Teaching children social skills are one of the most important skills that you child will learn throughout their whole lives. Without the social skills how would they survive talking to others? They wouldn’t survive as they wouldn’t know how to communicate the respectful way with others. When teaching children social skills at a younger age they are able to grow in a more respectful and comfortable way. Here are some ways to teach your children the social skills that are needed.

Show them what to do

You children are going to remember what you do over what you tell them what they need to do. The best way for them to learn social skills is by doing what you want them to do. You need to make sure that you are practicing what you are telling them is important social skills. If you are not do the same motions that are being asked of your children they will not do them either.

Be ready to remind them what they need to do

It is going to take them time to learn what is expected to behave like in public. You will need to remind them to say please, thank you and other respectful things they should say. Sometimes if you wait a minute to remind them what to say it may come. If not they had forgotten and just need to remind them.

Make sure to praise and reinforce the behavior that you want

When you are praising them they are remembering at a later time that it was something good that they had done and to do it again. When they say it without being reminded it is time to praise them!

Make sure it is age appropriate

There are going to be certain social skills that you are going to teach your toddler that your teen isn’t going to need to be taught anymore. Make sure when you are teaching them the skills that are needed to do what will work best for what they need to learn. Obviously you will teach your toddler and preschooler that they need to say please, thank you, you’re welcome and other skills like that. Where with your teen you might be starting to teach them how to act at an interview for their new job. If you are teaching your child something that won’t help them at their age it will not be beneficial for them at all.

 

In the end remember when you are teaching your children social skills it needs to be the things that are important and that in order for them to learn them the best way you need to do it yourself and show them how to.

Can you think of other ways to help with teaching children social skills?

 

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Fine motor skills are something that are always needed for all individuals to be able to learn different skills. All of the fine motor skills help make it easier to learn how to write and hold a writing utensil better, which is the most important skill to have as it is a skill used almost everyday throughout everything lives if not everyday. Ever wonder what fine motor skills would work for your preschoolers and be ones that are best for them to do to make those muscles stronger? Having these skills done well will help your preschooler dress themselves, write, cut, draw, eat and even tie their shoelaces. Here are some activities that can help them develop those fine motor skills.

Cutting

Cutting is a skill that is needed by everyone. Through time by practicing this regularly your preschooler will be able to cut paper without lines, lines that are not straight, cutting pictures and shapes out.

Tearing 

Tearing is something fun that will help greatly with developing the muscles in their fingers. Tearing paper and whatever kinds of materials that can be torn will provide that help. They will start tearing big pieces of paper and then when they get used to the skill they will eventually start tearing much smaller pieces. This is something that not only your preschooler can do but also smaller children like toddlers and babies can do too.

Playdough 

This is one of my boys favorites. They are able to make so many different types of objects out of the playdough. Your child can use playdough by itself or with some tools. Working with the playdough by itself will help develop the muscles better but also will help make creativity and imagination. They are able to use so many different types of tools and materials to play with. Using their small toys can be a fun addition as they can build something for the toys to live in or stomp across.

Gluing

This is another important one as they need to learn how much glue to place on what they are gluing and knowing where it should be placed. Whether it will be liquid or a glue stick. Some children have a difficult time with the feeling of the glue but introducing it to younger children and letting them play with it will help them a little more as to not having such a hard time with it.

Threading

Threading beads and other items onto string or other items are always fun. It is really great activity to do to strengthen that pincer grasp for writing. In order to accomplish this the right way they need to make sure to use that thumb and pointer finger. A fun way to do this skill is by giving your child some beads and pipe cleaners and have them put the beads on. Something else fun to do is by making bracelets and other jewelry.

What are other fine motor skills that you can think of?

 

 

 

 

Self Control is something we should all know how to do. But do you know how to teach your child self control. This can be a skill that is tough to teach but is so important to teach them. When they don’t have self control then they will get frustrated with themselves and show a poor sense of self- image. It is also really important for your child’s self- esteem. It might be hard to learn but as long as you are learning it over time will become easier to learn and faster also.

 

Teach them to not react fast to those who hurt them

Teaching them to not react fast will help them control their actions. In the end resulting in them not reacting in a negative way that will harm them or another person. The best way to teach your child to do this is by doing it ourselves. They will not understand exactly how to do this best if we don’t provide the example. Show them how to pause and then how to react to a situation without hurting another individual.

