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April 16, 2014

How To Make Maths Enjoyable

Mathematics is one of three key subjects taught in the school curriculum, whilst it is also an excellent skill to acquire and improve upon with regards to future successes in later life. Maths is often integrated into various day-to-day activities on top of the standard academic structure, which is why it’s essential that children are given a platform to enjoy and embrace mathematics as a school subject.

However, it can be quite difficult teaching maths to the vast majority of young children who find it tedious, dull and uninspiring. Therefore, your approach as a teacher is vital when teaching maths, so here are a few methods of teaching that you can introduce to improve class attention and contribution throughout.

Encouragement

The classroom environment is often very similar to a child, regardless of what they are learning about. For this reason, it can be difficult to encourage a child into seeing maths as something different to the everyday aspects of school work and learning in general. Therefore, you should try and create an atmosphere that creates excitement and passion for the subject. In other words, try and hide the idea that they’re learning about maths!

Learning Mathematical Functions

Sticking to the memorisation method will only lead to an uninspired room of pupils who are being force fed the information without properly understanding the concept of mathematics. You can overcome this by making sure that mathematical functions are displayed and can be referred to throughout their learning. If they begin to understand HOW maths works, they can start building upon what they’ve discovered and subsequently improve their mathematical skills.

Rewards

If it’s pure inspiration you’re after, you can introduce an award scheme that creates more of a compelling atmosphere in the classroom. If the child knows that they will achieve something from the work that they do, they are far more likely to compete with their fellow pupils and contribute more to the lesson. They will also adopt the drive and ambition to succeed naturally through this method of teaching.

Games & Activities

If you stick to writing sums and equations on the board for your pupils to copy down and attempt, you risk losing their interest and attention over longer periods. This is why it is almost essential to mix up the activities that you introduce to the lesson. You can take full advantage of the learning environment to create maths games, whilst you can also integrate other interests outside of mathematics with the topics that you cover.

Board Games

When you come to the end of your lesson or approach the last lesson of the working week, it’s always good to wrap things up with a board game that involves mathematical functions. For example, monopoly is a game that involves accumulating money in order to succeed. It would also involve managing your financial accumulation to the point where a mistake in calculations would lead to failure, providing an extra incentive for the pupils. For younger children, simple mathematical skills are required to win at games such as connect four.

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Categories: Education Spain,Mummy Tips


April 10, 2014

Tips to make breast-feeding a rewarding experience for mother and baby

For many mums the idea of breastfeeding is a completely natural and intuitive path having been done since the dawn of time and many see it as a way to securing a close bond with your baby and ensuring the best start in life for your child. The breast-feeding experience can be very different for mothers and while some take to it immediately, others need help and support to get them through the early weeks and some mothers may experience difficulties preventing them from breast-feeding.

breastfeeding

When difficulties in nursing arise, many mothers can feel an element of disappointment and failure in the inability to provide for their little one but it’s often not an easy choice to decide to switch from nursing to bottles and some mothers may even have reasons that prevent them from nursing at all. Having acknowledged the difficulties though, it’s important that if you do decide to breast-feed, to commit to it as it can take a while to get to the point whereby both you and your baby are comfortable and enjoy the experience. Bearing this in mind, we have some tips to make breast-feeding successful;

1)      Once you decide to breast-feed, make a commitment

During the first few days and weeks it may take time to get a comfortable latch position with your baby so that it doesn’t hurt you and it often means you feel immobilised for prolonged periods of time which may be disheartening. You may also experience leaky boobs & need to change your top frequently to remove the wet patches.

2)      Get a breast-pump

The right breast pump can be a life-saver, giving you the chance to express milk when you have the time and allowing you to take a break when you can from feeding. It also means Daddy gets a chance to be involved in the feeding experience. Choosing the right breast pump can be a challenge in finding the right one best suited to your needs. They are loosely divided into manual pumps or electric pumps.

Establishing a good latch and breast-feeding routine before introducing a bottle is advised but once your baby accepts both you may feel a huge sense of relief. This will also ensure your supply is regulated before you begin pumping. You may also need to try your little one with a few ounces every few days to get them used to something other than you.

3)      Relax! Don’t time watch

Ensuring your baby is getting their needs met and their tummies filled is a major preoccupation for any mother. Babies have an amazing instinct and pick up on the smallest of things so sit back and enjoy the breast-feeding experience. Your baby will sense you are relaxed and this will only aid the feeding and ensure you both get as much as you can from it.


Categories: Breastfeeding


March 17, 2014

Keeping Kids Safe At Bathtime

Bath time very quickly becomes a regular part of your daily routine with young children. However as children get older it can be easy to leave the children unattended while you set about getting dinner ready, or start catching up on your bookwork. However it is important to remember that while your children may have become accustomed to baths and bath time, there are still some serious risks in leaving children unattended.

Bathrooms can play host to a whole range of different dangers, and sometimes the bathwater can be the least of your problems. Children under 6 years of age should never be left in the bathroom unattended, but children aged 8 or 9 can still get into dangerous situations when left unattended. Follow these top tips to make sure that your bathroom is a safe and clean environment for children.

Locks

Bathroom cabinets can contain a vast array of different creams, lotions, oils and scented soaps, all of which are probably harmful if ingested, or applied to sensitive areas of the skin. Lock up all your cabinet medicines in overhead cabinets, and keep the bathroom cleaning solutions away from low hanging cupboards, keeping it out of sight where possible.

Slips, Falls and Burns

Use non slip matts for both the floor of the bath and the floor of the bathroom, to prevent falls and slips. Bathrooms are full of awkward edges which can cause a nasty bump or bruise, so non slip mats are essential. Rubber mats are an efficient non-slip mat, as they can be easily wiped down and cleaned after each use.

Try to discourage splashing in the bath tub, unless it is gentle or towards an adjacent wall, as spills and puddles can be a slip hazard for when children get out of the tub.

Check the taps after running a bath to ensure that the metal is not too hot, as a child could lean on the taps and be burned by the hot metal. Likewise check to make sure that the water run in the bath is not too hot by using the inside of your wrist or the inside of your elbow, as the skin there is more sensitive to the heat.

Sibling Safety

It may be tempting to leave younger children in the care of their older siblings while you get on with other chores in the house, but this is unfair as it puts needless responsibility on the older sibling, plus they may not be able to deal with a sudden emergency as quickly or effectively as an adult can. There should always be an adult supervising the bathroom during bath time.

Never leave young children unattended in the bathroom, or if you absolutely have to leave them, make sure to keep the door open so that you can easily hear any accidents, and try to return to supervising them as soon as possible, or have your partner sit with them for a few minutes while you do what you need to. Stay vigilant and you can greatly reduce the number of accidents occurring at bath time!

Author: Kate Varners is a design interior enthusiast and loves the thrill of a new project. With a discerning eye and a passion for the smallest of details, Kate also enjoys writing about bathroom projects and topics for TBBC Bathrooms.


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