Sunday, April 30, 2017

Book Review and May Contest

Book Review

Title: I Love To Keep My Room Clean

By  Shelley Admont
Delight and wonderfully illustrated

I Love To Keep My Room Clean.  While enjoying a wonderful, colorful and delight story, children are learning the importance of keeping their room clean not by one but three bunny brothers. It opens up and starts a conversation with small children on being responsible for cleaning their room picking things up toys, socks, and things the bunny brothers are a good touch to the story. This is another fantastic manner in which to present to your child the value of picking toys up after playing with them – clean up as you play – and before going onto the next toy, great values and morals.

Good read for ages 3-8.
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Title: Holly Learns About Gratitude

By Betty Smith


Even though it may be a holiday setting the moral to the story is learning to appreciate others and all things. Holly wants a toy pony and refused to listen or spend quality time with her grandparents.
Her only focus is on what she wants – a toy pony; later Holly realizes that she is being selfish and ask for forgiveness from her grandparents. The moral to the story is good its purpose - showing concern for others especially your lovable grandparents!

Good read for ages 2-6.
Book of 3 series

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WRITING CONTEST FOR KIDS

May 2017              

“My Mom”   What’s special about your Mom in 20 words or less, tell us why your mother is special or in what way has your Mom helped you with something difficult? Restrictions: Open to children ages 8-10. Prize: First place winner certificate from Amazon, with three honorable mentions on blog and social media. Please e-mail entries (wherever possible) to: mypalbuddee.contest@gmail.com  Deadline: May 5, 2017.

June 2017            

Writing Prize -Question. Restrictions: Open to children ages 6-8. Short story piece, between 25 - 50 words on bullies if you encountered one or seen one in action and what we all can do about this issue /this problem?  Prize: First place winner certificate from Barnes and Noble, with three honorable mentions on blog and social media. Please e-mail entries (wherever possible) to: mypalbuddee.contest@gmail.com
Deadline: June 1, 2017.





Wednesday, April 26, 2017

About BIRDS - Did you know?

Did you know?


Did you know that the Elephant bird once lived on the island of Madagascar, and were a flightless large bird [that didn’t fly]? It was the largest bird that ever lived. Wow!




  
Did you know? That Hornbill birds are found in tropical, Asia, Melanesia, and Africa. One characteristic is a long and downward curved bill.



Did you know –that Owls   have an upright posture, has binocular vision, mostly solitary and nocturnal [night-time] birds?  When you are sleeping these birds are awake!






Did you know - That Penguins live solely in the southern region hemisphere and are considered nonflying, aquatic birds?



Did you know?  - That Pelicans are the more quiet birds, unlike other birds that sing or make loud sounds.






Did you know?  That there are birds called Kiwi
Yes, like the fruit kiwi except the birds have brown feather & blend into their environment.


Data courtesy:  
https://www.beautyofbirds.com/hornbills.html
animals.sandiegozoo.org/animals/hornbill


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mid - April Events and May Contest

WRITING CONTEST FOR KIDS


May 2017              


“My Mom”   What’s special about your Mom in 20 words or less, tell us why your mother is special or in what way has your Mom helped you with something difficult? Restrictions: Open to children ages 8-10. Prize: First place winner certificate from Amazon, with three honorable mentions on blog and social media. Please e-mail entries (wherever possible) to: mypalbuddee.contest@gmail.com  Deadline: May 5, 2017.


June 2017            

Writing Prize -Question. Restrictions: Open to children ages 6 -8. Short story piece, between 25 - 50 words on bullies if you encountered one or seen one in action and what we all can do about this issue /this problem?  Prize: First place winner certificate from Barnes and Noble, with three honorable mentions on blog and social media. Please e-mail entries (wherever possible) to: mypalbuddee.contest@gmail.com   Deadline: June 1, 2017.




Earth Day 22nd
Infant immunization Week 22nd – 29th      
Volunteer Week 23rd – 29th
Employee Appreciation Week 23rd – 29TH


National Infant immunization Week 22nd - 29th

 NIIW begins 22nd to 29th of April, it is an annual event that forces on the importance of infant vaccine – preventable diseases.  So we celebrate the achievements of immunization and those promoting Health and Wellness in all communities. 


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            Happy Earth Day
Earth Day April 22nd


Earth Day April 22nd
What is Earth Day?
1.   This Worldwide, annual event is celebrated on April 22, in support of protecting the environment
2.    It began in  1970
3.   To celebrate Earth Day Go green! If you and your family haven’t.

