Educational Toys for Children to Learn and Grow

It is easy to take toys for granted, but the truth is that toys are very important for the proper development of growing children. Child care providers and educators continue to raise awareness about the importance of playtime and which toys are appropriate to help facilitate children’s physical and mental growth.

Whenever someone sees a child playing, they are seeing a child practicing life skills through play. Playing with educational toys only enhances this type of learning. In fact, educational toys are specifically designed to help develop certain skills at a certain age. Daycares, schools, and private homes are just a few places where educational toys can be found.

The first types of educational toys were created for intellectual and creative development. These toys include crayons, paints, and clay, just to name a few. It’s always fun to see where a child’s imagination takes them through creative outlets. Children love to express themselves through these types of play, and these toys often turn play into beautiful children’s works of art!

Another type of educational toy is made for sensory development. Sensory development includes improvements in sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. Sand toys, water tables, and musical instruments all help facilitate this type of learning. It’s great fun for adults to get involved in this type of game too. Children and adults alike love sensory objects and are naturally attracted to them.

Physical and muscle development is very important and is the focus of many educational toys. Bikes, blocks, and carts all help develop muscles in a growing little child. Children are surprisingly very active and this toy helps their busy bodies stay strong while keeping them safe, and this activity is fun for the whole family to enjoy to stay healthy and active.

Social development is also very important for children, and there are educational toys that have been designed to help with this development. Dress-up play, certain games, and role-playing sets can help children learn more about each other and themselves. It’s also a great way for children to learn how to express themselves and learn how they adjust to the world around them.

Some of these toys facilitate multiple development when several learning skills are put together. For example, playing dress-up improves social skills and helps children develop their fine motor skills as they learn to button clothes. Choosing toys that offer a variety of learning benefits all children who play with them.

When all these types of educational toys are given to children, children will experience play time in a way that will help them progress and develop. The balance of this type of toy is the best way to ensure its entire development. Children love playing with these toys so much that they don’t even realize how they affect their own development.

It is important for day care providers and teachers to have these types of toys to promote healthy, safe, and proven ways of learning to children of all ages. Parents can bring this type of learning into the home when they buy toys for their children that do not promote violence or other unacceptable behavior. A toy is education when something positive can be obtained from it.

It’s easy for many people to forget how important playtime with educational toys is. They offer a non-violent way for children to express themselves, promote physical and mental stimulation and awareness, and are developed by professionals to improve a child’s life. Educational toys are tools for children to stimulate the mind, develop the body, and develop imagination.

Importance of Family Business Management

Ready to be at the wheel?
March 10 and 11, 2018 gave aspiring and budding entrepreneurs an opportunity to connect and collaborate. As the best and brightest minds came together and brainstormed on on how to fuel their business growth. It is the most important aspect in any of the business. The conference at IIT Mumbai brought together the best breed of entrepreneurs, innovators, venture capitalists, business model creators, consultants, policy-makers, academicians, and business practitioners to present and discuss innovation and success under the aegis of entrepreneurship for Small and Medium Businesses.

Over the past decade or so, in the dilemma between joining family owned businesses and higher studies. The scales have been tipping towards entrepreneurship and joining family owned businesses.

Let us explore the genesis and the reason why:

The Genesis
Today, family-owned businesses account for two-thirds of the world’s businesses and generate most of the world’s economic output, employment and wealth. In many regions of the world, family companies dominate the economy. “Family-controlled firms now make up 19% of the companies in the Fortune Global 500,” states The Economist. In India alone, 67% businesses are family run. McKinsey forecasts, that by 2025,there will be more than 15,000 companies worldwide with at least $1 billion in annual revenues, of which 37% will be emerging-market family firms.

The need
There is a need for Family Business Management Programs whether you are in a successful family business or you are into a business facing challenges and trying to bring about a changeover.

Successful family business:

Successful family businesses are successful because families see important changes in their industry. Simply put, successful families are entrepreneurial. Also,families succeed because they invest in productive activities, emphasise growing assets, and consume relatively little of their wealth. These families maintain a culture that encourages family members to create things of lasting value. It’s not surprising that these families encourage entrepreneurs. Furthermore,successful families remain reasonably united, keeping supportive members loyal to one another and to the family’s mission. Over generations, as families become more diverse, it is likely that only a few relatives per generation will directly work in the business.

Outside-the-business members might still support family philanthropic efforts or social activities, and sometimes that level of involvement is enough to maintain family unity. But investing in family entrepreneurs can also keep talented members contributing to the broader family’s wealth and mission. Investing in family entrepreneurs has to be done objectively based on the feasibility of their business plans, and also fairly within the family. Even if some entrepreneurial projects don’t succeed, these investments will help you spot talent to keep your business growing. And you are sending an important message: this family is committed to creating value.

Family businesses – facing challenges
While family businesses on average are stronger performers than other types of enterprise, they face distinct challenges that need to be managed. This constraint often kills the family business.

This creates the need for a course of study in Family Business Management that helps students understand how to capitalize on the strengths, navigate the challenges, and guard against the weaknesses of the companies and the families that own them.

How is Family Business Management program different from an MBA in Entrepreneurship?
Both Family Business Management and an MBA in Entrepreneurship prepare you for setting up and gearing your own business. However, there is a subtle difference. Unlike MBA in Entrepreneurship which prepares students for a setting up a business, the Family Business Management programme is targeted at family business owners looking to sustain, scale and grow their businesses. The content and pedagogy includes concepts of entrepreneurship, business sustainability, market trends which thereby lead to portfolio expansion and business growth. The program would help you evaluate the state of your family businesses and gear you towards accelerating your business to the next level.

