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Before you speak, THINK: Back to School and Bullying

Many of our kids are back at school this month. This means they are back to the daily grind of making friends, doing math, reading, playing, and in some cases interacting with bullies. Now not everyone deals with bullying head-on. Some kids are being bullied, some kids are witnessing someone being bullied, and some kids are the bully.

We are not here to judge. Kids are human. They have bad days, bad weeks, and bad lives. They are immature, uneducated, and in many cases being guided improperly or not at all. So it is understandable that bullying exists in their world. It is a part of learning how to deal with emotions, other people, and the world around them. Now when it exists into adulthood is when it is an obvious problem and in many cases a choice or lifestyle.

In many cases, with kids, it can be helped or prevented. As parents, we can make our kids aware of the damage caused by bullying. The damage it causes to the victim and the bully, and to the people around them. Bullying comes in many forms, physical, emotional, and cyber are the main ones in childhood. Girls tend to stick to gossip, rumors, and leaving other people out. In today’s world, this can happen in person at school, sports, activities, neighborhoods, and on the internet. However, girls are perpetrators of physical bullying as well. Boys tend to be more physical than emotional but can use both. Combating bullying can be difficult. One of the major ways it has been found to be effectively dealt with though is addressing it before it starts. This means making sure all kids understand the results of their behavior and treatment of others.

Teachers Pay Teachers has an excellent tool for kids to address their actions before they do or say something.

THINK. 

This little acronym addresses the things you should consider before saying or doing something. It is a quick reminder to THINK before you speak.

If you have a student going back to school, or you are a teacher preparing a classroom try printing or ordering this little sign. It is an excellent reminder to try to be kind and not hurt others, even if we don’t mean to hurt them.

Here at The Boy’s Store, we hope that everyone has a safe and fun new year at school and that everyone THINK’s before they speak! Enjoy!

Melissa and Doug Toys: The Boy’s Store

Did you know that The Boy’s Store also stocks toys? We carry several Melissa and Doug toys and puzzles perfect for gifts or to add to your own collection of toys and games at home. Melissa and Doug toys are great because they are earth friendly and geared towards learning. The Boy’s Store offers several Melissa and Doug Puzzles that will help to keep your kids busy during those days they cannot go outside to play, or during quiet time at home or on the go. Check out some of the amazing puzzles we have in stock now.

Melissa and Doug Puzzles:

Construction Floor Puzzle by Melissa Doug: This floor puzzle is a favorite amongst boys that love construction vehicles. It is great for ages 3 and up, it is a 24 piece puzzle perfect for fun and learning.

World Map Floor Puzzle by Melissa Doug: Are you looking to teach your kids about the world? Geography is such an important part of learning. This puzzle will help kids gain a better understanding of the world around them.

The End of An Era Jigsaw Puzzle by Melissa Doug: Dinosaurs! Most kids are fascinated by dinosaurs. This fun puzzle gives them an idea of what dinosaurs looked like and how they might have interacted with one another.

Melissa and Doug Toys

Did you know that puzzles are an important part of learning? These are just a few of the important lessons puzzle building teaches kids:

  • Cognitive Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Hand and Eye Coordination
  • Social
  • Self Esteem

Educational Apps for Kids!

We love to work on learning at home. Although we love that our children are in school and we think they have fabulous teachers we also know that we are their teachers too, and the most important ones they will have throughout their lives. So we try to do a little bit of homework with them, we stay abreast of what they are learning in school, and we try to bring in fun and non-traditional ways of learning. We love our iPad. It has been a virtual God-send. Our children enjoy playing “games” with us on it. But what we have done is brought in games that are educational. It can be difficult to decide which are helpful and which are not, and of course no matter what it is still screen time so you may want to regulate it, but with the proper use the iPad can be a great virtual classroom. We have a few favorites that we enjoy doing and are very excited to share.

 

Math:

Disney Imagicademy Math World: add, subtract, sort, count, and learn shapes with this Disney app. All of your favorite Disney characters are here to help you and your kids play and learn to count by ones, twos, tens, and more. Subtract and add with Mickey and Donald. Learn shapes with Goofy! It is loads of fun and comes with a trial app so you don’t have to pay full price if you don’t like it.

MathBlaster: this fun arcade game lets you blast math equations, work out the sum and you get to blast away the answer. They shoot missiles at you and you must swerve and solve to thwart your enemies!

Science:

Weird but True: from National Geographic Kids comes a great app that lets you learn and interact with a list full of Weird But True facts. These fun facts are a little insane, a little quirky, and a lot of fun to learn. Your kids will enjoy learning them and sharing them.

Virtual Frog Dissection: this is really for older kids, but if you have a younger kid that is interested it is actually quite fun and informative. A great alternative to real dissection it teaches anatomy, classification, appearance, eating and living, life-cycle and more. It’s a great virtual hands on learning tool.