Sunday, April 15, 2007

Children First...Play every day, Read every day, Nourish every day, Talk every day, Sing every day, Move every day

Good Morning, Dear All!

Young children need to be protected from harm, neglect, illness and disability. Children also need to be connected with their parents, family and community. When parents and community members connect with children they help them with these needs.
This connectedness creates a bond that establishes trust, healthy relationships and an improved quality of life.

Play every day
Play has been described as children's work. It is the time when they explore social and physical boundaries. This is a wonderful time for significant adults to get down to the child's level have fun and learn about one another.

Read every day
Reading from birth provides children with literacy skills, an awareness of literature and a bond between the child and caregiver. Children who are read to from a young age are more successful when they get to school, providing them with confidence to succeed.

Nourish every day
Small children need to be nourished with healthy foods. During their first years of life their bodies and brains are developing and need good nutrition to do so. Parents and family members can be role models for children to learn by teaching what to eat and how to eat well.

Talk every day
When we talk to our children we have a lifelong effect on their communication and social skills. They become confident and better able to express themselves.

Sing every day
Music is a great way for children and caregivers to connect. Singing and making a noise together is fun and helps children to develop.

Move every day
Studies into children' health show that large numbers of young children spend 30 to 40 hours a week watching television,playing computer games or just being inactive.

Play every day, Read every day, Nourish every day

Talk every day, Sing every day, Move every day

With Love, Amma-Naana