If you look around, you will notice our society is littered with the psychological benefits of these hues. Nurseries tend to use subtle yellows, blues and greens.
Meanwhile restaurants may opt for vibrant reds and oranges in order to grab one’s attention, and increase the heart rate, which will then trigger your appetite.
Color-therapy (or Chromotherapy) is the science of incorporating colors in the visible spectrum to positively alter our body’s vibration. Color itself is simply energy and light, which becomes visible to the eye because it refracts, bends and reflects.
Each color has it’s own unique frequency which is why it has the ability to affect us in the first place.
An example of how light and color does this can be seen in the condition commonly known as: the “winter blues”. SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder is the correct term and many individuals have found relief through the use of infrared light to help create stability in mental, physical and emotional healing.
There are many ways we could potentially aid our children with color.
Whether it’s in their rooms to help with sleep or in a designated area for study to increase brain function & memory retention.
Tends to have a calming effect, it slows heart rate, reduces nervous excitement, is more cooling, soothing and relaxes the mind. So if your little one were a bit rambunctious, this would be a great color to have around them.
Stimulates mental ability and concentration. It generates energy and awakens the senses and is thought to strengthen nerves in the brain, therefore facilitating learning. It also brings a sense of wellbeing and happiness.
How To Use Color:
Paper & Art Supplies
-The Sky Is The Limit!
Adriana has recently read the book Stellaluna, and she is eager to share her opinions about it!
(Please keep in mind, she is five lol)
Author: Janell Cannon
Age Range: 4-7
Grade Level: Preschool-3rd
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
“Stellaluna is about a bat that gets lost. She gets adopted by birds, and teaches her bird brothers and sisters batty things, and gets into trouble for doing that.” (Spoiler alert) “At the end, she finds her bat mom again.”
What I liked about it:
*It was about bats
*She got raised by both birds and bats
(She was very happy that someone other than Stellaluna’s mom was able to love and take care of her too.)
*The pictures because they looked real
What I didn’t like about it:
*The part where the owl separates Stellaluna from her mom
“I'll never eat another bug as long as I live.” –Stellaluna
Would you recommend this book to a friend:
*Yes, because it’s cool
Mom’s Point of view:
Indeed, this story is about a baby bat that gets separated from her mother and adopted by a bird family. She does get in trouble for teaching her birdie brothers and sisters “batty things” but is eventually reunited with her mom.
What I liked about it:
*The story was well written
*Illustrations were lifelike and beautiful
*It was entertaining for parent’s to read
*It was engaging for children to listen to
*It demonstrated that it’s “ok” to be different, there is still a place for you
*The facts about bats at the end were very informative
What I didn’t like about it:
*I agree with Adi; it was hard to read the part where Stellaluna gets separated from her mother.
The pictures made us feel sad and scared for them.
"How can we be so different and feel so much alike?" -Stellaluna
Would you recommend this book to a friend:
Yes, I enjoyed this book when I was young, and I am very glad my daughter did as well.
Whether you call it a dream, inspiration, or vision board, this tool can prove to be a real asset for bringing anything that one desires, into fruition. This concept may be even truer for your children, whose imaginations are vast, and the will to achieve is strong!
DREAM BIG LITTLE ONE!
IMAGINE, CREATE & INSPIRE!
This project is fantastic to do with the little ones, as they can practice both reading and writing skills.
Plus, it will serve as a creative past time, provide mental stimulation, and allow for imaginative fun. You will get to know your child a little better by spending quality one on one time with them. Not only will you be constructing this cool art project, but you can also discuss what it is they want for their future. You’ll learn what’s exciting, interesting, and enjoyable to them, figure out what they crave in the upcoming year, and plan ways to attain it!
*There are online templates if you choose to make it digitally.
2- Tape, glue or pins
5- Poster board, canvas, cork board or cardboard
6- Markers, pens, paint
7- A photo of your child or your family
*Set aside an area to lay out the tools, with ample space to work.
Maybe you could turn on some upbeat music so you can sing & dance while you design your masterpieces. Our favorite is Disney Tunes!
*Cut out images from magazines or computer printouts, or draw your own
*Glue, tape, or pin these pictures to the board
*Have them write words to describe what they want, and quotes to emphasize their goals. Encourage the use of bright, colorful ink to make it lively!
