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Showing posts with label Homeschooling. Show all posts

Monday, 18 May 2015

How We Learn When We're Sick in Bed

We love the flexibility of homeschooling, despite everyone being down (having fever of different degrees), we managed to learn about Chanukah/Hanukkah on the bed with this book that we borrowed from the library while preparing for the Da Vinci - Shaping the Future exhibition.

"I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Dreidel" is a Jewish take on the American folk song "I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly" with parodies of great works of art by various artists. I shall not say more to spoil the fun for you in case you and your children decide to have a read.

We read the book and came across a few terms that we were not familiar with, so with the help of faithful google and youtube, we now have an idea of this Jewish festival.

These are the youtube videos we watched:

  1. The Story of Hanukkak

  2. The Dreidel Song

  3. Sesame Street-Telly Plays Dreidel

  4. Dancing the Hora

  5. How to Make Potato Latkes - Hanukkah Recipe

This is one occasion I really appreciate the presence of the internet and technology and I think we'll be making some latkes for lunch soon!

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Homeschooling can be a Double-edged Sword

I've not posted much about homeschooling lately because honestly, we're still feeling around and trying to stick to a schedule. It has been a month since Princess started "formal homeschooling", as in homeschooling at Primary level and I must say it wasn't a rosy picture at all. Don't get me wrong; we have our good and fun days but there are real challenges along the way.

In this one month, I've come to realise that most of the positives of homeschooling has another side to it, hence it's like a double-edged sword .

Here are a few benefits of homeschooling that have become challenges for me:

  1. Our family has the freedom to make most decisions regarding education, friends and lifestyle.

    My days are filled with decision-making now! From the moment I opened my eyes, decision-making starts.

    "What shall I prepare for breakfast?"

    "Breakfast took much longer than expected. Should we skip reading-aloud and delve straight into lesson proper?"

    "Princess is coughing and having a runny nose. Should we carry on with the co-op meeting or should I pull out at the last minute."

    "Arrgh... the children did not lay newspapers on the floor before doing art despite reminders and the floor is badly stained now! Does this warrant a punishment?"

    "Mummy, what should I wear?"

    It's one decision to be made after another and sometimes I just want to say, "I don't know!" I can't help but think that simply by virtue of being with my children almost all the time, I have to make more decisions than a parent who has a child in school for half of his waking hours. Sometimes I ask myself, "Why did I sign up for this?"

  2. We can choose the kind of influence our children are exposed to.

    This means we get to guide them in choosing their friends. As a homeschooling parent of two young children, it's also my responsibility to arrange play dates and other opportunities for them to socialise and form steady friendships. This means I need to get out of my comfort zone and proactively engage other parents even when I'm not usually the most sociable around. I'm the kind that would stick to a familiar few at a party and not mingle freely. (I don't mean I'm unfriendly but I realised that since I've become a stay-at-home mum, I appreciate the beauty and quietness of being alone more and more, probably due to my children's incessant questions and chatter!)

  3. We are free to choose our homeschool curriculum and adjust the teaching methods to suit the learning styles of our children.

    You know the phrase "distracted by shiny objects"? It applies to curriculum, activities, crafts and anything you can think of! There are so many resources and ideas out there that it takes a lot of discipline to stick to what has been planned. Of course some flexibility and fluidity is good (after all this is one main benefit of homeschooling) but too much of it and it backfires, at least for us. 

    "Mum, may I please join the craft co-op?"

    "Play date at KidsSTOP™? Sounds great! But we only have one full day at home this week."

    Classical Conversations? A.C.E Curriculum? Singapore Math or Math-U-See?

    There is really no lack of things to do or learn especially if you are plugged into the very vibrant and resourceful homeschooling community;
     there are so many interesting co-ops to join and fun activities to go to, so it takes sheer willpower (and some planning) not to overcommit.

