Kids Love Gardening

Children’s Vegetable Gardens: Introduction

Apparently, we can see how nature is treated these days.  It is a sad thing to know that people do not pay attention so much anymore to the environmental problems.  What can we do about this?  It’s as simple as starting with the children.  It is good to see the children’s involvement with environment-friendly activities. One such nature-loving activity that children could easily get their hands on is gardening. Why should you consider gardening for your children?

Here are the benefits that gardening could easily provide the children with:

1.  Science
In planting, children are indirectly taught the wonders of science like the plants life cycle and how humans intervention can break or make the environment.  They can have a first hand experience on the miracle of life through a seed.  This would definitely be a new and enjoyable experience for the kids.

2.  Life
Watching a seed grow into a tree is just as wondrous as the conception to birth and growth of a child.  In time, kids will learn to love their plants and appreciate the life in them. Gardening could actually help simulate how life should be treated — it should be with care. The necessities to live will be emphasized to kids with the help of gardening – water, sunlight, air, soil. Those necessities could easily be corresponded to human necessities, i.e., water, shelter, air, food.  By simply weeding out, one could educate how bad influences should be avoided to be able to live life smoothly.

3.  Relaxation
Studies show that gardening can reduce stress because of its calming effect. This is applicable to any age group.  More so, it stimulates all the five senses.  Believe it or not, gardening may be used as therapy to children who have been abused or those who are members of broken homes.  It helps build one’s self-esteem.

4.  Quality Time with the Family
You can forget about your stressful work life for a while be soothed by the lovely ambience in the garden.  You can play and spend quality time with your children.  You can talk while watering the plants or you can work quietly beside each other.  The bottom line is, always do what you have to do, together with your kids.  You might discover a lot of new things about your child while mingling with them in your garden.

Let kids become aware of their environment’s needs. And one way to jump start that environmental education may be through gardening.  It’s hitting two birds with one stone — teach them to respect life while you bond with them.

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English: Speech-Language Pathology

English: Speech-Language Pathology (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear Dr. Mom,

A stutter normally starts for people in childhood and is often referred to as a childhood stutter. This is often very worrying for parents and the child and it is difficult to know where to seek help for the person who has the stutter.

There are many types of stutter. Family and friends may not even be aware that a person they know has a stutter. That is because the person is able to hide the stutter, by using word avoidance or word substitution.

Other people are unable to do this and have what they would consider an openly more severe stutter.

A stutter would normally occur more when a person is:

  • under pressure
  • when tired
  • meeting new people
  • speaking in an uncomfortable situation
  • asking questions, for example asking for directions
  • introducing people Stuttering can also be known in some areas as stammering.

Stutter therapy:

People who have a stutter have different options when seeking therapy. They can go to a speech therapist or speech pathologist. Alternatively they can attend a speech course. These courses can be on a group basis or on a one to one basis.

There is one simple thing that Dr. Mom can do to help stuttering in a child. When a small child starts stuttering it is usually because he or she cannot find or articulate their words quick enough because of their small vocabulary. This is very stressful and almost terrifying for the little one who knows he has a small chance of getting his thought out (before he is distracted or Dr. Mom is distracted for that matter.) Take the child’s face in your hands and look into his eyes – give him all your attention and let him think about what he wants to say and help him get the words or thoughts out (before he forgets). Take the stress off. Give them all your time and attention. If you do this every time he begins to stutter or sputter trying to get your attention, the little one will realize he can take his time and even get to learn new words to communicate his thoughts. After a while the urgency will disappear and these incidences will get fewer and fewer – and the stuttering will be a thing of the past. This also works for rearranging speech impediments, saying “Watch my mouth, watch my tongue.”

And ….. Stutters can sing without stuttering – so encourage them to sing their thoughts if the stuttering is entrenched. Sing with them. Learn words with them. Learn the words of songs with them. Therapy rocks!

Growing Memories.

Melodramatic chocolate chip cookie.

Melodramatic chocolate chip cookie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear Doctor Mom,

Memories are what grown-up kids are made of. The kitchen is the perfect place for making memories. When you spend time baking, cooking and enjoying meals with your family, you create happy memories you and your children will cherish forever. Kids and cooking are a wonderful combination for fun and learning.

The benefits of preparing and enjoying food as a family are clear. You save money and eat healthier meals. You create opportunities to connect and communicate with your children and spouse. And most importantly, you show love for your family when you spend time cooking and eating with them and teaching them the basics of cooking and nutrition. Children of all ages need your attention and your time. By working together to create a meal or bake a batch of cookies, you spend valuable time together.

So, here are 10 steps to get your family cooking up memories.

Step 1:
Teach small children the fun of cooking by helping them bake cookies and cakes. Kids love the tactile feeling of the cookie dough in their hands and it tastes good too. If you are short on time, you can use a boxed cookie mix and spend more time decorating.

Step 2:
Encourage the littlest ones to play pretend cooking. Kids love to play with real mixing bowls, strainers and wooden spoons. These make harmless toys and can be easily thrown in the dishwasher for quick cleanup. buys you some quiet time. – Sometimes household things are better than toys – they can be like mom and dad

Step 3:
If you live by your day-timer, schedule in baking cookies with your kids. Our schedules can be so hectic that something as simple as baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies can get skipped over. Write it down and do it.

