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Make Your Own Crane.

This week we are sharing this fantastic idea for a study of physics or inventions. Who says Math is boring when you can think ways to spice things up? 🙂

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Bring out the little artist in your child.

 

 

Teaching your child to paint can be fun for both of you. With a few cheap and simple materials, your child can begin to express themselves in living color!

 

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Making Good Use of Garbage.

Though we’re not always consistent with including it, nature study is fun, interest-led learning in a real-world, hands-on environment idea that will help you and your kids be more active and aware. This week, why don’t you try Vermicomposting. It’s also another way to teach your kids to face their fear of worms.

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DIY Paper Dolls

This is a great rainy-day or any-day project for the kids. This week, gather your art materials and let the kids cut, paste, color and dress the dolls.  It will keep them happy and occupied for hours. Another fun way to enjoy the Summer at home. Ways to bond with your kids without spending too much.

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Nest Learning is recognized as one of the nation’s foremost trusted suppliers of educational products. We provide discount prices on a variety of premium homeschool curriculum along with classroom resources, teacher resources, and school supplies. Nest Learning products correlate to numerous State and National Standards, making them a must-have for any educational setting.

He is Risen: Celebrate with the Easter Bunny!

Easter is the greatest news from God for He is Risen!

Easter marks the end of the 40-day period of fasting and repentance.  But for children, it’s the time for cute EASTER BUNNIES, EGG HUNTING, JELLY BEANS, MARSHMALLOW CHICKS, and CHOCOLATE EGGS! Yum yum!  I’m sure your sweet tooth won’t mind sharing the extra calories these candies bring.  It is after all a time for celebration and rejoicing.

But that’s where the difficulty arises.  Despite the many cute bunnies and all the candies from all the picnics, the message of Easter Sunday sadly gets drowned by its commercialism.  It actually makes other Christians resort to calling this occasion as Resurrection Day instead.

As a parent, how can you celebrate a FUN Easter and help your children understand the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ?

  • Resurrection Eggs.  Use the cute Easter Bunny to teach about how Christ has risen!  Instead of eggs containing only candies, include memory-grabbing objects telling the story of Christ’s journey in Earth.  You can focus on his resurrection and his ascension to Heaven.  These Resurrection Eggs from Nest Learning are cute and perfect for a Sunday Egg Hunting activity after church! Make sure you order them early as these sell like hotcakes! Also to make sure it arrives in time for Easter!
  • Easter Decorations.  Make meaningful Easter decorations that don’t entirely revolve around Easter Bunnies and colorful eggs.  You can decorate a table setting reminiscent of spring or the olden days.  Make a Piñata filled with Resurrection Eggs if you don’t have a large backyard for Egg Hunting.
  • Film Showing.  What better way to spend a quiet Easter Day with the family! After attending Church service, you can watch animated films about Jesus and his life on Earth.  Just pop in that DVD. Eazy Peezy! A great way to help your children learn about Jesus’ resurrection and ascension.  You can even get an interactive DVD like “He is Risen” which includes activity books containing puzzles and coloring pages.
  • Create a Special Easter Meal and Role Play.  You can try to recreate a meal that consists of traditional food that Jesus and his Apostles may have had during Passover.  Unleavened bread. Spring Vegetables.  If your kids are picky eaters, try making pancakes shaped likes donkeys or maybe just get them to dress up like Roman Guards and tell them stories while you are all at it. Kids LOOOVE role playing. It’ll make it fun and easy for them to retain what they learn.

There are a lot of other FUN ways you can think of to help your young children learn about Jesus and his resurrection and ascension.  The Easter Bunny doesn’t have to be a bad thing either.  Easter also marks spring season and bunnies come out on spring.  The eggs also symbolize new life and it makes it more enjoyable for kids, whether you’re all from the same church or not.  Just be ready to explain to your children the difference between the two symbols of Easter.  Besides, it’s a happy time for Christians and a great time to be Christian-like.

He is Risen after all.

