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Indigenous news - NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. It now takes place over a week instead of one day and celebrates the achievements of Australia's Indigenous people. This year the theme is Our Languages matter. Sadly, many Aboriginal languages have been lost because the white settlers didn't understand that language is an important part of identity for people everywhere. In many parts of Australia, Aboriginal people were not allowed to speak in their own language and as thousands of children were taken away from their families they had no opportunity to learn their own languages. Now there is a growing movement to encourage the speaking of Aboriginal languages and to  to record and teach these languages before it is too late.

In our schools the week is celebrated with flag raising, craft making, visits to the schools by Indigenous Elders, singers, dancers and sportspeople. At my granddaughter's school an enormous cake was made and iced with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait flags and the poster for languages. Today all children can wear clothes in black, red and yellow and there will be a special barbecue lunch to which parents are invited followed by rotational Indigenous craft activities. All children are excited about this special day.

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Book Review - Storm Whale

By Sarah Brennan and illustrated by Jane Tanner

Published by Allen and Unwin 2017

ISBN 978 1 76029 364 2

  •  July Issue 2017

    Welcome to this issue of my free parenting E-zine in which I bring you small snapshots of the joys and problems of raising children.

    SPECIALS - Small steps to stop climate change

    FEATURES

    SPECIALS  - Small steps to stop climate change

    Climate change is happening and we have begun to take steps towards understanding it and its affects. Our children learn about it in school now so the number of sceptics who don't believe it is happening at all, are fewer. The research that is being done is amazing. There are different kinds of satellites in use that can measure temperature, moisture and evaporation as well as showing extreme weather conditions, clouds and drought areas. When there are extreme weather events such as cyclones and drought, animals and birds are affected too. Scientists have noticed that some just disappear from areas where they usually go and instead are found in completely different regions. When there are floods in central Australia which is usually desert, thousands of birds appear as if by magic, to breed. In part of America, extreme conditions have been linked to some species of birds disappearing from their usual homes and going to parts far away at the time of extreme weather.

    For some animals, avoiding this type of event caused by climate change is much harder. Koalas for example cannot travel far and with drought and very hot conditions such as they experienced this summer, the leaves of the trees they eat, didn't contain the necessary moisture. Koalas were found drinking from swimming pools and from pet's water bowls. How will they relocate to areas where they can live as the land warms more? No doubt there are many species of animal that will become extinct. We must all take measures to limit climate change. We need to change to renewable energy as soon as possible, take more care of our natural environment, stop using plastics that cause so much damage and pollution and stop waste of all kinds.

    In July a million people worldwide are pledging to make the month plastic free. Here is a link to encourage all of us to make a start. http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/ Of course this is only a start. We need to turn our communities around for good. At the moment there is more plastic in the oceans than there is plankton for sea creatures and when they eat plastic they die. We can

    • Use reusable shopping bags
    • stop buying water in plastic bottles
    • take our own mugs for coffee
    • recycle cans, glass and recyclable plastic
    • avoid buying food that is wrapped in individual plastic wraps e.g. buy larger quantities of cheese in a block instead of individual slices.

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    FEATURES

    Ages and Stages - Fighting with friends

    Even best friends fight sometimes and fixing things can be hard for all concerned. Common reasons for arguments are that one feels her/his friend is

    • too bossy

    • not sharing

    • refusing to play or is choosing to play with someone else

    • saying unkind or hurtful things.

    Being left out of games or conversations is very hurtful and makes the child lonely and sad or sometimes angry and revengeful. While adults can help a child sort out the problem the situation really must be solved by the children themselves. Talk to your child about feelings, How he/she felt and how they think the other child felt. Ask questions about how the fight started. Instead of focusing on the fight, ask the child to think of ways to solve the problem. Often a fight is temporary and all will be forgiven and forgotten by next day. Do accept your child's feeling and that the disagreement has been important as refusing to listen to what your child is saying will make him think that you don't care and there is nobody to turn to. Just talking about what happened is a good way to minimise stress and often parents find that the friendships are back on track after their child has talked about the problem. Kids can have quite intense friendships, but it is good to encourage your child to be friends with a number of children. A child who has no siblings may find it harder to accept fights with a special friend as she may not have learnt to share or to defend property or to express his/her feelings to other children.

    Some children say that their friend makes them act in certain ways or that they must always do what their friend wants. Explain to your child that friends can make suggestions about what to do, but he/she should think carefully about the likely consequences. How will your friend feel if you laugh at her? What might happen if you run off and leave your friend alone? Can you say sorry without blaming your friend?

    Throughout life we will value our friends even though we may lose touch with some and will form new friendships at each stage of life.

