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When you think of preschool, what do you envision? Are you afraid that your child is still too small to be placed in a structured environment? Does it scare you how they might cope with the separation?

Well, don’t be. Preschool can only help your child.

Children gain a lot from going to preschool because they become exposed to numbers, letters, and shapes there. But, more importantly, they develop social and emotional skills and learn how to get along with other children, to share and to contribute.

My name is Smiley, and on this blog we will share valuable information and talk about the things that matter when it comes to development and growth of your little one!

The Importance Of Moral Values In Children

Moral values are important in whatever stage of life. But most of the values we have as adults were instilled in us during our childhood years. That’s why it’s essential that we teach our children the values that we want them to have as adults.

These eight reasons outline the importance of moral values in children:

1. It Builds Their Character

Knowing good moral values such as kindness, humility, courage, and compassion at an early age builds a child’s character. It forms the very core of their being and becomes a foundation of their moral beliefs.

This is why it’s essential to start teaching them moral values while they’re still young. Those values mould them to become the person you want them to be.

2. It Helps Them Tell Right From Wrong

Children absorb everything like a sponge. When they do something wrong, and no one bothers to correct them, they’ll start to think that it’s perfectly fine to do it again. Helping them correct small mistakes and wrong doings teaches them to do the right thing when they make decisions. 

3. It Changes Their Perception Of The World

When children can tell what is right from wrong, they can also determine the good from the bad. This helps shape their perception of the world. A child who has a strong moral compass will not just stand by when an injustice is happening. They will take action to correct it in whatever way they can.

4. It Determines Their Adult Behaviour

 A famous verse from the Bible says:

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverb 22:26)

This is a reminder that the values you teach your children today will determine how they will behave when they become adults.

5. It Counters Bad Influence From Peers

It’s normal for children and young adolescents to look up to their friends. From clothing styles to music choices, peer pressure plays a significant role in these decisions.

Children who feel good about themselves are more able to resist negative peer pressure. Also, kids who grew up with strong moral foundations are more secure in themselves. They rarely feel the need to follow the trend, making them less likely to give in to bad influences.

6. It Helps Them Cope With Difficult Situations

Stressful situations can throw some of us on a downhill struggle. But it can even be more severe for children, especially those who haven’t had much adult supervision in their lives.

Teaching them to distinguish good from bad helps them make better decisions. This, in turn, gives them the courage to cope with difficult situations.

7. It Boosts Self-Confidence

Doing good things help children feel good about themselves, for example when they volunteer at a soup kitchen or donate used clothes or unwanted toys to the poor. That exhilarating feeling of being able to give back and help others is not exclusive to adults. Children feel it too. This self-affirmation helps boost their self-confidence which, in turn, helps them develop positive relationships.

8. It Teaches Them To Think About Others

Teaching kids responsibility at a young age helps them figure out their purpose in society. This will teach them to be more selfless and put the needs of others before themselves.

At the end of the day, it’s our responsibility as adults to make sure that our children become productive members of society. There’s no better time than today to mold them into reliable and responsible adults.

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Nelson Mandela Day

Did you know:

Nelson Mandela drew his inspiration from a poem.

While he was in prison, Nelson Mandela would read William Ernest Henley’s “Invictus” to fellow prisoners. The poem, about never giving up, resonated with Mandela for its lines “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.”

🇿🇦Happy Nelson Mandela Day🇿🇦

International Music Day

🎶 It’s International Music Day 🎶

What is your child’s favourite type of music? Let us know in the comments!

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Ascension Day

We hope and trust that wherever you are, you can feel the festivity and joy as we celebrate this day of Ascension when Jesus returned to His Father. Jesus went away but He never left. He is still there, taking care of us, protecting us and showering His love on us.
Have a blessed Ascension Day ✨

Age Appropriate Chores For Kids

Doing chores helps children learn about what they need to do to care for themselves, a home and a family. They learn skills they can use in their adult lives, like preparing meals, cleaning, organising and keeping a garden.

Being involved in chores also gives children experience of relationship skills like communicating clearly, negotiating, cooperating and working as a team. 😃

Here’s a list of age appropriate chores for children 🧹🪣🧺🧸🥪🛏

Language Development (2-3 Years Old)

💬 Between the ages of 2 and 3, children have a huge jump in language skills:

At age 2, most children can follow directions and say 50 or more words. Many combine words in short phrases and sentences. Children this age usually can follow two-step instructions, such as “pick up the ball and bring it to Daddy.”

By age 3, a toddler’s vocabulary usually is 200 or more words, and many can string together three- or four-word sentences. Children at this stage of language development can understand more and speak more clearly.

By now, you should be able to understand about 75% of what your toddler says. 😃

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National Book Day

Tomorrow, 23 April 2022 is National Book Day!

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At Smiley Kids we read every day!

Reading is a superpower! Not only does it unlock a world of imagination, but it brings an opportunity to learn about new things as well as share experiences.

Reading and sharing stories will:

📚 Help your child get to know sounds, words and language, and develop early literacy skills

learn to value books and stories.

📚 Spark your child’s imagination and stimulate curiosity.

📚 Help develop your child’s brain, ability to focus, concentration, social skills and communication skills.

📚 Help your child learn the difference between ‘real’ and ‘make-believe’.

📚 Help your child understand new or frightening events, and the strong emotions that come with them.

📚 Help your child learn about the world, their own culture and other cultures.

Enjoy #NationalBookDay!

https://www.worldbookday.com/share-a-story-corner/

Earth Day 🌎

🌍 What will you do to invest in a healthy and happy planet? 🌍

Our planet is an amazing place, but it needs our help to thrive! That’s why each year on 22 April, more than a billion people celebrate Earth Day to protect the planet from things like pollution and deforestation.
By taking part in activities like picking up litter and planting trees, we’re making our world a happier, healthier place to live.

Baby Talk

Listening to your baby babble is entertaining and adorable. But babbling also serves an important purpose in their overall language development.

Coming before their first words, babbling often starts around 4 to 6 months of age and continues through the first year.

You can encourage it by conversing with your baby, even though neither one of you has any idea what the other is saying, and exposing your baby to language in all its forms, including reading and singing.

Enjoy chatting with your little one! 💬😃

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