My kids giggles once they knew they'll be doing arts. Same thing goes with the group of kids I teach at kids church. They scream in excitement once we're about to do arts activity. Kids just love arts! Recently, I stumbled upon the works of Vincent Van Gogh, to which I was fascinated. The starry night & The Wheat Field with Cypresses were my favorites. And so, inspired by those two, I decided to let the kids do some Van Gogh inspired arts. I love the whirling bright clouds of his Starry Night art, so the kids had worked on swirls in this activity. This is an easy artwork for preschoolers. You only need, acrylic or poster colors, paint brush, fork and construction paper or oslo paper. Here's how to do it: 1. Choose and paint your background, then let it dry. 2. Sketch your artwork idea. (landscape, object etc.) 2. Decide what colors to use. If you are using poster color, try mixing it with glue to thicken. 4. Paint, then use fork or the end of the brush to create patterns. 5. Hang & dry. I love the result, and the creative time with my boys.
Honoring the Mother's today. Hooray to the beautiful, courageous & most loving being in the universe! I am truly blessed, that God entrusted me two wonderful bubbly boys who gave me the right to be called Mom - a tough, yet heartening and gratifying role in my existence. I am glad that I took this path. The road may not always be smooth, sure there were bumps along the way and I'm sure there are more, but for the last 5 years, it has been a pleasant and memorable journey. Those bumps, had made me the kind of mom I am today. For that, I will continue the journey as long as I can. I may not be the ideal mom though, but I will always try to give my best shot on mothering my kids. Happy Mother's day to all moms in the world!
We were studying the story of Hanna, and we started with a memory verse from Hebrews 5:9, it says, the Lord gives eternal salvation to those who obey Him. I wasn’t even done reading the verse, a question has already been raised by Zoe. I was actually reluctant answering as I may not be able to explain it appropriately to his understanding. But this not so little boy was persistent and was asking more questions. My mind wasn’t that quick, and I’m ashamed to say, that I even forgot to ask the Holy Spirit to help me answer the questions, instead I quickly pick my phone and googled. What is eternal? Was his first question. While trying to pick the right words, dear husband uncertainly answered “life after death” then I, followed by telling him it’s never ending, it’s like forever. He was staring at me and was attentive, I guess he was getting what I was saying. As we go through the memory verse, comes another question. Salvation! What is salvation mommy? Again, my mind was like, how? How am I going to explain salvation to a 5 year old? I wasn’t trained to evangelized kids, especially a 5
I employed the Montessori approach of teaching my preschoolers odd and even numbers. I’ve used what’s available in the box, our diy number cards from our teen board and counters which I have purchased before for 4 dirhams. Before teaching odd & even numbers a child should know at least numbers 1-10. This is how we did it. I asked them to set up the number cards and place the corresponding counters. When all the counters were laid out, I point to single counter, which is numeral 1 and point out its and “odd”. Then I point to the numeral 2 which has a pair of counters and say this is “even”. Continue the process to 10. Help the child understand that “even” is pair while “odd” is not. Then ask them to show you which is odd or even. This is an easy and concrete way of teaching them this lesson. If you need more infos, google the lesson and you will find bunch of tutorials on how to present this to children.
I introduced the State of Matter to my children last month. Yes, this is quite a late post. Anyway, let me share to you today how our lesson went. We started our lesson with a chant. “matter, matter, solid, liquid, gas. matter, matter, solid, liquid, gas. matter, matter, they are everywhere!”. Reciting the chant made it easy for them to remember the three state of matter. Then we talked about the state of matter. I placed an example in a zip lock bag and have them examined it. I got this idea from Little Miss Hood's Adventures in Kindergarten. The boys were excited seeing liquid with different colors in the zip lock bag. They savor the minutes of scrutinizing the samples. And then experimenting how matters changes its state while reciting the chant again and again. I think the boys had fun experimenting with matter.
