Archives: pre-primary school books in Nigeria

BEDTIME STORIES

A bedtime story is a traditional form of storytelling, where a story is told to a child at bedtime to prepare the child for sleep. Bedtime stories can be read from a book, or may be made up. The stories tend to be short, with a happy ending.bedtimestories_1356045c

Bedtime stories have many advantages for both adults and children. We will focus on the benefits to the child.

  • sharing a bedtime story with a child builds their vocabulary
  • sharing a bedtime story with a child helps the child to love reading
  • sharing a bedtime story with a child promotes their motor skills, through learning to turn the pages
  • sharing a bedtime story with a child helps improve the child’s memory
  • sharing a bedtime story with a child  reduces the child’s stress levels and can help with better sleep
  • sharing bedtime stories with a child builds a greater bond between parent and child

Telling bedtime stories may not be a popular way of life here, and especially in today’s fast-paced work setting. However, perhaps a parent can fix a day or two a week – possibly weekends – when they can read or tell stories to their children.

There are popular folk tales, as well as stories from other cultures, that almost any child will love and enjoy. Many children stories can be sourced online and from books. First Veritas has a range of story books that you might want to have a look at. The very nice thing about children and stories is that should they like a story, they want to hear it again and again, so there is no pressure to come up with something new each night..

Do you tell your child bedtime stories? Did you get told bedtime stories when you were younger? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments section below.

GUIDE FOR TODDLER-STUDENT’S PARENTS – 1

We know. It’s difficult letting go when your child is going to school for the first time, especially when you have been so attached to the child for long. Also, releasing your hold gradually from one class to the other could be tough. Here are some tips to ease off your children at any stage.

  1. Build their confidence. Let them be comfortable in their own skin. A healthy self-esteem will help them cope with different people anywhere they find themselves.
  2. Separate your child’s experience from yours. A lot of times, parents often act based on what they went through in school, and this may make them overprotective. Try as much as possible to let your children live their own lives. Forget about that bully in your primary school or how your parents weren’t there for you half the time. Focus on your child and his/her own life now.
  3. Let them know what to expect. If it’s your child’s first time ever in school, practice reading some of the books and materials he/she is going to be reading. You can even go to the school with him/her a couple of times. Walk around the school compound to ensure familiarity. That way, both you and the child will be relaxed, knowing that his/her experience won’t be totally strange.
  4. Practice the new routine beforehand. Remember how you had to introduce baby food a week before crèche? Then try and wake up early, cook and pack lunch box a couple of days before resumption. This will make adjustments easier for both of you.
  5.  Look around the classroom and school for cues and issues to discuss with them after school. This will create a common ground and help open up conversation. Also, it will send subconscious signals to the child that you care enough to notice details.

What have been your experiences in this regards? Do leave us comments 🙂

The Dearth of Reading

A teenager celebrated her birthday recently and her favourite aunt gave her an attractively wrapped gift. She closed her eyes, held her breath and opened the pack with great excitement, only for her face to drop in shock and disappointment when she saw that it was ‘just a book’.

There’s been a lot of talk about the decline of the reading culture and how books have ‘lost value’.  And one wonders if there is any truth to the claim that people seldom read except for academic purposes. Is it really true that people don’t read anything aside textbooks/school books, which are considered a necessary evil?

Was this the case years ago? One could remember how fashionable it was to read novels in a not so distant past. Teenagers exchanged novels back then, and one was proud to write about the books one had read to pen pals.  Then, young people were proud to belong to book clubs. Book Clubs? It now sounds like something from a fairy tale. Night clubs? Yeah, that sounds more familiar. And fun too.

So, why have books lost their allure? Could it be that there are no more interesting books? Do people have other things that interest them aside books? Have technology advancements become better seducers than books? Nowadays, people would rather spend time on social media and play games on their phones than read a good book.

Perhaps, one way to bring students back to books is to make even educational books less boring. First Veritas titles, from pre-primary school books to secondary books, are well rounded, curriculum-compliant and very engaging. This reduces the apathy of users to reading by a considerable margin.

So, if you were that girl who received a book as birthday gift, what would be your reaction? Enthusiasm or displeasure?

Why Learning To Write Is More Fun With First Veritas Pinwheel Writing

Teaching small children the rudiments of writing require more than just the ability to teach. Understanding a child’s special needs like the development of fine motor skills can help to prepare a child for writing. We should remember that what seems simple for an adult, like holding a pen properly, may be a big challenge for children. Pushing them to do something they simply are not yet capable of will cause unnecessary anxiety.

Teachers should possess not only an infinite dose of patience and consideration but also the wisdom to know when to put a little prodding for maximum positive effect. Aside from that, having the right teaching tools such as the Pinwheel series from 1st Veritas is essential.

Pre-primary school books in Nigeria today are more responsive to the learning needs of early childhood education. These tools are designed to best prepare young minds for smooth transition to formal education. The publisher First Veritas is an educational organization that provides innovative tools for the 21st century.

5 Educational Needs of a Nigerian Pre-Schooler

Developing Our Children Through Multi-Skill Approach

 

Teaching preschoolers can be both challenging and enjoyable. There are just so many possibilities. An author once said that a kid’s potential is limitless. Oftentimes we hamper their development because we assume that they cannot learn certain things simply because they are kids. Today, studies have shown that the better approach to reaching small children is through multi-skill approach. More and more people are now open to the concept of multiple intelligences. When a child is trained in different skills, it opens doors for better opportunities later in life. Choosing a career or profession will not be as difficult because a good foundation was built.

Multi-skill learning is the best approach to early childhood education. It not only hones a child in a certain discipline but rather it is aimed at giving a child a head start by developing his or her  motor, social, cognitive, communicative and social skills. Today, pre-primary school books in Nigeria are more responsive to this need. Books like the Pinwheel Series are learning materials encompassing all the learning essentials of a preschooler. With innovation brought into the educational tools, learning becomes fun and children benefit from it.