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Teaching Children How To Be Tidy

 “Tidiness” means “being orderly and clean in appearance” and “keeping things clean and in order”. Forget whatever else you have heard, but nobody likes dirty kids. As a parent, it is paramount that you teach your children how to be clean, tidy and presentable always and as early on in their lives as possible. It helps them grow into stable young men and women. Apart from its health benefits, it is a good social habit. These are some ways to instill tidiness in your child:

1) Start Early. The earlier the better. Start teaching your five year old responsibility and neatness by making her pick her toys off the floor or clean her mouth after eating. Teach your 8-year old son how to wash his socks and panties. Starting these lessons early helps the child get used to such and considers it a routine, as opposed to a punishment or inconvenience.

2) Draw up a schedule. Make a well detailed chore-schedule, which includes time and sanctions. Make sure you include every member of the family.

3) Be a good role model. When trying to instill the nature of cleanliness into your child(ren), you as a parent must also be clean. It is called leading by example. You should learn to arrange your things
well and maintain a healthy lifestyle so that the young ones can imitate you.

4) Try to make the chores fun. Play some music, discuss casual stuff, crack jokes and give little treats after the completion of the chores as reward for their cooperation (make sure this isn’t a bribe or an incentive for them to work)

5) Encourage them. Try to criticize and shout less because they’ll eventually get immune to those insults and become recalcitrant which will lead to other issues. So, watch your tongue. Harsh words mostly do more harm than good.

First Veritas has a series of Social Habits Books for Pre-Primary. Click on image to find out more

Cleanliness is a continuous process. Share some of your methodologies in the comment box below

Group Study In Schools

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The major purpose of group study is to help one other in areas of weaknesses. Nobody can be the master at all things. A genius in Mathematics may be an average student in Biology, Chemistry or Civil Education. Whether he likes Biology or not, he must make at least a credit pass in his WAEC result to be accepted into any reputable higher institution. Hence the need for group study in the life of students is immensely paramount.
One must take note of the fact that in life,many things are created but some of this things never serve the true purpose of their creation. Study groups consists of three types of people:
1)The Unsettled students: this group of students who are friends or acquaintances, come together to pretend like their studying and spend the whole study period discussing irrelevant issues, gossiping,sleeping or watching movies.
2) The Serious students:usually comprises of the best students in the class in different fields,coming together to learn from one other.

3)The serious and unsettled Students: comprises of those willing to learn and those unwilling to study. This group is usually created by teachers who know the academic ability of each student. This helps a lot, because due to peer influence, the serious students might help the unsettled ones to make headway in their academics. Care should be taken though, so that proper balance is maintained and the “unsettled” students do not overwhelm the serious ones.

What are the Advantages of Group Study?

The advantages are numerous as you can imagine. I’d highlight a few.
1) Encourages Teamwork: TEAM( Together Everyone Achieves More) Teamwork divides effort and multiplies effect. No man is an island of knowledge. One’s weakness might be the strength of another and vice versa. Students need to understand from an early age that team work is the key to achieving greater goals.
2) It helps to maintain focus: Children have over-imaginative minds and tend to day dream or “switch off” during a boring lecture. During group study, they come together and encourage one another to study harder. When one person is confused or losing focus, there will be someone to lift him up. This is one of the main reasons why in weight loss programs, everybody is encouraged to get partners with similar goals and aspirations. Studies have shown that this is a great motivation to people,both young and old.

We will discuss the possible disadvantages of group study shortly.

Teaching Children How to Save

    This can be tricky. For many people, they have memories of their parents collecting any money given to them by neighbors, family friends and relations, when they were younger, for “safe-keeping”. Many a time, these “safe-keeping” memories end with talks of “who has been paying your school fees? Who has been buying your clothes?” and its likes, whenever attempts were made to enquire about the whereabouts of the “safe-kept” money.

Should children handle their money gifts by themselves? No and Yes!

“No” because children are INDEED children, and expectedly lack a sense of financial responsibility, thereby requiring adult guidance. And “Yes” because what better time is there to teach your child about financial responsibility and saving, than when he is a child, and like a sponge, ready to absorb knowledge?

