Phonic Reading

“Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body ” – Joseph Addison


Reading is just simply something that you can’t do without.  It is the foundation of all other  learning. It is a fundamental and a pre-requisite to acquiring the rest of the skills in the learning spectrum. It is important for us as parents that our kids are able to read.

As far as I can remember, phonics reading has always been the most effective system used to teach reading.    Teaching kids phonics is like teaching them how to fish.  Once they know the basics, everything else follows.  For a detailed information on phonics, please read Phonics Basics.

Summer, our daughter is now in Reception in Sunshine International School of Songkhla, Thailand.  She is able to identify the sounds of the letters in the alphabet.  She is able to identify the letters, but she gets a bit confused with small letters i, j, and l.  When I saw her read her first book, I was very happy.

Here is Summer reading her first set of books.



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Great Suggestions About Dental Care That Anybody Can Use

You are likely like the majority of folks who fear visiting the dentist. You might be wondering should you have not been doing all the right things to watch over your-mouth? If that’s the case, then you’ll need to read this post on dental hygiene. Continue reading for useful hints that’ll leave you with a cleaner mouth and white smile.

Tooth brush should last at least for two minutes. This provides you adequate time to enter all of the crevices in your teeth. Spend the time required to brush morning as well as nighttime.  See your dentist regularly. Lots of times dentists can see issues before you actually have some kind of pain. Assuming that they could discover the difficulties before you have pain, they could generally repair them fairly easily. This could save lots of cash and pain.

Changing the toothpaste that you use will help your teeth become less sensitive to various temperatures. Always ask your dentist before altering any facet of your dental treatment program. Your dentist can eliminate other painful and sensitive teeth causes.  Believe it or not, spit is really your teethes companion! Normal saliva contains minerals, enamel-strengthening anti-bacterial qualities and also the capacity to neutralize acid. Should you be a girl over age 50, menopause might be causing dry mouth, which, then results in bad breath. Specially-formulated dry mouth products will help remove embarrassing smells resulting from deficiency of spit.

Dentures in Eagan MN

Dr. Jon D. Skare and Dr. Kangas offer partial and complete dentures in Eagan that restore your dental health. For nearly 3 decades, our resident dentists have been diagnosing and treating local patients, providing them with exceptional services every visit. Stop in and see why we are the first choice of discerning dental patients in Eagan for dentures, including removable, partial, and permanent varieties.

Full Dentures in Eagan


As the years pass, it can be more challenging to retain the integrity of our natural tooth structure. One or more missing teeth can cause a series of major dental issues, including crowding and jaw misalignment. Throughout a prolonged period, neighboring teeth will begin to move toward the missing spaces and could eventually hinder your ability to properly chew and speak if unremedied. Missing teeth should be replaced to avoid serious dental consequences.

There are several factors that can cause patients to lose their teeth, including:


In case your dentist suggests orthodontics, you ought to seriously contemplate it. Having your teeth straightened is frequently more than a cosmetic problem; wrong alignment of the teeth or jaw-bone can result in severe oral health problems afterwards. Even though kids most commonly wear braces, adults may reap the benefits of orthodontic treatment too.  Even though you’re an adult, it is never too late to have braces. It is necessary to truly have a grin which appears great and keeps you happy, therefore it is worthwhile to invest time and money into having the straightest teeth possible. This could open doors both socially and professionally, so consider it yourself.

For those who have braces or partials, you should think about having an oral irrigation to keep your teeth clean. An oral irrigation must be utilized in addition to routine flossing and brush. The oral irrigation efficiently flushes food particles from between your teeth and brackets with pressurized water.  Wisdom teeth are crucial within the mechanism of chewing food. Many folks have their wisdom teeth pulled soon once they appear. Orthodontist generally remove the wisdom teeth before installing braces or other corrective devices. In case your wisdom teeth are causing pain, they must be pulled before they get infected.

Complete our online contact form to learn about dentures from Wood Park Dental. We also proudly service clients in Eagan, Burnsville,

Apple Valley, Rosemount, Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, Bloomington, Lakeville, South St. Paul, and Savage, Minnesota.




