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The Whole Child, Issue #033 - Big News
November 19, 2006


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19 November 2006, Issue #033


1. Hello from Shirley
2. Join the Preschool Activities at Home eGroup
3. Tips
4. Quote
5. Book Reviews
6. Readiness Activities

1. Hello from Shirley

I planned to start this issue with some good news, but since it is a week late, I must first apologise. I was 'floored' by a bad cold and spent most of the week on my bed!

Now for the good news: Until just recently I have been keeping some big news from my friends and family and even my cyberfriends, but at 19 weeks it starting to be difficult to hide the fact that Baby#5 will be due in April 2007!
This is also the reason that I have had to slow down the pace of progress on my preschool website.
My energy levels are just not what they used to be! However, the beauty of an online business, is that it continues to earn you an income, whether you are there or not!!

I feel quite unprofessional to say this, but if I skip any more issues of this ezine in the future, due my pregnancy or the arrival of the new baby, it is because I am not a professional - I choose to be a mom first and foremost and being an online publisher comes somewhere after that and other 'stuff'!

2. Join the Preschool Activities at Home eGroup

If you haven't yet done so, remember to join the new preschool-activities-at-home egroup where we can all share our experiences of teaching and raising preschoolers.
It is a place to ask questions, ask advice and share the ups and downs of life with small kiddies.

You can do so right now by sending a blank email to

Please also spread the word in your preschool and homeschooling circles. I look forward to 'getting to know' many of you better.

3. Tips

This one is from a friend of mine:
"Accept the seasons you are in. Be busy in the right time by working hard and rest in the other times when you can just enjoy your family and take time to sniff the roses!"

~Wendy Young

4. Quote 

"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity."   Dorothy Parker (1893 - 1967)

6. Book Reviews 

I have listed some of my favourite parenting and homeschooling books at Shirley's Store where you can browse and purchase those or any other books you like using's secure online shopping. By ordering via my store, you are helping to support my site, as Amazon will pay me a 3% commission!

Last time I reviewed 

 Better Late Than Early by Raymond and Dorothy Moore.

Last night I started reading Captivating, by John and Staci Eldredge. John is the author or the male counterpart to this book, called Wild at Heart.

Wild at Heart helped me understand a whole bunch of things about men and my husband in particular that I just couldn't relate to before - their need for adventure, speed, adrenalin, danger and all kinds of guy stuff, but also the need that each one of us have, male or female, to be affirmed in unique, gender-specific ways.

Captivating is one of those books that every woman should read, especially if she is a parent. It explores the heart of women and has helped me to recognise how different things in the lives of women I know (and myself) are a response to hurts we have experienced in this journey of life. Many of us live behind 'defences' to hide our vulnerability. Its one of those books you want to pass around or buy for others.

"The message of Captivating is this: Your heart matters more than anything else in creation. The desires you had as a little girl and the longings you still feel as a woman - they are telling you of the life God created you to live. He offers to come now as the Hero of your story, to rescue your heart and release you to live as a fully alive and feminine woman. A woman who is truly captivating."

Its not another book with ten things you need to do to improve yourself that will leave you feeling defeated. Its a book about recognising your beauty and your dreams.  Cindarella, this is your night at the ball! Don't miss it!

 7. Readiness Activities

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The Whole Child - Week 36-37 Activities- printable pdf

Week 36

Mathematical Skills

You will need a large number of lego blocks, buttons, beans or similar small items. Take turns throwing dice. Each player may take the number of items as shown on the dice.

Gross motor skills

Let your child walk forwards and backwards on the balls of her feet. in time she should be able to run like this. 

Fine motor skills

Take your child on a nature walk and let her collect seeds, grass, leaves, etc to make a collage picture. You could also let her cut pictures from an old gardening magazine.

Auditory perception

Continue to expose your child to a range of good quality music, classical and other. Read the suggestions about Music Appreciation at

Language and thinking

Ask your child what she'd like to take along on a trip to:
a) a picnic
b) a visit to grandparents
c) the shops
d) a playpark

Faith building

Create a Thankful tree. Cut out leaf shapes for a tree on which you can write all the things your child mentions for which she is thankful.

"Give thanks to the Lord for he is good." Psalm 107:1

Week 37

Auditory Skills

Lay out a variety of shapes in front of your child and ask her to tell her with which sound the name of each shape begins, such as 's' for  square and 't' for triangle.

Language and Thinking Skills

Describe a person, animal or thing that your child knows well and ask her to guess what it is. Take turns. Ask her questions if she does not describe in enough detail.

Visual Skills

Find a book that has pictures with a lot of different characters or items on a page. Ask your child to identify something that you describe eg. "Find someone in a pink striped shirt with green shorts."

Mathematical Skills

Let your child play with small change.Let her sort the coins into groups of the same value.

Gross Motor Skills

Play ball games with your child using a tennis ball. Throw, catch and kick the ball to each other. She should be able to throw reasonably accurately to 2,5m or 7-8 feet at about age 4-5.

Faith Building

Encourage your children to pray for their friends, so that they learn to be mindful of others.

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