Letter of the Week | Z is for Zebra

Z is for Zebra! Having had finished letter B, the boys were expecting letter C next in line. I originally planned covering it chronologically, but after further researched, I found out that it would be more interesting for the children if we introduce first the letter of their names. So, we jumped from C to Z which is the first letter of my boys' name. Since, I purposely initiated this activity for our youngest Zian, we will be ensuing his name for the coming week. Here's how our letter Z week went. This time most of our worksheets were from The Measured Mom. I used the level 1 worksheets for Zian and the level 2 worksheets for Zoe. Thanks a lot for those free printable! Math

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Fearfully and Wonderfully made

I was washing the dishes from our breakfast when my 4 years old son approach me and all of a sudden told me "mommy, God did not created me. Sabi mo God made me, hindi ganun yun." I curiously asked why to find out how he arrived to that idea. His answer was, "kasi pinanganak mo ako. God did not created me." I was blown, how that innocent mind thought of it. Baffled, I quickly answered "God formed you in my womb, that's how He created you." I think he was a bit convinced, but he stared at me, while he repeat what I told him. I taught them the song "God Made Me" and I'm sure they have also heard it from the Sunday

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Greenwich Pizza Corporation signs as Tutuban Center’s newest tenant

Do you love shopping in Tutuban? I know a lot of us do. Here is something that we should look forward the next time we visit Tutuban Center. Anne Yap, Leasing Associate; Sylvia Tecson, Tutuban Center VP for Leasing and Marketing;  NicoSudayan, Operations Director for Greenwich Pizza Corporation; Dong Marucut, Greenwich Pizza Corporation Area Manager; Ron Sugapong, OIC-Tutuban Properties, Inc. and CFO for Prime Orion Philippines, Inc. Local pizza and pasta chain Greenwich Pizza signed as Tutuban Center’s newest tenant last June 30, 2015. When asked about the decision to open shop in the area, Greenwich Pizza Operations Director Nico Sudayan shared, “We see a big potential in Tutuban. It is the top-of-mind of customers so the place has a really good consumer recall.” Sudayan

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Letter of the Week | B is for Bee

While we follow a curriculum for Zoe, I made sure that we would tackle letter of the week for my youngest Zian while homeschooling Zoe. This will help him better understand the letters and it's sound and will also improve his vocabulary. Last week was letter "B" week. The first thing that came to my mind while preparing for letter B was bee although they're a bit scared of bee when they saw them one time in our hallway they like my giant B bee.  Here's how it went. Language Art I let them color the giant letter B. And then, they went on with the fill in the letter exercise which we did for the first time. Math They did the grouping exercise. I asked

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Book Review | Let’s Learn Phonics

I have been looking for a good phonics kit for my toddlers. I have read good reviews about Sing Spell Read & Write. I was contemplating of getting our copy and called the C&E publishing last month to ask if they still have the Sing Spell Read and Write kit only to be told it's already out of stock. Last month while looking for a good bedtime story book at National Bookstore, I saw this "Let's Learn Phonics" book by apple publishing international. I did not hesitate to purchase it. The book cost 169 pesos. It starts with short sounds, to long sounds and letter combination sound. The book has distinctive colors and also highlighted the letter sound to make it more appealing to children

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Letter of the Week

Since commencing homeschooling for our eldest son Zoe, who is now in Kinder 1, I have also thought of how I can intentionally homeschool our youngest son Zian who just turned 3 years old last May. During the first few weeks of our homeschooling, I tried to let Zian sit with his brother while homeschooling, in that way (I thought) he would also learn. But there are lesson that were just too advance for him and I don't want to pressure him. I have been reading about the "letter of the week" idea in a homeschool group where I am currently a member. Thinking that it's a good program for my 3 years old, I immediately gave it a try. I am thankful for the

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Kyuti Kyut Kids Salon for Your Cutie

We normally go to GQ Barbers for our tots haircut. Usually our youngest Zian behaves well during haircuts except yesterday. We went to have their haircut done but Zian won't just let Mr.Barber touch his hair. I tried to comfort him hoping to convince him but I failed. And so I thought of bringing him to the kiddie salon nearby GQ Barbers. I need not say anything to convince him to cut his hair,immediately he told me which barber chair he wants to sit. I brought him to Kyuti Kyut Kids Salon which I think the only kidie salon in SM Marikina. I think they've been around only last year, because I remember  three years ago we were searching for a kiddie salon around the

