Puzzling: iTunes Game for Toddlers and Kids

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You know as a parent that balance is important in any area of your toddler or child’s life.  It is important to get kids and teens outside for physical exercise.  This blog is about mental activities with the Apple iTunes store.  Here are some suggestions that have been tried out.



This puzzle game is played by over 5 million families world-wide.  It involves learning so that makes it a fun we to stimulate your child’s brain.  It is a pre-school and kindergarten game.  What exactly does your child learn?  In addition to vocabulary, there is a building of spatial recognition.  Add to this the development of fine motor, memory, and cognitive skills and it is worth the money. This tactile game also appeals to children with autism and children with special needs.  The puzzles serves to improve your child’s grasp of shapes, colors, numbers, food, and ABC. They also cover children’s favorite topics – animal, car, princess, dinosaur, train, and more. New educational puzzles are added constantly.


Adult/Child Participation

This is a game that you can play with your child.  Graphics are professional

Parents Creating a Positive Home for Discussions and Learning

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What parent doesn’t want to have his or her child succeed in school? Parents project ahead and want their child to be eligible for professional careers. At the same time, they also want their child to be fulfilled and happy.

There are some questions that parents can ask themselves. The world is a school room and both parents and children are learning, individually and collectively.

  1. Are We Creating a Family that promotes happy interaction?

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Children pick up if parents are disagreeing with anger or giving each other the silent treatment. Children may not be asleep when parents raise their voices in anger.

Does an older sibling bully one of his/her siblings.? Parents may laugh it off, and render it to ‘sibling rivalry,’ but they need to talk to the child that may be suffering silently. All family members need to feel that he/she has a voice. There are NO stupid questions and NO stupid answers.

  1. Creating a Learning Environment

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The majority of families have concerns around television, video games and the internet. There should be absolutely no hand-held games, iphones, ipads etc at the dinner table. There should, if possible , be a dinner table. Too often, families eat at the television set.

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Conversation does not have to a constant – “And how was your day?” Parents can ask questions. “What is your opinion about…..”   “Should a dropped wallet be returned?”

Time for the television to be off and everyone reads for 15 minutes?

Parents need to be seen reading as well.

Introducing New Interests

To introduce your child to say, ski-ing is an expensive endeavour. Start simply by taking a young child to watch a soccer game. It is a good idea to make sure your child can swim. Swimming lessons are not only a necessity, but it can be a place for your child to socialize and make friends.   Play ball with your kids . Vary the ball – soccer, baseball, fun golf games – hit a ball on a string.   Walk with your kids and point out nature. Have them collect leaves and take photographs of flowers.   Use the internet or a book to identify them. Fun family games, during camping or on rainy days help families to bond together.

Build on Successes

I was not a good math student but I excelled in literature. Parents should continue to focus on the positive. Use creative methods to help your child in subjects that are difficult. Supervise internet games in the area of math and science. Ask about subjects and topics being taught. Do some research if you can – not to give totally away – but as a way to ask questions and provide a little information.


Some kids and parents are NOT ‘morning people.’   Make sure that your child has his/her clothes ready for the morning. The same goes for packing books and having assignments packed on the day that they are due. Have a large calendar with assignments due written on it. Have a rule – No Assignments are to be done the night before they are due. Shoot to have the assignment done two days before and review it on the night

Tell you child how great and special that he or she is in your life. Tell them that getting an A in honesty, kindness and laughter is important as well.  Pauline.

Bullying: Discuss the Topic With Your Child

Unknown-2I am sure that your school has an anti-bullying policy.  Bullying hurts another person.  Bullying can be because a person is different in their looks, the way they dress or what food they eat.  The world is full of animals and people who are different.


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What the Bully Needs to Understand

It only takes seconds to be mean and to put someone down.  Yet, for the victim, it may take hours, days, weeks or years to recover and forget that hateful moment.  Some people remember all their lives that they were bullied.  It is mean to bully.  It is doubly mean if a person bullies in front of others and they join in.   Everyone feels pain.  Everyone is special even if they look or dress differently.

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A bully is a mean-spirited person.  They are so insecure that they need the approval of others.  To get this approval or notice – they bully a person.  If you are a victim – stop being one!  You are a beautiful person and you need to celebrate your race, culture and religion.  You need to stop being a victim.  Report a bully to the principal.  Report the bully to a teacher.  They will make an investigation or make it their duty to watch what is going on.  Never be fearful that other students will think that you ‘told tales.’  This is your right.  What is the alternative?  Are you going to let this bully continue to make your life miserable.  Love yourself enough to get help.

Kid’s Cooking: Feta Cheese on Melon

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Kid friendly meals; simple to prepare and nutritious.   Get your child to become active in his or her pursuit to healthy living.

