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February 2017


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EditorsLetter Happy New Year to all our readers and welcome back to the first edition of Your Child in Whittlesea for 2017. I hope that you have all enjoyed the Christmas Holidays and are now excited to be heading back to school for another year. This months magazine has some really interesting articles, Kinder to Prep, can be found on page 28 handy for parents of children embarking on school for the 1st time. For parents of older children, Discover Your Child’s Learning Style, on page 24 maybe of benefit to you. For any parent looking at playgroups Fun and Benefits of Playgroup, on page 20 is worth reading, and for mum’s a must read on page 8, Time Out from Time Out ... Summer Holidays with Kids. In Kids Corner this month there is a Back to School Finder a Word puzzle, to get all those thinking caps back on. You will also find the recipe to make some Valentine’s Day Rice Krispie Treats - which could also make great lunch box snacks. Remember we welcome contributions from our readers and their children. if you have something that may interest your local community, please share it with us. Maybe you are a community group with an upcoming event that could be included in What’s On. I hope you enjoy reading the February edition, until next month,

Rachel

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Creating Beautiful, Happy Smiles Specialist Orthodontic Assessments from age 8 for early intervention

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Tips for parents of children Starting school or starting back at school is a busy time in many homes and can be a daunting task for young children and for some parents. Establish a positive routine Areas to consider: ·

Breakfast and getting to school on time are important

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When and where home learning is done

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Sharing the day's experience over the evening meal

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Downtime, screen-free time, sport and exercise and bedtime.

Help them organise themselves Understanding the school timetable, assisting in packing of the school bag the night before, with a copy of their timetable at hand, helping to make their own lunch are all within the capacity of quite young children. Be there to listen Keep conversing but do not grill! They may be too tired to talk some evenings, so don't take crankiness as a sign that things aren't going well. Let them know you are there for them and listen to them and respect their views (even if not accurate). Nutrition and Sleep Children need a nutritious breakfast and lots of healthy food for recess and lunch time. The day will have different lessons and thus can be long 16 16

and demanding. Regular routines for sleep uninterrupted by digital devices is critical. Reconsider parental boundaries Going to school for the first time is an important symbolic step. It is a big step on a child's journey to greater autonomy. The influence of peers is going to become more important and that your views as parents might sometimes be challenged. Let them make their case and then explain the reasons for your “yes” or your “no”. Build a relationship with the school Get to know the school and your child's class teacher and specialist teachers. The teachers will appreciate your interest. Take each opportunity to attend information evenings, parent-teacher meetings, social events and generally get involved.

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starting back at school Take an interest in home learning Developing study habits is the goal and that can take time and considerable practice as every child is different. It's advisable to check their diary/journal each night and encourage them to write their home learning into their dairy, and ask about what needs to be done and when. Get to know their friends Making clear that friends are welcome in your house is a great way to get to know your child's friends. Get to know the friend's parents and positive social circles can build quickly.

by Allan Shaw activities can assist with the point above but make sure they have some down time and are not doing too much. They still need some unstructured time. Creativity tends to stem from boredom. Keep it in perspective Sometimes parents think school is everything and nothing matters more than high grades, Keep in mind that learning is life-long and a child's health and wellbeing, emotional and physical, must always come first as it underpins academic learning.

Allow downtime Having your child involved in co-curricular

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h a n n a H h t i w g Hangin Brolga Park

Brolga Pl, South Morang This month Hannah visited a small local park in South Morang. As there is no parking close by, it is an ideal park for local residents. The gardens around the play groung are lovely. We had a great me playing at the park, which has a play ground with lots of play equipment. This month being school holidays, Hannah took her older brother’s along for the ou ng. It was great as there was plenty to keep them entertained for nearly 2 hours. The playground offers - 4 slides, Including a double side for racing and another which is spiral. A see-saw, climbing wall, monkey bars and many climbing obstacles. For parents there is a table and chairs and a park bench, however, there is no shaded area, BBQ’s, drinking taps or toilets.

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What’s On > Ages 5–12 Encourage your reluctant reader to come and read to our Reading Dog.

in Whittlesea

Mill Park Library (Finn) Every Wednesday 3.30pm–4.30pm

Lalor Library (Zia) 4.45pm–5.45pm Every Tuesday in February

THE WHITTLESEA COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL Saturday 11 February 10.00am - 9.30pm

The Whittlesea Country Music Festival offers a free day of fun and celebration for the whole family.

