Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What to Do When Your Child Refuses to Go to School

Refusal to go to school
It can be difficult dealing with a child that just does not want to go to school. Change in routine, atmosphere and the people around them can be disconcerting and scary for them to handle all at once. This sort of big change can be scary for them and they can see the act of going to school as a negative thing. They may call school boring, saying that they don’t like their teachers, or that they don’t like the other children in class simply because its all new to them. The problem usually starts at the start of a new year for example making the transition to a new school.  An illness or the loss of a family member may also set off school refusal.  The goal is to find out why the refusal is happening to the child. Just how many children are affected is still unclear with estimates varying from 5% to 28%.  According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, this problem usually occurs in children ages 5 to 6, and again between the ages of 10 and 11.

If you are having a hard time convincing your kids to give school a try, there are some ways to do so without driving yourself crazy.

When children refuse to go to school
Presenting your child with a personalized book on the subject can easily help ease them into approaching the subject as well as encouraging them to give school a chance. “School is Fun” is a personalized story from KD Novelties that places your child in school and has them solving a mystery with their new classmates. Showing kids that school does not have to be boring or scary can help them get excited to go to school for real. Personalized books for kids on a subject that they are trying to deal with in real life has shown to help motivate kids and instill them with the confidence they need to overcome their obstacles. For instance, studies have shown that presenting a child with a book on potty training while they are learning to do so can help motivate them to keep trying and inspires them to solve their problems on their own.
 Another option is to set up a goal and reward system. If they do not wish to go to school because it is new and they have not gone yet, it can be difficult to convince them to just give it a try, but by giving them a goal and promising a reward or a treat, they might be more willing to give it a try. With this sort of incentive, kids are more likely to be willing to give school a try and be on their best behavior. During this time period, they may even grow so accustomed to school as a routine, especially after a week or two, that they may not need another incentive.

Lastly if the reward system does not work reach out to professionals for help.  Treatment providers working with kids who have school refusal will often use cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps kids learn to manage their anxious thoughts and face their fears. With therapy kids can get the chance to see that they can attend school without anxiety or fear.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Personalized Disney Books Sends Your Child On An Adventure!

Aladdin Personalized Book
There is something special about Disney stories, movies and shows. For years they have proven to be a staple favorite among kids and parents alike, many parents passing on their own favorite Disney classics from when they were children, for the next generation to love and enjoy. Everyone has their own Disney favorite, but what would make it even more special than a personalized Disney adventure?  KD Novelties offers Disney personalized children’s books that puts kids at the very heart of their favorite Disney stories, from Aladdin to the Lion King, Pocahontas, 101 Dalmations to Winnie the Pooh, and many more of your favorites.

Films can be watched over and over again, but these memorable books can offer something a little more special with each re-reading. These personalized Disney books includes the child’s very own name, their hometown, the names of friends and relatives, and even a personalized message from the gift giver. Most kids have a favorite Disney movie or film, but these stories can become even more special when they can find themselves at the heart of the tale in one of these personalized books.

Pocahontas Personalized Book
Personalized books have proven to be an effective method when it comes to encouraging kids to read. When they see that they are the star of the story, their curiosity is piqued. This positive effect can multiply if you include kids in a story featuring some of their favorite and most beloved characters and stories.  Books that feature kids and their interests are proven to incite a desire and love of reading, so why not gift them with a story that you know they’ll love and cherish forever?



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Stop Bullying Prevention Month

October is Anti-Bullying Prevention Month.

We have teamed up with Pacer.org and have become a champion to raise awareness of bullying prevention.  We are donating 10% in the month of October of all proceeds from the sale of our Terrance the Giraffe personalized children's book back to Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center.  Pacer's Unity Day will take place on Wednesday, October 22nd, the day when everyone is encouraged to come together and wear orange to send a message of support, hope and unity.  Won't you join us for this worthy cause?

Award Winning Personalized Children's Book
Terrance the GiraffeAward-winning personalized children's book teaching kids that being different is not bad. Your child helps Terrance the Giraffe through a difficult time when he is teased for being different. A great personalized story to encourage children going through a challenging stage while teaching children not to tease others. A positive and inspiring story that promotes perseverance, confidence and sharing. 

Terrance the Giraffe Personalized Story



Monday, October 6, 2014

New Photo Personalized DVD for Kids

ABC Monsters Personalized DVD
Entertainment that is educational is pretty much standard when it comes to media for kids, but how often is it personalized and interactive? Learning can be more enticing when it’s personalized. Studies have shown that personalized books for kids can help encourage reluctant young readers to pick up a book.  The same goes for interactive and personalized videos and DVDs. When kids see themselves taking part in their very own cartoon, they’ll be more excited about learning the lesson.

Photo Cartoon DVD
We are pleased to announce that we now have the entire ABC Monsters Series starring 26 personalized episodes (one for each letter of the alphabet). In this series, kids can learn all about the alphabet with the help of plenty of fun puzzles, stories and songs that they are a part of. Kids will be more than excited to see their face incorporated into this fantastic cartoon adventure. Learning can be fun, but sometimes convincing kids of this fact can be a bit tricky. In this personalized photo DVD, your child joins their cartoon friends Alice, Brian, and Cherry Berry as they search for the missing letter monsters. Along with their cartoon friends, your child will use the Magical Dictionary to follow clues, solve puzzles and ultimately learn how to spell while having blast.


You can purchase one episode or have two episodes on one DVD at a discounted rate.  See sample personalized episodes here.  This holiday season be sure to purchase our ABC Monsters personalized DVD and get your child excited about exploring the wonders of letters and learning.



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Home School? Personalize Your Child's Experience.