Colleges/Institutes for Entrepreneurial Management
Xavier School of Management (XLRI),Jamshedpur, offering a full-time six-month Post Graduate Programme for Certificate in Entrepreneurship Management (PGPCEM).

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Gandhinagar,offering a two-year, full-time, residential Post Graduate Diploma in Management-Business Entrepreneurship (PGDM-BE).

SP Jain Institute of Management and Research – Mumbai,Start Your Business Certification Program (SYB), Grow Your Business Certification Program (GYB), The Entrepreneurial Manager (TEM).

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies,Mumbai,M.B.A in Social Entrepreneurship

Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship – Bangalore, offering one year Entrepreneurial Development Programme (EDP)

Nirma Institute of Management,Ahmedabad,offering regular two-year MBA specialising in Family Business & Entrepreneurship.

Amity Business School,Noida, offering two year M.B.A in Entrepreneurship

IIM, Bangalore, specialization in Entrepreneurs & Family Businesses.

IIM Udaipur, Management Development Program for Women Entrepreneurs.

National Institute for Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development (NIESBUD), Delhi
The NIESBUD is an apex institute in the area of entrepreneurship and small business development under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India. It oversees the activities of various institutions and agencies engaged in entrepreneurship development, particularly in the area of small industry and small business. It also provides numerous training and development courses for budding entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Making the right choice:
In the world of family business, the entrepreneurs we celebrate are usually founders of companies. If you wish to be a founder of a company, start your new venture and learn how to navigate, go in for a pure MBA in Entrepreneurship. However, if you wish to join your family business and are supposed to take care of and grow the founder’s creation, you are not expected to be entrepreneurs but to understand and carry forward the vision of the founder,an MBA in Entrepreneurship would be more helpful.

Therefore, it is imperative that you make the right and informed choice…

Are these mutually exclusive?
If this makes you think that family business management programs are incompatible to entrepreneurship. The reason is because they are for students who are in family businesses that are usually tradition-bound, multi- generational. Let me tell you, we need to blur the lines here. The family businesses need to be more entrepreneurial. They need to pass on the entrepreneurial mindset and capabilities. To create new streams of wealth across many generations- not just pass the business on from one generation to the next. We need to come up with the concept of ‘family entrepreneurship’. When a leadership transition occurs in a family business, the new generation of leadership should be careful to maintain and build on the networks and knowledge of the former leaders, while expanding their own networks. This will insure that the business can continue to be entrepreneurial into the future.

Strategies to Become The Best Educator

4 Strategies to Become a Transformative Educator

I don’t believe that many instructors deliberately consider the need to make the transformation from working as an instructor to functioning as an educator. When someone is hired to teach a class, someone other than a traditional college professor, they often learn through practice and time what works best in class. There will likely be a classroom audit and recommendations made for continuing professional development.

Gradually the typical instructor will become an educator as they seek resources to help improve their teaching practice. However, I have worked with many additional online instructors who rely on their subject matter expertise alone and don’t believe there is any reason to grow as an educator.

For anyone who wants to be an engaging and transformative educator, there are strategies that can be applied.

Strategy #1: Transform Through Developing Your Instructional Practices

While any educator can learn through time at work, it is possible to be intentional about this growth. There are many online resources, publications, workshops, webinars, and professional groups that allow you to learn new methods, strategies and practices. There are also social media sites like LinkedIn and Twitter that allow the exchange of ideas and resources within a global community of educators.

You can also use self-reflection as a tool to measure your effectiveness. I have found that the best time to review my instructional practice occurs immediately after class. That’s when I can assess the strategies I’ve used and determine if they’re effective. Even reviewing end-of-course student surveys can provide insight into my students’ perspectives as to whether or not each submitted survey was positive. Students tend to submit survey responses either when they are happy or very unhappy about the course. Either way, I can learn something about what my students experience during class.

Strategy #2: Transform Through Developing Your Academic Skills

I know from my work with online faculty development this is a development area that many educators can use. However, it is often seen as a low priority until it is recorded in a classroom audit. If an educator has weak academic writing skills, it will impair his ability to provide comprehensive feedback to students.

For online instructors, this has a greater impact when posted messages contain errors with spelling, grammar, and formatting. The development of academic skills can be done through the use of online resources or workshops. Many of the online schools I work for offer faculty workshops and these are a valuable source of self-development.

Strategy #3: Transformation Through Developing Your Subject Matter Skills

Every educator has subject matter expertise they can take advantage of. The challenge, however, is to keep this knowledge up-to-date as you continue to teach for several years. The best advice I can offer is to find resources that will allow you to read and learn about current thinking, research, and best practices in your chosen field.

This is important for your instructional practice because students can easily tell if you seem up-to-date in your knowledge, or are out of date and seem out of date. Even the use of necessary textbooks or resources does not ensure that you take advantage of the most current information as knowledge develops rapidly in many fields.

Strategy #4: Transformation Through Developing Your Knowledge of Adult Learning

The final step or strategy I can recommend is to gain knowledge of adult learning theory, principles, and practice. If you’re not familiar with the basics, there are concepts you can research and include critical thinking, andragogy, self-directed learning, transformational learning, learning styles, motivation, and cognition.

My advice is to search and read online resources related to higher education and then find a subject that interests you to research further. I’ve found the more I read about topics I’m passionate about, the more I grow my interest in ongoing professional development. What you may find is that what you learn will have a positive influence on your work as an educator and it will improve all areas of your teaching practice.