Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Preschool to Primary.. v1

A very significant year indeed as my baby bade bye to preschool..

And the next milestone is primary school..

Have a blessed year ahead everyone.

Friday, December 27, 2013

How has your Christmas been so far?

Well if you looked at the presents the kiddos and I received so far, you would definitely know it was a much fulfilling one!

While we are happy receiving gifts from our family and friends, once again we should humbly remind ourselves on the true meaning of Christmas.

"Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift."
2 Corinthians 9:15 (KJV) 
Quote from here

Monday, December 23, 2013

Tis the season..!

We had once again come to this season of giving!
Are you ready?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Gingerbread man for the season..

I miss baking!

So one fine day, I bought this from the supermarket!

Look cute eh
The package comes with a pack of mixture, a cookie cutter and some colourful beanies that looks like M&M chocolates.

The baking session began on a lovely Sunday morning when Mama decided to let the little girl skip her class as she was unwell. So korkor gets to spend time with Mama in the kitchen!

Not a fantastic kitchen helper but at least now he needs minimal guidance.
Pouring the eggs into the mixture.

Ya we only need 10ml of water.
this came to my mind as I could not find my set of measuring spoons.

The atas baking paper that came in a box and a cutter at the side.

ah.. the cute gingerbread man cutter.

Isa having his go at pushing down the cutter.

And since I have cutters of other shapes, Isa had a try at them too!

Ta dah!
Thi was how my lot of gingerbread man cookies turned out to be!

Someone forgot the eyes and mouth!
Looking forward to more baking sessions at home!

Preparation time 10min
Baking time 15 min

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Dora goes to school..

Day 1: 
"My mama says I am a big girl and I can go to school!"

"Wee!! I get to take the bus to school today!"

"This is the we wash our hands!"
Mama: I bet all new toddlers in school sure find turning on taps at the sinks a very interesting thing to play with. 

""Thank you God for the food we eat, amen!"

Someone acting dainty.

"I love story time!"

"Double yay for Papa and korkor come together to pick me up!"

"This is my new friend Asher. 
His mum must be thinking dyed hair is as cool as his name. 
Mama thinks otherwise though."

"I just had to hug this Jie Jie cos she looks so sad!"

"4 days of school and I survived!
Uhmm I poten ysterday as we had to attend a special birthday party to attend. Oops!
I did cry bit but Mama thinks they are too unglam to be publish here so we shall skip them" :)

Going to school is "so much fun"!
Gonggong, Popo and Yee Yee, you guys must be so proud of me right?

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Are you ready for school?

Oh my little girl. I am SO ready to send you to school. *gulp*
(Read: NoOOOooooOOo!)

Let's see how you fare tomorrow.
09 Dec 2013.

I simply love mini montages like these.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

A month short of 2 years old..

Dora's version of
"5 little monkeys"

Dora learning how to jump
And Tr Ally, I thought I just told you someone cant jump yet?
Guess this eager learner cant wait to show off her skills!

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Neuromath Junior - learning and understanding Number Sequence

A typical number chart.

Simple numbers as it may seemed to you but do you know to acquire the skill to understand and interpret these symbols require a child to understand concepts and put meanings in these symbols?

Let me explain in this way.

Numbers sequence is something that will require the skill to understand concepts and interpreting these symbols. Lastly applying this symbols to represent concrete objects. This is also the topic that I will talk more about in this particular post. This is also the topic I had struggled teaching Isa on. A topic in disguise definitely. Before attending SIPO, Isa was threading on thin ice while handling this topic. His understanding was inconsistent, so were his answers. He often like to guess answers (read: imagine me had those hair pulling days).

In this post, you will clearly see how important concepts are as this is a milestone that Isa had achieved (rather, a milestone in which both of us achieve) and in fact he had a breakthrough in his understanding in this particular topic while undergoing lessons under the Step Into Primary One (SIPO) programme. Me, on the other hand can rest assured that my crowning glory will reinstate its glory days.

And of course, you can also see how Neuromath Junior (NJR) has intelligently weaved a series of activities that uses the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract concept to prove that numbers are not just symbolic representation.

The Concrete Stage

In the first lesson, we were intrigued by the pictures that Teacher Nana had placed on the whiteboard.
It was already fun to hear when she said "the animals were going for a party". No pressure or expectations was said as they proceeded with the game. All Isa had to do was to focus on the names and order of the animals and we were quickly introduced to the "guests" who went for the "party". 

Tortoise reached first, followed by Elephant then Giraffe. Ah, ok I'm being redundant here. I know you can see the order. I love this part when incidental learning of ordinal numbers was also introduced!

See how easy the concept of "before and after" were introduced. So obviously Tortoise came "before" Elephant and Giraffe came "after" Elephant.

The technical objective of the above activity is not just for children to actually arrange numbers 1 to 100 in order and also understanding the terms  of “more than” and “less than”.

She soon linked this same concept to the number chart.
And she asked Isa to "see that grid X is where Elephant stands.
She thus easily created a relationship between the positions of the animals to the numbers on the number chart.

Ah ha! Isa got it immediately!
And I (uhm) took (God knows how long) to teach Isa this and yet he just didn't get it.

Did someone say Math is difficult? Ok I did. And obviously it is not.

Teacher Nana then moved her finger to another grid on the number chart at random and asked what is the number before and what is the number after.
My dear Isa answers swiftly and confidently.

As a reinforcement, unifix cubes was introduced as another concrete way of applying the meaning of "before" and "after".

The pictorial stage

Here Teacher Nana introduced a way to help Isa understand the concept on Number Sequence.

Remembering Isa looked lost back then?

This was what he was doing.

So after applying what he understood about the concepts that was taught,
he attempted this activity with confidence.

This also shows that he understood and is able to identify patterns in number grid. When children can identify patterns, this skill actually encourage them to develop flexible thinking even when they are given complex number pattern.

He soon attempted to complete the number sequence chart exercise with ease.

From this..
(see how Isa applies his understanding of 
the "before" and "after" concept here)

The abstract stage

To this.

This short activity totally impressed and convinced me.
How the activities encourage children to develop flexible thinking skills when given complex number patterns.

All in a mere period of 2 lessons, Isa was taught the concept about number sequence, and clearly he had understood. Not only he remembers the concept clearly, he also attempted this activity sheet independently, accurately and was unfazed by this abstract exercise. 

What an interesting way to intrigue little learners like Isa. To me, to keep Isa consistently engage is very important but the way to introduce and understand concept is also very crucial. A correct way will not only motivate him, it can also push his learning to a higher level!

Now I know I can really sit back and relax with my cuppa. And if you want to be on the same side of the shore with me, do come back again to see my sharing on how Neuromath Junior's SIPO had helped to close up the (immeasurable) gap of preschool math and Primary 1 math.

This is part two of a three-part series in this review of Neuromath Junior's SIPO Programme. Read more of Neuromath here in my first post. The third post will be a highlight topic of the SIPO programme in which I can share my personal experience on a highlight of SIPO.

Neuromath Junior @ Parkway Parade
80 Marine Parade Road #17-02 Parkway Parade S(449269)

Tel: 6440 0809 Email: ask@neuromathjunior.com
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Isa and I are invited to participate and review Neuromath Junior's SIPO Programme. These opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the complimentary classes given.
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