Category Archives: Around The World

Language & soccer camp in Switzerland

Chantemerle International school has been around for 50 years and we have had many Kuwaitis and children from the gulf throughout the years. During the summer, children (6 to 16) are accommodated with full board and supervised 24/24 by an experience staff. We offer language (French or English) intensive courses combined with a professional soccer camp and other fun activities/excursions.

Dates :  2 to 6 weeks from July 1st to August 12th 2012
Prices : USD 1’500.- (CHF 1’500.-) per week (price all inclusive: full board, class and materials, all activities incl soccer camp, Geneva airport transfers)

 

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Caine’s Arcade – A little boy’s dream

I was checking out some local blogs this morning and stumbled on this video from Q8 Blend’s blog. Caine Monroy is a 9-year old boy who spent his summer vacation building an  DIY cardboard arcade in his dad’s used auto parts store. Day after day he would design, develop and create different arcade games using cardboard boxes and some of his old toys as prizes for his customers. It was his dream to have customers play at his arcade stations and one man made it all possible.

The imagination and creativity of children is limitless but as  parents specially here in Kuwait are we holding our children back ? Are we giving them everything on a silver platter ? Are we giving them the opportunity to be the best they can be ? Just a little something to think about.

After filming the video, the film makers created Caine’s Scholarship Fund & Caine’s Arcade Foundation

We posted the film with an initial goal of raising a $25,000 scholarship fund for Caine to help with his education. The first day the film was posted, over $60,000 was raised. A week later, we received a matching dollar-for-dollar seed funding grant of $250,000 from the Goldhirsh Foundation to help start the Caine’s Arcade Foundation to help more innovative kids.

There is so much good in the world and starting off with just one man, a total stranger has changed Caine’s life forever.

SMILE, BE THANKFUL, BE POSITIVE AND ALWAYS REMEMBER THERE IS NO LIMIT WHEN DREAMS ARE INVOLVED.

For more information about Caine’s Arcade visit his website here.

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Celebrate Earth Day everyday

It is Earth Day today and schools around Kuwait are celebrating it in their own little way. It is very important to teach your children about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling and best way to teach them that is to start at home and school.

Here are a few tips that you and your family can implement for a greener home.

  1. Turn off lights when you leave the room.
  2.  Unplug unused chargers and appliances.
  3.  Be careful not to leave the water running when you brush your teeth or wash the dishes.
  4. Use cloth instead of paper to clean your kitchen.
  5. Recycle, recycle, recycle. Sort out your trash into paper, metals, and glass. Set up four separate waste baskets, and make sure the contents end up in the appropriate recycle bins. You can then have a recycling company come by every week to pick up your trash.
  6.  Reuse scrap paper.  Print on two sides, or let your kids color on the back side of used paper.
  7.  Support your local economy and shop at your farmer’s market. TSC have an amazing selection of locally grown fruits & vegetables as well as the yummiest locally produced dairy products.
  8. Instead of using grocery stores’ disposable plastic or paper bags, bring your own reusable tote bags, which are available for sale at many grocers like TSC and other retailers such as Le Green Sac.
  9.  When you go out for coffee, bring a reusable insulated mug.
  10.  Use a reusable envelope for school notes.
  11.  Use a reusable water bottle &  lunch box instead of Ziploc bags.
  • A fun outing that you can take your kids to today would have to be the Reuse Exhibition at ACK from 5pm – 9pm. They will be showing the documentary One Day On Earth at 6.30pm at ACK’s auditorium.

Always remember a little change can make a BIG difference.

Check out our previous posts about recycling and being environmentally friendly.

Eco -awareness for kids

Green Sac – Kuwait

Small changes make a BIG difference

I “HEART” Recycling

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Food Revolution Day, May 19

Food revolution day is just around the corner and Kuwait is joining in. Follow @foodrev on twitter or check out their website for more information.

How are you going to participate?

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The 26-Ingredient School Lunch Burger

These 26 ingredient burger patties are everywhere—in your fridge, at schools and at the supermarket. Always remember nothing beats fresh, home cooked meals.

 

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The Bully Project

Bully the documentary weaves together the stories of five families dealing with the long-term effects of school bullying in the United States— two that have recently lost their children to suicide and three that are experiencing it day in and day out. The Bully Project is the first feature documentary film to show how we’ve all been affected by bullying, whether we’ve been victims, perpetrators or stood silent witness. The world we inhabit as adults begins on the playground.

The Bully Project opens on the first day of school. For the more than 5 million kids who’ll be bullied this year in the United States, it’s a day filled with more anxiety and foreboding than excitement. As the sun rises and school busses across the country overflow with backpacks, brass instruments and the rambunctious sounds of raging hormones, this is a ride into the unknown.

After just watching the trailer my heart goes out to all the children and families that have been affected by bullying. As a mother  I would like to believe that I’am raising 2 wonderful boys who are confidant, secure , who will not give in to peer pressure and who will stand up to anyone who will even try to put them down. It is important to talk to your children, be involved in their daily life, ask questions about school, friends and activities  they do at recess. Make sure they know that you are there for them and that they can come and talk to you about anything and everything. Make sure they know that you will always be on their side and that they can trust you with any problem they have because we also have bullies in our schools.

For more information about The Bully Project visit their website here.

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Tips for keeping your baby safe in the sun

Summer is just around the corner and we know how hot and strong our sun is. Here are 3 main tips to going out during the hot summer days with your baby:

Seek the shade:  To protect your baby’s skin, keep her out of the sun between 11am and 3pm. Until her second year, she hasn’t got much melanin – the hormone associated with protecting skin in the sun. If you do go out at that time, make sure your baby’s head is covered with a hat and a sun shade.

Slip on a hat & sunglasses: Dark colors like black and navy absorb the sun, so get your baby wearing lighter shades to keep her cool. Protect her eyes and head with sun glasses and a hat too.

Fill up on fluids: Keeping your baby hydrated will help her regulate her body temperature. So make sure she get lots of fluids in her throughout the day.

Slather on the sunscreen: Choose a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Look for the words “broad spectrum” on the label. “Broad spectrum” means the product protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before heading outdoors, and reapply it every two hours. Make sure you cover all exposed areas of your baby’s skin, including the tips of the ears, the back of the neck, and the tops of the feet.

*Toddlers & kids should also wear sunscreen specially if they go to school or summer camps. 

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