Important things to consider when building a home playground

Children often seem to have boundless energy, and a home swingset can be a great way to let them play in their own yard. Swingsets can provide children with a variety of activities, and it is an excellent investment to help them stay occupied, especially in the summer months. If you are considering building a little home playground for your kids, here are some things to consider when it comes to safety and durability. Swingset Materials Swingsets can be built out of a variety of materials, including wood, metal, and plastic. The materials you choose will have a direct impact on how long your swingset will last. While metal and plastic are cheaper options, these playsets will not last as long. Metal will rust quickly in the outdoor environment, while plastic can crack under certain weights. For the highest durability, cedar swingsets, such as those offered at Play N' Learn, are the best option. Wood is the sturdiest material available, and cedar is known for its ability to stand up to the elements outside. Cedar is naturally resistant to rot, decay, and insect damage. Ground Surfaces A swingset can be placed on any flat area in your area, but the

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 photo 49276588-367E-45BC-BFC2-C5A851EAA987_zpsx339rwdn.jpgWe had a simple celebration of our youngest son Zian 4th birthday as he requested. We asked him where he want to celebrate his first birthday in Dubai, his proud answer was "at home". I think this little man, will soon grow up thrifty. Few friends came to celebrate with us, and it made our little bubbly boy happy. I think he enjoyed the presence of our visitor. At four, he is officially a preschooler, he is an addition to my homeschoolers. Along with the simple celebration, I desire that this little man will grow up loving and honoring God in his life, and that he will excel in the gifting that his creator has poured into him. We love you little man!

From My Heart to the Heaven | Sending Greetings

 photo 885684_68498368.jpgI wonder if people in heaven are still blowing candles and singing birthday song. Will our age grow in number? Are we even going to remember the date we said hello to the world? I think nobody knows, until we get there. I’m not even sure if it is written in the Bible. Anyway, back to the real world. Today, my mind wanders as my father, whom have gone to be with Jesus, marks his supposedly 62nd birthday. It is sad celebrating this day without his presence, which we missed. But I don't want to be melancholic because I know that God was never wrong taking him “home”. Though pain sometimes creep in, but I chose to believe that you are in a much better place. So today, I would like to celebrate and remember his life – life was tough for us, but he chose to persevere for us to have a good life. I hope you could see up there that we are living the life that you desired for us to live. Had you not willingly chose to be a good & a loving father to us, my sister and I, would never become what we are

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Bits of Swirls | A Van Gogh Art Activity for Preschoolers

 photo IMG_5376.jpgMy kids giggles once they knew they'll be doing arts. Same thing goes with the group of kids I teach at kids church. They scream in excitement once we're about to do arts activity. Kids just love arts! Recently, I stumbled upon the works of Vincent Van Gogh, to which I was fascinated. The starry night & The Wheat Field with Cypresses were my favorites. And so, inspired by those two, I decided to let the kids do some Van Gogh inspired arts. I love the whirling bright clouds of his Starry Night art, so the kids had worked on swirls in this activity. This is an easy artwork for preschoolers. You only need, acrylic or poster colors, paint brush, fork and construction paper or oslo paper. Here's how to do it: 1. Choose and paint your background, then let it dry. 2. Sketch your artwork idea. (landscape, object etc.) 2. Decide what colors to use. If you are using poster color, try mixing it with glue to thicken. 4. Paint, then use fork or the end of the brush to create patterns. 5. Hang & dry. I love the result, and the creative time with my boys.

A Mother’s Note on Mother’s Day

 photo IMG_5715_zps496kwcse.jpgHonoring the Mother's today. Hooray to the beautiful, courageous & most loving being in the universe! I am truly blessed, that God entrusted me two wonderful bubbly boys who gave me the right to be called Mom - a tough, yet heartening and gratifying role in my existence. I am glad that I took this path. The road may not always be smooth, sure there were bumps along the way and I'm sure there are more, but for the last 5 years, it has been a pleasant and memorable journey. Those bumps, had made me the kind of mom I am today. For that, I will continue the journey as long as I can. I may not be the ideal mom though, but I will always try to give my best shot on mothering my kids. Happy Mother's day to all moms in the world!