Teach them to not give into their automatic wants

This might be one of the hardest parts to do when you teach your child self control. They are always saying they want something whether it is needed or not. When they are doing this it is because they are seeing us doing something on an impulse.  By not buying something by impulse will show them that the things that they want will not always happen at that second. That they will need to wait for something that they want which will end up making them appreciate the items that they receive.

Show them good habits and how they should do them

This can be something as easy as washing our hands after using the bathroom. Could also be brushing our teeth twice a day. This is done by showing that we do the same. Modeling the important habits will provide them with a healthy living that they should do each day. Constant practice will also enforce this.

Provide some form of responsibly for child

This is done in our house with the chores that they are assigned each day. By doing something it will show that they can be responsible to finish what they should. There will also be times where they are being irresponsible that they need to learn about the responsibility that comes with the decisions that are not right. This provides great lessons for them to remember at a later time.

 

Can you think of other ways to teach your child self control?  Providing ways that were successful for you and your child to learn this important skill.

 

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Are you like us and in your car going all over the place during the summer? Then having a summer car box may help you. It would give you a chance to have all things that you need handy in case of an emergency or just something that you will need in order to have a successful day out.

Have a first aid kit

This is a big one! It seems that kids are always getting hurt and need to be cleaned up and bandaged. Having a good type of first aid kit will help you with keeping control of those injuries.

Make sure to have water

There are so many hot days during the summer and you need to remember to keep your kids and yourself hydrated while you are out. Making sure to have water in your summer car box will provide you the chance to all stay hydrated.

Have some snacks

Everyone gets hungry throughout the day especially the kids when they are playing hard at the park or somewhere else. Having snacks on handy makes it easier to feed them but also saves you money if you didn’t pack a lunch. This making it possible to not have to go to a drive thru or a restaurant.

Have a change of clothes for everyone

There are so many chances that one of the kids, your significant other or yourself will get dirty in some way. With having three boys myself I am always packing an extra outfit for all of us. They are running and jumping in the mud and whatever else. Then they are running to us and getting us all dirty.

Hand Sanitizer or Diaper Wipes

After playing in the dirt and touching many things it can always be good to have some hand sanitizer or diaper wipes in your summer car box.

Ponchos 

Those times of random rain it is nice to have something to cover up with. Having a poncho will give you all a chance to still be outside and enjoy yourselves especially when you are taking a family trip during the day.

Trash bags

Having trash will be a nice thing for others around you. As it is nice to pick up after yourself if you and your family are enjoying a family picnic somewhere. It will reduce future problems with animals and keep the earth clean.

Blankets

Blankets can be used for so many different reasons. Whether you are eating you lunch on them. It is naptime for one or more children. Having multiple will help you as you will need more than one at a time most likely throughout your day.

Sunscreen

Very important for everyone while out in the summer to prevent sun burns. No one wants to deal with the pain of having a sun burn.

 

Can you think of anything that would go into a summer car box? Share with us what you place in yours!

This seems to be the time of year that we are all looking for summer activities for kids. Are you with me on that one? My difficult part to this sometimes is I have two children who are close in age (5 and almost 4) and then I have a 1 year old. Some activities they can all join together and do while others they can’t.

 

Swimming in the pool is a big one

What child doesn’t love to swim in the pool? I know my boys could live in ours all day and night if they could. There are so many things that you can do in a pool. Where they are getting exercise and they can even learn things while they are in the pool.

Using chalk or paint on the sidewalk

What a creative activities to do! This gives them the chance to draw or write they want to. Another plus it is easy to clean up when it needs to be cleaned up.

Fun with Squirt Guns

During the summer kids love to play with water even outside of the pool. This summer activity for kids is something that has been done for years. Using squirt guns provides so much and so many different activities that can be done.

Make Smores 

Making smores is fun for everyone. Sitting around that fire at night telling stories and eating smores makes for a fun end to any summer night.

Camping

You could probably do this during other times of the year but camping in the summer is much warmer. Camping provides a fun learning experience the whole family can join in.

Go to the Zoo

Going to the zoo is always fun. It gives you the chance to see what animals there are and what they do.

