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The Whole Child, Issue #055 - On Safari in South Africa
October 19, 2008
The Whole Child e-zine brings you free preschool activities each week to maximize your child's potential, build skills and parent-child relationships in just a few minutes per day. Useful tips, quotes, resources, opportunities and articles will be added for extra value!
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October 2008, Issue #055
1. Hello from Shirley
Hi From Shirley
This ezine is WAY overdue because I have been having fun instead of working! First I had my parents visiting our hometown for 3 weeks. Then, we took our family on a 6000+km educational tour of South Africa. It included star-gazing through powerful telescopes, playing with week-old lion cubs, gold-panning, walking with elephants and more! Read about it and see some pics here.
It’s taken a week for me to catch up on business as usual and now we are heading into our last 7 weeks of our academic school year, here in South Africa. Hooray, our warmer spring weather has finally arrived.
You can join us on a story-book journey around South Africa, by using this South African Preschool Theme.
For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere, take a look at the Fall Preschool Theme for easy ideas to enjoy this season!
Every year when I publish this link about Halloween Preschool Activities, I get emails complaining and a few people choosing to unsubscribe from this newsletter because they don’t share my beliefs! However, since some USA moms on our preschool egroup reported that their children were terrified by ghouls on display in chain stores they visited recently, I feel it is really necessary to think carefully about this horrible holiday.
Feel free to differ with my views!
Click here to read Ten Myths About Homeschooling and Anti-Homeschooling Excuses
The test of character is how you’re willing to treat someone when you are absolutely certain you are right.
Take the time to turn the incident into a relationship-building moment. Discipline is not just punishment, but instructing and explaining too - to reach the your child’s heart and win him/her over to self-imposed obedience.
2. Keep wet-wipes in the car. You never know when you’ll need them, but you will!
To go along with the South African Safari Theme, check out these lovely books. We own them and my children have loved them! They’ll make great gifts – so plan ahead!
Adventures of Riley--Safari in South Africa by Amanda Lumry
The stunning double-page spreads combine colour photos of the bush, good close-up shots of specific animals as well as cartoon illustrations of Riley and the guides in the jeep. There are also boxed insets with facts combining science with the adventure.
Adventures of Riley--Mission to Madagascar by Amanda Lumry
Want to know about the Hissing Cockroach and what the Painted Mantella Frog is? How about a tree that looks as if it is growing upside down called a Baobab Tree. In the same colourful format as the other Riley books, science and adventure meet yet again.
One Child One Seed by Kathryn Cave
Firstly, it is a South African counting book. Secondly, it is a strory about a child who plants a seed and reaps the pumpkin that grows. Thirdly, it gives factual information about life in rural KwaZulu-Natal.
The 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury: Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud by Janet Schulman
This is an investment that you will read over and over in the years to come. Some favourites that are included are Make Way for the Ducklings, Freight Train, The Story of Ferdinand, Avocado Baby, Goodnight Moon, Mister Magnolia etc.
If you are South African, you can buy books and CD's online at www.kalahari.net and www.loot.co.za
You will need to have Adobe Reader installed. It’s a free download. Repeat these activities often - with your own variations too!
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