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Helpful Tips About Dental Care That Simple To Follow

Dentist in Woodbridge, VirginiaAre you struggling with dental care problems? Are you finding it difficult to find information on these problems? This article is filled with useful tips on different dental problems you may have now.

Buy a high quality toothbrush and make sure that you replace it regularly. The best toothbrushes will feel soft on your gums. Try to replace your toothbrush once a month to avoid bacteria from building up on it.

If you are over 50-years-old, use alcohol-free mouthwashes. The best choice is a mouthwash to use is alcohol-free with fluoride added. Use this twice daily for best results.

If you suffer from constant bad breath and dry mouth, the prescription medication you take may be the culprit. Without adequate saliva production, you could be at risk for cavities or pain. Talk to your doctor to see whether your medicine is determining your dry mouth and bad breath. If that is true, you might be able to switch medications. If switching medications isn’t an option, perhaps your doctor has a dry mouth treatment.

You should also have to floss your teeth regularly and using mouthwash. Do all of these things.

Hydrogen peroxide is known to help whiten teeth. Brush using a gentle hand and avoiding your gums for around two minutes. Follow up by brushing with your normal toothpaste.

Don’t forget back teeth when brushing them. It’s easy to concentrate only on the teeth you can see when you look in the mirror, but this practice leads to plaque build-up on these teeth, which can progress into decay.

If your teeth are very sensitive or fragile, visit your dentist immediately. Putting off visiting the dentist could result in more damage.

  • Use about 20 inches of floss to ensure you are able to floss each tooth. You should leave about an inch of floss at a time as you floss your teeth.
  • Brush your teeth for no less than two minutes at a minimum. Don’t brush with too hard or you risk of damaging your gums and teeth. You might need a brush with softer bristles if your gums tend to hurt after brushing.
  • You need to brush for two minutes. The longer you brush, the cleaner they will be, so be patient. If you brush too fast, you may end up with a cavity.
  • Speak with a potential dentist before you select one. Ask about how they clean the equipment is cleaned. This important question can affect the health issues.
  • You need to add more calcium in your diet for healthy teeth.
  • Dentist in Woodbridge, Virginia

You might want to have out-dated mercury fillings replaced. Mercury is dangerous to humans and large amount in your mouth may result in health problems. There are a lot of safer materials on the market now that many dentists use for fillings. Speak with your dentist the next time you have.

You may find it difficult to find information regarding your dental health, but you have found some great advice in this article. There are many aspects of dental care such as seeking out the right dentist and undergoing a variety of procedures. Apply the tips in this article, and stay healthy.

When you visit the dentist in Woodbridge, VA, at Woodbridge Family Dental, your appointment will be relaxing and enjoyable. Woodbridge dentist Dr. Hassan aims to make his patients comfortable because his new dental practice in Woodbridge is built around the needs of the patients.





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Day Care

The terrible two is what they call it.  Kids at this age have a sense of new-found independence.  They love it.  They feel good about it. dc3 That is why they explore everything, anything where they could put their hands on. The whole world is like unraveling its marvel right in front of their very eyes.  Because of this new-found independence, they feel as if they are capable of doing everything.  They are simply unstoppable.  They are beginning to be adventurous.  they have an easy going attitude and have a great sense of personal identity.  But they have little concept of “others”, it is all about “me”.  They have a better control of their muscles. Of course they want to test it, thus, the running, jumping, hopping, rolling, climbing and more running, jumping, hopping, rolling, and climbing.


This is the nature of a two-year old.  No matter how “terrible” it is, it is normal.  It is necessary and essential for these tots to experience these to attain a sense of autonomy.  Parents and teachers should understand this complicated and intricate nature.  Thornton Co day care personnel and staff are knowledgeable and trained to deal with this nature.  This stage is fundamental and determiner of future successes.  An unsatisfied, incomplete developmental stage could result to feelings of shame and doubt.  Parents play the most important role.  Next is the school or any educational institution.  So for working parents who send their two-year-old tots to day care, have to choose really well.  Intermingling with other parents, day care hopping, and most especially listening to testimonials are just few of the things parents can do to be able to find the right day care.



