December 22, 2008
December 19, 2008
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December 13, 2008
Karen J. of NJ sponsored by Sally D.
Yolanda D. of NY sponsored by Simone W.
Level 3 - kit refunded!!- Lilian W, Teresa G, Melissa R, Laura G, Krista K, Angela H
Level 2- 2nd $50 coupon - Olga B, Jen A, Lisa K
Level 1- $50 coupon - Linda R, Julie N, Kathy M
Level 1- $50 coupon - Jen A
December 08, 2008
Please welcome new Pearl:
Lisa L of NY sponsored by Lisa S
Level 3 - kit refunded!!- Lilian W, Teresa G, Melissa R, Laura G, Krista K
Level 2- 2nd $50 coupon - Olga B, Linda R, Angela H
Level 1- $50 coupon - Lisa K, Jen A, Julie N
Level 1- $50 coupon - Jen A !!
December 02, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Billie Elias
TOY BUYERS CAN GIVE TO FAMILIES IN NEED BY SPENDING MORE
Discovery Toys Give Back Hostess Program Aims to Donate $350,000 in Learning Products
(New York, NY), Dec. 2, 2008
When the 30-year-old direct-selling company heard that donations to Toys for Tots were down this year, and that the charity organization would be hard-pressed to deliver gifts to thousands of needy families on their rosters, Discovery Toys quickly mobilized to help fill this shortfall by leveraging the efforts of the thousands of individuals across the country who host Discovery Toys parties in their homes and workplaces.
Shoppers looking for quality educational toys, books, and games for the children in their lives can contribute to families in need by making a purchase at a Discovery Toys party. Explains Cindy Franco, Discovery Toys Vice President of Sales, “When someone hosts a Discovery Toys party, she earns free products based on the level of sales from that party. A party generating $550 in total sales, for example, earns the hostess $100 in free products. Discovery Toys will match this earned free product value and make an equal donation to Toys for Tots.” The matching donation program runs through December 12. The toy company hopes to contribute upwards of $350,000 in new toys to help bring some joy to families who find themselves in need during these difficult economic times. The program affords individuals the opportunity to assist these children without having to trade off dollars spent on holiday gifts. The more someone spends, the higher the contribution.
Shares Rich Newton, Discovery Toys President, “With our distressed economy, so many families have taken a hit financially. Many are eager to help, especially children, but their resources are limited. Our Give Back Hostess program allows customers to contribute to our Toys for Tots donation without having to sacrifice gift purchases for their own loved ones.”
To learn more about hosting or attending a Discovery Toys party, contact Billie Elias, independent Discovery Toys Executive Manager, in the New York area at www.toysofdiscovery.com
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About Discovery Toys
Discovery Toys, Inc. is the leading direct seller of educational toys, books, and games for children, personalizing the toy-purchase experience through a network of several thousand Educational Consultants in the
November 29, 2008
I guess I am really grateful for the opportunity to bring the products into my home, have fun with my family and make some money without huge risks to our family finances.
That makes my husband very happy and supportive also :) "
November 25, 2008
- Wash your dishes
- Pick up your dry cleaning
- Change the little light bulb in your fridge
- Save you a trip to the mall, waiting on line with tired kids
- Arrange to have the man in the brown uniform bring the toys to your home
- Help you get the very best in educational toys that give your child a love of learning
November 24, 2008
"Having a high handicap doesn't mean you'll have low enjoyment in life. There are all kinds of scorecards you can have. How many squirrels you see on the course, how many cloud formations you see in the sky, how many times you can get your grandpa to crack a smile with one of your silly jokes. Just remember, you can decide which scorecard you want to use in life."
November 22, 2008
Angela H. of NJ sponsored by Michelle
Julie N. of NJ sponsored by Billie
Sue M. of NJ sponsored by Laura G.
Kathy M. of NJ sponsored by Lisa S.
Nishani P. of NY sponsored by Simone
Level 3 - kit refunded!!- Lilian W, Debra D, Teresa G, Melissa R
Level 2- 2nd $50 coupon - Tracy B, Krista K, Olga B, Laura G
Level 1- $50 coupon - Sarah D, Cheri C, Lisa K
November 16, 2008
November 15, 2008
Lilian W, Lisa C, Olga B, and Elizabeth Q of NY sponsored by Simone W
Linda R of NJ sponsored by Jen A
Level 3 - kit refunded!!- Lilian W, Debra D, Teresa G
Level 2- 2nd $50 coupon - Tracy B, Krista K, Olga B
Level 1- $50 coupon - Sarah D, Cheri C, Laura G
October 29, 2008
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Answer: You're right to ask this question while your children are young, for that's when it's easiest to have your advice be absorbed. Here are some of the things that we did when our son was young:
When we saw a homeless person, we explained to our child that some people have less and need help from others.
