As a child educator for almost all my adult life, i have always known that the best way to learn is through play, art, story telling, and music and movement. now, i’m looking forward...
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I have a contest up at my other blog, Fat Girl No More in celebration of my first year anniversary. Contest ends tomorrow, so you still have a couple of hours to think of your answer to the simple question: what is your weight loss/fitness goal this year?
Paypal cash prizes are up for grabs
I decided to do that contest because having the blog up really helped me work on my weight loss over the past year. Granted that I still have a long ways to go, I have transitioned from yoyo dieting, searching for the best fat burners, and cheating my way through weight loss. Now it really has become a lifestyle thing, although admittedly, there are times when I still lose track of things and kinda just give in to cravings, hehe. Nonetheless, one thing that works very well for me is having the social support system through the process which makes me push harder at keeping it up. I hope joining this contest will do the same for youRead More
In my practice, both as a teacher and a clinician, I have worked with one too many girls who have struggled with weight and eating disorders. Sometimes it can be a challenge for me, especially since I myself struggle with weight, but I guess that’s really part of the process, right?
What frustrates me about working with these issues and concerns is how difficult it is to maintain or reinforce what we are working with, especially given the mixed signals students (and all people in general I guess) get from various signals from all over. Although I will talk about media in this post, I recognize that they’re not the only culprit in this whole game. I want to make that clear after all
How does media influence an adolescents body image to begin with? Well, let’s face it: through television, magazines and the like, there really is a glorification of what is ” supposed” to be beautiful. Although, yes, there are shows and the like that DO EMPHASIZE that there is more to a person than size, it is still very much overshadowed by many other signals being given to them. As such, they go on all sorts of diets and take all these diet pills that promise weight loss in just x number of days. Add to this the reinforcements of advertisements and so on and so forth. Sigh. It’s a vicious cycle I tell ya.
So, what’s the solution? I honestly don’t know. Granted that the need to fit in and to look a certain way is part of the developmental process, I think there should be clear-cut and more significant steps that need to be undertaken to make long-term change happen. As such, I applaud the efforts of shows like America’s Next Top Model (yes, even if it is a model search I appreciate how Tyra would always say beauty comes in all shapes, colors and sizes…although in that show we still can see a lot of the stereotypes, right?) and Glee as they try to make changes happen.
What else can we do? Drop me a line here and lets see where we can goRead More
Um…just a disclaimer: when it comes to teaching, I don’t talk or write this way, but on my Facebook, I can be crazy goofy right? Haha….
Anyway, last Thursday when I got to school, I saw a super duper pleasant surprise when I switched on my lappy: a full WIFI signal. At first I couldn’t believe it (well, mainly because for the longest time I was hoping our department would get a wifi signal, after all, almost the entire campus is wifi enabled hehe). To be fair, we did have out local area network or LAN things working, but sometimes, I’d run out of an outlet. Sometimes too I’d end up with one of those cables that kinda would be wonky, so I’d be downloading something (errr…okay fine, I’d be Facebooking haha) between classes and I’d suddenly get disconnected. At least now, I don’t have to keep calling the ITC guys for a network cable tester or a replacement network cable for that matter! Woot. I’m soooo happy.
That should be good right??? After all, happy teachers make for happy teaching mwihihihi.Read More
Last Thursday I had a great laugh courtesy of my crazy Clinpsy students.
Lemme put it in context: a few weeks ago in class, I was dressed in this bright red dress and one of my students randomly made a comment about her red pair of Keds that were too big for her and asked if I would be interested in buying it from her. One of her classmates suddenly quipped: Miss, you know pa ba what Keds are?? TOIIINK!!!!
Anyway, her point was that she had never seen me wearing anything but stilettos (or wedges at the very least) and so it seemed implausible for me to actually ever wear flats.
