Life is full of uncertainties. We can hardly assume what is coming beforehand. As a parent, it would be wise to start preparing our kids to learn some life skills so they can face the challenges life throws upon them. You may think that teaching kids life-skills can demand a considerable amount of time, effort, and patience. But why don’t you utilize the quarantine period for this endeavor? If your kids are taught some life-skills besides homeschooling, it will keep those young minds engaged in minimizing their boredom. Here goes some basic life skills to teach your children during Coronavirus home quarantine.
Every day we wake up with a new opportunity to restart our life. To make the best out of each day, it is essential to know how to manage the time. Your kid may know how to watch the clock for telling time but don't necessarily know the techniques of time measurement.
You can start by teaching your kid to organize a day on the basis of priorities, such as starting the day with brushing their teeth. You can set a ‘Timer’ to schedule a definitive amount of time to complete a task, like taking shower, putting on clothes/shoes, having breakfast, watching TV, cleaning a room, playing with toys, etc. Learning a verbal countdown can make your kid feel the flow of time.
However, beware of over-scheduling the life of your kid or teaching them to live by the continually ticking clock. Rather you can make it fun by setting rewards for completion of tasks on time. The more enjoyable you make time management for your kids, the more effective it will be to make them understand the significance and proficiency of time management.
Depending on age, you can teach your kid the value and importance of money. It will make them win the war against money in later life. Saving coins and money in a clear jar can be a nice start. It would be easier for the kids to learn money budgeting if they can understand that nothing is free in this world except parents’ love.
However, lecturing can hardly make a kid understand the money matters. Instead, you can apply some simple tricks. For instance, while buying a toy for your kid, encourage him to spend some cash from his own savings. You can also teach your kid about opportunity cost, in a way that if he gets the toy, he misses the chance to buy his favorite chocolate box.
When a kid gets free money from parents they may take it for granted. So you can give them money in the guise of rewards for completion of small tasks like organizing the bookshelf, watering plants, etc. Remember, your kids are observing your money spending behavior. Try to set a good example for them regarding how to spend money wisely being neither spendthrift nor parsimonious.
To make your kid learn to respect every job whether small or big, you can engage them in household tasks. Considering the age of the kid, you can teach it doing simple chores like separating dirty laundry, ironing clothes, washing dishes, cleaning a room, sewing Buttons, making breakfast, gardening, etc. Learning how to do these tasks will not only make your kid grow up as a self-dependent individual but also enable him to handle situations skilfully in the moment of necessity.
However, don’t pressurize your kid to undertake any job. Alternatively, you can teach the kid doing household chores in the way of asking for a helping hand. To make the kid feel proud of his ability to do the task, you can follow some innovative techniques like setting challenges or offering some incentives. For instance, if your kid can do the dishes, you will cook his favorite food, etc. Not to mention, rethink the associated safety risk of your kid before teaching him a bit tough chores, like sewing, cooking, etc.
Proficient communication skills are the doorway to success in both personal and professional life. It behooves upon the parents to start training a kid with good communication skills from childhood. Kids with poor interaction skills can hardly share their problems with near ones and tend to suffer from anxiety, frustration, or aggravated mental health issues. Developing personal interaction skills is considered a healthy social-emotional ability. It will make your kid able to understand, interact, and communicate with people more effectively within and beyond the family.
Your kid needs to be taught some life-skills like talking on points, perspective-talking, smart handling to criticism/ mocking, etc. You can set a topic and ask the kid to make a speech on it. You can also encourage your kid to judge an issue from a different viewpoint. Such small but encouraging initiatives can help your kid build up the ability of powerful communication. Reading the social cues, listening to other people’s voices, and making proper responses can make your kid smart enough to face the competitive world waiting outside the home.
