Month: December 2016

Fun Kids Games

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Fun Kids Games

Any day’s a great day for fun kids games! Rain, shine, or any season is a perfect time to play games. Has it been awhile since you thought about fun kids games? Here’s a short list to jog your memory . . .

Do you remember “Duck, Duck, Goose”? It’s terrific fun, and can be played outdoors or in. And believe it or not, it’s fun for any age! Here’s how it’s played:
Have the children all sit down in a circle (make a smaller circle for the little tykes).

One person is “It,” and he or she walks around the outside of the circle, touching the other children’s heads saying “duck, duck, duck.”

When he comes to the person whom he wants to chase him, he calls “goose.”

The goose chases the “it” person around the circle, and the one who reaches the empty space first sits down.

The other one is now “It”!Add a few twists to the “Duck, Duck, Goose” game and you have another of the most fun children games called Indy 500:
Have the kids sit in the circle (on the floor, or in chairs) and give each a number and name of a car (example: 1’s are Ferraris, 2’s are Fords).

The game leader calls out a car name, and those cars have to get up and run around the circle.

The first person back to their spot wins . . . BUT, the cars can have “mechanical difficulties”, as their leader chooses.

The leader might choose to holler “run out of gas!” or “flat tire!” or “no muffler!” or “turbo boost!”

The person has to act/sound out those commands in their attempt to get back to their seat!Of course, Hide and Seek is always a favorite, and for a sitting game, Old Maid is fun for parents, too! Think back about the games you played, or thumb through some magazines. You’ll get excited to share ideas with your kiddos!

Laughter is wonderful medicine, and fun kids’ games are sure to invoke plenty of good times, whether there are two or twenty participants!

Teaching Kids Photography

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In February, 1900, the first Kodak Brownie camera was introduced to the country and photography became a past time that was made fun for America’s children. They were specifically marketed towards children and could be purchased for $1.00. It was a sturdy little black camera that was very easy to operate. When they bought a Brownie, the child was able to join the Brownie Camera club and enter photo contests for prizes.

Today, cameras can be a bit more sophisticated, however, so can our children. They’re using computers at the age of three and four. So, to introduce a 7 or 8 year old to the serious world of photography is very reasonable. You could begin by using an inexpensive point and shoot camera, rather than a high-end digital camera with all the bells and whistles. There’ll be plenty of time to graduate to the more complicated cameras once you’ve taught the child the basic operation and handling and they’ve demonstrated a serious desire learn photography.

The first lesson needs to be interesting and fun. If you get bogged down in mechanics, the child may become bored and lose interest quickly. Make it exciting. Get them their own fanny pack, teach them how to set it up with their camera and accessories, and take them out to a place where they can experiment with their new camera on subjects they find interesting. For example, if they like animals, find a park with a lake that has wildlife.

Start with the basics, don’t overwhelm the child with too many details. Have him hold the camera and identify the major buttons necessary to take a picture. Explain how to turn the camera on and how to insert the memory disk. Then show him how to use the viewfinder. This would be a good time to teach the child how to add interest to their photograph by shooting the subject off center. Allow him to experiment, guiding him to get some quality shots and enjoying the process.

Once you’ve finished the session, take the time to download those very important first pictures to your computer and print them. Discuss each photograph with your child; the good points as well as the areas needing improvement. Make up a little scrapbook of the “First Photo Shoot”. Take the best of the lot and put it in a frame to be displayed proudly. Encouraging the child may just result in a budding photojournalist who will soon be trading his little fanny pack for a full-fledged, quality camera case full of high-end cameras and accessories.

Accessories for Kids

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Once your children get to nursery or school age, they suddenly require all sorts of accessories for outdoors, kids hats, scarves, gloves, sun hats, waterproof trousers, rain coats, wellies and more. Getting out on time in the morning takes a great deal of planning and preparation, its worth looking at the weather forecast the night before so you have an idea of what you are going to need.

It can also be a bit of a nightmare keeping track of all their accessories. Kids hats, gloves and scarves are the standard winter requirements. Often having matching items makes it easier for your child to recognise their stuff when they are getting ready for playtime. Labels with their name on are crucial for keeping track of your childrens stuff, especially if it ends up in lost property. I have found several companies that print names on stickers and are suitable for everything. I have used them on the kids hats, scarves, gloves, wellies, lunchbox, school bags, shoes and all of their clothing. They are much quicker than sewing on labels and they can go on things that are not fabric. I have used them on my childrens water bottles at school and Tupperware boxes that are sent into school with cakes in for the school fete.

