Choosing the right backpack for my son

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As a homeschooling student, one of the things my son gets to enjoy is not having to burden his young body with bag filled with enormous books, like most regular students do. With the variety of backpacks in the market, I know I still need to get him one that should best fit him to take care of his posture.

Few of the basics that I check when it comes to choosing the right backpack high sierra for my son are the shoulder and abdominal straps. Caring for a child’s posture means we have to consider the proper distribution of the load unto his shoulders and the better part of his back.

As homeschoolers, if we should at all bring his paces with him, they are only but a few thin workbooks. The basics that my son brings with him in his bag are his books, snacks and his water tumbler. And I cannot have him just use any kind of backpack that risks his overall back heath, which is imperative for good posture in the long haul. I personally have a bad back brought about by carrying improper bags from when I was little. Hopefully, choosing the right backpack for my son will veer him away from my same predicament. 🙂

Pasalubong shopping at Ben Tanh Market, HCMC

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Aside from all the praises that we have for Thien Xuan Hotel, its location is also perfect being a block away from Ben Tahn Market. We did not wait another day to go visit and check out the knick knacks at Ben Tanh Market. We went for our pasalubong shopping at night time.

Ben Tanh Night Market is the place to go for tourists if you would like to be able to haggle and buy stuff for cheap. These are the first batch of pasalubong we were able to get hold of on our first night at Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. The collection of stuff for sale were so varied, I could have bought one of each if only I have the luggage space. From detailed and pretty dish paintings, funny coffe mugs, iPho shirts and other souvenir items.

Being homeschoolers, this serves like our field trip of sorts. We get to expose our son to a different culture, their history and lifestyle. The gazillion of photos that we came home with will come very handy as we read more about Vietnam and Cambodia in our Social Studies class. 🙂

The 2 Hour Rule

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that kids under 2 years old not watch any TV and older children should not watch more than 1 to 2 hours a day of quality programming.

When I first read about this somewhere when my son was a newborn, I knew this made sense. Especially during the times that I did allow him to watch some Baby Einstein videos for long periods of time. Being the lone person in the house doing all the housework, taking care of the baby and doing my online tasks, the television is the easy instant nanny that I tried to make use of. The few times that I allowed my son to watch more than a couple of hours, he turned into this kind of wild child that won’t hear of it if I tell him watching tv is done. His zombified look was enough for me to learn my lesson and take APP’s word for it.

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Gadgets in Homeschooling

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As technology oriented as our homeschooling family is, I have not really gotten into consideration the probability of using gadgets in our homeschooling sessions. For one, the curriculum that we use is complete in itself. But given the chance that I get hold of good software applications, it would be a nice thing to consider.

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Popular Tongue Twisters

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Why tongue twisters? Because it helps the child to get better at articulating words quickly and clearly. Tongue twisters should be done repeatedly and as quickly as possible without mistakes.

Tongue twisters are fun and help improve a child’s language awareness and pronunciation skills. Here are some more popular tongue twisters:

Betty Botter bought some butter
But she said the butter’s bitter
If I put it in my batter
It will make the batter bitter
But a bit of better butter
Will make my batter better
So she bought a bit of butter
Better than her bitter butter
And she put it in her batter
So ‘twas better Betty Botter
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