Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Importance of Reading to Children

There are many important benefits of reading to children, and encouraging reading in children. Not only does reading spark imagination that will stay with your children for the rest of their life, but reading creates the basis of the learning and academic abilities that will be taken into adulthood. This post with highlight the main benefits of reading, and will also discuss some interesting findings that In The Book found when researching the importance of reading to children.

Benefits of Reading to Children

Reading is Fun
A fantastic quote from Dr Seuss states: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”. By reading books, your child is almost guaranteed to explore their imagination, learn about emotion, character and morals. Through reading, kids begin to love learning new things. One of the most important things that reading to children introduces is the idea that reading isn’t a task, it is a fun activity for them to enjoy throughout their life.

Skill Development
From fiction to nonfiction through many different genres, reading to children will introduce them to many different environments and characters. Using books to explain situations that children may face or to explain something they don’t quite understand can aid development of communication and learning skills. Books give children the opportunity to explore different cultures, ethics and emotions.

Because children learn languages during infancy, reading to a child from a young age can greatly improve speech skills. Listening to parents or teachers read and practising word and sentence pronunciation themselves, their language skills will come on leaps and bounds.

Everyone remembers the fear of standing up and reading in class. This can be reduced and completely removed through reading practice and familiarity with books and words. Building up their reading ability at home will also build up their confidence in school and social environments.

Reading to your child is an incredible way to spend time with them and bond. Routinely spending time with your little one, perhaps every evening at bedtime or before dinner every night, is a great way to build stability in your relationship with your kid. At the end of the day, watching your child learn and grow while spending time with them often will bring you both closer together.

Academic Achievement
This is where the research kicks in. Incredibly, research has been conducted that shows that 77% of children who can read at second-eighth grade level at the beginning of third grade will graduate from high school. Only 27% of children reading below this level will graduate (Lynn Fielding, The 90% Reading Goal, 1998).

Even more interesting, studies have concluded that reading to a child for 20 minutes a day from birth can increase their chance of a high reading level in third grade, and ultimately high school graduation. However, additional findings showed that when that chance increases by two thirds, the child’s estimated lifetime earnings also increase - some by up to $220,000. If you adjust these findings that were taken in 1998 to 2018 with inflation, this number rises to $500,000.

Researchers at In The Book recently conducted a survey to see how many parents were actually reading to their children for this suggested time of 20 minutes per day. Shockingly the results showed that only 18% of new parents were.

Crucially, the take home point of this post is: read! Read to your children to improve academic potential, social and communication skills, confidence and your bond with them as they grow. Reading is a phenomenal way to help your child develop and learn and could provide them with the inspiration and imagination they need and they will utilise for the rest of their life. If you are hesitant about reading with your child, see my previous post on tips to develop children’s love for books.
This is a Guest post by In The Book.

Image by Виктория Бородинова from Pixabay

Monday, April 29, 2019

Lamudi Jumpstarts 2019 Series with Housing Fair at TriNoma

housing fair

Lamudi is lauded as the number one real estate platform of the Philippines for a reason. The platform sought to prove this point further. In this year’s two-day housing fair, an extensive selection of property offerings was offered. These selections were provided by a few of the country’s biggest industry tycoons: SMDC, The Hauslands, Taft Properties, Amiya Raya, Robinsons Communities, Grand Monaco, BPI Family Housing Loan, Phinma Properties, Ortigas & Company, SandariBatulao, Suntrust, Pag-IBIG Fund, Aspire by Filinvest, Futura by Filinvest and Prestige by Filinvest. Needless to say, the housing fair was successful.

Online Real Estate Marketing Seminars

It wasn’t just the property selling that made the fair successful. The platform gave emphasis on educating and helping real estate professionals. The willing attendees during the seminar were treated to free online real estate marketing trainings from Lamudi Academy’s learning development coaches.  The Top Online Lead Generation Channels, Conversion of Online Leads to Sales and The Power of Lamudiwere among the discussed topics.
Property Discounts and Foreclosure Auction

To help aspiring property seekers, the event has provided two ways. The first was giving away exclusive property discounts, and the second was Unionbank’s property auction at affordable price points.
Homebuying Seminars
For the homebuyers purchasing property for the first time, Lamudi Housing Fair took the initiative. They gave the prospective buyers the lowdown into approaching this important yet challenging project. Representatives of the Pag-IBIG Fund spoke about the End-User Financing Program their Agency held. Meanwhile, the Land Registration Authority helped to guide property seekers in their land titling concerns and questions.

To take things further, the event featured several experts in the various facets of real estate. These speakers imparted their knowledge to the attendees of the event. A talk on Property Photograph was discussed, as well as Interior Design Essentials.

“The Lamudi Housing Fair is the perfect venue for those actively and passively looking to invest in a property. Each one of our housing fairs has a goal to connect buyers to the right people so they can make the right decision. By bringing together property seekers and property sellers, we are helping them understand the steps involved in the decision-making process and learn from each other.” - Lamudi CEO Bhavna Suresh,Lamudi Housing Fair 2019. 

“We had hoped that TriNoma would set the tone positively for this year’s run and needless to say, we were not disappointed by the turnout. The following ones will offer the same benefits, if not more, to attendees as we really want our housing fairs to provide value and worth their time.”

The next Lamudi Housing Fair will be happening on the 20th to 21st of July at Glorietta. It is then followed in September at SM Cebu, and lastly at the SM Mall of Asia in December.

