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5 Questions To Ask When Getting A Pet July 5th 2016

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Getting A Pet is a huge move.

Questions to ask when getting a petAh, the age-old question: Can we have a dog, please? A pet can be an excellent addition to a family, but there are some important things to think about before welcoming a new furry friend.

1.  Think carefully about whether you really want a pet.

A pet can be a lot of fun, but they also require love and attention. Becoming a pet-owner is a big responsibility!

2. Does your family have time for a pet?

If your pet needs to be walked, are you willing to wake up early every morning? What time do you get home from school at and how late do mom and dad work until? How will a pet fit into your current schedule?

3.  Does your family have space for a pet?

How big is your family? Do you live in a house or an apartment building? Do you have a big yard?

4. How will your family pay for a pet?

Pets need food and shelter, and sometimes pets get ill.

5.  What kind of pet is best for your family?

Fish are low-maintenance pets. They do not require a lot of attention and they do not need to go outside for exercise. Dogs are high-maintenance pets. They require lots of love and attention and they need to get lots of exercise outside. Cats, rabbits, hamsters, and birds require more maintenance than fish, but less maintenance than dogs.

If you’re thinking, yes, it’s time for a pet, here are ten fun facts about pets.

  • Pets help to teach children about responsibility and commitment.
  • Pets encourage nurturing and give children practice as caregivers
  • Pets help to relieve stress, loneliness, and anxiety.
  • Pets help children to build self-confidence. 
  • Pets encourage exercise and play just for the fun of it!
  • Pets are nonjudgmental listeners who can help children improve their reading skills.
  • Pets help to teach children about discipline.
  • Pets help children understand consequences.
  • Children with pets are less prone to allergies and asthma.
  • A family pet can help strengthen bonds between parents, children, and siblings.

Want to learn more about pet care? Pet Education Resources  is filled with pet-related resources, such as interactive games, quizzes, videos, worksheets, and posters. We like this educational poster  about caring for your pet.

If you are ready to take the next step check out your local pet adoption shelters.

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Read to Succeed January 2nd 2016

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Read to teach your child the love of learning.

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We all want our children to be successful. We want them to be more successful than we are. Would you believe that to read to them is the key. I have spent the last 12 years working with children and I have come to the conclusion that if you want your child to succeed you have to read with them. The very principle of our school is based in the Social interactionist theory of learning. No matter what you teach you have to do it by creating an emotional experience that connects the child to the contents. Reading does that for any and all subjects you may like to teach your child about.

Here are are 8 points to consider when you read with your child.

1. Always be enthusiastic to read with your child. Express your enthusiasm over books.

2. Create a routine to read with your child.

3. Use an animated voice when you read with your child. Bring the story to life.

 

 

4. Encourage interaction. Identify the word -THE- or the article -A- and prompt your child to say it every time it is seen in the story.

5. Name objects around you all the time. For example ask What’s that? What’s this ? Especially objects you may have read a book about. create the lien with the book you read and the object.

6. Identify letters in your world. Create a game of finding the alphabet.

7. Read the same book 100 times if your child wants you to.

8. Teach them a second language.

What is the right age to learn another language?

It our opinion at Langmobile we think it is NEVER too young to start exposing your children to a foreign language.  We have services for children that are 6 months old in daycares and preschools. Our English immersion summer camp invites children to participate 4-14 years old.  If you are unable to participate in our services you can still enjoy the Langmobile method at home by downloading  Kids Learning Languages on I tunes it is free for a limited time!

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Language Acquisition for Kids – Making it Fun! October 15th 2015

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Cours d anglais pour enfantsDo you believe that Language acquisition for kids should be fun or is it your belief that language is learned word-by-word and therefore it is effective to drill children on their vocabulary? 

Well, at Langmobile we believe in FUN!

We believe that Language acquisition for kids  is an ongoing process, not an end result.  It is about communication and is the result of meaningful interaction with others.  That is, competency and fluency develop by speaking the language, not by memorizing isolated rules and vocabulary.  A student could, after all, memorize the Latin dictionary but not be able to introduce herself in Latin because she has never had the opportunity to use it.  High levels of proficiency come from having a functional use for a language in daily life.

