Monday, 30 October 2017

How to Introduce Your Baby and Toddlers to Books

Brianna, © 2017
The first and main tip that I can give when it comes to introducing your little one to books, is to make sure that you have fun. When children are engaged and enjoying themselves, it's easier for them to learn. When there's a positive interaction with books, they're creating positive feelings about reading. This will help motivate them to continue wanting to read and look at books, and other literacy materials as they grow.

Here's some ideas for helping you nurture literacy skills at an early age for your baby or toddler:

Start off with just a few minutes at a time. Young children can only sit for a short period of time, but as they grow, they will be able to sit longer. Let your child decide how much or little time you spend with story-time. You also don't need to read each page... you may find that your child may have a favorite page or picture.

Talk or sing about the pictures. You don't necessarily have to read the words to fully tell a story. You can try reading/describing the pictures in a book, and when they're old enough, ask them to do the same.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

My baby has a cast #brokenarm #littlemonkey

Brianna, © 2017
I'm so tired and stressed and happy that it's almost Friday. The last few weeks have been hell, and I was stressful before I got the call. I was at work and I answered the phone... my mother who I had no idea it was her, called to tell me that Brianna needs to go to the hospital. It was the first time that I felt like I couldn't breathe... and I was at work trying not to cry or lose my mind. Accidents can happen so quickly, and it did yesterday. The little monkey thought it would be fun to jump on the bed... well, she bounced right onto the hardwood flooring and hurt her arm. After being at the hospital for hours, they came to the conclusion that she's got a fractured elbow. My two year old received a cast, and was scheduled for two follow ups at the fracture clinic for the next couple weeks.

Last week we went to the fracture clinic, and they removed the first cast. They did a few things to see if she was able to use her arm yet, and they came to the conclusion that she needs a new cast for another two weeks. They didn't redo the x-rays, as they felt that they probably wouldn't show much anyways. So now my baby has a bright purple cast. She wasn't happy being there and hated being touched, up until the nurse started applying the pretty coloured fiberglass cast! Yes, she's now proud of the pretty coloured arm, and seems to be moving around quite well. We go back in a week to get the cast removed... praying that everything is all healed and good to go!