Step 4:
If you have teenagers, let them play their favorite music (and dance around the table) while they wash the lettuce and set the table.

Step 5:
Work together with your spouse to prepare the dinner and use the time to catch up on each other’s day. Always allow tasting – contrary to popular belief it does not destroy the appetite – it invites sharing (and kisses)

Step 6:
Even if you are in a rush preparing dinner, remember to reduce your stress and focus on creating a fun atmosphere that naturally encourages the whole family to participate. Consider your words before speaking. You need to keep your words soft and tender – in case you have to eat them.

Step 7:
When spending time preparing food with your children, include lessons about healthy eating choices. Keep the conversation positive and avoid listing foods they can’t have. Tell the kids what you have been learning about health and tips for natural healing. They are little sponges and when they are grown you will benefit from their knowledge as it come back to you in treatment.

Step 8:
On days where you anticipate time will be tight, consider taking a short cut by using a frozen stir-fry mix or pasta with a jar of pre-made sauce. Your family will appreciate your relaxed mood much more than a made-from-scratch dinner.

Step 9:
Share the job of grocery shopping. One week have mom take one of the children as a helper, the next week dad can go with another child. Always work from a grocery list and let your children help you retrieve items and cross them off the list. This teaches reading, writing, logic and science amongst other things.

Step 10:
Have big family meals where you share about your day. Keep the conversation fun and avoid negative lectures over dinner. Remember to laugh. You are making memories.

Take these steps today and make your kitchen a fun and memorable place for your whole family.

Listening Skills and our Imaginears

Audiobooks Rock

Audiobooks Rock (Photo credit: Lester Public Library)

Hearing is the main function of our ears. Listening, on the other hand, is using our ears in order for our minds to receive information. Listening skills are important in almost all aspects of work, not to mention leisure. In leisure, we are fond of listening to our favorite songs and poem. Even back when we were so young, we’d sleep late just to be able to listen to the happy ending to the story our parents would read to us. As you can see, we’ve been listening and at the same time absorbing information all our lives. That’s where audio books become so useful, not just for leisure but also for work. Audio books are significant to the lives of the children, adults and even the elderly. Here are some reasons why.

Toddlers and Kindergarteners

Studies have shown that children at this age are rapidly developing. This simply means that all their skills, including listening skills, are practiced more intensely at this age. With audio books, they could easily learn the alphabet, songs, numbers and most importantly, pronunciation. Another good thing about audio books is that parents no longer need to sleep late just to read story books to their children. Parents can just play the audio book until the child dozes off. Some audio books also have dramatized versions of children’s stories.

Students

Students can benefit a lot from audio books. After studying using audio books, you will realize that you have never saved this much time studying before. This is because while you are studying, you may also do something else that does not need much thought. However, if you really want to understand the topic faster, you may read a book while listening to the unabridged audio book version. To make sure, take notes and replay it if you still don’t understand the lesson to ace the test.

Adults and Elderly

Businessmen, if not all adults, are usually seen scurrying along sidewalks carrying a cup of joe on one hand and a briefcase on the other during early morning rush hours. This just goes to show that in this fast-paced life that we live in, who would have the time to read the books that you want? This is where audio books come into the picture. Since audio books are available in all sorts of formats, getting your fix of best-selling novels is no longer a problem.

Some elderly people who just can’t be left idle can grab some of their favorite classic novels in audio book versions down the local library. They can listen to them while walking the dog, traveling and even while gardening.

Becoming a Home School Teacher

homeschooling afternoon

homeschooling afternoon (Photo credit: hbakkh)

Have you ever wished to become a teacher? Have you ever wanted to educate children with the right skills and concepts in order to survive life’s challenges?

If you are a parent and you believe in the benefits of homeschooling, then, you could be a homeschool teacher! With homeschooling, you have the option to teach your own child in ways that follow a particular homeschool curriculum. Hence, the learning process is not limited with the rules and regulations set by the typical school system.

In homeschooling, the parents-turned-home-school-teacher can freely incorporate the right values and knowledge that they want their child to know.

You do not need some specific technical requirements in order to become a home school teacher. What you need to have is the yearning to teach your children.

Teaching your children how to learn things and how to achieve something in life will be a rewarding experience, as you watch them grow and achieve successful.

Home schooling is a rapidly spreading alternative form of education. It requires a strong desire, but nothing too stringent. Even parents without a high school diploma can handle it.

 Planning for Home school

Planning is essential for home schooling to make the flow of things smoother. Plan first the location. An extra room around the house can be perfect; however, if none is available, the dining room or the living room will do fine. Try using durable plastic bins as storage for the books, supplies, equipment and other stuff as well.

Also, include in the schedule the amount of time allotted for each subject.

Looking Up Resources and Instructional Materials

You do not need to put too much strain on the family budget to afford materials for home school instruction. If no curriculum is being followed, try to schedule enough topics and projects to last the whole school year. One can get tips online on which lessons to include plus the scope and the proper sequencing of lessons.

Finding the Right Curriculum

If the parents are trying to adapt one for their child, it is important to determine the means the child learns best, by first-hand experience, listening, reading or the like.

Home schooling is a great educational experience for both parents and children. It is for the parents to be resourceful and creative to maximize the resources and the learning of their children.