Pack a picnic

Pack a picnic for everyone enjoy it anywhere. You could bring it the park, go to a concert. The best part of having a picnic you can do it anywhere.

Summer activities for kids can range in so many different things. You could come up with anything and do it anywhere for it to be fun. What do you do for summer activities for kids? Do you have traditional activities or just do whatever you want?

Are you considering homeschooling in the summer? Been wondering if it would be right for you and wondering what the pros and cons would be?

You can work on the subjects that your kids struggled with over the rest of the year. 

For us this is going to be the main reason for why we homeschool over the summer. My oldest has dyslexia and has a very rough time with anything related to English. So having the summer to work on those skills will help him be able to grasp more later on.

There are so many other learning experiences that you can do during the same that you can’t during the rest of the year.

This including swimming, where they can learn how to swim or just have fun in the pool. Gardening is another great lesson that they can learn, this providing them the knowledge of how our food is grown and how to do it themselves.

Having the routine will help your children thrive

This is another reason why we are homeschooling over the summer. My kids right now are thriving on this schedule. When we take off long periods of time with no schooling they don’t know what to do.

It will give your gifted children a chance to dig deeper in the subjects they are interested in

This will be a nice thing for you gifted children. Sometimes they don’t want to stop working on a subject they have working on. Working through the summer will give them a chance to dig deeper and learn more of what they want to learn.

You don’t have to feel like you are rushed the rest of the year

With homeschooling in the summer you don’t have to feel like you need to rush and get your school work done during the school year. You are able to do whatever work still and focus on what you need to focus on more.

You are able to take vacations outside of the summer time if needed

There are some peoples schedules that don’t allow them to take breaks during this time of the year but they can during another time of the year. This makes it possible to make up the work that you did during that vacation time.

Do you homeschool through the summer? If you do has it helped you and your kids to be able to learn better and more relaxed?

We all have one those of those days where you just homeschool when you don’t want to. Trying to remind ourselves that if we continue that it will continue helping our kids and ourselves. What do we do then to continue on?

 

Take a break or a longer break

It might just be that you need a break. Whether it is just you who needs the break as the parent or you and your kids need the break. It is okay to take a break, we all need one. With homeschooling it is possible to do that easier than it would be for other families. Being flexible is a big important part of homeschooling. Sometimes we are doing school work for a really like period of time and can’t focus anymore. Or we are getting ready to go back to doing school work after a break like Christmas break and need more time. It is normal to need a break or need a longer one.

Start reading an inspirational book

There are other homeschool parents who go through the same thing as we go through too. Some have written a book that may end up helping through the situation. When reading you can find reasons as to why you will want to continue homeschooling. You can find these books anywhere even your local library.

Make sure you make things simple

Another thing to help you when you homeschool when you don’t want to is make things simple. If you are doing something like giving tests or needing to keep grades for your high school students take a break from doing those things. Do other homeschool methods that will make it so that you won’t have to do these things. An example of a method that would make this happen would be unit studies. Don’t worry they don’t last for a long time, they usually last a few weeks so you can take a break then go back to doing grades for records.

Think about what is making you feel this way

Think about what is actually making you feel like you don’t want to homeschool. Also think about how it would be if you would send your kids to private school or public school. How would it affect your family? Would sending them to school be the better solution for you as a family or continuing to homeschool? What are the factors involved in your life that could affect this?

Is there a schedule of a family member that would make it hard to spend time together? Is the education your kids would get from the public or private school something that would work for them individually? Once you take all the factors into account this will help you decide the direction that is needed to go.

 

Have you ever had one of these moments? What did you do about continuing or not continuing to homeschool when you don’t want to? Let us know!

Are you like me always looking for activities for toddlers to do when they need something to entertain them? My youngest wants to be doing something like his older brothers so I have been working on finding things that he can do himself while still learning.  There are so many different things that I came across that I am bringing out for him.

Balloon Paint Pop by The Coffee Mom

Take out your darts and some paint filled balloons. Make sure to pop them outside though unless you want your floors painted.

Donut counting Mats by The Inspiration Edit

Isn’t this great! What child doesn’t love playdoh, I know my boys love using it as much as possible in our homeschool.

Fourth of July Place Mat Craft by Penlights to Pacifiers

This look fun and cute. Also a great fine motor skill practice!

