Children’s Author Says Imagination is Taken for Granted

Kansas City children’s author Angel Krishna uses her imagination every day when dreaming up her new books, and she believes imagination is something parents need to cultivate from a very young age. “We take “imagination” for granted,” Krishna says. “We need to encourage our children to use their thoughts and imagination on a daily basis. You can’t think without using your imagination. Think about it.”

Angel Krishna believes in teaching children positive habits in a fun and easy way through her storybooks.

Her first book, Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball, is about communication and friendship. “Communication should always be encouraged with children,” says Krishna. “For that to happen, you must make sure children are at ease when speaking to you. It’s a must to make children feel they’re not going to be in trouble and feel one hundred percent comfortable when communicating their feelings on positive and negative matters.”

For the holidays, Angel Krishna released The Gu-Glee-Goos of Christmas, a tale about magical creatures who fix breaks and clean up messes left behind by the household pets. When asked what inspired the creation of the Gu-Glee-Goos Krishna says, “When my kids were very young, I would chase them around the house in a fun way and call them my little Gu-Glee-Goos. This all started around Christmas time, and I decided to write this book because I would tell the story about how the Gu-Glee-Goos were helpful and how kindness goes a long way!”

Angel Krishna Storybooks
Both Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball and The Gu-Glee-Goos of Christmas are available in ebook and print. Her new release, Gabby’s Space Adventure, is exclusively in paperback on Amazon.

Angel Krishna is available for interviews, appearances, and other features. Contact Angel Krishna by visiting her contact page. You can also find her on Facebook at facebook.com/angelstorybooks and on Twitter at @angelkrishna2.

 

Originally published in Kansas City Star

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#KidLit #BookReview: Gabby’s Space Adventure

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Gabby’s Space Adventure has been released on paperback! Check out the first review!

BOOK REVIEW

*****
5 Stars

Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers’ Favorite

Gabby’s Space Adventure by Angel Krishna is an inspiring, well written children’s book about a young hippo named Gabby. Gabby has always wanted to go to space and have adventures. People always question her dream, though. One day a group of children wonder why she’d want to go to space, and if she could even go. Gabby explains that of course she could go, she just had to use her imagination, and has to be determined enough to not let anything get in her way. The group of children begin to see her point. Gabby asks them what they imagine themselves doing. What do you imagine yourself doing?

I really enjoyed reading Gabby’s Space Adventure by Angel Krishna. The book is very inspiring, because it teaches that you can do anything if you put your mind to it and try hard enough. The book is full of likeable characters, because Gabby won’t let anybody get in the way of her dream. The book is very well written and descriptive. I liked how the story is told from Gabby’s perspective. The pictures by Nancy Batra are very well drawn and clearly depict each scene and each character. The pictures are also very colourful. Many people will be able to relate to Gabby, and this book in general, because many people have had a dream that they wanted to come true. The book is well developed and well thought out. I would definitely recommend this book to all young readers.

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Stimulating Your Child’s Brain

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I personally feel when a child is able to touch, see, and feel many different elements, their brain is stimulated and they grow into to a smarter kid. Tactile exploration also builds common sense, which will strengthen their confidence.  We as parents must find time and try to introduce many colors, textures, and objects so your child can strive and use their imagination to build their problem-solving skills.

Do you all remember when we were growing up and played outside? I do. I loved it. I would stay out for hours on end. I never wanted to come in the house.  I got into pretty much everything, ugh – mud, dirt, tadpoles. I was climbing trees, swimming, and running. Doing all this helped me build my senses, thought process, confidence, and imagination.

I love when a parent lets their children jump in puddles, play with mud, pick up frogs, and climb trees. Outdoor activities are so fun for your child.  A child’s brain wants and needs stimulation to help it grow.  Let’s get those motors started!

Introduce as many different things to your child. Fill their minds up and expand their knowledge. Let them see, touch, feel all textures, colors, and objects.  The little kiddos’ brains are in motion and ready to explore! Sooo, let them…


Angel Krishna

Children’s Books Author

Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball

The Gu-Glee-Goos of Christmas

Coming soon – Gabby’s Space Adventure!

 

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Children’s Author Angel Krishna on Teaching Kids Values Through Books

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Allowing Your Kids to Help at Home

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Let’s get your kids helping at home

By teaching your kids to help around the house, they will become more hands-on and independent. This will build and strengthen their thought process, follow-through skills, independent thinking, creative thinking, and sense of responsibility.

Start by giving your kiddos small tasks. This will start to build confidence and a give them a good feeling of accomplishment.

We want our kids to be able to help out in the home so they can learn how to take care of themselves.

For example, if we moms and dads are tied up at the moment, then our little guy or girl should get their own snack or glass of water. Keep everything at lower level and within arms’ reach for them so they can get to what they want.

I truly love the small things my kids could do on their own. It helped me have an extra 5-10 minutes for a quick breather.

 

Next level

Once they are comfortable helping, it’s good to bump up the responsibility and give more tasks, such as:

  • Getting dressed on their own. I personally found it easier when I organized their clothes as best I could so they would look somewhat like a human being rather a clown doll coming out of the bedroom, Lol…
  • Cleaning the table after a snack or a meal.
  • Cleaning up their toys and organizing what toy goes in what bin. I found it helpful to color coordinate the bins and toys so your kiddo can learn organization and match what toy goes in what bin. I used the color circle stickers and put one on the toy and the same color on the bin. Also, you can buy colored bins and just match them to the stickers on the toys.
  • Sorting. Another great task I enjoyed was having my kids sort the mail. They loved it! I asked my little buggy-boos to sort the mail in two piles: one for bills and one for junk-mail. I demonstrated that the bills pretty much are white envelopes and the junk mail in many cases have a lot of color. This is a great teaching moment as well. e.g. What is a bill?  What is junk mail? Educate your kids on many aspects of money, bills and so forth. Learning the concept of money is a valuable lesson. Kids will learn that making a buck is hard. We must use it wisely and be responsible. 