Waterproof trousers are fantastic for snowy or wet weather and my children were involved with the forest school scheme at school and they were a requirement if your child took part.

As far as storage goes it is crucial to have an easy way for the kids to be able to get their own accessories and put them away, I have a basket that is next to the coat hooks where we store all the kids hats, gloves and scarves. It makes it really easy for the children to find their own stuff when we are going out and to put it away again when we get home.

I realised early on that particularly gloves go missing and I found buying several cheap pairs meant that we could always find some when we needed them. If they are all the same colour then you will always be able to find a pair.

I also found that having two pairs of wellies one at home and one at the school made life much easier than trying to remember to take them home and then back to school, as again they were needed for forest school. I bought green wellies so they could be handed down from child to child.

Remember when you consider kids hats, you will need summer and winter versions for each child. It is really important to keep your children warm in the winter, but sun protection is also crucial. If you can get a legionnaire style which has a flap at the back, it will protect their neck and shoulders. It is also a good idea to give your children tops with long sleeves to protect their arms.

Help Your Kids Have Healthy, Beautiful Smiles

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One of the most important things that parents can do is help their children get comfortable with the idea of regularly seeing a dentist while still at a young age. A trip to the dentist is something that even many adults are hesitant to do, so it should come as no surprise that children are somewhat uneasy at the idea of someone poking around in their mouths.
Fortunately, if you are looking for a pediatric dentist in Olathe Kansas, Dr.Cobb DDS and his team understand the special care that little ones need.

The fifth largest city in Kansas is also a suburb of Kansas City, which means that the caring professionals at Dr. Cobb’s office are available to serve all the residents of the Kansas City area. From babies to young children, helping kids develop a good relationship with their dentist is the best way to ensure that they have a life time of healthy teeth and beautiful smiles.
Children can tell when they are dealing with adults who actually enjoy what they are doing, and the team at this particular dental office not only appreciate how important it is to help kids understand the value of good dental hygiene, they actually enjoy working with young people and it shows in everything that they do.

Beyond just helping kids understand the importance of good dental hygiene, this team of dental professionals also uses state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that every patient gets the top quality care and attention that they need.
Of course, sometimes it’s not just the kids that need a little extra attention, which is why these pediatric dentists are more than willing to answer any questions that parents may have regarding good dental hygiene for their kids. From questions about how to best clean a baby’s teeth to the safety of x-rays, they are willing to sit down and explain things in a way that will make both parents and children feel comfortable, safe, and cared for.

When it comes to dental health of the most vulnerable members of the family, an Olathe kid’s dentist who can take some of the fear and apprehension out of a trip to the dentist office is one that will help children of all ages have a bright and beautiful smile from birth all the way through adulthood. Whether it is a new tooth, a loose tooth, regular cleanings, or something a little more involved, kids deserve a dentist who understands them.

Teaching Kids the Basics of Charity

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Teaching children the concept of charity and giving can start early. By simple talks you can instill in a child the responsibility to look after those less fortunate. Parents can over think this but by talking simply to a child you can introduce the concepts to them.

Talk to Them at Their Level
You can talk to your child in age appropriate levels to help start the idea of helping people out. Simple lessons about a character with a specific problem like being hungry or tired can be told. Ask your child what they would do to help the character. The most common answer is the buy them something. At this point tell them the character just cant afford it. Follow this up quickly with an upbeat way of saying they can help out by raising funds for the character.

The basic concept of this is to guide the child along and help them understand that they can be a part of helping someone else.

Guiding a Group of Kids Through a Charitable Project
Kids can learn charity, responsibility and teamwork by putting together their own fundraising project. Picking an age appropriate activity is essential. Let your kids pick something they want to do for community service or a fundraising activity. They can pick something from visiting children in a hospital or baking for seniors to choosing an appropriate fundraising activity. This activity can be anything from selling old clothes out of their closet to getting together with classmates and friends to raise money for a campaign theyve picked.