When we learned that our son's best friend at school lived in a shelter, we reached out to his mom and invited the child to dinner at a cool restaurant to expose him to a part of life he may not have otherwise seen. In this case, it was our child who had reached out first.
We were brought up to be responsible with money, so it was natural for us to teach that. There was a piggy bank to put small coins in. Monetary gifts still go into a "college fund," and every thank you note expresses that's what the gift will someday be spent on. We provide all he needs so that he can save his money from little jobs like dog walking, cat sitting, helping a graphic designer. Now he has a toy "vault" that he keeps his treasures in (great grandpa's medal from WWI, an ivory elephant from grandma's adventures in India, and his money). Periodically he brings us his accumulated savings, which we invest for him.
As our son matured, and began asking questions about money, the environment, the law, right and wrong, that sort of stuff, we were available to talk things through and explain, never infantilizing.
I guess my best advice is to be the kindest, most respectful, gracious parents you can be and your children will see you as their role models. It is apparent to us that our son grasped what we showed him and ran with it. After all, we are our children's first and most important teachers, don't you agree?
October 18, 2008
October 13, 2008
Suze has been called “a force in the world of personal finance” and a “one-woman financial advice powerhouse” by USA Today. AND, she is speaking at our Discovery Toys Convention in Denver!
October 10, 2008
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October 05, 2008
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by DuBose Heyward
Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink
The Search for Delicious, by Natalie Babbitt
Little Woman, by Louisa May Alcott
Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor
Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City
Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes
Charles Schumer, New York Senator
All the Kings Men, by Robert Penn Warren
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser
A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
September 29, 2008
Use this simple acronym:
G – Goal (set a specific goal for yourself)
R – Reality (assess where you're at, presently)
O – Options (determine what you need to do to go from where you are to where you want to be)
W – Way Forward (break that trip down into small steps/actions)
September 28, 2008
Victor G. of NY sponsored by Simone W.
Nyla K. of NY sponsored by Danit R.
Laura G. and Jen A. of NJ both sponsored by Lisa S. get kudos for attending a fall kickoff their first week in the company!
Recent PEARL Rocket Starters:
Level 1 Sally D., Michele S., Debra D., Sarah D., Cheri C.
Level 2 Anita J., Nancy D.
September 18, 2008
Books fall open, you fall in,
delighted where you've never been;
hear voices not once heard before,
reach world on world through door on door;
find unexpected keys to things locked up beyond imaginings.
What might you be, perhaps become,
because one book is somewhere?
and wherewithal has written it.
True books will venture, dare you out,
whisper secrets, maybe shout
across the gloom to you in need,
who hanker for a book to read.
Please don't say I'm "Just Playing".
For, you see, I'm learning as I play;
About balance and shapes.
When I'm getting all dressed up,
Setting the table, caring for the babies,
Don't get the idea I'm "Just Playing".
For, you see, I'm learning as I play;
I may be a mother or a father someday.
When you see me up to my elbows in paint,
Or standing at an easel, or molding and shaping clay,
Please don't let me hear you say, "He is Just Playing".
For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
I'm expressing myself and being creative.
I may be an artist or an inventor someday.
When you see me sitting in a chair
"Reading" to an imaginary audience,
Please don't laugh and think I'm "Just Playing".
For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
I may be a teacher someday.
When you see me combing the bushes for bugs,
Or packing my pockets with choice things I find,
Don't pass it off as "Just Play".
For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
I may be a scientist someday.
When you see me engrossed in a puzzle,
Or some "plaything" at my school,
Please don't feel the time is wasted in "Play".
For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
I'm learning to solve problems and concentrate.
I may be in buiness someday.
When you see me cooking or tasting foods,
Please don't think that because I enjoy it, it is "Just Play".
I'm learning to follow directions and see differences.
I may be a chef someday.
When you see me learning to skip, hop, run, and move my body,
Please don't say I'm "Just Playing".
For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
I'm learning how my body works.
I may be a doctor, nurse or athlete someday.
When you ask me what I've done at school today,
And I say, "I Just Played".
Please don't misunderstand me.
For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
I'm learning to enjoy and be successful in my work.
I'm preparing for tomorrow.
Today, I'm a child and my work is play.
September 16, 2008
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September 11, 2008
Discovery Toys used to sell Pentominoes, and I still have a limited number of them in stock. Email me to purchase Discovery Toys Pentominoes.
