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Month: February 2017

Why Shapes Are Important For Preschoolers

Babies are born with the ability to discern between different shapes, thanks to their ability to see and feel them. Unfortunately, we are not born with the ability to name those shapes, which we need to do so we can identify different shapes and compare them to each other. How shapes are used is an important concept to learn. Teach your child about shapes with good worksheets for preschool, and youll be providing them with skills they will use for the rest of their lives.

Learning about shapes will help your child identify letters, and help them with writing and reading later on. Letters are made up of circles, triangles and lines think of the circles in b, d, g, p, q, or the parts of a triangle found in k, v and w. Drawing the curved lines of a circle or oval shape helps your child to write letters such as f, u, m, n, j, and the lines in squares helps your child to write i, l, k, p, q and so on. Often, recognizing the shapes in the letters helps a child to recognize the letter too, important for developing reading skills.

The first step in learning how to draw is to learn how to draw basic, simple shapes. Almost anything can be drawn using shapes, such as a house, a cat, a book, a ball; even more complicated drawings start with the basic shapes that form the outline of the object. This makes it easier for your child to progress from stick drawings to more detailed artworks and if they have talent, they will use shapes to draw and paint in the future as well.

Shapes are extremely important in basic and more advanced math. Most adults will immediately think of geometry, but shape patterns and spatial perception help your child to develop sequencing and logic skills that they will use later in their school career in subjects like calculus.

We use shapes every day as adults, although we may not realize it. If you think about it, rearranging the lounge furniture, cleaning out the kitchen cupboards or the refrigerator is done according to the shape of the items in them, and how they will relate to each other. Road signs and markings make extensive use of different shapes, helping us to recognize them before we can actually read them.

Learning about shapes includes learning about 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes. A sphere, or ball, is a 3D circle, and has specific properties, such as the ability to roll, that some other shapes do not have. This is true of all shapes, and your child will be able to make this progression if his or her basic grounding is good.

Children can start learning shapes from the day they start talking if not earlier although they may not be able to verbalize what they hear or see. By the time your child is 3 or 4 years old, they will need to start learning their shapes. By the time they are ready to start kindergarten, children are expected to know the basic shapes, recognize them and identify how they form part of other items. They may also be expected to be able to draw the shapes not perfectly, but certainly recognizably. There are many ways to encourage and help your child to learn about shapes. Because shapes are all around us, it is easy to play Find the Shape at home, in the car, in the store and elsewhere. Select one shape at a time to concentrate on, rather than trying to find all the different shapes.

Good quality worksheets for preschool will help your child progress from recognizing different shapes, seeing how they form part of other objects, and should help them learn how to draw them. Drawing shapes is the precursor to learning how to write, and a good set of worksheets should take you step-by-step through this process until your child is drawing shapes on their own, free hand. Look out for worksheets that combine learning shapes with the use of different colors, as this is particularly effective in reinforcing the shape names. A step-by-step teaching method that provides ample opportunity to practice will be ideal.

Different Types Of Footstools

Footstools have been used for centuries all over the world. They are commonly used for comfort to support one’s feet while they sit but also as functional tools, and can be split into these two separate categories to describe the different types of footstools. Throughout the ages, they have evolved in and out of many different styles, ranging from simple wooden Spartan stools to elaborate and decorative Ottoman creations.

Footstools For Comfort

These are short and wide four legged stools which are used to support a persons feet as they sit. They are often upholstered in a fabric or hide for added comfort and this can be anything ranging from cushion to leather. They support a persons feet at near horizontal level as they sit, allowing the person to lie right back. They are also commonly called ‘footrests’. While their main purpose is just to make sitting more comfortable, they also increase the blood circulation in the legs more than sitting would, making them ideal for those who have trouble with blood clots or the elderly.

Footstools For Function

These are more simple and less decorative footstools, which act more as a small stepladder, allowing people to reach things just out of arms length or to get into doors that are raised high off the ground. These are especially useful if there are small children and can reduce the risk of accidents and injury by making it easier to get to those higher places. These footstools are ideal for the kitchen or garage, allowing storage in higher shelves. They also reduce the risk of injury in getting heavy objects down from hard to reach places. Indeed, they can also be used as a mini staircase such as on a caravan, allowing the residents to get inside more easily.

Both of these different types of footstools are extremely common and it’s easy to find the one you are looking for. You can also get footstools custom made to match the other furniture in your room. For this, and the health benefits they can bring, they also make great gifts.

