Tag: school
Making school fun with Barriguitas Olé Qué Cole
February 2, 2016  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Did you know that teachers are one of children´s favourite professions? It might have to do with the fact that, after their parents, teachers are the most important role models for them. Whether it´s this or just a matter of vocation, kids love to role-play at being teachers. Conscious of this, Famosa, creators of the best educational toys for children, like Barriguitas, decided to launch a very didactic and entertaining play set that will give them the chance to become a teacher! It´s called Ole Qué Cole and here we will tell you all about it!

Back to school after winter break
January 4, 2016  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Most children will be back to school soon after their winter break. But getting them prepared will requiere some work. Don´t worry, it will be well worth the time and effort. In order to avoid stressful mornings and help your kids make a smooth transition, we want to give your some tips on how to slowly change your routine. Theirs and yours.

Older siblings teach toddles to go to school
December 10, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Here, at The Toy Blog we want to help you make parenting easy and fun! One of the subjects we´ve written about frequently is the one of siblings. From how to prepare your children for a new baby at home, to preventing sibling rivalry and how to become a good older brother or sister. Today, we´d like to give you some ideas and activities that your older children can do with their younger brothers and sisters to prepare them for school with Nenuco.

6 apps to learn shapes and colours
April 28, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Did you know that learning shapes is the base for geometry and spatial reasoning? According to experts, this allows children to learn better. On the other hand, Scholastic believes that language, description, observation and experimental skills are inherent to learning colours. Two necessary and fun activities that will help our little ones to think better and understand the world they live in. Today, at The Toy Blog, we recommend 6 apps that will help them engage in activities, which revolve around shapes and colours.

5 questions about school you should ask your kids every day
November 5, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

We usually ask our children how their day went at school. Their answer varies according to the day but more often than not, we just get a simple “Good” in response.  As parents, we either insist when we hear this answer or simply let it go. But we might not be asking them the right question.  Being interested in their day-to-day activities at school, is a great way to get them motivated to talk but if we don´t teach them to express their feelings, they will probably stick to their one word answer: Good, Bad, OK… So we wanted to give you some advice on how to get  your children to give you the ins and outs of their day.

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?

Mindfulness at School
May 20, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Have you ever sat down to east and were so caught up thinking about other things, that you weren´t even aware of what it the food tasted like? What about when you´re driving? Two thirds of the same, right? You aren´t aware of the landscape, the car next to you, the change of light or temperature.  Sometimes, someone will be talking to you but your mind has gone for a spin. Most of them times you get this feeling that you´re living life on autopilot. Well, it happens to the best of us: we are not present in our own lives. We forget to see, feel and listen to what surrounds us. The bad thing about this is that we do it, our children will do. Being in autopilot is the opposite of being mindful or practising mindfulness: a tool that is increasingly more popular to reduce stress, calm the mind and have a larger capacity for enjoyment.

8 Tips for a Great Back to School
September 9, 2013  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

September has arrived and school has too. Many children feel nervous about the many changes that come about at this time of year: new teachers, new friends and, for some, even a new school.