How can parents go about getting children ready for this great responsibility, you ask?

1) Get them a saving box/piggy bank. Get them to start saving those little Kobos and Nairas with an aim of getting their grandma a birthday gift or getting a bicycle for themselves. With an aim in mind, they will feel better about saving.
2) Remember that kids notice things a lot, even when you think they don’t. So please, try to save alongside them, thereby encouraging them and showing them that it’s not a form of punishment.
3) Make them earn commissions for little tasks. This will teach them to value, understand and learn ways of earning money and understand its worth early in life.
4) If your child is in his or her late teens (16,17,18,19), open a bank account for him/her and monitor the money there, encourage him or her to save a particular amount monthly.
5) Please teach your children to give. They shouldn’t be tight-fisted. You can encourage them to religious institutions, charities or individuals of their own choices.

Without a doubt, these steps will open up the possibilities of a great financial future for your child. What methods have you used or devised? Which ones worked for you and which ones did not?

Please share/comment.

 

How to Raise Smart Kids

……. by making the kids use First Veritas Smart Kids Series, of course! What were you expecting to read? 😀

Smart kids are built. A common thread that runs through all child prodigies is the amount of time that they spent immersed in their studies or skills.

There are few things as exciting as listening to a parent brag about how smart their child is. The excitement. The feeling of pride. Every parent wants their kids to grow up smart. To this end,  we at  First Veritas have a few books to help your Nursery age child grow smart and make you proud.

They are:

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Smart Kids Mathematics for Nursery Book 1 and Book 2

  • Mathematical concept are explained in an activity based manner
  • Designed to make learning enjoyable for children
  • Illustrations are colourful and stimulating

 

Smart Kids English for Nursery Book 1 and Book 2

  • Specially and professionally written to satisfy the requirement of the curriculum for kindergarten
  • Designed with plenty of activities and colourful illustrations to sustain children interest in language learning.
  • Help to develop the foundational skills required by children

 

Smart Kids Alphabet Colouring and Activity book

  • An activity based book with colourful illustrations
  • Easy to use and understand
  • Developmentally appropriate for the language acquisition of the child

 

Smart Kids Environmental Studies for Nursery (Books 1 & 2)

  • Activity based and designed to make learning easy and enjoyable for children
  • Illustrations are colourful and stimulating

 

Smart Kids Handwriting for Nursery (Books 1 &2)

  • Contain basic developmental writing skills
  • Teach the different stages in the learning of writing, words formation & simple sentences.
  • The child develops motor skills and co-ordination of hand and eye movement when using the books.
  • The content of the books are centred around various activities for young minds
  • Illustrations in the books are very attractive and colourful Revision chapters are evident in the books

 

Get in touch with us today for any of the above books for your children or your school. Call 08104039756

How Important are Math and English to Education?

For as long as one can remember, Math and English have enjoyed the enviable esteem as the two subjects on which all of our education hinge on. Without a pass in both of these subjects, one does not make progress educationally. As a matter of fact, a credit in both subjects is required for advancement at many levels.

 

In WAEC (West African Examinations Council) and SSCE (Senior Secondary School Examination), credits in five subjects including Math and English is the criterion for determining if a student passes or not.

 

In recent times, there have been controversies around the fairness of using credits in these two subjects to judge the percentage of students that pass exams. A central argument is that not everyone ends up needing English and Math. As such, it is expedient that we examine this argument.

 

  • Everyone needs to communicate. In a multi-lingual country like ours, English is the official language. The reality also is that English is by and large the official language of the world. Without upholding English as important, the country will soon degenerate into Babel.
  • For years, employers and recruitment agencies have complained about the inability of the average university graduate to compose a flawless sentence in English. We can only imagine what will happen if we decide that English is no longer important to educational development.
  • There is no profession or vocation in the country that does not require a proficiency in communication, and English is the default language for that. How do professionals communicate effectively if students are allowed to pass with or without proficiency in English?
  • Math is an everyday tool for everyone. We budget with it, go shopping, carry out buying and selling, evaluate personal, corporate and national statistics with our knowledge of Math. Personal salaries, business revenue and profit, taxes and a whole lot more on a personal level, are all dependent on our knowledge of Math.

