iPotty

29/01/2013 § Leave a comment

The craze for iPad has gone iPotty! Technology has reached a whole new level and I wonder if it’s for better or worst?

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Pic from gizmag.com

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Documenting Am’s sensory play – 21 months

27/01/2013 § Leave a comment

Since I’ve started my journey of teaching Am, I’ve been trying to find interesting activities to engage her.

Sensory play is the most successful activity so far and it can really keep her entertained for some time.

Through sensory play, I try to engage Am in a conversation by describing the actions… “Let’s transfer the rice from this container to that!” and the containers are intentionally different in sizes so that I can take the chance to teach her about volume, and shape. “Let’s pour the rice into the rectangular container now!”

I’ve made it a rule that the containers can only be on the pink mat. This is important so that the play doesn’t get all over the place and in my opinion, i think it’s a good rule because she knows that this is the area where mess is allowed to be created.
(Unless you aren’t particular about mess, go ahead.)

I started off with beans because they are a lot easier to pour and less finer. The child can pick the spilled beans as well and it’s good training on their motor skills. With Am, I’ve also set another play rule. If the beans spills out of any container, the play has to stop and she has to clean the mess first. This is an opportunity for them to learn to clean up and “count” the spilt beans.
Take every opportunity to make a conversation so that the child can “collect” a range of vocabularies. With beans, I’ve introduced different coloured beans so that there is an opportunity to talk about colors and separate the beans into their coloured categories as well. (This part hasn’t been exactly successful as Am is more into pouring and feeling the beans. Perhaps with time, it could happen)

Am introduced the rubber ducky into her play and finds it funny when the duck got buried under the rice.

I’m more liberal with rice spillage as long as the mess doesn’t get crazy.
Here are the pictures, documenting her learn through play.

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20130127-162848.jpgthe unfortunate rubber ducky! Lol

On my wanted list

27/01/2013 § 3 Comments

Want!

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Introducing alphabets and reading to toddlers

26/01/2013 § Leave a comment

This is such a clever way to introduce reading or alphabets to your child! Pounding on the words as you read to them! A great motor skill activity as well! This idea is adaptable and can be adjusted for different ages as well!
Applause!!! Pix from icanteachmychildintroducing alphabets

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Sensory play

26/01/2013 § Leave a comment

While I was searching for activities for toddler, I chanced upon some really fun ideas from handsonaswegrow.com. Soap foam and cornmeal for sensory play! And I think cornmeal seems like a finer material instead of rice and beans, which I have been using.
Read the blog about the process:
Sensory play

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Cotton snowman

26/01/2013 § Leave a comment

Saw this on youpinspiredme.com and thought it was such a great idea! Xmas is over but, this idea can be adopted to be a fluffy cat or rabbit!:-)

Pix from youpinspiredme

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Fun activities for Am

25/01/2013 § Leave a comment

I’ve prepared some materials for Am’s Saturday learning adventures. These concepts are based on the objectives of acquiring and perfecting life practical skills.

Here’s the first activity:
Shoe lacing
Using a shoe lace to go through the holes created on the paper plate portraits. I’ve intentionally created specific facial feature such as brown eyes, blue eyes, pink lips, and even applying eye shadow on the faces I drew, so that I can teach colors as well.

Objective: lacing the shoelace through the holes can help with fine motor skills.
Be descriptive as the activity is being carried out. Describe facial features and colors.

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This is also another activity for lacing. The objectives of learning are the same but I plan to do abit of a “story telling” as I go along. The cards when are looped by the shoe lace would look like a caterpillar. So I’d do a little role playing of the insect.

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This is the eye drop activity, adapted from Montessori’s practical life skills.

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This final activity is to spoon the rice and pour them through the funnel. Am really enjoys the “bean” activity. She’d pour the beans container to container. Scoop them and separate them. This activity is able to keep her occupied for quite some time. Hopefully, changing the beans to rice would refresh the excitement for her.

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I use water as an alternative “material” as well. She loves it and this is the snap shot taken from today. She’s really absorbed into the activity!

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Am spooning the beans

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