School holidays are here and just like any other year you are looking for ideas to keep your little one engaged. School holidays are a great way to bond with your children. You get to spend quality time with them and be an active part of their world.
To make your life easier, we have compiled a few ideas of things to do this time and make the year-end memorable for your family.
Enjoy the sun at KLCC Park
Just head to KLCC park and let your children enjoy the children’s park and the water park. You can laze around in the cool shade of trees with a book in your hand. If you feel hungry, head to the Suria KLCC food court and treat your kids to whatever they like, life cannot get better than this. If you stay till evening, you can enjoy the Lake Symphony at the KLCC fountain too. We’re sure the kids will love it.
Take them for a cultural performance
Exposing children to culture is important and what better way than to take them to some local performances. Malaysia Tourism Centre Matic holds hour-long dance performance every day at 3pm from Monday to Saturday. There is also a cultural show at Central Market every Sunday at 8 pm. A little culture will go a long way in giving them fresh ideas and create a different perspective for them.
Spend some quality time at KL Eco-Forest Park
Spend a few hours enjoying the greenery at the KL Eco Forest, formerly known as Bukit Nanas. Acclimatise your children to different kinds of trees and enjoy a nice canopy walk. You will be able to see many types of birds and monkeys. You can also take your kids to the mini zoo inside. There are many trails and walks to enjoy. The Eco-Forest Park is easy to access from Menara KL and Jalan Raja Chulan.
Reach for the stars at the Planetarium
A visit to planetarium can be mesmerising especially if you are a kid. The idea of new stars and a whole new world out there can open the floodgates to the imagination. Although the KL Planetarium is not the best in Asia, yet, there’s much to learn here and definitely deserves a few hours. They run 3D films that are fun for enjoying the 3D experience. A really cool place to visit during the holidays.
Cycle around the city
Do your kids love to cycle? If the answer is a big yes, then head to the many cycling areas in the city such as Taman Tasik Titiwangsa or Desa Park City. On Sundays, Publika Shopping Centre becomes a cycling path. Cycling is not only healthy and fun, it is also a great way to spend time with your little ones.
Take them to a skate park
If your children love skateboarding or rollerblading, you can visit the skate parks in Mont Kiara, Putrajaya and Shah Alam. Nothing like a little adrenaline to get the blood pumping and create some excitement and competition within the family. Some places also offer free informal skating lessons such as the Wheel Love Skateshop. You can find them on Facebook.
Spend a crafty weekend
The Islamic Art Museum Malaysia organises art and craft workshops every weekend for children aged 4 to 12 years. Children under 6 years of age have to be accompanied by an adult. Each workshop has a specific theme and starts with a storytelling session. They are ideal to enhance your child’s imagination. The timing of these classes is from 3pm to 4.30pm every Saturday and Sunday.
Volunteer for gardening
Planting trees are so important and it is imperative that the young ones learn this from an early age. Visit the Free Tree Society in Bangsar and volunteer at their nursery. They will provide all the tools. You will be planting new plants, rearranging pots or be a part of the landscaping. It’s a fun activity and definitely a great lesson for your kid.
Take a trip out of the city
There is no better way to bond than going on a trip together. More so if you are a family. Pack-up, get the map out (or Waze!) pick a location and go on a roadtrip for a weekend away. We are spoilt for choice when it comes to travelling in this country. Pack your kids’ favourite snacks, play car games, sing songs and enjoy the beautiful scenery. They are going to love it.
Visit the National Science Centre
To merge fun with learning, take your child to the National Science Centre. It has innumerable exhibits and mini-activities to keep children engaged and excited. Tickets are priced reasonably at RM6 for visitprs over 13 years of age and RM3 from children from 7 to 12 years. Children below 3 years can enter for free. They hold a science show every day at 12pm and 3pm where they involve children to exhibit scientific experiments. It’s completely fun while you learn.
Hope these ideas helped you plan a range of fun activities to keep your child engaged. Enjoy the holiday season before another round of school days starts.
