Science

Science Is Not For Big Boys And Girls Only

We learn about science in school,right? Yes, we used to. However science should not be available only for the big boys and girls in schools. Can a toddler or a preschooler pick up science at home? Yes, why not?

My 3-year-old learned a science lesson today. He is learning how to grow a plant from seeds. We set up what we need using an avocado seed, 2 toothpicks, a small glass, green beans, water, saucer and some cottons.

We set up 2 experiments, One with the avocado seed and the other with the green beans. David helped to set up both the experiments. He got so excited that he shared it with his daddy and most of all, he had so much fun working on them. So, what exactly is David learning through these experiments?

Avocado Seed

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Plants grow from seeds. One of the earliest science lesson a young child can learn is knowing that plants grow from seeds. What are living things as well as non-living things? What else can a young child learn from these experiments?

Expand the ability to observe a process.  A young child has limited vocabulary. The process adds new words to what he or she already knows. Watching the process with an adult, he or she is learning to observe and talk about the changes that happen as time progresses to the seeds he or she planted. Meanwhile, for a child who is able to write, it teaches that child how to record an entire process.

What the 5 senses can do? While David learns to observe the seeds, at the same time he also learns about his body parts. For example, he sees with his eyes, he touch the seeds and materials with his hands, he smells with his nose and he hears with his ears.

Science is  not for the big boys and girls only. It should be made available to young children early on. There are so much more they can do and learn even at that young age. It’s never too early for them to start science right at home.

Easy & Quick Salmon Recipe


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Hello mommas. Are you looking for a quick and easy recipe for grilled salmon? Do you have a George foreman grill? This recipe is perfect for it.

Cooking Instructions

  1. Simply sprinkle some lemon peppers over the salmon fillets
  2. Preheat the foreman grill
  3. Place the salmon fillets on the grill
  4. Grill for 12 minutes (less if you like it)
  5. Remove the fillets but leave the skins on the grill
  6. Turn off the George foreman grill
  7. Remove the crispy skins from the grill and enjoy them

Try this recipe mommas. You will enjoy cooking this meal with your little one.

Challenges

Overcome Their Own Challenges

Overcome Their Own Challenges

To Dare Your Child To Dream Big, parents please do not belittle your child’s personal challenges, no matter how insignificant they may seem to you. Do you know your child takes on challenges on a daily or weekly basis? The ability to overcome a challenge, increases your child’s confidence. As he or she overcomes each challenge, his or her confidence arises and look forward to overcome more to find his or her place as a ‘big’ boy or girl.

Milestones Transition Sometimes, this is also how parents decide how ‘big’ their children are getting. As parents and professionals, we call it ‘milestones’, that is how they grow from one stage to the next. As parents, please take note. When your child reaches a milestone and is on the way to achieving the next, please do not stop the encouragement. It may take a while.. do not give up.

Be your child’s biggest cheerleaders, parents. A wise advice to our parents though, be as subtle or as discreet as you can. It would work out better this way.

What does it mean to belittle a child’s challenge? Sometimes, parents think whatever the child is doing is just simply wasting time. So they discourage the action. And if the child ignores it, parents put their children down in the hope to stop it. In this case, the act did not stop the child from trying again. It simply destroys the child’s worth. It is clearly not the best intent for your child.  If a parent disagrees, redirection is a better choice to replace belittling.

Personal Story

David spent several months trying to hop on the sofa with his knees while his hands stretched out on the sofa. Initially, I did not know what he was trying to do. If I thought he was goofing around, I could have stop it. But, he wanted to get it right. When he finally did it, he was so proud. He  knew he achieved something ‘big’ because he overcame it. Another ‘big boy’ moment.. to him.

Why is it important for parents to encourage their children to overcome their own challenges? Every time a child overcomes a challenge, significant or not, it gives a sense of achievement to that child. The more they overcome their own challenges, the greater confidence they have. The more they will learn to welcome challenges in your lives as they enter adulthood. It teaches our future young adults not to give up in the face of their personal life challenges. It also takes away the fear as they overcome the challenge one at a time.

Parents, do not take on the challenge and solve it for your children. Let them own their challenges and allow them to solve it themselves. They will turn around and thank you in the future.

 

Happy New Year 2016!

2015 was an awesome year for PWTER.  We began our journey in March. By the end of the year, we had about 250 visitors visited our site. We would love to see substantial growth in 2016.