 

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How to Make Vacation Bible School More Fun

Yes – Hate is such a strong and mean word to use about Bible Vacation School.  But people have been speaking out about things they dislike about Vacation Bible School programs.  Fox News even reported of an incident in New York City where parents were outraged over a VBS invitation.   There’s even an incident where a Church was sued over VBS game injuries.  Some say that the program has become a glorified day care center for most parents.  Others say volunteers are over-worked with all the decorating and planning that they forget about the vital part – Gospel teaching.   Some say the program is even outdated!  Some have even given up in using Vacation Bible School as an effective outreach tool because most non-church member families invited are “one-timers”.

To help deal with these issues; we’ve listed a few ideas to help you make this experience more fun for you and your family. We’re also including a few suggestions on how to attract children to Vacation Bible School.

Here are a few tips:

  • Look for Great Vacation Bible School Materials. The right materials and theme can make a HUGE difference.  It can help ease the burden of planning, and make the program more enticing for the community.  Some themes, for example, may be great for rural kids but not for urban kids.  This will help prevent unwarranted issues in most communities. Read more about “Planning and Choosing the Right VBS Theme.”
  • Train your volunteers spiritual preparation and emergency preparations.  Do not leave activities entirely in the hands of young, inexperienced volunteers.  This will help prevent unwanted injuries of much younger children.  Ministry Leaders and VBS hosts are responsible for programs and not the VBS publishers.  Remember they are all suggestions, which you may always adjust and modify, as you want.  Gospel Light VBS is an amazing program since they keep it simple and it’s easy to modify and reproduce.  Another good publisher is Group Publishing VBS.  Nest Learning has a list of previews for 2013 VBS themes you could check.
  • Create a strategy to FOLLOW-UP on families who joined VBS.  This is what most church members would call Evangelism Strategy to further build on relationships that began during Summer VBS program.  A great follow-up program can help bring the faith back in the Vacation Bible School.
  • Create attractive and inter-active invitations ahead of time.  Build anticipation and amusement of children.  For example, you may use balloons to invite, create pre-VBS season activities like hot air balloon release.  Present short skits on the upcoming VBS.  Make kids want to be there because their friends are there too! Start early, at least a month before the scheduled Summer Bible School.

In the end, problems are only opportunities presenting themselves to make us think of ways to overcome reinvent and be more creative.  A lot of people still love Vacation Bible School and remains significant for their families.

 

About Nest Entertainment: From its origin over twenty years ago, NestEntertainment.com has become a leader providing entertaining and educational resources for the expansive family market.  In addition to creating enriching stories and highest quality animated and musical productions, we have carved a niche as the nexus distributor between the wholesome Family Entertainment, Home Education and Christian markets through our proven Internet retail and wholesale distribution system.

VBS is Significant to My Family and Me

We LOVE taking our kids to Vacation Bible School! Most of you Nest Community readers for sure have their earliest and fond memories of their childhood summers spent in a Vacation Bible School.  Summer IS the season of Vacation Bible School and all over the world preparations are being made for a week of fun.  You’ll find community members busy gathering supplies, candy, snacks and making decorations.  Volunteers are all pitching in making last minute preparations on all activities and bible lessons for children, all to make sure they have the best time.

Lately, even with criticism by other people that Bible Vacation School may have lost its significance, a lot of parents still believe in its purpose.  You’ll find they all have their reasons for their fondness of the program.  Here’s what some have to say:

“Even if they’re not ready to respond in repentance and faith, they will at least have a framework for understanding what it means to relate rightly to God”Trent Henderson, on children hearing the gospel

Every night I received wonderful hugs from some of the children.  I listened as they excitedly told their parents about the story of the night.”  – Mom from Maryland, on why she loves teaching VBS

When I was 12, a friend of mine invited me to VBS.  My dad had passed away earlier that year and my family had long since stopped going to church.  I went to VBS and met a wild & crazy Youth Pastor and a bunch of people who loved Jesus and weren’t afraid to show it.  The next week I went to camp and gave my life to Jesus.” – Coastal Community Church member

“I love VBS for the imprint and the impact it can make on the heart of a child.” –  Jerry Lawrence

“See an elderly, daze woman with glitter and Popsicle sticks in her hair, and you’ll know Vacation Bible School has just let out for the day…”Buck from Chicago

Just like the Coastal Community Church, we believe in bringing the community together, where each one plays a meaningful part and put value on “planting seeds.”  Teaching the Word of God to children should not just be limited to Sunday School Lessons; these programs allow you to teach them about having a personal relationship with Christ.