Toddler Personalized Canvas by Treasure Every Moment

What a fun way for your child to make a special personalized canvas that they will have control over what colors it will become.

Three Homemade Toddler Approved Activities by Adventures with Ellie

Do your kids love to play with bubbles, paint and playdoh? Here are some homemade recipes for each!

Pom Pom Drop Activity by Laughing Kids Learn

If you are anything like us you have a bunch of pom poms. This activity is a fun way to use them for your toddler! My older boys join in on with this one too.

Pasta Threading fine motor skill by Laughing Kids Learn

 

Fairy Volcano Science Project by The Coffee Mom

Volcanoes are so fun to make and watch its reaction especially when there is fun items inside of it.

Cork Painting by The Picky Apple

This is an interesting way of painting.

 

Did you like these activities and crafts? Finding activities for toddlers can be fun, you never know what you will find! Maybe you will like some activities based off of children’s books, and learning activities using Dollar Tree items.

Have other suggestions let us know below!

 

 

Are you starting to set up your homeschool goals for your next school year while looking for the right curriculum? While making these homeschool goals keeping the love of learning is really important as it will help you homeschool life successful. I know personally with my boys it can be sometimes challenging to determine the goals for each year as they always seem to be in completely different places than each other which is normal but also surprise me randomly with what they may know making me change our homeschool goals.

Ask where you and your kids are currently

Look at what is going on with your homeschool life to determine what will and will not continue to work. You can do this by asking yourself some important questions.

Is there something that involved in our homeschool that needs to be changed?

Why are we homeschooling? Do my goals work with why we are homeschooling?

Are there weaknesses that we need to take care of?

Do my kids have new interests that we could use while learning? Is there something in particular they really want to learn about?

When you ask yourself these questions you can determine what needs to be changed for the following year. There always will be some changes that will need to be made. For us one change will be where we do our schoolwork for at least my oldest. He has a hard time focusing if there is a lot going on around him so we will be doing school in an area where his younger brothers and everyone else won’t be as much.

Create general areas for the goals

This means set up some areas that your goals can fall under. They can be split up into different sections so that you can cover everything in an easier way.

You can split them up kind of something like this

Religious Goals

Atmosphere Goals

Academic Goals

By splitting  these areas up you can plan out your goals in a much easier way and it will actually help you come up with what you want to happen the next section of your life.

Make your goals

Once you have gotten the areas you want to make goals for you can start making your goals. This can be done by making a few goals under each area. Look what is considered important for your kids to learn that year. Also think about where your children are in their education experience. When it comes to the religious area I try to make sure that my kids are learning a few things that God wants them to know and incorporate into their lives as children of God. The atmosphere as I mentioned before will depend on how your children learn and what they need to do in order to learn.

Do you have some tips to set homeschool goals? How do you set homeschool goals?

As humans it is nice to be able to receive things but it wasn’t meant for only that to happen. It was meant for everyone to learn the importance of giving. This is something that as parents we need to make sure that our kids know this. Kids love to receive things but they need to remember that giving is even more important. Whether it be giving to a friend or family member or giving to a cause that is important to them. Giving is one way for everyone to be able to live the life that is best for them.

Share with them that some may not have all the things that we may have

Most of us are blessed with many things which is something that kids sometimes do not realize. While we maybe blessed, others that maybe near us or in other parts of the world do not have what we have. Teaching your children this will help show them what we have other kids do not and we can help them by giving them the necessary things to survive.

Set the beginning with a small act of giving

Your kids might have a hard time seeing what they could do for others may actually help those that they are helping. Have them spend some time mowing the lawn for a neighbor, helping someone around their home or even bring them to a community place that they could a larger group of people so that they can what are one of the biggest problems in your community.

Set a good example of giving

Your children are not going to truly know the importance of giving unless they see us doing it.  Seeing us doing an act of positive giving can help them see how important it is and how it will benefit the person they would be helping.

Make sure they now they can make a difference

It is important to feel like when they are giving that what they are giving will truly make a difference.  They won’t feel good about giving to others until they feel good about themselves and what they are doing that would help others.

Remember if you and are children are giving on a regular basis then they will surprise you with the compassion that they will have for others.

How do you and your kids get involved in helping others? Please share what you do!