Monday, December 31, 2018

Wishes on the New Year

How has 2018 been for you?

Last year's words belong to last year's language. And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a new beginning. (T.S. Eliot)

We welcome the new year with the best of wishes.















Thursday, December 20, 2018

GIVING A NEW LOOK TO OLD CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

December marks the holiday season. It is the month of Christmas and it surely is a merry time for preparing for that most wonderful time of the year. Time for putting up those decorations and lighting up the Christmas tree.


While bringing out the box from where I have kept those old Christmas things, I start thinking how I should mix and match the decorations this time. I like to do the decorations differently from what it looked like last year.



BE CREATIVE. Giving a different look to old Christmas decorations is just a matter of rearranging them. You do not have to buy new ones every year. I have an array of old and new Christmas decorations. The only time I buy new ones is when the old ones get broken or if I need something different to make the design more attractive or give it a new twist.





Be Innovative.  There may be recyclable or indigenous materials in and around the house that you could use. There are a lot to work on if you are diligent enough to recycle and turn these materials ( straws, plastics, glasses, old wooden trays, old basketsb etc. ) into works of art. The rustic, country design produced by the combination of commercial Christmas decorations and indigenous materials is quite fascinating.



Look it up and Look around.  Browse for possible designs from the internet or magazines. You may also want to look around and look for new designs. I usually get my ideas from roaming the malls, department stores, churches, schools, and cafes. Designs you see in malls however are rather elegant and expensive to replicate but you can do a version of your own using more affordable ones.


Each place has its own unique design. You can create one of yours too. Just let your imagination run.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Why We Should Teach Our Children the Love for Reading

      "Mom, who's Peter Pan?" My 6year old son asked me when I was choosing a book character costume for him to don. I was surprised he doesn't know the famous children's book character at all. "Oh, well," I thought, I guess I fell short of lighting their fire to read and explore different story genres that could make them knowledgeable  about a whole lot of stories and characters at their age. But at an age of technological proliferation where all sorts of gadgets sprout today and then tomorrow or the year after, children are more interested to have and explore them. Finally, these are the times we, the older generation used to watch in scifi movies back then ‐ tablets, touch screens, gaming apps, AI's , selfdriving cars, etc. So how do you suppose you could feed their interest in reading when they they'd rather sit for hours on end with their gadgets? Still nothing beats literary works written on paper. 




My daughter wearing a DIY Queen of Hearts
costume
      Introducing books to children at a very young age is a good start. They can begin reading with storybooks and nursery rhymes. It has always been said that reading allows you to meet many different people and travel in many different places without leaving your favorite nook. And when they have dozed off one afternoon, who knows Alice may invite them to join her in one of her adventures to Wonderland. Maybe even secretly fly away one starry night with Peter Pan to Neverland, or ride on a magic carpet to discover a whole new world with Aladdin. If mommy is not around, they can venture outside and who knows, Voila! the great Faraway Tree suddenly appears and get to see Moon Face open the door at the foot of the tree or experience getting soaked with Dame Wash-a-Lot’s soapy water splashing down the tree.  Children will love to go on adventuring to lands they have never known or heard of and befriend many storybook characters who will take them to see these places. They will surely look forward to these leisure times.



      It would be easier to teach children values from what they have read. Story books are not just very magical and interesting. They are also very symbolic. The Good Samaritan has taught us to be kind. The Hare and the Turtle has taught us not to underestimate others. Pocahontas, Prince Caspian, and Alexander the Great have shown us how to be brave. Every book has its stories to tell and lessons to teach.



 


Listen to the MUSTNT’S child, Listen to the DON’T’S
Listen to the SHOULDN’T’S, the IMPOSSIBLES, the WONT’S.
Listen to the NEVER HAVES, then listen close to me.
Anything can Happen, child….Anything can be
Where the sidewalk ends 
Shel Silverstein




      Children can also enjoy reading their favorite books not knowing that they are enriched with Grammar, Speech and Vocabulary altogether. Language is a dynamic force and we can play around with words in our daily communication process. If famous lines from movie actors and actresses are easily distinguished by many, would anyone nowadays readily know which book character said these lines?


      Mirror, mirror on the wall who is the fairest of them all?

      Off with their heads!

      There is no place like home.

      It’s no use to go back to yesterday because I was a different person  then.

      All magic comes with a price, dearie.

      How do you spell love?












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