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What is the best age to give your child his/her own room?

When children are young and need their parents’ support there seems to be little need for them to have their own room. However, when they start going to school and want their own independence having their own room to study in, play in and sleep in is important. So what is the best age to give your child his/her own room?


At 10 years old, children begin to gain their independence so it is a good time to give them their own room

A major reason for families with children to move or renovate is because they want to provide their child with his/her own room. Research shows that 80% of 1st and 2nd graders have their own room. However in Japan, 6% of children start using their own room from 3rd or 4th grade, 18% of children start using their own room from 5th or 6th grade and 60% of children start using their own room from junior high school.
Since the majority of children start using their own room for studying, sleeping and playing from the end of elementary school, we believe that the best time to give your child his/her own room is from when your child is around 10 years old.

Giving your child his/her own room will help him/her gain their independence

Children’s rooms are not only for studying but based on their age the room often becomes the base of their life at home. So the more a child spends in his/her own room the more independent he/she becomes.

Vice versa, having their own room will allow children to gain their independence.
Having a sense of independence will help them solve problems on their own. Since their parents will not be there to step in everytime something gets difficult, they will work hard to solve the problems on their own. Without a sense of independence, children will give up when things get bothersome, blame what happens on others and not have a clear goal for themselves. Therefore, it is important that parents help their children gain a sense of independence as they grow up. One way to do this is to give them their own room at the appropriate time.

Some steps to take to help your child move to his/her own room smoothly

Even if moving to their own room will give them a sense of independence, if parents force their child to move to their own room they may react negatively. It is important for parents to prepare properly before encouraging their child to use their own room.
When children are in daycare, kindergarten or the beginnning years of elementary school, parents should start by getting their child in the habit of putting their own bag, uniform away. When they enter elementary school, children should be in charge of their own bag, books, notes and homework papers. Parents should only help until they are used to their new lifestyle to prevent their child from becoming dependent on them.If parents encourage their children to do things on their own from a young age, it will be less likely that they will fight moving into their own room when they get older.

It is best for children to move into their own room when they have gained their independence. Some children may show independence by being rebellious. Girls often become rebellious from Grade 3 and boys from Grade 5 so parents should provide them with their own room to go to from around these ages.



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3 English Picture Books Recommended for 0-3 year olds

English is a hard language for Japanese people to learn because it includes many sounds that are not found in their language. However, children under the age of 6 months old are able to differentiate between sounds easily. As a result, reading English picture books to young children is very effective in improving their listening skills. In this article, we will recommend some English picture books for 0-3 year olds.


Some Points to Consider When Choosing English Picture Books

There are various types of picture books: some of them are mainly illustrations with some simple vocabulary and others include longer paragraphs. Picture books that will be read to 0-3 year olds should include large pictures and enough writing so that they can get used to the sound of English. Picture books that meet the following criteria are recommended:

-Illustrations that explain what is happening by just looking at them
-Simple story
-Short phrases and sentences that have rhythm
-Characters and a story that children can relate to

Baby Happy Baby Sad/Leslie Patricelli

With its use of simple vocabulary and contents that children can pick up easily, [Baby Happy Baby Sad] teaches children about “happy scenes” and “sad scenes” at the same time. For example, receiving ice cream is 「baby HAPPY」, and dropping one’s ice cream is「baby SAD」.
Since the book shows many “happy” and “sad” scenes with simple illustrations it is easy for young children to pick up the meaning of these words. The book also has cute illustrations and thicker paper so the book is perfect for 0-3 year old children.

Let’s Play/Leo Lionni/

This book is written by Leo Lionni, who is also known for his book, [Swimmy] and the book has been translated into Japanese by Tanikawa Shuntaro under the title [Asobo yo]. The story is about two cute mice and how they will spend the day playing with each other. The book begins with [Good morning] and ends with [Good night] so it is a great book for bedtime reading. The illustrations are colorful and children love turning the pages.。

Good Night, Gorilla/Peggy Rathmann/

This book is the number one picture book to read to young children in America. In the story, the manager of the zoo goes around the zoo saying “good night”to the various animals but a troublemaker gorilla takes his keyring and opens the cages of all the animals. The main words in the story are “good night” but the illustrations tell a larger story that is easy for younger children to grasp.

Many Japanese parents are worried that their English accent is not good enough but the goal of reading picture books with young children is to show them that English is not difficult so it is important for parents to go ahead and read even if they are not confident. Some picture books come with audio CDs with native English speakers reading out loud. These books are great to explore with children who have already picked up some English words.

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3 Fun Activities to Enjoy with Your Little One in the Spring!

After being cooped up indoors during the winter, many families want to go outside as soon as the Spring weather comes. Spring is the perfect season to take walks, play outside and admire the flowers and other plant life. As soon as the weather starts to get warm, it is a good idea for families to get outside and take part in Spring-like activities with their little ones. In this article, we will introduce the benefits of outdoor

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Benefits for children of Playing Outside During the Spring Weather

Spring is a great season to explore nature (flowers blooming, bugs and animals moving around, etc.). Children can stimulate their five senses by looking at and smelling the beautiful flowers, listening to the birds chirp and touching the leaves and ladybugs. Flowers and leaves make great play props and can be used for pretend play and art projects. Stimulating the five senses and creative is effective in encouraging children to be more curious and to use their imaginations.

3 Recommended Activities for the Springtime

1. Going on a hunt for spring grass and flowers and other living things

In the spring, we can see grass and flowers growing in the park and on the sidewalks and butterflies, ladybugs and other living things moving all around. When children find various objects, parents should ask them questions, like “what kind of flower is it?” “What color is it?” “What kind of insect is it?” to encourage their curiosity and interest in learning. If they find a flower or living thing that you haven’t seen before when walking through the park, parents can take a photo of it and look it up later in a book or on the Internet.

2. Use real flowers to make a flower pressing at home

Many beautiful and colorful flowers bloom in the spring. Let’s try using them to make flower pressings at home. If you laminate the flower pressings you can make them into cards and glue them onto paper to create a spring nature collage.
<How to make a Flower Pressing>
1. Fold the flower petals in kitchen paper or tissue paper
2. Place 1 in the middle of a book and place more heavy books on top of the book
3. The flower pressing will be complete after the book is left in a moisture-free room for 4-5 days

3. Play with the cherry blossom petals

The coming of spring means the coming of cherry blossoms in Japan. Children love catching the falling cherry blossoms in the spring winds. Using a big handkerchief is a great idea. Making it into a contest and counting how many petals everyone caught or having a cherry blossom fight is always fun. It also looks pretty if everyone throws his or her cherry blossom petals into the air at the same time. Going cherry blossom viewing as a large group with friends and family makes the season even more fun. Bringing the petals home and watching them float in a glass of water or in the bathtub is also very pretty.

Children can learn a lot from playing outside in nature. These are things that they cannot learn from playing with toys or watching TV. They can experience spring while playing as well as enhance their curiosity and imagination. Please find the time to go out and experience the outdoors with your children.

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