Guided Imagery

You are in the dark, forbidding forests of 18th Century North America. There is danger in the air as you march along. You remain in formation, even though you sense that an ambush is forming all around you. You hear nothing but the tramping feet of your fellow soldiers. Yet as you glance about you think you see a glimpse of movement through the dense underbrush. Suddenly a war cry rips through the air from the thick foliage to the left of you. The Hurons!

The scene described above was based upon an episode from the recent motion picture The Last of the Mohicans. Sitting in the theater, moviegoers felt it impossible not to feel that they were personally experiencing the French and Indian War-the tension, fear, and excitement of an impending conflict. Our imaginations placed us onto the screen, next to the characters of the story, and helped us identify with their lives and the historical events portrayed in the film.

As teachers, we know that showing a movie can help students “get a feeling” for what they read. But effective readers are also able to generate these images for themselves as they read. Guided Imagery (Bagley, 1987) helps trigger visualization for students as they read and learn.

For many students, textbooks are an endless parade of terms and facts. Helping students visualize what they are reading brings the material to life and makes it more meaningful.

Guided Imagery capitalizes on children’s active imaginations. Activities such as role-playing, pretending, and daydreaming are natural elements of children’s play. Guided Imagery in the classroom involves the following steps.

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Why did ‘Cherish Me’ choose to go organic?

Why did Cherish Me choose to go organic?

When my son was born he suffered from mild eczema so I was always very conscious of what products I used. After a lot of research I found out that Organic cotton clothes were perfect for children with eczema and at the time I found it quite hard to find Organic baby clothes that were affordable and funky. Doing my research I was shocked to  learn that 20% off children suffer from eczema before the age of four! When I set up Cherish Me I wanted to stock products that were Organic and environmentally friendly as well as Fairtrade. I came  across some beautiful Organic products by Organics for kids and Piccalilly  and just fell in love with the range and now stock them in our stores.

You are probably wondering what is so different about Organic clothes to conventional cotton? Organic cotton is so soft , high quality and the cotton is grown without harmful pesticides, fungicides and artificial fertilisers. The clothes are also dyed using low impact environmentally friendly dyes and contain nickle free fasteners, so better for your child’s skin and for the environment. All our clothes are certified by the Global Organic textile standards (GOTS)

Organic cotton is soft, cool and comfortable to wear. The Organic cotton doesn’t go through the same manufacturing process as conventional cotton such as scouring, bleaching, dying, softeners, formaldehyde spray, and flame and soil  retardants making Organic cotton softer longer lasting and suitable for  delicate skin such as for babies with eczema and other skin conditions.  Your baby’s skin is very delicate and thin, which means that chemicals found in conventional cotton clothing can be harmful as they can be absorbed into their thin skin.

Are Organic clothes plain and boring?

No, not at all. All our clothing range are bright and colourful using only natural environmentally friendly dyes. All our funky collection of rompers and clothes are designed specifically for babies to sleep, eat and play in, whether out and about or just lounging at home.

Are organic clothes easy care for?

Yes all our  Organic clothing range are made from the highest quality of organic cotton and hold their shape wash after wash. The clothes stay like new for longer allowing you pass them on to siblings or friends after your child has grown out of them. All our clothing range can be washed at 40 degrees C but we recommend 30 degrees C as its better for the environment.

Coffee = happy

Julia came home from preschool yesterday with a drawing of a festive Thanksgiving turkey and a raging fever. It went down with a healthy dose of Tempra but her complexion was pale and she was sporting dark circles under her eyes. When I called the school to see if she’d complained about anything specific, Miss Michelle told me she hadn’t gone to the bathroom at all that morning but otherwise seemed fine. I briefly entertained the idea of her having another bladder infection but dismissed it when she seemed to be back to her normal self by bedtime.

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