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

 photo Children-Toys-font-b-Guitar-b-font-font-b-Strings-b-font-font-b-Type-b_zps1omv0nmx.jpgSummer 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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Zian Turns 3

 photo 33ED406D-A84D-4001-9853-217AA0DA6D93_zpsf43oezjz.jpgOur 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

 photo IMG_21811_zpszmmvhnmi.jpgLets 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?

 photo 1F176360-AEBB-43E0-A381-4AB58C0E6BA1_zpsvgvvr4jo.jpgI 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

 photo E11C3EFE-229B-4248-8B6C-764416A1D079_zpsxiomaqrn.jpgThe 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

 photo IMG_17881_zpsklpsknyl.jpgOur 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

 photo 8cAEzeAKi_zpsj4j20b5b.jpgFor 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. photo from cliparts.co   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

 photo 3_zps66aa3af8.jpgHad 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

 photo 3e0bf1bf-374c-474e-afd4-2866bd3ad689_zpsa341775f.jpgEven 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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Chinese 101

 photo d10ecb8b-02e1-4c3b-bbd9-76e6e59da117_zpsc8a27368.jpgOur son Zoe is studying at a Chinese school. Our family has no trace of Chinese blood, it's just that this school happened to be so close to our place maybe around 5-10 minutes walk. That's the very reason why we chose to send him to that school. Before enrolling, I thought of how am I gonna teach him about Chinese subject since I know nothing about Chinese language. I've asked friends whose kids are also going to Chinese schools and they’re common answers are “hindi ko sya tinuturuan. Ako ang tinuturuan nya.” Well, that’s true, that thing also happened to me. My son was teaching me how to count in Chinese and I don’t want that to happen always. Well I don’t have to

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Zoe’s First Day of School

 photo 10407420_10152082997042026_8387078592666636311_n_zps466aebec.jpgAnd so here comes the first day of school for the little man. Officially a nursery student at 3 and 6 months old. A week before the classes start he knew that he's going to school in a few days. I didn't know if he got a glimpse of what school is, but we're telling him that he's gonna play, learn to read and write and meet new friends. He's been to our church's Sunday school so I guess he will have a little idea about what school is. He was not the only one excited for this milestone but mom and dad and the little bro were as excited as him. Look at Zian, he's ready to go as well with his stuff. They

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Getting Ready for School

 photo 20140608_2205051_zps1117e2d5.jpgTime really does fly. Our eldest Zoe will be attending school this school year as nursery. He is not enthusiastic about it, as he keeps on telling us that he doesn’t like to go to school. But I guess he will soon be in to it. He is officially enrolled, and yesterday, together with the soon school boy, we bought supplies that he’ll need in school. There was quite a long list and tagging along the little one on a rush school supply shopping was not a good idea at all. He fell asleep while shopping good thing I was able to grab a cart so he took a nap while leaning on my left shoulder and I push  him while I grab supplies with

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A Pet and My Boys?

It's been three years since our sweet and zippy Mojo left us due to skin disease. After his passing we choose not to get another pet which made us miss him more. I miss playing with him and shopping for his food and stuff. Just this afternoon while browsing the net, I saw a cute dog collar at EntirelyPets. That made me miss him more. If Mojo is still with us, I would have them delivered to our door step. :( Ohh...wondering how my boys would be if we have pet in the house. Will they be a good master? Soon enough they'll be ready to have one. I just hope we could still afford to have a pet since they'll be both schooling by

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