Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Making Sense of Senses


            Here’s just the book you need if you are planning to teach a unit on senses.  Dr. Reema Naim has written a second book in her series called “Adventures of the Sensokids”. 

I’ve Got the Wiggles!  is written in three parts.  In the first part the author is the character who explains what senses are and how they are like superpowers.  She goes beyond the basic five – seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, and feeling.   She also explains two additional senses we all have.  Proprioception is your body’s awareness of its position, movement, and the force it takes your muscles to move it. The vestibular sense involves your body’s feeling and the balance required when you do things like summersaults, riding wild rides, or just sitting calmly in a chair.  She explains these senses in a simple, child-friendly way.

Part two introduces the four Sensokids and their sensory powers.  Naim explains how these senses play out differently from one person to the next.  With the sense of touch for instance, some kids like to play with ooey gooey things, but others don’t like to touch them, get messy, or even be touched by someone else.

With the understanding of parts one and two, the reader is ready for the story in part three, ‘Tareek’s Story.’  Tareek is an energetic little guy, whose need to move really interferes with his ability to focus in class.  He follows his teacher’s advice to call on the Sensokids to help him.  The Sensokids spent recess with Tareek, showing him things he could do to get the wiggles out.  

 Dr. Reema Naim is originally from London, England and came to California to complete her training in occupational therapy.  She supervises her pediatric occupational therapy clinic in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and son.  Her desire for children and families to understand the sensory systems gave rise to her creative series about the Sensokids.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Family Fun

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      I am delighted to have a guest host today, Jennie Wise.  Jenny is a homeschooling mom to four children, one of whom has autism. She and her husband made the decision to home-educate when their oldest was four years old. During this journey, they have expanded their family and faced many challenges along the way, but they have experienced great rewards.


Parents, It's Time to Get Your Children Outside 

     Children today have a vastly different way of interacting with the world than kids did 30, 20, and even 10 years ago. Many parents recall childhoods where they were sent out to play on a regular basis, often not even coming home until dusk, while the kids of today spend less and less time outside. Much of this can be blamed on the lure of technology, with most children regularly glued to some sort of device. This lack of time outside has experts concerned about the negative effects on the overall health and wellness of children in the long-term. 

     However, nature-deficit disorder doesn’t have to be a given, and there is a wealth of resources available to help parents get their kids outside. 


The Backyard Is Calling 

     If you own or rent a property, you don’t have far to go to enjoy some time in the outdoors. And just because the colder months are slowly rolling in doesn’t mean that you should stay indoors until things warm up! You can do a lot of the following things all year round! 

50 Fun Ideas to Get Kids Gardening

Stargazing Tips With the Family

Give Your Kids the Perfect Backyard Camping Adventure

 How to Encourage Your Children to Learn Meteorology 


Immerse Them in Nature                                                                             

      If you want to explore beyond the backyard, you have a wealth of options to explore — even during a pandemic. 

11 Tips for Day Hiking with Young Children

Top Tips for Family Bike Rides

How to Get Your Kids into Rock Collecting and Geology

Read Lola Koala's Travel Adventures for Kids to Better Appreciate the World 


Help Them Develop Wildlife Appreciation 

     Teaching your children about wildlife is one of the most important things you can do to help them become caring, compassionate adults. 

Five Great Ideas for Teaching Kids about Wildlife — and Compassion   

10 Reasons Children Should Do Bug Hunts  

How To See Animals: Easy Wildlife Viewing Techniques 

     Children need time in nature, and it can be as simple as heading out for family activities in the backyard or visiting the local park. It doesn’t take much to foster a love and appreciation for nature. Let these resources open the door to a world of outdoor adventure. 

     A Little Red Wagon is your best source for kid-friendly reads. Explore the blog for reading recommendations today!- Jenny