Language acquisition for kids is our business!

Our services, Saturday classesLangmobile summer camp, Preschool, Daycare and private services harness a  fun and engaging environment. From there, we provide our students  with the opportunity to interact with English in a simulated English environment.

We do not focus on lists of words or grammatical rules – our students are exposed to a new language while otherwise engaged (specifically, while having a LOT of fun!).  We cultivate an interest and an open-mindedness towards learning English as a second language, as opposed to presenting it as a task in a potential pass-fail scenario.  We believe that competency improves as children are exposed to English and are given the chance to express themselves and engage creatively with the language in an intuitive way.

What is the right age to learn another language?

It our opinion at Langmobile we think it is NEVER too young to start exposing your children to a foreign language.  We have services for children that are 6 months old in daycares and preschools. Our English immersion summer camp invites children to participate 4-14 years old.  If you are unable to participate in our services you can still enjoy the Langmobile method at home by downloading  Kids Learning Languages on I tunes it is free for a limited time!app-launch7-en

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Kids Learning English in Saint Lambert and Saint Bruno-Langmobile July 18th 2015

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Welcome back to Langmobile everyone!!! This is Meagan, writing to you again about what we do here at Langmobile and how kids are learning English everyday.

Some of you may be asking yourselves: Who is Meagan Hawes? learning Englsh south shore montreal

Last week I introduced myself in my first blog, More than just an English Immersion summer camp, but there is one thing I did not mention and that you do not know about me, I have Down syndrome. The first day when I started to work here at Langmobile, there were a lot of open doors and when I walked through those doors I knew that I was going to be a part of the team. I have been working at Langmobile for eight years now and I love working here and I love working with kids learning English. I believe I am good at it too, especially with the younger preschool kids.

My experience working with Langmobie has been a very positive one, I am surrounded with a supportive team. Every year the team has accepted me and has treated me no differently because of my Down syndrome.  Langmobile has become a home away from home.  I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to Nicole Bianco for giving me for a great opportunity.  She has helped me to be my best self. Over the years my job here has been to do what every other junior counselor has done – Clean, clean & CLEAN. This summer Nicole has given me my first promotion to be a teacher assistant and I am starting to write blogs about Langmobile and what we do every day.

So, here I am writing back to you about this week from our Saint Lambert location. Saint Lambert elementary school, Which by the way is my old school. It is very special to be back here and seeing the classrooms and hallways! I have also had the chance to see some people from my time at the school like Pat the receptionist. I also have very fond memories here of the principle Enzo Di Ioia and Elizebeth Britton.

Back to work 🙂

Week 3 July 13-July 17

This week we had great weather, the sky was clear most days and the sun bright.  Once again we had  happy campers, smiling, laughing and having fun. Just what we want for our English immersion program.

Best part of all is that with so much fun being had the kids do not even realize they are learning English.

The energy of the camp this week is to exercise every day and to be healthy and OFTEN DRINK WATER!!!! It is SMART thing to do and the wellbeing of campers is a priority at Langmobile. Sun screen is also very important it is applied twice a day.

This week we had A MOUNTIAN theme, the kids have been learning English everyday and some words of the week are: North, East, South, West.  They actually made a compass as a craft activity.

Specialty activities were Fitness/ Yoga and Mini-Chef. It was time to get in shape and to be connected to your inner self. Our training program introduces kids to the importance of good physical health. The kids do a circuit of exercises and then end with some relaxing yoga and meditation all the while learning English.

Mini-Chef is always a very popular activity and it’s filled with fun and healthy recipes. The mini-chef group had 3 favorite recepies which were Lasagna, pizza, cake in a cup. Everyone is having so much fun.  They are learning a lot  every day. I am so proud of each of them. KEEP LEARNING ENGLISH!!!

Wednesday was WATER GAMES DAY!! Kids are having fun splashing around. They cooled off while learning English!!! They love getting wet and they also love playing with the hose. Zachary, Matt and Caleb are our Water games animators and they do a great job animating the games.

