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Kaffee & Tee, Klatsch und Tratsch (in Deutsch) - Frühling
März, April und Mai sind die drei Frühjahrsmonate. Auf unserer Nordhalbkugel beginnt zwischen dem 20. und 21. März der Frühling. Aber was ist das Besondere am Frühlingsanfang? Warum wird er genau auf diesen Tag gelegt? Zu Frühlingsbeginn sind Tag und Nacht fast genau gleich lang, also je etwa 12 Stunden (Tag-und-Nachtgleiche). Der Frühlingsanfang kann an verschiedenen Tagen sein, das Frühlingsende ist jedoch durch ein bestimmtes Ereignis – die Sommersonnenwende – festgelegt, das (fast) immer auf den 21. Juni fällt.
Coffee, Tea & Chat (in English) - Top books 2018
This is going to be a little complicated. It depends on how much time do you can find for you and reading, but it is really hard to read, when you have little kids. Every year, there is huge amount books published around the world – around 2,2 Millions. I found a very interesting List from UNESCO which put together information from 123 Countries.
Súťaž o milú knižku z vydavateľstva USBORNE na Facebooku
Máme pre Vás súťaž o milú knižku z vydavateľstva USBORNE, ktorú nám darovala jedna z našich návštevníčok, ktorú čochvíľka môžete osobne stretnúť na predajnej výstave kníh vydavateľstva v MC Budatko! Napíšte nám do komentára na Facebooku, či Ste sa už zúčastnili výmeny knižiek v našom materskom centre, aká knižka Vás zaujala, prípadne, čo v spojení s knižkami by Ste ešte u nás chceli zažiť. Jedného z Vás vyberieme na konci marca a knižku s radosťou odovzdáme!
Kaffee & Tee, Klatsch und Tratsch (in Deutsch) - Top Bücher 2018
Das hier wird schwer. Dem nach wieviel Zeit man sich zum Lesen finden kann, kennt man die Bücher vielleicht, aber es ist sehr schwer mit Kindern zu lesen, wenn es so viele Bücher jeder Jahr auf den Markt kommen. Im Jahr ist es ungefähr 2,2 Millionen Bücher in der Welt.
Coffee, Tea & Chat (in English) - Books you should read before...
…no matter what, question is, what else could you read, what is really the top literature from which you could learn something, have fun, be a bookworm because it is so good to read. If you write in Google "Top Books ...” you will find about 3.5 billion results. Everyone has their own list ... But what are the books that are really worth reading? It is not a competition, you read mainly for yourself, right? Nevertheless, one likes to find inspiration. I went through a few of the top lists and here are the books that I have found again and again...
Dobrovoľníctvo a členstvo v MC Budatko
Neustále hľadáme dobrovoľníkov na vedenie herničky, montessori kútika, organizáciu aktivít pre deti aj mamičky, ale aj na pomoc cez PC, výrobou materiálov doma, či distribúciu letákov...
Kaffee & Tee, Klatsch und Tratsch (in Deutsch) - Lesen macht dich besser
Lesen - für jemanden ist es die schönste Freizeitbeschäftigung der Welt. Sie entfliehen dem tristen Alltag und reisen in die Welt der Fantasie. Für manche ist es leere Auszeit ohne was dazu. Viele Leute wiisen garnicht, wann sie das letzte Mal ein Buch in der Hand hatten. Manche lesen überall. Es ist eine Aktivität die man ausübt ohne zu wissen im täglichen Leben bein Autofahren (Strassezeichen lesen), Fehrsehen schausen (Titel zum Nachrichten, Werbung, Übersetzung...) oder sogar in der Kücher (Rezepte, Foodblogs, ...). Beim Buch lesen geht es um ein bischen mehr. Eine langzeitliche Leseaktivität bring uns sogar sehr viel mehr.
Coffee, Tea & Chat (in English) - Reading books makes you better
Reading - for someone it is the most beautiful free time in the world. They escape the dreary everyday life and travel into the world of fantasy. For some it is empty timeout without something extra. Many people do not even know when they last had a book in their hands. Some read everywhere. It is an activity that you practice without knowing in everyday life, driving a car (reading road signs), watching TV (news, advertising, translations ...) or even in the kitchen (recipes, food blogs, ...). Reading the book is about a bit more than just reading. A long-term reading activity will bring us much more.
Dobrovoľníctvo ako aktivita s neopísateľnou pridanou hodnotou
Od nášho rozhovoru s Ninou Stueven z Bratislavského dobrovoľníckeho centra (BDC) už prešiel nejaký ten čas. Naše deti odrástli, náš program sa posunul, my sme sa naučili opäť nové veci. Mnoho z toho, čo sme v rozhovoroch spomenuli sme už zabudli, no to dôležité, zachytené a zdokumentované je jednoznačne to, s čím sa stále stotožňujeme.
Program na mesiac marec
Ráno nás zobudí zubaté slniečko, ktoré si po celý deň dodáva odvahy a popoludní už dokáže naozaj zahriať. Prechádzky vonku sú stále príjemnejšie, pobyt na ihrisku začína byť opäť stretnutím džavotavých detí a nielen osamelá patnásťminútovka. Mnoho z nás pociťuje slnečné lúče na tvári ako terapiu, teplo plynúce cez bundu je ako teplý kúpeľ, skrátka, jar aj my sa znovu zobúdzame. My sme si z technických príčin dali prestávku neplánovane aj tento týždeň, takže sa na nás tešte až od toho budúceho, pozorne sledujte webstránku a Facebook, kde Vám určite prinesieme najčerstvejšie informácie. Momentálne je návšteva herne, aktivít i krúžkov pozastavená a veríme, že už v pondelok Vám dáme možnosť nás opäť navštíviť.
Coffee, Tea & Chat (in English) - 10 things nobody told me about parenting
Plenty of people will give you unsolicited parenting advice (I didn´t ask whether my baby should be wearing a hat, thank you), but rarely will they tell you what you really need to know. Starting with the changes in pregnancy, you’re changing to a whole new person called mom. Yes, there will be a father, too, probably, but the change hardly hit them as much as it does the women. Beginning with the figure, state of mind, sleep quality, stress level, health. And then, the baby is born. And the fun starts.
Klub (mladých) Budatkovedcov: Zázračný prášok
Deti milujú zázraky. Je ich plný svet. Aj ja by som chcela žiť v dobe, kedy učiteľ miesto intenzívneho čmárania po tabuli vytiahne dve skúmavky a pred mojimi očami na stole spraví farebný výbuch. Žijem v takej ako rodič - učiteľ svojho dieťaťa a užívam si to plnými dúškami. Pridáte sa?
Návšteva čokoládovne Hauswirth
Minulý týždeň v sobotu sme boli po dlhom predlhom čase opäť na návšteve čokoládovne Hauswirth v Kittsee. Ide o malú rodinnú fabriku, ktorá od roku 1949 vyrába čokoládu a čokoládou obaľované penové, želé a fondánové bonbóny a čokolády. Franz Hauswirth senior kúpil dom a objavil v ňom staré formy na odlievanie čokolády a tak nejako sa začala história tejto fabriky. V Kittsee fabriku postavili začiatkom 60tych rokov minulého storočia a odvtedy priťahuje návštevníkov so sladkými jazýčkami.
Kaffee & Tee, Klatsch und Tratsch (in Deutsch) - Die Woche der Ehepaare
"Das Leben ist manchmal schwierig, für eine Person sogar zu schwierig, daher ist es gut, dass es zwei in der Ehe gibt. Wenn einer müde ist, zieht der andere einfach mit ... und im besseren Fall bietet er sogar seine Schulter an, an die er sich zuerst anlehnen kann, sodass er leicht durch schwierige Situationen kommen kann, aber wenn beide müde oder überlastet sind, sind sie oft mal nicht sicher, ob man sich auf den anderen verlassen kann ... "
Sofi2018.11.02, 20:24
2018.11.02, 20:30
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Coffee, Tea & Chat (in English) - The art of choosing

