Tag: reading
Let´s do a Play
January 21, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Kids love theatre. In fact, they can spend hours pretending, role-playing and imitating real situations, learning how to adopt gestures, voices and vocabulary. It´s their way of learning. If we, as parents and educators, encourage them to tell their own stories or use existing plays for children, we´ll build their interest for drama and help them develop longer attention spans, increase their memory skills, enjoy teamwork and encourage them to make decisions. Today we´ll talk about the benefits of drama.

Technology and Kids: 6 ways to disconnect
December 19, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

New technologies provide many benefits to our children. Today, there are innumerable apps that are created to stimulate their learning process and are broken down into different subjects such as math, languages, art, etc. They also serve as great tools to increase their reading skills and self esteem as children have to face challenges. With all these advantages, why are we told they shouldn’t use tablets, smartphones or computers so often? Like all other aspects of life, it´s not good to spend too much time on one thing as it could provoke addiction, sleeping disorders and a lack of social skills. Our mission as parents should be to teach our children to use technology in moderation. So how do we do it? Keep reading to discover 6 ways to disconnect.

Illustrator Mónica Carretero, our Wishmaker of the month!
November 26, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Our Wishmaker of the month, Mónica Carretero, is a writer and illustrator of books for children. She spent part of her career working as a graphic designer and later opened a coffee shop called ‘Zarzamora’, but drawing, was always her ultimate passion and goal. When she turned 29, she decided to dedicate herself to illustration and she found what was to become her true path. She currently writes for Cuaderno de Viaje and has already published several children books such as ‘Clucky the Hen’, ‘Roly Polies’ and her collection of illustrated Handbooks…’. Now, this award-winning author and illustrator says, “it´s not easy but you should never give up.” At Famosa we´ve had the honour to commission her to create a story book for Juegorama 2014, which you will soon be able to download from the website and our blog.  Monica gives hope and joy through her drawings and invites children to imagine many more. Like she told us in her interview: “Children turn a story into many more.”

Should children believe in fairy tales?
November 24, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Fairy tales teach children about the world they live in and what people are really like. Fairy tales speak about important issues such as knowing who we are and what the consequence of our behaviour entails. They do not however offer concrete solutions. Instead, children must rely on their imagination in order to decide how to apply the lesson in their own life.  Fairy tales use the same language as children do and adopt their way of thinking about the world, which in turn makes children learn, in an attractive and easy way. But, how do children benefit from them?

Juegorama 2014: How Toys are Made
November 18, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Juegorama, the annual study on children and toys, conducted by Famosa, is about to be see the light. Like each year, Juegorama provides significant information, which you shouldn´t miss as a parent. The 2014 edition however marks a special date as it celebrates its 5th anniversary. The chosen topic this year is: How Toys are Made, unveiling the entire process from an initial idea all the way until it reaches our children´s hands. Have you ever wondered how toys are made?

10 Experiments that will Make your Kids Love Science
November 6, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Children are young scientists at heart. They see the world with innate curiosity, which is precisely what they need in order to learn. A recent study at the University of California proves that kids think much in the same way as scientists. When it comes down to tackling a problem, they formulate hypothesis, make causal inferences and learn by observation and trial and error. However, when they get to school, everything changes. British scientist Phillip Ball, author of the book Curiosity. How Science Became Interested in Everything believes that science, at school, is taught with answers instead of questions. And this is one of the reasons why children lose interest. If you want your children to keep loving science, their learning should be centred on curiosity and creativity. And what better way to spark their interest than experimenting at home?

Mommy, where do babies come from?
October 30, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

This question is one that many parents get all nervous about: “Mommy, Daddy where do children come from?” It normally catches us off guard and the easiest thing to do is continue with the myth that children are delivered by storks or tell them what they told us: the story about the birds and the bees. But really, if we don´t confront the facts, our children will discover we´ve lied all along and might stop trusting us. Only when we speak openly to our children, since they are young, will they come to us for advice or when they are in doubt during their teenage years. The key is to become trustworthy and create good communication with your children. It might sound easy but it does get complicated once you are faced with reality. So, here are some expert tips and advice on the subject.

10 apps that kids will have fun being scared with this Halloween
October 22, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Halloween is right around the corner, a day in which children actually have fun getting scared. Houses get filled with frightening pumpkins, bats and rats. If you want to actually know the origin of these traditions, go ahead and read the article we published here: Best Toys for Halloween. It even offers ideas on how to celebrate it.  Another option is making use of some fun phone apps. Here are 10 Halloween applications that will boost your children’s creativity, attention span and motor skills.

8 things teachers want from parents
October 7, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Communication between teachers and parents is key when it comes to educating our children, as we cannot expect them to be the only ones that hold that responsibility. A study, published by the NEA (National Education Association) proved that when parents are involved in their children´s day-to-day activities at school, their grades, behaviour and emotional well being improves. Remember that education begins at home. We have nailed down the 8 basic things that teachers want from parents.

Homework after School?
September 25, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

School has changed tremendously in the last decades but there is one thing that hasn´t: homework. While there are those who think it´s normal for their children to spend their entire afternoon studying and reading, some researchers believe it shouldn´t be enforced. There are those who think that homework is indeed positive but there´s way too much.  We´ve been following this interesting debate so you can decide what is best for them. Should there be homework after school?