Though accidents happen accidentally, precautions can minimize the level of risk. During the quarantine, you get the opportunity to teach your kid about basic life-saving skills. You can help your young kid to memorize its name, your home address, and phone number. It will help the kid return home safe, if it gets lost, unfortunately. While playing kids often get hurt, which might cause pain or blood loss. To prevent such mishaps you can train your kid how to use the first aid box.
In our daily life, kids might need to deal with some essential tools, like nail cutters, kitchen knives, matches, gardening tools, etc. Learning the safe applications of these tools would not only make your kid capable of diverse life-skills but also assure their safety. You can also organize a fire drill at home to teach your kid what to do if a flame initiates any corner of the house. Instead of getting worried or hiding inside home, teach your kid to leave the home instantly and call the fire service people as soon as possible. What is more? You can train your kid to ask for help if any unwanted incident happens when they are home alone. Teach them how to call the police, family members, or neighbors considering the gravity of the incidence.
Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in this world.” There is no alternative to reading good books, to change you in a positive way. In this article, we are going to review the popular book ‘Think and Grow Rich (1937)’ by Napoleon Hill, one of the best-selling books of all time. This book can not only help you in shaping your mindset towards success but also keep your mind engaged for a while amid coronavirus pandemic.
American self-help author Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) shook the world with his well-thought and resourceful personal-success literature. Through his writings, Hill has explained the role of personal beliefs in achieving personal success. From 1933 to 1936, Hill worked as an advisor to American President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
In the book ‘Think and Grow Rich’, Napoleon Hill focuses on how the psychological power of the brain and mind can impact upon gaining both your career achievements and personal satisfaction. Here the author has explained 13 steps to think and grow rich:
A powerful desire is rooted in two kinds of motivation: ‘pull motivation’ (when the probable outcome of your goal pulls you towards that goal) and ‘push motivation’ (when the probable harm of not taking action pushes you towards action). The author defines 5 key areas which can influence your mindset for Desire: Career, leadership, money, failure, and other person’s desire.
Any kind of success starts with Faith. According to Hill, faith can be created through repeated affirmations to our subconscious mind. To utilize ‘Faith’ as an antidote of failure you need to encourage positive emotions (like confidence, courage, desire, etc) and eliminate negative emotions (like fear, doubt, uncertainty, lack of confidence, etc) from your mind. If you believe in yourself, you can make other people believe in you.
It is told that one’s subconscious mind controls one’s life. ‘Auto-suggestion’ can directly convey your desires to your subconscious mind in the guise of resolute faith. If an individual repeats his conscious desires in a routine way, he can gain absolute control over the thoughts which can reach his subconscious mind. Thus he can exercise control over his decisions, actions, and feelings.
Hill emphasizes acquiring specialized knowledge on the specific field which can bring you a fortune. To translate your desire into career, fame, monetary, or another kind of success, it is essential to gain specialized knowledge regarding that profession, service, or product.
Imagination is a magic wand that can produce and shape your ideas. In this book, Hill introduces the readers with two types of imagination: Synthetic imagination (reorganizing old plans, ideas, or desires into new blend) and creative imagination (extracting ideas from infinite intelligence, sixth sense, and inspirations).
If you hope to succeed but can’t take action accordingly, it won’t work. The author reminds you that every success starts with a desire, which is translated to reality by imagination, and finally gets implemented through an organized plan. However, your plan may not be perfect all the time. When the plan doesn’t work according to your expectations, accept failure, take lessons, and rebuild your plan. Quitters can never get the opportunity to cultivate success through long-term organized plans. So, don’t give up before reaching your goal.
Successful people tend to make any decision promptly. They surely know what they really want and haunt their desire whole-heartedly. It requires courage to make definite decisions. Procrastination can downplay your decision-making capacity. So, you must overcome it to achieve your goal.
Hill defines persistence as another major requisite of success. Though persistence mainly depends upon will power, it is also influenced by some other factors like precise knowledge, solid purpose, Habits, Self-reliance, the certainty of plans, staying out of negativity, accountability to encouraging people, etc. On the other hand, lack of persistence can be caused by some factors like procrastination, fear of criticism, lack of firm interest, irresolution, indifference, lack of strong desire, quitting mindset, lack of organized plans, looking for shortcuts, etc.
