Choosing Educational Toys For Your Kids

The main word that is in every kid’s mind is the word play. Toys are for them a fascinating world and you as parents are forced not only by your role, but also by your adorable little creatures to buy them some – at least- of the games they want, in order to enhance their entertaining times, but also their learning status. Toys do not have only a fun purpose, but in most cases they are an ideal way to promote the further development of your kids, enriching and encouraging their social and cognitive abilities.

The choice of the right toy that can stimulate the kid’s ability to understand easily the world that opens ahead of him is completely up to you as parents. It is important to understand that it is a crucial time for your kids’ development and try to create the most beneficiary and advantageous ambiance possible both for their mental and psychological growth. It is not difficult to create this environment, choosing the right games and toys, because these can have a really big impact on their education and overall intellectual atmosphere.

The most important thing you need to take under consideration is the specific abilities and weaknesses of you r kid. Not everyone has the same capabilities and interests, and not everyone needs the same amount of boosting, especially when it comes to some educational issues. It can be tricky at the beginning to recognize the special abilities of your kids, and more importantly to admit their limitations or problematic areas but if you do so effectively you can certainly choose the best for them and their personal growth. It is highly recommended to be in close interaction with them so as to observe and acknowledge everything you need.

If you are a bit hesitant or even confused on what you should really check when buying educational toys for your kids, here are some ideas for you. It is really important to keep some things in mind:

First of all you need to make sure that toys are safe, because safety comes first in any case. A durable and childproof toy is the best option, especially if your kid is still small.

The best toys are the ones that are easy to use, because if they are too complicated your kids might lose their interest really fast and stop enjoying the new toy, despite the fact that you paid a lot for it. Find the toy that fits your kids’ style and more importantly their interests, because that can be really determinative in convincing your kids to play with the particular toy.

Choose toys that enhance the social skills of your kids encouraging them to play either with you or their friends. Cooperation and healthy competition is something that they need to learn from a young age.

Always keep in mind that no matter how educational a toy is, if it’s not fun it won’t have the desired result. Always make sure that the toys feature the same amount of educational and fun levels.

Black Education – A Lit Candle in Darkness

Black education among slaves was illegal, period. Slave holders could not risk slaves discovering documents like the Declaration of Independence or the United States Constitution. For most slave holders, even allowing slaves to learn to read the bible seemed too risky to allow. Can you imagine? Brilliant black minds trapped for nearly 300 years by laws and attitudes that considered them subhuman and too feeble-minded to learn anyway.

By the time slavery ended in 1865, black people were desperate for education. They wanted to learn from anyone they could. John Hope Franklin gives an excellent account of this in his book, From Slavery to Freedom. Makeshift schools sprang up, taught by anyone who had even the most rudimentary levels of reading and writing. Classes were jam packed with former slaves of all ages.

Most of the four million former slaves remained in the South on the same plantations where they had been slaves. Without land, shelter, food, extra clothing, education or even a general sense of where they were in the county or parish, for most, staying put seemed the intelligent thing to do, especially with white vigilante groups looking for loose blacks to kill out of spite for having lost the war. It is easy to see that in this environment even a makeshift school was dangerous. Being a black teacher at one of these schools, for many, was fatal.

Beginning in 1865, for nearly three years, the federal government did assist former slaves after the war through the Freedmen’s Bureau. By 1868, however, federal funding for the bureau was stripped to its barest minimum, struggling along until 1872 when it ended. According to Dr. John Hope Franklin, “By 1870, when educational work of the bureau stopped, there were 247,333 pupils in 4,329 schools.” The Bureau had spent nearly $5 million on educating former slaves, establishing institutions like Howard University and Fisk University, but this was not nearly enough. Former slaves were left to educate themselves the best way they could under extremely harsh conditions. The Compromise of 1877, in order to settle the dispute over the U.S. presidency, allowed for the governmental withdrawal of U.S. troops from the South in exchange for officially electing Rutherford B. Hayes as president. The troops had helped to protect former slaves from vengeful whites. Without the troops, segregation laws and fiendish practices of law enforcement quickly spread throughout the South.

Despite the threats of violence, blacks continued to risk their lives to become educated. Most black communities had no funding, meaning they were free to create their own curricula. Quite often this included oral histories passed down throughout slavery from memories of Africa. Yet, we must not forget the power of self-hatred that nearly 300 years of slavery had taught. Nor should we forget the power of the forbidden — books. The only book that most blacks had was the bible and it was sacred. For them, did this mean that all books were sacred regardless of what was in them, including words that proclaimed their African memories as lies?

In order to establish legitimate facilities for educating black people, funding had to come from somewhere and with it came a curriculum already in place, bleached of African contributions to civilization. From that point on, a systematized, Western curriculum, dominated by white interpreters, became the standard for black education as it remains today.