What Are The Various Activities In The Kitchen

The core of the home is the kitchen. The “work triangle” was the focal point of traditional kitchen design which situated appliances, storage and the sink in close proximity to all activities around food preparation. The assumption was one person was cooking. Double work triangles now exist as multiple cooks work in the kitchen. Further, more non-cooking activities are being done in the kitchen – helping the kids with homework, watching TV or catching up with a friend on the phone or the computer. Kitchen design has altered to tackle these activities.

Kitchens actually play a key role during parties as people gravitate to the kitchen even when you don’t plan for it. So why not decorate the kitchen and do it so you can easily move decorations off the counter tops when it’s time to bake those cookies.

Traditional Food-Oriented Activities

An inventory of all the stuff stored in the kitchen will reveal the following:

* Consumable storage – for all food items – canned goods, boxes of cereal, baking ingredients, soda and other bottled drinks.

* Non-consumable storage – for glasses, dishes, silverware, plastic containers to store food in, disposables like napkins and paper towels and cookbooks.

* Food preparation area – where food is prepared and where mixing bowls, utensils, spices and other cooking ingredients are stocked.

* Cooking space – includes the range and oven along with the microwave, all pots and pans, baking sheets, etc.

* Cleaning area – where cleaning up is done after cooking, baking or eating. It includes cleaning supplies and hopefully a recycling
center that is easy to access.

* Informal eating area – common in today’s kitchen, a place where several people or even the entire family can have lunch or an after school snack.

Other Activities in the Kitchen

To accommodate other pursuits in the kitchen, space has been added as homes become larger:

* Home office -for meal planning, paying the bills, keeping the family’s master calendar and controlling the home’s security system and other smart technologies.

* Homework center – where parents can monitor and help with homework while working in the kitchen before children move to other rooms.

* Laundry area – moved closer to the bedrooms in newer homes but still included in the kitchen or an adjacent room so laundry can be done simultaneously.

* Hobby center – i.e. drawing, sewing or scrap booking.

* Communications center – for telephone and the computer/internet to look up recipes, a phone number or sports schedule.

* Entertainment center – electronics and other gadgets like video games for family fun, a small refrigerator for cold drinks

The Kotatsu Warm Furniture In Japan

Experiencing the Japanese winter when I first arrived, I knew I was facing a challenge. The snow fell and the wind howled. The bitter cold outdoors is part of winter, but I expected warmth indoors. Central heating in residential housing was not common. Positioning a kerosene heater in the center of the room was just not the same. The foul fumes from the kerosene heaters caused dull headaches. Opening the window cleared the air, but let the biting winter cold inside as the room temperature dropped. Given the expensive price for this old technology combined with the wretched smell, I did not buy a kerosene heater for my first apartment. Houses and apartments in Japan rarely came with heating; my little apartment was no exception.

The kotatsu was one answer. My first kotatsu had a small reddish brown plasticky square table top somewhere between two and three feet across. The table top rested on the table base with four short stubby legs that were about as high as the bottom half of my knees. The kotatsu came with a quilt that was placed between the table top and the table base, covering the sides of the kotatsu, going down to the floor, and even spreading across the floor a bit.

The light blue quilt had tiny red cars going down the road, but it did not match the reddish brown table. Still both were cheap. The quilt caught the heat that the heat lamp radiated downward from the table base. Not knowing better, I didn’t have a pad underneath the kotatsu to both trap the heat in and protect the tatami, the woven straw mat flooring in some rooms and houses in Japan.

During my first winter in Japan, I remember sitting at my kotatsu on a cushion, resting my back against the wall and keeping warm with just the kotatsu and a small electric space heater in my little one room apartment while the snow fell and the wind blew. My legs were toasty warm under the kotatsu. My upper body was warm where the space heater reached it.

When I was small, I used to build caves inside my room in the winter. I would throw a blanket over a couple of chairs and huddle inside, imagining myself a bear in winter in my centrally heated cave. Given the biting cold that I was imagining, I would bring in a lamp for warmth. The cave was perfect until I burned myself on the light bulb. I never burned myself under my kotatsu, but I did get uncomfortably warm. My new world in Japan was like my childhood, but without central heating.

The coal heated kotatsu dates back hundreds of years in Japan but today almost everybody uses electric kotatsu. The two kinds of kotatsu are the kotatsu I have just described and the horigotatsu, which is simply a kotatsu that goes over a hole in the floor. You sit at the horigotatsu and stick your legs into the hole. I remember going to a soba restaurant in a rural area. The restaurant, with its high ceiling and beams, looked like it was built over a hundred years ago. Each large table had its own horigotatsu. Eating there in the summer, I could only imagine how cold the giant room was in the winter as people enjoyed warmth from the waist down.