An individual can hardly acquire success without the power of mastermind. When a team of people helps an individual to carry out his plans, Hill calls them ‘mastermind’. It behooves you to decide who could be in your team and how could you form that team. According to Hill, the goal of a mastermind is translating knowledge into power, organizing definite purposes, and converting those plans into action.
Human’s subconscious mind connects his finite mind with infinite intelligence. Hill inspires the readers to use their subconscious minds as a medium to transmute their definite desires. If an individual fails to implant his own desires into his subconscious mind, it runs the risk of getting fed upon any negative thoughts that reach it. To gain control over the subconscious mind, Hill defines some positive emotions, like Desire, Faith, Hope, Enthusiasm, Love, etc. The author also warns about some negative emotions, like Fear, Hatred, Revenge, Envy, Greed, Superstition, and Anger.
According to Hill, every human brain serves as a station that broadcasts and receives the vibration of inner thought. The subconscious mind is the medium through which thoughts are sent to the brain. Creative imagination is the receiver tool to pick up the vibration of thoughts from the ether. When positive emotions can stimulate the vibration of thoughts, the brain becomes more receptive to those thoughts.
Hill reveals that one can understand one’s sixth sense through meditation, and development of mind from within. Once an individual can master the sixth sense, he can sense both an impending danger to avoid and probable opportunities to attain in time. The factors which can downplay your sixth sense are indecision, doubt, and fear. The fears include fear of poverty, fear of criticism, fear of ill health, fear of loss of love, fear of old age, fear of death, and vulnerability to negative influences. Now how to shield yourself from these negative forces? The solutions are constant use of willpower in achieving control over thoughts, mental immune against negative influences, finding the positive company, and controlling your subconscious mind.
As people across the globe stay home to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, the air has cleaned up, albeit temporarily. Smog stopped choking New Delhi, one of the most polluted cities in the world, and India's getting views of sights not visible in decades. Nitrogen dioxide pollution in the n ortheastern United States is down 30%. Rome air pollution levels from mid-March to mid-April were down 49% from a year ago. Stars seems more visible at night.
People are also noticing animals in places and at times they don't usually. Coyotes have meandered along downtown Chicago's Michigan Avenue and near San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. A puma roamed the streets of Santiago, Chile. Goats took over a town in Wales. In India, already daring wildlife has become bolder with hungry monkeys entering homes and opening refrigerators to look for food.
When people stay home, Earth becomes cleaner and wilder.
"It is giving us this quite extraordinary insight into just how much of a mess we humans are making of our beautiful planet," says conservation scientist Stuart Pimm of Duke University. "This is giving us an opportunity to magically see how much better it can be."
Chris Field, director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, assembled scientists to assess the ecological changes happening with so much of humanity housebound. Scientists, stuck at home like the rest of us, say they are eager to explore unexpected changes in weeds, insects, weather patterns, noise and light pollution. Italy's government is working on an ocean expedition to explore sea changes from the lack of people.
"In many ways we kind of whacked the Earth system with a sledgehammer and now we see what Earth's response is," Field says.
Researchers are tracking dramatic drops in traditional air pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide, smog and tiny particles. These types of pollution kill up to 7 million people a year worldwide, according to Health Effects Institute president Dan Greenbaum.
The air from Boston to Washington is its cleanest since a NASA satellite started measuring nitrogen dioxide,in 2005, says NASA atmospheric scientist Barry Lefer. Largely caused by burning of fossil fuels, this pollution is short-lived, so the air gets cleaner quickly.
Compared to the previous five years, March air pollution is down 46% in Paris, 35% in Bengaluru, India, 38% in Sydney, 29% in Los Angeles, 26% in Rio de Janeiro and 9% in Durban, South Africa, NASA measurements show.