Starting kindy a few months earlier could make a world of difference to your child and decrease your level of stress and anxiety! Read on to find out how…
It’s going to be time for your child to join preschool in January and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that you are both excited and anxious at the same time. You want your child to mingle with the other children, make friends, learn their alphabets, numbers and most of all enjoy themselves! But then you end up thinking about everything that could go wrong, and your bubble pops!
What if your child can’t cope up with the new atmosphere? Oh, the ceaseless crying and the painful goodbyes that you have to go through. After all, separation anxiety is a tough experience for every child, and this is going to be even worse in a room full of weeping toddlers come January!
Not to forget the entire period of preparation that goes into getting your child ready for preschool. Backpack, lunch box, social skills, potty training, planning playdates, and practising being away from each other are few of the many priorities on the to-do list of every parent. And above all, you need to set up your schedule, get organised and shift your routine to ensure you can meet all the unforeseen hurdles that may come your way.
The first few weeks of preschool is like a rollercoaster ride for every parent and child until both sides learn adjust to the new routine and get a hang of things. As such, why not get the adjustment period out of the way before January even comes along?
Keeping in mind that preschool is the beginning of a new phase in your child’s life, joining a preschool early can be a good idea on many levels. Here are some of the reasons why:
An extra month to cope
Avoid the last-minute drama by giving your child an extra month to fit into the new set-up and get acquainted with their surroundings. It gives you some extra time to relax and help your child adapt without worrying about keeping pace with the other children. Not only that, but it also provides a window to coach him step-by-step about school, paving the way for a smoother transition period.
Your child will get extra care, attention
By starting a month early, children have the opportunity to join an existing class. They get extra attention and care from the teacher who now has the time and space to give your child all the TLC they need, and make friends with other children who are already used to school. This will go a long way in easing their nervousness and help them overcome their shyness. It’s also not so stressful for the teachers and leads to an overall good experience for the child.
Avoid the back to school rush
Adjusting to a new routine is not only difficult for the kids but also for the parents who have to constantly put effort in ensuring the little one has everything he needs. Joining preschool early gives you an opportunity to ward off the stress and enjoy the learning journey with your child. And if you are the parent of many children, your toddler’s shoes, bags and books can be sorted a whole month earlier before big brother and sister have to be dealt with. That’s definitely a solution to having to buy multiple everything at the same time!
It helps your child become more confident
Imagine the first day of school in January, when there are at least ten children crying and feeling alienated in the new environment they have been placed in. Your child who has already been in school for a month can now be the old pro, confident enough to take up a leadership role and help the new kids settle in. This will help them gain more confidence and promote the development of social skills in the process.
You have time to find another preschool
Starting early gives you, the parent greater leeway to get it right. You have more time to see if the learning environment meets the individual needs of your child. In case it doesn’t, you do not need to panic as you have extra time to find another preschool that suits them better. The children’s house welcomes children to join our classrooms in November and December, before the new school year starts. You can do so by coming for a school tour.
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Everything you need to know about HFMD and its preventive measures
The surge of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) in Malaysia has become a matter of serious concern. The country is on alert as more than 33,000 cases have been recorded nationwide to date. Children under the age of five are highly susceptible to the disease with cases being reported at daycares, nurseries and kindergartens across the country.
Here’s what you need to know about HFMD.
What is HFMD?
HFMD or the Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is a contagious infection caused by viruses from the Enterovirus genus, most commonly Coxsackievirus A16 and Enterovirus 71. The virus is found in secretions from the nose and throat such as nasal mucus or saliva, blister fluid and stool.
How does HFMD spread?
The disease spreads by direct contact with the infected person, the air after sneeze or cough of an infected person or touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands after coming in contact with contaminated surfaces or feces.
What are the symptoms of the disease?
Though it usually affects infants and children below the age of 5, it can also occur in adults and older children. The signs and symptoms of the disease generally include fever, loss of appetite, headache, sore throat, red rashes on the palms of hands and the soles of the feet, and irritability. It usually begins with fever and red rashes or blisters are observed in the following days.
Though every infected person might not suffer from all of the symptoms, it is good to seek medical attention if you observe any of these signs in your children.
