Benefits of Creative Writing for Children

Creative writing is an activity that even children can enjoy. It is an art that allows them to write freely and creatively to express their thoughts, emotions and feelings. This kind of writing offers numerous benefits:

1. Promotes creativity and imagination

Children are naturally imaginative, and one way to express this natural ability is through creative writing. Creative writing encourages them to think outside the box and broaden their imagination. In the process, children will also be able to enhance their though processes which can help them become successful in many areas such as in analytical and problem solving.

2. Develops language skills

Creative writing is a great way for children to practice the language skills they learn in school. It allows them to practice on proper punctuation, grammar, spelling, word usage and choice of words. At the same time, they will be able to learn from their mistakes in a fun way.

3. Develops self-confidence

Children feel better when they are able to write their thoughts and get appreciation from others especially their parents. It gives them more self-confidence in asserting themselves and expressing their thoughts. Children with strong self-confidence often become good leaders in the future.

4. Allows self-expression

Some children who have difficulty in expressing themselves find creative writing as a good outlet of their thoughts and emotions. Many parents are able to grasp and understand more about the inner thoughts of their children by their writings. Additionally, creative writing is also a good therapy for children who have challenges in socializing with others.

5. Improves their skills in other areas

Creative writing helps children become better in other subjects. There are studies that show that children who are involved in creative writing generally perform better in other subjects such as mathematics and science. Creative writing challenges their mind to think beyond what is obvious, and this attitude is something that is also applicable in the other subjects.

6. Develops reading skills

The skill in reading comes out naturally as your child learns to write. Children who are engaged in creative writing are able to exercise their reading skills every time they write, allowing them to read faster and be able to comprehend what they are reading.

7. Develops self-identity

Children will also be able to develop self-identity by writing creatively. That identity can become the trademark of the child’s writings as he or she grows old and continually writes.

8. Allows children to be more mindful of the things around them

With creative writing, children will be able to see the world around in a different way as they become more mindful even of the small and simple things. For instance, many people may not be able to appreciate the flowers in the pathway or the stars in the night sky. But children who are into creative writing generally notice and appreciate them, as is expressed in their writings.

9. Teaches empathy.

Creative writing also teaches children especially the older ones to be more empathetic. As they write about a particular character, they are able to internalize the character of that person, like how they behave or how they feel. Once they see that character in other people, they would be able to understand them more.

10. Teaches your child to become a better person

Creative writing is a good form of hobby for children to develop. It keeps them occupied on profitable things rather than waste their time in watching television or playing computer games. It also keeps them away from the negative influences of modern technologies. Overall, it helps them to become a better person as they see the world in another perspective. A creative mind is a working mind. So you could expect children who are into creative writing to be always thinking and using their brains.

There are numerous benefits of creative writing in children. If your child enjoys doing it, nurture it and it will help your child a long way.

Benefits of Reading to Children

Do you know that if you can read to your child for at least 20 minutes a day, you are also introducing him or her to at least 130 new words per minute? And that is adding many words to your child’s vocabulary even before he or she starts going to school. If your child asks you to read bedtime stories just like what many children enjoy, don’t miss that chance to read to your child. It will be more than just a bonding experience for both of you since reading to children offers a number of benefits as well:

1. Helps build a stronger parent-child relationship

Reading can bring children and parents closer together. It can be a nurturing and learning experience for both the parent and the child. As children grow, they will find other activities to do such a playing with friend and watching television among others. But the memories you build by reading stories while the child is still young will remain in them and they will continue to cherish that.

2. Boosts academic excellence

Reading to children is one way you could teach your child to enjoy books and to read in general. It could also help them increase their vocabulary and enhance their literacy and language skills. Various studies show that children who are exposed to reading at an early age do well in school. After all, most of the learning materials in school are in books.

3. Teaches a child that reading is fun

Some children perform poorly in school because of their lack of interest in reading. But if you read to your child and make fun memories of reading together, it teaches the child that reading is fun. When your child goes to school, he will more likely view reading as something fun more than a task.