A friend asked me if I am interested of enrolling my children to a ukulele class. Well, I’d like to, but I’ll have to ask my children first before doing so. Zoe has been showing his interest on drums lately, but how about ukulele son? I cannot force them to learn a musical instrument without their interest. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="320"] Art by Cyclopsette[/caption] Having thought of this, I wonder where in UAE I can buy a ukulele. Back home, I can always drop by our favorite music store near our area to check availability. In UAE, I haven’t personally visited a music store since coming here four months ago. But Google has given me a few stores around the city. Good thing is that most stores offers online service so I can just schedule for ukulele pickup once my children has decided to learn ukulele. I really want them to learn music instruments, that’s why I am exposing them early to music instrument.
The boys had their mini botany lesson for a couple of weeks. I remember back in Manila, they love picking the flowers in our neighborhood. They would sometimes bring me freshly picked flowers when they come home from play dates. Living in UAE, I took advantage of the community parks to teach them botany, it has a variety of plants and it's free. So this is how it went. After going through the text, introducing the parts of the plants and learning few songs, we brought the boys to the park nearby to facilitate interaction with plants. It's been said that children who gets to interact with the natural world lose their fear of nature and advance their recreation in the natural world. We also brought along some activity which I got from the generous Measured Mom Blog. .And after a week of learning, I gave them a botany project. Not just for Zoe's portfolio, but also to test what they learned. And that's our mini botany lesson.
I was about to hit the sack, when my son Zoe popped up a question “mommy is God here?” Then, with my sleepy eyes I answered yes, He is here with us. He replied, "He can see us, but why we can’t see Him? I told him, that God is in heaven and He is powerful that He can see us from there. I continue by telling him that He also lives in his heart, in his brother’s & dad’s heart and in my heart as well. And that, if you have Jesus in your heart you will be a good person. And again, he blurted another question, “then why there is magnanakaw (thief)? Did God create them?” Astound, I answered, God created humans but not magnanakaw. It’s a sin and satan created it. What is sin? Who is Satan? Those were the follow up questions. So I answered, Satan cause people to do bad things. That’s why when you have Jesus in your heart, you have to share Him to other kids so they’ll be good. And the conversation ended with a question “mom, there is only one God?” John 14:16 says He shall give you another Comforter, that he may
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 Practice counting and identifying numbers. How many zoo animals are there? I asked them to circle the correct number. Here, they are matching the zoo animals to their shadows. And then the pattern activity. Encircling the animal that comes next. They also had concept of size and classification of things activities. Language Art Tracing the giant Z in upper and lower case. We also did one of the classics, identifying pictures that begin with
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 School. So I am pretty sure that it's from that song that they learned the concept of God being our creator. Soon in our homeschooling, we will reach the sixth day of creation where God created the animals and people. So I am thinking of how I can expound this matter to him. Would they understand it? Would they pay a high regard to our magnificent Creator if they themselves know that God created them
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 and for easy identification. I bought this book last month, and I already saw improvements in my son's reading. This has been mommy's best friend in teaching my children to read. Our youngest Zian is slowly learning phonics. I believe that it's worth investing in a phonics books. So if if you are teaching your child to read go phonetics. Learning phonics will help a child improves word-recognition and reading ability.
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 loads of ideas I found on the internet and from fellow homeschool moms. Last week we have focus on letter "A" and this week we are learning more about letter "B". A was a good week for us. So here's how we did it. Language Art The boys had an identification exercise. I created a list of letters and let them identify the letter A by encircling it. And also have them color an uppercase
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. Through this routine, my children specially our youngest has develop a love for reading and started to love books. There are times when we would read almost past bed time, because they want to read more books, and that sometimes requires true effort for me, to stay awake and read even if my eyes wants to turn in and hit dream land. Currently, Zoe is slowly learning to read and everyday I noticed improvement on his reading skills.
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 would love to have his favorite tank engine Thomas printed on his new guitar. Hoping we could find one.
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!