The choice to homeschool a child opens a wealth of opportunity. Unlike other schooling methods, homeschooling allows children to learn at their own pace. The freedom to give children the attention and help that they need helps them develop individually and dynamically. However, taking on the task of homeschooling your child is a demanding one. Not only are you a parent, but you are also a teacher, and taking on both roles can sometimes be challenging. Finding material that is suitable for your child’s educational needs can also be challenging, but personalized books can help.

Personalize the Homeschool Experience
Homeschooling lends to the notion of personalized education. As a parent and teacher, you are able to give your child the attention they need in order to gauge where their needs are, to properly address what topics or ideas they are struggling with, and to provide them with the guidance that they need. Personalized books are a great tool for parents who choose to homeschool their children. Our personalized books can help do a number of things. For kids who are reluctant to read, they may be more enticed to read a story that they star in, which is a great way to introduce kids to reading. Additionally, if kids are having a hard time with a subject or obstacle, whether educational or otherwise, a personalized book on the subject can help kids self-actualize and overcome the situation.

Personalized books help build kids’ imaginations. These personalized stories encourage kids to imagine themselves in the situations painted by the stories they are reading. This not only helps build creative skills, but also helps them imagine theoretical situations. This skill is vital in all realms of education. The better kids are at imagining things, the better they are at visualizing word problems, processing ideas and stories from non-fiction and fiction books, and helping them plan for their own future.


Personalized books also help boost self-confidence. As kids read stories about themselves, having adventures and learning new things, the more likely they are to believe that they can do those things in real life, too - and they can!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tea Anyone?

Tea Party Personalized Book
Imagination is a powerful tool. Kids have this in abundance and it is something that should be fostered. Imaginative capabilities are directly linked to creativity, innovation and critical thinking skills. Allowing kids to exercise their imagination helps them develop key skills that help them understand complex concepts as they get older. It also helps them imagine hypothetical scenarios, whether they are imagining their own future or trying to solve a word problem at school. One of the best ways to let kids’ imagination flourish is to let them play pretend. There are limitless possibilities when it comes to playing pretend, but some games of make-believe stand the test of time. Tea parties have been and are still incredibly popular among young girls, and with good reason - tea parties are lots of fun!

Disney Princess Personalized CD
While tea parties allow young kids to imagine new, fancy personas for themselves, tea parties do come with some rules and instructions. This just makes the game all the more fun. KD Novelties has just the thing to help a tea party underway. My Tea Party personalized book places your child into their very own tea party. With this book, they will learn about the first tea party in England while learning all about wh
at they need to have their own tea party with their friends! They can learn how to brew tea, how to make watercress sandwiches and they’ll even learn some traditional table manners that will make their imaginative tea party feel all the more real.
One of the key parts of tea parties is the dressing up! And when little girls dress up, what do they love to dress up as? Princesses, of course! KD Novelties also has a personalized Disney Princess CD that will be perfect for the tea party preparation. Your child’s favorite Disney princesses will sing to them using their name, guide them through the process of getting dressed up, teach them proper manners all while preparing their very own tea party at the castle with all of their favorite princesses!


The Disney Princess Tea Party Gift Basket makes a great birthday present for any little lady. This basket includes the My Tea Party personalized book, Disney Princesses personalized music CD, as well as their very own tea set! Your little girl will be able to have a personalized tea party adventure that she will never forget.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Keeping Kids Enthusiastic About Learning

School is back in full swing. The first few weeks of school are usually pretty straightforward. Everything is still new, kids are still getting used to their new teachers, new classmates, new friends, new classrooms, or maybe even new schools and overall schedules. No matter what your little student is going through, there can come a time when kids grow bored or frustrated with school. This usually occurs after the first month or so of school, when homework and learning really kick in and begin to become a real part of children’s lives. There are some ways to keep your kids happy and focused during the school year, keeping them excited and enthusiastic about learning and school.

1.     Ask them about their day. Asking kids about what they do at school, making sure to ask for specifics, can really encourage them to pay more attention during the school day. Talking and having conversations with kids as if they are adults gives them a sense of importance, and this in turn helps them believe that what they do at school has significance; not just for them but for you as well. Being able to partake in grown-up conversations can keep them interested in their studies especially when they get to share what they learn with their parents.
2.     Read with them. Reading a book with your child and making it a regular thing can be extremely helpful. If they have a book to read for school, have them read it to you and ask them questions about the book or the chapters read that day. Making an activity out of a task can make it something for kids to look forward to, and if you ask them questions, they can better develop their critical thinking skills as well.
Kids Reading
3.     Create activities based around what they are learning in school. Scheduling trips to the Natural History museum when kids are learning about wildlife or planning a trip to see the Liberty Bell when they learn about US history can be beneficial to learning. Kids can understand that learning does not just happen in the classroom and encourages them to learn from the world around them. 
4.     Ask kids to write or draw about their day. Have your kids keep a journal. Ask them to write about what they learned, what happened in school or to tell a story in words or pictures. This will not only help improve their memory, but also improves their skills when it comes to thinking complexly. The ability to draw an idea or write a story about something they learned can help kids learn to understand complex ideas in different ways. A journal will also make a great memory when they get older. Encourage them to share their entries with the whole family as well.

5.     Remember to be supportive. If a child is expressing difficulty with school, whether academically or socially, listen to them completely. Helping them find a solution and overcoming it together can help drastically improve their attitude and their learning experience. Some kids have a harder time adjusting or staying focused than others, but sometimes all it takes is a different approach to help get them back on the right track.

Visit KD Novelties for unique personalized books that will get kids excited about reading and learning.