September 09, 2008
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September 02, 2008
Support Americans with Autism. More than one million Americans have autism, a complex neurobiological condition that has a range of impacts on thinking, feeling, language, and the ability to relate to others. As diagnostic criteria broaden and awareness increases, more cases of autism have been recognized across the country. Barack Obama believes that we can do more to help autistic Americans and their families understand and live with autism. He has been a strong supporter of more than $1 billion in federal funding for autism research on the root causes and treatments, and he believes that we should increase funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to truly ensure that no child is left behind.
More than anything, autism remains a profound mystery with a broad spectrum of effects on autistic individuals, their families, loved ones, the community, and education and health care systems. Obama believes that the government and our communities should work together to provide a helping hand to autistic individuals and their families.
From John McCain's site:
John McCain is very concerned about the rising incidence of autism among America's children and has continually supported research into its causes and treatment. He has heard countless stories about families' hardships obtaining a diagnosis for their children's autism and accessing quality medical treatment. He believes that federal research efforts should support broad approaches to understanding the factors that may play a role in the incidence of autism, including factors in our environment, for both prevention and treatment purposes.
John McCain was proud to lend his support to the Combating Autism Act of 2006, which he cosponsored, and worked to ensure its enactment. This law is helping to increase public awareness and screening of autism spectrum disorder, promote the use of evidence-based interventions, and create autism Centers of Excellence for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research and Epidemiology. John McCain understands that despite the federal and scientific research efforts to date, the exact causes of autism are not yet known and greater research is needed to understand this disorder. That is why in November 2007, he joined with Senator Lieberman in requesting the leadership of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which has jurisdiction over federal research into autism, to hold a hearing on federal research efforts regarding factors affecting incidence and treatment in order to help determine where research efforts can best be directed. As President, John McCain will work to advance federal research into autism, promote early screening, and identify better treatment options, while providing support for children with autism so that they may reach their full potential.
September 01, 2008
A warm welcome to our new PEARL
Cheri C of NJ sponsored by Lisa S
Recent PEARL Rocket Starters, Level 1 Sales August achiever of Group Manager Bonus for meeting selling requirements of GM ($500+ personal sales, $2000+ team sales) in a month that she and her team recruited 5 or more
Lisa S, GM
August achiever of Group Manager Bonus for meeting selling requirements of GM ($500+ personal sales, $2000+ team sales) in a month that she and her team recruited 5 or more
August 30, 2008
A good toy should stimulate all the senses so that every part of the brain gets wired. Sensory, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving, language development, social and emotional skills and creativity are all developmental goals that can be reached through the right toys. [If your child has a weakness in any of these areas, your OT, PT, speech pathologist or an online search can help you to select toys that will help.] A good toy should also encourage the natural process of
It is helpful to know your child's learning style. Does he learn through what he hears (auditory learner)? Through touch and movement (kinesthetic learner)? Or through his eyes (visual learner)? When you identify that, you can match your child's toys to his particular style, or complement his style by choosing toys that help develop his areas of weakness.
Stage by Stage
Infants learn through their senses. Sight, sound, scent, color, taste and texture are all new stimuli in a brand new world. Talk, sing and cuddle with your baby as you share each new experience. Since it's never too early to read to your baby, you can start bonding by snuggling your baby in your lap and looking at a fabric book or board book together. Say the words that go with the picture you see. Use inflections in your voice to make each picture come alive for him. This will create precious moments for both of you and starts him on the path to becoming a lifelong reader.
Starting at about age one, you may introduce letters, numbers, and basic skills such as matching and stacking. Toppling and stacking, dump and fill, learning size relationships of big or small, color sorting are all activities that your child is ready for at the toddler stage. Object permanence is also learned around this time through games like peek-a-boo or a jack-in-the-box. That teaches toddlers that although mommy may leave to go out shopping, she's not gone forever, and she will come back!
Some toddlers are frustrated by not yet being verbal. You may recall the young child actor who played opposite Grandpa Robert DeNiro in "Meet the Fockers." He had learned "Baby Signs," sign language for babies to use. There are products on the market today to teach your young child the way to communicate that he is thirsty even before he speaks.
Toys that encourage and provide exploration/experimentation build a strong foundation for thinking, learning and problem-solving. Building blocks, shape-sorters, beginning puzzles are all good choices for enhancing early math confidence.
Typically, children will begin speaking at around age two. Engage your child in conversation as they begin to explore new concepts and develop logical thinking skills. Introduce animals, letter sounds, and feelings at this age. Visual discrimination and pattern recognition developed through puzzles and sorting games will lead to pre-reading.