Hundreds of year ago, when the kotatsu was first invented, everyone wore robes in Japan. The heat would enter at the bottom of the robe, go up the body, warming it, and leave the robe at the neck, heating the entire body. I wore Western clothes in the winter so my entire body did not get heated.

If you still don’t have a clear image of what a kotatsu is, google and you can find pictures. If you to go Ask Metafilter, you can even find instructions to build one. Kotatsu are marvelous, but winter in Japan is a cold and uncomfortable business. Due to the very high electric prices, insufficient insulation, and building codes and laws not requiring heating, people turn to devices like the kotatsu. My friend Reiko has a kotatsu, a heated blanket, and a heated pad that she places under her feet at her desk. These are just a few of the many devices in Japan that people use to fight the cold.

Restaurant Interior Design And Things To Keep In Mind

Owning and operating a restaurant is not an easy task. I have an uncle who owns a seafood restaurant down the shore in New Jersey and it was a big change for him from the clam bar he had on the boardwalk. Before he even moved in and began operations, he had to think about his restaurant interior design and what he wanted the place to not only look like, but how it would reflect him. And then he had to make it actually happen.

When considering restaurant interior design for your own place, you need to take things step by step. The first thing you need to do for your restaurant interior design is develop a vision. Start with the basics. What theme do you want and how do you want it to appeal to your customers? What can you do with the space you have? Take a walk through and see what pops out at you, where you can visualize the bar, what kind of lighting you see on the ceiling or walls, what size and shape tables will work.

When thinking of the kitchen and bar, think about what is functional. You may be tempted to lean towards some cool, modern designs, but you have to pick something that is also easy to navigate for your employees and can be sure to get customers served in the most efficient way possible. Keep things pretty simple in these areas. The outside aesthetic of a bar can be unique, but make sure everything going on behind it is easy to understand.

Utilize your space but also work with it. A very large room can be sectioned off into tinier areas. You can turn a part of it into a private party room or use screens and sectional walls to create a more private, intimate dining experience for each group. If you have a place with high ceilings, accentuate that with grandiose accents and lighting. If you have a smaller space, use smaller furniture and use the right kind of colors and spacing to make it seem bigger.

Speaking of color, it’s important with restaurant interior design to capitalize on it. Different colors can illicit different moods, that is common knowledge. And it also can reflect the attitude of your place as well as the type of food you are providing. Spicy, fun foods might be served in a place where oranges and reds take precedent. Black or mauve may be your pick for a more sophisticated feel for a higher end restaurant.

Colombini The Italian Furniture Company

Colombini, an Italian company, is best known for its range of furniture and furnishings for living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms and other rooms of the house. Colombini gives you the finest range of furniture and furnishings with the finest quality. The company tries to implement practical features in all their furniture designs. In fact, Colombinis furniture is best known for the amazing combination of design, innovation, practicality and craftsmanship. Each piece of furniture is a masterpiece in itself. Colombini is the complete shop where you can find solutions for all your home decor needs. Their products are extremely fine, meticulous and eye catching. Colombini ensures that all their products meet the standards and set benchmarks in the industry. They implement the latest and the most modern technologies available today. Each process in the making of a piece is given extreme attention, be it the design, the choice of material for the piece, the type of wood, the tools involved, machinery and even the polis
h which is required in the final finishing of the product.

Colombini is known for consistently innovating and improvising on their products. They always produce marvellous and breath-taking products. Even the simplest of Colombini products can completely transform the look of your room. Take for example their wardrobes. They have intricate and exotic designs, the materials are highly durable and the designs are simply awe inspiring. They lend a designer to touch to the room and can completely alter the way a simple room looks.

Colombini has a lot of different lines of furniture and the furniture is classified for living rooms, bedrooms, offices, kitchens, childrens rooms, etc. They further have special ranges for sofas and wardrobes. Colombini also offers you a huge range of modular kitchens to choose from. Modular kitchen come complete with everything and save you the hassle of designing and planning your kitchen, which can be quite a tedious task. Whats more, you can also get your modular kitchen to suit your specifications. Not only this, Colombini has a lot more to offer. Besides furniture, you can also shop for furnishings to give your room the perfect look.

