Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Top Private Schools In Florida

Most parents would love for their children to come home with stellar report cards with a string of straight As. However, this takes effort on the child's part as well as the parent's. No, your job as a parent doesn't involve doing the homework for your child. However, if you facilitate a safe environment for your child to learn, this can help them increase their chances of absorbing information and learning. In order to help your child prepare for a successful school year, consider these three ways you can create that experience.

1. Connect with the teachers.

Get to know your child's teachers. Usually, there's an open house before school begins. There's also a back-to-school night. Make sure that you attend these events. Additionally, it's also important to develop a strong line of communication between yourself and the teacher. Whether it's every two weeks or every month, don't be afraid to check in with the teacher to find out how your child is doing. It's also nice to find out how you can facilitate an easier experience for the teacher. Even if your child attends one of the top private schools in Florida, the teacher usually has a full load and other students to consider.

2. Set up educational reinforcements.

This can happen in a variety of ways. Consider making bi-weekly visits to the local library. During these visits, your child can find new books that they want to read within the next two weeks. They can also enroll in different activities that the schools or libraries are hosting. Consider hiring a tutor to help your child with a specific subject they need to improve in. If your child is learning more about a specific subject in art history, take them to the museum so they can learn more about art history.

3. Create balance.

Don't become a parent that bombards your child with all of the tutoring, puzzles and educational graphics to drive them nuts. Provide balance for your child. If you sense that your child is experiencing a little bit of burnout, start to shift the routine. Make sure your child has time to play with their friends. Make sure they have an opportunity to disconnect from the school day. Make sure they have a chance to relax, rest and have fun.

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Saturday, September 08, 2018

What To Buy For A Game of Cornhole Toss

There is nothing like a game of Cornhole Toss to add excitement to your next party. It is a game that children and adults can play together. If you want to play an official game of Cornhole Toss, you need to make sure you have the necessary supplies for the game. Here is a guide on what to buy for a game of Cornhole Toss.

Cornhole Boards

You cannot play a game of Cornhole Toss without a cornhole board, and companies such as Custom Corntoss offer a variety of boards for your game. The boards can be customized with a logo, flag design or color scheme. You can also choose a solid stained, unpainted or primed set, or you can choose a set with the classic 5-hole design.

Cornhole Bags

A game of Cornhole Toss is not complete without the cornhole bags. You can choose two sets of cornhole bags in solid colors, such as red, blue, purple, black and white. You can also have the cornhole bags customized with a logo or embroidery to fit your theme. The cornhole bags are filled with corn or plastic to meet your needs.

Cornhole Decals

Are you looking to customize your cornhole boards for your sports themed party? You can order NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NCAA decals. The decals feature colorful, vibrant logos of various sports teams, and they are designed to fit the size of your cornhole boards. You can also have the decals customized with your own design.

Other Cornhole Accessories

There are plenty of accessories to order with your cornhole boards and bags, including touch up paint, LED lights or a tote bag. Use a score tower, strip or koozie to keep track of who is winning the game. You can also order a beverage tower for your drinks, but do not forget to order stands to keep the score and beverage towers sturdy.

Once you figure out where to buy cornhole bags and boards, you can start ordering the supplies you need for a game of Cornhole Toss.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Helping Your Children Develop Healthy Dental Habits

One of the most important things that a parent can do is to set their children up with good habits and a firm foundation of strong health. All parents know how important it is to make sure their kids have good, nutritious food, enough restful sleep, and regular checkups with a doctor. However, it is just as important for children to take care of their teeth. In fact, dental health affects all sorts of future health issues, making it especially crucial that your kids are in good shape.

First of all, make sure that you have a dentist that you trust and rely on. Your children should start seeing their dentist by one year of age. It also helps to have a dentist that is familiar with your kids in case of an emergency, especially during those busy and clumsy toddler years. Find a local dentist you can help you when you really need it. For example, if you need Charlotte emergency dentist, reach out to an established provider like Charlotte Dental Partners for your whole family.

Every day, practice a routine that takes care of your kids' teeth and sets them up for a lifetime of good dental habits. Choose a toothbrush that is the right size and shape for your child's mouth. Also, use dental floss or a hand-held, single-use floss holder that will fit your kids' smaller teeth. Let your kids feel like they are part of the process by allowing them to pick their own toothbrush and toothpaste. This way they will feel like they are part of the process and care more about the outcome.

Make brushing and flossing more fun by incorporating songs and stories. There are a number of kids' TV shows that talk about the importance of taking care of your teeth, so let your children's favorite characters help make brushing fun. Singing the same song every morning and night while brushing is good for two reasons. First, it makes the experience more fun. Second, it makes sure that your kids are brushing long enough to have a good effect. Pick a fun song that lasts about two minutes.

Taking care of your teeth is a crucial part of everyday hygiene. While teaching your kids the importance of taking care of their teeth, make sure you lead by example and take care of your own.  

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Sunday, July 02, 2017

How to get your toddler to accept the new baby

The bun is in the oven..... again. You are expecting number 2 and will soon be a mother of 2. Will you have enough space in your heart to love another child? How can you get  your toddler to accept the new baby? These are questions that often race through the thoughts of a mother when she is expecting her second child.

Quite often, I get these question from mothers "Will I love my second child as much as my first child?" I always tell them that the more the merrier. The more children you have, the more chance you will have of receiving unconditional love, for that is the kind of love that children give. Unconditional love.