  4. Our children are free to take part in any extra-curriculum activities under the sun!

    Yes, they are pretty much free to do any sport or take up any course or hobby they like. However the cost involved is usually higher than signing up for a Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) in a mainstream Primary school. Many activities are heavily-subsidised in school but homeschoolers have to pay a higher fee most of the time. It also takes a lot more effort to have children participate in team sports or groups like the brass band or cheerleading team.

  5. It gives us more opportunities for one-on-one interaction and thus would help us build a more meaningful parent-child relationship.

    More opportunities sometimes become too many opportunities! I love my children to the moon and back and I truly enjoy having conversations with them, BUT
    I do need my mid-day break and sometimes they are so enthusiastic about their quiet time activity that they can't be quiet and are bursting to share the activity with me. The huge amount of time we spend together certainly contributes to our strong parent-child relationship but I'll be honest and say it here that there were occasions when I dreamt about having a whole morning free for me to enjoy a cup of aromatic freshly brewed coffee and a good book in hand or time for me to string some beads, after my children go to school. *Gasp!* Did I just write that?
I hope this post did not put you off homeschooling your child if you are exploring the option. It's not meant to "scare" you, neither does it speak of any regret on my part; it's simply to shed some light on the reality of things for some of us homeschooling mums. That said, I would still make the same decision all over again because the good stuff you hear about homeschooling are just as true!

What do you find most challenging about homeschooling? How do you overcome that?

Friday, 4 July 2014

The Battle Starts Now.

I don't even know how to start this post and I contemplated not writing this at all until I've achieved victory but I thought it may be useful to document the process so that people who will be or want to take this route can get a glimpse of the whats, hows and whys.

What battle am I referring to?

The HOMESCHOOL battle.

Now is the period for Primary 1 registration, which is also the time I need to apply for exemption from Compulsory Education (CE) exemption. CE Act was passed in 2000 and was implemented in Singapore in 2003. It states that a child, who is a citizen and resident of Singapore, of compulsory school age born after 1st January 1996 has to attend regularly as a pupil at a national primary school.

Homeschooling a pre-schooler is one thing, taking the step to be the main educator for my child for her primary school years is another. In fact, as I am writing this, I have not officially made an application for CE exemption, although I will do so. I'm not sure if the application would be approved but as I think through this decision (with my family, of course) I am looking forward more and more to learning together as a family. Having said that I still have a great amount of self-doubt, unsurety and feelings of inadequacy and that's when I draw on the joy, memories and experiences of the home learning we've done. In fact, the main reason we want to homeschool is to encourage joyful and self-directed learning for as long as possible. "Horror" stories of the stress of mainstream education is not new but the decision to homeschool is not only to avoid educational stress (because a healthy dosage of challenge is healthy) but really, to enjoy the journey of learning.

Why battle?

My husband and I foresee strong opposition from our loved ones and if I may add, the authority on education in Singapore. We have received questions of doubt and outright disagreement when we so much as drop hints on our inclination towards the homeschooling route. Let's just say that I've never felt more unskilled, unequipped, unable... you get the idea. I've even heard comments like, "You're so good meh? You think you are Evelyn Tan ah?" For those of you who are uninitiated, you can read about her here.

Yes, I may not have been an educator before nor do I hold any qualification specific to teaching but I find it hard to believe that a degree holder (that's one of the prerequisites of a homeschool educator in Singapore) would be incapable of delivering a primary school syllabus, if, he/she wants to and the child wants to be homeschooled too. To put it more candidly, many students in tertiary education have tutored students for pocket money, right? So what's the biggie about tutoring my seven year old?
Update: I think I risk sounding arrogant here and I'm sorry if you are offended. What I'm trying to say is that delivery of content is usually the least of worries, it's the other issues (one of them mentioned below) that are more challenging. The greatest for me is probably to answer the question of "Would she have done better if she's in school? Is she shortchanged in any way?"

The bigger challenge to me is the fact that I would be with my children almost 24/7! That's like shooting myself in the foot, isn't it?

