WAYS TO TEACH CHILDREN TO BECOME ENTREPRENEURS #1 #igslekki #lekkischools #entrepreneurs

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  1. Teaching them to recognize opportunities and how to seize them will contribute to their level of success in the future. Brainstorm on solutions together on how to resolve problems around them. Teach them how to turn every crisis into an opportunity. This would help them to see solution in any problem that arises. It can help them to develop profitable ideas in their future businesses.

WAYS TO TEACH CHILDREN TO BECOME ENTREPRENEURS #igslekki #lekkischools #entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurism and children are such an excellent match. It’s something that comes naturally to them. They fantasize a lot about getting things for themselves in the future and sometimes create a world of their own.

In the next couple of days, let’s share from these lessons on how to improve the confidence level of our children and help them create successful lives through entrepreneurial opportunities and education.

To be continued

BENEFITS OF PLAY #igslekki #lekkischools

In every successful class, one of the secrets of achieving your desired result for your pupils is to create a learning experience that they love being part of.

One of the easiest ways of doing this is by infusing the element of the practicals, which creates opportunities for your pupils to PLAY.
Play, on its own, is a form of interaction because it helps in developing one’s creativity more than any other method of teaching. It has a way of pulling pupils into a state of flow, of what is being taught. It also goes a long way to calm the nerves, control anxiety or even eradicate fear from your pupils.

Take for example, a mother who is preparing her shy daughter for a school presentation; introduces a method of asking her to mimic her favourite cartoon character and at the same time recite the lines of her presentation. At the end of the day, she did not only get the lines, she enjoyed herself as well.

Play helps them to become part of what they are learning. Once it’s done in a class room setting with clearly defined boundaries, it allows you ask virtually anything of your class. Always get your pupils up and moving by asking them to demonstrate what you are teaching. This is the “practical” mentioned earlier. By doing this, it will be difficult for them to forget what is being taught.

Finally, try as much as possible to always keep your pupils busy with this method because it would help in keeping them fresh and intrinsically motivated and prepared for higher-level activities.

​RAISING YOUR CHILD’S EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE. #igslekki

Emotional intelligence resides in each and every one of us. It is simply an ability to control, evaluate and express our emotions in different ways. Growing up into the adults that we are, we may have learnt a thing or two concerning building our emotions in certain ways based on our experiences in life. In terms of teaching others, especially our children, on how to raise their emotional intelligence, there are some suggestions listed below:

KNOWING YOUR CHILD 

The first thing to do is to know your child. Knowing your child is in different phases. You can know them in terms of their likes and dislikes, what inspires them, what triggers any form of discomfort in them, etc. Once you know your child to this extent, you would be able to teach them how to manage their emotional reactions to a certain level. This is a form of teaching them problem solving.
ALLOW THEM TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES

It wont be a proper thing to see your child always moody. In fact, being moody is a type of emotion on its own, but in a case where your child has just one expression of emotion to the extent that you cant decipher whether or not he or she is angry or happy, something has to be done. Try to speak to them and encourage them to outwardly express whatever they are feeling on the inside, in order to avoid being trapped from within. Make them know that youre open to accepting whatever they express. You can also show them examples by expressing your emotions towards them, but do it with caution to avoid any form of irritation from them.
BE ATTENTIVE TO THEIR FEELINGS

Dont be too busy to be attentive to their feelings. No matter how little your child is, whether the child is a baby or a toddler, they have feelings and its your duty to pay attention to them. Once there is a feeling, there is a tendency for it to be expressed.
TELL THEM ABOUT YOUR EMOTIONS

Showing your children your emotional expression is a good way of teaching your kids how to raise their emotional intelligence. Try to tell them the feelings you’re having and play it out for them. Leave it for them to perceive it themselves and tell what youre feeling.

​WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR CHILD COMPLAINS ABOUT HIS/HER CLASS TEACHER?  #igslekki 

One thing parents wouldnt take lightly is to hear that their children are complaining about the way they are being treated by their teacher(s) in school. Most parents will NOT just fold their arms and let it go, they must take an action as soon as possible.  So, when you decide to do something about it, how would you go about handling such situation?