How is the disease diagnosed?
The hand, foot and mouth disease can be diagnosed through physical examination by the doctor who will check the appearance of common symptoms. The doctor or health care professional may also collect a sample from the infected person’s throat or stool to test for the virus.
What precautions can be taken to prevent HFMD?
The Health Ministry has been informing the people about the current situation of the HFMD outbreak and the health authorities have advised the people, especially the parents to play an active role in the control and prevention on the disease starting from themselves and their homes. Parents can take these precautions to prevent the disease.
Wash hands regularly
The best way to prevent HFMD is to practice good hygiene both inside and outside the house. Washing your hands on a regular basis can reduce the chances of coming in contact with the virus. Teach the children to wash hands before eating, after using the washroom and after coming home from outside.
Disinfect the home
Make sure that all the shared places in the house are cleaned on a regular basis by using a disinfectant. It is also important to keep objects like toys and pacifiers clean as they may be contaminated with the virus. Teach the children not to put any toys, other objects or their fingers in their mouth.
Do not ignore symptoms
Parents should not ignore symptoms like fever, vomiting, rashes or lethargy in the child. Please take your child to the nearby healthcare centre and get the required treatment. Also, do not take the children with HFMD or possible symptoms to any public places, daycare, kindergarten or schools as it might spread the disease to others.
Avoid sharing food and other items
It is good to avoid sharing food, drinks, utensils, clothes, toys, towels and similar objects with others during this time.
What precautions can be taken by preschools?
Considering the fact that HFMD majorly affects children under the age of 5 and is easily spread in places where children gather such as kindergartens and daycare, preschools have a major role to the play in the control and prevention of the disease.
- Preschools should take special care to maintain high standards of hygiene and both at a personal and environmental level. Teachers and staff are advised to wash their hands on a regular basis, especially after using the washroom, changing the diapers of children or accidentally touching the blisters.
- All the objects, toys or materials used by children including the floor and the toilets should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
- There should be a proper facility for the disposal or waste and diapers to reduce the risk of the disease.
- Schools are recommended to conduct screening for any HFMD symptoms before the children enter the premises.
How to develop creative thinking in young children?
As they grow older, a child’s degree of a success depends on how well they handle the different challenges that life throws at them. Though some problems can be handled with experience and others with good advice, life puts you into tricky situations that demand an unconventional approach. Creative thinking is the key to untangle the complex knots of life. But how can you sow this creativity in your children?
Sometimes we unintentionally limit our kids in a box of our own expectations. Give your children the freedom to follow their passion. It is observed that children who follow their interests are better at performing it than those who are compelled to do it. Pursuing their interests, keeps them actively engaged and nurtures creative thinking.
“There’s something about living life with passion and intensity, including the full depth of human experience that creates an environment conducive to creativity. In my own research, I found that affective engagement — the extent to which people are open to the full breadth and depth of their emotions— was a better predictor of artistic creativity than IQ or intellectual engagement,” says Scott Barry Kaufman in the Harvard Business Review.
Whether your child is passionate about arts, mathematics or science; encourage them to explore their natural inclinations and provide them with an environment that enhances their strength.
Give your kids the freedom to engage in activities of their choice. As parents, we are often so anxious to raise successful children that we pack their entire day with the activities we choose for them. Take a step back and allow them to think independently and make their own decisions. Young children have the ability to learn and absorb from the environment around them. Unstructured play is as important as the structured activities you plan for them. Children who are involved in unstructured activities get time to use their creativity and imagination. Research reveals that boredom sparks creativity. So it is important to let your kids enjoy the occasional boredom and activities that they love to do.
Involve them in problem-solving activities
You can preserve the inquisitive nature of your children by keeping them engaged in problem-solving activities. It is this curiosity which unleashes the creative thinking in your children. Creativity is not about accepting the conventional way of doing things. It offers you different perspectives with the opportunity to choose the best. You can make learning fun by encouraging them to play board games. You can start with the beginner levels of games like Lego and Sudoku which not only enhance their creative skills but also improve their problem solving abilities.
