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TAL Newsletter July 2019

We’ve hit the mid-year mark and passed the winter solstice, so our days are slowly starting to get longer. I am not a fan of winter so you will always see me bundled up and looking like the Michelin Man!
This month, the following articles were posted under the ‘Conversations’ tab on the website – have a read and let me know what you think 🙂
June is audiobook month

How many pens do you use in a year?

Why does a giraffe have a long neck?

Hugs, hugs and still more hugs!

Reducing screen time should be a priority if your children spend the majority of their free time watching tv or playing games on electronic devices, so here is a strategy for you to consider: incentivise, do not reward.

A reward, such as new crayons or bubbles should be used as a prize for achieving something which is difficult. For example, not biting at school for a week deserves a reward – something tangible that will remind them of their great behaviour over a period of time.

Incentives should be used for things which the children may be reluctant to do. Examples of this might include a series of chores around the house such as sweeping the kitchen every day or sorting the washing into different colours at the washing machine. Set a maximum amount of time which can be earned and make sure you agree with your child in advance so that they are aware of what they are working towards. Each time the task is completed, a certain amount of screen time is earned. If the task is not done, then no screen time is earned (do not remove time from any that has accumulated!). Ensure that they only get the amount of screen time that they have earned over the agreed period.

Always remember that children model those around them, so if you are spending hours on your electronic devices, your children will too.

Product Highlight

TAL Felt Book - Games

Playing games with others or on their own is an important part of a child’s life. The ‘Games’ felt and material book is great for both. A puzzle, a maze, tic-tac-toe, ‘tetrus’ and fishing will keep them busy for hours!


Get the Games Book

Liam goes to the game reserve/Liam gaan wildtuin toe, is a proudly South African children’s (toddlers) book. (Available in English  or Afrikaans) This slightly bigger than A4, hardcover board book aims at toddlers from 9 months up to 5 years. 

This book is both fun and educational. Children from 9 months onwards will enjoy joining Liam on his exciting visit to the game reserve.

The colourful illustrations and delightful story introduce children to South African wild animals in their natural habitats. There are numerous wild animals to find, identify and count.

While children are searching and counting the animals, both problem solving skills and counting skills are developed. Searching for the rabbit hiding on every page increases the fun element and involve children even more.

A key is provided on each page to the names and numbers of animals to be found on that page.

Get your copy of Liam Goes to the Game Reserve and Liam Gaan Wildtuin Toe

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” 


So how did you do in the challenge? Did you see any differences in your child’s behaviour?

If you didn’t take the challenge, here it is:

Week 1: Monitor YOUR behaviour and find one behaviour that you do not want your child to imitate. It could be something as simple as putting your phone on silent and into a cupboard during supper or something that takes a little more effort on your part such as not getting irritated or angry when driving with your child in the car. Whatever it is, choose something. Write it down and stick it on your bathroom mirror to remind yourself that this is your challenge.

Week 2: Modify your behaviour and watch for changes in your child’s behaviour.

Week 3 and 4: Continue watching and then Report Back! let me know how changes in your behaviour affect your child – I think you will be surprised at what you notice 🙂
There is so much fun to be had, if you only take the time to play!

I hope your July 2019 is simply fabulous!

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