By preschool, your child will be creating and building with construction toys and other manipulatives to enhance their math skills. Imaginary or pretend play with puppets and costumes is starting at this time. Storytelling and social skills go hand-in-hand. Playing games that involve taking turns also enable social skills to form.
Examples of toys for various learning styles
Squeaky ball (Tangiball)
Music CD's (Sounds Like Fun)
Rattles (Elephant Fun, Rainfall Rattle)
Hammering toy (Hammer Away)
Shape Sorter (Sunshine Market)
Construction toys (Castle Marbleworks)
Puzzles (Alphabet Train)
Matching games (A B Seas)
Sorting games (Giant Pegboard)
August 29, 2008
August 28, 2008
"George Bernard Shaw said, 'People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, they make them.'
Well, it's pretty apparent, isn't it? ... We become what we think about.
Conversely, the person who has no goal, who doesn't know where he's going, and whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion, anxiety and worry - his life becomes one of frustration, fear, anxiety and worry. And if he thinks about nothing... he becomes nothing.
How does it work? Why do we become what we think about? Well, I'll tell you how it works, as far as we know. To do this, I want to tell you about a situation that parallels the human mind.
Suppose a farmer has some land, and it's good, fertile land. The land gives the farmer a choice; he may plant in that land whatever he chooses. The land doesn't care. It's up to the farmer to make the decision.
We're comparing the human mind with the land because the mind, like the land, doesn't care what you plant in it. It will return what you plant, but it doesn't care what you plant.
Now, let's say that the farmer has two seeds in his hand - one is a seed of corn, the other is nightshade, a deadly poison. He digs two little holes in the earth and he plants both seeds - one corn, the other nightshade. He covers up the holes, waters and takes care of the land...and what will happen? Invariably, the land will return what was planted..... "As ye sow, so shall ye reap."
Remember the land doesn't care. It will return poison in just as wonderful abundance as it will corn. So up come the two plants - one corn, one poison.
The human mind is far more fertile, far more incredible and mysterious than the land, but it works the same way. It doesn't care what we plant...success...or failure. A concrete, worthwhile goal...or confusion, misunderstanding, fear, anxiety and so on. But what we plant it must return to us.
You see, the human mind is the last great unexplored continent on earth. It contains riches beyond our wildest dreams. It will return anything we want to plant."
August 25, 2008
Beware of products that can break into little pieces or have small detachable parts.
Make sure small toys intended for an older child in a household stay out of the hands of a younger child.
Keep balloons away from children under 8. Children who bite on inflated balloons can inhale air too rapidly from them. Broken balloon pieces also are a leading cause of choking.
Rounded toys have a greater tendency to cause choking problems because a child's airway can be completely blocked. Keep small balls and marbles out of their reach.
Avoid infant toys with cords or rope which could lead to strangulation.
Projectile toys and launchers can damage children's skin, eyes or ears.
© 1997 The Associated Press. AP-NY-11-25-97 1629EST
August 23, 2008
"Odin laid upon the pyre the gold ring called Draupnir; this quality attended it: that every ninth night there fell from it eight gold rings of equal weight."
from the Gylfaginning, the story of Gylfi, king of Sweden in Norse Mythology
August 21, 2008
Is It Time to Renew Your Dream?
For many things in life, we get reminders.
When our insurance comes due, we receive a renewal notice.When our membership to an organization runs out, they let us know we have to renew in order to continue enjoying the privileges. If you let your newspaper subscription expire... so does your paper! There are certain things we must continue to invest in in order to get the results we want .It is part of life.
But what about the things that don't come with annual reminders?
What about our dreams and goals -- the things we would like to happen in our life?
Have you let your subscription run out? Have your dreams expired?
Has your "dream renewal" gotten lost in the shuffle of many responsibilities?
When was the last time you invested some time renewing your dreams?
Do you even remember what they are?
You don't have to climb Mt. Everest. You don't have to find a cure for cancer.It doesn't have to be a dream of national significance, but it does need to be significant to you.
What would be really neat if it happened to you? What two or three things have you always wanted to have?
What would you really like to achieve?
If you haven't thought about your dreams lately,spend some time with a pen and a notepad.
Start writing things down. If big dreams seem out of reach, start small. That's how big dreams happen anyway, one small step at a time.
"It may be those who do the most, dream most." -Stephen Leacock
Start dreaming again. Discovery Toys can make your dreams come true.