 

How do you let your kids help out at home?

How has it helped them grow?

 

Hope to chat soon!  Have a great week and be creative.

 

Angel Krishna

Children’s Books Author

Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball

The Gu-Glee-Goos of Christmas

Coming soon – Gabby’s Space Adventure!

 

 

 

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Have you heard of the Genius Kid App?

Originally posted on Segilola Salami Children’s Corner

Well, what to do?  Should parents use an educational app for their kiddos? Sure! Educational apps should have many choices and opportunities to learn in a productive way.  The app should cultivate the thought process of the child. This is why parents shouldn’t look for an easy app.  They should look for an app that can help their child think, build common sense, and use their imagination.

 

Have you heard of the Genius Kid App? as seen on segilola salami's blog

 

The Genius Kid App does all that and more.  Genius Kid is very interactive and covers many learning tools – Letters and Sounds, ABC’s, Jumbled Word Puzzle, Tap the Right Number, Color Mixer, Math Puzzle, Solve the Problem, and much more.  We are busy moms and dads and we want the best for our children.  Today we juggle so much, we tend to push the eduction tools to the side and let the schools alone teach our children.  Hmmm… I say, lets try harder!  Genius Kid App will help your child learn in a productive, fun, and creative way.

 

Genius Kid App is currently on sale on Apple or Android.

 

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Teaching Your Kids to Be Willing to Learn

teaching-928637_960_720.jpgBeing willing to learn! This is a relatively simple thing to teach your little ones – lead by example. From firsthand knowledge with my kids, I discovered that I had to be willing to learn myself. I had to show that learning develops knowledge and that knowledge is power.

Teach your children to learn, but don’t make it stressful. If your kids have a question, whatever it may be, explore it and educate them. If you don’t know the answer, look it up together and enjoy the time with your kiddo.

Keep a journal of what you and you child are learning. Cut out pictures and paste them on the journal page with the words that explain the cool, weird, or funny thing they asked about. It’s an interesting project and fun for both of you and the whole family.


Angel Krishna

Children’s Books Author

Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball

The Gu-Glee-Goos of Christmas

Coming soon – Gabby’s Space Adventure!

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Chit-Chat Jar: Communication with Your Kids

 

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Let’s get your kids talking and sharing their thoughts with you by making a “Chit-Chat Jar.” How fun is this!

  • Find/buy a jar or container. Make sure the jar is clear so the kiddos can see what’s inside.
  • Write topics on small strips of paper. Make the ideas light and fun. They can be things like:
    • Vacation ideas
    • Friends
    • Games
    • Do you like your teacher?
    • Books
    • Foods they like
    • The library and scheduling a time to go
    • Favorite thing about school
    • Favorite subject in school
    • The art museum and scheduling a fun visit
    • Earth and our environment
    • Ask your kiddos what makes them happy
    • Music
  • The strip that is pulled out that day is what you will talk about.
  • The communication/talk can last longer if you are more engaged with what your child is saying. Encourage them by saying things like: so cool, tell me more, awesome, wow, interesting, love it, etc.
  • Please don’t make the topics serious …snore-zzzz… Your kids will lose interest really quickly. The point is too get them to talk, not tell you things you want to hear.

These are just suggestions.  You can do what you feel is good for you and your kids. The point is, communication is key! Take interest and enjoy the time you are communicating together.

 

Angel Krishna

Children’s Books Author

Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball

The Gu-Glee-Goos of Christmas

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Fun Ways to Inspire Your Kids’ Imagination (Without Electronics)

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Imagination today is becoming rare – this is my personal opinion. We have so many electronics available to our kids today that they lose the skill and thought processes which lead to imagination. What can you do to help ignite a child’s imagination? Well, many things actually. Ask fun questions that will encourage your kids talk and think. Here are a few fun firsthand suggestions.

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Parenting Tip: Following Through with Punishment Consequences

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Frustration,  stress and mental exhaustion – there is so much struggle with following through on punishment with your kids. Yes, it is easier to say nothing and to give in, BUT what will your kids learn? Nothing good. Don’t be a push-over! Kids are very smart; they know how to push your buttons. When you say you’re going to take away their phone, computer, kindle etc… just take it and lock it up. Hide it or whatever you need to do.

Yikes, stress overload.  Yep, been their and done that. I do realize the difficulty following though.  What to do next? Well, what worked for me was telling my kids they can earn all items back after they do what I asked them to do. Sometimes it worked as quickly as in minutes, and sometimes it took a day or two. Many times I had to go into the garage to take a breath or scream into a pillow. I’d also stay in the bathroom much longer then needed just to get some alone time and get some sanity back, lol… we have all been there.

Following through with punishments will get you respect, and your kids will begin to realize you’re not fooling around. They will do what you ask and complete the task that you want them to do.

The main goal is to stand strong, follow through, and show you’re the parent/adult, not an action lego figure they can tear down and rebuild.  Be strong and courage up, You got this!!!

–Angel Krishna

Children’s Books Author

Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball

The Gu-Glee-Goos of Christmas

 

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