Well, in some ways it’s true because since around July of last year I had stopped wearing flats. If ever I did, it would be flip flops but for the most part, it was always heels. So when my friend told me to wear flats or rubber shoes when we went to the 16th Hot Air Balloon Fest a few weeks ago, I had to dig out my old Crocs. While we were in Clark, I decided to stop and take a photo of my feet since it had been way too long since I had last worn flats. While I was doing so, my friend snapped a shot of me too:
And so when she posted this on Facebook, I had to show my kooky students that indeed, I do wear flats too. Haha. Of course I had to invade some other walls to do that because I absolutely refuse to add students to my own account haha….too much drama I swear.
Anyway, after I did, I kinda regretted it a bit, because I realized I would never live it down, but well, it’s too late now.
And so when I went to class last Thursday I was greeted by that statement:
Oh my gaaaawd she’s human after all. Haha.
Funny, funny things that happen in class I tell ya.
Earlier this month we were discussing plants in our class. In order to supplement the discussion, I decided to have the kids do an experiment. I had them bring several different kinds of seeds and then we went on to do our scientific inquiry.
Here’s what we did:
We started out with an inquiry (a.k.a. creating a hypothesis) in which the children were asked what they think will happen to the seeds if put in a pot with soil and given water and sunshine. To do this I had them chart it on a Manila paper. In this part I had them draw the pots and seeds (although our pots didn’t look like real pots, they were just like dark circles in the middle of the paper with little dots for seeds haha).
Then we did some observations on the seed, the soil and all other materials we used. I asked them to take note of the similarities and differences of the seeds, such as size, color and shape. Some of them even smelled the seeds (which almost gave me a heart attack because they’re so tiny, right???) and one even attempted to taste it. Thank God I saw it on time haha.
After this, we listed the procedures of the experiment (such as put soil in the pot, drop the seeds, etc.) and then actually carried out the procedure.
Of course after carrying out the experiment, we got ready to record our observations and what happens in the experiment
So…after two weeks, the kids found out that:
Teacher shouldn’t plan activities right before we go on a break. Haha. Yes…I had forgotten that the whole week of Feb. 14-18 was not a regular school week because of Paranaque Day, our school field trip, and parent-teacher conferences. Haha.
Seriously though, they did get a chance to see the plants growRead More
One of the best learning materials EVER is a good toy. I am a firm believer of that. In fact, whether it is in the preschool classroom or my undergraduate lectures, toys are bound to make a cameo. Today, I got to discover a new brand of toys that will be hitting the Philippine markets in just a few weeks, Rubbabu toys.
So what makes Rubbabu different from other toys in the market? First off it perhaps one of the first toy collections that is not only cute and adorable, but is actually eco-friendly and child-safe. From infants to big kids, this is sure to be a delight. It is made from 100% natural rubber foam with a velvet smooth surface and it comes in such brilliant and captivating colors. The toys are very light and chunky, which is great for little hands to play with (big hands too, actually haha!). The toys are bouncy and soft and just oh-so-lovable, and I promise, I’m not just saying that.
Okay, I can just imagine some eyebrows being raised right about now (correct? hehe). Seriously though, when I first heard about the product (I googled it after all when I first received an invitation to the product launch), I was a little dubious about yet another new toy. However, after getting to play with these cutie patootey and very versatile toys, I was smitten. I loved the texture of the materials and how the smooth velvety finish made me just smile in delight.
Rubbabu comes in a wide array of shapes and styles, perfect for learning at any time of the day. From basic shapes, balls, toy cars, to educational materials such as shape sorters, alphabets and numbers, blocks and the like, kids will delight in this highly entertaining toy all day long. I sure did!
What else makes it different from a typical toy? Well, in my opinion, Rubbabu does remove the boo-boo (boo-boo meaning any form of injury, ouchie, or pain) in playtime. Here, lemme list the reasons how:
No more boo-boo for baby (or mommy, yaya and teacher for that matter!)
- soft, squishy, no corners, no danger of getting injured! except perhaps for those with movable wheels, which is why it is recommended for ages two and up.