There are so many seeming contradictions. Finally Princess is of "official" school-going age and I can have my freedom back and yet I battle to keep her home. Our family chooses to homeschool so that she has the freedom to learn about the world. Socialisation with her peers would be comparatively less than school-going children but people from all ages and walks of lives would cross her path every so often.

I can go on and on and it would seem like I'm trying to justify our decision but the truth is I'm scared shit! (This is not my usual language but I can't find a better way of putting it across.) But, and that's a big BUT, my desire to be part of her discovery and learning (pretty much like watching her take the first step, utter her first word etc.) is greater than my fear. And I'm not afraid to admit that I'll like to be one of the the first few to celebrate her achievements and see the glimmer in her eyes when she gets those "Aha!" moments.

So pray for us or give us support as we go through this battle. I guess for the next instalment I can share more on how I battle. Hopefully it won't be much of one!

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Celery Printing and Celery Paintbrush

When I saw this Celery and Potato Stamping post, I was certain we're going to re-create a version of it because it looked so pretty!

So when I had some too-old-to-eat celery left in my fridge I knew exactly the thing to do with it.

All we needed were the heads of celery, some paint and paper. As we had only a head of celery, we made do with one and did what was suggested in the aforementioned post, i.e. to bundle a few celery sticks with a rubber band. It totally worked!

As we also had some leaves from the chrysanthemums that we used for the colouring flowers via transpiration experiment, we used them with the celery stamps.

The result was more than satisfactory. We thought it'd make a great gift wrapper as we used acrylic paint instead of washable ones.

We also found out that celery leaves made a good alternative for paint brushes too! Princess used it to create a "snow storm" effect!

We love these serendipitous results from our artistic exploration. :)

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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Palm Print Faces

We made these Palm Print Faces after the Cotton Bud Painting the other day. I did say we'd always end up with messy art, didn't I? Well, this palm printing is before it got to the really messy state but the children really wanted to get their hands heavily involved so I thought of doing something fun and easy like this!

What you need:
  • Non-toxic paint
  • Brushes (optional)
  • Paper (can be recycled)
  • Your palms!

What you need to do:
  1. Paint the faces onto your palm with a brush or finger.
  2. Press your palm onto the paper. Make sure you place your palm flat onto the paper surface so that the print would be well-formed.

  3. Display your artwork or cut them out, put cardboard backings behind and attach ice-cream sticks to make puppets like the Changing Faces Puppets we made earlier.

Why not paint the faces directly onto the paper? Well, getting your hands dirty and hand printing are always fun, no? :) Palm printing also mimics the familiar potato printing technique, except that there's no need to cut and carve. If you fancy a different design, simply wipe or wash off the paint on your palms and paint a new one!

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Apple Tree Collage (Made from Recyclables)

Apple Tree Collage

At the homeschool co-op meet-up yesterday, we made an apple tree collage from recyclables. I thought it was such a great idea to use different types of materials to create the collage; due to the different qualities of the materials used, the end result was a three dimensional-ish collage.

Materials needed:
  • 1 cereal box or any cardboard cut out from paper boxes (not smaller than a cereal box)
  • 1 cardboard roll
  • green fabric or green paper scraps
  • 1 angbao or red packet
  • glue
  • scissors
  • craft puncher with apple cutouts (optional)

  1. Open up the cereal box and cut out the front or the back of the box, i.e. the biggest side of the box.

  2. Cut the cardboard roll into halves, lengthwise.

  3. Glue the cardboard roll onto the cereal box cardboard to make the tree trunk. (See photo above)

  4. Cut the fabric or paper into smallish pieces. There is no hard and fast rule to the size.

  5. Apply glue to the area above the "tree trunk", scrunch each piece of fabric or paper and stick them onto the area with glue. Continue gluing and sticking the green fabric/paper until you are satisfied with how the canopy of the apple tree looks.

