Monthly Archives: November 2013

Puzzles Are Fun

A lot of adults love playing with puzzles. It is not only an enjoyable activity but one that engages the mind as well. Here are popular puzzles that adults enjoy:

Crossword Puzzles

Crossword puzzle is one of the most popular puzzles that adults love. It is very engaging and could delve into a wide variety of topics. It is also a very good way of developing vocabulary. The hints can be simple clues or given as mini puzzles themselves.

Sudoku

This is the “number” version of the crossword puzzles. It literally means Number Place. Solving it requires logical thinking. If you love the challenge of a crossword puzzle but enjoys spending more time with numbers, then Sudoku would be perfect for you.

Jigsaw Puzzles

A lot of adults now love solving jigsaw puzzles. But unlike the kiddy ones, these puzzles could involve hundreds of small pieces that would result into a beautiful picture when done. Some would even have solved puzzles framed.

3D Puzzles

Those who enjoy difficult puzzles can try 3D puzzles. 3D puzzles are very enjoyable to play. It is also a good way of promoting critical thinking. Solving these puzzles require manipulation of the blocks or figures given.

6 Ways Of Achieving Teamwork In School

We all know that schools best function on the concept of camaraderie, mutual appreciation, and teamwork. The school community is an example of people helping each other in order to achieve a common goal – teacher, students, parents, and school administration all endeavoring to give the best learning experience for the students.

Here are 6 ways of building teamwork in the school environment:

  1. When a task is at hand, always discuss options on how to do it. Consulting with each other can encourage participation and cooperation.
  2. Be open to other people’s suggestions.  When it does not jive with what you think is best, it is not necessarily wrong, only different. Innovation comes from fresh ideas.
  3.  Keep communications open. Never assume that everybody has understood unless they have given a relevant feedback.
  4. Resolve disputes as quickly as possible without compromising what is right. Practice prudence and tact in resolving issues.
  5. When there is a problem, stop complaining. Instead suggest a solution in order to solve it.
  6. Acknowledge everyone’s strengths and weaknesses and work towards complementing these realities. Just like a body with many parts functioning together, work harmoniously as an organization towards your common goal.

School is a learning environment and what better way to teach our children empowerment through the value of teamwork than to actually live it.

How To Make Your Child Appreciate Reading

Getting a child interested in reading needs creativity. You just can give a child a book and expect him or her to like it immediately. Parents should be the first ones to motivate their children to appreciate reading. Showing the child that you love reading too is one good way of motivating. Give your kid books that are just right for his or her level of understanding. For little children, make sure that the books are interesting and colorful such as that in the Pinwheel Series.

School Books in Nigeria should not only focus rote learning. Even bigger pupils will appreciate if their primary school books are engaging as well. Putting colorful pictures relevant to the subject matter is one way sustaining a student’s interest in reading. When a child gets into the habit of reading, learning will be more enjoyable and he or she will develop the love for advance studies by making his own research.

10 Common Reasons for Student Suspensions in Schools

Why do kids get suspended in school? Here are the most common reasons:

  1. Fighting is not acceptable in any form and is one of the most common reasons for suspension.
  2. Bullying is also becoming a cause for concern in school.
  3. Significant damage to property such as vandalism.
  4. Gambling and stealing.
  5. Disrespecting teachers such as calling teachers names or playing tricks on teachers e.g. putting glue in his or her chair
  6. Saying offensive language whether to school authorities or to fellow students.
  7. Defaming the school such as posting in YouTube complains about a teacher or the school.
  8. Bringing drugs, alcohol or dangerous weapons. Oftentimes,  suspension is not enough. Others get expelled doing this.
  9. Causing disruption in classes.
  10. Cheating on major exams

Suspension is for discipline, whether it is for willful disobedience of school rules or misbehavior.

5 ways to Encourage your Child to Read

Teaching Our Children The Joy Of Reading

 

Much as we want to encourage our children to read, we sometimes unwittingly do the opposite. Here are some insights we need to remember if we want to raise our children to love and enjoy reading.

  1. Set a good example. You cannot tell them to read if you are not a reader yourself. When children see mom or dad reading, they will most likely follow suit.
  2. Provide materials at the “just right” level. Children will not read the books if it is too difficult or too easy. The former will frustrate them; the later will be too boring.
  3. Parents should understand the concept of sight reading. When small children associate pictures with words, parents should acknowledge their “reading” ability instead of saying they are just pictures.
  4. Never force your child to read because when the experience becomes unpleasant, it provokes a negative attitude. Reading should be fun and so keep it that way.
  5. Let your children explore other things. Sure, it is exciting when your child starts reading but parents should remember that your child needs to play too.