- it is completely non-toxic and even the velvet finish doesn’t rub off or get “himulmul” so it cannot be swallowed or eaten, even if the child bites, tugs and attempts to eat (haha, exag!) the toy
- because of it’s bouncy rubbery nature, even if a Rubbabu toy is thrown at you, it wouldn’t hurt
- also, because it is made from natural rubber, it is anti-microbial, dust mite resistant, mildew resistant, hypoallergenic and flame retardant.
No more boo-boo in learning!
- Rubbabu makes learning fun! No pressure, no difficulty and highly attractive and captivating
- The tactile material allows for perfect mastery of hand-eye coordination, dexterity and motor skills
- Games like tic-tac-toe, blocks, and other play sets make learning fun
No more (or at least not much!) boo-boos for daddy’s wallet!
- Rubbabu toys, for it’s inherent high quality production and materials, are actually quite affordable. Prices would range from an estimated 300-1000+.
- The long-lasting quality of the toys can withstand years of use and abuse from children who will definitely love these adorable playthings.
No more boo-boos for Mother Earth
- Rubbabu is made from 100% natural rubber foam, with no fillers, and not synthetic rubber
- More so, it is made WITHOUT HAVING TO CUT DOWN TREES!
- It is 95% bio-degradable
No more boo-boos for the heart
- for kids at heart like me, playing with a Rubbabu ball is pure stress relief!
- its soft, velvety texture can help calm and pacify feelings of anxiety and stress
- they’re so cute you can’t help but gush and smile
- it is a great reminder to adults that play is indeed an important part of life and is quite therapeutic
Rubbabu has won countless accolades over the years. It has been recognized as one of Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Toys for 2010, and was also given the Parent’s Choice Award for 2010 as well as the Creative Child Seal Excellence Award. Rubbabu is exclusively distributed bu San Giovani Phils. Incd. Corp and is set to hit the stores this MarchRead More
If there is one thing, just one thing, that keeps me from teaching preschool for the rest of my life, it’s the fact that I don’t earn what I want to earn. Haha. I will be fair and call it that. After all, I do get paid okay, considering the work that I do, however, it is not commensurate to what I can make if I were in a different profession, hence the pending resignation. It’s so sad, actually, that teaching is not given the compensation that it sorely deserves. There are so many teachers, for example, who end up having to take out salary loans and online cash advances because of circumstances that come their way. However, I do recognize that in my case, I do tend to spend too much, hence the tight budget….nonetheless, can I just say gimme more money please? I would so love to do this forever if I could afford to. Haha.Read More
The kids had so much fun in the vast open spaces of the farm. Bad teacher wasn’t paying attention to the tour guide so I cannot, for the life of me, remember how many hectares the farm is haha, but it took us about 45 minutes to tour the different areas in the venue. From the animal farm to the plants and vegetables, a butterfly sanctuary and a bee center, the different stops we took allowed the kids to see nature at its best.Read More
Obtaining a college or masters degree is undoubtedly much easier nowadays, what with the advent of modern technology. I remember back when I was in college, there were not only less options for learning, but also limited venues for off campus or distance education. Nowadays, it is easy to find scholarships, programs and institutions offering a wide range of courses and programs where you can earn online business degrees and the like.
Although distance education can allow students to have alternative options for obtaining their online business degree, or other degrees for that matter, I would still like to enroll in a regular school program if I had the chance to do so. Why you ask? Well, for one, I really do like going to school. Sitting in the classroom for example, listening to the discussion and participation in this verbal exchanges have always been fun. The paperwork, on the other hand, is a whooooole other story haha.
If I were to get a further degree (assuming I finish my masters mwahaha), I surely would like to explore creative writing or literature. Now if only I can get this online too…haha.Read More
These are among the things I will miss most when I give up my job:
I have enjoyed every bit of running around, climbing up and down, squeezing and hugging, and even the occasional fall or bump on the pull up bars and jungle gym in the playground. My heart is somewhat conflicted nowadays as I count down the days to the end of a period of my life that has meant so very, very much to me.
It’s time to move on, I know, but yes, I will miss this so much.Read More