Thursday, October 16, 2014

Christmas Ornaments on Elf On The Shelf

Christmas is soon approaching and little Hobb has already unboxed his super mini Christmas tree! I was at home when he took the Christmas tree out with his nanny. I let the two of them do the decorations while I was into something. By the time little Hobb told me that they were done, I was in shocked to see that the Christmas tree was only partially decorated. After a full day of sitting on the display table, I thought the mini Christmas tree has to be redecorated and that was what I did the whole evening after coming home from school. Of late, I really enjoy looking at Christmas ornaments for elf on the shelf

Hunting for a Bride's tanktop

Remember I blogged about magnetic bracelet in the previous post? Right after buying a magnetic bracelet, I went to look and I found a tank top for a bride. My cousin is getting married next month. Since her dress is lacy, she wanted to look for a tank top that would fit the top half of her dress so I am so glad I found the right one for her. Otherwise I would have to walk for another hour without finding anything in my shopping list. What I noticed in this solo shopping trip is that I no longer have the energy to walk non-stop. I actually had to make two stopovers just to catch up with my breath! :)

Buying Magnetic Bracelets

Two Sundays ago I was given a task to shop for magnetic bracelets. Since it was my first time of buying authentic magnetic bracelet, I was queasy to what I have signed up for. Having no idea of how to choose the right bracelet for my cousin sister, I decided to get opinions from all the seller I went to. Long story short, I got a good deal for one silver magnetic bracelet which also gave a 2 year warranty just in case something happens to it. I really had no idea that even magnetic bracelet has warranty cards. After the whole shopping experience, I can say I quite understand now that choosing a bracelet is not an easy task. You actually need to do some comparison and check for authenticity before buying. 

Leadership is...

I love this quote about leadership. 

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” – Jim Rohn

The Word "Export"

I think I am very much influenced by my little boy. He loves watching heavy machinery at work and I can't help but to also tap into his interest. He knows all the technical names there is to a machinery that he knows well. We were at a B-Quick service center last Monday to service our break lights and he was roaming around looking at cars being serviced. He must have overheard conversation from people around talking about car export because when he came back to me, he was asking me to export cars without knowing what 'export' meant. At this age, he doesn't just assume what a foreign word means but he knows how to properly ask for the meaning as well. My boy never fails to amuse me and his papa! :)

Reading Pointers for Toddlers & Preschoolers

So far, we have been doing home schooling schedule for little Hobb. One of his subject is reading. Here are several pointers I used to check on whether little Hobb is on the right track and I just want to put these pointers here for future reference! :)

  1. A stronger relationship with you. As your child grows older, he’ll be on the move—playing, running, and constantly exploring his environment. Snuggling up with a book lets the two of you slow down and recaptures that sweet, cuddly time you enjoyed when he was a baby. Instead of being seen as a chore or a task, reading will become a nurturing activity that will bring the two of you closer together.

  2. Academic excellence. One of the primary benefits of reading to toddlers and preschoolers is a higher aptitude for learning in general. Numerous studies have shown that students who are exposed to reading before preschool are more likely to do well in all facets of formal education. After all, if a student struggles to put together words and sentences, how can he be expected to grasp the math, science, and social concepts he’ll be presented with when he begins elementary school?

  3. Basic speech skills. Throughout toddlerhood and preschool, your child is learning critical language and enunciation skills. By listening to you read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, your child is reinforcing the basic sounds that form language. “Pretend reading”—when a toddler pages through a book with squeals and jabbers of delight—is a very important pre-literacy activity. As a preschooler, your child will likely begin sounding out words on his own.

  4. The basics of how to read a book. Children aren’t born with an innate knowledge that text is read from left to right, or that the words on a page are separate from the images. Essential pre-reading skills like these are among the major benefits of early reading.

  5. Better communication skills. When you spend time reading to toddlers, they’ll be much more likely to express themselves and relate to others in a healthy way. By witnessing the interactions between the characters in the books you read, as well as the contact with you during story time, your child is gaining valuable communication skills.

  6. Mastery of language. Early reading for toddlers has been linked to a better grasp of the fundamentals of language as they approach school age.

  7. More logical thinking skills. Another illustration of the importance of reading to children is their ability to grasp abstract concepts, apply logic in various scenarios, recognize cause and effect, and utilize good judgment. As your toddler or preschooler begins to relate the scenarios in books to what’s happening in his own world, he’ll become more excited about the stories you share.

  8. Acclamation to new experiences. As your child approaches a major developmental milestone or a potentially stressful experience, sharing a relevant story is a great way to help ease the transition. For instance, if your little one is nervous about starting preschool, reading a story dealing with this topic shows her that her anxiety is normal.

  9. Enhanced concentration and discipline. Toddlers may initially squirm and become distracted during story time, but eventually they’ll learn to stay put for the duration of the book. Along with reading comprehension comes a stronger self-discipline, longer attention span, and better memory retention, all of which will serve your child well when she enters school.

  10. The knowledge that reading is fun! Early reading for toddlers helps them view books as an indulgence, not a chore. Kids who are exposed to reading are much more likely to choose books over video games, television, and other forms of entertainment as they grow older.
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