A late recap post as September was a tiring month. Everyone in the household fell sick, helper was on home leave, hubby and grandparents were frequently away. While regular laundry, home-cooked meals and toilet cleaning were somewhat neglected, holding down the fort (while sick too!) gave me a nice super-mom buzz and of course, a deeper appreciation for all dedicated caregivers and homeschooling moms out there… Some days when a me-only holiday or even full time work seemed like a nice break (not in reality, I know), I turn to this article‘s quote: “The more time a mother can spend raising her kids, the better. The better for them, the better for their souls, the better for the community, the better for humanity. Period.”
That said, we still worked through a theme: OUR BODY, following B’s weekly Gymnademics home material as I had little time for much else. B even got “kicked up“ to the 2-3 years Fellows class a tad early (hope they don’t regret it!)
ABC: We didn’t find a “wow” body book at the library as the many kids books were either too simple or too wordy. So we revisited a few classic books and flash cards around the body, reinforced by simple craft on Saturdays with dad.
Our best activity: Making our B-sized skeleton. Mommy traced out B’s body on paper, drew and cut out the bones, while B painted it. He loves greeting “skeleton” every morning and night, sticks food stickers in his mouth because it’s hungry. All those bones must make him look quite thin! Bonus: The skeleton makes a perfect prop for Halloween 🙂
Music: Songs worked wonderfully in this theme! Now that B actually sings (well, he strings all the words in a run-on-sentence), music really aids his recall and encourages him to move more parts of the body. We’d been singing Head Shoulders Knees Toes for a while now, but he’s also responding more to the Chinese versions too (the ones in class have different, fun variations of 拍拍手). This month, B picked up on a few more:
- B truly started conversing in Chinese! 好棒 兴烨！
- Started singing with words, not just sounds/tones (mainly in English): Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Row Row Row Your Boat, Hokey Pokey, Wheels On The Bus, Rain Rain Go Away, Happy Birthday, and snippets of everything else he hears around him.
- Tantrums remain infrequent and can be pre-empted as it’s usually related to (1) Too tired and don’t want to bathe before nap (2) Too hungry yet don’t want to give up his cars
- Growing independence – he’s increasingly saying “Mama, B do” whether it’s drawing, stamping, reading, eating, choosing what to wear, etc. Feels like my little boy wants to be a man too fast!
- Growth spurt! One day he suddenly outgrew his 2 year sized shoes and pajamas. When we were at IKEA this week, we also discovered that he’s 90 cm – the “magic” height for entry into some playgrounds, and also, bus and MRT payments 😉 When did that happen? He’d been seemingly stuck at 86 cm and just around 12 kg for the past few months