SUNDAY POST : Natural Resources–Most

The Water“We must treat water as if it were the most precious thing in the world, the most valuable natural resource.

Be economical with water! 

Don’t waste it! 

We still have time to do something about this problem before it is too late.    ~Mikhail Gorbachev

my thoughts today…

…it is common to see people throw away half consumed bottled water without a thought about the most valuable natural resource we have, clean water. A friend of mine decided to collect these half-filled water bottles whenever she attends an event. Her houseplants thrive with the extra and free water supply!

…it is nice to know water companies now make smaller water containers instead of the usual 20 fluid oz bottles. The smaller bottles pack easier in a purse too!

…water is just one natural resource among many others and if you want more on Natural Resources, please visit Jakesprinter’s SUNDAY POST for more contributors and information on how to participate in this weekly event.

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Do you find it easy to be economical with a valuable natural resource like water?

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SUNDAY POST: Architecture–The Design of Space…

“All architecture is shelter,

all great architecture is the design of space that contains,

cuddles,

exalts,

or stimulates

the persons in that space.”

~Philip Johnson

The Cathedral

<soul>come as you are

this space longs to have you near

you make joy happen

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What is your favorite architectural space that longs to have you near?

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Today’s inspiration comes from Jake’s, SUNDAY POST, with this week’s theme: Architecture.

Have a joyful week, y’all! 🙂

SUNDAY POST : Surroundings

The Broken GlassPretty surroundings

Like shiny precious jewels

Broken glass shattered

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Have you ever wished, just once, something that looks like the real thing, could be, say a…a handful of precious aquamarine stones? 

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Another fun theme, Surroundings, with host Jakesprinter and his weekly SUNDAY POST.

SUNDAY POST : Wonderful

This wonderful mother never fails to capture my heart…
The Pieta

The Pieta, the wonderful Renaissance masterpiece by Michelangelo, and commissioned for the French cardinal, Jean de Billheres. It is the only known art piece signed by the artist and carved from Carrara marble.

Pieta statue

A mother’s wounded heart permanently carved in stone.

Mother Teresa, another wonderful mother that never fails to inspire great works from us…

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa -Photo credit: Wikipedia

“What I do you cannot do; but what you do, I cannot do.

The needs are great, and none of us, including me, ever do great things.

But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something WONDERFUL.”

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Do you know of other wonderful mothers that made a positive impact in your own life?

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Jakesprinter’s SUNDAY POST theme is Wonderful. Here are some wonderful contributors below: Enjoy!!

Ticket to Ride– A City to City Adventure

“To grow older means having more time to enjoy board games with good friends.”
~Unknown

Have you played Ticket to Ride by Days of Wonder? It is a board game created by Alan R. Moon. This beautifully designed game has won many game awards including the 2005 International Gamer Award. Since August 2008, according to its publisher, over 750,000 copies have sold.

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Board Game: Ticket to Ride…”the cross-country train adventure game…players compete to connect different CITIES by laying claim to railway routes on a map of North America.” (Reference credit:Game Information Flyer)

Using the railway theme, the players use many different colored trains to build their routes through different North American cities. There are eight colored trains and each represent a certain type of train car. For example, the black trains represent the Hopper car, white trains the Reefer car, orange the Tanker car, purple, the Freight car, yellow, the boxcar, red, the coal car, blue, the passenger car and green, the caboose.

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Color trains connecting city to city: Red= Coal car…Yellow= Box car…Blue= Passenger car…Green= Caboose car

Briefly, the game can have 2-5 players, ages 8 and older and playtime is approximately an hour that includes set up time. The only skills required to play is be able to collect cards and connect the train cars to their own secret destinations. The three destination cards at the beginning of the game tell each player what route they need to complete.

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Destination Tickets: Kept a secret until the end of the game…

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A player’s collection of train cards.

The player secretly begins to complete each of their destination routes by picking train cards from a common deck.

One can only complete a track with the right colored train cards and exact amount for each colored space on the board. For example, you must have three yellow train cards in your hand to lay three of your colored trains on three yellow spaces on the board. You still with me?

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A cross-country adventure…players collect cards enabling “them to claim railway routes connecting CITIES throughout North America.” (Credit: Game flyer)

In order to keep this post simple, the winner is the player that collects the most completed routes. Completed routes are worth points–the longer and more difficult the route, the greater the points gained. The game ends when a player uses or nearly uses all his/her supply of colored train pieces. During the game, the player that builds the longest continuously connected set of routes receives a bonus of ten extra points.

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If my poor explanation in playing this game has left you bewildered, my apologies. This is one of those board games, I believe, needs active playtime as you learn all the rules of the game.

Now, you are probably wondering why I am carrying on about a board game when the theme for Jakesprinter’s SUNDAY POST is City.

Well, surprise! As you have noticed, Ticket to Ride has players building routes through different North American cities. There are other installments to this train series including Ticket to Ride Europe and Germany.

There you have it…my North American cities…all on one neat board game. Toot-Toot!!

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Do you have a favorite city you would love to visit or better yet, afford to move and live for an extended period?

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SUNDAY POST : Toys

This week on Jakesprinter’s  SUNDAY POST, the topic is on Toys… photograph, toy, brain,educational toy

We can fill a child’s world with many, many fancy toys, electronic games and gadgets, but the one toy that seems neglected, especially in the traditional sense, is the storybook.

If more children had as many books as part of their “toy” collection as their huge assortment of random plastic toys, and these books read aloud to them everyday, perhaps fewer developmental speech delays would occur in young children.

I work with nursery age children. Occasionally we have children between the ages 2-4 who come to the nursery and speak gibberish. Seriously.

They look at you and speak as if they are carrying on a sensible conversation. One boy actually got upset when I tried to correct some of the words I thought he mispronounced. What!?!

Further, you know I always ask the parent(s) whose child communicates in the gibberish dialect the one big question. (I know the answer before they speak it out loud.)

Me: “Do you read aloud to your child everyday?”

Parent: “No.”

There you go. I am no expert in anything and more so when it comes to language and communication skills development in very young children, but my instincts do tell me that reading aloud everyday to a young child must help boost the ability to speak coherently.book, reading, literacy, toys, photograph

I think surrounding your young child with great story and picture books, in addition to reading aloud from these books are perfect educational toys.

Now, I did come across one parent who admitted she did not know how to read herself. At least she admitted it. In cases like this, I would at least seek out, if available, either a public library read aloud program for young children or perhaps finding a teen willing to either volunteer (as a community project) or be paid a small sum to read aloud to children whose parents cannot read.

Finally, I say, reach out, especially if you have young children in your care and give the very best educational toy to children everywhere…the brain…nourish it with good books and read aloud time. That way you can be sure the brain can avoid speaking in the gibberish dialect.

That is all. My rant over gibberish dialect is over. Thank you.

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What educational toys do you suggest as tools to help develop coherent speech patterns in young children?

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Please check out a few creative contributors below and articles on importance of reading in young children: