Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Now that the school year is coming to a close, it is the perfect time to consider teaching your children (or yourself) Korean! If a Korean class is not easily accessible to you, these Korean learning workbooks are a great alternative. We have just added some new Korean learning books for the summer.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Not too late to enter for this month's drawing! We will announce the winner on June 1st. If you would like to enter, just email us at email@example.com with a photo, permission to post photo for contest, name of child, age and address. Past prizes have included Korean podaegi, play mat, toys and long johns.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Photo taken from official website.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
|Expectant mothers stretch their arms before a ballet class at D Qube Dance Gallery, located in Sinsa-dong , southern Seoul. [JoongAng Ilbo]|
Knitting, listening to Mozart and reading fairy tales are so yesterday for expectant mothers.
With an increasing number of moms-to-be seeking novel approaches to prenatal education, a host of new programs has surfaced.
Most recently, the National Palace Museum of Korea launched an eight-week program called “Royal Prenatal Education: Raise your baby in a royal way.”
During the eight-week program, which started April 16, mothers make baby journals and benet jeogori (the traditional first coat worn by a newborn baby) using traditional methods. The origin of benet jeogori dates back to King Jeongjo (1752-1800).
“Instead of luxurious silk, our ancestors used cotton, which has no color or pattern, to make the coat, hoping for their babies to learn modesty,” Kim Eun-young, an instructor who gave a brief presentation of the class, told attendees during one of the classes.
Some expectant mothers are also taking ballet classes.
On one weekday last month, a dozen mothers were stretching their arms and legs as classical music played in the background.
“I chose a ballet class because I thought ‘this is something new,’” said Kim Ju-yeon, a worker who was 21 weeks pregnant at the time.
“I’m very satisfied with my decision. I used to wake up in the middle of the night because of pregnancy cramps, but I sleep well these days since I started regularly working out and learning abdominal breathing from this class.”
|“Baby EQ” Provided by Universal Music Korea|
One company - Universal Music Korea - even capitalizes on the needs of mothers who are fed up with Mozart. Its “Baby EQ” CD essentially features renditions of well-known pop songs using instruments that emit high-frequency sounds.
The instruments include bells, glockenspiels and celesta.
The songs include hits from artists such as Madonna, Elton John, Sting and U2.
The company claims the high-frequency sounds help calm babies, said Lim Hang-min, an official of Universal Music Korea.
The CD is available at music stores, and more artists such as Stevie Wonder and Phil Collins will be added in the near future.
Some women, instead of, say, knitting, are opting to spend their free time making Blabla dolls.
The marketplaces sell do-it-yourself kits for making the doll.
They are taller and more colorful than traditional dolls, and the arms are longer.
Many mothers who make Blabla dolls believe that needlework is good for enhancing the intelligence of their unborn babies.
From Joong Ang Daily
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I don't know about you, but I've had bad experiences going to a salon that doesn't specialize in Asian hair. I have the typical thin, straight Asian hair that lacks body and texture. My Korean children have the same hair so this past year we decided to all start going to a Korean hair salon. We were all pleasantly surprised with our hair cuts as the Korean stylist really knew our hair type as well as fashionable hair styles.
I do warn you that Korean styles tend to be more adventurous with perming and coloring children's hair, so if that's not your thing, make sure you don't give them free reign to do whatever they please. :) For example, Koreans seem to really like perming male hair (young and old). Just look at Boys Over Flowers main male lead with his curly hair do above.
A popular Korean hair salon that has a chain of stores across the US is Kim Sun Young. Here's the link.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Korea has also been impacted by the emergence of children's gyms and play cafes. Here are some photos of one called Little Bear Cafe in Korea.
Photos taken from www.littlebearcafe.com.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Look what a mom did in Korea to dress up the dol items for her child's first birthday party!
It is Korean tradition to lay out various items in front of the birthday child, as it is believed that the item that the child will pick will predict the child's future. For example, if the child picks up a book, Koreans believe that the child will be scholarly.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
If you'd like a custom piece done, contact him and tell him Little Seouls sent you! He's really reasonable!!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
"Edison Chopsticks are patented education products that enable children aged 2 and older with the wrong posture to immediately learn the principles of using them.
Also, they are new-concept kitchen utensils to help children to get used to using chopsticks in an easy and fun way, and develop finger motion which is impossible with forks, as well as concentration, focus, and intellect."
You can purchase them by going to our store's link here.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Here is an episode from Cathlyn's Korean Kitchen, a cooking show which airs on Time Warner Cable on Fridays, Channel 12. Cathlyn Choi Michelson shares her recipe on how to make Kim bap. If you plan to make it for your child, I would stick to just the meat and vegetables that your child is accustomed to eating. You can also use sausages instead of boolgogi (Korean beef). More recipes and information about this show can be found here at www.cathlynskoreankitchen.tv.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
After a long anticipated wait for the re-opening of Disneyland's hallmark ride, "Its a Small World," we were happy to see the new dolls in their new and improved, traditional Korean attire.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Teacher's Appreciation week begins this coming week: May 3rd to May 9th. Its not too late to purchase that special gift for your child's teacher. These towel cakes are a cute and unique surprise for any teacher. We can send these towel gifts directly to your teacher with a personalized note to the school in order to expedite shipping.
Also a great mother's day gift! Just go to www.littleseouls.com
Friday, May 1, 2009
Here is one year old Luca who is our winner this month! How handsome he looks in his traditional Korean hanbok!
All monthly winners are randomly chosen. We are now taking entries for June's Baby of the Month. If you would like to enter your child, please email us a photo, name, consent to use photo for contest, age to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember you can re-enter as many times as you like until you win! Just email us to have your child be re-entered for next month's drawing!