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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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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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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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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. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="366"] photo from google image[/caption] I'm sure the little man

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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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The Piggy Back Ride

Lets transport back to the time when we were kids and your dad gave you a piggy back ride so you can see a parade or a performance on the stage because you are not so tall for you to see that. I guess most of us had that piece of childhood memory. On the other hand, our son Zian was not watching a parade or a performance, he simply want a piggy back ride while we are heading home from Zoe's school. The picture caught me once again after browsing my stack image on my phone. This is just a cool father and son bonding that's why it lands on this page.
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Is my boy stage fright?

I saw Zoe dancing while singing ohhh...ohhh...ohhh (in the tune of lady gaga's roar). I asked him who taught him and he replied it's teacher Joy. I remember there was a letter from their school informing parents about the upcoming foundation week. So I figured it might be a presentation for that said event. I went searching for the song on youtube and played it and he was smiling upon hearing the song so I asked him to dance for me. After that, he has been practicing at home almost every night. And then the big day came. I remember how excited he was, he even reminded me to not go to work because I'll be going with him to the school to watch him

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I Got Note

The little man saw a notepad on my desk while we were reviewing for their final exam. Then he asked me to stop for a while as he has something to write for me. While he requested me to spell the word he writes it on the notepad... And I got my first sweet note from my preschooler...He was baffled as to why the word "mommy" ends with "Y" and so I gave him an "I" instead...
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Parenting A Sensitive Toddler

Our youngest Zian is naturally cheerful. He made us laugh most of the time. But, you'll hear him shrieked whenever his brother took his favorite toy, burst into tears whenever I said no, and sulk whenever I scold him. Sometimes we will just see his tears rolling on his cheeks just because someone did not pay attention to him. There was even a time that he refused to sleep with me after scolding & spanking him. . He's way too sensitive and obviously, I'm a bit lost on how to handle my son's emotions. Yesterday, he shrieked when I refused to let him drink a chocolate drink early in the morning. I let him feel his emotion for a while, after all I have chores to finish.

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UAE School Hunting

For the past few weeks, we have been preparing for our "big move" to Dubai to be with my husband. We have been praying for our family to be together and we are glad that God is slowly showing us a preview to soon be answered prayer. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="379"] photo from cliparts.co[/caption]   Part of this preparation is hunting for a preschool for our eldest Zoe. I have been thankful that I have access to internet since most schools in the UAE has its website. Also, KHDA's (Knowledge & Human Dev't Authority) 2014 school ranking is really of big help. As expected, tuition fees are expensive and I didn't expect that school registration starts very early. Currently, I have been on a virtual tour

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The Lord is Good

At this time, I hardly get the kids to pray before sleeping and so, I thought of doing memory verses with our eldest Zoe as another way of introducing God to our little ones. I was glad he was okay with it, except that I have to bribe him with a prize in order for him to properly recite the verse. We started with 4-6 sentences verses to make it light for him. I picked out Psalm 145:9 The Lord is good to all! as his first memory verse. Our youngest Zian, who is only 2 years old also tried to memorize the verse in his own little "language". God by nature is good and the evidence of his goodness is evident in His creation and triumphs.

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And the little pre schooler ranked third

Had I not checked Zoe's assignment notebook "early" today I would not know that it was distribution of their grades today from 8:00-10:00AM. Good thing his school is just 10 minutes walk away from our place. And here comes the surprise! Our son ranked third in the whole nursery level. I didn't expect that he would get the third spot since he only ranked seventh in the first quarter. That seventh place challenged me to give more time on Zoe's studies so he could maintain his grades. But being a working mom, I hardly get a time to teach him, only during periodical exam. And so I am very happy and proud of this achievement. For despite my shortcoming, he improved and got the third

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A Good Start

Even before we enrolled him at school, I have noticed my son’s interest in studying. But children are children. We normally have grumbling moment during study time at home that will eventually lead to unfinished assignments. At school, separation anxiety kicks off two weeks after the start of classes. And I get frustrated when he felt that same anxiety during his third month in school. Though he would go home with stars sometimes, I never expected that Zoe will be one of the top 10 students of nursery level. He ranked seventh for the whole nursery level and fourth in their class. While it is normal to feel proud as parent, his achievement became a challenge for me to improve my way of motivation and

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