We had a show Friday @ 3:30 kids to demonstrate Fitness /Yoga. Parents had the chance to see different yoga poses that the kids had been learning and the kids are very happy to be in the show. Namaste Kids!!! Before every show I always try and encourage the kids with some English expressions like

Have fun and smile!

Break a leg!

Show them what you got!

KNOCK YOUR PARENTS SOCKS OFF!!!!!

Sometimes I have to explain what these expressions mean but once they get it we always have a laugh learning new English expressions.

This week one of the campers approach me and said ”I love Langmobile because you are here” and that made me feel happy inside. When she said that I almost had tears. She made me smile, I never expected that comment.

The counselor of this week is Nikki because of her hard work and dedication to Fitness/Yoga. Nikki has a big heart and  I can see how she loves the kids and wants them to succeed in learning English and having fun. GO NIKKI GO, YOU ROCK!!!

 

Thanks for reading Everyone – Meagan Hawes

If you want to learn more about Langmobile visit our website and explore our other activities like

Saturday classes

Preschool

After-school classes

Daycare workshops

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New Years Resolution! Teach my child French! January 31st 2015

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Do you want to teach your child a foreign language? Do you want to teach them french?

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Are you a parent who feels your language skills are not good enough to be teaching your child? or Do you already speak great French but are hesitant to  introduce it to your child?

As leaders in teaching children languages Langmobile say YES YOU CAN! and we want to help you accomplish this New Year’s resolution and have fun doing it. I recently wrote a blog about More singing and dancing to learn, consider this blog as a follow up to a more specific New Year’s resolution to teach your child French.

 

How to start?

First: Learn how your child learns.

Check out my blog on How children learn Attention span and understanding how your child learns is vital to presenting learning materiel.

An article in Early Childhood News shows that when children listen to music and songs they use their whole brain to process language and are able to remember much more of the vocabulary than if the words were simply spoken to them. Another very important reason to engage children in singing and music is that interaction between child and adult is key to fully engaging the child’s brain in the learning process.

Second:  Small steps repeated often provide effective and rewarding results surprisingly quickly.

Here is how we know: We sing alot with children. Langmobile touches some 2000 children per week by providing language learning workshops in Daycares for roughly 45 minutes once a each week. We witness everyday how such a small amount of time playing with the language  can make a huge impact on their child’s ability to understand and respond to new phrases.  So imagine what can be achieved if songs are practiced daily at home, or if a variety of songs are used!

Third:  Singing singing singing!

Singing songs in a different language is great for your child’s cognitive development and it helps them understand the sounds in different languages. Each languages has its phonics. Music brings those distinctions to your child s ear. Here are our thoughts on how to start and understand the learning process.

Don’t worry about trying to understand the whole song.

When deciding what songs to sing, choose simple ones that have an easily discernible theme, and don’t worry about not understanding every word or the grammar. Let the music do the work for you of singing and pronouncing, just listening to the  foreign sounds are essential for your child to get used to hearing and picking out the new language sounds; make sure you read the lyrics of the songs so you know what they are about and focus on specific points of the song that you can highlight or act out.

Fourth: Movement and silliness are essential!

It has been well researched that movement in children is directly linked to their cognitive development. The more movement

Change the lyrics?

Another good way to get your child understanding the sentence structures in the song is to replace key lyrics with some of your own. They can be in your own language or just nonsense words; as long as they keep within the context of the song. These replacement words serve to highlight how the sentences are formed, cements the meaning in their brains and encourages them to experiment with the language outside the song.

Fifth: Go to I-tunes and listen to Langmobile original music !

Here is a short list of Langmobile songs that are easy to understand, full of repetition and good for simple vocabulary:

Ne Bouge Plus Our own original version  of head, shoulders, knees and toes.

Bonjour Comment Vas-Tu?– A Song to say Hello how are you?

Quel Est Ton Nom ? – A song to say What’s your name?

L’arc-En-Ciel – A song to learn Colors of the rainbow.

So start singing now and you can start your child’s French language education right away regardless of your own level of French!

Sixth: Stay tuned into Langmobile!