*Then, display their artwork somewhere where your child can see it, for daily inspiration.
Keep in mind there is no right or wrong way to do a vision board.
Let them be innovators, and allow them to write about what they desire for their future and talk, talk, talk about it!
Do you find vision boards useful?
I love essential oils and their endless therapeutic benefits!
I have used these incredible compounds for over 12 years in both personal and professional settings. Overall, I’ve taught classes, written instruction booklets, and devised several protocols, which means there is simply too much information to delve into in a short blog.
However, I will give you the basics so you can jump-start your child’s studying success!
Let’s say you want to get your hyperactive little one to relax and chill before they start doing their homework, then reach for the lavender.
Maybe their dragging butt and on the verge of taking a catnap, then this situation would call for some grapefruit oil.
Perhaps they’re neither tired nor hyperactive, but just "not in the mood to study,” then grab the eucalyptus.
Recommendations for a study aid:
*Put several drops of desired essential oil in a diffuser, then set it next to your child.
*Place two drops on a piece of cloth, shirt collar or sleeve, and have them inhale deeply for a moment.
*Mix 1 drop of essential oil with 2 tsp carrier oil, and rub into skin.
(As the child grows, you may increase this ratio.)
The bottoms of the feet, chest, and arms are advisable.
If you plan on topical application, it is suggested to perform a “Patch Test” before applying the mixture liberally.
(See vocabulary below for Patch Test Instructions)
Here are three safe carrier oils for children:
Sweet Almond, Grapeseed & Coconut
*Each has their own health benefits, various shelf lives and consistencies.
What Are Essential Oils:
They are the concentrated liquid that is extracted from various parts of a plant such as the roots, stems, flowers, or bark, and have been used for personal health & wellbeing for over 6,000 years.
How Do They Work:
Upon inhalation, the oil quickly reaches the respiratory system and stimulates the part of the brain connected to smell. Then a signal is sent to the limbic system that controls emotions and retrieves learned memories. Chemicals are then released, which may influence physical, mental and emotional health.
When applied to the skin, they activate thermal receptors and destroy microbes and fungi, which may also help skin tone, elasticity, and dryness. As they sink further, they have the ability to work their way into the bloodstream, and can cross the blood-brain barrier due to the small molecular size and lipid solubility.
Ingesting these oils may stimulate the immune system.
*Not recommended unless working with a professional, as some oils destroy the beneficial flora, and may cause nausea, vomiting, irritation of the gastrointestinal tract and excess stomach acidity.
There are many physical, mental, hormonal, emotional and spiritual benefits depending upon the oil.
How To Choose An Oil:
I refuse to get into a debate about which essential oils are the “best” so I will say this:
*ALWAYS purchase pure oil, which contains NO additives
*Choose organic when possible
*Check to see if it's considered safe for children, and will not interfere with any medications being taken or current health conditions.
(For more information refer to “Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child” By Valerie Anne Worwood)
Vocabulary Break Down:
Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy is an alternative modality, which uses essential oils and other plant compounds to improve a person’s health by affecting various moods, emotions, and even the physical body when inhaled directly, diffused, applied topically, and in some cases ingested.
Carrier Oil: Cold pressed vegetable, nut or seed oils that essential oils are added to.
Patch Test: Combine 1 drop of the essential oil with a teaspoon (5ml) of a carrier oil, then place 1-2 drops of this mixture on the inside of your wrist or elbow, and let air dry. If no rash or irritation occurs within 24 hours, the oil is safe to use on your skin. Wash with mild soap and water to remove.
Pure: A pure essential oil is the true essence of the plant without any dilution from other chemicals or substances. (Be sure to identify that the oil has no additives, and not just check that the word “pure” is on the bottle.)
Warning: Keep ALL oils out of the reach of children. Do not ingest or apply directly to the skin without a carrier oil. Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes, as well as prolonged exposure without proper ventilation. Take all healthcare contraindications, allergies, and current medications into consideration, and consult a healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.
What is your favorite oil to use to help your child study?
Our top headline today is entitled, A Trip To The Library!
For our younger listeners, we have a real treat, as the book for this afternoon will be
The Three Little Pigs.
All of this useful information will be told from our 5-year-old Chief Correspondent here at
Legit Lit 4 Kids, Ms. Adriana Morrigan DeJong.
