Posts Tagged ‘life skills’

Keeping Pets Safe During the Holidays

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

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There are lots of fun things going on during the holidays. Your house may have decorations, plants, and foods that usually aren’t around the rest of the year. Some of these holiday items can be dangerous for your pets and you can help protect them.

Halloween Candy

A definite no-no for pets, especially dogs!

Tinsel and Ribbons

Cats love to play with shiny tinsel and ribbon, but if swallowed, tinsel can get tangled in their stomachs and make them very sick. If you have a cat, don’t decorate with tinsel and pick up the ribbons after gifts are unwrapped.

Plants

Lots of families like to have poinsettias, holly, or mistletoe around the house for the holidays. Most pets won’t bother with them, but these plants can make animals sick. If you see your pet eat one of these plants, have an adult call a veterinarian to find out what to do.

Toys

During the holidays, you may get small toys or toys that have small pieces. Some pets, such as dogs and cats are curious. They like to put things in their mouths. They don’t know that this can be dangerous. Remember to put your toys away when you are finished playing.

Table Scraps

You may want to give your pets some table scraps from the holiday meal, but when animals eat fatty foods, it can make their stomachs upset. It is best to only feed them foods meant especially for pets.Dogs love turkey, chicken, and steak bones, but they can be sharp and cause cuts inside a dog’s stomach. Make sure bones go in the garbage and not in your dog.

Human Treats

Did you know chocolate and some sugar-free mints and gum can make dogs very sick? Don’t leave candy where dogs can get at it. If your pet eats chocolate, sugar-free mints, or gum, have an adult call a veterinarian.

Pet Treats

It is fun to give your pet treats for a stocking stuffer, but even pet treats can cause problems for animals. Some treats can get stuck in a dog or cat’s throat. Too many treats may make them sick. If you want to give your pet a treat, keep the treats small and don’t give them too many at once.

Cold Weather

Even though dogs and cats have fur to keep them warm, pets left outside for too long in the cold, without shelter, could be in danger. On days when it is very cold, make sure your pet is somewhere safe and warm.

 

Source: kids.gov

 

Five Tips to Make Your Halloween Safe

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Halloween

Miss Pat had the “Can Dos” gather round her and read the following tips for being safe on Halloween night.

“It’s fun going from house to house to collect as much candy as possible before your bag bursts.

This year, make sure you have an extra safe Halloween night with these trick-or-treat tips.

  1. When you’re making your costume, make sure you can see. Masks can make it hard to see, so try face paint instead. And make sure that other people can see you in your costume. Wear light colors and ask your parents to put reflective tape on your costume so cars can see you.
  2. Does your costume have a long cape or are you wearing a long dress? Make sure it won’t make you trip and fall. You don’t want to spill all the candy you collected!
  3. Plot out a trick or treat map with your mom or dad. Figure out which houses you want to go to and how long you think you’ll be gone. If Mom and Dad are not going with you, make sure you carry the map so you don’t get lost.
  4. Let your mom and dad look at your candy before you eat any of it. Throw out any candy that has an open or damaged wrapper.
  5. Candy is yummy, but if you eat too much of it you’ll get sick. That’s why Mom or Dad only let you eat a couple pieces each day. If you want to learn how much candy is too much, play the Halloween Candy game.

Now you’re all set to go out and collect as much Halloween candy as you can!”

Source: Kids.gov

 

Miss Pat Didn’t Let the “Can Dos” Finish Reading

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

PatTeacher Pat gathered the “Can Do” Kids around her for story time and asked “Class, what story shall we read today?”

Willie raised his hand. “Yes Willie,” said Teacher Pat. I’d like to read a Halloween story from the book my grandma gave me,” said Willie.

“Willie, you will need to pass the book around so the rest of the class can each read a little from your book,” said Miss Pat. “That’s fine  with me Miss Pat,” said Willie.Pat

“The name of my book is the Pumpkin Patch,” shared Willie. He began to read, “Long ago a farmer had a pumpkin patch, with rows and rows of bright orange pumpkins. There must have been a hundred of them.”

“Willie, time to pass the book to your right and let Wendy read a few lines,” said Teacher Pat. Wendy began to read, “The farmer promised the children of the town they could each pick out a pumpkin for Halloween to carve with their families and put in their living room windows.”

“It’s Arthur J’s  turn Wendy,” said Teacher Pat.

