What are Global Goals or SDGs Q&A

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Q: What are Global Goals?

A: Global Goals or Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are concerned with creating a better future for the society and environment around the world

Q: Who developed the Sustainable Development Goals?

A: The United Nations (UN); the largest assembly of world leaders in history accepted the UN Millennium Declaration

Q: When were the Sustainable Development Goals initially agreed upon?

A: Initially, in September 2000 at the Millennium Summit, the UN proposed the so called 8 ‘Millennium Development Goals’, which obligated the assembly of world leaders and their nations to form a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets, with a deadline of 2015

Q: Were the Global Goals or SDGs always called that way?

A: In 2015, the United Nations have reconsidered the eight Millennium Development Goals and concluded by developing the 17 SDGs, which address the world most current important issues

Q: What can individuals do to participate?

A: Individuals can learn more about the #GlobalGoals by seeking information and taking part in initiatives within their communities and around the world

Q: What can businesses do to participate?

A: Business owners, from a micro business to a large enterprise can seek information, choose one or several goals which they like to focus on and initiate change within their company as well as in their community, and form sustainable partnerships with complimentary businesses to promote the goals


 

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Mother Daughter Tag – How well do you know each other?

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My daughter Jasmin has #dared me to make a video for my YouTube Channel and do a mother daughter tag with her. I was soooo sure that I knew most of the answers. Well, you’ll see how that went in our video below.

If you want to go ahead and to a mother daughter tag or a mother son tag too, here are the questions:

MOTHER TO DAUGHTER or SON:

Mom’s favorite color is….

Mom’s shoe size is…

Mom’s favorite flower is…

Mom is how many years old…

Mom’s favorite song is…

Mom was born in which State/City…

Mom has how many siblings…

Mom’s favorite dessert is…

Mom is how tall….

Mom’s favorite Sonic drink is…

Mom was how old when she had her ears pierced….


DAUGHTER or SON TO MOTHER:

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite color is…

Daughter’s/ Son’s favorite meal that Mom cooks is…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite book is…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite song is…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite school subject is…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite vacation ever was…

Daughter / Son wants to be how tall when she grows up…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite Sonic drink…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite gift ever was…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite birthday ever was…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite thing to do with mom is…

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Naomi xxx

Quick & Easy Vegan Family Lunch 2

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Once again I have been experimenting to serve my kiddos a healthy and yet quick, convenient lunch. So the following recipe is yet another successful and very delicious outcome of my latest ‘trial-and-see approach’.

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So I hope you will enjoy it too!

 

 

 


Chestnut Mushroom & Veg Mix Stir-Fry with Wholemeal Noodles

500g Chestnut Mushrooms (brushed or washed, peeled and sliced)

125g Cabbage Medley (White, Savoy, Spring Green and Tenderheart (convenience bag mix or freshly washed and cut into stripes)

1 Red Pepper (washed and diced)

½ Onion (washed and cut into rings)

2 Garlic Gloves (washed and pressed)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Dark Soy Sauce

Salt & Black Pepper

600g Wholemeal Noodles

Sweet and Sour Sauce Ingredients:

50g Brown Sugar

50g Malt Vinegar

150g Tomato Sauce or Ketchup

1 small tin pineapple chunks in juice

1 tbsp light soy sauce

2 Spring onions (washed and cut into slices)

Serves 4 / Preparation and Cooking Time ca. 30 minutes

Instructions

Step 1

Sprinkle the olive oil in a large pan or wok and when it is hot add the onions and garlic to it. Fry for ca. 2-3 minutes until they become soft and a little brown.

Step 2

Add the mushrooms, mix and let it simmer for about 5-8 minutes. Then add the soy sauce and pepper and stir fry for 2-5 minutes. Lastly add the cabbage medley and allow to fry for 5 minutes.

Step 3

Season with salt and black pepper. Cover the pan and set aside.

Step 4

Combine all sweet and sour sauce ingredients, except the spring onion, in a separate pan or wok and simmer for 5 minutes. Then add the wholemeal noodles and stir-fry them for 1-2 minutes.

Serve the mushroom mix and noodles together and garnish with spring onion.

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Bon appetite!

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Naomi

 

P.S.: To make this recipe even quicker, you can use ready-made, convenience sweet and sour sauce.

Scrabble Day

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Have you ever wondered why there are so many ‘Special or Celebration Days’ throughout the year? I have…I guess it gives us all something to look forward to and engage in!

Did you know that today is the International Scrabble Day?

I, for instance, can write a quick blog post about it and later today play a round of scrabble with the family 😉 Plus, teaching and learning new words!

Scrabble Key Facts:

  • Invited by board game inventor and architect Alfred Mosher Butts in 1930
  • Originally named Lexiko and then Criss-Cross Words
  • Scrabble Day is celebrated annually in honour of the Inventor’s Birthday on April 13
  • Tip: If you can’t find any more words, you may find help here; English word search toolGermanFrench or Spanish.

 

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Naomi xxx

 

Homeschooling Success – A Pround Mommy Moment

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Does homeschooling REALLY work?

YES, it does! How though, that may be the better question…From personal experience of homeschooling my three kids at different stages, I can say that is works perfectly, if you are willing to plan well and you are organised.

Does homeschooling work for EVERY child?