Important aspects to consider in choosing a day care.


  • Qualification.  Look into the staffs’ educational and work history.  Background in Education and Psychology are the two fields to look for, because these courses study the child’s nature in depth.


  • Curriculum.  The curriculum is just as important.  Try to see if the curriculum is geared to fulfilling the developmental task of your child.  If it provides more than enough opportunity for your child to grow not just academically, but also socially, physically, and emotionally.


  • Facilities.  Play is very important.  See to it that the day care has playground both indoor and outdoor, and the playgrounds are equipped with safety measures.


  • Sanitation and safety.   Cleanliness is next to godliness, as what they say.  How sanitary is the day care – the toilets, the sleeping areas, classrooms, and eating area.


Thornton Co day care has all these.

What about your child’s day care?




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Funny Road Sign

When traveling in Thailand, one must have the wisdom to discern what this road sign means.  Otherwise…..





you’d end up all confused and take the wrong lane. ^_^

So what do you think this road sign means?

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Bougainvillea and Santan Flowers for Snack

Would you care for some Bougainvillea and Santan Snacks?

That’s right.


SantanIxora coccinea. 




BougainvilleaBougainvillea spectabilis. bou


These flowers are abundant in Asia.  They make places like parks, schools, offices, and residences fresh and beautiful.  In the Philippines, they are used in one or two of the following events.

  • Flores de Mayo
  • All Saint’s Day
  • All Soul’s Day
  • Flowers for flower Girls in Weddings


But NEVER were they used as food.


In Southern Thailand, on the other hand, they are food.  Yes, totally amazing.  The snack is called “Dok Mai Thot”, which mean fried flowers.  Fried Bougainvillea and Santan taste like just like any other crisps.  It was an amazing experience.  I could not believe I was eating Bougainvillea and Santan flowers.

For you to be able to empathize with me, here it is.



Bougainvillea flowers ( as many as you want)

Santan flowers (as many as you want)




1.  For the bougainvillea, take out the core and only use the petals. For the  Santan flower, take out  the filament at the center of the flower.

2.  Wash them in a colander for sanitary purposes.

3.  Mix a cup of flour and water in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt if preferred, without it is totally fine.

4.  Dip the flowers into the batter.

5.  Deep fry the flowers.

6.  Serve with tomato sauce or any of your favorite dipping.



Although cooking oil is use here, I still think that this snack is healthier compared to any processed snacks in the groceries.  Flowers are full of fibers and other nutrients that are not found in processed snacks.


Do you know of any exotic snacks the world has not heard of?  Do share with us.



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T In the Park

Do you have any plans of traveling to the United Kingdom?

If so read on…..


One of UK’s happiest place is the T In The Park Festival, a must see, must go event.  Getting tickets during the event could be difficult, tickets are sold out fast.  So booking for the T In The Park Tickets early, should be a clever move.  It will save you time and money.


Here are reasons why you should include T In The Park festival in your list of UK travel destination.


The Performances

Musical performances are held in 7 main music stages each of which has different themes.  The 7 music stages are Main stage, Radio 1 Stage, King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent, Slam Tent, Transmission Tent, T Break, and BBC Introducing Stage.  These stages have been graced by music legends from all over the world for 20 years now – Gene, Alanis Morissette, The Killer, Mumford and Sons, are just few of the many.  T In The Park line ups, year after year, are always big and sought after.






Bring out the child in you.  Go and have fun with T In The Park ferris wheel which gives a panoramic view of the entire festival.  Other rides include bungee ball and dodgems.




Cabaret Club

If you love live stand up comedy, this is just the right place to go.  They also showcase many different cabaret acts.




Fancy Dress Friday

At the Fancy Dress Friday, you get to express yourself  by dressing up into depending on the the event’s theme for that year.  Whoever has the best costume wins.





Stay fresh and clean the whole time you are having fun, pamper yourself right there and then.  In The Park Refresh services include shower, flushing toilets, and different hair cares.  This attraction is definitely a bonus, something that festivalgoers will deeply appreciate.


Visit T In The Park festival, join the fun…. bring the spirit back.

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