Sunday, June 17, 2018

Preparing Your Child for Formal Schooling

We are naturally more at ease in places we are familiar with and children are no different. In much the same way that when we visit our regular store, we know where everything is and shopping is easy, but that changes when we go somewhere different, and have to hunt around to find everything.

Visiting The School With Your Child

Kids will find many things strange and unnerving when they start formal schooling, so it is a smart idea to remove one major hurdle. Visit the school several times with your child, let them use the playground, visit the classrooms and maybe even sit in for a while on a lesson. It also lets them see where the bathroom is, a problem that has haunted day one children since schooling started! Being familiar with the school layout and having met the new teacher before the big day will seriously reduce much of the upcoming stress.

Setting Your Childs Schedule

Having a set routine for children is very important, and the change in hours between school and kindergarten may mean this needs to be slightly different. It is a good idea to start the process ahead of time, so that bedtime and getting up time may need to change and maybe meal times too. Check with the new school about lunchtime and adjust your timing at home to match. As any primary teacher can tell you, a child who is hungry at 11:00 a.m. who is not being fed until midday, can be a really unhappy and uncooperative little person.

Make Sure Everything Is Prepared

The mornings can be quite stressful and the more you are able to reduce that, the easier the day starts and the more likely it is to go well. Make sure the kids are up early enough that nothing needs to be rushed. Lay out the school uniform, or clothes to be worn the night before, so they are easy to find. A pictorial checklist might help, for your children to refer to, such as, pictures of the bathroom, uniform, shoes, breakfast and backpack. You can add more for homework or gym clothes as appropriate, which reduces errors.

Consult With Your Early Learning Centre

Early learning centres such as the Guardian child care in Perth have been providing the necessary basic problem solving and learning skills the child will need, so that when the child makes the transition to a formal school, he or she already has a wealth of experience in what helps and what doesn’t. Every child is slightly different, and from interacting with children in their formative years, the learning centres will be able to give you tailor-made advice for each of their students, and every little bit is going to matter.

Feedback From Your Children

Do not be surprised if the first day did not all go according to plan, and that your child comes home stressed out, tired, grumpy and quite possibly super hungry. Now is not the time to ask them about their day, as you are likely to hear a whole load of negatives. 

Let them eat and have time for recreation and when you can see that they have unwound, it is time to get their feedback. It will take time for them to adjust, but keep providing the support, and they will soon be able to adjust.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Welcome Little Baby

Having a baby is such a blessing. Many people want to find the perfect and unique baby gift. There are only so many blankets and onesies a baby can use. Looking back to when Noah was a newborn, he received some really neat gifts. My aunt and cousins gave him an elephant shaped mirror that played music.  I definitely prefer gifts that are unique and thoughtful over expensive gifts. 

The question of where babies come from depends on where you live. In the US, babies come from cabbage patches that parents pick out their baby. They tell their children that they picked the prettiest one. In Germany, it’s tradition that the stork brings them  wrapped in a blanket. The Stork carefully places them on their parents’ doorstep after they wish for a child. 
The real question of where babies  really come from has to be answered for themselves.  What is certainly true is the Stork from Wendt & Kuehn helps share the role of this magical bird. This long-legged bird brings deep personal joy to new parents, to proud grandparents and to the latest addition to the human race. 

Choose a baby blue or pink ribbon around the receiving blanket to help spread the news. It can be personalized. Both the name and the date of birth can be inscribed on the base. It will be hand-painted, letter by letter, in a beautiful artistic font. It’s such a special gift. As a long-treasured keepsake of this very special day that will bring joy for years to come. 
To find more information about the possibilities of an personalization  please visit the Wendt & Kuehn-website. 
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Monday, June 11, 2018

12 interesting car facts

I love learning new things. Noah is obsessed with cars right now. He loves expensive cars. I explain to him that expensive cars don’t really mean anything. It’s not how much money or the things people have, it’s their heart that matters. I know he knows that. He’s always talking about different car facts and pointing out expensive cars. He told me that he should write car posts for me. He said, “I know so much about cars.” He also swears he can drive. His thinking is he says he knows how cars work and how to drive. I kindly remind him that knowing something and doing something are very different. I love listening to him tell me facts and trivia about all kinds of things. 

Here’s 12 interesting car facts:

95% of a car’s life is parked

The number one car stolen is a Honda Accord. 

The word car comes from the Latin word Carrus that means two wheeled wagon

It’s a crime to drive a dirty car in Russia 

Three point seatbelts save a life every six seconds. 

One quarter of the world’s cars are in the United States. 

In 1941, Henry Ford made a car that weighed 2,000 pounds out of soybeans. 

About 80% of a car is recyclable. 

95% of cars in America are automatic transmission. 

Leonardo da Vinci invented the first car on paper in 1478. 

16% of all car owners never wash their car. 

It’s illegal to slam your car door in Switzerland after 10 pm. 

I’m going to marvel Noah with these car facts tomorrow.