Keeping Safe in Social Networking Sites

People socialise all the time in everyday life – it’s normal human behaviour. In today’s world, however, people are also socialising on the Internet thanks to a new type of website which connects people with common interests. These sites are commonly known as social networking web sites. Some of the most popular include YouTube, Bebo, MySpace and MSN Spaces. The popularity of these websites is quickly growing with many of them having millions of registered members. They attract people of all ages and are particularly popular with children and youth. Social networking on the Internet can be great fun, but with it there are some potential dangers that need to be addressed. If your children are using these sites (or plan to in the future) you need to help them understand the risks and provide them with strategies to stay out of danger. In this feature article learn more about these social networking websites, why children enjoy them so much, what the dangers are and what you can do to help your children them stay safe when using them.

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Face Painting Ideas For Kids

By Hollie Copeland


Face painting is the cause of amusement for kids, including girls and boys. Face-painting is usually done on special events like birthdays, festivals, sport events and other special occasions. Face-painting is not really a compulsion, but it serves as fun enhancer for the kids.

An important factor that should always be considered is that not any available paint or material can be applied on the face of the kids. Paints having the label of non-toxic are not meant for the sensitive skin of children, as they cause allergies and redness on skin. Paints should be chosen that are only meant for face painting. Paints available in pots or crayon form must be used for face-painting. Kids should be wearing old t-shirts so that they may not worry about spoilage of clothes. Paint should not be applied near eyes.

Face-painting can be made easier and fun-generating by following certain ideas. Before the face-painting activity, all the face-painting materials should be available like markers, paper, and mirrors. Then, the subject for the face-painting should be chosen such as colourful pictures, funny cartoons or creative designs.

Kids should be divided into groups. They can choose partners of their own choices. Face painting ideas can be desirable if children make rough sketches on a paper first. This may be time consuming, but children will be clear with the concept of face painting themselves. After the paperwork, one partner should start painting the face of the other partner.

Kids like to use accessories like stickers, colourful make-up material and tattoos. Children should be allowed to paint freely without any restrictions. Children should select stickers and colours for self-generated designs. After the painting is complete, allow the partners to see the mirror. An opportunity should be given to the artist to show the painting to others as well.

Some kids like putting temporary tattoos on their skin; they are easily available at very low prices. Tattoos are very much enjoyed by kids; they should be allowed to have fun with tattoos as well. Kids like to have tattoos on their arms, ankles, wrist and cheeks. Tattoos can be easily removed by applying cold cream and wiping it with a tissue.

Kids should be given creative ideas to paint by the parents; they can be given common themes that they are familiar with, like flowers, animals or cartoons. Other children should be involved by guessing what the artist has painted. Parents of children can add more fun for the children by taking snaps, either with Polaroid camera or with digital camera.

Face painting should be encouraged by giving prizes like eatable items, paints and colouring books. You should help kids in painting by identifying the artist in them. There are some children who feel that they are not good at drawing or painting. These children should be allowed to copy designs from magazines or from a colouring book. This would motivate them to take part in this activity, which will increase their confidence in painting skills.

For more information about face paints and other Face Painting Ideas visit Holly’s website

Read about Jesus’ Birth

[Via Mrs Cannon’s computer lab]

Read about Jesus’ birth at Bible Gateway, an online Bible with an amazing variety of translations including Contempory English, King James, and NIV.  A “Listen” button and an audio version are also available.  Search for Matthew chapter 1 and begin with verse 18.

Science Activity – Homemade ice-cream

In colder parts of the world, salt is often used on footpaths and roads to melt ice and snow. Salt is used on roads and walkways because it is inexpensive and readily available.

When ice melts, it absorbs heat energy from its surroundings. When you add salt to ice, the rapid melting of the ice can cool the ice and water to below 0°C. Before refrigeration was invented, ice and salt was used to produce the rapid cooling needed to make ice-cream.

See just how this works when you make your own homemade ice-cream.

Google Teacher Academy for Administrators

The Google Teacher Academy for Administrators is a FREE professional development experience designed to help K-12 educational leaders get the most from innovative technologies. Each Academy is an intensive, one-day event where participants get hands-on experience with Google’s free products and other technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, receive resources to share with colleagues, and learn how to apply examples from our innovative corporate environment.  Potential applicants include educational leaders or decision makers including (but not limited to) school principals, assistant principals, state, county or district superintendents, technology directors or coordinators, and CTOs who actively serve K-12 teachers and students.  For more information, please check out:  http://www.google.com/educators/gtaforadmins.html
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Apply before midnight, January 25th here:  https://spreadsheets.google.com/a/google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=dE1lYmFfTU4zN1RQWDBpX20wb3BsWXc6MA

Information Literacy – food for thought

from Marylaine Block, information and search specialist

Students sometimes seem to have a kind of magical view of the net, without a great deal of understanding of the information landscape on it and beyond it. The invisible net (and the visible library) remain largely invisible to them, because they appear to believe everything they need to know is available for free with a simple Google search — and, if they don’t find it there, that it doesn’t exist at all. My guess, though, is that, if absolutely forced to think about it, they’d readily admit this is not the case. So I’m offering here a few leading questions to ask at the start of information literacy sessions that might force students to examine their assumptions.


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The Family Book a tribute to the diversity of today’s families

by Todd Parr

From the Reviews:


PreSchool-Grade 2-

Todd Parr knows so well how to create fun and appealing books for children that promote self-acceptance and an appreciation of the diversity of modern society As he did in The Mommy Book and The Daddy Book (both Little, Brown, 2002), Parr introduces children to an array of families. There are so many different types of families, and THE FAMILY BOOK celebrates them all in a funny, silly, and reassuring way.

Each page contains one sentence about families. For example, midway through the book we read, “Some families live near each other,” which is humorously illustrated by two mouse holes with six sets of eyes peering out. The opposing page counters with, “Some families live far from each other.” Here we see two colorful, alien space families on opposite planets.

There is a wonderful vitality to the book thanks to the bold drawings, bright, nearly neon colors, and handwritten text. The illustrations are whimsical, and figures outlined in black show big ones and small ones, and families that look alike and relatives who look just like their pets. The art features both human and animal figures; thus, pigs depict both a family that likes to be clean, and one that likes to be messy. Some families include stepmoms, stepdads, stepsisters, or stepbrothers; some adopt children. Other families have two moms or two dads, while some children have only one parent.

Interspersed with the differences among families are the ways they are alike: all like to hug each other, are sad when they lose someone they love, enjoy celebrating special days together, and can help each other to be strong. His quirky humor and bright, childlike illustrations will make children feel good about their families.

Parents and teachers can use this book to encourage children to talk about their families and the different kinds of families that exist. And anyone trying to prepare children to understand, appreciate and embrace the differences that they will encounter in their lives. In particular, biracial, adoptive and alternative families will find this book a very special addition to their home libraries.


A wonderful, caring tribute to today’s diverse families”

Children who use technology are ‘better writers’

Children who blog, text or use social networking websites are more confident about their writing skills, according to the National Literacy Trust.

A survey of 3,001 children aged nine to 16 found that 24% had their own blog and 82% sent text messages at least once a month.     read more …

CSI- Crime Scene Investigation at school!

CSI- Crime Scene Investigation at school!

Third graders find unidentified skeleton on school campus.

and the post outlines the step-by-step scientific investigation that the students carried out.

Antidote for kids’ antisocial behaviors

A school-based intervention program for young children who display an antisocial behavior pattern or show clear signs of developing one has proven effective at encouraging positive interactions with teachers, parents, and peers, according to a new study.

Read more and watch the video here => http://bit.ly/5n81zr