Preschool Shmeeschool: Who Needs It?

Preschool Shmeeschool: Who Needs It?

 

If I had to pick a favorite age, it would have to be the ages spanning the preschool years. Of course, I'm talking in terms of other people, as I myself enjoy being able to do things like cook, read, and walk without always falling down (okay that last one may be reaching a bit).

 There's just something about the weeble-wobble way that preschoolers move around, stumbling constantly over their own limbs, and being surprised at half of the things they do. But mostly, it's exciting to watch a preschooler as they come into their own, slowly becoming aware of the kind of person that he/she is going to be, rather than the tiny baby they were only a year or two before.

My youngest cousin, for example, is a tow-headed little thing, feisty as anything, and protects his older sister with all his might (which while he thinks it's a lot, is not much). He takes karate lessons, skateboards, loves to toss a football around, and go fishing with his dad. But where baby D's personality really shines is in the moments where he lets his older sister and her friends paint his toes, or unexpectedly parallel parks his mini-car between boxes, and when he flips into a pool without an inkling that he will do so. In these moments we see the person struggling to come through and define a personality all his own, not just the preschooler who is trotted to his different practices by his parents.

While many parents may find this to be an admittedly sad time (watching their babies move from infancy to childhood and inch closer to kindergarten can be difficult to accept), it is also an exciting one. Acceptance into kindergarten ensures parents that their children are on the right path, and growing into themselves, while learning about the world around them. But how do you know if your child is ready for kindergarten? Though the kindergartens that you look into will definitely let you know, and your child's preschool teacher can help you decide, parents are often left with lingering doubts about whether their tiny human is ready to enter the big leagues.

• Does your preschooler take instructions and follow them?

Often a key factor to look out for, your child should be ready and able to take directions and follow them in order to keep up with the teacher and their peers in kindergarten. Having your child enter kindergarten without a basis for following directions can result in them disrupting not only their education, but of the others in their class as well.

• Is your child somewhat self-sufficient?

By the time your child is about to enter kindergarten they should be able to do basic things for themselves. Using the bathroom (including knowing when they need to use it), being able to put on their own jackets, and understanding their body's needs for hydration are just a few things that your child should comprehend upon arrival to kindergarten.

• What are your child's fine motor skills like?

Your child should have a basic understanding of holding pencils, markers, and scissors before entering kindergarten. These fine motor skills will be honed in the school setting, but they should still have an understanding of them prior to entering the classroom.

• Does your preschooler have some knowledge of their ABC's and 1,2,3's?

While your child will definitely become familiar with the alphabet and counting in kindergarten, most teachers expect that your toddler will have some understanding of the basics before they enter. If your child is in preschool, begin working with them on name recognition, and counting to ten, to help give them an edge on their education as they enter the kindergarten curriculum.

• How are your preschooler's social interactions?

Your toddler will soon be interacting with children all day in kindergarten, as opposed to the handful of hours while in preschool. Knowing how to take turns and share will make their transition into a full-time education program go smoothly and successfully. Additionally, being capable and willing to interact in group settings shows emotional and social competence that is necessary to move forward in schooling as a toddler.

If you nodded along to any of these points and thought they applied to your child, then you may be ready to look toward moving your toddler from preschool to kindergarten. As mentioned above, discuss your options with your child's preschool teacher and evaluate what their kindergarten classroom is looking for in terms of social development. At the end of the day, however, no one knows your toddler better than yourself. From birth to preschool, you've watched them grow and develop physically, emotionally, and cognitively, while turning into their own particular version of a tiny human.

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Reality Check On Bullying: How Teens Are Taking Their Own Stand