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Zoe is Learning to Read

One of our goals this school year, is for our Zoe to learn reading before the end of fourth quarter. He learned phonics from his nursery class last year and refreshed him this year to eventually master it. We recently started the Learn to Read program of Starfall.com, it's a free phonics based program online for parents, educators and homeschoolers. Now, Zoe can read short vowels sound and slowly learning long vowels sound. Before we started phonics, we used to read books before bed time. Our reading time together has also helped him learn the ropes to reading. When I read I point words and sometimes I asked them to point to a word that I just read. I also asked them question about what we are

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Reading with Dr. Seuss

One of our goals in our first year of homeschooling is for Zoe to be able to read 4 to 5 letters word by the end of 3rd quarter. I'm glad that lately our boys were fascinated by Dr. Seuss stories. Our budding readers would grab the books whenever we hit the bed, and I would read until they fall asleep. Reading together is one of the precious time I love with my boys. Exposing children to books at an early age will help them familiarize with sounds and words and eventually will boost their interest with books. It stimulate their immagination and eventually build literacy . Currently we have a few collection of Dr. Seuss' books. They love The Cat in the Hat and also want to

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Homeschooling from a First Time Homeschooler

When we started Homeschooling (last month), I thought I'll just have to bring the conventional school teaching style at home. But after attending the Homeschool 101 of TMA where we are affiliated, it gave me a wider & better perspective of what and why we are Homeschooling. Learning the 3 main parts of the body As I learn the ropes of Homeschooling, I have come to understand that: Homeschooling is intentional parenting. I strongly believe that as parents we should be the one to teach and train our children thoughtfully and willfully, teaching them to Love God and directing them to a relationship with Jesus and glorifying God at the same time. Choosing Homeschooling is a tough decision, it takes a lot

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Tour Operators Day | Zoocobia Clark, Pampanga

On May 26, 2015, Zoomanity Group, the leader in Theme Parks and Zoo Management in the Philippines will welcome 500 Travel & Tour Operators to acknowledge them in their contributions and loyalty in bringing quality destination and educational tours to patrons and clients of the Zoomanity Group. The event will be held in Zoocobia in Clark, Pampanga. The Zoomanity Group handles 5 theme parks, namely Zoobic Safari in Subic, Zambales, Zoocobia in Clark, Pampanga, Zoocolate Thrills in Loboc, Bohol, Residence Inn & Zoo in Tagaytay and Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite. The company is also managing chains of hotels and restaurants here and abroad. CEO Robert Yupangco, COO Del De Jesus and Operation Managers of the Zoomanity Group will also welcome the media who are helping

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Press Release | Subic Grand Hoyah Hotel

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is expecting 6 Million foreign tourist in 2016 and with the ASEAN integration, this is not impossible to happen. The first thing we usually ask and prepare when visiting for a vacation is an accommodation that's why an influx of tourist inquiring and checking in to different hotels are overwhelming. Inside Subic Bay Freeport Zone, there are so many hotels to choose from but only one hotel stand out not only because of the professional and friendly staff but because of the chic & fun KTV, affordable Spa and the restaurant with fixed tables because of the custom made Shabu Shabu embedded gas range. Subic Grand Hoya Hotel is a class of its own located just along Canal Road, Subic

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Guitar for the Little Man

Summer is almost over here in the Philippines, soon school will kick off. But since we are homeschooling this year, we started early. Part of our homeschooling is to enroll the little man in an enrichment program. We are leaning towards a music enrichment program and I am contemplating of exposing him to musical instrument not just to develop the musicality, but also to help nourish his intellectual & social literacy. We were overwhelmed with the variety of 6 string guitars that are available online. It seems that it's me who enjoys most scouting for kid friendly guitar designs. Look at this cute designs I found from an online store I visited. photo from google image I'm sure the little man

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Do Not Worry

Do not worry. That was the words I got from our senior pastor Peter the afternoon I saw him at a hospital . I just had my stress test done, and while on my way out of the building I saw Pastor Peter going out from physical rehab center. I took the fire exit stair which he also did, and that's where the conversation started. Hearing those words from a great servant of God really meant soo much to me. I believe it was not a coincident, but God purposely allowed me to see Pastor Peter to convey His message to me. After the sudden death of my father, I have been worrying about a lot of things. I have been holding God's promises to

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Zian Turns 3

Our sweet and bubbly little boy turns 3 today. And to celebrate this milestone, we had a simple celebration at home with our family and relatives. I am praying that you grow loving God little man. Stay sweet and bubbly. I thank God for you and for keeping our home happy and sometimes chaotic. We love you! We are also celebrating my Father's 61st Birthday all together. We miss you a lot Tatay!
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