Calories and Fat

A 1-ounce serving of feta cheese contains 75 calories and 6.03 grams of fat, of which 4.23 grams are saturated. Eating a diet that contains too much saturated fat can raise your cholesterol levels, which increases your risk of heart disease. Too much saturated fat can also increase your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. Limit your intake of saturated fat to 10 percent or less of the total number of calories you consume each day, MayoClinic.com recommends.



Healthy adults should limit their intake of sodium to 2,300 milligrams or less per day. You should keep that number to 1,500 milligrams if you have been diagnosed with heart disease, are over age 50 or are African American. A diet that contains too much sodium puts you at an increased risk of stroke, kidney disease, high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. A 1-ounce serving of feta cheese contains 316 milligrams of sodium.

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6 slices of watermelon

3 oz (90 g) Canadian Feta, crumbled

Fresh mint leaves (a handful)

Balsamic glaze

Pink peppercorns, crushed



Scatter cheese over watermelon slices.

Add fresh mint leaves.

Drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Sprinkle with pink peppercorns.

Rules on the Bus: Poetry Theatre

Drama:  eric ode’s poem, “Rolling in the aisles” (published by meadowbrook press)


  Source: www.gigglepoetry.com/poetrytheater/rulesbus.htm

Summary:A student learns a hard lesson about riding the bus.

Presentation Suggestions: Have the students read or perform the poem in front of the class. Have the students act out the different lines while they read them.

Props: A row of student chairs representing the seats on a bus. Any other props are optional.

Delivery: The lines of the poem need to be read with poetic rhythm. For more information on poetic rhythm and how to perform poetry in classroom, please read the Performing Poetry section under the Teacher’s Resources.

Bus Driver
Other riders on the bus (optional)


Rules for the Bus 


Said our driver in September
as we climbed aboard the bus,


“There are rules you must remember.
Number one, you do not cuss.
Do not squirm and do not wiggle.
Do not squeak and do not squawk.
Do not laugh and do not giggle.
Better yet, don’t even talk.
Do not ever let me catch you
with your feet out in the aisle.
Sit as rigid as a statue
with a stiff and silent smile.
And you will not wear your mittens,
and you will not wear a mask.
And you will not bring your kittens,
and you shouldn’t even ask.
And you will not play with bubbles
or a yo-yo or balloon.
And for causing me such troubles
you will get them back in June.
Now the day is here. Begin it
with the words I have to say.
Kindly take a seat this minute,
and let’s have a pleasant day.”


Well, I listened very closely
to the messages I heard,
and, in all this time, I’ve mostly
followed each and every word.
I have tried to pay attention,
but of this, I must confess.
There’s a rule she didn’t mention,
and today it caused a mess.
It is not as if I planned it
with an evil attitude.
I am not that underhanded,
and I don’t mean to be crude,
but it causes quite a fuss,
and it might even be unlawful
to have climbed aboard the bus
when you have stepped in something awful.

The End!

© 2004 by Eric Ode. Adapted from the poem in Rolling in the Aisles, published by Meadowbrook Press. This classroom theater play version of “Rules for the Bus” is © 2005 by Meadowbrook Press.

Greg Smith: The 10 Year Old Who Went to College


Look, each person is unique and special regardless of how smart he or she is in school.  Some students who have difficulty in school, go on to successful later in life.  The story of Greg Smith is really, really unique.  He is now 20 plus years and still a genius because of his very high I.Q levels.  There is something equally important about Greg, he was nominated five times for the Nobel Peace Prize.  That to me, is as important as being brainy!

The Boy Genius

Can you image going from Grade 1 to Grade 8 in ONE year?  Greg graduated from elementary school at the age of 7 years.  He zipped through high school and by the age of 10, he was enrolled in college studying advanced mathematics and French.

Making a Difference in the World

Greg Smith with President Clinton
Greg Smith with President Clinton

Greg with his I.Q could have walked into any job and received a very high salary.  This was NOT important to him.  As a young boy, he started to be concerned about children’s rights in the world.  Back then, and now in 2016 many children do not go to school.  They are forced to work because their families are poor.  Many of these children work long hours and for very little money.  Some of their jobs are dangerous to their health.  Unlike students who go to school, these kids do not see that the future will change their lives.  You or children in your class may be dreaming of becoming a doctor, engineer, pilot, lawyer or owning your own business.  These kids do not have the education.  The majority of them cannot read or write.

Founder of International Advocates for Youth

Greg today - working in medical labs to make cheaper and more effective medicines
Greg today – working in medical labs to make cheaper and more effective medicines

Greg founded International Advocates for Youth.  His members are in other countries.  They raise their voices to bring change.  The more members, the more attention the world gives to these young people.  They have been strong in writing in newspapers and giving interviews on television in which ever country they live.  They are shaming factory owners and mining companies that exploit children.  They are asking governments to give more money to the poor so that children can remain in school.  If you are interested, here is their link.  They send a monthly newsletter.  Greg Smith is a genius with a heart!  You can make a difference at home, at school, in your community and in the world.  Go for it!  Pauline