Arthur J began to read,”The f-f-f-farmer told the ch-ch-ch-children that the p-p-p-p-pumpkins were almost ready to p-p-p-pick.’”

Arthur J stopped reading because some of his classmates were laughing at him.

Miss Pat said, “Thank you Arthur J. Please return the book to Willie. Story time is over for today.”

Questions:

Do you know why Miss Pat ended story time when she did?

Why were some of the kids laughing at Arthur J?

What do you think about them laughing?

What would you have done?

Getting A Shot

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

 Miss Pat called the class to attention after the first bell rang. Just as the “Can Dos” were coming to attention the door opened and in walked Nurse Diane.

“Good morning, Miss Pat. Good morning children, said Nurse Diane. Miss Pat greeted Nurse Diane and the “Can Dos’ all called out, “Good morning, Nurse Diane.”

Hector wasn’t really so happy to see Nurse Diane. He whispered in Willie’s ear, saying, “When Nurse Diane comes it means we have to hear medical stuff and do healthy activities like coughing in our elbows.” Willie smiled and whispered back,”Hector , you think you are so strong, but you are a baby sometimes!”

“Am not”, said Hector, “Are too” said Willie. With tha,mt Miss Pat called on them to share what they were talking about. “Nothing, answered Hector. Miss Pat answered. “Then talk about nothing quietly. The class laughed, and Nurse Diane began to talk about why she had come to their classroom .

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“It’s that time of year again; time to get a flu shot,” said Nurse Diane. A groan went up in the classroom. Some kids called out about how they hated getting a shot. Others shared that they were afraid of needles. Hector looked as if he didn’t feel well.

Nurse Diane smiled and said, “Going to the doctor to get a shot doesn’t have to be scary. Here’s what you need to know about getting a shot so you can be brave at the doctor’s.

  1. Shots are just a way to make sure your body has what it needs to fight off disease and keep you healthy. The small needle puts the medicine under your skin so your body can build up strength against diseases.
  2. When the doctor or nurse sticks you with the needle it will hurt a little bit, but only for a minute and then the pain will go away.
  3. If you’re nervous about getting your shot, talk to your parents about something else. It will help keep you calm and take your mind off the shot.
  4. Smile. It’s hard to be scared or nervous if you’re smiling. So even if you’re really scared about getting the shot, just keep smiling and it will help you be brave.

The next time you go to the doctor to get a shot, you can surprise your parents and the nurses by staying calm and being brave.”

Nurse Diane  asked “Does anyone have any questions?” No one raised their hands. Hector was thinking about being brave when he got his flu shot. It sounded good when Nurse Diane said it, and after all, it would only take a minute. Hmm…it is worth a try he thought. I wouldn’t want anyone to think I was a big baby.

Source information: Kids.gov.

 

Hector Gets the Homework Talk

Monday, September 8th, 2014

HectorHector was enjoying and afternoon of skateboarding when his dad called him into the house.

Not good thought Hector. It is only 4 o’clock, too soon for supper.

When Hector  went inside he saw his mom and dad sitting at the dining room table. They asked him to sit down at the table with them.

Uh, oh thought Hector, did I forget to do a chore? Did my sister, Maria, snitch on me for eating her snack last night? He couldn’t think what else he might have done wrong.

His dad said, “You’re not in trouble, Hector. We just want to talk with you about homework  now that the school year has started. We want you to get off to a good start. We want you to have good homework practices.

Last year, you had a hard time doing homework, not because it was hard, but because you kept putting off and then you would rush through it and not do your best work.

This year, Hector, you will have more homework than last year. It will take time to do. I know there will be times when you would rather be doing other things, like skateboarding or watching TV. But, when you put homework off to the last minute, you make it hard on yourself.

So, make up your mind to do your homework first thing , when you get home. Then you will be able to have fun. You won’t have to be worrying about getting your homework done.

So, Hector, do you promise to do your homework as soon as you get home?”

Hector was glad he wasn’t in trouble, but he wasn’t happy to have to promise to do his homework as soon as he got home from school.  He could see by the look on his dad’s face that his dad meant business. He looked at his mom. She was nodding yes to everything dad said.

His dad said, “Well Hector, we are waiting for your answer. Hector answered, “I promise.”

“Good,” said dad. “Now you can go back out and skateboard until dinner.”

As Hector picked up his skateboard and walked outside he couldn’t help but think that making promises and keeping them is tough!