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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

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.

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.

WHEN A CHILD QUESTIONS THINGS…..

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A child who does exactly what he is told to do all the time without questioning anything may cut the picture of the ideal, obedient, well-behaved child. However, that child may be missing out on learning skills that will help him excel out in the real world. The ability to question things will serve them well as adults when their parents are no longer there to shield them from the realities of life, and from wolves and snakes that prowl the jungle that is life.

It is a good thing when your child, pupil or student hears your instructions, plays with them in his mind and fires questions back at you. Here are a few questions:

  • “Dad, can we stay up later than usual? We are on holidays after all.”
  • “Aunty, why can I not go to play outside now?”
  • “Mom, why can I not choose what school to attend?”

Sometimes, he asks to get a clearer understanding. At other times, he is merely pushing the boundaries to see how far he can go or how much he can get away with. Whatever the reason behind a child’s questioning, it is a good idea to provide rational answers. Why? By so doing, you will be helping that child to develop critical reasoning skills.

When he becomes an adult, he will come face to face with life and all sorts of limitations, hindrances, and circumstances that tell him that he cannot do this or be that. This ability to test, prod, question, and challenge is exactly what he will need to handle those situations.

It may look like a child is being a rebel when he or she questions your instructions, whether you are a parent or a teacher. The reality, however, is often that he is processing information and trying to understand why he has to do this or that. His information processing may still be flawed, but as you respond with intelligent answers, you help him get better at it.

Your comments are welcomed. Share with us some of the questions your child have asked you 🙂

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 Nigerian Educational System

The Nigerian educational system is divided into three sectors: the first nine years (primary to junior secondary) being the basic, the next three years is called the post basic or senior secondary and then after that the tertiary phase. The basic education curriculum is aimed at providing children a solid foundation for scientific knowledge and critical thinking as well as laying the framework for permanent literacy. Alongside with these goals is the honing of life skills that makes these children grow to be responsible and respectable citizens in the community.

The nine-year basic education program is based on the Universal Basic Education curriculum which Nigeria has adapted in its bid to uplift the country’s standard of learning and be part of the global development for best practices in education. This means that all books in basic education are created in line with the UBE standards. Learning materials like First Veritas’ Junior Secondary Titles, Universal Basic Series, Pinwheel Series, and the Smart Kids Series are no exception. They were all meticulously designed not only to comply with the regulations but to better equip Nigerian children for global competitiveness.

Education Starts from the Basics

 

The Relevance Of A Solid Basic Education

 

Basic education needs a solid foundation. It adheres to the basic principle of construction – the deeper your foundation is, the higher your structure can go. When a nation envisions seeing its children blossom into responsible and respectable citizens, it has to train its sight on the relevance of its early childhood education program. Young minds have great potentials wanting to be discovered. Education’s role is to harness these potentials to allow possibilities to become realities.

Nursery and pre-primary books should be created to respond to the unique learning requirements of little children. They should not only be mentally stimulating but fun as well. Children learn through play so their books should be enjoyable and engaging.  Educational organizations should make it a point to create their learning materials to cater to these exceptional needs.  Books like the Pinwheel Series and Smart Kids Series are examples of innovation at work for better education solutions.