Are You An Elephant? What
a wonderful well written kids story an introduction to zoo animals a girl who
wants to see an elephant but meets a lot of interesting zoo animals along the
way. This is an adorable story-tale that captures your child’s attention with
its interactive questions and description of the zoo animals, an educational
Where To Hide,Nicely
written with vibrant illustrations – what a delightful rhyming bedtime story about
the adventurous - hide and seek game. It’s entertaining and easy to follow
along for young children as one of the characters tries to find someplace to
hide; and at the rear of the book are activities good for another day – another
time other than bedtime to have fun playing.
an average each year children under age 5- come in contact or swallow a
If your child is unconscious, not breathing, or having convulsions or seizures
due to poison contact or ingestion, call 911 or your local emergency number
immediately. If your child has come in contact with poison and has mild or no
symptoms, call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222
are a few tips from the American Academy
To poison proof your home: Most
poisonings occur when parents or caregivers are home but not paying attention.
The most dangerous potential poisons are medicines, cleaning products, liquid
nicotine, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, pesticides, furniture polish,
gasoline, kerosene and lamp oil. Be especially vigilant when there is a change
in routine. Holidays, visits to and from grandparents' homes, and other special
events may bring greater risk of poisoning if the usual safeguards are defeated
or not in place.
medicine, cleaning and laundry products (including detergent packets),
paints/varnishes and pesticides in their original packaging in locked
cabinets or containers, out of sight and reach of children.
latches that automatically lock when you close a cabinet door can help
keep children away from dangerous products, but there is always a chance
the device will malfunction. The safest place to store poisonous products
is somewhere a child can't reach.
and keep all medicines in containers with safety caps and keep out of
reach of children. Discard unused medication. Note that safety caps are
designed to be child resistant but are not fully child proof.
refer to medicine as "candy" or another appealing name.
the label each time you give a child medicine to ensure proper dosage. For
liquid medicines, use the dosing device that came with the medicine. Never
use a kitchen spoon.
you use an e-cigarette, keep the liquid nicotine refills locked up out of
children's reach and only buy refills that use child resistant packaging.
Ingestion or skin exposure with just a small amount of the liquid can be
fatal to a child.
place poisonous products in food or drink containers.
coal, wood or kerosene stoves in safe working order.
working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
remote controls, greeting cards, and musical children's books. These and
other devices may contain small button-cell batteries that can cause
injury if ingested.
Courtesy: Posters courtesy- National Poisoning Prevention Council
St. Patrick’s Day occurs
annually on March 17 in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron
saint of Ireland.
What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has
evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture
with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green.
image Courtesy: Words and Games Activity Book Series:
Pre K to Kindergarten
Vision for Children
Vision at birth: A whole new
A newborn’s vision
is very different from an adult’s or even a toddler’s. Your newborn can’t see
in color yet — only in shades of gray. She also has blurry vision, with visual
acuity around 20/400, and can’t focus on anything beyond eight to twelve inches
away. Newborns are also not very sensitive to light: it takes almost 50 times
as much light for them to notice it’s there.
At birth, your
newborn’s eye is only about three-quarters the size of an adult eye. In these
first few weeks, the structures and receptors of her eye, along with the nerves
in her eye and brain, will also start to develop. This will continue for the
next two years. Let’s look at what happens during this visual development.
you can do
your baby get a great start by:
· Maintaining proper
prenatal care and nutrition while you’re expecting
Giving your baby bright, high-contrast things
Plugging in a nightlight for your baby to look around while awake in his
Not radically changing your appearance
vision development: The first year
After a few weeks,
your baby will be able to see most colors, but color vision will continue to
develop for the next few months. These first few months are also when visual
acuity begins to sharpen, and light sensitivity slowly increases.
This is also when
your baby’s eyes are learning to work together. While this coordination is
developing, it’ll be normal for his eyes to wander or drift out of alignment.
This isn’t a concern unless you notice constant misalignment. The coordination
of your baby’s eyes means depth perception is also developing, and
hand-eye-body coordination is improving.
By six months, color
vision and visual acuity should be fully developed in children’s vision. This
means it’s time for baby’s first eye exam. While your baby won’t be able to
read letters or an E chart like you can, his or her eye doctor can perform
nonverbal tests to check for near or farsightedness, astigmatism and other
Through two years of
age, your bundle of joy will be busy fine-tuning visual abilities such as eye
tracking, and increasing depth perception and hand-eye coordination. Children’s
vision continues to develop into their school years, as they strengthen their
visual perception system to recognize the shapes, colors, letters, and numbers
they need for literacy.
you can do:
your infant develop visual skills by:
· Providing lots
of brightly colored, diverse and changing visual stimuli
Moving her arms and legs simultaneously to encourage bilateral and
Talk to him as you walk around the room
Use a nightlight in her room
Use reach-and-touch and other toys that let him explore different shapes
Play “patty-cake” and “peek-a-boo” with your infant
Give her stacking or take-apart toys that she can hold and manipulate
of vision problems in children
What should you keep
an eye out for in your children’s vision? Some common signs and symptoms of
vision problems in children include:
Red or crusty eyelids (usually a sign of eye infection)
Extreme light sensitivity, especially in infants (may signal high eye
White pupils (can signal cancer, retina problems, cataracts and other
Trouble tracking objects and people
Avoidance of picture books and reading in older children
Increasing closeness to blackboards and the television
Your eye doctor is
your ally in monitoring and maintaining the health of your eyes and vision, and
this is particularly important in childhood during the rapid changes and growth
as vision develops. Your child should start getting regular comprehensive eye
exams at six months, but always bring your questions to your eye doctor. He or
she can help you figure out what’s going on and equip you to make the best
decisions for your child’s vision.
in this article is to be construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to
replace the recommendations of a medical professional. For specific questions,
please see your eye care practitioner.