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    Kids in the news Winter holidays

    The winter holidays begin this weekend (1st July) in NSW. In other states the dates will vary. Families, and especially the kids, look forward to holiday time but what can you do if you are staying at home? With a bit of planning you can see that the kids do special things right at home and in your local town. Here are some ideas to try:

    • a picnic in a local park

    • a shopping excursion

    • invite a friend for the day or visit friends

    • invite a friend for a sleepover

    • art and craft days

    • let the kids use the camera to make some videos

    • cooking with the kids

    • go to a national park

    • make a trip to a local museum

    • go animal spotting after dark

    • drive to the town lookout to see the bright lights after dark

    • look at the stars using binoculars or a telescope

    • hold a movie night

    • let the kids plan and hold a midnight feast

    • carry out simple science experiments

    Get ideas from library books or your own book shelves for how to extend some of these ideas. For example looking at the stars might be extended by reading legends about the star groups or by reading about space exploration, painting night time pictures and so on. Make these holidays to remember.

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    Kids 'n Gardening - Getting dirty

    Most small kids love getting dirty and parents don't usually mind if the kids are wearing suitable clothing, especially if useful jobs are done. I've been listening to some catchy songs from the TV series of Dirtgirl which is a program that helps kids learn about the environment and encourages them to go outdoors for all kinds of activities. There is an emphasis on the three R's - reduce, reuse and recycle. The garden is certainly an excellent place to practise these important principles. We can plant in recycled pots, cans, old barrows, even old boots. We can reduce rubbish by composting, using a worm farm and feeding scraps to hens. We can pack food  in reusable, washable containers to enjoy eating in the garden or away somewhere. This week we had wonderful rain and that is followed by brisk, but sunny weather, an ideal time to go out to dig, plant, rake up, make mudpies, decorate a tree, play running games or just to search around to see what creatures are active in the garden or what is hiding under stones or rocks. The Children will enjoy helping with these jobs and especially planting bulbs in pots for their own special project.-

    Here is Dirtgirl. Children can see the programs on ABC TV. Check for times.

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    Healthy Living-Avoiding colds

    In winter time there are always a lot of coughs and colds about and small children pick them up as they play so closely together. Often they take the germs home too so that the whole family gets sick. What can you do to keep  everyone healthy in the coldest months?

    • Dress the family in warm clothes. Teach the kids to keep their jumpers on when going outside. Make sure they have sound shoes and hats or beanies to protect their heads.
    • Teach good hygiene.  Children can learn to cough into their elbows instead of their hands so germs are less likely to be spread around the room. Teach them to keep their noses wiped and tissues put into bins. If the kids have bad coughs or are sneezing a lot, keep them home from school or day-care, so they don’t spread the germs. Make sure kids wash their hands after using tissues and before eating and after going to the toilet.
    • Choose good food. Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C which is vital to fight colds. For lunches include pieces of orange or mandarins, kiwi fruit, strawberries, capsicum, carrot sticks and little tomatoes. Soups are also good for the whole family. For family meals stews with lots of vegetable included are tasty and will warm and satisfy the whole family.
    • See that everyone has plenty of sleep as well as exercise both indoors and out.

    If the children are not well, seek advice from the doctor or chemist straight away.

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    Indigenous news - NAIDOC Week

    NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. It now takes place over a week instead of one day and celebrates the achievements of Australia's Indigenous people. This year the theme is Our Languages matter. Sadly, many Aboriginal languages have been lost because the white settlers didn't understand that language is an important part of identity for people everywhere. In many parts of Australia, Aboriginal people were not allowed to speak in their own language and as thousands of children were taken away from their families they had no opportunity to learn their own languages. Now there is a growing movement to encourage the speaking of Aboriginal languages and to  to record and teach these languages before it is too late.

    In our schools the week is celebrated with flag raising, craft making, visits to the schools by Indigenous Elders, singers, dancers and sportspeople. At my granddaughter's school an enormous cake was made and iced with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait flags and the poster for languages. Today all children can wear clothes in black, red and yellow and there will be a special barbecue lunch to which parents are invited followed by rotational Indigenous craft activities. All children are excited about this special day.

    The winner of this year’s National NAIDOC Poster Competition is Joanne Cassady. She is a proud Wiradjuri artist.

      Here is the poster This is the flag.

    At my granddaughter’s school the week began with the raising of the Aboriginal flag. A huge cake had been made and iced with the flag, the poster and the words NAIDOC Week.  Each day there is some special activity and today there is a barbecue followed by cultural activities for all children to experience including decorating boomerangs with dot painting.

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    Book Review- Storm Whale

    By Sarah Brennan Illustrated by Jane Tanner

    Published by Allen and Unwin 2017  ISBN: 978 1  76029 3642

                              

     The story of three sisters who find a stranded whale on the beach as they walk to town, is told in verse. The carefully chosen words perfectly convey the atmosphere of the bleak, cold, windy, stormy day.

    The illustrations are wonderful. A big part of the book has pictures in muted tones to show the weather and the emotions. The girls work all day without success to refloat the huge whale. Back at home the picture glows with the orange light of the fire to warm them. The ending you must read for yourselves.

    There is so much to learn from this book. It is a wonderful one to share with children from four to twelve. There are teachers notes available from the publishers that make it a perfect book for class use. Use it to get the children writing poems.

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    Play idea- Hopping and jumping games

    Preschool children can jump and hop well and will enjoy helping to make up new games. Hopscotch is a traditional hopping game that may not be well known to youngsters today. It is excellent exercise and develops the skills of balance as well as hopping, observation and memory.

