It’s Easter weekend, so this week’s family play will use those plastic eggs that you likely have lying around your house! If you don’t, small plastic balls, or if you are feeling adventurous, real eggs can be used. Set each family member up with two or more eggs on their plate. Plastic or paper plates will work just fine. Choose a starting point and an ending point. Ready, set, go! Have fun!
Have we all had the experience of giving a young child what we think is the most awesome gift and they spend more time playing with the box? Young children can find fun in just about whatever they have around them. Whether it be toys, boxes, stones or straws! They use their imaginations to make their play interesting.
Young children learn by imagining and doing. The process of ‘pretending’ helps to build skills that are essential for a young child’s development. On this week's episode we are going to explore how Pretend Play is a key element in developing your child’s language, thinking and social and emotional skills.
This week I have a classic for you. Red Light, Green Light requires no materials and just an open space to run around. It is a great way to encourage kids to move and requires them to stay alert and in control of their movements.
Decide on one person to be ‘it’ (the traffic light). If your children are not familiar with the game, it’s probably a good idea for you to be the traffic light first. The other family members should be about 5 + meters away and standing in a line facing the ‘traffic light.’ The ‘traffic light’ should have their back turned to the players on the line.
When the ‘traffic light’ calls ‘Green Light,’ the other players move towards the ‘traffic light’ until he/she spins around, calling ‘Red Light.’ When they hear the red light command the other players must freeze on the spot. Any family member moving must return to the starting line. Each family member must remain frozen until the next ‘Green Light’ command is given. Play continues in this manner until someone manages to get to the ‘traffic light’ and tags It. The tagger becomes the new ‘traffic light’ and the game begins again.
There are lots of variations to this game online, a quick internet search will find them for you and extend your play time! Have a fabulous Saturday!
I’m sure many of you with children in primary school are very aware of the weekly spelling tests that often occur. For many children, this is a chance to learn how to correctly spell new words and get a nice big sticker on their paper at the end of the week. For other children, this is a way to be extremely frustrated and get a paper full of red marks at the end of the week with the question ‘Did You study?’ written on it. Although as a teacher I am guilty of the ‘Did You Study?’ phrase on the spelling tests of my students that have failed miserably, I am very aware that some of my students will study those words every night, but just still won’t be able to pull that 15 on 15.
This week’s episode of a child’s life is designed to help parents help their children study. Many students are studying their spelling words, but are not studying them effectively. When this happens three problems are likely to occur. Problem 1: They do not do well on their spelling test, Problem 2: They are unable to use these words in context and may continue to have poor spelling in their everyday writing, Problem 3: Their morale may be affected and you are likely to hear statements such as: “I don’t like spelling, I am no good at spelling, I hate spelling.”
Having a balance between work and home life can be a challenge. With this challenge come great rewards when it is done successfully. By balancing a career with home life it will provide benefits in each environment. You will become healthier, mentally and physically, and you will be able to produce more career wise.
With a Work-Life Balance you will be managing your time better. Better time management will benefit all aspects of life; you will be working less and producing more. This presentation will show how to focus on the important things, set accurate and achievable goals, and communicate better with your peers at work and your family at home.
We hope you had some great family time outside last week on ‘Sidewalk Chalk Saturday.’ This week’s activity is an indoor one. Grab some blankets, clothes pins, and pillows and find some sofas or chairs and make a blanket fort! Blanket forts may only take a few minutes to put together but can provide a lot of fun for your kids. Challenge them to come up with design ideas and to use their imagination to make their tents magical.
For this week’s episode of A Child's Life we looked at Time Management for your Older Child. Time management is an essential life skill and the content in this episode will be most relevant to high school and college students as well as the mom and dad listeners that want to improve their time management skills.
Time management is an essential skill that can make or break your academic success. It is also one of those lifelong skills that can positively or negatively impact your child’s future family and career life.
Like with many skills, it’s important that your find what works for you. We have a finite number of hours during the day, so you want to make sure you are intentional about the way you manage your time. There is no one size fits all answer that will ensure that you get everything done when it needs to get done. However, starting by looking at planning your time from a monthly, weekly and daily perspective is a great way to get going.
Yolande Robinson, B.Ed. M.Ed, the owner of Learn and Lead Educational Center, has a passion for educating and sharing knowledge. She is a wife and a mother of three. For more from Yolande, visit www.yolanderobinson.com.