  6. Use a craft puncher to punch out red apples from the angbao or draw and cut apple or round shapes from the angbao. Apple glue and stick them randomly on the canopy of the tree.

  7. Apple tree collage is completed! You can display it or use it as a prop for storytelling!

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Friday, 21 March 2014

Cotton Bud Painting (Serendipitous Mummy - Child Art Collab.)

Today Princess and I did some painting with cotton buds. This activity may seem easy but it was a challenge for her, not the activity-is-too-difficult kind of challenge though, but a challenge of having to work within a restriction. I imposed only two rules: Only use dots AND no mixing of colours. If you know Princess, this way of doing art is really cramping her style! She's all about creativity and "freedom of brush", in other words, she's a freestyler.

Knowing her to be so, why did I still restrict her expressiveness in this art activity? Quite simply, I wanted her to practise listening and following instructions. So I thought why not let her work on the aforementioned skills with an activity that she enjoys?

It turned out she did really well, although she was really tempted to mix the colours at some point but I reminded her about the rule. She also made a few strokes instead of all dots but she primarily stuck to the rules of the game.

Here are her creations (with restriction imposed!):

Painting with cotton bud
Princess was meticulous in the beginning..

Painting with cotton bud
Do you notice the few this-is-too-slow-let's-make-longer-lines strokes?

Painting with cotton bud
Princess' second cotton bud painting

Of course I had to join in the fun. I had no image in mind and I simply dotted on my paper at random. The resulting art work looked like this:

Doesn't my "art work" just look like some random colourful dots? Now let me show you the synergic effects of mummy and child collaboration:

Can you see what we have created together? Yes, a tree! Unintentionally, Princess and I have managed to do a mummy-child art collaboration; my random dots became the canopy of a tree and part of Princess' art worked well as the tree trunk.

We discussed some learning points after the art session and they are:
  1. Something as simple as a dot can create a beautiful painting. So in life simplicity can be beautiful too, e.g. a simple birthday party can be as enjoyable as an elaborately planned one.

  2. Repetition or practice makes "perfect". The initial dots were irregular; some had too much paint and some were not round, but as she went on her dots looked better and better and she had more ideas of what she could do with just dots.

  3. Repetition may be boring but it creates good results (sometimes), just like the serendipitous mummy-child art work we created.

Did you think we really stopped at dots? Nah... of course we had to end off with messy art and there were other discoveries so stay tuned!

We also explored with a technique similar to this one and I call that "Printillism". Curious yet? Take a look here.

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

We Don't Do Anything Much Anymore

Some time last year I contemplated putting Princess back to Kindergarten as I felt so overwhelmed by everything - homeschooling, housework, lack of me-time and couple time with my husband. I nearly threw in the towel on homeschooling but something just held me back. So I trudged on but my confidence was quickly waning and I felt quite like a failure.

I was wondering if I was indeed doing enough "school" with Princess as everyday It seemed we barely spent enough time on practising Math or phonics. Yes, we do a lot of art and craft and they constantly asked for fun and "explosive" science experiments but I was just worried that Princess, especially, wasn't learning as much as she should.

This year, though, after joining a homeschool co-op that we all felt comfortable with, I began to feel better about what I was doing. I got some some support from other mums and Princess and The Rock have a regular group of friends whom they socialise with and look forward to meeting. This evening, however, my insecurity was brought to the forefront again when my mum displayed disdain when I told her that my husband and I are considering homeschooling our children beyond pre-school age. Her response of, “不好啦!” made me feel indignant at first; I felt as though she was doubting my ability to give my children a good enough education. But that indignation became doubt and insecurity as I began to ask myself again, "Can I do better than a school? Am I short-changing my children by homeschooling them?"

Many thoughts went through my mind as I pondered and then I realised something. The question shouldn't be about whether I can do better, it should be about whether WE can BE better doing this together. I can't vouch for the future but now we are enjoying our days "doing nothing much".