Z kategórie: 'Learning english'

Material in PDF - A4 and for mobile devices (kindle, smart phones, ...)

Article
The Paradox of Choice is one of my favorite books of all time. Call me old-fashioned, but I’m a sucker for most books that, in one way or the other, tell us to go back to “the good old days,” when making choices was easier. Sheena Iyengar thinks learning how to make choices is more important today than ever. She’s one of the world’s most prominent researchers in this field and conductor of the famous jam study, in which shoppers could sample either 6 or 24 different varieties of jam at a grocery store, which led to six times more purchases when less jams were available. Are you ready to chop some complexity out of your choices? Let’s level up your inner decision-maker!

LESSON 1: YOU MUST FIND OUT HOW MUCH CHOICE YOU PERSONALLY NEED, SOMETHING THAT HEAVILY DEPENDS ON CULTURE, FOR EXAMPLE.
There are innumerable factors that influence any given choice you make. When we think about how we can change these, we usually try to answer the question “How can I maximize the amount of choice I have?” – because we assume that more choice is better. At least that’s how I try to answer it, because I grew up in the Western civilization. Here’s where it gets tricky: Not all of us need to maximize our freedom of choice to thrive. How much choice you need is highly individual.

One of the factors that determines how much choice you actually need is culture. It makes sense. Cultures that focus and promote individual freedom, as in Europe or the United States, produce people who thrive on being in charge. Eastern cultures are usually more focused on their collective entity, in which it feels more natural to have others make decisions for you. In a study where Asian-American and Anglo-American child were either given a toy to play with by their mothers or allowed to select a toy to play with themselves, the Asian kids played longer when their mom selected the toy, whereas the American kids enjoyed playing longer if they self-selected.