"We're getting a glimpse of what might happen if we start switching to non-polluting cars," Lefer says.
Cleaner air has been most noticeable in India and China. On April 3, residents of Jalandhar, a city in north India's Punjab, woke up to a view not seen for decades: snow-capped Himalayan peaks more than 100 miles away.
Cleaner air means stronger lungs for asthmatics, especially children, says Dr. Mary Prunicki, director of air pollution and health research at the Stanford University School of Medicine. And she notes early studies also link coronavirus severity to people with bad lungs and those in more polluted areas, though it's too early to tell which factor is stronger.
The greenhouse gases that trap heat and cause climate change stay in the atmosphere for 100 years or more, so the pandemic shutdown is unlikely to affect global warming, says Breakthrough Institute climate scientist Zeke Hausfather. Carbon dioxide levels are still rising, but not as fast as last year.
Aerosol pollution, which doesn't stay airborne long, is also dropping. But aerosols cool the planet so NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt is investigating whether their falling levels may be warming local temperatures for now.
Stanford's Field says he's most intrigued by increased urban sightings of coyotes, pumas and other wildlife that are becoming video social media staples. Boar-like javelinas congregated outside of a Arizona shopping center. Even New York City birds seem hungrier and bolder.
In Adelaide, Australia, police shared a video of a kangaroo hoping around a mostly empty downtown, and a pack of jackals occupied an urban park in Tel Aviv, Israel.
We're not being invaded. The wildlife has always been there, but many animals are shy, Duke's Pimm says. They come out when humans stay home.
For sea turtles across the globe, humans have made it difficult to nest on sandy beaches. The turtles need to be undisturbed and emerging hatchlings get confused by beachfront lights, says David Godfrey, executive director of the Sea Turtle Conservancy.
But with lights and people away, this year's sea turtle nesting so far seems much better from India to Costa Rica to Florida, Godfrey says.
"There's some silver lining for wildlife in what otherwise is a fairly catastrophic time for humans," he says.
Are you scared about your kid’s education as the schools have been closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic? Nobody knows when the situation would return to the normal state, till then you can’t pause your kid’s learning process. Long gaps in the study may hamper kids’ interest in study in the long term. You may try to encourage kids in continuing their academic workouts at home but does that really help? Don’t panic! The boon of technology has advanced the homeschooling techniques to a new height. Now diverse resourceful websites are evolving with fruitful online teaching methods, creative study materials, and experienced tutors. In this article, we are going to introduce you to some renowned websites that are providing education online for kids of all ages. Stay with us!
Starting the journey on 25 January 2011, Sangsad Television has acquired a position among the top Television channels of Bangladesh. This channel is owned by the Government of Bangladesh. Unlike other TV channels of the country, Sangsad Television works exclusively for Jatiya Sangsad, the National Parliament of Bangladesh.
In the wake of COVID19 outbreak, the Government of Bangladesh has closed all schools across the country. Sangsad Television has taken a praiseworthy initiative called ‘Amar Ghore Amar School’ with the purpose of providing digital education for students from class one to ten. Students from all over the country can attain these online classes free of cost and continue their education process effectively. The latest class routines are available at http://dshe.gov.bd/.
The JAAGO Foundation is a renowned civil society organization that works for Bangladesh. Since its establishment in April 2007, JAAGO Foundation has been serving to upgrade the socio-economic status of people living under the poverty line. The JAAGO Foundation operates schools throughout the country to provide education to underprivileged children at free of cost.
To overcome the study-gap of students during the Coronavirus pandemic, JAAGO Foundation has taken an endeavor titled ‘Ghore Boshei Shikkha’. Under this benevolent initiative, JAAGO Foundation offers digital classes for students from class one to five free of cost. Click on the following link to get the latest class routine: https://jaago.com.bd/DigitalClass
With a notion to make any room a classroom, BrainPop teaches English, math, science, social studies, art, music, health, engineer technology, and many more subjects through games and exciting workouts. They have a range of standard tutors who can enlighten your kids with great care and responsibility.