 Reality Check On Bullying: How Teens Are Taking Their Own Stand


There are moments in life that can test our morals when we see something bad happening. Zero tolerance for bullying has become a national topic of discussion among parent groups and schools in the wake of many teens feeling helpless with being relentless harassed at school and online at home. While there are no shortage of stories in the news about how bullying slips through the cracks, or ends in tragedy, there is a recent story of a teen who took action to help a peer being attacked by a bully, and raises questions for how we teach teens to resolve conflicts.
In a split second Cody Pines, a 17 year old California teen took action to defend Austin Higley, a 16 year old legally blind being physically assaulted by a bully. While on a lunch break bystanders filmed the incident as it was happening and captured Austin student being hit repeatedly in the face and head. Students at the High School later reported that the visually impaired Austin was attacked for no reason after Austin walked past his tormentor, and it was later reported that there was a history of the two not getting along. As quickly as the attack started, it ended in a twist the bully didn't anticipate when he was taken down with one punch by Pines. While lying on the ground bleeding and confused by what just happened, Pines quickly checked to see if Austin was okay, before quickly returning back to the attacker and questioning him angrily and threatening more violence if he continued to bully Austin.
Afterwards the unnamed bully was arrested on suspicion of a misdemeanor battery and released to the custody of his parents. No good deed goes unpunished as Pines learned when he was suspended and kicked off the football team due to the school's 'zero-tolerance' policy on violence. Many students feel this was unjust and feel Pines is a hero for taking action when many simply watched or recorded the bullying. Students started an online petition in support that has received almost 80,000 responses. The online petition made an interesting statement: 'While violence is never the best option what Cody did to defend his friend and classmate was justified.
While this school is standing behind their decision to suspend Pines with the view of "two wrongs don't make a right", many who viewed the incident on YouTube disagree. The footage which has been viewed over 480,000, praise Pines for taking action and sheds light on what many teens strongly believe is a realistic approach to resolving bullying with comments on social media that include:
'I don't care what the policy says. Its self-defense via a bystander. To beat a blind kid and get to play the victim card. Cost another kid his education. That boy is a hero. Treat him like one.'
'Great job! Our future is in good hands because of young men such as yourself.'
'The day you punish people who protect the helpless is the day you've lost humanity... ''
Austin and Pines recently had a chance to reflect on the incident on the Dr. Phil show, which showed Austin hugging and thanking Pines for saving his life. Pines has said that he hopes that everyone hangs out with Austin now and show him love because he deserves it, and he thinks he's a cool kid. A common factor in the different forms of bullying, is a lack of empathy. However, with so many past incidents of bullying resulting in the tragedy of suicide, the need for intervening has never been greater. We encourage children and teens to deal with bullying by walking away, seeking support from peers and adults, and trying to resolve conflicts without it escalating and becoming physical. However, incidents such as this can test the reality of what intervention is needed in a split second when defending another classmate or yourself. There is a call of action needed not just for teens to defend one another against physical violence, but to actually take part in the movement in raising awareness through conversation and making a difference in their community by teens starting anti-bullying programs in their school, and in outside community programs. Nurturing our natural ability of empathy and connection with one another is the heart and soul of stopping bullying.
"When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That's when you can get more creative in solving problems." ~Stephen Covey
Joshua Soto, MA is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern (639) in private practice in Irvine, CA. Josh specializes in working with pre-teens, teens, and young adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, and bullying issues. He is employed and supervised by Dr. Renee Miller, LMFT (43207) at 18023 Sky Park Circle, Suite G, Irvine, CA. Josh is listed on http://www.psychologytoday.com, and accepting new clients. He can be reached at (714) 422-0396
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Young Girl, Why Are You in Pain?

Young Girl, Why Are You in Pain?

 

Little girl, precious soul
My heart won't let me ignore your pain. Why do you feel the need to abandon your innocent life just to be hurt? It started with the phone chats till 3 am in the morning. You let the night slip away as you tossed and turned around holding your iPhone. Eyes became sore and red but you stayed up all night as Tim, Tom were on your mind. Ah, the pain became unbearable, it made you fall asleep in class as you needed more rest. The rays of sunshine tormented you as they got through the blinds in Miss Flora English class room. She even shouted your name three times just to wake you up. Why do you hurt your self? Your body needed rest and time to recharge but you let the night slip away.