Need more info?  Check out Nest Learning to find more Vacation Bible School Materials.

 

About Nest Entertainment: From its origin over twenty years ago, NestEntertainment.com has become a leader providing entertaining and educational resources for the expansive family market.  In addition to creating enriching stories and highest quality animated and musical productions, we have carved a niche as the nexus distributor between the wholesome Family Entertainment, Home Education and Christian markets through our proven Internet retail and wholesale distribution system.

iPad Potty.

Saw this, and thought WOW!! I wish I had this when I was a kid!! I’d never leave the Potty!

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iPotty: iPad Hits Potty Training

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LAS VEGAS — Does it need any explaining? Yes, the iPotty is real and is on display here at CES 2013. CTA Digital, maker of iPad and Kindle accessories — or appcessories — is showing off a number of new iPad toys at the show, but the high-tech solution to potty training is surely turning heads.

The iPotty training system has a built-in case for an iPad and the company says it is the perfect way to keep your toddler on the bowl.

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“When you are potty training you have to keep them busy. This keeps them engaged and gives them rewards for the right kind of behavior,” said Lois Eiler of CTA Digital. In fact, there are a number of potty training apps already in the app store, including “It’s Potty Time.” The idea is that you fire up the apps, put your child on the potty and…wait.

The iPotty costs $39.99 (iPad not included, obviously) and is compatible with the iPad 2 and the current model.

Oh, and don’t worry, it does come with iPad protection. It has a touch-screen protector to, yes, guard against messy hands and pee. Perhaps that’s the real innovation here and CTA should think about making one for adults.

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About Nest Entertainment: From its origin over twenty years ago, NestEntertainment.com has become a leader providing entertaining and educational resources for the expansive family market.  In addition to creating enriching stories and highest quality animated and musical productions, we have carved a niche as the nexus distributor between the wholesome Family Entertainment, Home Education and Christian markets through our proven Internet retail and wholesale distribution system.

Teaching your kids how to stand up to Bullies

I came across this great article and wanted to share it. I felt it was quite relevant. The link to her page is
http://www.parentmap.com/article/kids-standing-up-to-bullies

Tiny Tyrants: Teaching Kids How to Stand Up to Bullies
January 31, 2012
Written by Jennifer Armstrong

Filed under: Child health Behavior and discipline Ages 3-5

Teaching kids how to stand up to bulliesYour preschooler is playing with another child. Suddenly, the other kid snatches your child’s toy and pushes him to the ground.

How would your child react? Experts report that the way kids react to bullying matters — and may set the tone for future bullying episodes.

University of Illinois professor Karen Rudolph, Ph.D., reports that second- and third-grade children typically adopt one of three approaches when faced with bullies: Some value building quality relationships and getting along with others; some worry about gaining status; and others try to avoid negative judgment and embarrassment.

Rudolph says the children who want to build relationships with others are most likely to react to bullying in thoughtful and positive ways. These kids ask their teachers for help, seek emotional support, use problem-solving skills and look for ways to decrease the tension with the bully. These children also report having a better perception of themselves.

Bullying victims concerned with popularity are more likely to retaliate or react impulsively, which could escalate the problem, she says. On the other hand, kids worried about being judged tend to ignore the situation altogether, which can be effective, but might cause bullies to “up the ante.”

Developing social skills

Preschool is a good time to help children develop effective ways to cope with bullies, says Rudolph. “Think about helping kids develop relationships, learn how to get along with other kids and value the importance of good friends, rather than worrying about being popular or being judged.”

