Does your kid find it hard to sit still in class? Do you want to do more together, but have no idea where to start? Do you wish your kid had better exposure to Chinese than you did? We do. Before B started preschool, hubby and I would take him to Sparkanauts every weekend. We loved the energetic pace, observant teachers, stimulating environment and thoughtful curriculum designed for parent and … Continue reading Special Review and Offer: Sparkanauts Leyun 乐云 Chinese program
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 … Continue reading Dem aching bones
This month, we covered TIME. Thankfully, I managed to save time (hah!) searching for, making and adapting material for B as the theme coincided with the Gymnademics weekly home material. It allowed us to reinforce numbers as B’s been sporadically saying 0 to 20 (in English) and 1-10 (in Chinese). We also dived into the concept of … Continue reading No time for flashcards?
June was an exercise in child-led learning. Forget about class or mommy’s “lesson plans,” our theme was on B’s all time favourite things… Theme: (1) Things that go: It started out with us reading Brian Biggs’ excellently illustrated vehicle series, esp. Everything Goes: In The Air for days up till (and after) B’s first flight to Phuket. … Continue reading I did what I knew, and when I knew better, I did better
Time to reflect on what we’ve tried, what’s worked, what’s not – one month into our revised schedule. Basically, our weekday “homeschool” time has become a bit more intentional. It’s been mostly fun, often stretching both our discipline and creativity, but I trust there’s positive returns from all this! Weekdays: “Homeschool” with mom, plus Chinese, music, swim, … Continue reading Same same but different?
We made plans to drop B off at half-day childcare sometime this year, thus freeing my mornings for personal and work time while pregnant. Since the start of the year though, too much has changed and the original Plan C didn’t make sense as I now work flexi time but am no longer pregnant 😦 Also, … Continue reading The only constant in life is change
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. – Mark Twain There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots, the other wings. – Hodding Carter It took 3+ hours to curl my hair (after 5 years!) so I managed to finish Doman’s book on “How To Multiply Your … Continue reading Month 11 Week 2: How To Multiply Your Baby’s Intelligence
A fellow mom friend invited me to a trial Glenn Doman class last weekend. Curious, I took B along for a 1:15 hour fun, fast and furious “right brain” lesson at Gymnademics. Affiliated with Doman’s Institutes For the Achievement of Human Potential, the bambino class (5 mos – 1 year) mainly covered bilingual language (English with a little Mandarin, … Continue reading Month 9 Week 2: No right brain left behind?
B is 9 months old! At 39 weeks, he’s officially “outside” mommy longer than he was inside (he arrived early). We just had a regular check up where B got his final pneumoccocal jab, which leaves one more jab for the year i.e. MMRV sometime in November, after his 1st birthday. Reminder to self: feed him eggs (yolk, … Continue reading Month 9 Week 1: Going going going