4. Promotes reading skills

Children can easily learn essential pre-reading skills such as to read texts from left to right as soon as their parents read to them. As they grow older, they will be able to enhance their reading skills in that they will learn to read faster than average children and still understand what they are reading.

5. Enhances mastery of the language

Early reading also helps children have a better grasp of the language. This is especially true because reading adds new words to their vocabulary and it helps them learn how to read difficult words or understand the meaning of certain common phrases.

6. Enhances their logical thinking skill

When parents read to their children, the children will be exposed to different situations, be introduced to the cause and effect of certain actions, and be taught to exercise good judgments. As your child matures, he or she will be able to apply this learning in actual life situations where logical thinking skill is needed.

7. Introduces your child to our wonderful world

Through reading, you can bring your child to new places, introduce him to new people, and teach him about different animals or things that you can only read in books. At a very young age, you are already teaching your child to be an explorer.

8. Encourages creative thinking

Reading will feed your child’s imagination more than what is shown in drawings or illustrations. And by that, it helps your child develop a creative mine.

9. Helps enhance concentration

Children can be easily distracted. Although they will initially squirm when you read them stories, when that becomes a habit, it will help your child develop self-discipline to be more attentive while you are reading. That same attitude can help your child in school.

10. Helps children desire knowledge

Reading will fuel your child’s interest in many things. It will keep them interested in learning new things and in gaining understanding of the many things around them.

Books are very powerful teaching materials for children. As parents, you could take advantage of books to teach your young child about many things before he or she even goes to school.

Traveling To Do List

Attending various seminars and conference with regards to the continuing education and further enhancement of the literacy curriculum is a need most of us educators have in our chosen field. There we could gather more insights and techniques that we can utilize in the performance of our duties of educating our students. It is also a way to keep abreast of current developments in our field and also a time to compare notes with our peers from all walks of life.

But it is not all work that we do in these conferences, as we are also provided ample time for ourselves, time to get to see new sights and enjoy the local accommodations of wherever we are at. It really makes going to conferences like these truly worth our time.

Being educators, we always have these events to look forward to during the school year that we have already developed a system to go to when such an event is imminent. It tackles everything there is to do in the preparation of it, from needed items for packing, accommodations, money to bring, itineraries, contacts, and stuff. You might very well say that we have everything covered. Let us share some of our tips when traveling.

  • When traveling, the best amount of luggage to bring is two pieces besides your carry-on bag, literally one for each hand. It will also help if you got the best lightweight luggage available, as you really will carry these things around with you a lot.
  • Always check the condition of the water supply in any area you will be going to. Not every place has a very good system and you will get sick with unclean water every time. If where you’re staying at has the best reverse osmosis system under their taps then very good, if not, make sure you have a steady supply of bottled water readily available at any time.
  • If possible, bring less cash with you and instead rely on prepaid cards or travelers checks. You get to limit your spending while also ensuring you always have enough on hand.
  • Never bring expensive jewelry and just settle for the inexpensive fancy jewelry ones instead. If it gets lost then you are none the worse for it.
  • Never wander alone in a foreign place. It’s much enjoyable if you have company while going around, definitely much safer too.
  • Make sure you always have contact with your group and make sure someone always know what you are doing and where you are at.
  • Make sure you understand the culture of any foreign land you are going to, you never know if you are already offending them with your words or you gestures.
  • Beware of unscrupulous persons. When you are in doubt about anything, it’s best if you get away from it.
  • But besides everything on this list, never ever forget to have fun. Yes there can be perils everywhere, but you must always manage to have the time of your life when traveling. Make the most of everything you do as you may never pass that way again.

Teeth Basics

 

 

It is very likely that most of us have experiences with toothaches at one point or another as they are pretty much a rite of passage with us humans. You will remember how particularly hard it was suffering through it, that you might promise yourself to take better care of your teeth from that time onwards, and did eventually, as you do not really want to experience such pain ever again. Turns out toothaches are very good teachers as you really learn your lessons well about oral care.

