Archive | August, 2013

Hola, Hello, Bonjour!, Vanakkam!, Guten Tag, Ciao – what is your second language?

28 Aug

je1Learning two tongues helps foster concentration, say University of British Columbia psychologists, who found that infants raised in multilingual households can distinguish between two unfamiliar languages just by watching people speak; monolingual kids could not. Translation : Being exposed to two language from birth appears to make the brain work harder and increases children’s ability to focus on visual cues.

The below two links helps you to learn Spanish and French.

http://wp.me/p3wWiR-1J

http://wp.me/p3wWiR-29

Animal list, pictures, facts and activities for children

26 Aug

IMG_4339Have you heard of a game ‘Name,Place,Animal,Thing’? Well, it’s a game played in groups or can be played by just 2. Each player will have a paper drawn with four columns with the title Name|Place|Animal|Thing. Imagine it’s a game for 2. Write all alphabets in chits/small piece of paper and fold it, so that it can’t be seen. 1st round, 1st player would pick a chit and let say he picked letter B. Both the players should write a Name starts with letter B, likewise for Place, Animal and Thing. (Example: Barney | Berlin | Bear | Bat) Both the player should not have same details. Points are scored for each. Likewise, 2nd round the other person picks a sheet and write the name, place, animal and thing with that picked letter.

My 5 year old daughter and I was playing this game and while playing we both were struggling to write an animal starting with letters Q,X,Y,Z. It ring my mind that I should also teach my daughter to know the animal names as well. Then I found an amazing website which contains the animal pictures and its facts. It’s a useful website and it’s free. I printed out the copies and my daughter is knowing the different animals in the world and its facts.

http://skyenimals.com/

You could also play this game and use this website to teach your little ones to know about the animals in the world. Happy Learning!

Is your kid scared of dark??

21 Aug

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• Talk to the child about these fears, and ask what he or she is afraid of. Reassure the child that he or she is perfectly safe.

• Explain to your child that mythical creatures are not real.

• Comfort your child in his or her own bed, rather than bringing the child into your bed.

• Make sure the pre-bedtime routine is light and happy, without any frightening books or movies.

• Let your child have security items and a nightlight for comfort, and reward your child with small treats and plenty of praise.

Source : http://health.childrenscentralcal.org/NewsRecent/6,678859

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SAHM annual salary $59,862.30 ?

17 Aug

Mom Annual Salary Infographic

Essential skills – Children can code before they read?

2 Aug

Just found an interesting website ” Scratch

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

Read more below links:
http://scratch.mit.edu/about/
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21929275.800#.UfwPP6Ao7IU