As a parent, it’s often easy to let your kids eat what they want. After all, they’re your babies and you want to keep them happy. However, most often than not, they don’t want healthy snacks or meals which can lack the nutritious value they need. Here are ten signs parents of nutritional deficiencies parents need to look for in their children, per Weed ‘Em And Weep’s blog.
Did you know that credit cards, gift cards, hotel room keys and other plastic card-like objects make great art projects? With technology these days, sometimes it’s hard to get creative, but you and your kids can use these objects to paint great looking art you can display around your home, according to housingaforest.com.
A Brooklyn-based graphic designer has combined puzzle-making with art in what has become a massive exhibit around the world with aspiring artists. The Puzzle Art Installation and Collaborative Project is a dynamic growing and traveling, group art exhibition. Artists, young and old, have contributed their individual voice collectively with other artists to form this historic puzzle art project.
Tsung Tsung, the Hong Kong 8-year-old piano prodigy everyone is talking about, has garnered more than ten million views on YouTube. He began playing piano at the age of three and was certified in Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) on the age of four. His extraordinary talent has garnered him a prize in Steinway International Piano Competition and invitations to perform around the world.
Funbrain, created for kids ages preschool through eighth grade, offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy all for free. Kids can also read a variety of popular books and comics on the site, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Amelia Writes Again, and Brewster Rocket.
By Jayne Clare (edutopia.org)
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the cornerstone of emotional intelligence, as these abilities do not come naturally for some special education students. Children in special ed settings need to have their confidence, courage, and emotional awareness nurtured in order to successfully play, work, cooperate, and be productive in their studies.
Researchers surveyed 70 parents of children ages 8 to 18 with autism. They found that having any kind of pet at home may increase a child’s assertiveness in social situations and their ability to make introductions and ask questions. Carlisle, the study’s author, says parents linked dog ownership to responsibility, companionship and stress relief.
These amazingly talented kids aren’t waiting until they move out of their parent’s house to make their dreams a reality. Age isn’t a prerequisite for them, either, because they’ve already given themselves a head start on pursuing their passions.
Music therapy is an evidenced-based practice, targeting physical, neurologic, communication, emotional, educational and behavioral goals to promote positive therapeutic change. Music therapy also looks at the whole child, brings forth their abilities and provides opportunities for creative self-expression, normalization of the environment, emotional processing and social int eraction. Music therapy facilitates a space for the child to be a child, allows the child to express all the wonder, creativity, and inspiration they have to share with the world.
Children’s World Art Initiative (CWA) utilizes creative arts to help children develop real-life skills, such as problem solving, critical thinking, helps build self-esteem and confidence. The arts also will increase opportunities for self-expression and an individual’s sense of belonging or attachment to a community.