Reading is the Key to Learning

RJ loves to read so much. I was reading stories to her when she was a baby then she started to read by her own at the age of 3. Until now that she is 9 reading is one of her favorite pass time. Every time we go to bookstores or attend events with books, the book racks and brochure displays are what get her attention. I am thankful that she got both my and hubby’s passion for books as reading would be good for her as she grows up.

According to research, reading helps in child’s mental health. It helps improves child abilities in writing, spelling, grammar, vocabulary and comprehension. It also helps the child to be articulate. There are also studies that show that children with poor reading skills have poor understanding and get poor grades. Most of them have low self esteem thus, they fail to improve their abilities and develop full potential.

While your child is young, introduce him/her to good books and encourage him/her to read because reading is the key to learning.

Children and Arts

I love arts and everything about it. It brings me pleasure that I can’t explain. I am happy that RJ also got this passion for arts. She loves to draw, sketch, color and make crafts just like me. She appreciates amazing designs and crafts like this bar stools. She even asked me if we can make stools like these for our house. I suddenly wanted to ask the owner where they bought their bar supplies. 🙂

I must agree with RJ…the bar stools are lovely and so are the tables. She sure has good eyes for great crafts. I think it runs in the blood.

Not all children are born with passion for arts but do you know that you can develop this bond between your children and arts that will enhance their creativity? By doing so, you can help them express their emotions and improve their social skills as well. Arts can also heal your child’s fear and trauma.

What are you waiting for? Encourage your child now to draw, color, mold clays or explore even if it means getting their hands dirty.

Role Playing and Your Children’s Cognitive Development

Does your little girl love wearing your pumps and dress? How do you react when your little boy asks for his Dad’s heated motorcycle clothing or shades?

I remember RJ was nearly 3 years old when she showed interests with my stuff. I saw her wearing my shoes and slippers and playing with my bags. Now that she is nine, she sometimes asks if she can borrow them. There are also times she asks me if she can wear some make up. Honestly, I found it alarming at first. I thought that media is pushing her to be a grown up because it is what she sees on TV. But then I realized she just wanted to play dress-up and have a taste of how is it like to be an adult. Now, I am used to RJ’s dressing- up and role playing. She has done everything from being Cinderella, teacher, cashier and a Mommy like me. Everytime I watch her mimic characters especially “me”, I can’t help but smile. She is indeed a good actress.

This naturally occurring role-play is part of children’s growing up that helps them understand other’s thinking and beliefs and according to the experts, it contributes to children’s cognitive development. In research on pretense and cognitive relationship, experts found out that pretense helps in mind development, problem solving and other cognitive strategies, academic skill development, and social and linguistics competence.

So the next time your children ask for your or your husband’s stuff that you think cannot harm them, don’t say no. Let them express themselves and develop their abilities.

Christmas Family Game Ideas

Only 51 days before Christmas but I haven’t heard any Christmas carol yet unlike before wherein Christmas carols can be heard anywhere as early as September. It’s so unlikely for the country that has the longest Christmas celebration. However, I can still feel that Christmas is approaching because of the cold breeze most especially in the morning and dusk.

Christmas is the most awaited festivity of most Filipino families because aside from it is full of family oriented activities it is also the time for reunions. In fact, my families, both maternal and paternal side, have Christmas reunions every year. But this year, I want our reunion to be little different from the previous years. Instead of dress code, I want to order customized matching funny t shirts for the whole family. I find family matching shirts cute plus it would be a one-stop shopping for me.

Of course every family gathering wouldn’t be fun without games. Below are Christmas family game ideas and activities that can liven up family reunions:

1. The all-time favorite parlor games

•Trip to Jerusalem
•The Boat is Sinking
•Newspaper Dance
•Charades (guessing games)
•Bring me

2. Field Games

•Sack Race
•Tug of War
•Relays

3. Family Showdown

•Each family can prepare a song or dance number that they can present during the reunion. The family with the best performance will be the winner. Prizes can be cash or grocery items.

4. Family Bingo

•This simple yet famous card game can make family reunions more fun. Only one card per family. Prizes can be cash or grocery items.

Wait! Is it Christmas song that I am hearing right now?

♫ ♪ ♫   Have a holly jolly Christmas
It’s the best time of the year
Well I don’t know if there’ll be snow
But have a cup of cheer   ♪ ♫ ♪

Finally!

Giant Slides and Aqua Thrills

Last Sunday was our 12th wedding anniversary and as always, we didn’t have budget for a grand holiday. But still it turned out as an exciting and adventure-filled family day. We woke up early that morning to catch the early trips and with our kelty backpacks we headed to Splash Island and tried the water fun giant slides and aqua thrills.

It was our first time there. I thought RJ would be afraid of giant slides but I was wrong. She loved the water rides and was much braver than me. I am afraid of heights and giant slides. I always feel like I will fall out and drown even if I am not. But after some convincing from hubby and RJ and after mustering up some courage, I tried the Big Bamboo (an enclosed long steep slide) with RJ and the Rio Montañosa (the longest slide) with the two of them.

Giant Slide

Giant Slide
Rio Montañosa

Aqua Thrills

Aqua Thrills
The Big Bamboo

Waaah! I am thankful that my heart is in good condition. If not, I’ll have a heart attack for sure. Now I know why there’s a sign saying “Persons with heart ailment are not allowed” that is posted before each slide.

Thanks to hubby and RJ’s persistence. If not for them, I won’t be able to face and overcome my fears. It was an unforgettable thrilling experience. Now, I want to go back there and try again the giant slides.