Media fast

Starting Monday morning I am imposing a media fast on myself and my children. David will participate while the children are awake and he is at home. With the weather turning cold and wet and since we all were sick at some point in the last month we have been spending waaay too much time plugged in.  This mean no TV, computer, I-pod or radio in the car. The only media  allowed will be the music that plays as Arora is going to sleep at night.  I hope this will help Arora’s growing dependence on media stimulation. I also think it will be interesting to see how I do.  We are planning some great outings and activities for this week to fill our time instead.

One year ago 12-12-09

This is what is planned: trips to JJ Jump, and the library. A friends birthday party. Making salt dough ornament for some cousins we will be visiting soon.  A play date with a new friend. Some Christmas shopping for David.

We would like to: go swimming this week, but I would need some one else to go too for an extra set of hands. Make a red velvet cake, make Christmas cookies and decorate them.  Maybe go to Enchanted Playhouse again. We would love to see more friends, too.


So here  I sign off. Til next week.  Merry Christmas.


Computer time with toddlers

Do you let your toddler use the computer? We do.  I think it can be a great tool. One of the first websites we used with Arora is It is fun, interactive and was a great help in teaching Arora the letters and sounds of the alphabet. I also like how the levels are broken down. Arora has almost mastered the second level of play.

In the airport Dec 2009

Another site we have used the fisher price online game pages. I like how most of the beginning games only require the toddler to press a key to activate the game. One of the biggest obstacles I have found to using online games is using the mouse. Arora simply doesn’t have the hand-eye or fine motor skills to use the mouse on her own. I have often felt like I was playing the games and Arora was only watching.  We recently put a small sticker on our mouse where she needs to push to click the mouse. I think she is starting to be able to move the mouse to where she wants to click. 

I have noticed that there seems to be large gap between the “toddler” games and the “preschool” games. The toddler games are very basic, number, letter and color recognition. While the games that are more fitting to Arora’s cognitive abilities, reading, rhyming, matching, basic addition,  are also too advanced. They assume she is school age. The level of social skills displayed in the games is way beyond her.

We have also used and sesame

What online games have you used with your kids?

Dear Sid the Science Kid

Dear Sid the Science Kid,

Thank you for keeping my daughter entertained so I could fold and put away 5 loads of laundry yesterday. I am not a big fan of TV but you are changing my mind, a bit. My daughter now loves to wash her hands, thanks to the “germ” episode.  Also while brushing her teeth today she said “brush teeth like Sid!”

Thanks again,