With any kind of selling situation its always suggested that a child be followed by an adult. Coach your child and practice what to say to represent their charities. If they are determined they can add a lot of enthusiasm to their campaign just based on their age.

Not only does supervising a child or teen while they put on a fundraising campaign help them understand charity and the effort required but helps them learn to talk in front of others. Other skill sets they learn are how to follow instructions carefully, record keeping and time management.

Reward Their Efforts
If possible reward kids for the efforts. Take the kids to show them what their fundraising has changed. Show them the park they helped clean up, show photographs of people they have helped support. Whatever way is possible to uplift kids for a job well done.

Kern High School, KHSD, Trustee, Martha Miller, Bakersfield

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Devoted to Targeting Limited Resources to Directly Benefit Students

A budget is a document of competing priorities that demands tough choices. As a former teacher, I believe the classroom comes first. The Kern High School District derives the majority of its revenues from the State of California. The state economy has suffered through the worst recession in state history and the KHSD has seen its revenues from the state reduced by more than $30 million over the past two years. Allocation of funds for programs that facilitate student learning and support extracurricular activities is the priority. As a Trustee, I will look for ways to eliminate waste and direct every dollar possible to the classroom.

Clearly, the best investment in improved student achievement is more and more highly qualified teachers providing students more classes that provide for more opportunities for a successful high school experience. A large number of teachers reports their graduate and professional school training is inadequate in preparing them for their teaching duties. That makes on-going professional development a must! Fortunately, the high school district has a strong commitment to staff development. Currently the district is in the process of training its staff to work as Professional Learning Communities (PLC). Teachers participating in this model work collaboratively to design lessons and to analyze student work for mastery of concepts and skills taught. When mastery is not achieved, redesigns of lessons occur and students are re-taught. This collegial approach shows great promise for raising student scores. Teachers are learning from each other and developing strategies that enhance student learning. Researched based staff development like PLC, when done well, provides a great return on investment.

Learning power can be maximized with technology. Faster, more accurate and more detailed information about which students are struggling in which areas and why facilitates more effective remediation. The Kern High School District has been very aggressive, a state leader in fact, in advancing the use of technology to increase student achievement. Unfortunately, budget cuts have slowed District progress in this area in recent years. As a Trustee, my budget priorities would be more and better teachers first followed by maximum optimizing of technology in the classroom including more on-line offerings for students who are struggling to graduate and for students seeking to get a head start on college.

The Most Well Known Persona Of Barbie To Girls Is As A Fashion Barbie Doll

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As the world knows the Barbie dolls that you have seen being played with by countless girls is an iconic toy figure. This doll has truly set some incredible standards for many girls doll toys. There are very few other dolls who have the vast variety of clothes, accessories, shoes, cars, pets, and careers that Barbie seems to have. The most well known persona of Barbie to girls is as a fashion Barbie doll.

This doll is quite popular in all of the incarnations that you will find your Barbie doll going through. There are many stores that sell Barbie dolls which have been clothed in beautiful outfits. These many outfits reflect in part the various activities that Mattel desires Barbie to portray.

While most of us are familiar with the clothes of fashion Barbie we seldom give though to how these clothes can be made so they replicate clothes from the various eras. These clothes are for the most part made from material that is chosen so that it will not catch fire quickly. The material also need to be of the non toxic variety as these doll clothes are ones that girls will be handling.

As you look at the various fashion Barbie outfits you will notice how they fit in with the period of time that they represent. You will also find that these outfits can sometimes be priced a little expensively. Of these many clothes that can be worn by a fashion Barbie doll are ones which represent the many possible careers that Barbie follows.

To make the world of fashion Barbie even more complete there are lots of Barbie clothes sets which are sold separately. These sets may come in packs of 1 to 6 different outfits. These clothes packs are sold as fully equipped items. In each of these fashion Barbie clothing sets the clothes are made to be casual or formal. You have the choice of selecting the ones that you want.

In addition to all of these clothes there are accessories which can be used to make your fashion Barbie look fantastic. You can buy different types of shoes, hats, clothes hangers and also to store all of these items plus your fashion Barbie doll there are carry along wardrobes. As with the many Barbie items you will find both the expensive Barbie accessories and you can choose the middle of the range to inexpensive items to dress your fashion Barbie up.