 

In the light of the above, it is difficult to see reason with those who would have us drop Math and English as requirements for passing examinations and moving forward. They are very essential to education and living. Making these two subjects unimportant will further tear down the already bad standard of education in the country.

 

Since we are in the business of creating solutions, our Question Bank, a CD software of WAEC past questions, is a useful resource for the student preparing for WAEC. Read more the First Veritas Question  Bank here.

First Veritas Question Bank: WAEC past questions with answers

Anyone who has ever sat for an examination and had access to past questions and answers of same exams in the years before knows the value of such material. For one, past questions and answers help students have a fair idea of what to expect and how to deal with those challenges.  Not only do those issues include question types and formats, but also how best to manage time while taking the examination in question. As such, it is important also to be sure of the source of the past resources that one uses.

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Here are a few quick benefits of past question and answer tools:

 

–        they help you find out what you already know and what you don’t know

–        they help you practice time management in the exam hall

–        they help you get a better understanding of the exam topics

 

First Veritas has an electronic product, Question Bank, a student examination self-preparation tool

which provides past questions and answers to WAEC examinations over the past 20 years. The team at First Veritas actually have high profile experience of twenty years in the publishing field, making the brand a trustworthy one.

 

Question Bank is an electronic resource – installable on your Windows PC. It provides:

 

–        revision tests, practice tests, and exams

–        study tips

–        you can select different subjects, exam years, and time frames for each test you want to take in Question Bank

–        the Question Bank itself has a built-in usage guide

–        being electronic, wear and tear that traditional paper resources are subject to is eliminated

 

Question Bank is a great support tool to prepare for WAEC in the 21st century. Your children are able to use the tool they are already familiar with – the PC or laptop – to polish up their preparation. It does not replace the need for the student to study. Every student preparing for any exam has to have a fair grasp of the subjects being covered in order to get the best out of past questions and answers. Any student who has done that will benefit immensely from using First Veritas’ Question Bank.

 

For any enquiries, please call 08104039756.

When Children Question Everything

It is commonly accepted that kids say the darndest things (Bill Cosby’s Show; anyone?). It is also known that

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kids ask questions about anything and everything. Some times, those questions are pretty uncomfortable, and sometimes embarrassing. There is often the temptation to brush them off and send them to go play a game or get some work done when they start pushing along certain lines. They are kids, after all.

 But perhaps, we can use the natural inquisitiveness of our children to help them learn to think and analyze. Can it be that we can find a place of balance in which we let kids be kids without stifling their curious and exploring minds?

 Experience hows that kids who question and poke at everything possible tend to develop into adults who can think through situations and concepts better. While it may be scary for some parents, it is also true that children who are much more outgoing, and often pushing the boundaries and crossing lines, tend to grow up into adults who are able to take the bull of life by the horns. They tend to be able to thrive even against the greatest odds. They are used to not conforming and taking no for an answer.

 It is that place of balance where we teach children the place of order and authority, yet let their minds and bodies roam in adventure and exploration that guardians, parents and teachers must find in raising and training children. Some parents lock down the child completely, insisting that a child’s place is absolute submission. Such children often grow up timid and incapable of coping when life’s storms hit. Other parents just let the child have their way a hundred percent. Usually, such kids grow up to become delinquents. Both approaches are fraught with problems. The place of balance is needed.

Do you remember how your parents handled your questioning everything and pushing boundaries? As a parent, how do you cope with this need to strike a balance?

How Can Slow Learners Be Helped?

It can be a very frustrating experience teaching, training, instructing and observing the student who is unable to grasp the subject quickly or even at all. Every teacher or instructor faces this scenario at some point in time. There is that student that is slow to assimilate, process and apply information. In some cases, there are those who are unable to grasp certain things at all.

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Looking through report sheets of various students over a period of time, one can easily conclude that some students are just not bright. What does the teacher do in such a situation? The most important thing to note is that a slow learner is not necessarily a dumb person. Perhaps this is not quite his sphere of intelligence. Perhaps his potential is a little different. Perhaps he has been lazy or hasn’t paid attention.