The more children you have, the more love you have to go around your house. Eventually they always come back to me and say "I never knew I had it in me to love another." It happens all the time. As a mother, you have the capacity to love as many children as you have.

However, what about your toddler? Will your toddler accept the new baby?

The key to acceptance is involvement. Involve your toddler every step of the way. Here are some ways you can involve your toddler in welcoming the new baby to your house.

  • Bring your toddler along to doctor visits
  • Show your toddler scans of the baby and explain to them where the head, hands etc are
  • Let your toddler feel your bulging tummy and talk to baby
  • Say "our" baby and "your" new brother or sister whenever referring to the baby
  • If possible, bring toddler along to the hospital to take baby home
My toddler accepted her newborn baby brother with ease with her complete involvement every step of the way. We didn't have anyone to watch her while we were at hospital during the delivery, so we brought her along. She was there to see baby as soon as he was cleaned. She slept on a sleeping bag together with daddy in the hospital room while mummy was breastfeeding baby. All the nurses thought she was adorable, this little girl in pink who didn't mind sleeping on the sleeping bag. We had wanted a bigger room but it was unavailable so we had to make do with a sleeping bag and she thought it was rather fun to camp out. 

When we went home, our toddler went home along with us together with the newborn. We had our new extended family. Our toddler did not have to be separated from us during the process. She did not have to be taken care of by grandparents or aunts and wait anxiously at home for the newcomer to take over her position on the pedestal. She was part of it all. 

I can't repeat it often enough. The most important way to help your toddler accept the baby is to involve her every step of the way, whenever practical. Good luck and congratulations on your new extended family.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Online games for Toddlers

Toddlers can play online games too. This post shows you some parent approved sites for toddlers to play games online.

Toddlers and Computers

Is a toddler too young to use a computer? I don't think so. Not with proper GUIDANCE. The keyword here is guidance. With proper parental guidance, toddlers can use, play, have fun and learn using the computer. They can also learn hand-eye coordination from online toddler games.

Here are a list of sites with suitable online toddler games my kids used to enjoy.

Online Toddler Educational games

Did you know that Fisher Price has a dedicated page for Online Toddler Educational Games.

Apart from Toddler Games you can find Infant Games and Preschool Games too.

Remember, for young children playing games online, it is advisable that parents and guardians sit and play with them. Your child can get the best benefit that way while having fun with you!

Up To Ten Games for Kids

The site lists the games for kids aged 6 to 10. However, I find some of the kids easy enough for younger children. Here is the index to the free kids games on Up To Ten Games Galore. There is a great number of games here and new games are added every month. The games are categorized according to labels such as "Coordination Games", "Racing Games", "Puzzles" and "Mixed Bag".

Everybody Loves Elmo!

My kids learned the alphabet playing around with Elmo's Keyboard-O-Rama. They also enjoyed Magical Numbers with Mumford the Magician, creating a beautiful garden while playing Snuffy's Magic Garden and dancing along with Zoe while playing Zoe's Dance Moves.

Besides these, there are many more toddler suitable games on Sesame Street which teaches a toddler all about numbers, shapes, familiar songs, potty training, feelings, health and safety and much more. Excellent site for toddlers. The games are organised alphabetically, according to subject matter as well as themes or favourite Sesame Street character for easy searching.

PBS Kids Character Games

PBS Kids has many wonderful characters which toddler loves. This link leads you to the Find It or Search box for PBS Kids. Children or parents can easily browse for kids favourite PBS Kids Characters by clicking on a picture of the character. You can choose from Angelina Ballerina, The Cat in the Hat (in association with Dr Seuss, Mr Roger's Neighbourhood, Make Way for Noddy, Jay Jay the Jet Plane and much more.

You can also search games by topics if you prefer. The icons are very easy for kids or parents to navigate about.

My kids' favourites are Barney and Friends and Clifford the Big Red Dog which I will give special attention to below.

Play Barney Games

Barney and Friends. My kids love them. They learned to pick up their toys and brush their teeth, learned to say their please and thank yous, as well as learned about their feelings and manners and many more with Barney the good old purple Dinosaur.

This link takes you to the Barney's Games Index however the site is not limited to games. Toddlers can also enjoy storytime, songs and color with Barney.

Barney fans will enjoy this: Barney: Learning Pack (Six-Disc Set)

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Emily Elizabeth loved Clifford, her Big Red Dog and so did my kids. Here is the index to all Clifford the Big Red Dog games. Of course you can also play with Cleo and T-Bone Games as well as other Clifford the Big Red Dog characters.

My kids particularly enjoyed Clifford's Kisses and Which Clifford.

Clifford's fans will enjoy Clifford's Really Big Movie

BBC - CBeeBies Character Games

I have mentioned this site for my Educational Sites for Children Lens which include many sites for older children. However, for younger children, I would certainly recommend these BBC Character online games.

1. Bob The Builder Games
2. Teletubbies Games
3. Number Jack's Games
4. Postman Pat Games
5. Pingu Games


Games for preschoolers, toddlers and babies

Yes, even babies will be attracted to this free online games for babies, toddlers and preschoolers site. This site is just nice for children just learning to use a computer mouse. They will get plenty of practise navigating the mouse around the colorful and attractive site with funny characters, simple games, music and stories.

It is simple, colorful and funny. Just right for babies, accompanied by adults. It is simple enough for a child to navigate on their own too.

I hope your toddler enjoys these games as mine did. Thank you for visiting.

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