Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Homeschool

What is the best school for my children? I have a two-year old and a one-year old sons. Peple around me are starting to ask when are they going to school? If it were up to me, they will probably start school at around 4 years old; same time I went to school. If I were to base it on the trend nowadays, my eldest should be enrolled this school year.

I believe, and this is backed up by some experts, that studying should start in the home. The usual reason parents send their children to school early is that no one can teach them in their house. For those who are privileged enough to stay at home with their kids, homeschool them.

I found this "school" where they teach you on how to homeschool your kids. Of course they have a product to sell but I am quite convinced. My husband and I still have a year or so to decide where to send our kids. With God's guidance, we pray that we can give them the best.

Here is the site http://catholicfilipinoacademy.com/cfa/10principles.php

TV-watching guidelines for toddlers

As parents, we want the best for our babies. When our pediatrician told us that 'ideally children below 3 years of age should have no television at all', we start to read up on the topic. There are a lot of reinforcements on the benefits of having no tv. For those who found out about it a bit late, do not lose hope. Here are some guidelines to regulate tv-viewing for tots.

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The best way to handle how much television and video your toddler watches is to think of them as refined sugar: You want your child to enjoy this seductive stuff without consuming too much. So you'll need to stay on top of the time your toddler spends in front of the television. The average American child watches three to four hours a day, despite recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics that children should watch no more than an hour or two a day, and that children under 2 should watch no television at all.

Starting out tough from day one is the key to keeping viewing time under control. It's a lot easier to relax your standards later than it is to wean an 18-month-old from a three-times-a-day Dora or Blue's Clues habit.

Here are tips on how to use television as a learning tool.

Limit the amount of TV your toddler watches

Since your child is under age 2, it's best to keep TV-watching to a bare minimum. If you choose to allow some television, break it up into 15-minute increments. Much more than that, and your toddler's brain can shift to autopilot.

Once your child hits 2, limit his total viewing time to an hour a day — even that amount is a lot for an active toddler. You should also keep the television out of your child's bedroom and turned off during meal times.

Watch programs, not television

Rather than sitting down to watch whatever happens to be on, carefully select the program your toddler's going to watch, and turn off the set when that program is over. Record programs ahead of time, if possible, so your child can watch what you want, when you want.

A two-minute warning that a show (or the segment of it that you're letting your toddler watch) is about to end will help him transition to the next activity.

Choose calm, quiet programs

Slower-paced viewing gives your toddler time to think about what he's watching and absorb the information. Lots of action and quickly changing images will only confuse him or make his eyes glaze over.

Some research suggests that children who watch violence on TV are more likely to display aggressive behavior. Stay away from scary shows, too. Instead, choose simple programs that emphasize interactivity. The best shows are those that inspire your child to makes sounds, say words, sing, and dance.

For specific program suggestions, talk to other parents in our community about TV for kids.

Watch with your toddler

A recent study looked at three groups: children with unlimited access to television, children with moderate access to television who watched without parents, and children with moderate access to television who watched with a parent.

The last group scored significantly higher academically than the other groups. Just being there says to your child, "What you do is important to me."

Of course, many of us have moments when we resort to using television or a video as a babysitter, but when you leave your child alone with the TV for a long time, you send a signal that you don't care what he watches. If you can, bring a basket of laundry to sort or some other task into the room so you can work and watch. Then it becomes an activity the two of you can enjoy together.

Help your toddler watch with a critical eye

Explain what's going on in the show, and encourage your child to ask questions and relate what's happening in the show to his own life. If you've recorded the show or are watching a video or DVD, press the pause button as often as you need to so that you have ample time to discuss what's going on.

If you're watching a recorded TV show, you'll probably want to fast-forward through the commercials. If you're stuck watching commercials, help your toddler understand the difference between those and the show itself.

Extend the show's content with activities or books

If you and your toddler have just finished watching a Sesame Street segment that introduces a number, talk about it later and find other examples to show him. When you're setting the table, for example, you might say, "Hey, today's number was three, and there are three places to set!" Then read and discuss a book that explores numbers concepts.

These recommendations were developed with the help of Kathleen Acord, project supervisor for KQED television's "Ready to Learn," a national government-sponsored program that educates parents and childcare providers about how to use television as a learning tool.


taken from:http://www.babycenter.com/0_tv-watching-guidelines-for-toddlers_11746.bc?showAll=true

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday, Lucas

This video was lovingly prepared by my husband for our son, Lucas who had a year full of miracles and answered prayers.

video

More pictures from the celebration to follow:

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

male bonding

Here are the MORALES boys
just out in the driveway
tatay please hurry up
big grins
when your happy and you know it, clap your feet
i'm taller than you, ahiya
ayala technohub
buddies
partners in crime
mwah!


Monday, September 14, 2009

First Out of Town Trip

We were trying to recall if this trip was indeed Lucas' first out-of-town. We couldn't believe that it was his first time beyond the confines of Metro Manila.

We didn't plan much for this trip. All we know is we want a bit of R & R and celebrate. FYI, this month we celebrate our 4th year wedding anniversary, grandparent's day and Lucas' first year! Just too many reasons to celebrate to let it pass.

Thank you, Lord for Your providence and the good weather.


waiting for tatay to pick us up
such an adorable smile
mamita and the navy boys
brunch feast

Teething

Towards the end of August, Lucas first tooth is finally coming out! I felt something sharp while trying to push in some of his medicines in his mouth. He eagerly nibbled on my finger as it provided soothing relief to his itchy gums. I thank God that he does not seem too bothered by it and still maintains his very happy disposition. Wait for the pictures of his newly erupted tooth.

Way to go, Luc!