We don't practise phonics with lessons in the files
But we read the signs on the bus
And labels at the supermarket aisles 
I don't ensure pages of writing to be done everyday
But The Rock asks to trace the letters
With sounds made his own way!
Math has never been a subject I adore
But we learn as we bake and measure
So arithmetic will never be a bore. 
Their cousin told them Science are for older kids
But I say take a look at everything around
Just like Sid the Science Kid! 
And yes, we don't do anything much anymore
But we thank God we can sing and laugh,
Imagine and love, and work on the bits (that need tweaking) in our core. 

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

You Too Can Make Music!

All thanks to a mummy in our homeschool co-op who told us about "You Too Can Make Music", Princess and I got to spend an afternoon learning and "playing" orchestral music. The fun-filled event was organised by the NUS Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music’s (YSTCM) and it was their first-ever children's event. I didn't expect myself to use the words "fun-filled" and "orchestral music" in the same breath but Princess enjoyed it so much

Monday, 17 February 2014

Telling Time with DIY Giant Clock

Princess has been learning to tell the time ever since we got her a REAL Hello Kitty flik flak® watch. She got it sometimes but at other times she would mix up the hour and the minute hands. We've worked together on some worksheets and assessment book too but I've been thinking about how to make it more fun for her so that what she learns "sticks better".

I got inspired to make her clock after I saw this paper plate clock on Kids Activities Blog. So I thought why not blow that up and make a much bigger one

Friday, 14 February 2014

Heartipops! - Valentine's Day Craft

Happy Valentine's Day! My husband and I have already celebrated this occasion with a morning kopi (coffee), chai tau kuey (carrot cake) and roti (toast). Simple - just the way we like it.

After the pepper upper I dived straight into another craft with Princess and The Rock. This is an anything-goes sort of craft; it's perfect for using up recycled materials and scraps that you have from previous projects.

Valentine's Day Craft

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Do Less, Love More

Valentine's Day is tomorrow, what have you lined up for the day? Do you celebrate this day or do are you the any-day-can-be-Valentine's-Day sort? I am somewhere in between, i.e. I don't go out and pay a ridiculous amount of money for a Valentine's Day meal and expect a bouquet of 100 roses but I do spend some time thinking about love and feel a little extra lovey dovey. Get what I mean?

This post is about love but not the romantic kind of love.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Easy “Hearty” Fingerprints Valentine’s Day Bouquet

As Valentine’s Day is around the corner, we decided to make a few Valentine’s Day themed artwork. Here we are sharing one super easy artwork using only paint, paper and hands!

Monday, 10 February 2014

Our Ideal School (A Variation of MP Denise Phua's Proposal)

It looks like I would be obsessing about the homeschool/mainstream school issue at least until Princess is enrolled in a mainstream school or we've successfully been granted exemption from MOE.

You see, there are many things I love about homeschooling but there are also things that I need to "sacrifice" for being a homeschool teacher/mother,

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

"I have very important work to do too. I need to play."

The Rock uttered those words one day when I told him to sleep on his own because I needed to complete a piece of writing. I said, "Rock, go sleep on your own first, I'm going to finish up this important piece of work then I'll go to you." His response was, "I have very important work to do too. I need to play." I thought those were words of wisdom from a three year old to-be.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

I was reminded of the 10,000 hours rule

This year we need to make a very important decision regarding Princess' education. Next year Princess would be of age to attend Primary 1 so we need to decide if she would be registered for mainstream Primary education or continue to be homeschooled.

I had a casual brief discussion with Princess about the option/possibility of her going to a formal mainstream school next year and to my mild surprise, she reacted strongly but maturely to the suggestion. She told me very firmly, "Mummy, I don't want to go to school because I won't be able to spend as much time doing art as now. I want to be an artist when I grow up so I need to practise a lot." The conversation ended there as I felt I needed to absorb, digest and think in depth before discussing further. I could only master an "OK, looks like we need to talk about this again."