All of Colombinis products fall under one of the following six categories:

1.Smart living: Also known as Golf, this range of furniture is especially for bedrooms and living rooms. It also includes wardrobes besides regular furniture items.

2.Camerette: Eresem is the furnishings line which signifies Camerette. This range of furnishings is specifically meant for bedrooms and lends them a unique colourful and vibrant look.

3.Sofup is Colombinis range of sofas. Each of the sofas is custom made to suit the customers specifications and needs. This range if known by the name Divani.

4.Vitalyty is the companys range of exclusive designer furniture which has unmatched quality and style. It is the perfect symbol of Italian quality and reflects true Italian style.

5.The company also takes orders for bulk furniture needs for offices. This furniture range is called Artec and also includes furniture for hotels and shops.

Tips To Lay Your Furniture

Buying some of the best and most attractive furniture available in the market, doesnt make your room look good. Actually, it is the manner in which you position the different furniture within the room that makes it look attractive, comfortable and spacious. Given below are a few tips and ideas on how you can make your home more comfortable and stylish.

After having bought the beds and other pieces of furniture of your choice and getting them delivered at your home, the very first thing that you need to do is think about a way in which you can position them in a pleasing and comfortable manner. Placing the different piece of furniture in the right place is definitely a trick job, but if you have a strategic plan, you can make your rooms look stylish and they will be functional too.

If you are planning to get a new bed, mattresses and other furniture for your rooms and dispose the old ones, you need to decide what type of furniture you will be buying even before visiting the stores. You need to ensure that the furniture you get enhance the look of the rooms, as well as, offer comfort. You should take proper measurements of the rooms so that you can get the furniture of the right size and shape.

You can also check out the house keeping magazines and the internet to find out which type of carpets and other furniture will best suit the dcor of your rooms. This will also help you to get the furniture which will match the size of your rooms and make them look comfortable and spacious.

After having purchased the right furniture and getting them delivered at your home, there are two basic ideas, which you can incorporate to arrange them strategically. The first thing which you can do is, place the furniture in the room, change their positions and find out the best positioning of the furniture. If you think placing the furniture and moving them from one position to another will cause damage to the floors, you can make drawings of the furniture and arrange them on a graph paper according to scale. Then the best fit you find, you can place the furniture accordingly in the rooms. However, you need to remember, this method will be a time consuming one.

So matter which way you choose to decide the positioning of the furniture, all that you need to remember is that the placement of the beds should make the room look stylish, comfortable and spacious and should be functional as well.

How Antiques Are Symbol Of Your Rich Lifestyle

Antiques are items of old age that are attractive and popular. It depends on its various features such as age, exquisiteness, scarcity, situations, helpfulness, own touching relation and different other special features. These antiques are great example of presenting ancient age of the human culture in the present. This is general view to describe “antiques” because using to objects 100 years older. In simple word, an antique is a work which made in a past time or a decorative approach, section of furniture and another art work that was made in the past era.

Lifestyle of Antiques

Antiques are beautiful, precious and unique items which change our lifestyle. Most of the people like to collect antiques hence, there are generally two basic terms while collecting an antique that is investment and satisfaction. The antiques items are costly and exclusive every people cannot purchase this but some of the people buy the antique who loves antiques items and hobby to collect the antiques. These items are shows your lifestyle and way of life from earlier period. For that reason, this inserts the facts of collector. Most of collectors are utilizing in their house and do best care with hopes which they hold their importance and value.

Different Varieties of Antiques

Nowadays, there are several types of antiques available in the traditional store and there are various marketplaces or shops offer these types of items where you can buy the unique antiques. These items are presented in different varieties such as antiques, antique jewelry, French antiques, retro furniture, antique furniture, vintage furniture, outdoor furniture, French furniture, bookcases, antique tables, Victorian, Tortoiseshell, Religious Items, Vintage Accessories and many others. These are currently in the fashion with the good investment thus; many people are discovering antiques shops in their sector.

In these varieties of antiques jewelry is the most expensive and most of the women buy it according to fashion from the antiques shop. Even the antiques furniture is also in demand and rich people who want their home looks beautiful and unique, they purchase furniture as well because the furniture of old-fashioned brings assured comfort, manner, classiness and increase value to home. So, anybody who wishes to have a look in antiques store is probably to find somewhat to meet up their choices and determine in the different traditional shops which is helping you to choose what style of item basically looking for.

