Thursday, March 26, 2009

Colours and Activities of the Day

I mentioned that I wanted to bring an order or theme to my blog. I have worked and tweaked on a pattern to follow and think I have come up with something that will work.

Munchie Monday:
Let's start the week off with a Healthy Delicious Snack that is also a great interactive between parent and child. The recipes I will be sharing will be from the "Kinder-Krunchies Healthy Snack Recipes for Children" book that I have had forever. It was written by Karen Jenkins.
There are enough recipes in it to share with this blog for at least a year.
Let your little one do as much of the work as he or she is capable of. Remember that the more they do for themselves the more they will learn. This includes clean as you go and final clean up. Children are actually much more capable than we give them credit for.

Monday is a RED day.
I think that is a good choice for a Mon.
Red has more personal associations than any other colour. Recognized as a stimulant, red is inherently exciting.
What a great colour to begin the week with!

How the colour red affects us mentally and physically:
* Increases enthusiasm
* Stimulates energy
* Encourages action and confidence
* A sense of protection from fears and anxiety
Daring Tuesday:
I will be referring to "The Dangerous Book for Boys" and "The Daring Book for Girls". Both books are filled with fun activities and information that has entertained children for centuries!

Tuesday is an Orange day.
Tuesday is still the beginning of the week, full of energy and joy.
Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow.
Orange embraces enthusiasm, encourages creativity, stimulates fascination, evokes determination, and is associated with success.

How the colour orange affects us mentally and physically:
* Stimulates activity
* Stimulates appetite
* Encourages socialization
Rhythm Wednesday:
There is a wonderful book called "Seven Times the Sun" that helps you to guild your child through the rhythms of the day. There are many ideas that help you to show your child how to honor ordinary moments and bring balance, joy and harmony to your family!

Wednesday is a Yellow day.
Wednesday is the middle of the week still a time of joy and energy.
Yellow is the colour of sunshine. It's associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.
Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and generates muscle energy. Use yellow to evoke pleasant, cheerful feelings.

How the colour yellow affects us mentally and physically:
* Mentally stimulating
* Stimulates the nervous system
* Activates memory
* Encourages communication
Home School Thursday:
Thurs are my homeschooling day with my grandson. Currently we are studying astronomy. We are in the final chapter before moving on to Earth Science.
I will refer to "Children at Play" for articles an information on fostering child development.

Thursday is a Green day.
By Thursday the week is calming down.
Green is the colour of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, and freshness.
Green has great healing power. It is the most restful colour for the human eye; it can improve vision. Green suggests stability and endurance.

How the colour green affects us mentally and physically:
* Soothing
* Relaxing mentally as well as physically
* Helps alleviate depression, nervousness and anxiety
* Offers a sense of renewal, self-control and harmony
Nurturing Friday:
I will pick a bird for the week and see what I can find out. My goal is to increase my own personal knowledge of birds and maybe yours as well.
I will refer to "Beyond the Rainbow Bridge" for articles and information on Nurturing our children from birth to seven.

Friday is a Blue day.
A perfect colour for Friday the last day of the work week.
Blue is the colour of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.
Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Blue is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness.

How the colour blue affects us mentally and physically:
* Calming and sedate
* Cooling
* Aids intuition
Sagacious Saturday:
I have a book called Indian proverbs that I thought would be fun to share a proverb a week from.

Saturday is a Indigo day.

Saturday, a day to relax, create, center oneself.
Indigo is the colour of infinity. Used for healing, sleep, inner harmony and rest.
Indigo relates to self responsibility, for one's own life; responsibility to oneself.
Indigo is related to being highly intelligent, gifted/talented, creative, intuitive, associated with a strong self esteem and sense of belonging in the world.

How the colour indigo affects us mentally and physically:
* Creative
* Restful
* Aids in responsibility
Environmental Sunday:
This is a wonderful day to reflect on this wonderful gift we have been given by our Creator, the Earth. Teaching our children how to take care of the environment and will help to set the tone for the coming week. I love the book "Earthways", Simple environmental activities for young children and will be sharing wonderful ideas I have found within its pages.

Sunday is a Purple day.
Sunday the last day of the weekend, the first day of the week.
Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, and mystery.
Purple embodies the balance of red simulation and blue calm. This dichotomy can cause unrest or uneasiness unless the undertone is clearly defined at which point the purple takes on the characteristics of its undertone. A sense of mystic and royal qualities, purple is a colour often well liked by very creative or eccentric types.

How the colour purple affects us mentally and physically:
* Uplifting
* Calming to mind and nerves
* Offers a sense of spirituality
* Encourages creativity

I think this is going to be a beautiful way to guide my blog!
Colourful, and filled with the love and energy of children.


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