For even more of an enriched language learning experience stay tuned into our blog and connect with us on Facebook! We will be announcing the launch of our Language learning App soon but until them we invite you get our free gift offer to learn a bit of French today!

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Kids Toys Worth a Bunch! November 22nd 2014

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Kids toys worth a bunch a dough!

That is right and we don’t mean play dough! If you are like me and are close to 50 then you have probably played with or had some of the Toys on this list. Some of them are timeless and I would say that even your children have a variety or variation of one or two but the originals are more for the kids of the 60’s (except the Poke-man cards of course) With Christmas coming perhaps it is a good idea to give some thought to the potential value of toys you buy for your kids. OHH that sounds like another blog for another day!

toys worth a bunchTo name a few toys that you may have in the attic:


Barbies
, a universal toys enjoyed by millions of children have value especially the old ones. My 21 year old daughter loved playing with these toys for hours we saved about a dozen of her favorite ones with the idea her children would like to see what see played with. may just have to rethink that!

Beanie babies, these fluffy soft floppy stuffed toys were an absolute craze in the 90s. some of the rare ones like the lady Diana bear could be worth up to 200.00. My father oddly enough collected these and gave them to my kids. I have about 100 in a box downstairs maybe time to pull them out and have a closer look.

Easy bake oven, this was more then a toy! I can remember hours of fun playing with this along side my older brother who went on to be a chef!

Pound puppies, these were a bit after my time but I remember the crazy way children took to this toy the idea of owning something with your name on created a bond that many children cherished.

Cabbage patch kids; I still have mine in the box! I guess I will have to research the value. it was something bought for me in the 70’s and I traveled with it through my life hoping to give it to my own children. I can say, fortunately, that they never liked it. so instead of making to the garage sale I thought maybe the grand children would like this ugly toy..well, no way now!

Pokeman cards, one Christmas my son said all I want is 1,000 Poke man cards! well that is exactly what he received from Santa 1000 cards. wait until he hears they may have value.

Metal Lunchboxes, Depending on the character you could make a whole lot more than what milk money cost you when you had them! some of the originals featuring the beatles for example are worth up to 2,000$

Garbage pail kids, I can not say I have ever heard of these but they look very interesting

Tamagotchis, started the electronic pet craze!

Polly pocket beauty case play set, some little girls first introduction to fashion and style can bring up to 500.00 that would would by a stylish pair of shoes!

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My little pony, I gave all of these little hand held toys that my children loved to my preschool and Langmobile. Yikes may be time to get them back!

Furby, the talking toys that were oddly  unidentifiable was it a bird? What ever it was considered to be it now fetches up to 700.00!

The original game-boys, It has been amazing to see the evolution of these toys. My son still has his original. Wait to he hears it could be worth up to 2,000$!

Lite-bright, I wish I still had mine! I can remember hours of fun creating something and then turning off the lights to see it full scale. Although the box with the clown was scary. Bad marketing!

Teddy Ruxpin, still hold his value at 50.00$. a toy from the 80’s that along side a TV show made lots of kids happy!

Fisher Price chatter box, the telephone that talked back, one might say this lead to the cell phone idea! haha

American Girl Dolls, I do believe this is one of the up and coming collectibles fairly recent toys for girls geared towards empowerment and diversity. The makers created limited numbers so this will surely ad to the value in years to come. There are a few that hold a value of over 3000.00 now so I can oly imagine how desirable they will become as collectibles.

Girls gold on to you girl dolls! Parents these just might be a good investment!

Personally I don’t like to hold on to toys. I encouraged my kids to pass it on to charity or friends if it remained in good enough shape. I think this idea that toys hold value is interesting but can also contribute to vulgar consumer ship. We buy way too much stuff. It can cloud the line between valuing things over creating memories. I have set a treasure box aside for each of my children with the toys that they enjoyed, and I enjoyed playing with them.

Who would agree that a beat-up old book, bought at a community book sale, and  was read every night  hold the most value?

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How to Introduce Your Kids to Yoga June 3rd 2014

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Introducing Kids Yoga

 It won’t take long before your kids want to join in your yoga practice!