As if that wasn't enough, you went on to thread your eyebrows just to be Miss Popular. The other girls would laugh at you if your eyebrows weren't on fleek. So you took the pain again and bit your teeth just to get those eyebrows in shape with that lady twisting that horrible thread on your eyebrows. I wonder, if this pain was worth it. Then you went on to get the needle down your belly just to be like the popular girls in year 11 with a belly piercing. They said "Oh it was a precious thing to have at 16". Tears ran down your face as you couldn't hold the pain inside. It was unbearable. The guy used a big needle that almost scared you to death but you didn't want to be left out as your peers would at laugh you. Finally, after resting your back on that chair for an hour, you had your piercing. Oh not to forget, more than six weeks of healing and sleepless nights. You almost took the piercing out as the pain was excruciating.

Again, you wore those nine inches heels that hurt your knees. Remember the mischievous night out without telling mother; you were so drunk as you had gone to the club with your girlfriends out for a birthday with a fake id. You danced and felt like you were on cloud nine. It was surely a night to remember. Forgetting that you are in your heels, you took the wrong step up to the stage where that supposedly handsome dj blasting away his music and you fell down. It was such a painful fall that they had to call the ambulance just to get you to the nearby hospital. Why you were you letting your self be in that pain? On top of that, you had drunk so much that you had a horrible hangover. I almost thought you were going to lose your life.

Oh, you do everything just to be like the other girls in your year. You spend 2 hours getting ready putting that red lipstick, mascara and that whitish powder on your face that makes you look older. I thought you were 25. Not to mention, you gluing those crazy hair extensions and spraying that hair spray that smells like a truck exhaust pipe. I almost choked to death as you were trying to get your hair puffy.

My question is why you are trying so hard to be like those girls on TV?
Can't you see you are so young and beautiful?
Why do you use such harsh chemicals and make up on your flawless skin?
Why starve your self to be a size 6? All you eat, let me say drink is that disgusting green liquid that you spent a month taking and avoiding proper food that would nourish your soul.
Haven't I told you are beautiful just the way you are?
Your personality can draw the whole city. Born and wonderfully fearfully made, you don't need to keep up with the trendy girls.
Why do you put yourself in so much pain?
The pain isn't worthy it. Enjoy your teen years and understand something.
You are beautiful.
Kudzai Pasirayi is an ingenious writer/ blogger penetrating age, race and religion through publishing posts, articles, books and spoken words on various platforms.
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2015 Hazardous Toy Alert and Safe Shopping Tips, Too

2015 Hazardous Toy Alert and Safe Shopping Tips, Too

 

Merry Christmas and happy Hanukkah everyone. The shopping season is in full-swing, and even on Thanksgiving, bargain hunting trumps family nowadays. So shop we will, and that means toys for all the children on our lists-purchased in stores and/or online--so beware of the dangers lurking behind the colorful packaging.
The consumer safety organization W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm) reminds us that the toy industry is big business, indeed, and brings in some $2 billion in sales every year in just the U.S. alone. The group also says that, "... while there are dangerous toys being sold in retail stores and online, awareness this holiday season and year-round can truly save lives."
Need some convincing? Well, here you go:
  • From 1990 to 2011, toy-related injuries increased by 40%.
  • In 2013 alone, there were more than 25,000 toy-related injuries.
  • A child is treated in U.S. emergency rooms every 3 minutes for toy-related injuries.
  • Between 2010 and 2013, 50 children died in toy-related incidents.
So, be well-advised about the possible dangers lurking on toy shelves-both the brick and mortar and virtual kinds-and think twice before purchasing...
  1. Battery-operated riding vehicles that might unexpectedly accelerate.
  2. Items from China, such as dolls, that might contain potentially toxic phthalates, chemicals that make plastic more flexible.
  3. "Fashion jewelry" from China that may contain harmful heavy metals.
  4. Items that contain small, rattling beads that can pose a choking hazard.
  5. Toys with attached small, easily removed parts, such as eyes on stuffed animals, that can pose choking hazards.
  6. Stuffed animals for the very young, as they can pose a suffocation hazard.
  7. Toys with easily opened battery compartments.
  8. Toys with small but strong magnets; if swallowed, these can cause internal injuries.
  9. Toys that use button batteries that, if swallowed, can leak toxic compounds.
  10. Toys made of easily broken or shattered plastic or glass, such as porcelain dolls.
Moreover, use the age recommendations on the packaging as a guide, but keep the child you're gifting clearly in mind, too. For instance, does everything he can get his hands on go in his mouth? Is she a bit reckless with toys? Does he tend to pull apart toys and stuffed animals? You get the idea... Purchase accordingly.
Also, Dr. Young-Jin Sue, a pediatrician at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, reminds us: "In general, toys small enough to hide inside a cardboard toilet paper roll may present the most risk for choking. Try to avoid these items and stick with larger toys with few detachable parts."
And check out Sarah Mazzone's madeinusachallenge.com, too, for help on sticking with American-made toys--and other products, as well--as they are more rigorously regulated and inspected than those made outside of the USA.