Consider this your renewal notice!!
from Julie Monke & Marsha Swainston
2. Take time each day for yourself. It doesn't matter WHAT you do, as long as your children see you doing something to better yourself each day. Linda
3. The "interrupt rule". When on the phone the children know that they may interrupt us by putting their hand on our arm and then wait QUIETLY. We can then find a pause in our other conversation and say '"Excuse me, yes, what is it?" Trisha
4. Store toys on shelves instead of in a “bottomless” toy box. In addition, games, noisy toys, and art supplies should be kept high so they are only taken out with parental permission or supervision. Tina
5. When you find a stray piece of a puzzle/game save it in a special box just for unidentified pieces. Never throw unclaimed pieces away. It is great fun to finally find the match. Tucker
6. WATER! Water is a stress reliever, which gives a soothing sensation for all ages, from a tiny, fussy baby to a pre-teen having a bad day. Fill your kitchen sink with water and bubbles and your child will play happily for ages. Jackie
7. Teach your baby to put herself/himself to sleep sooner rather than later (4-6 mos.). We have a routine that we stick to religiously and that way my husband and I can count on some time alone every night BEFORE we collapse. Beth
8. Children require TIME - yours. TIME + LOVE. Lucinda
9. To help manage the "I want" stage create a treasure box. Whenever your child sees something he has to have, cut it out of the catalog or draw a picture of it and put it in the treasure box. On birthdays, holidays and other "treat" times during the year let the child make a selection from the treasure box for us to purchase. It is amazing how many things lost their appeal over time in the box. They will value the things they do receive much more. Jill
10. PLAY WITH THEM. Sue
11. Take time to LISTEN! All the "just a minutes" add up in their life and it becomes an hour! Kathy
12. A smile & a kiss can make all the difference! Missy
13. Listen in equal amounts of time that you speak. Judy
14. Sing, sing, sing...if you're happy your kids will know it, if you're frustrated singing a made-up song in a loud voice is much more effective than yelling. Dorrie
15. When doing laundry, rather than put all the clothes away, sort them into slots for Monday through Saturday. Top, bottom, underpants, socks... everything's there. Kathleen
16. When your children forget their shoes/lunch don’t bring them to them. They will surely remember the experience and learn the value of taking responsibility for their actions. Beth
17. Let the children know the expectations so they are prepared for the situation. When going into a store or library have the child repeat the rules back. Anonymous
18. As a mom of 5, the best thing I ever did was help my children understand how to help another child, maybe one who couldn't hit the ball or run as fast as the others. In the real world, it is your sincerity and kindness that makes a person special. Kathy
19. Count backward with your child as regularly as you count forward. 1-2-3 is forward sequencing = addition. 3-2-1 is backward sequencing = subtraction. Keeping the gears greased both directions is imperative for the math brain wheels to spin freely. Nancy
20. When your child begins to make letters and numbers, make sure the strokes are drawn from the top down, not the bottom up. Nancy
21. The best advice I ever received as a parent was " Never say never!” Chris
22. Always remember what it feels like to be a child! Trust your gut feelings! Even when a supposed "Professional" is telling you something different about your child.
23. Be a good role model - take time to nurture yourself both physically and mentally.
24. Always assume that your child is doing their job to the best of their ability (i.e. to push to find the limits) and do yours to the best of your ability (Set those limits!).
25. Love unconditionally! A child will only be trustworthy if you trust them.
26. Just being there is the best thing that you can give a child. I always say, "How can you be in your children’s memories tomorrow if, you are not in their life today." Michelle
27. As a parent, you need to be a broken record...as tedious as it may sound, children need to hear what you expect of them over and over and over again. Georgeanne
28. Make a point to have lots of FUN together: Telling jokes, pillow fights, re-writing songs with crazy words, always looking for (or creating) the absurd in the day. Cheri
29. Carry a plastic trash bag in your diaper bag, for times when the changing situation isn't great … you just change baby, then toss out the diaper, wipes and the trash bag.
30. Your child will be a little "you" person...if you don't like what you see in your child, take a look at YOU first ... if their manners are lacking, how are yours? If they have a bad attitude, check yours!
31. What goes in their ears will sooner or later roll off their lips! Don't EVER complain about your mother-in-law when the kids are within 3 blocks of where you are!
32. Get down on THEIR level and have a real conversation - be interested in THEIR day...and when they are telling you things, good or bad – LISTEN.
33. Just have fun … if you are truly having fun as a parent and relishing in the awesome-ness of children, then your attitude will show through...happy, positive and supportive!
34. Even during the frustrating times there are two things to remember - first, it won't last long and second, there is always someone who would be very, very happy to have that problem to deal with!
