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Friday fun for Chinese New Year

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What do you get when you cross a sheep and a porcupine?
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.: An animal that can sew its own sweaters.

[Friday fun] A platypus went into a bar and …

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The platypus went into a bar.
He bought two sodas.
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“Just put it on my bill” said the platypus.

[Thought for Thursday] What kids remember

[Kids] don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are”

Jim Henson

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Just for fun … apples and oranges

Just for fun - apples and oranges

If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in other hand, what would you have ?
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7 Days of Christmas – Fiction Activities for Roald Dahl books

roald_dahl_FAAs part of my 7 Days of Christmas promotion, this package, Collections of links to Roald Dahl Fiction Activities, is available for just $7.00 (Normal price $29.50).

Roald Dahl books are wonderful for reading aloud in a primary school classroom. They are imaginative and exciting, and will certainly engage your class.

There are so many teaching opportunities using Roald Dahl’s fabulous books. The storylines truly lend themselves to discussions and the stories will engage the children’s imaginations and allow the challenging vocabulary to soak in.

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Unconditional love

“Whatever they grow up to be, they are still our children, and the one most important of all the things we can give to them is unconditional love. Not a love that depends on anything at all except that they are our children.”

Rosaleen Dickson

Just for fun – What happened to the hyena when he ate an oxo cube?

What happened to the hyena when he ate an oxo cube?

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He became the laughing stock!

Make reading one of a child’s deep and continuing needs

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”

Maya Angelou

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Feeding Your Picky Eater

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I sometimes wonder how some children manage to get enough energy to keep them going and going and going. If your youngster is one of the many who pick and choose the foods they like most, he or she may often get on food jags, eating the same foods for all meals or even refusing food altogether. In my house this week, my 3-year-old is refusing to eat anything but peaches and bread! But I’m not too worried about this new phase; experts suggest it’s normal and may not last too long. In fact, in most cases like this, children are getting all the nutrients they need despite their limited intake.

As children grow, their needs start to change. The rapid growth they experienced in the first couple of years of life starts to slow and they require less food. Between birth and age 2, babies will as much as quadruple their weight, but then they will gain only a few pounds a year between the ages of 2 and 5.
Toddlers and preschoolers are asserting their new-found control when they play with toys instead of sitting at a table, or eat only the same foods meal after meal. It’s OK to allow your child to assert a certain level of independence.

Still, there are ways you can keep your child’s nutrition on track. Remember to avoid offering snacks too close to mealtimes. (There really was some merit in your mom’s telling you this would ruin your appetite!) And don’t allow your child to fill up on juice and milk at mealtime. One way to achieve this is to limit fluids offered at the table until after the meal has been eaten.

If you are concerned that your child’s menu is too limited, keep in mind that you are his or her role model. If you don’t eat green vegetables, it’s likely that your child won’t eat them either. Lately, I’ve found that my son has developed an interest in what the people around him are eating. During a recent trip to a restaurant he ate the entire serving of broccoli off my plate and has been obsessed with vegetables ever since!

Finally, if you want to introduce new foods to your child, be realistic. It takes many introductions of a new item until it is accepted and familiar. Start by offering only small samples, but make sure that you try repeatedly and don’t give up if it’s refused on your first try.

If you’re also dealing with a picky eater, it’s usually not worth all the battles to get your child to eat what you’ve planned for him or her — and you may find yourself making the same threats your parents made when you were young. I know that in my house we may be trading some vegetables for dessert in the near future.

Author: Cheryl Koch, M.S., R.D. Read the comments and discussion here