 

Last week I wrote about the many benefits of a yoga practice for kids. This week I want to share information on how to introduce your (possibly reluctant) child to yoga in the first place. If you’re appreciative of all the good things your practice has given you and you’re keen to introduce your kids to yoga, the last thing you want to do is create a scenario in which a child feels forced to take it up. One of the gifts of yoga is the sense of fun and exploration with which we’re encouraged to approach it, something often called “child’s mind.” Nothing will dampen a playful sense of discovery regarding an activity faster than attaching a ‘should’ to it – in short, ‘should’ is a kill joy! The author of this short Yoga Journal piece called “How to Get Your Kids to Love Yoga” says as much, noting that kids typically rebel when forced in to any type of situation:

“If I had made them do yoga, I would have been missing the whole point,” she writes. “It’s when they choose it, with their own intention, that it really has value.”  The author recommends making your practice part of everyday life so that kids can join in if they choose but don’t feel that they have to. “Do your practice or meditate in the living room,” she says. “Eventually, they’ll ask to do it with you.” So if you want your kids to enjoy Downward Facing Dog instead of dodging it, let them join in at their own pace – this way their sure to approach it with an open mind and natural sense of fun.

The same column includes a contribution by a mother who is also a yoga and meditation teacher, one who relies on cultivating a sense of intuition and self-understanding in her five-year-old daughter. When daughter Sacha starts doing something that she knows is wrong, drawing on walls for example, she is disciplined but also asked how she felt in her body before she put crayon to wall. The child is encouraged to think about how she felt  before she opted to break the rules, to check the feeling in her body. “I really see her making the connection…She’s learning to both trust her intuition and understand the causality between actions and consequences. I’m hoping it will carry over to when she’s a teenager and has to make a harder decision with drugs or relationships,” says the mother.

So if you’re not able to enroll your kids in Langmobile’s Preschool or Summer Day Camp yoga activities, there are lots of great ways to introduce them to yoga closer to home. The sooner they do,  the sooner they’ll begin to reap the benefits – and the fun – now and for the rest of their lives.

Interested in introducing a new language to your child? Download Langmobile’s fun, interactive language learning App!

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Kids & Music (It’s not just about learning the notes!) May 27th 2014

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Music, Kids

 Kids love making music (any way they can!)

 

I’ve blogged before about the benefits of music for kids, but that’s because I’m convinced in the powerful role music can play in kids’ lives. I came across the great post  Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Music Class on CNN’s site. It’s by a young man who, though now pursuing an MBA,  credits his years of music education with building invaluable life skills.  “I’ve realized why music needs to be a cornerstone of education,” he writes. “Music is an art and a science, and it’s one of the best ways kids can learn creativity and those mythical critical thinking skills. The focus of the curriculum isn’t forcing everyone to learn about Bach or Mozart. It’s about learning how to think, rather than what to think.”

A solitary kid practicing scales on the piano is building patience and perseverance. Their technique improves, but the real gift is the realization that the more they practice, the easier (and faster) the really fun stuff kicks in! There’s the satisfaction of playing a beloved piece of music start to finish, of conquering a hard-to-play passage or nailing a ditty so well that they feel empowered to add musical flourishes of their own. A child who performs music as part of a band develops the invaluable trait of cooperation. In his blog entry, the author describes it this way: “In business school, everything is a group project because in the “real world,” you work in teams. Great. That’s what music school was. Put five people in a room together, all with different ideas on how a piece of music should sound, and you need to figure out how to make the best music that you can. There is no escaping these people; you have to work together because you can’t just eliminate an instrument. If your French horn player gets mad…and walks out, you can’t perform. ”

It’s so easy to introduce kids to the joys of music and while they’re young, too. Playing a variety of music genres and singing along, pounding a toy piano (seriously!) and warbling to original music while learning languages via our Langmobile  i-Tunes App are all great places to begin.

Want to know more about Langmobile and languages? Catch this previous post!

 

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Montreal’s local news GLOBAL TV is also talking a us and with my beautiful little friend Emma you can see for yourself how it works.

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