But to be really knowledgeable about it, we must go in depth with the going’s-on inside the mouth and what it may mean for most of us. It is also with the awareness of that knowledge which makes us better at taking care of our teeth, as no one in his right mind really would dare experience the infamy of toothaches. And as we always say, read about it to enable you to do something about it.

How Do Toothaches Come About?

Well toothaches really come from the bacteria that are eating away inside your tooth. It has come so deep inside of the tooth that it is already in contact with the nerve endings found there, and that is what causes the hurting primarily. It begins when you do not take good care of your teeth, seldom brushing and never flossing, which allows bacteria to accumulate in the little spaces in between your teeth and also on it.

Eating food entails the constant production of plaque, a thin coating of food residue that also contains bacteria, on the teeth and gums. These bacteria feed on the sugars contained in the food we eat and secrete acid on the enamel of the teeth. When the accumulation becomes significant, which also means the bacteria are already entrenched on the teeth, tiny holes, or cavities, are then formed.

From these small holes come bigger and deeper ones as bacteria already have access to the deeper layers of the tooth. They continue to dig deeper down into the roots of the tooth and even to the gums, which also is the cause of gum pain in most cases. When this process of tooth decay is not stopped, it will eventually lead to the destruction of the tooth.

How is Tooth Decay Treated?

The first line of defense against tooth decay is, yes, plain old brushing and flossing your teeth. But if you are past the point of no return with regards to basic oral care, there are still several things that can be done to remedy the situation. A tooth hurting with cavity can be thoroughly cleaned and a filling placed on the hole for tooth pain relief, a cap or crown can be placed on missing tooth structure to halt further destruction, a root canal can be performed if the decay has totally destroyed the root pulp, and if all else fails, tooth extraction will be the last procedure to be performed on no longer salvageable teeth.

But you wouldn’t really want to experience those procedures if you had to right? So take good care of your teeth while you still have them. Your smile wouldn’t be as beautiful if you don’t.

Bruising From Out of Nowhere

Unexplained bruising, hematoma in medical parlance, sometimes do happen in the strangest places and also when you least expect it. They come like the thief in the night and leave you with many questions and worries the time you eventually wake up in the morning. Where did you get it, how did it manage to get there, are you down with something you don’t know, or is it serious or something? Questions you might immediately want answers for as people typically are always afraid of the unknown.

We here at TextyLadies.com will try our very best to keep you informed on matters that are very important to you. Today we tackle unexplained bruising and what it really does to you. Make sure to read all about it and as we always say, knowledge of something enables you to do something about it. So read on never be afraid anymore.

Bruising

Bruises, also called contusions, are actually the blood from damaged capillaries under the skin. The capillaries, damaged in some way either by direct trauma or any other underlying causes, then leaks blood into the surrounding interstitial tissues, but not really outside the skin, thereby causing the familiar black and blue that you see on your skin.

The force needed to create bruises vary with the age of the person involved, usually the more aged the person is, the more prone he is to bruises. Bruises may also be caused by other things not totally physical in nature such as with medications that hinders the blood from clotting like anti-inflammatories and cortisone drugs.

Unexplained Bruising

Unexplained bruising does happen sometimes and their cause varies from the almost trivial to the life threatening. Causes of unexplained bruising includes, but is not limited to, aging, vitamin deficiency, excessive consumption of medicine, diabetes, Grave’s disease, cirrhosis, and leukemia to name a few. Certainly one must immediately consult with a doctor if they experience unexplained bruising, especially when there is relevant family history of any of the above diseases.

How to Treat Bruises

  • Application of Cold Compress

Putting ice on the bruise closes leaking capillaries. Just make sure not to put ice directly to the skin as that might cause cold burns, use and ice bag or a towel and put the ice there before placing on the skin.

 

  • Taking Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Certain medicines do well to stop the swelling and bleeding on a bruise. Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen are the go to drugs when talking about bruises as they are much better than Aspirin which can hinder blood clotting.

