Celebrate Your Child!


Dec 9, 2008

X'mas Gift Box



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Santa Claus and his sleigh



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X'mas Tree



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Origami - Panda

Origami - Penguin

Origami - Squirrels

Origami - Cow

1. Start with a square piece of paper.
















2. Next fold the tip of the balloon base down the centerline. The tip should cover about half of the folded length.
















3. Now unfold the balloon base and squash fold it as shown.


















4. You will end up with the pattern in the next photo. Now simply fold this in half to make the cow’s body.
























5. To make the cow’s head, use another square of paper.
















6. Fold it in half with the colored side (if any) on the outside.



















7. Next fold each half upwards, as shown in the next two photos


















8. Now crease the end of the folded rectangle, as shown below. The next two photos show how the head is folded. Each outside layer of the folded rectangle is squash-folded backwards.




















9. Now reverse fold the nose of the cow. Then fold the cow’s ears forward.


















10. Crease the neck of the cow at right angles to the head. Then do a reverse fold, as shown in these two photos.



















11. To make the neck fit into the body, reverse fold the bottom of the neck as shown below.

It can be tricky to get the right amount of fold: too little and it won’t fit into the body, too much and the head will be front heavy and fall forward.

You may want to use a small piece of tape or glue to keep the head in place.
















12. Decorated with pens, markers or crayons.














13. The COW is done !! Mooooo....

Origami - Dog

To have fun with your kid does not take much. Just use some creativity and both mother and son/daughter can have fun together.

Origami - Dog





1. Start with a piece of square paper.










2. If it is colored paper, put the colored side face down on the table as shown below.

Then fold along the diagonal to give a triangle.

















3. Now fold the corners together and unfold, to give a crease as shown.















4. Then fold the dog ears down, using the crease line as a guide.















5. Next fold the top and bottom of the head, away from you.
















6. Draw the eyes, a nose and a mouth. The dog is done!

Pussycat, Pussycat


Pussycat, pussycat,
Where have you been?

I've been to London
To visit the Queen.

Pussycat, pussycat,
What did you there?

I frightened a little mouse
Under her chair.

Hickory, Dickory, Dock


Hickory, dickory, dock,

The mouse ran up the clock.

The clock struck one,

And down he run,

Hickory, dickory, dock.

Jack and Jill


Jack and Jill went up the hill,
To fetch a pail of water,
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.


Up Jack got and home he ran,
As fast as he could caper.
There his mother bound his head,
With vinegar and brown paper.

Mary Had a Little Lamb


Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow,
And everywhere that Mary went,
The lamb was sure to go.

It followed her to school one day,
That was against the rule.
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school.



And so the teacher turned it out,
But still it lingered near
And waited patiently about,
Till Mary did appear.

Why does the lamb love Mary so?
The eager children cry.
Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know,
The teacher did reply.

Baa, baa, black sheep


Baa, baa, black sheep,

Have you any wool?

Yes sir, yes sir,

Three bags full.

One for my master,

And one for my dame,

And one for the little boy

Who lives down the lane.

One, Two, Three, Four, Five ..


One, two, three, four, five

Once I caught a fish alive.

Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,

Then I let it go again.

Why did you let it go?

Because it bit my finger so

Which finger did it bite?

This little finger on the right.

Creative Art - Origami

My son and I love to do origami as a hobby. This, I hope will develop his creativity.

When folding the papers and resulted as a dog, cow, squirrel, penguin ( I am trying to make a paper zoo here !! ;-) ) will definitely bring some smiles and laughter to the whole family.

Get ready to read !




This activity is provided by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc. Get Ready to Read!, a program of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc, aims for all preschool children to have the skills they need to learn to read when they enter school.

Why is early literacy screening important ?

Research shows that learning to read is a process that begins long before children enter kindergarten. During the pre-kindergarten years, children develop the early literacy skills that help them to learn how to read during the first few years of elementary school. Early screening and intervention are the keys to overcoming reading difficulties and avoiding the problems that go along with them. Early literacy screening:

1. Helps parents and early childhood professionals understand each child's progress towards developing literacy concepts and acquiring skills.
2. Helps to identify developmentally appropriate experiences and teaching that can be used to support early literacy learning.
3. Alerts early childhood professionals and parents to seek additional advice if a child does not appear to be making appropriate progress.

Pre-screening Tools

Use this 20-question research-based screening tool with your four-year-old. The score will show if your child's pre-reading skills are weak, strong, or somewhere in between. And activities and resources to improve those skills will be provided.

This tool is designed to screen a child twice during the year before kindergarten. Use the tool first in the fall one year before your child enters kindergarten, and again the next fall before kindergarten begins, to measure the child's progress. Don't use the tool more than three times in a year. It's not designed to measure small changes, and children develop new skills gradually.


Directions

The Get Ready to Read! screening tool has a sample question and 20 questions. When you've finished all 20 questions, the tool will be scored automatically.

How to use the Get Ready to Read! screening tool:

1. Find a quiet time to work and set aside about 10-15 minutes to complete the screening tool.

2. Sit next to the child in front of the computer screen. Give the child control of the mouse if he or she knows how to use it.

