Monthly Archives:November 2015

Working On Writing K’s Christmas List ( Momimhar posted on November 7th, 2015 )

K:  “We have to start writing my Christmas List, Mom.”

This was K told me while I was eating my supper last night.  She was watching Peppa Pig on television around 8:00 P.M. last night and a commercial of some children’s toys showed up which reminded her of the ones she wants for Christmas.  I like watching some kids’ shows and cartoons but what I dislike is too much commercials about toys and nonsense things.

K, who is turning 5 in the next few weeks, is actually interested more on her Christmas Wishlist than what she wants for her birthday.  In fact, she only wanted to go to Kid Mania in Plano.  It is a big play area and arcade games for kids.  The very first time we were there was on a birthday of one of my girl friend’s daughter two years ago.  K wants to go back there.  Okay, so I have to call Kid Mania about their party reservation and stuff.

Anyway, now K has a few things listed in her Christmas List.  I told her that there is no assurance that she will get all of them because Santa will consider what she wishes for the most.

How about your kid/kids?  Have they started writing down their Christmas Wishlists?

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Categories: Christmas, Christmas List, holidays, kids

AC’s 5th Birthday Celebration ( Momimhar posted on November 6th, 2015 )

Disney Princess Rapunzel birthday cake.

Disney Princess Rapunzel birthday cake.

Oh it was a happy day for AC, K, and Lexi.  Because it’s AC’s 5th birthday!  My cousin Em wasn’t planning to hold the birthday party at her home.  But with the help of our dear friends, AC’s birthday party was a successful.  The little girls had a fun.

K was very excited to help AC open her birthday presents.  🙂 A few of her gifts are:

American Girl Doll – Rebecca

Toddler Girl Clothes

Lava Lamp

Sofia The First Kitchen

Large Giraffe Stuffed Toy

K is helping AC open her birthday gifts. :)

K is helping AC open her birthday gifts. 🙂

Kids’ birthday parties doesn’t have to be extravagant to make them happy on their special day.  A small simple celebration at home can be satisfying and enjoyable even if it’s the last minute planning.  Thanks to our dear close friends who came and helped Emz.  Here are few tips how to make the small birthday celebration at home memorable and fun.

  • Order the cake and cupcakes from your favorite grocery store like Tom Thumb, Kroger, or Walmart.  They can make the cake available the next day.
  • If the schedule is hectic, invite close friends three days in advance for a potluck birthday party and ask their help if they can bring food.  It’s proven on our end.
  • A small crowd of guests also makes a difference.  Too much crowd can bring stress to the little ones.
  • Birthday party games are optional.  At AC’s party, we didn’t have any party games.  We just let our kids play in the living room while the grown ups were busy chatting and stuff.  🙂

As with the food and drinks, below are a few suggestions what to bring to the potluck party.

  • Spaghetti
  • Mixed vegetables stew
  • Pork or beef stew
  • Cooked rice
  • Green salad
  • Pansit (rice sticks noodles)
  • Assorted fruits
  • Roasted chicken
  • Soda, juice, and water

How to Keep Math Struggles at Bay in Young Children ( Momimhar posted on November 6th, 2015 )

Mathematics can be a very difficult subject for children in school. Preventing mathematical struggles early helps children to enjoy math, greatly increasing their chances of being successful in the subject throughout their high school years. If a child begins to struggle in math and the issue is ignored, the child could continue to have problems with math for years, potentially requiring an army of tutors and years of summer school. Every parent is capable of setting their children up for success.

a-math homework

Study Math with the Child Every Day
Every single day should involve a one-on-one math lesson at home. If the child finds math to be relatively easy and he or she needs minimal assistance, the child can “teach” the parent the same math lesson learned in school that day. The child can do a set of problems, explaining why he or she worked them out with a particular formula. If the child has a wonderful grasp, this process could take less than 10 minutes. For children who are having some minor issues, the parent needs to solve problems with the child until he or she has a firm grasp. The lesson should be fun and stress free for the child, perhaps involving candy or fun projects.

Using Math Tools Frequently
There are dozens of fun math tools available for parents. Videos are one great instructional tool, as they sometimes use cartoons and fun stories to help children to relate to math. Other tools, such as centimeter cubes, help the child to visualize the problem. These cubes could be used for nearly any type of math including: measurements, fractions, division, multiplication, addition, and subtraction. Learning can always be made fun with extra tools.

Finding and Targeting Mathematical Weaknesses
When the child brings home his or her graded tests and homework, the parent should look through the papers to see where his or her child stands in math. Even near perfect grades can hint at a particular weakness, such as a child who missed every single word problem but excelled with every other problem. Once these weaknesses are identified, the parent should work diligently with the child to solve the problems. These small issues can manifest in later years, when mathematics become much more complicated.

Math might be a universal language, but it can be difficult for some children. If parents work hard to keep their children up to speed, it becomes less likely that the child will have significant problems in the future. Being proficient in the foundations of math will be important for the rest of his or her life.

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