Sunday, March 26, 2017

Book review


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 fun story.
Good read for ages 2-6

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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.

Good read for ages 3-6

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Poison Prevention Week

National Poison Prevention Week

March 19 - 25, 2017

Poison Prevention Tips
On an average each year children under age 5- come in contact or swallow a poisonous substance. 

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

Below are a few tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

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. 
  • Store 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.
  • Safety 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.  
  • Purchase 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.
  • Never refer to medicine as "candy" or another appealing name.
  • Check 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.
  • If 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.
  • Never place poisonous products in food or drink containers.
  • Keep coal, wood or kerosene stoves in safe working order.
  • Maintain working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Secure 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
American Association of Poison Control Centers

American Academy of Pediatrics

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day   March 17th   

Nutrition Month

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.


Irish Stew


Monday, March 13, 2017


How I Found My Monster Kittens [The New Three Little Kittens]
Good read for ages 2-8.
By Olexity Starr

What a cute, funny story tale with some rhyming connections, its colorful
simple yet interesting enough to keep a child listening. The monster kittens
are not really monsters looking, but cute - that went outside to play alone
without letting the boy in the story know. There is a good lesson to learn
not to go out doors or anywhere without informing someone an adult,
friend, or neighbor.  A good quick read for younger children.

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Friday, March 10, 2017


Save Your Vision Month
Nutrition Month

Brain Injury Awareness Month 

Nutrition Month

Art image Courtesy: Words and Games Activity Book Series:  
                                           Pre K to Kindergarten

Debut:   May 2017

Vision for Children


Vision at birth: A whole new world

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.

What you can do

Help 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 crib
·              Not radically changing your appearance

Children’s 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 visual problems.
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.

What you can do:

Help 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 binocular
·              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 and colors
·              Play “patty-cake” and “peek-a-boo” with your infant
·              Give her stacking or take-apart toys that she can hold and manipulate

Signs 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:
·              Constant misalignment of one or both eyes
·              Watery, teary eyes (may be caused by blocked tear ducts)
·              Red or crusty eyelids (usually a sign of eye infection)
·              Extreme light sensitivity, especially in infants (may signal high eye pressure)
·              White pupils (can signal cancer, retina problems, cataracts and other problems)
·              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.

Nothing 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.


Brain Injury Awareness Month

Traumatic brain injury is caused by a blow or other traumatic injury to the head or body. The degree of damage can depend on several factors, including the nature of the event and the force of impact.
Injury may include one or more of the...

Courtesy:   Mayo Clinic

Words and Games Activity Book Series: Pre K to Kindergarten

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Happy International Women's Day

International Women's Day

International Women's Day, originally called International Working Women's Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Events in MARCH

·       Nutrition Month

·       Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

Save Your Vision Month

·         Poison Prevention Week 19th – 25th   

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