Would you go to your child’s school, with guns blazing and yelling at the teacher and making him or her apologize for whatever the denunciation is? 

           OR

Would you send your child back to school with one of those “MY MOMMY SAID… kind of message to the teacher?

          OR 

Would you wait for your child to come back with the same complaints for the 5th or 8th time before taking some overdue actions? 
Well, it could be a sensitive issue that requires a sensitive approach, so knowing what to do is very important, but firstly, in handling a situation as delicate as this, there is one thing to consider: Teachers are seen as a representation of us parents, as they too have the capacity to be caring, dedicated and well -trained in ways of making impacts on their pupils. With that said, here are actionable steps you can take in order to  attend to a situation whereby your child comes reporting his or her teacher for maltreating him /her. 


FIND OUT MORE

The first and most important thing to do when you get such complaints from your child is to ask questions. Dont be a parent who shoots first and asks questions later. Always be patient to know what the matter really is before taking any action. Sometimes it may seem like the teacher actually did something bad to your child based on how your child communicate it to  you, but it isnt always like that, as the child might have communicated to you poorly, or you might just have misunderstood your child’s communication. 
For example:

A child comes home and says to her mother MOMMY, EVERYBODY IN MY CLASS  HATES ME”. 

Obviously that’s not possible, but it’s something you should not let pass either, rather your attention as a parent should be, WHAT COULD HAVE POSSIBLY TRANSPIRED FOR YOUR CHILD TO HAVE SUCH WRONG NOTIONS?”, So whether it’s true or not, it requires the parent’s attention. 


EMPATHIZE MORE

Try to empathize with your children. This is more like an encouragement you give to them if such complaints come to you, especially if you know your childs teacher very well and you both are always communicating about your child’s progress, youd know that he or she was, most likely, only trying to bring out the best in your child. What you should do is; let your children know that there is something great inside of them and their teachers are only trying to help bring out that greatness from within them. 

Step 2 would be to inform the teacher; and with that information, the teacher can work better with your child as a tip off has been made of your child’s state of mind. 

STRAIGHTEN THINGS OUT

At this point, you should try to make your child see from the teachers perspective, and you explain that the teacher would have only meant well for him or her. Having heard the complaints of your child, try not to say negative things about the teacher. Saying such things about teachers in  the presence of  children is bad for everyone involved; your child inclusive, as your child loses respect for the teacher. Try to make them understand that teachers are to be respected, listened to and obeyed. 


SCHOOL POLICIES

Some schools have policies about situations as these. If after more findings you still have strong reasons to believe your child is being maltreated, abused or threatened in any form or way, as a parent it’s your duty to pursue further by presenting your case to the authorities of the school your child attends for further investigations or recommendations.

​HEALTHY EATING  

Eating healthy can be tasking , most especially when you are always on the go. The need for our kids to eat healthy and stay healthy can be hectic but we can actually make it easy by doing the following:


As parents, our schedules could be pretty hectic but we can create time for family meals, especially during weekends. Then use the opportunity to try out new and healthier meals.


Encourage your kids to eat healthy by eating healthy meals yourself. When you constantly eat junk food, your kids would love to do the same. Let them see you eat healthy food  and have talks with them regularly about the importance of eating healthy. 


You can actually get them involved in the choice of food by going shopping with them and teach them how to pick out nutritional food. 


Always have a supply of healthy foods. Food served for snacks and meals will always be healthy if your supply is healthy. Introduce a variety of healthy snacks for them to choose from. 


Limit sugary drinks and  fast food, but you could make it a once-in-a-while food so that your chidren don’t feel deprived. 


Let’s help them create habits that can lead to a lifetime of healthy living.

Find below an INFOGRAPHIC about how much calories your child requires daily

​DJ Focus #igslekki #kelvindoe #radio

Kelvin Doe (born 26th  October, 1996 in Freetown), also known as DJ Focus, is a Sierra Leonean engineer. He is known for teaching himself engineering at the age of 13 and building his own Radio Station in Sierra Leone, where he plays music and broadcasts news under the name “DJ Focus.” He was one of the finalists in GMin’s Innovate Salone Idea Competition, in which Doe built a generator from scrap metals. Doe would constantly use discarded pieces of scrap to build transmitters, generators and batteries as well.