Adi’s Investigative Report
"Once there were 3 little pigs that wanted to build a house
The 1st pig used straw
The 2nd pig used wood
The 3rd pig used bricks
The big bad wolf blew down the 1st house
And the 2nd house
But he couldn’t blow down the 3rd house and the pigs were safe
(Picture courtesy of Calei Griffice of Luna Photography)
The Three Little Pigs was originally published in The Nursery Rhymes Of England (1886)
(Please be aware that the story of The Three Little Pigs is considered Public Domain and therefore Copyright Free)
Perhaps your child needs help to create a resume, prepare to take the SAT’s, learn a foreign language, determine their ancestry, or merely to write a report, this is where to go. Plus, if they have a question about anything, the librarian can provide the answer or direct them where to look. With endless material at their fingertips and a friendly staff to offer support, what do they need with you?
Ok, that part may not be correct, but it’s nice to know there are other individuals to help!
So here are the ten reasons you should send your child to one, as they offer:
These havens have been known to do even more than that! Some have allowed patrons to check out materials such as games, tools, telescopes, cameras, headphones, sports equipment, musical instruments cooking utensils and dogs! So investigate your local library’s website for more information, and to find out what interesting products & activities they offer.
Is there actually an ideal time to acquire and retain knowledge?
Oh, how I wish this answer was as simple as telling you that at exactly 4:35 pm you should sit your children down to begin their academic work, as their critical thinking is functioning at its fullest potential.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
Science can determine a median for the best times for someone to wake up, eat, exercise, and remember information based on brain function, circadian rhythms, and hormones.
But everyone is different, and a pattern for one person will not be the same for another.
Besides biology, other factors come into play like:
*What’s your child’s age?
*Have they had a sufficient amount of quality sleep?
*Have they eaten properly?
*Do they have any difficulties regarding attention or mental dysfunction?
Meaning, we need to take many items into consideration and also pay attention to our kid’s standard tendencies to determine:
-What duration are they available for
-When are they most alert during the hours we have access to them &
-At what point are distractions at home the lowest
So let's say your child is most alert in the morning but not able to do school work, you can then designate a time when they get home, and after some practice, their brain will understand what it's supposed to do, and perform optimally.
Think about what happens when someone prepares for bed. They put on pajamas, brush their teeth, turn off lights & sounds, lay in bed and say their prayers. (Please feel free to insert your duties in here. ☺) When done consistently, these actions trigger the body to relax, and the brain to begin the transition into sleep because that’s what it has learned to do through repetition.
Academic endeavors will also benefit from this philosophy
*Make sure your kids have eaten properly to increase brain function. Have healthy snacks & water available.
*Set up a space that is specifically designed for studying. Make it comfortable with ample light and the proper tools needed. Much like putting on the imaginary “thinking cap” in elementary school, as soon as their butt sits in that chair the scholarly shift will begin to take place! :)
*Appoint a time and practice daily, then the mind & body will shift into focus.
*TURN OFF as many distractions as possible like games, cell phones, the TV and music
(Unless they study better with it, which we will discuss in an upcoming blog.)
*Take any physical or mental dysfunctions your child may have into account, and ask their physician for any tips to help.
*Try to get them to sleep at a decent time to ensure that the following day will run smoothly.
It can be challenging to get children to practice much of anything.
If the activity they’re doing isn’t entertaining, they seem to lose all desire to follow through.
But, if we can try to make the tips & tricks listed below enticing, their writing skills will be blissfully habitual without them even knowing it!
Start When They’re Young:
3. Write words in front of your kids
4. Read the words out loud as you write them
5. Deliberately show how to form each line
6. Have them sit in a comfortable position with the paper slightly slanted to encourage proper technique as they start to practice
Support them as they grow:
Let them play:
Be a team:
19. Ask their teacher how well your child is writing in class
20. Take the time to do the required homework with them
21. Ask their teacher if there’s anything else you should be doing at home to help
22. Take notice if there’s a problem with sight, dexterity or comprehension, then seek the proper help if you believe they may be at a disadvantage.
