How to Prepare your Child for Preschool

Having a child begin preschool for the first time can be a scary prospect. Especially if you are relatively new to the parenting world, you may be getting a bit nervous as August approaches, wondering how to prepare your child for preschool. The good news is that many kids adapt quite easily to a school environment – they love getting outside the house to play with other children and truly enjoy the learning process. Shyer kids may take longer to come out of their shells, but in the end most children wind up their first year of preschool with several more playmates, a healthy sense of independence, and a serious crush on their teachers. That said, changing from home to the structured atmosphere of a preschool will be hard for both you and your child at first. Simply knowing how to prepare your child for preschool can help you avoid tears and fights and encourage a smooth, pleasant period of transition.  You Are Your Child’s First Teacher: Remember this! A child’s success in the school environment is irrevocably entwined with the amount of support and education they are receiving at home. A child raised in a loving environment is more likely to adapt easily to new situations, respect teachers and peers, and open themselves up to learning. Your baby’s preschool teacher will impart important information and broaden his mind, but in the end, it is you he is watching most closely. Parents are setting the example he will follow. If you show enthusiasm for reading, he will too. If you take advantage of everyday opportunities to learn new things, he or she will also develop a healthy, lifelong curiosity that will serve him well throughout his academic journey.  Preschool Activities: If you are concerned about your child’s academic readiness for preschool, there are several … [Read more...]

Balloon Twisting Tips

Balloon twisting is an activity that arouses curiosity among the audience the most.  However, a lot of people are either afraid of twisting balloons, fearing they will just pop out of the blue, or are not sure how to handle, twist, and turn the long, skinny balloons used for this activity. Regardless which of the circumstances you are in, the balloon twisting tips below will certainly help! Perfect Balloon Twisting Materials   Balloons used for balloon twisting are generally stronger than ordinary balloons and, therefore, safer to work with. You can twist and turn them, and they will not pop so easily. That is unless you put excessive force on it or prick it with a sharp object. Today, there are specific brands known to produce high-quality balloons for twisting. Nonetheless, it is still important to ask balloon sellers what brand is stronger and less likely to pop when twisted. A great thing about balloons is that they come in an assortment of colors and sizes. The most common size of balloon used for twisting is called a “260.” This means that when the balloon is fully blown up, it will be around two inches in diameter and 60 inches in length. Basically, a “260” represents 2×60 inches when completely inflated. Aside from “260,” the “160” is available, which is 1×60 inches when completely inflated. These two are the most common balloon sizes used for twisting. Balloons for twisting come in many other shapes as well. You can try all of them once you get used to twisting the most common“260” size balloon. How to Get Started: Inflating and Twisting Tips Even though the long, skinny balloons used for balloon twisting are flexible, they are difficult to blow up with the mouth. Using a hand pump to inflate them is more convenient since they are much … [Read more...]