THE POWER OF PLAY
ALLOW CHILDREN TO CREATE
Prekinder activities, Early childhood education, child development, educational resources
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MEET THE CHARACTER
Our main character, Lou, is a young Lion (2 ½ years old). Lou is a strong, healthy, independent, fearless, lively and friendly Lion with solid legs and the loudest roar that you ever heard. With vivacious rounded, big orangey-brown eyes with big round pupils. His eyes twinkle when he roars, and he always moves his nose up and down when he tries to make his friends laugh. His nose is pink with black dots. His ears are rounded and twitch when he gets nervous. Lou expresses his mood by facial expression. The mane is the most notorious part of his body; it is a blend of golden yellow and orange, bushy, thick and shiny. It moves gently with the breeze when Lou walks or runs. For his size, he has grown almost an adult mane. When Lou walks, he ambles and coordinates, moving the head from side to side, as if it with pride and elegance, and when he runs, he does it with solid and dramatic movements fling his precious mane. Lou is very proud of it. It is his most valuable possession.
But Lou has a “secret” he is afraid of going bald. But why? Lou is trying to teach us how to face fears. Even if he is afraid he faces it, he is looking for help. Help and support that he finds in his friends.
Why do I decide to write?
I always like to tell stories to my children in my daycare. Covid 19 makes me rethink what is essential in life what I want to give. Teaching children is my passion, but it is not teaching them only the academic things that are very important, and nowadays, they have so many ways to learn them. It guides them, teaches them social and emotional skills, makes them appreciate each other, and acknowledges their feelings and others' feelings. Today more than ever, I believe that we need to reinforce our social relations and teach our children ways of healthy social interactions and ways to deal with emotional situations and problems. We open the door to learn and talk about important topics for our social well-being through reading.
#child development #educational activities #cognitive stimulation for kids
LOU AND HIS MANE REVIEW
Goodreads Review Feb 27, 2022
Title: Lou and his Mane
Author: Emma Ugarelli
"Lou and his Mane" is an interesting children's book penned by Emma Ugarelli.
Story features Lou, a lion who desperately loves his mane. One morning, when he woke up, he felt lighter as if he had lost some weight but he had lost his mane. He wished that this was only a bad dream but it was not. He called his friends Giraffe, Snake, Monkey, Crocodile to look for his mane. Read out the beautiful story to know will Lou and his friends be able to find his mane or will Lou be the first bald lion. This story gives a strong message to the readers that we should be courageous enough to face any situation and should never give up. Children will learn the importance of friends in their life.
The story is fast paced and exciting. Beautiful artwork, fun and easy to read. A wonderful story that I will surely share with my friends. Lovely addition to any children’s bookshelf. The illustrations tell a story themselves and the writing style of the author is amazing. Cover photo of the book is attractive. I am definitely interested in reading more books by the author.
My Rating: 5/5
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#learning social skills #child development #educational activities
April 20th, 2022
Lou and his Mane" is about a little lion who wakes up and realizes his worst fear has come true. He has lost his mane! With the help of his friends, Giraffe, Snake, Monkey and Crocodile, Lou searches throughout the jungle for his "mane. "Until he spots something peculiar coming toward him. What could it be? Join Lou and his friends as they solve the mystery of the missing" mane." The story allows us to talk about emotion, fears, and social skills such as solidarity, empathy and problem-solving. To learn more visit E. Ugarelli Books - Home (eugarellibooks.com); you can find Lou and his Mane at https://www.amazon.com/Lou-his-Mane-Emma-Ugarelli-ebook/dp/B09H3PNFK8/ref #educational resources #Educational activities #cognitive stimulation for kids.
April 12th, 2022/ DR SEUSS QUOTE.
Reading has innumerable benefits that will positively affect your life. Like Increase your imagination and vocabulary, learn new things, help you grow and see the world from a different perspective, and increase your ability to empathize. Reading to your child is essential for the child's development and cognitive stimulation, and reading is a vital educational resource. #child development #educational activities #cognitive stimulation for kids
EARLY YEARS PRINTABLES
Early Educational pintables are a preschool resources, the use of these educational material should be part of the teachers tools, not as a primary method, but as a complementary one, to reinforce, review or introduce concepts to the children. The Preschool worksheets must be short and fun, appropriate with the child development and never mandatory. Visit EMMA'S PLACE, and use it as an educational resource. Go and do free pintables.
Finger Paint is a must in any preschool, daycare or home activity for young children, because is an excellent sensory activity.
In my case also has an additional objective as a group activity, it enhances their social skills and sense of belonging. We talk about what we can do together, and what the final result looks like. We had read before about fantasy dragons, and they agreed to paint a dragon using different colours. Let the child or children decide.
Material: Finger paint four colours, enough for each child, a poster paper if will be a group activity or finger paint paper.
You can buy or make your own finger paint with:
- Four cups of water
-One cup of cornstarch
-six tbsp granulated whit sugar
-one tsp salt
-food colouring (different colours)
-small containers for storage
Procedure: Use a medium size saucepan, add all your ingredients, and mix until combined, cooking in medium heat, until the mixture thickens. Separate it into containers, using a small spoon or stick, put a small amount of food colouring until you get the colour you want. Repeat with the other containers. (Before using, let it stands to cool and then use or close it.
Let the children explore the material and talk about it, what they feel,. The activity finishes when they decided to end it.