Each child has strengths and weaknesses and while in mainstream schools the goal is to teach all children at the same level and speed in classes defined by age, not ability, in homeschooling that is not the primary objective. So, I believe that home education works greatly for each child, due to the opportunity of setting up a learning environment that is specially designed for the individual child.

Does homeschooling work for children with SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS (SEN)?

Children who have complex learning difficulties or mental or physical disabilities have the chance to be taught at a level that is suitable at the time, which can, depending of their needs, be adapted at any given time in a homeschool environment.

My youngest child, age 7, has proven that home education with learning goals that are specifically outlined for her, with lots of love and time to develop at her own speed works very well; despite her disabilities she is very capable of learning; at her own pace and in her unique way.

I am so happy and grateful that we were able to make the right choice for her, so I wanted to share this short video with you, in which she reads two pages of a reading Level 4 primary school book.

Let me know what you think in the comment section below!

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Naomi xxx

P.S.: If you wonder about how to start homeschooling, I invite you to check out the Professional Home Educator Academy online program, which I have created to teach parents and carers how to set up a successful homeschool environment.

What are the Medical Model of Disability & The Social Model of Disability?

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There are two models of disability; the medical model and the social model. Let’s have a look at the advantages and disadvantages of the two:

The Medical Model of Disability

The World Health Organisation (WHO) introduced the medical model of disability which was developed by medical professionals in their framework for working with disability and publishing the “International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities and Handicaps” in 1980.

The medical model of disability focuses on the condition of the person, its management and treatment.

The Social Model of Disability

“In our view it is society which disables physically impaired people. Disability is something imposed on top of our impairments by the way we are unnecessarily isolated and excluded from full participation in society.” claimed the Union of the Physically Impaired Against Segregation (UPIAS), in 1979.

Since 1980 the social model of disability was introduced to the UK and it identifies negative attitudes, exclusion by society and systemic barriers.


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It is important to use both models, because it is obviously necessary to get a diagnosis from a medical professional. Then to draw a plan, on how to manage the disability with operations, drugs, aids or any other form of treatment to help the person.

The social model helps the disabled person to cope with his or her disability in his or her social life, a blind child, for example, benefits from an audio recording of his or her favourite program or a book written in braille. In this case the child would not feel left out and could converse with his peers about the same program.

Or a young person in a wheelchair who enjoys playing ball games could be encouraged to join a special basketball group or a mixed group of children with and without wheelchairs. This would take the focus away from the disability to having fun like everyone else.

The more adaptions are made the less a disabled person is confronted with his or her disability. Town centres which are laid out in a way that everyone has access to shops and parks makes the lives of everyone easier. This includes nearby parking, wide paths without obstacles like boards etc., lifts, ramps, and wide doors to name a few.

My youngest daughter went to a nursery which includes disabled children, and as she is autistic and has a rare chromosome disorder, I was glad that inclusion is offered in our city. The nursery adapted its premises for all kinds of special needs, for example all staff members are able to sign (Makaton), and they use “Now-Then” boards and Pegs, which is essential to communicate with children on the autistic spectrum.

From my experience I can say that it works really well, because the mix of ‘abled children’ in a nursery, school or leisure setting provide great role models for the’ less abled’ ones. While both groups of children learn from each other in so many ways, including emphasising the needs and wants of each other, practising kindness and building friendships with a diverse group of peers.

The inclusion of disabled people which is already practiced by nurseries, schools and employers should be emphasized and wider practiced, because the higher the level of incorporation of the two models, the medical and the social model, the better it is for our society overall.

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Naomi xxx

Homeschooling and Socialization – YES it works!

 

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When I initially started home educating my three children, many people asked me repeatedly whether my kids lack socialization due to being at home. After some time it really drove me nuts, having to explain to everyone that first of all they are three anyway, so they obviously have each other at home to start off with, and in addition even when they were younger they had quite an active day including being outside. I taught them in the morning, so we were either at home or we would make trips to the local zoo, beach, forest, park or swimming pool, depending on how it fit into their lesson plans.

Kitchen Toys Naomi Mc LaughlanWe lived in a large neighborhood, so after the mainstream schools finished in the early afternoon there were plenty of children outside, so of cause my kids joined them as well. In addition, I organised plenty of playdates, we organised the neighborhood Halloween party one year and my kids had sleepovers with their friends. In addition, each child has found a hobby club, so again a great opportunity to make friends and socialise, while doing something they love.  At weekends we would have family over, for example my sisters and their kids, and we joined the local family church morning session.

So overall, I believe children have endless opportunities to socialise whether they are in a mainstream school or are educated at home. After all, children do not get to choose who their classmates are in school and may only pick one or two kids as their friends anyway, while  homeschooled children have the option to socialize solely with children they really like. As talking during classes is prohibited by teachers with a ‘Shh, we don’t talk during lessons’, main-streamers are left with recess (break time) only to socialize which accounts for few hours a day at most.


 

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Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate mainstream schools as well, as I believe that each child is unique and may blossom in different environments at particular stages in life. And while I still teach my youngest daughter at home and my son studies at University online from home as well, my oldest daughter has joined the local high school.

If you are thinking of starting your homeschool journey, I invite you to check out the Professional Home Educator Academy, which is an online based training that shows you how to get started or organised, if you have started but feel lost.

Let me know what you think,

All the Best,

Naomi xxx