 

  • Applying Warm Compress

If after a couple of days the bruise has not yet dissipated, a warm compress usually is used to promote blood flow in the area. Placing a warm cloth or bottle helps clear the color on a bruised skin.

If all of these methods fail, it is highly recommended to consult a physician as there might be underlying causes involved in the bruise. It is much better to be proven wrong instead of suffering from a disease without knowing about it.

The Hips

Literacy is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as the ability to read and write. It also is defined as having the proficiency or knowledge in any given area, expertise for short. So literacy, apart from its accepted connotation of being able to both read and write, can also be perceived as one’s particular comprehension to whatever subject is at hand. You being cognizant and knowledgeable about a thing, means your literacy towards it is topnotch. Literacy therefore, can be construed as applicable to all the things which a particular person may know and is generally good at.

With that in mind, it is our aim to develop literacy to as many people, on as much of the things that may prove to be of consequence to most. One such area we decided upon to do first is human anatomy. We are of the belief that it is good for one to be literate of the different processes going on inside his body, in order to be versant on other things which can emanate from it. Like we said earlier, literacy certainly can be applied to all. In line with that, we present to you The Hip.

The Hips are kind of a ball and socket joint wherein the pelvis bone (socket) meets the thigh bone or femur (ball). It is referred to as ball and socket because the femur ending forms into a ball like structure which then is contained in an enclosed cup like space called the hip socket. The hip socket is a stable enclosure made strong by various connective tissues such as muscles and tendons. Friction in the area is commonly eliminated by way of the synovial fluid present in the enclosure as well as pad like structures called the bursa and the ace tabular retaining wall.

The hip joint enables full range of motion of the legs which also adds to the problems the area might encounter as it is sort of a junction to various bodily structures that go through the area such as arteries, veins, muscles, tendons, and also nerves. This arrangement makes the hip socket prone to several conditions which are native to it.

Common hip conditions includes rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis, soft tissue tears, hip flexor pain, Perthe’s Disease, bursitis, as well as dislocations and fractures. Injuries to the area usually require the commencement of anterior hip precautions as well as immobilization due to the areas sensitive duties of load bearing and balance maintenance amongst other things.

The hips once they get injured really takes time to heal as the balance in the area do get jumbled up sometimes, so much so that anterior hip precautions often is required. Anterior hip precautions includes: not stepping backwards, not rotating the leg externally, not crossing of legs, and not sleeping on the object side amongst other things. The hips, you can’t live with them, you really can’t live without them. Better treat your hips right if you want to live a long, fruitful and mobile life.

Allergies

This being summertime and all, we decided to tackle a topic which most of us are kind of familiar to. We’re talking about allergies and their ilk, the bane of typically sensitive people all around the world. What are the common ones that are most prevalent in our country, their typical mode of delivery and of how do we fare against them.

It is our aim to bring you relevant content which may prove to be useful in your daily lives. And as we always say, reading gives us valuable knowledge about different things, which then also empowers us to do something about them. So read on and be informed, who knows you might get something valuable out of it.

Common Allergies Found in the U.S.A.

Pollen Allergy

Pollen is the most prevalent allergen that causes allergic reactions to people here in America. In fact the majority of cases of allergies admitted in hospitals across the country have it for its cause. Pollens are microscopic particles used by plants to reproduce. It is released to the air by plants during all times of the year, but is most prevalent during the spring and summer as these are the times when plants grow and flowers bloom. Pollen is then inhaled unaware by people through normal breathing and complications arise when the person is allergic to them.

Typical symptoms of pollen allergies consists of frequent bouts of sneezing, red and watery eyes, clogged up nose, itchy throat, cough, and headaches. For more severe cases, such as when hay fever is apparent, the symptoms degenerate into facial pain, feeling of fluid in lungs, tightness of chest, shortness of breath, and overall tiredness and fatigue.

Dust Mites Allergy

These creatures you don’t really see but they cause quite a lot of problems to your health. Dust mites are microscopic organisms that live in the dust in and around the house. They eat dead skin cells which constantly drop off from our body and if you have that nasty cold that seems never to end, dust mites might be the cause of that.

