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5 Reasons Why Should Kids Eat Healthy

15 Jul

Ensuring that you give your kids a healthy diet is crucial for their holistic growth and development. Making sure that they are enjoy balanced meals every day is a tough job. Most snacks out in the market are almost may have too much sugar, sodium, coloring, preservatives, and trans fat. They may be flavorful but score low in nutritional value.

But you don’t have to do this alone. Instilling the importance of a healthy and balanced diet to your kids will make them responsible eaters. Discuss the harmful effects of junk foods, but most importantly, tell them the great benefits of good eating habits.

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A Simple Tutorial on Making A Kindergarten Graduation Cap

27 Mar

Kinder pupils are so lovable in a way that they are so eager to learn new things. As their graduation comes near, what could be more wonderful than letting them in for a new and exciting craft adventure where they get to help make their own graduation cap?

Making a kindergarten graduation cap is extremely easy. You can even ask some help from your little ones and turn the process into a bonding session. More than that, this will surely make them appreciate their kindergarten graduation even more.

Kindergarten Graduation Cap

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Here are the things you will need:

• Black construction paper or card stock (20 x 20 inches)
• Strip of black construction paper or card stock (measure this against the head of your child for better fitting)
• Another piece of construction paper with 6 inches height (for the tassel making)
• Yarn (for the tassel)
• Stapler/Glue
• Hole puncher

Let us first discuss how to make the tassel so that you will all things ready for the actual kindergarten graduation cap making.

What you need to do:

1. Wrap yarn about 15-20 times around the 6-inch construction board. Set aside.
2. Cut a piece of yarn around 16 inches long. This will be the piece that you will slip in the graduation cap but first you have to slip it inside the wrapped yarn in the 6-inch construction board. Tie in a knot to secure the wrapped yarn. Remove the wrapped yarn from the construction board.
3. Cut another piece of yarn around 8 inches long. Use this to tie the wrapped yarn about half inch from the top.
4. Cut out excess yarn.

Once you have prepared the right measurements, you can now proceed to the actual process of making a kindergarten graduation cap:

1. Get the black construction paper or card stock that measures 20 x 20 inches. Fold the corners until they all meet in the middle. Through this, you should have a smaller piece of square that is thicker than the original piece you started with.

2. Fold the corners once again to produce a smaller but sturdier square.

3. Fold the flaps in the center out until the flap reaches the end of the square. These will serve as the anchors for the circular headpiece you are about to make.

4. Punch a small hole in the center of the square and attach the tassel.

preschool graduation

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5. Get the strip of black construction paper or card stock and wrap it around your child’s head comfortably. Put a mark on where the ends should meet. You can either put glue on the edges to secure them or you can simply staple them together.

6. Attached to the tabs in the square card stock we made earlier by glue or by tape.

7. Let your kids practice wearing their kindergarten graduation cap.

Reasons Why Parents Should Stock Up on Children’s Books

17 Mar
childrens library

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Books hold enormous amounts of knowledge. Regardless if it is as simple as a children’s storybook or as complicated as medicine books. Anyone who grew up reading books would understand this. Growing up surrounded with children’s books opens up children’s minds to more things than he/she can comprehend as of the moment. It is something so simple yet powerful.

Do you remember your grandmother encouraging you to read to your baby even when he/she was still inside your tummy? Did she also play classical music while watching you read a storybook? The reason behind this is because reading and music are believed to enhance the mind. This also explains why your pediatrician recommended you to read books to your babies and toddlers up to the time that they can read the books on their own.

Important Points Every Parent Must Understand

There are children who are born with such high intellect and there are children who are born just like any ordinary child. Knowledge is learned. If a parent helps his/her child learn early on, chances are he/she can do well just like the child with natural-born high intellect. Here are some more pointers for parents to ponder on:

  • No age is too early for exposure to reading books.
  • Children’s books prepare them to reading more appropriately in the latter years.
  • It widens vocabulary.
  • It helps psychological development.
  • It nurtures the ability of children to listen and understand images.
  • It helps them communicate better.
  • It enhances intersubjectivity.
  • It teaches children that reading is a matter of communication.
  • It encourages diverse learning.

These points given above are what every parent should understand. Now, let us proceed to the benefits that children’s books give not just to the children but to the parents as well.

The Benefits of Having Children’s Books

Parents, below are some of the most important benefits your children are bound to gain from children’s books:

  • Book reading time is a quiet and calm period for both the parent and the child.
  • Reading books to a child fills their minds with knowledge.
  • Making a child listen to stories helps them develop literacy skills and language development.
  • Reading books while showing children the images makes them appreciate creativity through art and drawing.
  • Book reading stimulates the little children’s minds through imagination.
  • Children feel more loved by parents who take time to read books to them.
  • Reading books feed a child’s curiosity of the outside world.
childrens books

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Every parent today must be passionate in helping their children develop love for books. According to psychologists, book lovers are more often than not associated with curious and fast learners and children are more assured of their capabilities especially when it comes to reading, writing, and speaking even in front of a crowd.