3. The screening tool begins with a sample question. Use this question to make sure that the child knows what to do. Point to the pictures in the sample question and say to the child: "Let's look at some pictures. I will ask you a question about them, and you point to (or click on) the picture that is the best answer. Let's try one."

4. Remember, read aloud the statement that appears at the top of the sample question, slowly, clearly, and exactly as it is written on the screen. Ask the child to point to (or click on) the best answer. This is a sample question, so you may give hints and feedback only on this question to make sure the child understands the instructions.

5. When you are confident that the child understands what to do, click on "start" at the bottom of the sample page to continue to the first question.

6. Read the statement at the top of the page to the child exactly as it is written on the screen. You or the child should click on the picture that the child chooses as the answer. Click on "next" to continue to the next question. Continue in this way through all 20 questions.

After the 20th question, click on the "Get Score" button to get the child's score.

What if:

The child wants to stop? Say: "We have just a few more. Let's try to finish." If the child stops paying attention, take a short break. Start with the next unanswered item. If the child is not able to start again, restart the screening tool at the beginning a few days later.

The child asks for help? Say: "Try to do it yourself." You can repeat a question, but don't offer more help.

The child says the answer instead of pointing to or clicking on it? Say: "Can you show me? Put your finger on it."

The child points to more than one picture or changes an answer? Say: "Can you pick just one?" Choose the child's final answer.

The child asks if the answer is right? Give a vague answer: "You're doing a really good job." Respond the same way whether the answer is right or wrong.

The child answers too quickly, or points to the picture in the same position every time? Say: "Take your time. Look at all the pictures before you decide." The child may be tired. Take a short break.


Grow a Butterfly Garden

Your kids will watch in wonder as flowers that they've planted become home to colorful butterflies.

Materials needed:

· Flowering plants or flower seeds
· Clean, empty milk carton
· Scissors
· Gardening tools
· A small garden plot, a few large planters, or windowboxes

What to do:

Step One: Butterflies like flowers that are fragrant, have large petals or blossoms, and require bright sunlight. These types of plants give butterflies easy access to their food: nectar from the flowers. Which flowers are best? Try giant swallowtail, prickly ash, swallowtail ash, violets, pansy, pearl crescent, asters, milkweed, ageratum, bee balm, bougainvillea, calendula, coneflower, dahlia, daylily, geranium, hibiscus, marigold, milkweed, snapdragon, yellow sage, and zinnia.

Step Two: Choose a location for your butterfly garden that has good soil and plenty of direct sunlight.

Step Three: Make sure the garden soil is moist, then begin to plant your plants or seeds (see seed packets for directions). Keep in mind that groups of flowers are easier for butterflies to migrate to, so plant your flowers in bunches.

Step Four: Lay some flat stones on the ground near your flowers. Butterflies will perch on the stones and bask in the sun.

Step Five: Next, you'll want to create a shallow puddle (or puddles, depending on the size of your garden.) This gives the butterflies a place to drink water and socialize.

To make the puddle, cut the top off the milk carton using your scissors, leaving the sides about 1-1/2 inches high.

Step Six: Now, clear a space in the garden for your "puddle." Put the carton directly on the soil. You can add a few stones to decorate the outer edge of the carton and keep it from blowing away. This will also give the butterflies other perches to rest on.

Step Seven: When the carton is secure, fill it with clean, fresh water.

Step Eight: Remember to water your garden regularly and keep any weeds and grass from crowding out the flowers.

Step Nine: Watch how your garden grows and attracts beautiful butterflies all season long!

What's Missing? Memory Game

Test your toddlers' memory skills. Can he/she tell what's missing in this fun game?


Materials

Various household objects or small toys

Directions

1. Test your toddlers' memory skills by placing a few toys or household objects in front him/her.

2. Allow him/her to study them, then have him/her close his/her eyes while you remove one object.

3. See if he/she can tell you which object is missing.

Colour Cards

Materials

Construction paper
Black marker
Scissors
Clear contact paper

Directions

1. Make up two sets of cards from construction paper.

2. Start with only a few colors, working your way up to the nine basic colors (red, green, blue, brown, yellow, orange, purple, black, and white).

3. If you like, write the names of each color on the card.

4. Cover the cards with clear contact paper.

5. Spread the cards out on a table and begin by picking up one of the cards and saying, "I have a red card. Can you hand me the other red card?"

6. After a while, your child will enjoy matching the cards all by herself.

7. Store the cards in a small Ziploc bag when not in use.

Eggs Sort

Even toddlers too young for sorting and matching activities will have fun playing with these colorful plastic eggs.

Materials

12 plastic Easter eggs
Glue gun
Egg carton

Directions

1. Purchase a dozen inexpensive plastic Easter eggs in three to six different colors.

2. Use a glue gun to glue the two parts of each egg together.

3. Encourage your child to sort the eggs by color.

4. If you like, color the compartments of an egg carton to match the eggs; have your child place each egg in a compartment of the same color.

5. Store the eggs in the egg carton when not in use.

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