Why Do Children Tell Lies?

By: Rubí Cárcamo
School Psychologist

Youngsters at preschool age (3-5 years old) are known for not being able to tell the difference between fantasy and reality. They often make up stories that they can end up living through and believing. At this age, it is also common for children to have imaginary friends and to create unbelievable stories. Your child will overcome this as he or she matures.

To uphold their self-esteem, children can also falter at the truth frequently in order to maintain a positive image with their peers.

Sometimes lying at this age is present in order to imitate others’ behavior, especially parents’ or that of another close relative. In some cases, we make the mistake of “fibbing” while our children are present. For example, when someone calls for you on the telephone, you ask your child to say you are not home, or when you run an errand with your child and ask him or her not to tell dad where you went. Remember that you must teach by example.

Sometimes little ones lie in order to capture their parents’ attention, and in this way they believe they will receive the attention they deserve. In some cases, lying can happen as a form of aggression when the child feels mistreated by his or her parents, siblings, or other people who are close to the home environment.

I will conclude by pointing out that some children lie in order to obtain some sort of benefit or in order to free themselves from some punishment. If the child, while displaying this behavior, obtains what he or she has intended, it is possible that the child will use this habit as a resource repeatedly.

We need to be aware of our children at all times: creating a home that fosters trust, so that we can bring them up as men and women with good values and virtues. In this way, they will develop their personality.

Fine Motor Skills vs Gross Motor Skills

By: Gina Funes de Girbal

What is psychomotricity?
When the children are born, they cannot be self sufficient. All their organs need to mature slowly because from birth, they are not fully developed.

In motor development, the muscular and nervous systems play a crucial role. This is why the first six years of life, the child goes through several changes and matures faster. In the normal development of an individual, this development is gradual, sequential and progressive. The development occurs from top to bottom; the baby begins to control his/her head and then the trunk. Then will start controlling his/her body from the center to the extremities.

What are gross motor skills?
They are those that allow for changes in body position and the ability to maintain one’s balance. This includes moving and being able to keep a good posture.

What are fine motor skills?
They are fine movements involving hand-eye coordination or the use of specific body parts such as hands and small muscles.

We see the development of gross motor skills first, when the baby is able to hold his head, then sits, crawls, walks, runs, jumps, climbs stairs. As he grows and develops he will achieve more and more skills. Later comes the development of the fine motor skills when the baby discovers his hands their movement and then tries to grasp objects. This is where we start the stimulation so they can begin patting, then use the pincer grip, learn to cover and uncover objects, build towers with blocks and then cut with scissors.

In the normal development of a child, the acquisition of gross and fine motor skills can be achieved by having the child interact with the surrounding environment and by attending pre-school centers that are responsible for providing various exercises and activities for the correct stimulus and thus achieve the proper development of motor skills.

Social Responsibility

By: Claudia Funes de Vásquez

We firmly believe that leading by example is the most genuine way to teach. For this reason, Magic Castle has been known for supporting charities on behalf of needy children in our country, in order to strengthen the Values Program that we teach in the classroom and as part of our effort to contribute to our community. In this way, we serve as an example to our students in developing solidarity and kindness.

An example of our social responsibility is the unconditional support to the various activities carried out by Operation Smile, an organization dedicated to the treatment of children with facial deformities of cleft lip and palate.

Among the activities we have supported for many years is, “Metros x Sonrisas” (“Meters for Smiles”) which involves the purchase of meters of adhesive paper for our students to draw and paint on and then paste them on the floor of a shopping center. Thus, in addition to the financial support obtained for the purchase of a large number of meters, people who visit the mall are made aware of the importance of supporting this organization, so that the dream of thousands of children to operate their facial deformation becomes a reality.

Another activity is “Compra un Pastel y Regala una Sonrisa” (“Buy a Cake and Give Away a Smile”). This activity involves the purchase of delicious cakes baked and packed as a gift by Operation Smile volunteers, with the aim of giving them away to family and friends during the holiday season. Additionally, we support the campaign Regala una Sonrisa (Give Away a Smile) sponsored by “Hoy Mismo” TV News Program, which involves the collection of new toys from the entire school community to give them away among thousands of children in need as christmas gifts.

These are some of the charitable activities that we support each year that make us feel proud and happy, because as the saying goes ....
“There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.”