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The Whole Child, Issue #083 Kids & Dogs
July 25, 2011


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Kids and Dogs

You can read this newsletter in full color with images online at The Whole Child Issue #83

We recently acquired a new puppy, which will be heavier than me when full grown! Full grown central asian ovtcharka dog. View image online at

I have therefore done quite a bit of reading up about dog behaviour and how to train a large dog so that he behaves well in the family. We can't have him snapping at the children or their little friends!

I realized how little most of us understand about dogs, big or small, and I believe that many children, especially, are at risk because of this.

The large majority of dog bite victims are young children.

Sadly, when incidents like dog bites happen, the dog is usually blamed, but actually, there are no bad dogs, only bad owners...and despite the saying, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks," according to the experts, dogs can be retrained to behave properly and not be a menace.

Click here for some basic information about Dogs and Children that could protect your children from harm and make having a pet a pleasure.

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Preschool Homeschool Questions

To help parents who are homeschooling their little, ones, I have added a page for Preschool Homeschool Questions and Answers.

The idea is that as a community, we can build up a rich resource of questions and answers that will help and encourage other parents in time to come.

There are already some interesting questions, about the language of instruction and second languages, kids and computer time, stimulating a 13 month old and more.

Go see, give YOUR ANSWERS and add comments to the questions there and help increase the richness of replies. The more the better!


Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies.

~ Gene Hill

No symphony orchestra ever played music like a two-year-old girl laughing with a puppy.

~ Bern Williams

Readiness Activities

The following activities are aimed at ages 3-5. For older or younger children, adapt the activities according to their ability.

Gross Motor Skills

Visit a play park and encourage your child to climb the ladder of the slide with alternating hands and feet. This develops co-ordination and laterality.

Fine Motor Skills

While out walking let your child collect feathers. Alternatively, let her pick up leaves or other interesting items from nature. Back home, let her cut some pictures from a magazine and glue the feathers and pictures to a page to make a collage.

Visual Perception

Let your child create repetitive color patterns using construction blocks, large wooden threading beads or pegs on a peg board.

Auditory Perception

Listen to Lara's Theme from the movie, Dr. Zhivago and enjoy the video slide show with images of Russia together.

Mathematical Skills

Let your child sort the coins in your purse into sets of the same kind. Talk about the names of the coins and their different values.

Language and Thinking Skills

Begin to use descriptive phrases such as the following in your day to day speech with your child:

  • sweet as sugar
  • good as gold
  • pretty as a picture
  • cold as ice
  • heavy as lead
  • light as a feather

Faith Building

Ask your child to pick her favorite Bible story and read it yet again. Children love repetition and often a particular story may appeal to them for a particular reason. Ask why this is her favorite and talk about it together.

Regards Shirley

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