Dust mites like warm temperatures for reproduction and is very rampant between the times of July and August because of the heat in the environment. They are most commonly found in carpeting, sofas, bed, pillows, and other items around the house which dust accumulates on.

Dust mite allergy symptoms mimic that of pollen allergies, though in a lesser degree, and can be somewhat alleviated by the use of natural antihistamine found around the house such as Vitamin C and the Omega3 fatty acids found in some fishes.

Allergy to Molds

Molds are those somewhat creepy things that grow in damp and dark places. Mold also occurs on food left over for a long duration of time and is seen as sometimes greenish looking furry growth, sometimes black or white in color. They are also living things that reproduce by spraying microscopic spores to the air, and it is those things that cause allergic reactions in human if they unwittingly inhaled some. Mold allergies are closely related to asthma that an exposure to them generates similar reactions from the body such as when you have asthma. Symptoms like shortness of breath, wheezing, runny nose, and other symptoms that makes you feeling miserable.

Are You Dieting?

We are happy to present you another great read that hopefully will interest and inspire you at the same time. Bear with us a little as we present you little known facts about dieting and how it affects the functioning of the body as we know it. Who knows, you might get some much needed information that helps take you over the proverbial hump that is your dream of easy weight loss.

3 Important Things to get your Diet off the Ground

  1. Understand how you will lose weight

No matter what the reason is behind it, what is important is your goal is of losing weight. So how can one lose weight really? Well it’s a rather simple thing if you think about it. You lose weight when you burn more calories than you put in. You might be tempted to think it’s better to eat no calories at all to hasten the weight loss, but you are dead wrong in that assumption as the body needs calories to function properly, or else you are just going to die, and we wouldn’t want that to happen do we. Do not jump immediately into another diet fad that has just come out because it will eventually fade away like other diet programs before it. 1000 calorie diet, low carb vegetables only diet, Atkins, South Beach, and a myriad other diet programs that has come and gone.

The real trick is to find the right balance between caloric intake and expenditure, to best suit both your wants and needs and that is all there is to it, really.

 

  1. Plan realistically and proceed slowly

You really don’t think you will lose all that weight in a day right. Good. At least you are in the right frame of mind with regards to dieting and stuff. Now we go on to the basics. Healthy weight loss is achieved by having a long term plan of how you are realistically going to achieve it. You must know what it is that you are willing to sacrifice towards that end and you also must know what is which is really needed for you to succeed. Know your limits, reflect that from what is needed, then make your diet plan according to what comes out.

 

  1. Motivation is Key

You already understand what it takes to diet and you already have a plan, but what eventually makes all of it happen is that you have to really want it to happen. You might have all the knowledge and all the right equipment available but if you don’t have the motivation to do it, you will eventually fail. Every successful human in whatever field of endeavor has motivation as their common trait and you must have it too for you to succeed. Employing the help of other people gives your motivation a much needed boost as well as having the right goal in place, so that you will always be reminded of what it is that you are working hard for.

Dieting, same as with any other things in this world can easily be overcome if one just put their minds into it. The saying “it’s all in the mind” rings true here, that whatever your mind decides to conceive, the body will eventually achieve, one way or the other, sometimes even without you knowing it. Think it, that’s really all there is to it.

Pregnancy Signs

Pregnant people, for some reason, sometimes wonder about the exact date on which they conceived the baby that is already in their bellies, or if they are really pregnant in the first place. It was a daunting task back in the past where no scientific analysis about the subject yet existed. Now we have all the tools needed for such an exact identification and also the answers to all the questions which might prop up during the course of a pregnancy.

Knowledge it seems, really is the answer, and that same knowledge we will try to pass to you. So read on and always be guided on things you might have a use for in the future, as always, reading is the key.

