Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fun Water Safety Lessons for Young Children - Guest Blogger Post

Via Flickr – by peasap
“Mommy, Sam pushed Mark into the water.” “Mommy, Cooper keeps running around the pool.” “Mommy, Mason dove in a no-diving area.” Maybe he has law enforcement in his future or will one day be an excellent lifeguard, but my son is definitely a stickler for pool rules…and that makes me so happy.

I love the water and I wanted my kids to love the water, too, but I also wanted them to be safe. As a result, my husband and I began teaching them water safety at an early age and took them to swim lessons as soon as they were old enough.

If you have a young child, there’s no better time than now to begin teaching them about water safety. A great place to start is this extensive guide on recreational swimming safety. It offers a comprehensive overview of the rules you’ll want to teach your child. Then, help them become water safety experts with these simple steps:

First, get them used to the water. Your child’s first experience with the water could determine how they feel about water moving forward. The Alliance for Early Childhood provides great advice on how to make it a good one. For example, the organization recommends making your child feel comfortable and protected by always holding them firmly while in the water.

Second, make it fun. Use these activities to teach your child about water safety and help them become strong swimmers:
  • Safety is Cool at the Pool. This activity from KidsHealth.org is a great introduction to pool and water safety rules for Pre-K to 2nd Grade-age students. In it, they’ll create a water bottle label that features the rules they’ve learned.
  • Red Light, Green Light. Of course, strong kicks are a key part of safe swimming. This activity from TodaysParent.com has your child hold on to the side of the pool or a shallow end step. Say “Green light!” Then, your child should start kicking. Say “Red light!” And they should stop. It’s great kicking practice and great exercise.
  • Danger Rangers. If you find yourself stuck inside because of the weather, use the time to continue your kids’ education in water safety. My kids love the activities at DangerRangers.com. There are many different sections on safety. The one on water safety features songs, videos, and printable coloring pages.
I can’t stress enough how smart it is to start teaching your kids about water safety at an early age. Not only will doing so help protect them from potential danger, they’ll be much more receptive at an early age than they will once they’re older. It gives me comfort that my kids have taken what I’ve taught them to heart, and I think a big part of that is that my husband and I began preaching water safety to them at a young age.

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Patricia Sarmiento is an avid swimmer and runner. She blogs regularly about health, wellness, fitness, and other health topics. She is a former high school and college athlete and continues to make fitness a focus in her everyday life. She lives with her husband, son, daughter, and the family dog in Maryland.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Wild Horse Creek Water Park

From Marietta Daily Journal Online
Wild Horse Creek Water Park opened this weekend and according to one of our homeschool moms, it is an excellent place for families with young children.  She loved it so much she bought a season pass!

The park is located at 3820 Macedonia Road
Powder Springs, GA 30127.

The hours of operation are Monday-Thursday  from 1 to 7:30 p.m., and Friday-Sunday 1-6 p.m.. 

Groups rates and rentals are available. For more information, call (770) 222-6700 .

Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day Outdoor Activities: http://www.atlanta.net/events/seasonal/memorial-day/

Memorial Day Crafts: http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/memorial-day/

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Summer Reading KICK-OFF Party at the Library

Who? South Cobb Regional Library
What? Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party
When? Monday, June 1 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where? 805 Clay Road, Austell, GA 30168

The following post came from http://www.cobbcat.org/event/summer-reading-kick-off-party-south-cobb-region/

Come one, come all for the Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party for the South Cobb Regional Library!

They will start things off 12pm (Noon) and….
There will be face painting!
There will be games!
There will be water!?

Friends at the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program will be doing a cooking demonstration.

Representatives from Georgia’s Path2College 529 Plan will be in attendance discussing the program.

They will finish things off with Magician Bill Packard spinning some amazing magic starting at 2pm.

All ages are welcome, but fun is required.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Unit Study for May - Social Studies - Economics (Updated)

Economics for Kids

SS2E1 The student will explain that because of scarcity, people must make choices and incur opportunity costs. 
SS2E2 The student will identify ways in which goods and services are allocated (by price; majority rule; contests; force; sharing; lottery; command; first-come, first-served; personal characteristics; and others). 
SS2E3 The student will explain that people usually use money to obtain the goods and services they want and explain how money makes trade easier than barter. 
SS2E4 The student will describe the costs and benefits of personal spending and saving choices

Take Charge America is a Non-Profit Financial Education center that has financial education teaching resources for EVERY grade level for free.  Go to http://www.takechargeamerica.org/financial-education/teaching-resources/first-grade/

Online Games - http://www.usmint.gov/kids/games/   and http://www.uakron.edu/barkercenter/teacher-resources/online-games/

Meeting Dates

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the South Cobb Library -  Consumer Math Economics Lesson for Kids

Field Trip - Friday May 29, 2015 from 1:00p.m. - 3:30 p.m. West Georgia Used Book Sale at the Carroll County Agriculture Center, 900 Newnan Road, Carrollton, GA 30117 -This is a great opportunity for our kids to get hands-on sales experience and learn consumer math.  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer Homeschool Courses Start June 1!

Dr. David Byers, homeschooling father, college professor, and author of College-Prep Homeschooling and Leadership Lessons for Homeschooled Teens, offers dozens of highly-affordable courses in English, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences year-round to homeschooled students in grades 7-12. The courses are taught asynchronously via email; the student doesn’t have to be online at any particular day or time! In addition, parents may work with David regarding their scheduling needs. Dr. Byers offers a free course, Introduction to Poetry, as well as a free writing assessment upon request. You can find more information his site: http://www.leadershipforyou.net/ or by emailing him atdbyers3@centurylink.net

Monday, May 18, 2015

Larcum Singers Auditions May 26 & 28!

Introducing a new statewide choral program designed for homeschooled/virtually schooled students. Larcum is committed to producing quality musical experiences for these students in their unique learning situations. Therefore, the Larcum ensembles are composed from a select group of singers from all over the state (live and videoed auditions).

The singers are introduced to a variety of languages and cultures through the art of making music. Students with unique vocal talents in a particular genre or vocal percussion (beatbox) are encouraged to audition. Students with other musical abilities are also encouraged to audition. For more information visit larcum.com.