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WHY BABY GAMES MATTER !

 
A lot of people tend to think that learning occurs mainly in school or from reading books to children, but in fact, the very capacity to learn, to absorb and retain information, discern patterns and explore the world, is starting in the first months of life.

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‘SHARENTING’: INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THIS NEW PRACTICE OF MODERN PARENTING

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It’s official: ‘Sharenting’ is the new buzzword. With social media on the rise and with parents establishing a very strong social media presence, ‘sharenting’ is definitely the new talk of the town and it looks like it won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

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HUG YOUR CHILD! STUDY REVEALS THAT HUGS MAY PREVENT ILLNESS

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What exactly do we know about the benefits of hugging? We know that hugging makes us feel protected, loved and connected with people. It can act as a stress-relief and it can also boost our confidence and general well-being. But do you know that hugging may also prevent us from getting ill? I’m sure your first thoughts are: ‘‘What? Oh, come on, give me a break; how can this actually be possible?’’. Well, according to researchers it is! Let’s see why:

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5 ACTIVITIES THAT BUILD SELF-CONTROL AND CALMNESS IN CHILDREN (AND PARENTS!)

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How many times have we wished children could stand still, be quiet, calm and disciplined for even just a few minutes? Does your child seldom or never display these kinds of behaviours? If so, then most probably, your child needs to boost his/her social and emotional skills a bit.

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10-1 REASONS WHY CHILDREN MISBEHAVE

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Two weeks ago, I visited a friend who has two children. During my one-hour stay, the children didn’t stop fighting, screaming and breaking their toys. Would this be considered a blatant example of ‘child misbehaviour’? Probably yes. Misbehaviour is usually defined as ‘‘behaviour which is socially unacceptable and inappropriate’’. Many researchers over the years have identified various contributing factors that explain why children misbehave. Here are the main reasons for children’s misbehaviour in summary:

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WHAT IS CHARACTER EDUCATION AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT ?

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Character education is at the heart of what we do

In simple words, character education is education that nurtures and promotes the ethical, intellectual, social and emotional development of individuals. It is a continuous learning process that enables young people and adults to become moral, caring, critical, responsible individuals.

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THE PLAYGROUND OF TODAY, THE SOCIETY OF TOMORROW

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Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. There is a vast number of scholars, organisations and institutions that advocate the importance of play. For example, on 12 May 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on Early Years Learning in the European Union, which notes that the early years of childhood are critical for children’s development and highlights that ‘in addition to education, all children have the right to rest, leisure and play’. Play offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children and spend quality time with them.

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RAISING DIVERSITY AWARENESS

 

Children start forming opinions about themselves and other people from the age of two. Therefore, it is important for parents to help their children appreciate differences and recognise and reject stereotypical ideas. In other words, parents should help their children develop diversity awareness.

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FOSTERING CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING IN CHILDREN

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Very early in life, children begin to notice similarities and differences in the objects and people around them. Within an increasing multi-ethnic society, it is inevitable that children will perceive differences in skin colour, hair form, clothes, speech, etc and thus will be curious about those differences that they notice about one another. Until then, parents and teachers should guide their ‘anti-racist development’, which can be fostered through:

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SHARING IS CARING

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How often do you tell your children they should share with one another? Quite often, perhaps? Learning to share is a vital life skill and quite a tough one to acquire, given that children at a young age (especially between the ages 2-7) are egocentric. So, what can parents do to help their children master this important life skill? Well, first, we should ask ourselves, ‘How do children learn to share?’

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Penelope’s Loom

 

Welcome to “Penelope’s Loom”! This is the name of our collection of educational articles that includes only research-based information on education, educational psychology and parenting, taken from sources such as scientific publications, reviews of research and government reports. Our aim is to offer our readers objective, authentic, scholarly information in a clear and simple way. If you would like to learn more about any of the themes tackled in our articles, feel free to contact us at info@ethaca.com and we will send you an e-copy of the references and/or further readings.


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