ExpoKid 2017 Discoveries

Summer’s fast approaching! That means it’s time for the kids to explore what’s beyond the four corners of the classroom. Here are a few discoveries we made when we visited ExpoKid last week that you might want to check out:

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In this day and age, learning how to make a computer work is a must. In Young Coders, kids as young as 3 years old can learn the fundamentals of operating a computer. Of course, all classes are done in a fun and creative way. Classes start on April 3 and here’s their schedule:

Code and Play (3-4 years old) MWF 10 am – 12 pm

Code and Explore (5-7 years old) TThS 10 am – 12 pm

Code and Animate (8-10 years old) MWF 1 – 3 pm / TThS 3 – 5 pm

Code and Design (11-12 years old) TThS 1 – 3 pm

Code and Construct (13-15 years old) MWF 3 – 5 pm

A 6-session package costs P6,500 while a trial of one class costs P1,500.

Young Coders | Unit 10, G-square 212 Wilson St., Brgy Greenhills, San Juan City | 09564192869 | Facebook | Instagram

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Z would love to join the Junior Astronaut Academy but he’s underage (minimum age is 7). But this is really cool! We’ve all been curious about what astronauts eat in space and how it feels like to walk on the moon. There will be two runs this summer and each costs P11,800 inclusive of: flight suit, cadet kit and astronaut snacks. Schedule is as follows:

April 17 – 21, 2017 | 9 am to 4 pm | Science Centrum, Riverbanks Center, Marikina City

April 24 – 28, 2017 | 9 am to 4 pm | Diliman Preparatory School, Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City

For more info about them, follow them on Facebook or call: 09183675006.

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I’m sure your summer get-togethers are all lined up. Why not turn your party into a creative pursuit for the kids?! Kiddie Art Kart offers packages like painting on canvas, foam mosaic art and crown and hat making, which will give the children a few unplugged hours and a chance to create something with their hands.

Kiddie Art Kart | hello@kiddieartkart.com | Facebook | Instagram

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Another coding class! Junior Academy for Coding Knowledge or JACK aims to provide a high-quality learning experience for children in a fun and engaging environment. I myself want to learn how to let a BB8 droid move or make my own Minecraft-inspired game! Children as young as 7 years old can enroll without any coding experience. Visit their website for the courses offered.

JACK | www.jack.com.ph | learncoding@jack.com.ph | 09778410482 | Facebook

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If you’d prefer to stay home to avoid the sweltering heat, Oli’s Boxship can provide hours of fun to your child! It’s a box delivered to your home which has 2-3 activities that centrals around a theme, like solar system or animals. This themed subscription box is designed for kids 4-9 years old and will help develop their intellectual and motor skills while honing their ability to express themselves. I think I’d try one out for Z and Y! A one time subscription costs P980 and it includes all the materials for the activity.

Oli’s Boxship | www.olisboxship.com | Facebook | Instagram

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Z and Y enjoyed their yoga session last October and I think it’s a must for kids today to learn yoga since this helps them be calm and focused. Up to now, we try to practice some of the poses, especially when were all agitated.

Kids Yoga Philippines | Facebook

I hope this list helped you plan out your spectacular 2017 summer!

 

 

 

Eric Carle Day at Quriocity

I like doing new activities with the kids that veer away from the usual weekend activity (aka going around the mall!). So when I saw ManilaMommy shared Quriocity’s event on Facebook, I had to reserve a slot because it was the culminating activity for their Eric Carle month.

We had so much fun!
We had so much fun!

Quriocity, as I learned is an indieshop which houses quirky and artsy items. They also offer classes and sells hard-to-find books. It’s a place where in your curiosity will be tickled, both for the kids and kids-at-heart!

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Small plants and succulents for sale!
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So True Naturals available!
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For a small group, you can rent out their quaint space for workshops and classes. They also have an in-house coffee shop!

For a fee of P300 per person, we witnessed Eric Carle’s books come alive. Z super enjoyed the puppet show/storytelling of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and even volunteered to be one of the puppeteers! My animal-loving Y got especially drawn to the turtles and birds present. It was really a different experience for them! Showing them other forms of art and entertainment definitely got them curios-er!

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Cowabungaaaa!
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The caterpillar turned into a butterfly, Mommy!
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Yuuuum! Z was holding one of those, hehe!
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My little donya!

I’m looking forward to the next activity Quriocity is planning! There’s just a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that there are more establishments that cater to learning are opening up.

Quriocity

2nd floor Crossroad Center, 79 Mother Ignacia Ave., Quezon City

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Sick Days = Missed School Days

For the first sem, Z has been absent in school once only. I make sure that he attends school because sayang ang tuition I know that he likes playing with his classmates. Imagine my dismay when I learned that poor toilet sanitation and hygienic practices cause students around the world to miss 443 million school days! That is equivalent to Filipino classrooms being empty for one whole month. The kids would learn so much already in that amount of time. Sadly, millions of children around the country suffer from diarrhea and parasitic worm infection due to being exposed to dirty toilets.

This is why we should teach our kids to wash their hands with soap and water after using the toilet. I’ve no problem teaching Z this lesson because he is innately OC. We also sing a “hand-washing song” I learned when I was teaching so that we rub the soap around our hands properly to kill the germs. It goes like this:

To the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

I can wash my hands you see

Wash them clean, as clean can be.

Inside, outside my fingers too

Around my thumbs and then we’re through

Now rinse away the dirt and stains

Send those germs down the drain.

As homemakers, it is our responsibility to ensure that our children’s surroundings are spic and span. According to Dr. Luisa Efren of Philippine Public Health Association (PPHA) the simple act of proper toilet cleaning will prevent the spread of germs. To properly clean a toilet means using products which is proven to kill germs and bacteria not visible to the naked eye. Such product is Unilever Philippines’ Domex.

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For three years now, Domex has been working with UNICEF and PPHA on an advocacy program to educate Filipinos about proper toilet sanitation to keep their family safe from disease-causing germs. A good grasp on hand washing and a thoroughly cleaned toilet gives our kids an advantage to fight off illnesses and avoid being absent in school!

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This November 13, we will observe World Toilet Day! This movement aims to save lives, one toilet at a time. We are aiming to have 1 million clean toilets all over the Philippines! Help in spreading the awareness by sharing the video I posted and liking Domex’s Facebook Page. Let’s all do our part in keeping our kids strong and healthy 🙂

#1MCleanToilets

#WorldToiletDay

#Domex