35. Play, play, play...if dinner doesn't get made, order a pizza ... if the house isn't clean, don't sweat it! Someday the children will be gone and you will have ALL the time in the world for chores...play, play, play now!
36. The most important thing to remember - be very, very nice to your children … someday they may be feeding and diapering YOU!
37. Say what you mean, mean what you say. When disciplining, give logical consequences and follow through. And when making promises, follow through, also.
38. Hug them every chance you get and tell them how much you love them and what makes them special. Arlene
39. Never allow "name calling". When we stop the name calling it help reduces the over all battles that children will get into. I explained to my children that when you name call then you lose respect for others and you lose respect for yourself. Cynthia
40. Tell your children when they do things right and praise them. We often only tell them only when they do things wrong. Mallory
with thanks to Tucker Smith
August 20, 2008
Discovery Toys has some great books...including some that inspire a child to learn to read. Shop for "Ahoy, Pirate Pete" and "Once Upon a Time" and other engaging books at www.toysofdiscovery.com.
These are magical interactive books with cardboard pieces you change each time you read, turning them into different stories.
August 19, 2008
August 17, 2008
What are your dreams?
August 16, 2008
August 15, 2008
This childhood ditty can be stuck in your head for hours, but it may eventually serve a purpose. You might want to make up your own silly version. Absolutely, GO FOR IT! Be sure to include your kids in the fun!
Why? Playing with sounds, rhymes, and nonsense words is vital to the logical progression of pre-reading skills. How?
Spoken language is made up of sounds (phonemes)
Sounds make words
Words make phrases
Phrases make sentences
Sentences have meaning
Mastering written language (reading) follows the exact same progression with the phonemes (sounds) represented by symbols (such as letters) called graphemes.
Remember how your baby would delight in your smiles, coos, and sound mimics during his babbling stage? As your child develops, she will mimic the sounds you make. Take advantage of these opportunities by making rhymes and word repetitions.
"bat, rat, cat, ratatattat"Discovery Toys has products that practice these language development games perfectly!
"bed, bat, b, b, b, b"
"car, cat, cut, cot....bot, not, sot, rot, tot"
ABC Box: As you flip through the pages of the books, pause and add more words that start with the same sound. For example: after your child "reads" the Dd doll, dinosaur page, continue the fun with additional Dd words "dog, dot" etc. Practice rhymes as well: "doll, mall, call, pall, tall, small" etc.
Toddler Talk: Record funny sounds on the phone and encourage your child to repeat the sounds. Your child can record her own voice, too!
Sounds Like Fun: Practice letters and sounds with song! Once you and your child are familiar with the tunes, make your own silly words and sounds.
A B Seas: Pull up the letters, match them on the game board, AND encourage your child to make words that start with that sound. As your child masters beginning sounds, challenge her to think of words with the ending sounds. Imagine the fun you can have reading books with your child now. Discovery Toys has many excellent titles for encouraging a life-long love of reading.
August 14, 2008
In a New York Times article by Sherri Day she spoke with one such expert: "The notion of pushing kindergarten work down to the nursery just because you can put it on a microchip doesn't make it right," said Joanne Oppenheim, a child development scholar and president of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio. "I don't think that toddlers need electronic workbooks. People buy them thinking that they are going to give their kids a head start, and that's unfortunate because informal learning activity might be much more useful and instructive."Discovery Toys believes parents should "Play with your children. It's the best investment you can make."
August 13, 2008
A wise old owl sat on an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard
Why can't we all be like that bird!
August 12, 2008
Epigenetic applications have been shown to help reduce repetitive behavior in studies of people with autism.
Pharmaceutical companies are trying to reproduce what nature already does. So, be sure to hug your child often!
August 07, 2008
- Attach toys to the stroller, car seat, high chair, backpack, carrier, across a swing, across the back of the front seat of the car.
- Create an ever-changing mobile for infants. Clip Boomerings from the side of a newborn's crib and attach one or two sensory stimulating items such as Super Yummy, Elephant Fun teether or Flutter Fun teether.
- Attach spit-up towel to Boomering and then to the stroller.
- Punch hole in laminated index card containing vital information for babysitter. Attach with Boomering to diaper bag.
- Hook several Boomerings onto one Boomering for a super teething rattle or rhythm instrument.
- Use in bathroom to hang up bath toys to dry.
- Clip Boomerings around cupboard door handles to keep infants from opening.
- Boomerings are a great "tow chain" behind a tricycle, cart or with a pull toy like Brain Train.
- Attach to a screen door so a small child can open it by pulling Boomerings.
- Use Boomerings for pool play and underwater retrieving games.