​IS YOUR CHILD DEVELOPING A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP SKILL? #igslekki 

Children need to learn how to handle different kinds of people, especially when dealing with their friends. It’s needful for us as parents to teach them how to handle “unfriendly” friends. The relationship they build as children form a pattern for them in their future relationships, even to some extent,  their choices of husbands or  wives. 
From time to time, engage in conversations with your children about their friends. Without being too fussy or intrusive, ask them how they feel about their friends  or what they have observed about them. Help your children know and understand that there are some relationships that can go  toxic and such should be avoided. 
Encourage your child to have a wide variety of “GOOD” friends; they could be from school, church, relatives or the neighbors, so when they get into higher institutions, they would most likely know how to get along with different people, with various backgrounds and be diplomatic in their dealings with them. 
As parents we won’t always be right there in helping our children choose their friends, a better way is to equip them with the right moral standards to influence their decisions when it comes to choosing friends on their own. 

​ENCOURAGING AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE.  #igslekki

The concept of gratitude will  be meaningless to many children if it is not constantly practiced. The challenge for today’s parents is making the act of gratitude an everyday experience, right from when their children  are over a year. Encourage and teach them to be grateful for everything, early in their childhood. It is good to start early so that the act of gratitude is habitual before they become teens. 

As parents, when we show gratitude in our daily activities, our children will naturally copy us and grow up noticing that gratitude is important in life. Children tend to copy what they see adults do, so when we value others, they will do the same. Help them see the positive side in any situation. As they see their parents being thankful always, the positive energy flows toward them. 
Teach your children to give and share what they have. Teach them the importance of the happiness that comes from sharing. Create opportunities for them to see and know what less privileged children go through. This will have a positive effect on them. They’ll be thankful for what they have and look after what they possess. 
Teach them how to say thank you always to others and expressing joy when others go out of their way to help them, the simplest way to do this is telling them “Thank you” whenever they are done with an errand or chore.
Help your children become the best they can be, morally.

​TEACH YOUR CHILD HOW  TO MAKE GOOD FRIENDSHIP  LAST. #igslekki 

Friendship is like a  planted bean seed, after planting the seed, you water it and let it grow. The seed may wither no matter what you do to make it grow, or it could grow into a beautiful plant that would later bear precious fruits. This analogy says a lot about how we build and keep good friendship. So, teach your children the same. 
Help your children to understand the following:

If there’s someone in your school whom you would love to be friends with , do not be afraid, walk up to the person with a beautiful smile on your face and start a conversation. You can begin by introducing yourself to that person. You should also give honest answers when asked questions about yourself, and feel free to ask questions too, as this is a great way to know your friends.
Let your child know that  friendship is not just about taking,  but also given,  so when they see another pupil who is too shy to talk with others to make friends, they can go over to the person and introduce themselves,  ask friendly questions and help the person feel better. 
Children should understand that making friends isn’t that hard. It could be as easy as always having a smile on one’s face. A genuine smile just has a way of easily having older children get  drawn to you.
In other to make and keep good company, teach your children to speak respectfully to their peers, because being rude and boastful will only make  others avoid being around you.
It is very important children maintain good and healthy relationship.  Even as kids, a positive social life with their peers brings a balance in their total well-being. Most children who become bullies were just children who couldn’t find any other way to make friends apart from causing other to feel worse than they feel.
So, after your child returns from school and he is well rested after a meal, ask him or her how the school was, what they did, etc. Listen to their replies.  Get to know the names of his or her class mates, understand their facial expressions and reactions, and you will be able to tell the friends he spends most of his or her time with. Some parents may even go an extra mile to know the child and his or her parents and build a relationship from there. This will make both kids to keep that good relationship even after school. 
In conclusion, if for whatever reason your child is yet to make good friends, don’t forget to always remind him or her by saying “I LOVE YOU. YOU ARE SPECIAL.”