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What’s All the Fuss about STEM? Hype or Reality?
What’s All the Fuss about STEM? Hype or Reality?

I doubt you can have a child in primary school today, and not have heard the word STEM or STEAM at least once.

You might be thinking its it another FAD like the Y2k bug that got us all heated and worried about NOTHING at the beginning of this millennium…

Another scheme to get us to pay and spend more on our kids?

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My first visit to the Bett Show at Excel in London.
My first visit to the Bett Show at Excel in London.

The BETT show is billed as the world’s leading education show and it has lived up to its promise despite the British weather. Four days of learning, playing, listening and connecting with fellow educators and innovators.

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6 PLACES IN LAGOS TO GET BOOKS AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR YOUR CHILD
6 PLACES IN LAGOS TO GET BOOKS AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR YOUR CHILD

Show me a child with wonderful vocabulary and I will show you a child who reads – 9ijakids

My older son is preparing for entrance exams into Secondary School and one of the subjects that’s a challenge is English – specifically vocabulary and creative writing. When I mark his worksheets, I can immediately tell where he is going to have low scores. That’s one of my regrets – I didn’t get him to latch on the love of reading early.

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IS YOUR CHILD GETTING FAT ON “DIGITAL JUNK”?
IS YOUR CHILD GETTING FAT ON “DIGITAL JUNK”?

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, kids ages 8-18 now spend, on average, a whopping 7.5 hours in front of a screen for entertainment each day, 4.5 of which are spent watching TV. Over a year, that adds up to 114 full days watching a screen for fun.

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15 Things Every 21st Century Teachers Must Do This Year
15 Things Every 21st Century Teachers Must Do This Year

The teaching profession today is saddled with much more responsibilities compared with what was obtainable years back. With technology, the world is rapidly changing, so educators have a major challenge to prepare the children for the future.

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7 Things You Must Do Before Hiring A New Domestic Help
7 Things You Must Do Before Hiring A New Domestic Help

It’s the beginning of the year and chances are that your last Nanny/Domestic Help went home for Christmas with the promise to come back. Fast forward 3 weeks later and she is not yet back. So, it’s back to getting a new help – another addition to your “To do list”.

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Parenting New Year Resolutions for 2019
Parenting New Year Resolutions for 2019

As 2018 is rolling out, I have taken time to evaluate how things turned out for me as a parent in 2018. I’ve been ticking my boxes and questioning my success rate at the goals I set for 2018. One of such goals was to yell less lol. Needless to say, I fell short on this goal according to my son.

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Not Just Gifts; Five Things to Give Your Child This Christmas That Aren’t Gifts
Not Just Gifts; Five Things to Give Your Child This Christmas That Aren’t Gifts

‘’Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods ….

We are the sum total of our experiences’’

Thomas Gilovich

Are you doing something differently this Christmas?  Doing something differently this time requires that you first know that the best thing you can give your children aren’t things.  Children love toys and they never get tired of getting more but I have come to realise that the pleasure is short-lived. They barely use the toys for three months before abandoning it and move on to the next thing when they’re done playing with the toys.  The greatest gift you can give your children is the gift of experiences and memories that they will hold with them forever. I have compiled a list of five beautiful things you can give your kids this Christmas that aren’t gift.

  1. A class they’ve been wanting to take

If your child has been longing for a particular experience or there is a class, he/she would love to take that you have been subtly denying them of, either a dance, art, football or any sport classes, this might just be the perfect time for them to take the classes. Get them the materials they need.  They’ll be so excited, they’ll learn a new skill and they’ll be able to keep taking the class throughout the year.

  1. Tickets to an event

Is there an event coming up in your area, church or cinema around you? Or perhaps there is something they’ve been wanting to see.  You could simply get them tickets or a group pass to the event. It’ll give them something to look forward to and an amazing memory.

  1. Plan a family beach trip

A shared experience will continue to linger. There are private beaches in Lagos that aren’t always crowded and good for families to spend time together. This moment will afford you the opportunity to talk as families, watch the beautiful sights of sea and other interesting scenes.

  1. A fun party

You could have a fun party for your kids and their friends in your house. Ask your kids to invite their friends both in school and church and throw them an awesome party. The party will be such a fun memory for them to look back on and at least part of the things for them to talk about when they are back to school after the holiday.

  1. A “date night” with mum and dad

You can get creative with this all you like. Children do love the one-on-one experience with their parents especially outside the four walls of the house. Map out a date in between the festive month for a date with your child and make them feel special the whole night. It’ll mean the world to them to have a few hours of undivided attention from both parents.

When you give your children experiences instead of things, they’ll have priceless memories to cherish for the rest of their lives.

Teaching Our Children to Give Back
Teaching Our Children to Give Back

Christmas is an exciting time synonymous with gifts and fun times. Often, we get carried away by the euphoria of the moment and the beautiful sights of Christmas trees, beautifully wrapped packages, decorations, series of events, fun and parties that come with the Christmas season. However, we are the blessed ones – there are still so many people who cannot afford the new clothes, the Christmas feast and can barely make ends means. Does your child realise how fortunate and blessed they are? How do we teach our children to remember those less fortunate than themselves? (more…)

How to Get Ready for Christmas
How to Get Ready for Christmas

Imagine a December without Christmas’; definitely not something you want to imagine. It would look like a week without Sunday or a world laced with just black and grey without the splendour of beautiful colours.

 

With less than 4 weeks to go, it’s time we started thinking about it. If you are anything like Christmas freak just like me, then you must have been preparing for Christmas a little bit before now and it won’t seem so overwhelming now that it’s a bit closer.   What if you haven’t given it a thought or considered putting anything in place ahead? You might want to start now so you can as well have a relaxing Christmas holiday season. (more…)