Teachers can do this, too. Kirkland preschool teacher Molly Marsh helps her students establish constructive social skills. When a child recently grabbed Legos from another, for example, “I had the victim hold out his hand and say, ‘Excuse me, that was mine,’” she says.

“I teach the more aggressive kids about personal space and talk about having a ‘space bubble,’” says Marsh. “With the victim, I teach them about strong communication and how to use strong words and a strong voice. If they’re not getting the space they need, I have them say, ‘Excuse me, I need space.’ It’s important to make sure children know it’s OK to stand up for themselves.”

According to Leah Koenig, a Bellevue certified parent coach and family therapist, bullying among preschoolers shows up in various forms: physical aggression; social isolation, such as not letting others play; and verbal aggression, such as name calling and teasing.

“Preschoolers are in the process of developing their sense of self,” Koenig says. “They haven’t developed empathy yet and are just starting to understand cause and effect. Think of them as little scientists. They’re trying to figure out how to get their needs met. Sometimes they find that by grabbing a toy and being aggressive, they get their needs met. They’re just trying different things on.”

Koenig encourages parents to help their preschoolers build confidence and develop a positive self-concept by empathizing with their problems and allowing them to do things on their own.

“Don’t do for a child what they can do for themselves — that’s the golden rule,” she says. And communicate with them in positive ways. “If they’re getting feedback that they’re not good enough, that they’re a ‘crybaby,’ for example, these words build their belief system of themselves and stay with them. If a child has a strong self-concept, then those words will bounce right off and not be absorbed into their belief system.”

Empowering young kids

Redmond mom “Kendra” (she asked that her real name not be used) has a daughter who was bullied at preschool. “We started noticing a change in her behavior before we knew she was being bullied,” she says. “When we looked into what was going on, we realized she was mimicking the bully. The child in her class was very rough and physical, and was scaring her with the aggression. Eventually, she stopped wanting to go to school.”

Kendra and her husband spoke to the school and worked out a plan to have the teachers help manage the bully’s behavior by shadowing the bully, especially in the morning when their daughter arrived and the aggression was at its worst. The parents also looked for ways to empower their daugh­ter. “We taught her how to stand up for herself by saying, ‘No thank you, I don’t like that,’” Kendra says.

Soon, their daughter became more comfortable at school. While the bully still likes to play rough, Kendra says their daughter learned to use strong words and to get help when she needs it.

Gail Joseph, an educational psychology professor at the University of Washington, recommends a similar approach. She tells kids that when they’re bullied, they should follow these steps: Use strong words, such as “Please stop”; ignore the behavior; and, if bullying continues, get someone’s help.

“In early childhood years, we are seeing providers report an increase in all kinds of challenging behavior with aggression being the most concerning,” says Joseph. “When it starts early and if kids don’t stand up for themselves and develop good skills, it becomes likely they will continue to be bullied.”

Jennifer Armstrong is a Kirkland-based freelance writer and mother of two.

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5 Tips for helping your child stand up to bullies

While Joseph cautions that victims should never be blamed for being bullied, she shares several strategies parents can use to help prepare their kids to stand up for themselves:

1. Play the “What would you do if . . . ?” game, bringing up different situations, asking what they would do and talking about it. For example, what would they do if someone took their toy?

2. Read children’s books that describe someone being bullied and talk about it. Guess how people are feeling, ask “What would you do?” and try role playing.

3. Teach kids to use strong, confident words, such as “Please stop.”

4. Practice ignoring. To teach kids to ignore, parents can have kids make a paper “teasing shield” and have kids practice holding it up to let teases bounce off. Then, talk about how they can imagine the shield if they don’t have a real shield with them.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

5. Help kids know when to try to handle a situation themselves and when to get help by talking about “mouse” problems (small ones) and “elephant” problems (more serious ones). When it’s a mouse problem, it’s OK to use strong words and try ignoring the other child before getting help, but big problems need a big person to get involved.

Cool science experiments to do for the homeschool!

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