Teaching the Children through Astronomy

Children AstronomyAstronomy is perhaps the best science for teaching children. Astronomy-themed learning projects can help teach children not only astronomy but many subjects–reading, writing, math, history, geometry, chemistry, art, photography, etc. Almost any area of knowledge can be integrated into a children’s astronomy class or workshop.

Children are not only learning the fascinating subject of astronomy that has engaged children of all ages for centuries–the solar system, the planets, the stars, the nebula, the comets, the galaxies, the spaceships and space marvels, the telescopes–but astronomy can be the coordinating art and science.

There are many children’s astronomy websites online and also books that include experimental projects, data research projects, telescope projects (including “make your own telescope”). Astronomy can also teach children how to think and analyze. Writing can be taught via keeping astronomy journals.

Other children’s astronomy websites can be easily found via your favorite search engine. Astronomy-oriented toys, “space toys” and science kits are available. Also calendars, posters, print. Children can be encouraged to design their own posters and art prints, their own “astrographics.” There are also telescope stores that have novice telescopes for young astronomers.

As for astronomy software, there are wide ranges of astronomy software which can be educational. Some of this software is especially designed for children can also be found online. Again, children can be encouraged to create their own stickers, coloring books, and computer graphics and astronomy and space clip art.

So when teaching children art, writing, math or any subject, think astronomy, which has engaged children of all ages for ages.

Make the Children Interested On Eating Healthy Snacks

It is every parents dream to see that their children are like to eat healthy and nutritious foods or snacks. When parents are making healthy snacks for kids, they’re not only supporting the children health and growth, but also so their kids will develop good eating habits. Therefore the children are able to love and enjoy eating healthy foods in their life and lower their liking for unhealthy snacks.

Many parents have difficulties in persuading their children to eat the healthy snacks that they have made. Unfortunately most of this problem is caused by the parent’s treatments regarding to the children’s food itself. Parents tend to treat and assume that children will act and behave as the adult regarding to their foods. So, when their kids are reluctant to eat the foods, most parent are simply just pull out their authority and ordering their children to eat the foods and use the phrase “eat your food” or “it is good for you”.

It will be better if parents are able to come up with better strategy to attract the children appeal for the healthy foods. To help parents preparing and make healthy snacks for kids there are two basic requirements.

Of course the first requirement is the healthy ingredients for snacks itself. Fresh and natural food ingredients such as milk, honey, vegetables and fruits are the best options for this. Even the fresh meats will be much healthier compare to those meat products that are sold in various fast food places or processed foods in many stores.

The second requirement is the foods appearance or presentation. The combination of color, shapes and size are the main keys to attract children interest for the food and with the small sizes will make the foods are easier to eat for the children. This method will stimulate the kid’s imagination and make them feel excited to eat the foods. Many processed food manufacturers use this strategy to make children become interested in their product such as animal shaped chicken nuggets or various shape cereal (many of them even have various colors).

So rather than forcing the children to eat healthy foods and snack, wouldn’t it be better if parents could make their children interested to eat those foods on their own will?

Inflated Levels of Self Esteem in Children

Inappropriately high levels of self esteem may be worse that low levels. Levels of self esteem that are too high lead children to believe that they are more important than anyone else, and that they should never be frustrated by work or challenges in life. It leads young people to believe that they should always have their way.

An inflated level of self-esteem ultimately discourages children and teens from learning how to work hard, and sometimes leads into criminal behavior. Anti-social and criminal behavior is fueled by the criminal believing that his wants and needs are more important than the needs, wants, or rights of others.

Inflated levels of self-esteem also are directly at odds with the development of one’s spirituality and relationship with God. After all, who needs to develop a relationship with God when he believes that he is more important, or intelligent, or more powerful than God? People are cheated in every important aspect of their lives, emotionally, socially, and spiritually, when their sense of self-esteem is inflated.

So how can we instill appropriate levels of self-esteem in our children? Briefly, here are few key thoughts.

Change your perception of life from “self-esteem” to “self-confidence.” There is a difference as wide as the sea. To “esteem” someone, including one’s self, involves feelings of “reverence” or “awe” or “honor” or “glory.”

Do not get carried away with trying to make our kids feel good about themselves by starting to ascribe to them positions of honor normally reserved for Presidents and Kings, and perhaps for God. The majority of our society’s problems are caused by people thinking that they are more important than anyone else in the world. This is not something that we really want to encourage in our children, or in ourselves.

 

Instead we do want to encourage self-confidence. This attribute becomes especially powerful and beautiful when paired with the virtue of self-control. Raise your children to have these two character traits, and you will have wonderful and successful children.