The way you can measure a society's soul is by the way that it treats its children.
Nelson Mandela

Issue No. 69 - 16th December 2008

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The Law of Attraction and Puss-kittens

I'm sure you've all read Rhonda Byrne's book or seen the DVD 'The Secret', the basic tenet of which is that what you think about you bring about.  I was reminded of this because of what happened soon after writing about cats in the newsletter (#59). In it I expressed disappointment that I no longer had cats in my life and how I was looking forward to the day when that would all change. It would appear that I had put that message out to the universe loudly and clearly.

I was working at home and went outside to bring in the mail. In walked the neighbour's cat whom I hadn't seen in months. He proceeded to make himself quite at home, investigating the entire house, as cats do, then plonked himself down on the floor beside me as I worked. After a few minutes he jumped onto the chair, the piano and my desk, scattering papers as he went and daring me, with gently swaying tail, to try to keep typing and looking at the screen with his bulk in the way. When I left the house shortly after to go to the gym, I had to physically remove him from the premises, so determined was he to stay. He sat on the verandah while I walked out the gate.

Just as I was leaving the gym to return home, the local cat came in as he often does. This time I patted him and proceeded to go down the stairs. He protested loudly so I stopped and patted him again, after which he followed me out the door while I went on my way. About fifty metres down the road I could hear a 'Meow' from behind and there was the cat, tearing up the footpath after me! I waited till he caught up and patted him again. This time he didn't follow me, realising I really meant to leave him behind. The whole experience was quite bizarre. What cat would go to all that trouble?

So what do we make of all this? According to 'The Secret' there is no such thing as coincidence. I had apparently invoked the presence of two cats which made my day.

I said nothing about this to my (now adult) children but one of them is getting me a kitten (maybe two) for Christmas! Apparently I need a cat or two.

I hope that whatever you have been wishing for materialises, whether you realise you've been wishing for it or not. Have a wonderful break and I look forward to connecting with you at the end of January.

Quotes of the Week

There is a law in psychology that if you form a picture in your mind of what you would like to be, and you keep and hold that picture there long enough, you will soon become exactly as you have been thinking. William James, 1842-1910, Psychologist and Author 

Entertainment  

Christmas Wish '

May your stuffing be tasty                                                                                                    May your turkey be plump                                                                                                      May your potatoes and gravy                                                                                               Have never a lump.

May your yams be delicious                                                                                                   And your pies take the prize,                                                                                                 And may your Christmas dinner
Stay off your thighs!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

(Thanks to Judy Newton for the above) 

Some jokes from Christmas crackers to work off on the children '

Q. Why can't you play cards in the jungle?                                                                               A. Because there are too many cheetahs.

Q. Why did the jelly baby go to school?                                                                                    A. Because it wanted to be a smartie.

Q. How do you get down from an elephant?                                                                              A. You don't. You get down from ducks.

Q. What lives at the bottom of the sea and shivers?                                                                   A. A nervous wreck.

Feedback

Some comments from the ECCPA Conference 2008 '

Some good ideas for relaxing children.

I liked the stretching and relaxing with scarves. The whole session is very good for classroom teaching as an extra part of their day. It helps to re-focus on the new activity.

Very relaxing session. The presenter was passionate.

I learnt different ways to relax children instead of expecting them to just lie down. Great ideas to help them calm down.

I learnt about teaching relaxation gradually, not getting children to lie still immediately.

About The Author

Marlene Rattigan B.A., Dip. Ed. (ECS), CELTA

Marlene Rattigan is an Early Childhood teacher, a teacher of English as a Second Language, and from 1987-2000 was a nationally accredited fitness leader. Her background is in music education. A keen interest in motor development in children led to the creation of Kidz-Fiz-Biz which she taught successfully for 13 years. Marlene also conducts workshops for children, teachers and parents at schools, in the community and at festivals. She has produced teaching manuals complete with audio CDs which are an extension of her 'Kidz-Fiz-Biz' program.
Kidz-Fiz-Biz
PO Box 6894, East Perth WA 6892, Australia
T: +61 8 9325 1204 M: +61 (0) 410 64 2781 E: info@kidzfizbiz.com

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