Reasoning with kids is another way of stimulating their curiosity and creative thinking. Don’t teach them conventional ways of solving a problem. Ask them the different ways in which they can approach a riddle. Creative mindsets are formed through stimulation in an environment that encourages problem solving.
There can be different ways of encouraging creativity and passion in your child, but it is important to find a caring environment which focuses on inculcating the love for learning in them. A preschool that recognises the uniqueness of your child and works towards guiding them on their individual path is crucial to the all round development of your children. The children’s house understands the influence of early years in the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development. Hence, it provides an environment that is completely centred around the well-being of your child. Every activity has been designed to stimulate the curiosity of your child as he progresses to the next level. A wide range of interesting activities like Tots Arts, Tots music, Tots Read and Tots Gym provide them an opportunity for exploration and problem-solving.
The Montessori Method of teaching at The children’s house ensures a nurturing environment that focuses on the individual needs and development of your little one. It recognises the innate ability of a child to absorb and learn things when they are kept in a prepared environment. Children are given materials that engage them and help them to discover their natural inclination. It believes in respecting the child by giving him the freedom to select the material he wants to work with. When your children are allowed to engage in a learning activity of their choice without interruption, they get an opportunity to explore their interests.
The children’s house focuses on the all round development of your child through activities and materials that drive passion and stimulate creative thinking in them. Above all, the method of teaching encourages them to become well rounded individuals who are contributing members of the society.
7 tips to keep your child healthy at preschool
Unlike your home where you can control the environment for your little one, you cannot do so in a school or a daycare. The environment will be standard for all children. This is a reason why many children fall sick again and again after starting preschool, especially if they have a weak immune system. That is why at The children’s house we are very particular about hygiene. Here are some suggestions on how to keep your child healthy at preschool.
According to almost all doctors across the world, unhygienic hands are one of the main ways of spreading bacteria. Therefore, teach your children to wash hands every time they sit down to eat or use a restroom, or after wiping their nose. And this applies to adults as well. The school and daycare staff should be doing the same each time they feed a child, or change a diaper or use the restroom. You can stay back a bit at the school or daycare and see if this is being followed. If not, please raise your concern to the head of the preschool. As a parent, you have every right to do so.
Ensure that your child is active
Exercise is good for everybody. This holds true for children, too. There have been various studies on this subject that have shown that an active child has approximately 25% less chance of being down with cold or flu because of higher circulation of infection-fighting cells. To ensure that your child is active, take her to parks and play outdoor games with her. They are also great ways of bonding with your child.
A nutritious diet
A healthy diet from an early age will go a long way in building the health of your child. Unfortunately, thanks to smart advertising, children are enticed into thinking junk food is the most delicious thing in the world . But did you know, even coke has a ‘not recommended for children’ written in small letters on its labels? Try to prepare alternatives at home that look and feel like ‘fun’ food. There’s plenty of ideas available online that will help you whip up something interesting for your children. Let them get excited about what’s cooking at home.
Ensure plenty of sleep
A child’s brain matures as they sleep. This is a proven way of developing the pituitary gland functions. Ensure your child gets enough sleep every night. Sleep deprivations increase the chance of catching a cold manifold.
While you don’t want your child to get contaminated, you should also ensure that your child is not doing the spreading of bacteria to others. Teach them to cover their mouth every time they cough or sneeze. And not with the palm of their hand but with the crook of their arm. Most importantly you should do the same yourself. Children learn a lot through watching mum and dad.
Follow up on vaccinations
Ensure your child has all the necessary vaccinations as suggested by your doctor. Vaccinations are important in ensuring your child doesn’t fall ill unnecessarily. Speak to your doctor to find out what’s best for your child.
Know sick policies
As a parent, it is extremely important for you to know the sick policies of the preschool or daycare. You don’t want your child to play with a child who has a pink eye or is down with the flu, and in turn, get infected. Therefore know what are the sick policies of the preschool so you can follow the policy when your child is down with an illness.
Following these simple steps can go a long way in having a healthy child.