The Lamudi Housing Fair in TriNoma was sponsored by DMCI Homes, Aboitiz Land, Land Bank of the Philippines, Land Registration Authority, Food Panda, and Red Doors, also, in partnership with Philippine Daily Inquirer Property, Business Mirror, Business World, Malaya Business Insight, The Philippine Star and ThinkBIT as official registration partner.
For more information, please visit the official website.

Friday, March 15, 2019

8 Top Tips to Save Water at Home

save water at home

Water is one of  the most important basic needs in human life.  Water is involved not only for our bodies to function but also needed to produce agricultural products, home cleaning, cooking, doing the laundry, and many more. 

With the El Niño phenomenon dry spell looming this first quarter of 2019 in the Philippines, more and more areas all over the country are struggling with droughts. Dams and river basins are now beginning to go below the water level that is why conserving water is more important than ever. Cutting back on water use will help conserve a precious resource and lower your water bill as well.

Lately, one of Metro Manila’s water concessionaires is already limiting its water supply, resulting in less or no water at all to some areas. So, here are top tips to save water at home.

1. Make sure to store your water in clean water containers with close lids. Position them where you can easily access when needed, like the comfort room and near the kitchen sink. Also, use a water dipper or “tabo” to get clean water.

2. Use a drinking glass or any counterpart when you brush your teeth.

3. Use a small basin to wash your dishes. If budget allows, another alternative is to use disposable plates, spoon and fork and paper cups for the meantime until water service gets back to normal.

4. Instead of car washing, use water-less car cleaners for the meantime while water is scarce.

5. Run the washing machine only in full loads. Half-loads add up to many gallons of wasted water.

6. Flush with less. To reduce water usage in flushing the toilet, use a small pail of water. When taking a bath, use “timba and tabo” or water dipper and big water bucket. Moreover, the use of a leave-on conditioner is an alternative rather than an after shampoo conditioner that needs rinsing.

7. Repurpose water. Learn to use every drop by re-using grey water. Clean waste water from baths can be used to flush the toilet. While laundry water can be used to water the plants, clean your dog kennel, home floor cleaning and other cleaning needs.

8. Capture Rain water.  It will be wise to have a rain barrel ready to harvest rainwater just in case it rains. Though it is not advisable for food cooking and hygiene usage, it will be a good way to keep your plants hydrated and for toilet flushing.

We cannot function long with no water in the house. So be vigilant, listen or watch the daily news on water interruptions and be patient to store water once it drips from the tap. Also, always remember to cover your barrels and water containers to keep mosquitoes at bay.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Importance Of A Family Photoshoot For Capturing Special Memories

All the special reasons why you should go along for a family photoshoot…

Whether you have been for a family photoshoot before or not, you will understand how valuable and special the images captured can be. 

Professional photographers will have plenty of experience about how to make your children smile, laugh and generally enjoy themselves, so that every picture captures a natural happy moment. 

Although nowadays we are spoilt for choice with the sheer variety of cameras and phones with high-quality cameras, the images still don’t compare to those taken in a studio. 

So, it may seem like a mammoth task to get all your family looking smart and on their best behaviour to go along to a photography studio. Once there though, you and your family will no doubt have a blast and come away with some wonderful captured memories to last a lifetime. 

Let’s have a look at some of the great reasons why booking in for a family photoshoot is definitely worth your time…

Professional pictures

First of all, although our phones these days most likely have top-of-the-range cameras capable of capturing quality pictures, they still don’t live up to the standard of professional shots. 

At a professional family photoshoot, the equipment, setting and more will be set up for you to ensure that the images are of an amazing quality and portray all your family members’ individual features well. 

Images taken quickly on a mobile phone simply cannot do the same job and, more often than not, as a parent you just don’t have time to attempt to capture the perfect photo. 

Having professional photos taken of your family is important because they are much more likely to be looked after and passed down the generations. Your kids will probably kick up a fuss when they hear they are being dragged for a family photoshoot but as they get older, they will soon realise the value of capturing their growth and childhood. 

Nousha are a London-based child and family portrait photography company. They are different from other more traditional photography studios as they place an emphasis on capturing the individual character of each family and child. All their photos are taken in black and white and they believe that encouraging families to relax and be themselves makes for the best images - we would have to agree!

Milestones and memories

As well as a family photoshoot being important for capturing high-quality photos, they are also necessary for making sure that special milestones and memories are not forgotten. 

We are all so busy these days that precious moments and phases often get lost in the abyss. Important moments often succumb to more trivial matters like what we are going to make for dinner and when our bills need to be paid by - silly things that sadly take up a lot of brain space. 

A family photoshoot is an amazing way to make sure that these milestones aren’t forgotten. Whether you have a huge immediate family or it is just you and one little one, it is important to capture all the silly phases that people go through.

Fun activity

This point is a bit different but still just as important - taking your troops along for a family photoshoot is heaps of fun! Being in a photography studio won’t be a familiar situation for anyone, so naturally, everyone will be in good spirits anyway due to the excitement. 

This, coupled with funny cues from the photographer about what to do will have the kids giggling away in no time. It is guaranteed that even the grandparents will be having fun. 

Hopefully, this post has motivated you to go off and book in for a family photoshoot - partly to capture all the funny phases your children may be going through but also simply just to have some fun together!