5 Things We Love About Kidzania Manila

I’ve been waiting for Kidzania Manila since last year. So when a special preview was offered to our Facebook community group Homeschoolers of the Philippines I was beyond ecstatic! Before I go on, I want to say thank you to our ever faithful and hardworking founder Donna Pangilinan-Simpao of Homescool.ph. She has been a huge inspiration to all of us. She was on top of things, coordinating this preview with Mr. Rudy Villar, Ministry of Tourism of Kidzania Manila. πŸ™‚ It was also a great way for our community to celebrate our 4,000+ members! πŸ™‚

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Just got his first Kidzos! πŸ™‚

A lot of homeschoolers have already shared their Kidzania Manila experience from tips to FAQs and you will find these links helpful as you plan your visit. So instead of doing a thorough review about it, I’ve decided to share with you 5 things we love about this awesome city!

1. Kidzania is where learning through play is experienced on a grand scale.

I’m an advocate of learning through play. My son is 4 years old and he loves learning new things especially when presented in the concept of play. πŸ™‚ We love to play-pretend at home so you can just imagine how awesome it was for him to take on different roles with matching uniforms! Your child can be an actor, gardener, judge, innovator, doctor, and more! They can even study first to get a degree so they can earn more Kidzos (the Kidzania currency). πŸ™‚ We didn’t try that, though, because we thought it was more for big kids. Besides, we’re already studying at home and we wouldn’t want to study outside! Haha! πŸ™‚ I made a slideshow of the sights and spots at Kidzania to give you a glimpse of what to expect. πŸ™‚

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With our homeschool co-op. πŸ™‚ The rest of the moms in our group got in early! πŸ™‚

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Timmy and Daddy. πŸ™‚

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Timmy and Mommy. πŸ™‚

It wasn’t easy at first because Timmy had a minor meltdown when we entered the city. There was an ongoing make-believe fire and the kiddie firemen were on their way with the fire truck and fire alarm blaring. In short, it was way too noisy and it scared our little man. He really wanted to go home! New place + just arrived + no nap + overwhelming noise = perfect meltdown formula. Yikes!

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Job 1: Construction Worker (still feeling his way through) πŸ™‚

Good thing we were able to take him somewhere far from where the fire was. We found a construction site where he had his first “job” but it was more of play for him because he just needed to calm his nerves down. He wasn’t too keen on listening because he only wanted to play with the bricks. He didn’t even wear his uniform. The staff were so patient and nice to just let him be! That good and relaxing experience gave him the confidence to take on more jobs! To give you an idea on how confident he got, he took on 8 jobs in the 5 hours that we were there! πŸ™‚

2. The staff of Kidzania treat your kids like professionals.

They were called Mister or Miss by the staff. Although I think it would be better if the kids had name tags because sometimes they don’t know if they were the Mister or Miss the staff was calling. The kiddie interns were given instructions on what they ought to do. πŸ™‚ Timmy’s second job was an innovator. He loves to write and doodle so when he saw that there were lots of colorful pens at the Creative Hub, he jumped right into it! He even made a product presentation! Too cute! πŸ™‚

Job 2: Innovator :)

Job 2: Innovator πŸ™‚

Job 3: Drummer

Job 3: Drummer

3. Kidzania allows children to experience responsibility and independence.

With so many options for them, kids are given opportunities to choose the activity they want to participate in. They get paid for the job they do. Parents are not allowed inside the establishment during activities so your child is on his own. πŸ™‚ We first went with what we knew Timmy really wanted like construction, innovation (write and doodle), and music (as a drummer). He really wanted to drive a car but he couldn’t until he got his license. He took a job as a gasoline boy first and then took his driving lessons. Unfortunately, he didn’t pass. Our 4-year-old enjoyed bumping posts and cars more than abiding in traffic rules. I actually saw him do that during his exam. Haha! πŸ™‚

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Job 4: Gasoline crew

Driving lessons. :)

Driving lessons. πŸ™‚

For his succeeding jobs we just went around showing him establishments and asking him if he wanted to try it. We skipped what he didn’t like and also the ones with long lines. He wanted to be a fireman but every time we checked it out the line was too long. To maximize our stay we would let him take on another job while waiting. The fire station is definitely the first establishment we’ll check out when we come back. πŸ™‚ Oh and by the way, Timmy eventually got desensitized with the fire drill noise.

Our busy little guy also tried making some of his favorite treats like ice cream and chicken nuggets! πŸ™‚ For activities like these you pay Kidzos because you get the actual product at the end.

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Job 5: Ice cream maker

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Job 6: Food tech (creating chicken nuggets)

Trying a mouthful of his own creation! Haha! :)

Trying a mouthful of his own creation! Haha! πŸ™‚

4. The variety of establishments and professions cater to different ages.

Kidzania is for ages 4 to 14 and they can choose the establishment that is appropriate for their age. For young kids, there are many options like gardening, delivery, hotel, salon, and more! The bigger kids can be cable operators and show off their wall climbing skills. πŸ™‚ There are also free play areas for kids ages 3 and below so if your little ones get tired of roaming around, they can stay there and relax. There’s also a parent recharging station and a breastfeeding station for moms. πŸ™‚

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Job 7: Arborist. πŸ™‚

Timmy wanted to ride the tour bus so we did! We also needed a breather that time. πŸ™‚ It was actually tiring for parents with young kids because you have to wait 20-30 minutes for the activity to get done. You’ll be standing up most of the time so wear comfy shoes! Big kids can roam around on their own and parents can just wait at the restaurants or resting areas. Hopefully they’ll add slim benches near each station. Heehee! πŸ™‚

Tired but happy parents. :)

Tired but happy parents. πŸ™‚

Energy level is going down now for this little boy. :)

The cutie who wanted to ride the tour bus. πŸ™‚

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Job 8: Delivery man. πŸ™‚ Look! He’s receiving his salary! πŸ™‚ Last job for the day!