- Instant leash when hooked onto overalls.
- Clip items to belt loop while running, hiking, biking.
- Clip pant leg with Boomering to keep it from catching in bike chain.
- Secure articles to a canoe or raft.
- Hang things in a locker
- "Dress-up" necklace and earrings
- Use as a handle for ski boots or skates.
- Easy-to-find key ring
He gave me only puzzled looks.
I tried to teach my child with words;
They passed him by, oft unheard.
Despairingly I turned aside,
"How shall I teach this child?" I cried.
Into my hands he put the key,
"Come," he said. "Play with me."
MEASURE the following ingredients
1 cup flour (be sure to use cup #12 in your Measure Up Cups set...it's 8 ounces)
1 cup H2O (teach chemistry & math at the same time...fill cup #6 2x = 8 ounces)
1 T. oil
1/2 c. NaCl (that's sodium chloride, or table salt)
1 t. cream of tartar
MIX all ingredients in a pan
COOK over medium heat until mixture pulls away from sides of pan and becomes doughy in consistency.
KNEAD until cool.
MODEL different colors of clay into any shape you can imagine!
Note: Can be used over & over again. Keeps 3 months unrefrigerated.
August 05, 2008
This is the first time I am migrating the
PEARLS of Wisdom to the blog.
Denise W. of SC sponsored by Erin S.
Kathy S. of CA sponsored by Lisa G.
Lacey L. of NY sponsored by Sue C.-D.
Michele S. of PA sponsored by Lisa S.
Tina H. of NJ sponsored by Anita J!!
Anita J. of NJ sponsored by Lisa S.
Sally D. of NJ sponsored by Lisa S.
Lisa G. of CA sponsored by Lisa S.
July 31, 2008
Do you know Discovery Toys? Since being founded by Lane Nemeth in 1978, their products have won numerous awards from Dr. Toy, the Oppenheim Toy portfolio and other highly recognized educators and parenting organizations.
These developmentally appropriate toys (for birth to age 10) build self-esteem, cooperative play, social and emotional intelligence, while being wholesome and fun. Many of the toys are not language specific (e.g., a Hispanic child derives the same play value as an Asian child). They encourage a love of learning and literacy that lasts a lifetime.
Schools, hospitals, occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech pathologists use and recommend them. In addition, Dr. Patricia Krantz, of the Princeton Child Development Institute, acknowledges these toys as being useful in addressing the six weakest developmental areas in children with autism.
Not only are the products priced well for the amount of play value they provide, but replacement parts are available should you lose a piece.
It is easy to shop for Discovery Toys online from the comfort of your home. I will answer any product questions you have, gift wrap (for a fee), design custom gift baskets for your child and help you get free replacements for anything that might break years from now.Sick and needy children and children with special needs are often served by agencies that utilize these toys. The charities I've worked with have been very grateful to receive toys of this caliber. If you have philanthropic affiliations, please consider Discovery Toys.
The company offers a business opportunity as well, for anyone who wants to work at home or earn additional income.
July 27, 2008
My favorite Discovery Toy, the one that inspired me to join the company nearly 14 years ago, is Measure Up Cups! Why is it my favorite? I have a slew of reasons:
Children of all ages will find something different to do with this compact product.
Infants will play in the bathtub doing dump and fill activities (don't give too many cups, mom!)
School age children can learn addition, subtraction, multiplication because the volume is accurate.
You can make recipes...the #12 cup measures 8 ounces, or 1 cup, #6 is 1/2 cup, etc.
5 to 7 year olds can learn about clocks and time as there's a face of a clock inside each, showing the time and its number.
There are 12 animals to learn the names of, 4 different colors.
Each animal can be pressed into clay (make your own clay using this recipe).
The animals are arranged in size order.
They stack and they nest.
Use them at the beach for making the best sandcastles. (A lifeguard once commented,
"Have you got a building permit?" we were making such an intricate structure with our small cups that nested easily inside our luggage on our beach vacation.)
Use them in the kitchen, at the beach, in the bath...buy 3 sets.
Should you ever lose one or two, Discovery Toys has thought of everything. $1 replaces any cup you may need to complete your set. Shop here for Measure Ups
Great news! Our "Rocket Start" kit price, normally $99 (plus shipping & tax)is on sale for $79! It includes all the products and tools for someone to start a successful home-based toy business, valued at $300. Email me for more info. firstname.lastname@example.org
July 26, 2008
"When you're doing the work you were meant to do, it feels right. And every day is a bonus, regardless of what you're getting paid."
July 25, 2008
What can you do?
