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The Whole Child, Issue #056 - Greed vs Appreciation
November 26, 2008
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November 2008, Issue #056
As the festive season draws near, it is a good time to help our children to be less absorbed with gifts and getting (greed) and rather help them to be thankful and appreciative of all their blessings and their standard of living.
Here in South Africa we don’t have to go far to see the masses of people that live in poverty – many in tin shanties without running water and often without electricity too. Toys are a luxury and many children don’t even have basics like pencils and paper.
I’d like to encourage you to think about or find out how you can bless others. With the current exchange rate (10:1), even just a few US dollars or Euros could make big difference to the poor in less wealthy nations.
If you don’t have the poor in your neighbourhood, perhaps you and your little ones could consider making a donation to an orphanage in Johannesburg, South Africa that I support. Click here for a Free African Animals Colouring Book that you can download in return for a donation to TLC Orphanage.
As the weather in the Northern Hemisphere turns colder, its time for some Winter Preschool Activities and Christmas Crafts. There are also easy homemade gift wrap and gift ideas on the Christmas page.
For those of us in the sunny Southern Hemisphere, I’d encourage you to put on a hat and sunblock and head outdoors as much as possible. Use the good weather to get your kids doing Gross Motor Activities. Sand and water play (with supervision) are also great activities to enjoy in summer!
"Children should have the joy of living in far lands, in other persons, in other times - a delightful double existence; and this joy they will find, for the most part, in their story books.”
Click here for tips on Reading with Preschoolers
To keep toys organized, buy a few small transparent plastic storage containers, rather than one large toy box. You will find your children enjoy their toys more if the different sets are stored separately – blocks in one, plastic animals in another, cars and trucks together, dolls clothes in another etc. The challenge is to train them to tidy each set away and keep them stored in the correct container!
As the season of giving is here, please take a look at some of my favourite books that I recommend for preschoolers and their parents on the Amazon Store page of my site.
One of the best investments is The 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury: Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud by Janet Schulman
We have just received our own copy of The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey - a favourite that I love to read every year at this time. Previously, we got it from the library, now we have our very own.
You will need to have Adobe Reader installed. It’s a free download. Repeat these activities often - with your own variations too!
1. Gross motor skills
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