PWTER would like to express our gratitude to your support and for reading our blogs. We hope you have benefited from visiting our site. We would like to continue this journey with you in 2016. Leave your thoughts with us so we can serve you better in 2016. We love to hear from you.

Last but not the least, we wish you all a ‘Happy New Year’. May the year 2016 be the best year for you ever! Enjoy the last days of 2015 and stay safe everyone.

Benefits From Learning Phonic Early

Did you know the benefits from learning phonic early are tremendous? Your child picks up words, a whole new language, early reading and eventually spelling. It gives confidence and prepare your child well ahead of time for school. We share an account of how learning phonic early helps David where he is now.

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Benefits from learning phonic early

David typed this on the computer screen yesterday . It amazed me how close he was to getting the spelling correct. He is now 3 years and 3 months old.

When David was 2, he became interested in numbers and alphabets and the sound that each letter made. He started viewing videos that taught alphabets’ sounds. It was his early journey in learning phonic. He watched videos from ABC Mouse and YouTube.  What kept him learning was his interest in it and it was fun for him.

Today, I see the benefits of David, learning phonic early on. It helps in his reading. He actually read at first grade when he was 2.5 years old. It helps in picking up words and now in his spelling at 3.

It’s never too late to start learning phonic. Whether your child picks up phonic earlier on or later, it’s important to begin now. You know you’ll reap the benefits like David did if you begin today.

As I’ve always said, never force learning. Know where your child is at and pick up from there. Every child is unique and special. It’s important to know your child and knows what will help and what would not.

Parents, please take heed. Remember you are the one who lead, guide and inspire your child. They need direction not discipline when it comes to their learning. Keep trying and don’t lose hope.

One day you will see and reap the benefits of your perseverance, just like potty training, do you agree?

Wish I Was Told


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Have you ever wish you have some tips on potty training before you begin your journey on it? If you have something to share on your experience with potty training your child, please write your story and share with our readers. We would love to hear from you.

Coloring

Coloring Inside Lines

Is coloring inside lines for preschoolers?

Just a week ago, I discovered David’s new-found ability to color inside the lines. For a 3-year-old, this is absolutely thrilling for mommy. I have observed David for a while since he turned 3, hoping to see new skill like coloring inside the lines coming. Of course, when mommy discovered this new skill David had, mommy was absolutely happy and proud. Photos taken and posted on Facebook. Then mommy did a little research on this skill and found out something interesting, which would lead us to the next point of the discussion.

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Coloring inside lines

Is it necessary for preschoolers?

After some research, I discovered that this skill is not necessary needed for the preschoolers. In fact, the ability to color inside the lines is a debatable subject between parents and the professionals. Some parents let their children do some  coloring on coloring books to keep them occupied while parents get some work done. The activity is a good idea if the children are given more options such as blank papers to encourage drawings, and other fine motor and textile activities that need least supervision.

The skill is necessary to improve a child’s fine motor control. But according to the professionals, such a skill can stifle creativity in a child. If a child learns to restraint and hold back from his/her creativity, in this sense, it is not a good idea. Artistic ability and creativity are however  encouraged and hopefully not stifled. I totally agree with the professionals.

Of course, when a child is ready for Kindergarten, this skill is often used in the classroom. Follow instructions and working on worksheets are part of a Kindergarten curriculum. Teacher requires that our kids are able to color well inside the lines and using proper colors. By the time a child is ready for Kindergarten, he/she requires to know how to color inside the lines. If not, by the end of the year, a child will be able to do so. So, in that sense, this skill is then required at age 6, not so before then.

What we as parents can do?

If your child is able to color inside the lines early, that’s awesome! As part of your preparation to get your child ready for Kindergarten, you can continue to encourage that new skill in your child. But at the same time, encourage and offer opportunities for creativity and artistic ability. Never ever stifle his/her gift. Always encourage and support what he/she is good at. For a young child who is ever learning, always, nurture and direct. Encourage learning and growth.

Keeping in mind that our language we use matters. Simply because we can either break or raise them the best they are.  As professionals, please keep in mind that our children are under your care for that part of their lives, you influence their growth. If we can trust our children in your hands, we can know they have a great future ahead of them.

 

Autumn Fun With Your Toddler?


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Are you thinking of what activity/craft to do with your little toddler this Autumn? This is one that PWTER recommend. Try it! Your little one would like this. Have fun.