Saturday, February 29, 2020

Hand Washing Help

One of the most effective things we can do to fight the flu, covid19, strep and many other common germs is to wash our hands.

You may wonder though,
If it is as simple as that,
How do we make it a habit?

Making something a habit takes time and even if it is a habit we still will forget at times of not wash properly. 

One of the greatest things we can do as parents and teachers is to help kids create good habits.

Zilla, Mega and I happened across some fun and interesting hand washing videos on youtube. We've also found some free printable posters and a science experiment worth trying. Take a look!

Bathroom Hygiene Myth by MythBusters
How Germs Spread by Cincinnati Children's

WashYourHandsingTon by Washington State Department of Health
Wash 'Em by Jefferson Health
We're All About Those Hands by Lake Health
Hey Mickey - Go Wash Your Hands by Heritage Village
Japanese Version お願いお願いかめさん English Version - Foaming Hand Washing Song

Other hand washing links:
"I Wash My Hands" poster & song
CDC Hand Washing Fact Sheets
CDC Hand Washing Posters for Kids
Hand Washing Science Experiment
Experiments with Glo Germ Powder

Maybe tomorrow we'll research masks?

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Strive to Thrive

As the situation heats up with the new/novel corona virus, now known as covid19, we find ourselves once again facing unknown challenges and searching for ways to support and encourage each other. Way back when, this blog was started as a way to share ideas and inspire. 

A couple of years ago life happened - both time and the motivation to blog fadded. However, at this point in time, I'm once again seeing a need for an easy way to share helpful information so I'm resurrecting the Little Lessons with Zilla and Mega blog.

Zilla and Mega are in elementary school now and due to covid19 they will have an extra long spring break. Like many moms in the affected countries, this means I have to organize things for them to do so we don't drive each other nuts while we're essentially on house arrest.

I've been very blessed to get great ideas and advice from families who began their time in lockdown before us. We also have our own experiences from past near lockdown situations so I hope to blend those experiences with new ideas so that we can thrive, not just survive, in this time of unknowns.

As this blog has been dormant for a while some of the old links are no longer active. I hope to go through and fix that where possible. Patience and understanding is appreciated!

There are also affiliate links with Amazon, and a few other sites. Commission earned goes toward  my tea and a book or two. As you can tell from the bookshelves in the back of the pics we are always on the lookout for another good book!

Thank you for your readership, comments and ideas. I pray we can to support, encourage and inspire each other!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Breakfast With a View

One tradition we have is getting bread from eh local bread shop for breakfast on Saturday morning.
It has become a treasured tradition as our weekends are often hectic. The Saturday breakfast is a chance to touch base, talk about the past week and go over weekend schedules.

This we aren't all together but we are still enjoying fresh made pastries. Having a beautiful place to eat adds to the flavor of the food. This morning's scones are from the local Farmer's Market and happen to be made by a family friend.

The Luther quote comes to mind as I spend time in the garden and caring for the yard. It is perhaps a small taste of what Adam and Eve did in caring for the Garden of Eden?

When looking for a source for the quote I was surprised to find that the Lutheran Witness #36 has a selection of letters, one of which includes this quote from 1530. "In spring he loves to direct her attention to the little points and tufts of life peeping everywhere from the brown earth or the bare branches Who he said that had never witnessed a springtime would have guessed two months since that these lifeless branches held concealed all that hidden power of life It will be thus with us at the resurrection God writes His Gospel not in the Bible alone but in trees and flowers and clouds and stars."

Friday, July 15, 2016

Summer Homework - Again!

This is the 5th year of summer homework for us and the 3rd year of elementary school summer homework.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Beach Days with Kids

One of the things we love to do the most in summer is visit the beach.
A successful beach trip, especially when traveling by train, is partially the result of careful planning.

I saw this video on Facebook this week and it reminded me of some of my favorite tips that I've received.  Here's our Top 5!
- Keep a bottle of clean water for washing sand out of eyes.
- Use baby powder to help dry/wipe sandy feet.
- Store sand and beach toys in a mesh laundry bag
- Pack quick-dry towels so they will dry between uses
- Pack healthy food - fruits and veggies - with bottles of frozen drinking water

Our beach packing list usually includes:

Wet/sandy bag (big Ikea plastic bag)
 - Inflatable inner tubes for the kids
 - Kid's lifejackets
 - Sand toys in mesh bag
 - Small sun shade tent
 - Bottle of water for washing sand from eyes

In the Cooler
 - Frozen Nalgene bottles of water
 - Fresh fruit and veggies cut and in baggies or empty milk cartons
 - wet washcloth for wiping hands

 - Suntan lotion
 - Phone (in a water/sand proof bag)
 - Change of clothes for end of day (in a plastic bag that will hold wet clothes when done)
 - More snacks
 - Towels

Looking for a beach? Here are some links to information & even some example itineraries from moms!
Atami Sun Beach, Shizuoka
Onjuku in Chiba
Inn By The Sea - Kamakura
Chiba - Splash Guest House