Street Party

10.00am - 4.00pm

Church Street, Whittlesea Twilight Concert

5.00pm - 9.30pm

Walker Reserve, Whittlesea Fireworks Display 9.00pm

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Podcasting Thomastown

The Thomastown Neighbourhood House (TNH) is a great place for a ‘chat and a coffee. On Tuesday’s - you can now take part in a new exciting podcast ‘This is Themo Life.’ TNH is inviting you and your children to capture your local story. The story can be part of the recorded podcast and eventually broadcast to the wider community. All children have a story to tell, TNH gives your child a wonderful opportunity to share their story and have it recorded. Thomastown Library 52 Main Street, Thomastown Shop Local and mention Your Child In Whittlesea


Puppy Storytime Whittlesea Library Friday 17 February 4.00pm–5.00pm

> Ages 3+

Bring your puppy or pet to storytime. Read to our toy puppy. Lots of fun for you and your pet in the Community Garden. Your pet may even enjoy a story

Meet Our Reading Dog Thomastown Library (Shortie) Monday 6 February 3.45pm–5.00pm Meet and greet our Reading Dogs. Find out about Doggy Tales and stay for some fun. Maybe a story, craft activities or even a scavenger hunt.

Essential Oils Class for Mums & Bubs Lalor Library Monday 13 February 10.30am–11.30am Learn how to use essential oils safely and effectively with children. Health coach Elise Roberts will explain how to use oils in and around the home as a natural alternative to cleaning products, and for use with common ailments such as colic and cradle cap.

Chinese Exhibition Mill Park Library Wednesday 1 February – Sunday 19 February Celebrating Chinese New Year, come view this exhibition and learn about Chinese culture.

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Kids Corner Back to School

TEACHERS FRIENDS LETTERS NUMBERS SPELLING HOMEWORK TESTS PLAYTIME RULER PENCILS SCISSORS BLACKBOARD ART

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Hey Kids you can be a ‘Your Child STAR’ share your jokes, recipes, puzzles, fun facts or photos with other Kids in Whittlesea Contact us: Kids Corner PO Box 280 Doreen 3754 email: info@yourchildinwhittlesea.com.au ph: 0455 312 166


Valentine Valentine Rice Rice Krispie Krispie Treats Treats You will need: 4 Cups - Mini Marshmallows 3 Tbs - Butter 6 Cups - Rice Bubbles Red Food Colouring Mixing Bowl Wooden Spoon 9x13 Cake Pan Chopping Board Cookie Cutters Melt 4 cups of mini marshmallows in a pan with 3 tablespoons of butter Stir in 3 drops of red food colouring Add in 6 cups of Rice Bubbles and stir until completely mixed Press into a greased 9x13 cake pan, and let cool for 2-3 mins Flip the pan of treats out onto a chopping board Cut out shapes - with cookie cutters (hearts, stars, dinosaurs) Cool a little longer, then eat!

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Handy Phone Numbers Emergency Numbers Ambulance Fire Police

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Hospitals Northern Hospital................................................... Austin - Heidelberg................................................. Box Hill Hospital...................................................... Royal Children’s Hospital (Parkville).......................

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Crisis Centres Poisons.................................................................... Kids Help Line.......................................................... Lifeline..................................................................... Suicide Helpline - (Victoria only)............................. Nurse-on-Call.......................................................... Child Protection - (After Hours Service).................. Domestic Violence Crisis Centre............................. Sexual Assault Service (After Hours)....................... Centres Against Sexual Assault................................ Victims of Crime Helpline....................................... LifeCircle - HOPELINE.............................................. SANDS* Vic...*Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Support Australian Breastfeeding Association Helpline

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Your Local Police Station . Epping Police.......................................................... Kinglake Police........................................................ Mill Park Police....................................................... Whittlesea Police ...................................................

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Other Whittlesea City Council....................................

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Contents & Index of Advertisers Your quick guide to everyone and everything in Your Child...

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6 Mothers & Sleep Deprivation! 8 Time Out from Time Out 10 The Rose and Valentines Day 12 Saving On Lunches 14 How to answer THE Why? 16 Tips for Parents - Back to School 18 Kinder to Prep 20 The Fun & Benefits of Playgroup 24 Discover Your Child’s Learning Style

Regulars 4 Editors Letter 21 Hanging with Hannah 22 What’s On 26 Kids Corner 28 Handy Phone Numbers Book a full page ad from only $285 per month Call 0455 312 166

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