parenting

How to Help Your Child Become a Better Guitar Player

How to Help Your Child  Become a Better Guitar Player
Photo by Elmer Cañas on Unsplash

When you decide to have your child play a musical instrument, you are making one of the best decisions you can make for them. Learning music and how to play is a skill that they will have for the rest of their lives and it will bring them comfort and enjoyment always. It can also provide benefits to others.

Learning to play the guitar is perhaps the best choice for an instrument. It is a solo instrument that can play chords meaning with this instrument alone they can play complete songs. It is also a portable instrument that they can always have with them. 

Like any instrument however the guitar will take long hours of practice and focus for your child to become a better guitar player. Most kids who stop playing do so because they are not getting the type of response they expect. They want to play songs, but getting to that point takes time and practice. The key is to constantly find ways to keep them interested and once they start playing to help them become constantly better at the guitar. With this in mind, here are some ideas for helping your son or daughter to become a better guitar player. 

Make it Fun

Most young people will continue doing something if they think it is fun. So you should always aim to make learning the guitar fun. For reference think about the things you like to do that are fun and how excited you get. You might love bowling, swimming or even playing your favorite casino games on Casimba Casino. As you select your favorite version of slots, blackjack, video power, live power or other game, the excitement builds and you anticipate the coming fun. This is the same feeling you want to bring out in your child so he or she looks forward to practicing and can feel like a better guitar player. 

To do this, set some easy to set goals initially and make sure lessons always have a payoff for them. If it is learning a string, a simple chord or a song, make sure they get something. Also reward them when they make progress or even put in a good effort. This will show them you appreciate their hard work. Finally if they want to take a break or miss a lesson, allow them to do it with the promise that they will make it up. Focus on positive reinforcement techniques and they will gravitate to the guitar faster. 

Purchase a Decent Guitar

Today you can buy guitars very cheap from nearly any large retailer. These guitars are usually really cheap. A cheap guitar is one that doesn’t have a good sound or does not stay in tune.If you select one of these guitars your child will hate the sound and not want to practice or play. Instead go to a music store and buy a less expensive guitar. You should definitely buy a cheaper one until you are sure your child likes playing, but at a music store you will get a good cheap guitar. Bring along your child so that they can see the music store. It will motivate and inspire them to want to play and become a part of the music community. 

Find Other Kids Who are Learning

Look for other kids who are also learning to play and encourage your child to spend time with them. This will likely create bonding and show both kids that there is someone just like them trying to get good at the guitar. You should encourage them to play together and show each other what they know. One will likely be better than the other and the more advanced player can even teach the other. Bonding like this helps to make both players more motivated and they will likely have lots of fun sharing.

Be patient and offer lots of encouragement and your child will likely become a better guitar player.

Children's Books, Parenting

Empathy Airlines Children’s Book Teaches Children to Combat Prejudice

Empathy Airlines Children's Book Teaches Children to Combat Prejudice

Children’s Book Teaches Children to Combat Prejudice

Empathy Airlines is the second book in the Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope children’s series. Where book 1 also taught children about empathy, book 2 Jelly Beans and Hope explore what originally brought them together and brings a new element of listening with compassion.

Empathy Airlines is a game that the 2 played to work to learn each other’s languages. She had a compassionate experience when she lost her Mother and traveled to Africa and wanted to share her story. They use play and communication to teach and interact with other children and to learn more about each other. It adds a simple touch about how we can combat prejudice no matter what species you are or your talents and looks.

Along the way they help another injured Cheetah and also get scared when they encounter an angry Elephant Mother with her baby. They have to assure her they mean no harm.

While playing their Airlines Empathy game with all the children they created a song that is meant to relay that all people and animals have value and encourages loving each other, empathy, combat prejudice, kindness and a world of seeing.

You can buy Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope and Empathy Airlines by visiting their website and also at Amazon, Barnes & Noble.