    Finding tors for the game is fun too.

    Encourage the kids to make up games as follows:

    • Lay sticks, ropes and hoops in a variety of patterns then hop or jump over or around.
    •  Hop or jump sideways, backward, forward and do this slowly then faster.
    •  Use a variety of tors to throw into a designated place. This will help develop eye, hand and foot co-ordination.
    • Combine ball skills too with these hopping and jumping games.

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    'In this story, five dinosaur friends choose different pathways and opportunities to explore their world.

    While children will discover the consequences for one dinosaur, the story fosters imaginative discussion and speculation as to the fate of the others. Who will find their remains, and where and when will they do so?

    Written and illustrated by Helen Evans this book will be much loved by children. Helen is an accomplished and well-practiced storyteller who knows the tastes of her audience well - and what a treat they’ll find. The vibrant illustrations bringing the story to life have been created from a multitude of perfectly chosen fabrics.'

    Review by Peter Taylor

    The book is available from Helen at mhevans@tpg.com.au and at

    http://www.xlibris.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-001116874

     

    Grandparents are important people in families. Sometimes they are the primary caregivers of their grandchildren 
    because of challenging situations. 
    Are you a grandparent coping with domestic violence, the death of a parent, drug and 
    alcohol problems,or mental health issues? 
    What can you do to help the children? Who can you turn to for advice? 


    Caring for Grandchildren gives practical tips on how to help the children as well as ideas to help grandparents cope with the changes in their lives.

    Available as an e-book from

    www.amazon.com/Caring-Grandchildren-Meet-Challenges-Families-ebook/dp/B01FYFLKPO?ie

    Pauline Young says: I cannot praise this book highly enough. The many suggestions Helen makes for dealing with these difficult issues are most helpful for the grandparents and children, helping them to live life to the full in spite of the many problems to be faced.
     

    This book is available from Amazon as an E-book and it is a companion to Tales for Toddlers

    I have created these tales especially to tell instead of reading to three, four and five-year olds. Suggestions for how to tell the stories using aids such as feltboards, toys and dramatization are set out in an easy to follow way.

    The book is a valuable resource for early childhood teachers, students, parents, carers and others who want to develop their skills as storytellers.

    Here is the link to order the book:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01D3O5KO0

    or from my author's page at

     

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    Here is a collection of the stories  that I have told to toddlers between two and three years of age at centres in Armidale over several years.

     Robyn Collins wrote the following review:

    'Most parents know the importance of reading to their children and of telling stories but, in the latter case in particular, many don't know quite where to begin. Helen Evans' book can help anyone be a confident storyteller. What I like best about it, besides the simple stories, is that Evans explains the 'why' of each story so the educational value is clear. She also describes how to make easy story telling resources and exactly how to use them throughout the activity. Parents will have fun with the resources in this book, will see the value of the activities and children will love the way storytelling brings the tales to life. This book should be on the shelf of every parent.'

    It is available at Amazon :

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VMZP64M

     

    Between three to five years of age children are very busy little people. Their questions, energy and enthusiasm are amazing.

    This book will help parents, carers and educators to plan fun activities in essential learning areas. Ideas include cooking, music, storytelling, maths, science, outdoor games and craft. There are also hints on organizing play spaces.

     Available as an E-book from Amazon at this link:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IGH0STW

    see all three book in my Mothers' Guides series at my Author's page

      www.amazon.com/author/helenevans

     

    The Busy Mothers’ Guide to Happy Toddlers

    by Helen Evans

    Toddlers are delightful little people who will both charm and challenge their parents and carers. They thrive on being busy, playing, exploring, helping, creating and talking. What are the best toys to buy? Which games and activities will help toddlers to develop skills?

    This book suggests toys and games that toddlers love. It outlines safe activities for toddlers from 18 to 36 months that will help develop physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language skills.

    Available as an E-book from Amazon at this link. www.amazon.com/dp/B00DJJ27SM 

     

    The Busy Mothers' Guide to Happy Babies

    by Helen Evans

    Talking to and playing with your baby is one of the delights of being a parent. But what can you do what your baby cries? How can you communicate? Can you help your baby to develop skills? This book outlines easy to follow, safe, sensory activities babies will love. 

    Mobiles, tickling rhymes, toys, books, music, messy play and creative ideas are suggested for each stage of development. These activities will keep your baby happy. Mums and dads, family members and child educators will love these ideas for babies from birth to 17 months of age.

    Available as an E-book from Amazon at the link below.      http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BTCA2VU

     

     

     

     

     

  • Helen's  books, Everyday learning about storytelling and Simply Storytelling, will help you to tell stories to your children. For Everyday learning, go to www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au and look at the catalogue

      

    For Simply Storytelling (ISBN 9780864588104 published by Tertiary Press)  go to  www.centralbooksuppliers.com.au and search

    Three of Helen's picture books are available as downloads or CD's from Writer's Exchange . Children from 3 to 10 will love them.
    Here is the link: http://www.writers-exchange.com/Helen-Evans.html
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