Hence, dependability of the point is very vital with the aim of be measured when antique. It must be prepared in the past age that is ready in real techniques and methods else. So, if antique item is in extremely excellent form which creates more precious. Though, this is not worthwhile to renovate or rebuild an item of antique for the reason that it will reduce the importance of purpose. Therefore, you can create antiquing like a hobby and if you have sufficient assortments you possibly will make earnings of your collected works. You can as well sell several of your costly collections for other to benefit.

Home landscaping – in detail

Landscaping ideas form the basis of landscape architecture. Landscape designers are commissioned by clients who have the land and budget to experiment with different design ideas and create landscapes that compliment their home and status. Landscaping ideas are the basic ideas which the designers keep in mind while planning the landscape.

Plants in landscaping ideas-Plants are widely used to give the natural feel in the landscape. While choosing the plants one must be careful; it should be most appropriate plant for the area and climate Rocks in landscaping ideas- Rocks are important to any landscape. They give functional characteristic and they also have a distinct beauty.

Contractor in landscaping ideas-Included in the investment is the search for the best professional landscape contractor available who can stay within your budget and yet do an acceptable job. Energy Efficient Landscaping ideas-Many experts have proven that efficient landscaping that takes into consideration energy needs, may well save a family more then 30% of their usual heat or cooling costs. Environment Friendly Landscaping ideas-It is recommended to use the view of the sky or big trees as the background for the scene and to frame the house.

Fire Resistant design for Landscaping ideas-Fire problem is the most dangerous problem that one has to keep in mind. A properly landscaped property can be a good defense for surviving destruction or damage. Habitat Restoration and Landscaping-Most gardeners always set up a well-organized and well-maintained habitat for a balanced life cycle in their bioscope.

Landscape Designs-It is more than just beautification and enhancing of a garden to fit to an individual’s taste and preference through landscape design.

Landscaping Plans – Landscaping is an art. It is something that takes some time to do, some effort, and some patience. Landscaping – if done properly – becomes a masterpiece.

Landscaping Maintenance – Maintenance is something that has to done properly. The blooming flowers or the green trees can not be only left out without care.

Landscaping ideas also changes with the geography of the land. In China, landscaping ideas originated with Feng Shui, which is translated into English as ‘wind and water’ and is used to describe a set of general principles for the planning of development in relation to the natural landscape. In Europe, the history of landscaping ideas can be traced to the work of Vitruvius.

Landscaping ideas are not set in stone. The best ideas come with the fluid imagination of both designers and home owners. Landscape planners are concerned with the ‘health’ along with the beauty of the landscape.

How to Remodel Your Kitchen, Bedroom and Dining Halls

Remodeling of your kitchen


However, it is must that you get top notch kitchen faucets because if
they are not made of good quality materials they would leak. And you can
imagine how irritating it is when your faucet leaks. Therefore, you
need to use your spare time in finding out quality kitchen faucets that
would be not only affordable but also durable.

In kitchen you
also need to install good quality stands to carry your kitchen
equipments. If you do not do this your kitchen accessories may be
damaged that would increase the cost of remodeling your home indirectly.

Remodeling bedrooms

Remodeling of
bedrooms is a great idea which many home owners forget to apply. Your
bedroom is a place that provides you relief when you are tired.
Therefore, for your bedroom you need to get soft quality mattresses. You
also need to give time in installing or replacing windows. For
bedrooms, you can use tinted glass windows because they would prevent
ultra-violet rays that come from Sun. Because you may have many bedrooms
in your home, you may plan what types of windows you may need for
different bedrooms at your home. Normally, homeowners do not concentrate
on windows of their bedrooms because they do not take them seriously.
Therefore, if you want a comfortable bedroom you need to use your spare
time in making your bedroom not only good looking but also comfortable.

Remodeling of your dining hall


Dining hall is also a very important part of your home and you need to
make it good looking. For giving a good looking shape to your dining
hall you can select good quality linens, tea tables, dining tables and
other accessories. However, your dining hall may occupy some other
things e.g. televisions, sofa sets and other relaxable chairs but it may
not look fully occupied. Therefore, when you remodel you dining hall,
you should select all the things very carefully.

Many people
forget their dining halls when they remodel their homes because they
think if they install quality tables, and accessories at their dining
halls it may be occupied. However, it is not the case in reality.
Remodeling means putting all the things in a good manner to give a good
looking shape to your home. It does not mean only relocating all the
things. Therefore, if you think that remodeling of your home is not
possible without a home decor, you need to change your mind completely.
Follow the things and remodel your home without any home decor.

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