Princess' response certainly made me think a lot about my children's education. It also reminded me of the 10,000-hour rule

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

"Today is the best day ever!"

Today my children and goddaughters exclaimed, "Today is the best day ever!"

I wondered what made them feel that way about today? Is it the trip to the Resorts World Sea Aquarium? Or the fact that none of them needed to take the dreaded afternoon nap but got to get wet by the Universal Studios misty globe instead? Could it be the m&ms and chocolate offered as desserts by mummy (or Godma)?

I suspect it is all the above and more.

I think today the children were glad to be in the company of their favourite siblings from another mother for ONE WHOLE DAY! That in itself was a treat; they were not rushed to finish up with their playing so that they can get home for bedtime, which was usually the case. Today a half-day outing ended up being a full-day one, "thanks" to a minor accident on my BFF's (my children's godma) car.

Today was also my best day ever (kind of) because a near nervous breakdown ended up being an encouragement to me. Well, to cut the story short, the accident I mentioned above caused an emergency for me and my BFF's family. They needed to "take refuge" at my house for a moment while the vehicle got fixed. My house? MY HOUSE! My house is not the kind of house you can pop in for tea anytime, it's the kind of house that my fellow mum blogger friends have. You can look at some examples here, here or here. (I'm sorry for pointing you out, mummies, but I have no courage to post photos of my own yet.) Hence you can imagine the panic that rushed over me the moment I uttered, "OK." and put down the phone.

True and fair enough, the first thing my goddaughter said when she entered the house was, "Wah, your house is so messy ah?" *Gulp* What an embarrassing moment for me but the comments took a different turn afterwards. She looked around the house and continued enviously "You did all these with them?" (pointing to the artwork and printed paper stuck onto my shoe cabinet.) I casually replied, "Yah, I do a lot of these things with them as they don't go to school like you. You see, you get to do all these in school but since they are being homeschooled, I plan these activities for them." She muttered under her breath, "No, not really. I don't do much of these in school."

What a mixed bag of emotions I felt in that mere few minutes; guilt mixed with embarrassment, pride along with joy and many questions that followed. But the main questions in my mind were, "How would my children cope with mainstream school if they go on to a more formalised Primary school education? Is it going to be vastly different? Will it be better for them?"

I have no answers to my questions now but I know at the end of today, I felt good that my goddaughters seemed to appreciate what I am doing with Princess and The Rock (judging from their response and the way they "relished" the DIY Mailbox/Craft Corner). This mildly bizarre experience made me realise that while we try to be the best that we can be for (our) children in everything, it is sometimes enough to just do more of the things that matter to them. Nope, this is not my excuse to leave the house as it is, it IS going to be tidied up, I promise.

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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Watching the world go by...

The Rock loves to look out of the window at the cars whizzing by, children laughing and playing downstairs and he'll be especially thrilled if he sees a bird or two chirping on the trees!

This afternoon Princess and The Rock were doing the same and I casually asked, "Do you see any birds? I can hear chirping." The Q&A went on for a few rounds and I thought, "Why not sneak in some learning?" So I made it into a game. Which child doesn't like a good game, right?

There is only one rule to the game: Listen to the instructions / questions carefully and 1 point would be given to the correct answer.

We managed to review a few subjects we've learnt before while having some fun too!

For English, I asked questions like:

  1. "Where is the cat?" (Prepositions)
  2. What is the covering on top of the building? (Vocabulary. In this case, I introduced the word "roof".)
  3. Please tell me the names of three yellow things. (Vocabulary. Rock could point to them but he was unable to name them, e.g. yellow road markings.)

For Math, some questions asked were:
  1. Do you see anything that is rectangular in shape? (Shapes)
  2. Can you count how many children are there in this group? (Counting)
  3. Which tree is the tallest? (Measurement)

For Science, these are some questions:
  1. Can you name me four living/non-living things that you see?
  2. Do you see the trees over there? How do you think they grew so big?
  3. What is the colour of the sky? Do you think it's going to rain soon? How do you know?

