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  • Empathy in Action: How to Raise Your Eight-Year-Old to Treat Others With Compassion

    Compassion means we care about others, treat them with kindness, and feel a strong desire to help people in need. Compassion is empathy in action. For an eight-year-old, compassion might look like giving a hug, making a card, or saying something kind to help a friend or family member who is feeling sad or upset. It can also look like reaching out to a peer who has been left out – or hearing about a community need and wanting to do something to help others, even if they do not know them.

  • Encouraging Kids to Enjoy Nature With All of Their Senses

    For children five and six years old, running, yelling, leaping, tumbling, swinging and generally being boisterous and silly are what the outdoors are all about. Just being outside — especially when the space is unbounded with unexpected sights — can be a sensory overload. And for caregivers, it can be a challenge to slow the pace of their play when you want them to fully experience what nature has to offer.

  • Encouraging Kids to Exercise

    When most adults think about exercise, they imagine working out in the gym on a treadmill or lifting weights.

    But for kids, exercise means playing and being physically active. Kids exercise when they have gym class at school, during recess, at dance class, while riding bikes, or when playing tag.

  • Encouraging Optimism in Children

    “I’ll never be able to ride a bike! I’m just no good at anything!” your child says as he throws down the bike and drops to the ground in a sulk.

  • Essential Social Skills to Help Your Child Find Success

    When my children were toddlers, we spent a lot of time grappling with two ideas. First, that you can’t get what you want all the time. And second, that what you do has an impact on the world around you.

  • Every Child Is a Reader (Even If They Can’t Yet Read the Words)

    In early September, my first grader sat on her bed thumbing through a picture book that was way above her reading level. “I’m reading this book all by myself, mommy! I’m reading the pictures. My teacher says that’s one way to read a book.”

  • Fats and Your Child

    As with carbohydrates in recent years, fats have been wrongly accused of being "bad." Too much fat can be a bad thing, but certain kinds of fat are actually good for us and are an important part of a healthy diet.

    About Fat

    Fats are nutrients in food that the body uses to build nerve tissue (including the brain and nerves) and hormones. The body also uses fat as fuel. If fats eaten aren't burned as energy or used as building blocks, they're stored by the body in fat cells. This is the body's way of thinking ahead: By saving fat for future use, the body plans for times when food might be scarce.

  • Fire Safety

    Would you know what to do if a fire started in your home? Would your kids? Take the time now to review fire safety facts and tips so your family will be prepared in the event of a fire emergency in your home.

  • Gun Safety

    Guns are a very real danger to children, whether you own one or not. That's why it's important to talk to kids about the potential dangers of guns, and what to do if they find one.

    If you do keep a gun in the house, it's vital to keep it out of sight and out of reach of kids. The gun should be kept locked and unloaded, and the ammunition should be stored separately.

  • Helping Kids Communicate With One Another

    Two preschoolers sit in the sandbox digging and chatting. From a distance, they appear to be talking nonstop. A few minutes into this “conversation”, however, one child appears upset and moves away from the other child. When that child follows him, he yells, “Stop talking to me!” His friend bursts into tears and runs from the scene.

  • helping kids handle worry

    Kids don't have to pay bills, cook dinners, or manage carpools. But just like adults  they have their share of daily demands and things that don't go smoothly. If frustrations and disappointments pile up, kids can get stressed or worried.

    It's natural for all kids to worry at times, and because of personality and temperament differences, some may worry more than others. Luckily, parents can help kids learn to manage stress and tackle everyday problems with ease. Kids who can do that develop a sense of confidence and optimism that will help them master life's challenges, big and small.

  • Helping Our Children Love Their Differences

    As a former early childhood teacher and parenting educator, I’ve heard countless conversations between children and the important adults in their lives that have given me a window into their unique life experiences.

  • Helping Teens Become Responsible Adults

    Through support, guidance and positive parenting, you can help your teenager develop into a responsible adult. The teenage years teach your young adult how to face hardships, overcome obstacles, and learn from mistakes and poor decisions. Targeted parenting techniques help you mold your teens into successful adults.
  • Helping Your Child Adjust to Preschool

    Preschool offers many benefits  it can be a great place for kids to interact with peers and learn valuable life lessons such as how to share, take turns, and follow rules. It also can prepare them for kindergarten and beyond.

    But going to preschool does come with its fair share of emotions, for both the parent and the child. For a kid, entering a new preschool environment filled with unfamiliar teachers and kids can cause both anxiety and anticipation. Parents might have mixed emotions about whether their child is ready for preschool.

    The more comfortable you are about your decision and the more familiar the setting can be made for your child, the fewer problems you and your little one will encounter.

  • Helping Your Four Year Old Express Gratitude

    Gratitude involves both feeling and expressing our thankfulness; it means we show our appreciation for others. According to the Harvard Healthbeat, “Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

  • Homework Help: 4 Tips for Parents on How to Make Homework Fun

    With the competitive, not to mention stressful, academic environment today, more and more kids are experiencing difficulty keeping up with the demands of the school. Experts say that one of the primary reasons why students, especially the younger ones, get tired or bored is that they are given lots of assignments without knowing where to get help with their homework.

  • Household Safety: Preventing Choking

    Putting things in their mouths is one of the ways that babies and small children explore their worlds. Choking is usually caused by food, toys, and other small objects that can easily lodge in a child's small airway — anything that fits can be a danger.

    Pay special attention to the following to protect your kids from choking:

  • How and Why to Teach Your Kids to Help with Household Chores

    Other animals don’t have to do household chores, but in nature, purposeful play is typical. When a kitten pounces on a ball of wool, it’s learning vital skills for its future survival as a hunter. Puppies chasing their own tails are developing motor skills and spatial awareness. A bird stretching its wings in the nest is preparing for flight.

  • How Mindfulness Can Help Kids and Parents Weather Emotional Storms

    A couple of weeks ago, I let my five-year-old son stay up late to watch a big game on TV with the family. Sometime around 8pm, the mixture of excitement and exhaustion overwhelmed his system. He lost it.

  • How Not to Reinforce Negative Behavior With Kids

    To parent successfully, determine the behaviors you want from your kids and then deliberately encourage those behaviors. Along those same lines, don't inadvertently reinforce undesired, negative behaviors. This conscious maneuvering can help your child learn your expectations and perform accordingly.