What might seem trivial when looking at kid’s playing behaviors is not when it comes to life: In another study, the same two ethnic groups were given a math test before and after playing Space Quest, a game designed to improve their math skills. One group could choose their spaceship’s color and name, another was given the most popular settings among the class. The American kids improved by 18% when they could choose themselves and not at all when they were denied the choice, whereas the Asian kids improved by 18% when they were given the settings, and only 11% if they had to decide. How much freedom of choice you need is not an easy one to answer for yourself, but you can bet that it’s an important one to find out.

LESSON 2: SOME CHOICE IS BETTER THAN NONE, AND EVEN THE ILLUSION OF IT MAKES US HAPPIER.
Two famous studies among over 10,000 British, called the Whitehall studies, showed that employees with a higher salary tended to be healthier, despite having more stressful jobs. Those with the lowest pay grade had the highest likelihood of dying from heart disease. However, nobody who works there lives a life close to the poverty line, so what’s the deal? With higher pay comes higher responsibility, but also more freedom to structure your work and tasks – and this makes people happier and healthier. Feeling like you’re in charge is (to some extent, remember lesson 1) so important that even the perception of choice matters a great deal, regardless of how much you actually end up having.

For example, when new residents of a nursing home were given a suggested schedule of activities, along with being told they were “allowed” to visit other floors, they felt like their health was the staff’s responsibility, and they gave up on it. Telling a second group that everything was their choice made them much happier, even though technically both groups were free to do as they pleased.

LESSON 3: SOMETIMES IT’S BETTER TO HAVE OTHERS CHOOSE FOR YOU, BUT ONLY IF YOU’RE PROPERLY INFORMED.
Sometimes in life, we have to make really, really hard choices. For example, in the extreme situation of parents having to decide whether to keep their terminally ill children alive or not, parents can deal better with the decision to cease palliative care if it’s initiated by the doctor – it puts less of a burden on their shoulders. However, while it ultimately is better to have someone make such a tough decision for you, it only makes you feel better if you’re well-informed about it.

STUDY
In a study where participants read about the following three variations of such a scenario, the group that didn’t have to make the decision but was well-informed felt best about it:
1. The parents aren’t informed about their child’s survival chances, the doctors stop the treatment and the child dies.
2. The parents are told there’s a 60% survival chance, but with severe neurological disabilities, before the doctors stop the treatment and the child dies.
3. The parents are told the chances and have to decide themselves.
Groups 1 and 3 felt equally as bad, either for being robbed the choice and the information or for having to deal with both, while group 2 felt glad to know what was going on and that the choice was inevitable.

4 SIMPLE QUESTIONS TO GUIDE YOUR POWERFUL CHOICES
Choose to face your fears. Choose to embody your vision. Choose to teach. Choose to open your heart. Choose to serve. Keep choosing and you will see that those choices carve the pathway of your Life. Your choices have creative power. Choose to make the small – sometimes uncomfortable and even painful – steps towards the evolving you, the one that lives within you wanting to be free. In time, aided by your choices, your vision will come into being.

HERE ARE 4 SIMPLE QUESTIONS YOU CAN USE TO GUIDE YOUR POWERFUL CHOICES:
1. Does this opportunity move me closer to my vision?
2. Does this increase my energy, joy, and creativity exponentially?
3. Does this opportunity connect me with those I serve best?
4. If my time was worth $10,000 per day, would I still do this?
Every day you make choices. Everything you say and do is the result of a choice you made, consciously or unconsciously. For every choice, big or small, there´s no certainty that you´ll attain your desired outcome. It´s an adventure! Nothing is certain in this world but change. That you can count on. Feel the lightness of the ever-evolving you. All of Life is in movement, and you are a child of this infinite universe.

Questions
1. How good you are at deciding about anything in your daily life and how, when it comes to big decisions (partner change, job change, moving into a new house, starting a business). What was your big choice and how did you decide, why?
2. What is your motivation to do a choice, change something?
3. If you could have someone, who would decide everything for you, would you accept it?
4. Would you rather be smart or beautiful / handsome? Why would you choose so? What; easier to live with?
5. If you had to lose one of your senses (sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste) which would you rather lose? Why? What’s most important to you?
6. What’s the most out-of-character (not fitting your personality, as you’re known to people) choice you’ve ever made? Why did you do it?
7. What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve ever been given when you’ve been trying to choose between two things?
8. What’s your most urgent priority for the rest of the year?
9. If someone could help you to choose between two hard choices, who would you pick, why?
10. If you had just 24 hours to live, what would you want to do with your time?

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