Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Halloween Trays 2014

We are all set for Halloween 2014!
Malaysians generally do not celebrate Halloween.
Unless you are a fun, crazy mom like me :p
If I were to celebrate the Hungry Ghost Festival, it would totally freak MIL out.
Since she thinks of Halloween as a costume party...it's A-okay.

FYI, my dear Little Dragon is Princess Sofia this year.
As I am typing this, the package arrived.
It looks small...
Hope it fits....fingers crossed. 

Tiger is going to be a pirate because he had refused it
and ended up wearing a friend's Batman suit last year
He still doesn't want to be pirate this year. (God, grant me patience)
So, I bought a set of pirate toy from Daiso (sword, compass, eye patch, earring)
and I made this toy-based learning center with his pirate hat and a glow in the dark sword
FYI after one week, he still hasn't touch the books...

The kids like this Spooky center more.
His fav is The Haunted House by Kazuno Kohara
Dragon loves Witch's Kitchen with it's two-ways flaps

We learning about the human Skeleton
I printed the 3-parts cards from the Montessori Print Shop bundle
that came with Montessori At Home ebook.
I made a book for him, just for fun.

Fine Motor
 (Pincer grip)
Some bunny clips to match to bunny stickers

Tweezing orange pompoms.

Practical life
Sifting spiders from a tub of rice.
I didn't dye the rice so that they are still edible after washing.
GST coming, must be more money conscious :)
Added a long tong so that they learn to play peacefully.

Finger play
Some creepy crawlies rubber bands to put on the paper tube.

Ice cube tray, round tablets from Froebel Gift 7

Stole this idea from a friend.
One-to-one correspondence with the number chips and purple pumpkins
Then insert the correct number of googly eyes into each one.

Scissors skills
DIY some cutting strips with some Halloween stickers.
The pumpkin worksheet is from Kumon
Safety scissors from ELC

Our very popular sensory bin.
Any activity you can make a mess with, she's onzzzzzzz! 

Added some spiders to the spooky corner.
Dragon girl hates spider....
Just like a real princess.

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Froebel Gift 4: Forms of Life

Occasionally, I will sneak some Froebel's blocks into our study time.
Their favorite: still these yarn balls...
Printables from Confessions of A Homeschooler

 When I presented Gift 3 to him earlier on, he didn't know what to do with the 8 cubes.
I demonstrated a series of Form of Life to him, namely
a wall, two towers, chair, train, stairs, etc.
and Tiger just copied whatever I created for him using some purple blocks.

When I opened Gift 4, he said, 
"Come, I show YOU. Hmmmm.....what can we make."
I was cheering and skipping inside, finally, some creative initiative!
I could hear his brain working and he had his thinking face on :)

First, he created a domino effect.
Nothing spells fun like destruction.
He had to be delicate and continually adjust the distance between two blocks
to create the right distance.
We repeated this creation many times.

The next one, I didn't like.

Clearly, MIL has been too indulgent with his TV time.
He created a big TV.

Adjusting his big, comfy sofa.

This simple one blew my mind.
It was initially a table but he added a block below the table and said,
"This is papa barbeque one, the bottom one is kakoal for fire"
A BBQ Grill!
Creating without destroying :)

 A bed.
He asked for pillows and blanket.

Then he turned around and shouted, "Mama, don't look, don't look..I have a surprise for you."
I was anticipating a cake or some stupendous creation.
A wall
Oh well. I said, "Sturdy"

He redeemed himself with....Ze' Toilet.
Bwahahahahha...didn't expect that but it is my personal favorite.
He was telling me where the pooping action should take place.
Two side blocks are for resting your arms,
and ermmm, to put coffee/book while waiting.
Complete with a high back and soft pillow for comfort.
The flush button is also on the right hand side for convenience

Kids...and their crazy ideas.
Should I patent the toilet design?
Perhaps I should throw in a coffee maker?
Coffee is good for pooping.
Let me discuss with hubs and see what he says.
Till then, do tell me some stuff your kids did/said :)

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Grit & Determination

Some people are very driven for success.
They are focused, they do not give up easily and they are goal-oriented.
I am not.
I would be miserable if I had to live like that.
Tiger is terrible at failing. A sore loser.
If he fails, he would give up and walk away.
I will have to encourage him with words, hugs, kisses...the works.
With whatever intelligence he has, it will all account for nothing if there is no drive.
On the other hand I have this little fighter.
She may be only 2 but she is probably more determined than all of us put together.
Doesn't back off.
'I will try until I die' attitude.
This is her with her 26 blocks, last night.

With about seven blocks left and I had to grab my camera.
I forgot to switch off the flash and it annoyed her.

She pauses and readjust the blocks when needed.


 At this point it was already taller than her.
Tiger is at the computer, watching phonics video meant for her.
The blocks were to supplement the learning but...nevermind.
This one is a creator, not a reader

The last block


...it crashed onto her face and body.
She was shocked and a little disappointed.
I could tell.
She walked towards me and sat in my lap.
She hugged me tightly and sniffled a bit.
 One minute later, she was back to trying again.

It's the same when she is playing golf.
She tries and tries even though she couldn't.

She inspires me to try harder.
To put in a little more effort.
You only need to be extremely good in one thing in life.
Jordan, Trump, Madonna, Phelps, etc.
I bet not everyone I mentioned is on the Dean's list.
Find their niche, harness their magic.
Nurture their gifts.
Whatever else, just try their best.

on the importance of grit for success.

PS: In case you are questioning my sanity on her fashion choices,
she is her own fashion consultant.
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