Getting Trained on the Newest Technology for Your Company

 photo educational-technology.jpg[caption id="" align="alignright" width="293"] photo from discoversciencemagazine.com[/caption] You may be aware of all of the technological inventions out there on the market today. You may want to use some of these innovations in your own company and in your company's computer systems, but hesitate because you are not the most proficient when it comes to utilizing software and programs like those available now. Rather than let such a technological opportunity pass you by, you may take advantage of these inventions by allowing someone else to train you on how to use them properly. Discovering the Array of Programs and Software on the Market You may not have been aware of the programs and software available to you on the market today. Although you may have a general idea from reading trade literature or talking with your peers in the business world, you might want to know more about each option like Sage 100 support and other programs in-depth. When you go to the website, you can use the links at the top of the site to find out each option's name and what it can do for you and your business. The links provide details that let you know for

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Finding Healthcare Providers Using Online Resources

 photo Healthcare-Education-Industry-Banner-1.jpg[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="423"] photo from www.mattdunne.com[/caption] Ensuring the health of you and your unborn baby requires that you secure the services of a qualified obstetrician and gynecologist. When you wonder what providers in your area are currently taking patients and can offer the level of service you want and need, you can go online to the medical facility's website to search for a provider like a midwife, primary care doctor, or OBGYN in Northwest Houston and elsewhere in the metro area. The website is set up to be easy to use and accessible at all times. You can start your provider search at any time during your early pregnancy. Drop Down Menus and More When you first visit the website, you may notice two drop down menus near the top of the page. The menus include the name of providers in the center and also the specialties available for patients. If you know you want an obstetrician and a gynecologist, you can use the drop down menu for the specialties and select the OBGYN option. This menu will then narrow the search so that you can search for doctors who practice in that specialty. If you know the name

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Homeschooling Support Group

 photo IMG_58901_zps54snbsgb.jpgI become a member of a homeschool group even before we dive into this journey. In that group, although it was virtual, I saw how homeschooling parents, especially the veterans, unselfishly shares their experience in homeschooling. That small act serves as an encouragement to newbie homeschoolers like me. They were willing to help even if it cost them time and money sometimes. I remember a mom who organizes a storytelling event for the little one for free. And a homeschooling mom in US who took an errand to buy homeschool materials for few homeschool moms in the Philippines, and generously accommodated it into their luggage to transport it to the Philippines. (Some parents chose to buy materials from US and it would be a lot of savings if they know someone who can bring it to Philippines instead of hiring the service of shipping companies.) Small acts of kindness yet, it blesses people. That, I think, is one definition of a support group. When I attended the Homeschool 101 in TMA, they have also emphasized the importance of having a support group or what they call a coop. So, when we arrived here in UAE, along with our adjustment, I

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What’s on your Name?

 photo 23a8904a-6f07-4311-85b7-045cb3874c53_zpsomn70drj.jpgI have been contemplating writing about this topic years ago, but it didn't happen until today, as we are touching nouns on language arts subject. One of the goals is to let the student understand what name is. I printed their names, and have them colored it. But before they do, I let them know the meaning of their names. When I conceived to our eldest son, picking out a good name was not easy. I was like, it should sound good, distinctive and most of all meaningful. Baby's name is significant. It's not only a huge part of their being but, will also help shape how they'll perceive themselves and how others will think about them. So before picking out your baby's name, think of it carefully, make sure you and your spouse will do a research before you decide. My husband and I thought of giving our children a name whose meaning will impact their lives. Our eldest name is Zoe Yechekiel. Zoe was taken from his dad's name, which means life. Yechekiel is from the hebrew name Yechezqel, which means God strengthens. So his name will translate to "A life that God strengthens." Zian on the other hand has a

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Rediscovering Myself through Homeschooling

 photo homeschool_cartoon_zps5oxycpbn.jpgWe hit the year end and we survived our first year of homeschooling. Throughout our first year of homeschooling, I get to know myself more and grateful that I can do things I thought I am not capable of doing. So allow me to share it with you. Through homeschooling, I discover that: I can teach. I just feel accomplished after having completed our first year in homeschooling. I remember being asked by a friend if it is possible to educate my children even if I am not a teacher. The answer is Yes, we can educate our children without even having a teaching degree. I learned that commitment and perseverance are more important than a teaching degree. Likewise, trusting & believing that God will walk me thru this journey has fueled my determination. Just a little info, for those who are considering homeschooling, please know that homeschooling in the Philippines is legal and protected by article 14, Section 1(2) of the Philippine constitution, stating that the government should establish and maintain a system of free public education in the elementary and high school levels without limiting the natural right of parents to rear their children. Feeling Artist. When my father