Coding can advance your kid one step ahead to its future. Learning to code isn’t a nightmare anymore. Tynker.com is a resourceful website full of thousands of coding learning modules for children of different age groups like 5-7 years, 8 to 13 years, 14 and older years.
This education site offers more than ten thousands of classes for kids aged from 3 to 13 years. Kids can learn drawing, math, science or even life-saving practical lessons like how to wear a mask. You can choose classes for your kids in Outschool considering their level of skill, and/or precise interest.
Not every kid enjoys the critical concept behind a math problem. This site recommends math curricula for children aged between 8 to 13 years. Beast Academy deserves credit for making math problems much easier through their comic-book style funny illustrations, which can hone the math skills of your kid keeping them entertained.
Every child is born with a different level of learning capacity. Thanks to Khan Academy for providing the scope of personalized online education. This non-profit online school offers an array of courses including grammar, science, biology, physics, chemistry, math, history, health, etc.
Do you remember the saying ‘all work and no play make Jack a dull boy’? Certainly, a kid can’t find joy in learning academic workouts all the time. During the quarantine period, you can encourage your little ones in doing some creative things. Navigate the Creative Bug website to pick any creative class like sewing, knitting, crocheting, cooking, making jewelry, creating paper toys, etc.
If you want to teach your kid through real-word experiences visit Discovery Education. This website is enriched with science, social studies, math, and so on. Here children are provided schooling through multimedia, virtual activities, digital textbook, hands-on Lab, etc.
So far we have discussed a range of online resources that can make the homeschooling process of your kid much successful and joyous. Each site offers some free classes and/or courses. However, the advanced courses may charge you money. You can buy the paid courses through an international master card, or Google Gift Card.
- Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities. Visit https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html to enjoy this facility.
- If your kid is bored staying at home quarantine, let him/her travel the world through virtual tours. Visit https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours to go for a virtual tour to 12 famous museums.
- Do you need an awesome free curriculum to guide the homeschooling of your kid? Visit https://allinonehomeschool.com/ site. Here you can find any curriculum ranging from preschool activities to 12th grade!
- Thinking can unleash the power of creativity. Are you looking for thinking games by grade? If yes, visit https://allinonehomeschool.com/thinking/
YouTube is a great source of learning for people of any age. In this section, we will highlight several resourceful YouTube Channels that promote online learning for children of different age-groups.
Homeschooling via innovative techniques can attract kids. Here goes a list of some more amazing free learning websites that can contribute to the online learning process of your kid.
A rare species of tortoise known as 'Batagur Baska' laid 21 eggs at Tortoise Breeding Centre at Karamjal Wildlife Breeding Centre of the Sundarbans under Khulna district.
Md Azad Kabir, in-charge of the breeding centre, said Batagur Baska laid 21 eggs on Friday morning on the edge of a pond.
The eggs look like that of ducks, he said, adding that they were trying to hatch these eggs naturally by putting it on sand and supervising the temperature constantly.
It will take 65-67 days to hatch the eggs, Kabir added.
According to information from the Forest Department, Batagur Baska laid a total of 197 eggs since 2017.
Altogether 110 tortoises were hatched at the Karamjal Wildlife Breeding Centre until 2019, while three tortoises among those died in Indian and Bangladesh territories, the sources said.
The Tortoise Breeding Centre was set up in 2014 in Karamjal and eight rare tortoises of Batagur Baska species were released in a pond.
Mohammad Belayet Hossain, divisional forest officer of the Sundarbans East Zone, said there are 252 Batagur Baska tortoises at the breeding centre right now. Of them, 23, including four female ones, are adult.
Ten more tortoises of this species will be released in the Sundarbans, he added.