Nature needs looking after make a pledge with friends to start
-      Recycling bottles, papers, plastic and more
-      Help plant – plants or a tree
-      Enjoy Mother Nature by thanking her for all the beautiful greenery we have around.
-      Draw a picture of what ‘Earth Day’ means to you!
-      From trees and plants we get oxygen to breathe appreciate what nature has given us.  
-      Learn how you can help reduce waste and reuse items or recycle more things.                            

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Holidays in April

National Sibling Day 10th
Passover/Pesach 10th- 18th
Easter Sunday 16th

Child Abuse Prevention Month
Minority Health Month
Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month
Stress Awareness Month

Safe Kids Week





Passover (Pesach) 2017

This year 2017, Passover will be celebrated from April 10–18
·         The first Seder will be on April 10 after nightfall, and the second Seder will be on April 11 after nightfall.
·         Passover is celebrated by eating matzah (unleaven bread) and maror (bitter herbs).
·         For the duration of the 8 (or 7 days in Israel) of Passover, chametz (leaven) is strictly avoided.

What Is Passover?

The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan, April 10–18, 2017. It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. It is observed by avoiding leaven, and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine or Kedem Grape Juice, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus.
In Hebrew it is known as Pesach (which means “to pass over”), because G‑d passed over the Jewish homes when killing the Egyptian firstborn on the very first Passover eve.

The Passover Story in a Nutshell

After many decades of slavery to the Egyptian pharaohs, during which time the Israelites were subjected to backbreaking labor and unbearable horrors, G‑d saw the people’s distress and sent Moses to Pharaoh with a message: “Send forth My people, so that they may serve Me.” But despite numerous warnings, Pharaoh refused to heed G‑d’s command. G‑d then sent upon Egypt ten devastating plagues, afflicting them and destroying everything from their livestock to their crops.
In ancient times the Passover observance included the sacrifice of the paschal lamb, which was roasted and eaten at the Seder on the first night of the holiday. This was the case until Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in the 1st century.

Courtesy: Chadab.org



Courtesy: Puzzle & Games - Little Learner’s Club






Happy Easter
Sunday April 16th

Easter, is Christianity’s most important holiday- which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead.

The exact origins of this religious feast day’s name are unknown. Some sources claim the word Easter is derived from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Other accounts trace Easter to the Latin term hebdomada alba, or white week, an ancient reference to Easter week and the white clothing donned by people who were baptized during that time.

Easter is really an entire season of the Christian church year, as opposed to a single-day observance. Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter Sunday, is a time of reflection and penance and represents the 40 days that Jesus spent alone in the wilderness before starting his ministry, a time in which Christians believe he survived various temptations by the devil. The day before Lent, known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, is a last hurrah of food and fun before the fasting begins. The week preceding Easter is called Holy Week and includes Maundy Thursday, which commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples; Good Friday, which honors the day of his crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, which focuses on the transition between the crucifixion and resurrection. The 50-day period following Easter Sunday is called Eastertide and includes a celebration of Jesus’ ascension into heaven.

Courtesy: History.com



Friday, April 7, 2017

week one - APRIL


World Health Day 7th
National Sibling Day 10th
Passover/Pesach 10th- 18th

Easter Sunday 16th



World Health Day 7th

The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).
In 1948, the WHO held the First World Health Assembly. The Assembly decided to celebrate 7 April of each year.
Each year it its specific health topic of concern to people all over the world; 2017 World Health Day theme is depression.    

 

Depression: Let’s talk

Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It causes mental anguish and impacts on people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends and the ability to earn a living. At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds.
Yet, depression can be prevented and treated. A better understanding of what depression is, and how it can be prevented and treated, will help reduce the stigma associated and critical suffered with the condition, and lead to more people seeking help.

Courtesy: World Health





   International Children’s Book Day

On Sunday April 2 marked International Children’s Book Day, celebrated yearly since 1967 on or around legendary author Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday. The day’s objective to inspire children to love reading and bring attention to children’s books, that is backed by the nonprofit International Board on Books for Young People.




Monday, April 3, 2017

Month of April Events

April Events  

FYI          Fruits and Vegetables – Month of April

Strawberries  and Asian Pears



Autism Awareness Month
Public Health Week 3rd – 9th
World Health Day 7th
National Sibling Day 10th

Passover 10th- 18th
Easter Sunday 16th
Earth Day 22nd

Child Abuse Prevention Month
Minority Health Month
Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month
Stress Awareness Month

Infant immunization Week 22nd – 29th      
Volunteer Week 23rd – 29th
Employee Appreciation Week 23rd – 29TH



Autism Awareness Month
“We have a relative that has autism. He is exceptional and works well with his hands. Don’t Toss in the Towel! – Don’t Give Up!

Get involved in autism awareness and National Public Health Week


What is Autism? 