Most Probable Signs of Pregnancy

Cessation of Menstruation

Missing a period may mean a lot of things but missing it on consecutive months may be a sure sign of pregnancy occurring. Menstruation is the process of the uterine walls shedding its coating which, normally happens every month to all women, barring any rare condition that is. When one is pregnant, hormones in the body stops the uterus from shedding as fertilized egg, or eggs, is already implanted on its walls, instead it thickens to protect the egg contained in it. So if you stopped menstruating, chances are very high that you already are on the way.

Changes in the Breast

Hormones also are the culprit behind the seeming changes in the already pregnant female. The breast becomes enlarged and somewhat tingly to the touch. The areolas might get a little darker in color and the breasts may become swollen and painful as though it underwent a beating of some sort. These symptoms usually clear out about three weeks after it’s commencement as the surging hormones in the woman’s body begin to quiet down and prepare for the long haul.

Morning Sickness

Nausea and vomiting, cravings, and aversion to certain foods, are also caused by the raging hormones inside a woman’s body. These symptoms may occur on any time of the day but are more prevalent during the morning, hence the name. These symptoms are relatively strong as even once favorite foods become hated when the hormones dictate it. Hormones also are responsible for the rather slow emptying of the pregnant woman’s stomach, which, in turn, makes her feel full all the time. Morning sickness coupled with the previous signs do point to an actual pregnancy already happening.

So When Did you really conceived of the Baby in Your Belly?

Implantation calculators, like the ones at simpleimplantationcalculator.com, would help very much with these sorts of problems as they are created with this very question in mind. You can find many of them in the internet and although they might have different presentations and other aesthetic differences, they are all the same in function.

You will be asked on the exact date of the start your last period as well as the exact date of your last ovulation, also of the average length of your menstruations. When you have managed to enter all the pertinent data, all that’s left needed is to press a button and the exact date of implantation will be shown to you. Some calculators also give out the chance percentage of you being fertile during any time, and also the exact date of delivery if in case you really are pregnant.

The Hedgehog

In line with our push to give you valuable reads which might mean something to you, we bring you an alternative pet the likes you might never have heard of nor ever considered having before, the Hedgehog.

The Hedgehog, an animal about the size of a common cat which originally hails from parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa but not really endemic to the continents of Australia and the Americas, have recently been gaining traction as pets among people of various persuasions.

Hedgehogs are spiny animals of the subfamily Erinaceinae that is more closely related to the shrew than to porcupines, who are generally classified as rodents. Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals preferring to do their thing under the cover of darkness and are omnivores by nature, which means they will eat almost anything they happen to chance upon like fruits, vegetables, insects or other small animals that they can handle.

Hedgehogs are commonly identified by their spines, which are made of Keratin and are hollow tubes as compared to the porcupine one’s which contains barbs at their ends and are both solid and sharp at the same time. They have small pig-like snouts as their mouths and have a furry soft underbody. Hedgehogs are also known to hibernate when they are put into much colder climates.

Hedgehogs “quills” or sheds their quills once in their lifetime, usually when they come of age and trade their baby quills with adult ones. When threatened, hedgehogs usually either just run away, or roll up into a ball with only their quill side exposed and just generally stay in place until the threat has passed.

Hedgehogs are very docile animals which really make them ideal pets. Hedgehogs as pets have been gaining popularity these days as they are very easy to maintain as they keep to themselves most of the time. They hunt down rats and any other pests in your yard if allowed to roam free, or just keep to themselves and hide behind enclosure the times they are kept in cages.

Typical hedgehog cages are very similar to hamster cages but only on a slightly bigger scale. There are the food and water receptacles which are basic to any animal cages, an exercise wheel to keep them fit and not bored, a bedding of some sort as hedgehogs are burrowing animals and loves to dig around, and the all-important place to hide which they really need as they are nocturnal animals and are very shy in nature.

Hedgehogs usually live for about two to five years in captivity and does require licenses to be obtained in most states just to own one, as they are considered an invasive species which is a threat to both the local fauna and the native wildlife. All things considered, hedgehogs do make good pets if only for their appearance and demeanor. But as with any other pets, one has to make sure he is capable of caring for the animal before buying, else it would just be cruelty to them if done otherwise.