Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Reese enjoyed the finger painting session. At first uneasy with the paint all over his palms, fingers and eventually his arms, table, clothes... you get the picture? He spent about 15 minutes doing it. Not bad for a start.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
After leaving secondary school, my creative juices just stopped flowing because there was no need for it. Well, at least when it came to art and design. Can you believe it if I told you that I was once the head of the art section of the editorial board in my secondary school? That I was once really good at design and drawing? Ok.... sorry, many of you have never met me nor know alot about me. Hehehe...
My damage was RM120 plus. Paper is expensive!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
For toddlers who never show interest in books, don't give up. This is what you can do.
Theme: A story/rhyme about peas.
Rhyme: Peas Porridge
Props: frozen/fresh Pea pods, peas, stationary for craft.
Just be determine and eventually your child will grow to enjoy reading with you. Tell me if it works. Mummy Darren this post is especially for you.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Geography for Little People
by Lisa Russel
Wonderful ways to teach you preschooler or kindergardner some basic geography!
Geography for Preschoolers
Use directional words like left and right in connection with real situations. "Your cup is on the left." "Let's turn right at the stop sign." "We'll walk two blocks, then turn left at the bus stop"
Playing circle games like "hokey pokey" help to teach right and left. Tie a ribbon or make a dot on the shoe of the right (or left) side, and reference both sides. Reward the child for remembering which side was which.
Begin introducing concepts of north, south, east and west by noticing how sunny the patio is in the afternoon, or how every day after lunch, we must close the blinds in the kitchen. Every morning when we wake up, the sun is shining into the bathroom window, and every night when we eat dinner, the sun has moved into the dining room window.
Children this age may become quite adept at using maps. Let them help make a "fire escape map" of the house, or "treasure maps." My oldest once made a "Where is Emilee" map and waited 15 minutes while her father looked for her after work, it was so cute!
Use sidewalk chalk to make a map of your neighborhood on your patio or driveway. A child can pretend to visit friends, get the mail, or whatever else they do when they walk around the real neighborhood.
Keep pointing out symbols you use in daily life, like traffic lights and store directories.
If you visit a tall building, make a point of looking down onto the city- mention how easy it would be to make a map from here, and how small everything looks below. When you go back down, point out those things that looked so tiny- now they're HUGE.
Planning a trip? Look at the map with your child and point out rivers you may be crossing, or mountain ranges you might drive along. Be sure to point out these things AGAIN when you're on the road.
If you visit National parks or hiking areas, be sure to let the child have their own "trail map" many park rangers give these away for free. If your child is really "following" the map, have them draw interesting things they see along the way.
Puzzle maps are fun for children this age. On a personal note, we had two maps of the United States in puzzle form when my daughter was small, one of which we felt terrible even GIVING away. The outlines of the pieces didn't match the borders of the state- making it seem like Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire were all one state. Delaware was actually a part of Pennsylvania and Alaska and Hawaii were Siamese twins. (And they shared an island in the middle of Mexico.) If you must open the box in the store, it is worth it, because good puzzle maps are hard to find.
Encourage children to use their senses to explore their world. "The road is made of hard concrete, so cars can drive on it." "The grass is soft and wet- worms and bugs like to live that way"
What animals do you find in your neighborhood? Pigeons and squirrels, or lizards and coyotes? What do they eat?
Where do they make their homes?
Look at a large outdoor thermometer and talk about how the temperature affects our day. You might want to make a daily chart, eventually showing that each sunny day has a warm temperature, cloudy days are a bit cooler, and so on.
Watch the weather channel on TV or clip the weather maps from the newspaper. Monitor cloud qualities and formations, Will it rain? What do the clouds look like? Are they soft and feathery or thick and puffy, are they white or grey or black?
Keep an eye on local construction sites, how is the earth moved, what do they build first, who can guess what it's going to be? What materials are they using?
If you live in a n urban area, visit a farm, and vice versa. People use space differently and kids this age are often fascinated by that!copyright 2000 Lisa Russell
Friday, February 13, 2009
At this age do they still have growth spurts? Is it normal to drink so much? I suspect it's more of a habit to help him go to sleep, somewhat like a pacifier... do you think so?
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
This whole wee wee and poo poo business, mmmm it's really not easy... a mother really has to do everything!!
***So Reese, if for whatever circumstances you can't take care of me, please send me to a nursing home because I don't want to see you burdened. Just come and visit me often and I know that you love mummy very much. :) If you find me getting mad at you for sending me to the nursing home, please remind me of this blog because son, as mummy grows old, I can't think straight and I want you to be happy and when you are happy I am happy. Oh! If you can afford, please send me to a nice facility ok? :)***
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Didn't know potty training can be such a challenge.....
Sunday, February 08, 2009
How to get him to pee and poo in the potty?
I must say he did a great job in telling us, we only trained him for 6 days. :)
What should I do?
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Reese has always love books. One of his all time favourite is Spot the Dog series. We have about 7 or 8 books on this series. One of the fun things to do is opening and closing little flaps in the books. Reese learned a lot of new words from this series.
Looking back at all the books we have purchased for Reese even before his birth, it is already quite a collection, we have close to 100 books or maybe more... no time to count. One of these days... I am going to take a picture of them.. :) for memory sick. In the coming months I will be reviewing more books that I will be reading with Reese and perhaps you can also share them with your children.
Friday, February 06, 2009
Reese loves baby Harold. Harold is representative of every child; he is a creator and a person of action. His imagination empowers him but also brings him safely back to his bedroom. He has the magical ability to create two-dimensional worlds that satisfy the needs of his three-dimensional being.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Just a quick update on my boy's milestones:
Pronunciation - Getting very good at it. Even strangers can understand what he says.
Phonics - He already mastered all the sounds of the alphabets. I need to move on to diphthongs.
Chinese Language - He knows over 30 words and learning some adjectives and verbs.
Potty training: In progress... :)
Self Feeding: Alot of Improvement. Can feed himself pasta, cereal, biscuits, cheese and drink from straw or cup.
Weight and height: Hubby said he is about 17kgs now... as for height we are in the dark.
He likes to tell us what he wants and what he wants to do. If demand not met, well.. he will kick up a fuss and he has learnt to shout and then scream.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
We kinda have some success! :)