Archive for August 2009
WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME
HOW CAN WE LIMIT THE SPREAD OF H1N1 VIRUS (SWINE FLU)?
The most important thing is to keep sick people away from healthy people. So if your child is sick, you must keep your child home. Staying home when sick stops the spread of the flu and helps the sick person get well.
Answer these questions every morning before sending your child to school or child care:
- Does your child have a fever (100º F or 37. 7ºC)? If you don’t have a thermometer, feel your child’s skin with your hand. If it is much warmer than usual your child probably has a fever.
- Does your child have a sore throat, cough, body aches, vomiting, or diarrhea?
If you answered “yes” to both questions above, your child might have the flu. Keep your child home from school for 7 days or until symptoms are gone for 24 hours, whichever is longer.
If you checked “yes” to only one of the questions above, keep your child home from school until symptoms are gone for 24 hours.
I also use the Kumon Workbooks for Maze, Tracing, Numbers and Words. One thing is that I do have to control them and not letting them finish the whole book in one day. 🙂
This is another follow up post about teaching languages.
I bought this Professor Parrot Speaks Spanish DVD for my children a year back. Also in our library, we have a few Spanish books. Just thinking to at least give them some exposure to this language, get some familiarity and comfort.
2 months ago, my eldest daughter just come and tell me, “Mamee, I know how to count in Spanish from 1 to 10, uno, dos, dres, cuarto, cinco, …..diez”.
My point is: they won’t get confused after all.
Below are two sample worksheets I created f or my little princesses.
When I do the worksheet with them:
– I read the instruction aloud, point to the instruction word by word. I don’t expect them to recognize or pick up all the words. But I highlighted on keywords like ‘CIRCLE’, ‘START WITH’, ‘WRITE’.
This is another things I learn when managing the reading center, some sharing from some parents. Their children know the answer or how to do math, but when come to exam, because they don’t know how to read the instruction, they score poorly.
– I don’t expect them to know the word describing the picture, but at least I introduce to them what that object called in English (since we are chinese medium family) – another way to enrich their vocab.
For age below 3, the worksheet normally are surrounding maze, tracing. I did survey and compare Shichida worksheets and mainstream early childhood program like Kumon, they also has similar thing for this age group. This is the first step to train their writing / motor skill. And my two princesses enjoy it.
And what I learn from Shichida, we buy the whiteboard marker, and we put the paper into plastic ( those transparent paper holder you put in ring file one), then the kids can trace using the whiteboard marker again and again. No wasting of paper, and just nice for them as pencil is still to dangerous and a bit hard for them to grab at that age.