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Homeschooling Tips: Learn a new language

Our homeschooling has been going really well. Some days are better than others but overall we are all enjoying learning new things from home. The kiddies (especially my daughter) are really into languages and they learn love learning new words. Japanese, Spanish, German and French words are really popular in our house. They are forever picking up new words which I find amazing. Learning different languages is a life skill that can take you places. The more languages you are fluent in, the better. So this is something I am very interested in and will be encouraging even more.

Homeschooling Tips

How is your homeschooling going? One tip for a successful homeschooling is to ensure you have a flexible routine. That way the kids know what to expect and there’s flexibility for when life happens. Another great homeschooling tip is make sure you stick to the regular school day routine as much as possible. That way there are no massive adjustments when school starts. Sticking to the school day routine also ensures the kids acts like they are in school. These tips make homeschooling a lot easier especially if you have active children like mine.

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We published our first YouTube video of 2020 yesterday, yay! And the video is all about my daughter reciting 1 – 10 in Japanese and Spanish. The video is below for your viewing pleasure. We enjoyed filming this and more will follow shortly. I think I have finally gotten back into publishing YouTube Videos again. For a funny reason, I am usually only in the mood to post regular videos during the spring/summer months. I really don’t know why that is the case but I will be changing that going forever, so do subscribe to my YouTube Channel if you haven’t done so already, so you don’t miss any new videos. I like posting different kinds of videos so do expect a varied content.

 

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Our Favourite Cbeebies Shows

We usually watch Internet tv – so Netflix, Amazon Video and YouTube, but sometimes the kiddies just want to watch regular tv shows on Cbeebies. They have loved watching programmes on Cbeebies since they were babies so it’s nice to see they still want to watch some of the programmes. I control the screen time in our house as much as possible. I don’t like the kids being on their tablets or watching TV for hours. And when they do watch their screens, I like them to be as educative as much as they are entertaining.

 

 

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Here are some of the programmes the kiddies are watching on Cbeebies –

 

Waffle The Wonder Dog Cbeebies

The twins love watching this show. It is about a dog called Waffle who is cute but always up to mischief. I think it is one of the new Cbeebies shows. I can’t remember seeing it some years ago, but it is a good one to watch. I have seen a few episodes with the kiddies and I can see why they like watching it. The Waffle Doggy theme song is also quite catchy. I find myself singing along with it.

 

Topsy and Tim Cbeebies

This show has been around for years now and the twins love it. They can relate with the boy/girl twins, and they find the programme entertaining. I like Topsy and Tim because it is interesting, relatable and very educative. The twins pick up a lot from watching it and they also like the catchy theme song. I must confess I like watching Topsy and Tim as well. I find their family quite entertaining.

 

Numberblocks Cbeebies

My kids are into numbers which is why they enjoy watching Numberblocks. This show is all about the adventures of 10 friends who enjoy counting on each other in Numberland. It is a great way of introducing chidden to numbers and maths. They pick up various ways of adding mew numbers and I hear they even watch this show at school, which just confirms how educative it is. If you are looking at getting your kids to understand numbers some more, this is a great show for them to watch.

 

Let’s Play Cbeebies

Another popular Cbeebies programme in our house is Let’s Play. The kiddies enjoy watching this show a lot. They find the many different episodes very entertaining and that is all thanks to the amazing presenters – Sidney Sloane and Rebecca Keatley. They manage to make every episode so much fun. We like it.

 

Get Well Soon Cbeebies

This show is all about Dr Ranj and friends. It teaches about health and hospitals, and what to expect with healthcare. It is so educative and I am glad my children enjoy watching Get Well Soon on Cbeebies. The Get Well Soon songs are also very catchy. There is a different song for every episode which is so amazing. I wonder how Dr Ranj manages to do all he does.

 

 

Are you kids into Cbeebies shows? Is their favourite on this list?

Why Boredom is Sometimes Good for Kids

As a parent, one of the things I feared was when my kids get bored. So, I had toys, educational cartoons and nursery rhymes ready on standby for the minute my kids start to complain about boredom.

I thought that I if I kept my kids entertained and far away from the clutches of boredom, it would be for their own good. That was until I learned that boredom was actually good for my kids.

You may find it hard to believe. I know I had a hard time believing it too. But after experimenting it on my kids, I saw that my kids were more capable than I thought at handling boredom and using it for good.

 

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Here are some reasons why boredom is sometimes good for your kids.

 

Boredom boosts creativity

As adults we know that creativity is something that is highly appreciated while building a career. So why not start helping our kids develop that skill right now?

Studies have shown that people get creative when they are bored. Boredom helps kids get to exercise their ability to imagine. This helps to spark their creativity and develop the skill to be creative which is what they will need when they grow to be adults.

Kids have powerful imaginations and boredom gives them that space to exercise their muscle to imagine.

 

Boredom helps kids shape their world views

Sometimes kids give the most profound insights. And when asked where they got those ideas from, they say they came up with it themselves or deduced it from what they observed.

I remember a kid running to tell his mother that seeking happiness is what makes life worthwhile. I found this shocking because that piece of insight is something you would never expect a child to come up with.

Boredom gets kids thinking. That period when boredom strikes could be the best time for your kids to come up with thoughts and ideas that will help shape their world views. Sometimes having that reflective moment helps kids process what they learn and produce ideas that will help them when they grow up.

 

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Boredom helps kids to start taking responsibility over their life

This may seem like a big one, but boredom could be just the thing your child needs to start taking control over their life. Let’s face it: You won’t always be around to entertain your kids. When you allow them to get bored, they’ll find ways to entertain themselves.

They also start to learn that they need to be there for themselves and motivate themselves. Hovering around your kids trying your best to entertain them when they’re bored only teaches them that they’re the centre of the world. This could turn your kids into being selfish and even narcissistic several years down the line. This, however, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play with your kids. What I mean is that you should also give your kids the chance to figure a way around boredom by themselves.

Allowing them to handle problems like boredom on their own, teaches them that they have what it takes to change a negative situation around for the better. And nothing teaches that better than kids experiencing it themselves.

 

 

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