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Dubai Miracle Garden | Getting there by Public Transport

 photo IMG_5799_zpsjizoezol.jpgIt was almost year end and the kids haven't gone for a field trip yet. Oh, by the way, we plan our own field trips being a homeschooler. We're just starting out here in UAE so I have yet to research for places to discover where we can instill the value of learning to our kids, which I actually haven't done up to this time. So we just decided to visit Dubai Miracle Garden, as it gets free advertisement on social media. It seems that most of my FB friends are visiting this enticing place. So we brought the kids. We took the public transport to save money, and it was still convenient contrary to what I expected. And so I was compelled to write this guide on commuting to Miracle Garden. We started our trip by hopping on the Metro going to Mall of the Emirates station. Once you get off the metro, go to the bus terminal in front of Mall of the Emirates then get on bus 105 to Dubai Miracle Garden. We went there on a Saturday and by the time we rode the bus, it was around 2:30 PM. The bus was not crowded, there were

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When a Kindergarten Asks About Salvation

 photo 3e60c647-eee2-4ce3-a8e9-8da9104c6ae3_zps0ayilkx2.jpgWe were studying the story of Hanna, and we started with a memory verse from Hebrews 5:9, it says, the Lord gives eternal salvation to those who obey Him. I wasn’t even done reading the verse, a question has already been raised by Zoe. I was actually reluctant answering as I may not be able to explain it appropriately to his understanding. But this not so little boy was persistent and was asking more questions. My mind wasn’t that quick, and I’m ashamed to say, that I even forgot to ask the Holy Spirit to help me answer the questions, instead I quickly pick my phone and googled. What is eternal? Was his first question. While trying to pick the right words, dear husband uncertainly answered “life after death” then I, followed by telling him it’s never ending, it’s like forever. He was staring at me and was attentive, I guess he was getting what I was saying. As we go through the memory verse, comes another question. Salvation! What is salvation mommy? Again, my mind was like, how? How am I going to  explain salvation to a 5 year old? I wasn’t trained to evangelized kids, especially a 5

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The Filipino Homeschoolers in UAE

 photo hsfb_zps0sgp5lqq.jpgSo, we are in UAE and we are homeschooling our kids. If you are like me, who wants to be part of a homeschool groups / coop, check out the Filipino Homeschoolers in UAE. It's a small group of filipino homeschoolers based in UAE, who aims to encourage and inspire homeschooling parents as they chose to educate their kids the heartway. Having homeschool support group is big help especially to first time homeschoolers like us. Whether you are currently homeschooling or considering homeschooling, you are most welcome to join the group. Visit their FB Page.

Road Trip to Jabel Al Jais Mountain

 photo IMG_5482_zpseviybraj.jpgLast week, we had a chance to visit Jabel Al Jais Mountain in Ras Alkhaima with our Dgroup. Originally, we wanted to climb the rocky mountain for the rumored snow presence in the area. There was a trending picture on social media showing the snowy Jabel Al Jais Mountain. Prior to that road trip, I googled about the matter as I wanted to see more pictures just to contain my excitement. You know, to see snow is probably a common dream for people who lives in the tropics. So, googling, I then found out that the picture that was trending was an old photo, taken 7 years ago. So I was a bit skeptic of going, but I found myself with hubby and the kids at the highest peak of UAE on Friday morning. True enough, there was no snow, but the rocky mountain formation was stunning, such a breath taking view. It was around 9 degree early morning but we were geared up for that. Embarking to this road trip will last for almost 3 hours drive from Dubai on an excellent & impressive road up the mountain. So if you are a road trip enthusiast, you'll surely be

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Introduction to Odd and Even Numbers

 photo 2cfa9e53-7bde-4f96-9e35-aed5bf943402_zpszv0nqchv.jpgI employed the Montessori approach of teaching my preschoolers odd and even numbers. I’ve used what’s available in the box, our diy number cards from our teen board and counters which I have purchased before for 4 dirhams. Before teaching odd & even numbers a child should know at least numbers 1-10. This is how we did it. I asked them to set up the number cards and place the corresponding counters. When all the counters were laid out, I point to single counter, which is numeral 1 and point out its and “odd”. Then I point to the numeral 2 which has a pair of counters and say this is “even”. Continue the process to 10. Help the child understand that “even” is pair while “odd” is not. Then ask them to show you which is odd or even. This is an easy and concrete way of teaching them this lesson. If you need more infos, google the lesson and you will find bunch of tutorials on how to present this to children.