The bottom line: To keep the merry and happy in this gift-giving season, take heed for safety's sake.
Carol is a learning specialist who worked with middle school children and their parents at the Methacton School District in Pennsylvania for more than 25 years and now supervises student teachers at Gwynedd-Mercy University and Ursinus College. Along with the booklet, 149 Parenting School-Wise Tips: Intermediate Grades & Up, and numerous articles in such publications as Teaching Pre-K-8 and Curious Parents, she has authored three successful learning guidebooks: Getting School-Wise: A Student Guidebook, Other-Wise and School-Wise: A Parent Guidebook, and ESL Activities for Every Month of the School Year. Carol also writes for examiner.com; find her articles at http://www.examiner.com/wise-parenting-in-philadelphia/carol-josel. For more information, go to http://www.schoolwisebooks.com.
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Great Kid Books

Great Kid Books

Best books for 0-5 year olds
Best books for 6-8 year olds
Best books for 9-11 year olds
Best books for 12-14 year olds and beyond


Great Kid Books

10* The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis Great Kid Books



 


09* The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Great Kid Books


08* The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter Great Kid Books

07* The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg Great Kid Books




 

06* Charlotte's Web by E.B. White Great Kid Books

 


05* Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown Great Kid Books

 


04* The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss Great Kid Books

 


03* Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Great Kid Books



 


02* The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Great Kid Books

 



01* Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak Great Kid Books




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Best books for 9-11 year olds
Best books for 12-14 year olds and beyond































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    Best books for 6-8 year olds
    Best books for 9-11 year olds
    Best books for 12-14 year olds and beyond     
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Emerson School's 2016 Mock Newbery Nominations

    All the Answers, by Kate Messner
    Appleblossom the Possum, by Holly Sloan
    Bayou Magic, by Jewell Parker Rhodes
    Chasing Secrets, by Gennifer Choldenko
    Diary of a Mad Brownie, by Bruce Coville
    Enchanted Air, by Margarita Engle
    Fish in a Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
    Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures, by Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce
    The Seventh Most Important Thing, by Shelley Pearsall
    Shadows of Sherwood, by Kekla Magoon

 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak


   
Best books for 0-5 year olds
Best books for 6-8 year olds
Best books for 9-11 year olds
Best books for 12-14 year olds and beyond


Miss WORLD 2015

Miss WORLD 2015 


































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Miss WORLD 2015
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Miss World 2015
The 65th edition of Miss World kicks off on November 21, with the arrival of the first contestants in Sanya, The People's Republic of China, Culminating with the Grand Final on Saturday 19 December at the Beauty Crown Grand Theatre, Sanya.
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The Most Beautiful Women on Earth
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Miss World 2015
Date     19 December 2015
Presenters     Tim Vincent, Megan Young, Angela Chow
Entertainment     Yu Wenxia, The Wholls, Julian Believe
Venue     Crown of Beauty Theatre, Sanya, China PR
Broadcaster     E!, Phoenix TV
Entrants     114
Placements     20
Withdraws     Barbados, Belarus, Canada, Chad, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Kosovo, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Martinique, São Tomé and Príncipe, Switzerland
Returns     Botswana, Bulgaria, Chile, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Macedonia FYRO, Samoa, St. Kitts & Nevis, Zambia
Winner     Mireia Lalaguna
 Spain

Miss World 2015, the 65th edition of the Miss World pageant, was held on 19 December 2015 at the Beauty of Crown Theater in Sanya, China PR. 114 contestants from all over the world competed. Rolene Strauss of South Africa crowned Mireia Lalaguna of Spain as her successor at the end of the event. This is the first time Spain has won the title of Miss World.