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person's lifetime. Today, 1 in 150 individuals is diagnosed with autism. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups and is four times more likely to strike boys than girls. Autism impairs a person's ability to communicate and relate to others. It is also associated with rigid routines and repetitive behaviors, such as obsessively arranging objects or following very specific routines. Symptoms can range from very mild to quite severe. 

Autism Resources
Six Tips to Help Prevent Wandering and Wandering-Related Tragedies
From AWAARE: Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response Education Coalition
1. Secure Your Home
Consider contacting a professional locksmith, security company or home improvement professional to promote safety and prevention in your home. You may find it is necessary to prevent your loved one from slipping away unnoticed by installing secure dead bolt locks that require keys on both sides, a home security alarm system, inexpensive battery-operated alarms on doors, placing hook and eye locks on all doors above your child's reach, fencing your yard, adhering printable STOP SIGNS to doors, windows and other exits, etc.
2. Consider a Tracking Device
Check with local law enforcement for Project Lifesaver or LoJak SafetyNet services. These tracking devices are worn on the wrist or ankle and locate the individual through radio frequency. Various GPS tracking systems are also available.
3. Consider an ID Bracelet
Medical ID bracelets will include your name, telephone number and other important information. They may also state that your child has autism and is non-verbal if applicable. If your child will not wear a bracelet or necklace, consider a temporary tattoo with your contact information. 
4. Teach Your Child to Swim
Swimming lessons for children with special needs are available at many YMCA locations. The final lesson should be with clothes on. Remember: teaching your child how to swim does not mean your child is safe in water. If you own a pool, fence it and if neighbors have pools, let them know of these safety precautions and your child's tendency to wander. Remove all toys or items of interest from the pool when not in use.
5. Alert Your Neighbors
It is recommended that caregivers plan a brief visit with neighbors to introduce their loved or provide a photograph. Knowing your neighbors can help reduce the risks associated with wandering. See the caregiver tool kit below for resources to use to alert them. 
6. Alert First Responders
Providing first responders with key information before an incident occurs may improve response. Informational handouts should include all pertinent information and be copied and carried with caregivers at all times. Circulate the handout to family, neighbors, friends and co-workers, as well as first responders. See the tool kits below for resources to use to alert them. 

Seven Steps to Prevent Wandering at Your Child's School

1. If your child has a tendency to wander, it is critical to address wandering issues in his or her Individualized Education Program (IEP). 
If there is a history of wandering incidents, it’s important to call a meeting with school staff, administrators, and your child’s IEP team to make them aware of these past situations, as well as educate them on the autism wandering issue in general. If something changes or an incident occurs, you as a parent have the right to amend the IEP and adjust the particular items, at any time.
2. Write a letter requesting that you always be informed, immediately and in writing, of any wandering incident on or off the campus. 
If your child requires 1-on-1 supervision, be sure to make this extremely clear to school staff – and clearly documented in the IEP – and emphasize that under no circumstances should your child be left alone at any time. A sample letter can be found here.
3. Carefully document all wandering-related incidents. 
Sharing this information with the staff at your child’s school will help prepare them if such an incident occurs at school. For example, where has your child been found in the past? What are his or her fascinations or obsessions? Where would he/she most likely be drawn to near campus?
4. Try to eliminate all possible triggers that have led to wandering in the past. 
For example, if your child is drawn to water, be sure that all pools, lakes, etc. in the area of the school are blocked off so that there is no chance your child will be able to access them.
5. Ask what the school’s policies are on wandering prevention. 
Understand any and all security measures used by the school. If you think something is missing (i.e. a barrier you find necessary that may not be in place), be sure to voice your concerns. Speaking up is often required to ensure your child’s safety. A note from your child’s doctor noting these incidents could help provide sound reasoning for strong security measures.
6. Introduce your child to all security staff. 
Provide the security team with more information about your child, such as how to calm him or her down, whether or not he or she responds well to touch, sound, etc. All security should be aware of your child’s tendency to wander so they take extra note of the importance of keeping an eye on your child. Click here for an Elopement Alert Form to fill out with specific information about your child for all first responders including school security.
7. In addition to including all wandering-related information, be sure that your child’s IEP also includes safety skills and wandering-prevention measures. 
Include these skills in your child’s therapy programs if you are able to do so.
Autism Speaks
www.autismspeaks.org






National Public Health Week
National Public Health Week 2017 celebrates the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies for successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system

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Despite the tremendous improvements public health has made in the 20th Century, Americans live shorter lives and suffer more health issues than people in other high-income countries. For example we rank 34th in life expectancy. We need to work together to improve health and well-being. That's why APHA created Generation Public Health. It’s a growing movement of people, organizations and communities collaborating across sectors to create the healthiest nation in one generation. 






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