 

Praise Effort, not Results

Where a student has been diligent, the first thing we must do is praise their efforts. Yes; the results may be poor and unworthy of praise, but the effort put in by the student is worthy of commendation.  Be sure to note the distinction though: praising poor results is not only wrong, but will further ensure that the student does not do better. But by all means, do commend any god efforts.

 

Encourage Diligence

The student needs to be encouraged to put in more time and effort. While intelligence and natural ability are attractive, more often than not, hard work can catch up and in some cases overtake those.  Help build their self-confidence by pointing out that they can excel if they put in more effort.

 

Give Extra Attention

The teacher or instructor needs to pay extra attention to the slow learner and help them make progress. There is no easy way around it. But the true teacher will go the extra mile for the reward of seeing their student do well. Draw up some extra time for them. Give them extra reading to do. Sit with them to explain the difficult things to them. Make them comfortable. The teacher needs to be their go-to person when they get stuck.

 

All things being equal, with a little assistance from a teacher who cares, even slow learners can produce some really amazing results.

LEARNING SHOULD BE FUN

As adults, we may have been conditioned to believe that education and a serious face are inseparable. After all, learning how to get serious is a key part of growing up; right? Or so we are told. Yet, it has been proven again and again that the more fun even adults have at something, the easier they are likely to find doing it and the better they are likely to become at it. If that applies to adults, perhaps we need to review how we teach children and young adults.

Learning can be fun. Learning should be fun. We need a paradigm change. That someone is having fun at something shouldn’t mean that they are not learning or that they are unserious about their studies or work. Many people went through school without any inkling that learning does not have to be drudgery and uninteresting. For most, schooling was painful and something that they couldn’t wait to get away from. But if we make learning fun, there is no reason why anyone should want to run away from it.

  • The teacher ought to have fun teaching. How effective can a teacher, trainer or instructor be if they do not enjoy what they do? Do we really want to entrust the training of our children to people who do not enjoy teaching them?
  • The pupils and students ought to have fun learning. When they find their studies and classrooms fun, we will hardly ever have to chase them around and be able to spend our energies to more productive tasks and experiences. They will read and learn of their own accord more than ever.
  • At every tier of the educational system should be an air of fun. From the policy makers to administrators, the idea of learning being fun should be imprinted from the very start or else it won’t work.

Usually, we reserve learning as fun (or is it fun as learning now) for nursery and pre-school children. We expect that after that, learning should be sober and serious. While there is some sense in which that is true, what happens usually is that we squeeze out all the fun from that point on. A grave mistake. Make leaning fun and watch as more knowledge goes round.

COMPREHENSION- DICTATES PASS OR FAIL

New PictureComprehension is the ability to understand and interprete what is being read. It is an important skill in the educational process. Why do we say so? Many of the challenges and problems that students are required to solve in life require a good deal of comprehension. If a child is unable to understand a question, how will he or she provide an accurate answer?

Problem solving often requires:

  • understanding the question or what has been stated is the problem
  • being able to connect the question or problem with other knowledge already acquired
  • being able to critically work out the solution

Have you ever made a statement or asked a question, and someone provides a response that does not fit in? In all probability, that individual did not understand the question. There was a problem comprehending your question or statement.

Failure does not always arise from a lack of knowledge or skill in the specific subject, but from poor comprehension skills. Some students fail physics not because they do not understand physics, but because they lack comprehension skills. Same goes for other subjects. Years later, as adults, they will require this same comprehension in whatever field they may embrace as a vocation.

This is why we must not only teach English as a language, but also promote a reading culture. Note that by reading culture, we include the use of dictionaries and other reference material.

Here are a few pointers:

  • we must make our children read and ask questions for the purpose of developing comprehension skills
  • materials to read: good story books and novels (both fiction and non-fiction); newspapers (though some of these have fallen behind in recent times); and magazines
  • a good dictionary should be available to children
  • if internet access is available and the child’s use can be monitored, a Google search for unknown words and phrases yields useful results

Growing up in the seventies and eighties, children had fewer distractions to reading. Today, the distractions are legion, yet we must polish the minds of our young ones by exposing them to well written books and periodicals.