Of course there were many questions from Princess and The Rock along the way too, as they noticed "new" things they haven't seen before and that's great as one of the best way to learn is to question. 

This game went on for quite a while as they loved the idea of accumulating points. I think incidental learning like this is the best, do you agree?

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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Shapes and Colours (Free Printable)

This post is about an exercise I created for Princess and The Rock to recognise shapes and colours.

I'm sure most of you have seen or own those shape sorter toy that looks like this:

We have not one but three variations of these, all hand me downs from great friends and relatives. These are fantastic for early learning about shapes. I love the tactile aspect of such a toy as the child can touch and feel that a triangle has three sides etc. However, Princess and The Rock got bored with them after a while as they got familiar with them, so I decided to create this activity for them.

Princess and The Rock, loved the use of velcro in this activity as this is the first time I made use of the self-adhesive velcro I got from Daiso. Both of them could learn at different levels using this simple activity.

For Princess, she started to recognise and match the names of the shapes with the shapes themselves, particularly the more difficult ones like "octagon" or "parallelogram" etc. I also included the names of some newer colours like "turquoise" and "beige".

The Rock was happy just sticking the shapes onto the template. I tried to sneak in some learning by talking about the shapes he picked up by asking questions like, "What shape are you holding?" or "What is the colour of the square?"

Some questions you can ask in this activity:
  • How many sides does this shape have?
  • Does this shape have any corners? How many?
  • What object can you find at home that is of this shape?

Possible spin-offs from this activity:
  • Simple origami, e.g folding a square into half makes a rectangle or triangle.
  • Scavenger hunt to look for objects in the house of a certain shape.
  • English writing exercise (e.g. Write a sentence to describe the hexagon or write a short and funny poem about the circle and the star.)

I have included a link for the free printable for your convenience. Again, please feel free to print it for your own use or classroom use but not for any form of commercial use. 

For the free printable, click here.

For previous posts, activities and ideas on shapes, go here.


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Friday, 11 October 2013

Fashion Friday - J for Jellyfish!

Ok, maybe calling this Jellyfish headdress fashion is a bit too far-fetched but hey, it is no doubt still a piece of fashion item for my Princess (let's just say her taste is kind of eclectic).

This post is written as part of the 31 Days of ABCs series by All Done Monkey. In the month of October, each blogger will present an activity or craft related to the letter of the day and there will be a linkup for other bloggers to share their post for the same letter.

My letter is "J" and since Princess and The Rock both love the underwater, we decided to create a jellyfish with recycled materials we had on hand.

To make your own jellyfish, you'll need:

  • bubble wrap (from previous packages)
  • microwaveable container (from previous takeouts)
  • plastic bag
  • sticky tape
  • scissors

  1. Cut a piece of bubble wrap big enough to fully wrap around the plastic container (you don't need the cover). 

  2. Tape the four corners of the bubble wrap on the inside of the plastic container. 

  3. Pull in the bubble wrap to wrap around the plastic container to achieve a bowl-like shape and tape to secure.

  4. Cut away the handles and the base of the plastic bag.

  5. If working with a young child, draw lines on the rectangular part of the plastic bag. Do not worry about the regularity of the lines, the waviness adds to the charm.

  6. Cut along the lines to get long strips.

  7. Stick the strips to the inside of the container with sticky tape.

  8. Jellyfish is complete!

Princess and The Rock have used the jellyfish as a headdress (as in the first photo above) and made it into a "lantern" and brought it for a walk, or rather a "swim". :)

Easy as ABC, isn't it? 

Now it's your turn link up your “J” themed ideas. Do also follow this series throughout the month of October to find (and contribute) activities and ideas for each letter of the alphabet!

31 Days of ABCs - October 2013