Start at your local library where you can sign up for a free library card. You'll be able to borrow children's books and picture books to read to your child. Make that your first goal. Read-aloud expert Jim Trelease recommends that we read to our children 15 minutes everyday, even after they can read on their own. He encourages parents to keep reading to their kids until they go to college! Children can comprehend books that are read to them at several grade levels above what they can read on their own...... more tomorrow........
Lane will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Discovery Toys convention in New Orleans next month.
July 23, 2008
Mothers are 79% less likely to be hired than equally qualified non-mothers.
A recent study found that mothers were offered $11,000 lower starting pay than non-mothers with the same resume for highly paid jobs, while fathers were offered $6,000 more in starting pay.
July 20, 2008
If you want any current line items, don't delay....visit www.toysofdiscovery.com
June 30, 2008
Whether you’re in search of a new career, looking for additional income, a stay at home mom (or dad) in need of a creative outlet, teacher, therapist or grandparent re-entering the job market after your children have grown, Discovery Toys offers a unique home-based business opportunity that suits your lifestyle - providing a tremendous income opportunity, career satisfaction, fabulous trips and lots of additional rewards.
- Make a difference in other's lives
- Earn money as a stay-at-home parent
- Free training, including one-on-one coaching
- Flexible schedule -- plan your days around family, another career, hobbies
- Minimal investment; no risk
- Free website for 3 months
- Obtain the lifestyle you want, including jewelry and free incentive trips for 2
- Be part of a fast-growing successful team
- Parties are easy to book because of the generous Hostess plan
- Unlimited earning potential - you promote yourself through your own efforts
Are you the parent of a child with AUTISM? Home schooler? Occupational therapist? Parent of a child with developmental delays or sensory issues?
We have toys that cater to your specific needs. While you play with your child, we’ll help you earn money from home.
Why not join us and buy at wholesale?
You earn money right away -- 20% on each order. Plus, as a direct seller, all products ship directly to your customers. The starter kit ($99 + shipping + tax; a $300 value) is filled with award-winning toys and comes with all the tools you need for success. It also includes a free ecommerce website for 3 months. A deposit of $25, along with a signed application, gets your kit on its way to you. See the website for the current kit.
I have helped hundreds of people achieve their goals! Are you ready to join us? It's easy. Downoad a Discovery Toys application, print out, fill in, and fax to 270.447.2656, or email email@example.com for snail mail instructions or any questions you may have.
June 27, 2008
June 12, 2008
"The need for quality character education in America’s schools has never been more important than it is today," said Joseph W. Mazzola, Executive Director, The Character Education Partnership."
"Schools today are struggling to find ways to promote both academic learning and social and moral development," said Dr. Marvin Berkowitz, Sanford N. McDonnell Professor of Character Education, the University of Missouri-St Louis and co-director of the Center for Character and Citizenship. "Effective character education produces both."
June 03, 2008
MEASURE UP® CUPS
GO GO CATERPILLAR
SUPER YUMMY Teether
(Most months, you'll also find Marbleworks, our classic marble raceway construction toy, on this list).
June 01, 2008
May 27, 2008
Step 1 click on www.toysofdiscovery.com
Step 2 see the teddy bear in the shopping cart? click on him
Step 3 you're now at a secure shopping page. select an age range at the left side of your screen.
early years, preschool.....
Step 4 scroll through the items shown and select one that interests you
Step 5 click on Full Product Description to see a larger picture and get a detailed description of
what skills that product builds
Step 6 place product(s) of choice in the shopping cart. (click on add to cart)
Step 7 go to checkout
Step 8 enter info as requested
May 24, 2008
Step 2 Fill in info in uppermost box, including name, address, etc.
Step 3 Fax to 270.447.2656, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for snail mail instructions or any questions
you may have.
Read more at www.toysofdiscovery.com/business.html
May 06, 2008
Think about what you need to be happy -- what you want to change, accomplish, or find. Once you've decided on a dream, promise yourself to start making it come true.
2. Set your goals
Make a list of small steps that will lead you toward your dream. Congratulate yourself each time you achieve one of your goals, no matter how small it may be. Know that every step is leading the way to success.
3. Let others help you
The encouragement, support, and inspiration others give you is invaluable.
4. Believe in yourself
There may be times when you want to give up, but don't listen to the voice of doubt. Stay strong and remind yourself that you can do anything.
5. Keep your dream close to your heart
Never forget what you are striving toward. Imagine how wonderful it will be when your dream comes true. That vision will keep you moving in the right direction. Keep your head up, keep your dream in sight, and let your heart lead the way to success.