23. If they still need more assistance, find a qualified tutor in your area.
When they get older:
AS A PARENT WE COULD:
*Emphasize learning the alphabet
*Set aside a designated time to read to your child
*Assign a place that is comfortable for both of you to sit and practice
*Turn off all distractions
*Designate at least a few minutes each day to this exercise (if possible)
*Have your child sit beside or in front of you so they can see the words as the story progresses
*Read out loud
*Use entertaining voices & facial expressions to hold their interest
*Emphasize punctuation marks
*Identify the separate sounds in a word (Phonemic Awareness)
*Slide your finger under the words as you go along
*Make sure you take the time to look at the pictures
*If it’s a book that they have memorized, ask your child to say the next words
*Point out people, places, and events that are similar in both the story & their lives
*Take the time to answer any questions they may have about the story
*Ask questions about the story to your child as you are reading.
*Leave books accessible at all times
*Allow for ample light and comfortable conditions to practice
*Try not to read for too long
*If your child is upset or not interested, don’t force it
*Discuss aspects of a story even when you are not currently reading
BE PART OF A TEAM:
*Set aside time to do homework & assignments with your child
*Keep in contact with their teacher to see how they are performing in school, and if they happen to notice any signs of learning or sight issues
*Enlist the help of a tutor if you or your child are still struggling
There has been some debate regarding which skill is more crucial, reading or writing?
With our current education curriculum and superior voice-activated technology, reading is our likely victor as it seems one must know how to read if they want to write competently. However, both are necessary, so rather than the either-or dispute, let’s just call the two of them paramount. Both abilities are symbiotic, and it’s a fact that the skills of one will increase by having the knowledge of the other.
(Check out our previous post: Why Is Reading So Important?)
The ability to adequately express thoughts, feelings, and information through written word will:
Writing is also a:
Academic instructors and employment professionals often use this art as a reference to assess one’s learning abilities, productivity, and overall intellect. A person’s capability to write effectively, with correct grammar and punctuation, will lead to a positive impression for whoever is evaluating their performance. This individual may base acceptance, hiring, and promotions upon such factors. Consequently, it’s worth learning efficiently and taking the time to practice regularly to strengthen this craft.
In the last post, we learned about the distressing statistics that occur when a nation has low literacy rates. It was not intended to depress anyone, but rather as an acknowledgment of the problem,
and a call to action.
Hopefully, it will light a fire under all of our butts to do something productive about it.
So let’s cut the negativity and discuss the positive reasons why reading is important.
What benefits increase as your child grows?
Well, if you look between the ages two and five, you will notice:
Besides those already listed, as your child ages, other items are worth considering:
Why do YOU believe reading is so important?
How is that even possible?
Did you know that
1 in 4 children grow up without knowing how to read?
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) states guidelines for proficiency as follows:
Basic: Represents a partial mastery of prerequisite knowledge & skills required for competency at each grade.
Proficient: Suggests solid academic performance & students have demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter.
Advanced: Denotes exceptional performance.
(For information log onto https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/reading/achieveall.aspx)
WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS!
As parents of the next generation,
it is our responsibility to make the desperately needed improvements.
Our children do not deserve to be another alarming statistic.
Together we can make the necessary changes.
So let us figure out ways give our kids the greatest chance for success!
The Legit-Lit-4-Kids Blog was born out of many burning inquiries I had about both children’s literature and literacy. As a mother of two, one five-year-old girl and a two-year-old little boy, I began thinking of things like:
Now, as my daughter is getting older, I have the same queries that also revolve around writing. Reading and writing tend to go hand in hand, so I began to expand my research. Although I write children’s books, my educational and professional background lies in holistic healthcare, mind & body psychology and massage therapy, which at first I imagined would be zero help concerning this subject, but then more questions started forming like:
Thus was born, the Legit-Lit-4-Kids Blog. With a pledge declaring loud and proud that I will be: “Helping adults to inspire, motivate & provide the opportunity for kids to read & write creatively.”
I would design a website with useful information, and space where I can dispense my findings and receive questions and comments from you all.
My plan will be to post twice a week, time permitting, and also include things like book reviews, author and or illustrator interviews, and anything I can think of that may help concerning children’s literature and literacy. You can read these articles, or if you are on the go, I will also have an audio recording of each one to make it even easier! No excuses! I want to educate and encourage adults to teach their children the importance of reading and writing as these skills are imperative.
(For more information about me, and my deeper thoughts as to how crucial
I believe these abilities are, please check out my About Page)