Keep these tips in mind and you are on your way to making your child see a new world through the pages of books

Managing Your Time Efficiently – Tips for Secondary School Students

Secondary school is a time for learning priorities. Here are some tips in managing your time.

  1. Sort out your life. Know what values are important to you.
  2. Prioritize your school related activities. Academics must come first over hanging out with friends.
  3. Keep a tab of all submission dates for homework, projects or school events.
  4. Make an appropriate study schedule for every subject. Do not concentrate on one and neglect the others.
  5. Always get 8 full hours of sleep. You will perform better in class when you are not sleepy.
  6. Always go to school fresh. Bathing has a relaxing effect on the nerves.
  7. Involve your parents in discussing career options. You can get insights from their wisdom.
  8. Make sure non-academic studies (such as sports) will not affect your study timetable.
  9. Always eat healthy food. Your brain works best when properly nourished.
  10. As much as possible, follow a regular schedule.

Secondary school is not one big party. Get your priorities straight if you want to succeed.

What Every New Principal Should Know

Training is different from reality and every school offer different challenges. Here are some tips for the new principal.

 

  1. Know what your supervisor expects from you.
  2. Make an action plan.
  3. Control the controllable. A principal’s job involves many facets hence a principal needs to have good organization skills.
  4. Earn the respect of your teaching staff.
  5. Know your support staff. Office productivity increases when the working atmosphere is not tense.
  6. Build a relationship with your students. Make students see that you genuinely care for their welfare.
  7. Build a relationship with the parents. Managing students becomes easier when parents cooperate.
  8. Introduce yourself to the community in general. Having the collective support of the community will help you run the school successfully.
  9. Get the school involved in relevant local community activities a la cancer walk, etc
  10. Make a good impression to the community.

8 Healthy Practices for Your Preschooler

Preschoolers are capable of learning healthy habits if taught well. Education in Nigeria should incorporate these topics in their lessons. Parents at home should also do their share. Children can be stubborn sometimes hence teaching them to embrace healthy habits can be tricky and needs creativity. Here are some helpful ideas:

  1. Be a role model. Attitudes are caught, not taught. So if you wish them to eat healthy, set an example.
  2. Be realistic. New habits are not formed overnight. Take small steps with them but be consistent. Small successes are effective empowerment to be better the next time around.
  3. Move it. Encourage physical activity in the family. Let your child try varied activities.
  4. Promote positive attitude at home. Instead of saying “no” tell them what they can do.
  5. Enjoy the outdoors. Make family time fun exercise time. Biking, swimming, and walking are fun activities everybody will enjoy.
  6. Mind your rewards. Find creative ways of celebrating good behavior instead of rewarding them with TV time or video games.
  7. Get your child involved. Letting your children participate in meal planning and cooking is a good time to teach them the right kind of foods to eat.
  8. Limit TV time. Too much TV is not only detrimental to brain development, it also encourages a sedentary lifestyle and too much snacking.

It is never too early to teach children healthy habits. School books in Nigeria should include healthy habits in their lessons.

Cellphone Usage In Nigerian Schools

Most of us consider cellphone as a necessity. It is an important communication tool that allows people to stay connected anytime, anywhere. Parents buy their school children cellphones so they can check on them easily and their children can call them in case something will come up. Simply put, cellphones can give parents a certain degree of peace of mind even if their children are not with them.

However, children should be taught responsible cellphone use so that they do not get distracted from school work. Smart phones have gaming features that can easy arrest a child’s focus. Schools on the other hand should implement rules and policies for cellphone use especially when classes are going on such as keeping them in silent mode.

Again, cellphones are useful by themselves but discipline should be exercised in its use.

10 Advantages of E-Distribution

E-distribution is fast becoming the trend in product distribution. This is because the system offers several advantages that the traditional method does not.

Here goes…

  1. Online distribution is accessible to a lot more customers
  2. Purchase orders are easily acted upon
  3. The manufacturer  or producer has direct communication with the buyer
  4. Distribution cost is lower
  5. Possible shortages and the need for lead times are eliminated
  6. Lesser need for manpower
  7. Payment system is efficient
  8. Total overhead cost is greatly reduced
  9. Market reach is vast and extensive
  10. Generally bigger profit

The major factor that makes online distribution attractive is its direct nature. Middlemen are eliminated and buyers are assured that they are dealing with genuine producers and manufacturers. First Veritas has an e-distribution service where your books can be distributed to over 1000 online retailers.