Sunday, August 18, 2019

Acquiring the Mandarin language.. reading and writing part 1



First mama provide some guidance in the 田字格 with  highlighter, then I just guide him with the three strokes, and viola.. he can write the word quite independently. 

Writing Chinese words is not about repetition, children need to understand 字体结构. Which is why I highlight the box with yellow highlighter. 笔画 is very important for writing! You can start exposing your child to 笔画 from 3-4yrs old. Writing can start when they are ready.

Remember when it comes to learning Mandarin, 听说读写 is the key to learning.
And when it comes to pencil gripe, I suggest you can expose your child from 3-4 year old. But as all children develop differently, I also suggest you can also expose them to the following activities to improve on their fine motor skills so it can help them in pencil gripe later on.

Some of the many activities
1. Sensorial play with boiled pasta or uncooked rice (from 6 months)
2. Sand or water play (from 12 months)
3. Threading with large beads (from 18 mths due to safety)
4. Squeeze pegs (from 18-24 mths)
5. Play dough - I made my own and they are for sale at my Etsy shop (search for adorablesco) - (from 18-24 mths)
6. Push pipe cleaners into cardboard with holes (from 12-18 mths)

Aren't you amazed at how young your child can start and build their fine motor skill?
Have fun!!


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Monday, July 01, 2019

Learning 听写 the visual way..

I'm writing this post with a heavy heart. Because my eldest had just made me very upset. Long story about that. Then with a very upset mind, I had to teach Dora Chinese spelling. And seriously I had to flare at her. Whether she is the one who triggered or not, it does not matter anymore. Anyway today I'm sharing a method for #teacherconnieactivities #visuallearners as it helped Dora in tackling her Chinese spelling with more confidence. 


I'm serious. This is Chinese spelling for Pri 1 kids. 
They have 8 words in total, some 汉子,some mixture of hypy and 汉子. And my daughter usually score 20-50 marks only. I’m not saying this is not good but i find it too complexing for a 7yo to handle. Don't tell me the "it's always like that" theory Cos I don't buy that story. But whatever the outcome is, always and also look at the process of learning. This is our first week using this square and line method for Dora. Hope this will help her find a easier way out to differentiate and learn her Chinese spelling better! Have fun trying!



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Monday, May 06, 2019

Happy 15th anniversary



The cutest man on earth and he is mine.
Did u do the poll on our IG stories?

Friday, March 29, 2019

All the way to Davao Philipines..





It seems so surreal that we are actually in Davao, Philippines for a swim competition. Short trip it may be but it is indeed an eye opener for the kiddos.

And all the parents who are here with the kids all have the same goal: support our kids in their passion.

"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I cannot accept not trying."
Michael Jordan

Indeed. We should allow our kids try, fail and try again. Never say never.

Swim well my kids.
Love auntie Connie

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Didi to the rescue..


Lil I had been running up and down to check on the big bro as he is down with fever. He is a man of little words but times like this, I know he is worried and is showing his love for the big bro.
Little moments like this reflect the  big heart and so much love for the bro. And just when I'm typing this, thank God that the fever broke. #thankful #rayconniebaby #naturalremedy #badweathersucks




What a precious sight.

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Making every moment count..


Morning enthusiastic face!


Weekends post berries class

Looking at this little fellow will always reminds me to slow down in life. Life is short, childhood is even shorter. In many blinks, they will grow up.

God had made things happened and make them fall into place at His time. It's so amazing. Ever since going car-less, we had been learning how to enjoy the time spent together on our public transport rides.

Taking public transport to work is not difficult but lugging my two bags and Lil's I bag can be quite a handful. But he taught me we should just wake up a little earlier, take a slow stroll across the park to the bus stop and making new memories everyday. He will always remind me to be nice and patient if bus is late or not to get upset if bus is too crowded. A reminder of His words:
"with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love" (Ep 4:2)

Monday, January 28, 2019

Lil I’s drawing at 4 yrs and 2 months..


Sample of children’s drawing stages


Many see him as K1 but as he is October born, I still see him as a 4 year old. You can think it as I’m biased but I see it as developmentally appropriate. 

And here is his master piece at 4 years 2 months old

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Good 2019 ahead..

So many “first” to start this year with..

First reunion with preschool frd..


First time going to the same school together. 


First lesson with Berries..




First birthday gathering for the year..


First swimming competition for the year. 
What a fine way to kick start this wonderful year!
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