Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Tot School: K is For Key

‘Un’schooling Tiger Week 13 (1st- 8th Oct 2011) @ 16.5 months

Letter K
Theme: Keys/Things at home

This was our Tot Tray setup at the beginning of the week. I reused most of our Halloween stuff and activities from the party so that they don't go to waste. He was really into puzzles and totally ignored the sensory bag and category box.

This was surprisingly a hit despite the fact that he needed my help.
The tongs were from his Little Bean steam steriliser and not very child-friendly.
He tried really hard to work it and laughed a lot during this activity.

 LOVED the bedroom pegged puzzle.
The 'clock' and 'lamp' pieces were the easiest for him.
The rest he needed some help.

The M&D shapes puzzle of a house.
He is able to do this independently now.

This puzzle has moving pieces with holes on them.
I gave him a pencil to manipulate the pieces.
Perfect for Tiger to practice his tripod grip.

Inserting pencils into an ashtray shaped like a barrel.
It was perfect for fine motor activity.
Got it from Daiso for RM 5

A basket of keys of different sizes.

Using stickers on magnet pages from one of my fav sites: makinglearningfun.

I caved and bought the M&D latch board for him.
It was on a 20% + 10% for members sale in Mothercare.
Price after discount: RM78.50
Have I mentioned that I am a total sucker for Crayola and M&D?

We played with some dough on the P is for Pumpkin worksheet
He kept saying peh, peh, peh for letter P
Yes, he reads his alphabets in phonic now.
Mostly letters A, E, C, K, P, and I. These few applies to all 26 alphabets ^.^
I never really sat him down to 'read' his phonics, he mostly picked them up from songs and his toys

Mommy's little drama baby.
Smiling at the camera one second, then fake-crying the next   o.O 

Loves painting and anything messy.
He will always ask for 'shirt' when we enter the room.
That would be this blue thingy from IKEA meant for mealtimes.
It works better than an old shirt/any art smock
Here he is asking for help to uncap his Crayola watercolour.
He can uncap his markers but not these.

Little Tiger takes his art very seriously.
I am seriously serious.
I have created a simple art center for him so that he has access to all his indoor art stuff.
You may think that this is dangerous but just take a look at this site and you will understand.
Anyway, I only put out the washable stuff for easy clean-up
Finger paints and other super messies are off limit for now

Here he is cleaning up his desk with a wet tissue.
I always keep a pack nearby. They are excellent for fast clean-up and Tiger gets to help.
This boy love to clean!!

During the weekend, we did some messy art outdoor with some sponges from ELC. He loved it.
It's true. Toddlers are synonymous with messy
Well, this one is...

 That night, Mommy raided Mothercare (again) and we had dinner at WIP in Bangsar Shopping Center
Here he is ordering dessert...
We decided to have an espresso + tiramisu,  and Tiger had his first taste of coffee
Just a teeny bit...

Tiger and Mommy
Needless to say, he made a mess as usual when he refused to be fed.
We had briyani rice, garlic bread and chips scattered around him like it was confetti

Linking up to Tot School at 1+1+1

I was comtemplating about this post as it was so joyful during the week, only to be punctuated by grief. Then I decided that I needed an outlet. Memories, good or bad are meant to be part of life.

At the end of that same week, we had lost the smallest member of our family. If sorrow could be conveyed in words:
If tears could build a stairway,
And memories were a lane,
We would walk right up to heaven
To bring you down again.
No farewell words were spoken,
No time to say good-bye.
You were gone before we knew it,
And only God knows why.
Our hearts still ache in sadness
And secret tears still flow,
What it meant to lose you,
No one will ever know.
When we are sad and lonely,
And everything goes wrong,
We seem to hear you whisper
"Cheer up and carry on."
Each time we look at your pictures,
You seem to smile and say,
"Don't cry, I'm only sleeping,
We'll meet again someday."

Tiger saw his little cousin during his last moments on earth and
as we left the room, he looked around and asked
"Baby eh?"
As I held him tighter, I said,
"Baby's sleeping for now,"


Now, not a day goes by without my gratitude for having Little Tiger by my side.

He is the light in our lives right now as he carries on obliviously with his antics that bring a glimmer of joy to my poor sister in law and her husband.

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