5. There’s always something to look forward to on your next visit.

There are still so many jobs that Timmy didn’t get to try especially the ones with long lines like the fire station, airport, and hospital. I guess it would take 3 to 4 visits to actually cover everything and by then more establishments would’ve been open! Before we went home, Timmy spent his earnings at the Kidzania Department Store. πŸ™‚ You actually have the option to save but we wanted him to enjoy the fruits of his labor/playtime. πŸ™‚ I hope they’ll provide a store where kids can buy food or drinks with their Kidzos. As for the saving part, maybe we’ll consider depositing some of his money when we come back. πŸ™‚ By the way, parents are not allowed inside the department store, too. Timmy chose his reward and ended up spending his money on football erasers. πŸ™‚ Good choice, buddy!

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Football erasers for the hardworking little man! :)

Football erasers for the hardworking little man! πŸ™‚

Kidzania Manila is now open to the public! We encourage you to go and experience this fun educational theme park with your family! πŸ™‚ We’re pretty sure you’ll have a blast! Zank U, Kidzania! Z-U soon! πŸ™‚

We love Kidzania Manila! :)

We love Kidzania Manila! πŸ™‚

Zank U! Z-U!

Zank U! Z-U!

Clay activities for the reluctant clay user

My son is probably one of the few kids who doesn’t like clay. He doesn’t like the icky feeling that goes along with it. Although he has no problems getting himself dirty, clay is an entirely different story. The most he could do with it was form a ball or flatten it. He wouldn’t create other things the way I’ve seen other kids do it. Timmy received clay gifts the past couple of years. We tried using them but he would stop immediately. He would even complain about the sticky, gooey feeling. I decided to give it a rest and planned to introduce it again. Months later, I came up with fun clay activities that wouldn’t highlight the icky feeling but would still enhance his creativity and develop his fine motor skillsΒ  (Thank You, Lord, for the ideas!). πŸ™‚

Animal stamping

I mixed 2 colors of clay and flattened it with Timmy’s help. πŸ™‚ I asked him to press his animals’ feet on the clay so he could see the different footprints! He had to press extra hard so he could see the prints. πŸ™‚ Flex those finger muscles!

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Getting his animals ready! πŸ™‚

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Stamping time! πŸ™‚

Clay Poking

I cut pieces of straw and asked Timmy to poke the clay! This simple activity allowed him to create different scenarios like a forest for the green straws and a birthday cake for the pink ones (he even blew the straw candles and sang Happy Birthday!). πŸ™‚ He also did animal stamping again on his forest. πŸ™‚ He enjoyed it when small pieces of clay got stuck inside the straw! He would press the straw so that the small round pieces of clay would come out. πŸ™‚

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Creating his forest. πŸ™‚

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Focused straw poking. πŸ™‚

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T-Rex invades the forest and leaves footprints!

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Pressing hard to see the prints. πŸ™‚

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Creating a birthday cake! πŸ™‚

He likes the clay getting stuck in the straw. :)

He likes the clay getting stuck in the straw because it looks like a candle. πŸ™‚

Letter Carving

We formed words and pressed the letters on the clay. Timmy removed them so he could see the word we carved on it. πŸ™‚ This is a great fine motor exercise especially if you’re using hard, sticky clay. πŸ™‚

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We used his small lacing letters and pressed them on clay. πŸ™‚

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Time to remove them! πŸ™‚

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Timmy’s icky face. Haha! πŸ™‚

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Carefully removing his pressed letters. πŸ™‚

These activities are for clay lovers and clay haters alike. πŸ™‚ Timmy has found new uses for clay after we did these. I was so glad it didn’t go to waste! Sometimes we just need to give our kids different options for them to appreciate the things they initially don’t like. πŸ™‚ Hope you’ll enjoy doing them as much as we did!

Starting your preschool homeschool

As a newbie homeschooler, I love asking tips and advice from moms who have been in this journey for quite some time. I haven’t been able to attend any seminar or workshop that’s related to homeschooling until last January when our Facebook group, Homeschoolers in the Philippines, held a south meet-up and last March when The Learning Basket held a workshop for preschool homeschoolers! I was so glad to attend both events! Usually, when there are homeschool events or seminars, I’m not able to go because either it’s too far or I’m sick or my toddler’s sick. I even skipped the Hippomum’s Mothering or Smothering parenting seminar, which was hosted by my dear friend Diane. It has been pretty challenging for me to get into these workshops for some reason.

Photo credit: The Learning Basket

Photo credit: The Learning Basket

I had been planning to attend The Learning Basket’s workshop “Starting your Preschool Homeschool” for the longest time but the location was always somewhere in the north. I live in the south so just the travel time of going back and forth is twice as much as the actual workshop. When they announced that they will hold one here in BF Menlo Clubhouse, I almost screamed in delight! πŸ™‚ I wasn’t able to register online because guess what? I was sick again up until the day before the event. I messaged Mariel Uyquiengco to ask if they were accepting walk-in registrants and I was so grateful she said yes! She was also the host of the workshop and founder of The Learning Basket where you can learn a lot about homeschooling, shop for great books, and discover ways to reinforce that you are your child’s first and best teacher. πŸ™‚

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I want to attend talks like these for three reasons: information, validation, and correction. I want to learn something new from parents who’ve been there, done that. I also want to feel validated if I am on the right track. And lastly, I want to correct the way I approach homeschooling if there are more effective ways of doing so. πŸ™‚ My husband actually asked me if I really wanted to go because for him he thinks I’m doing well in homeschooling Timmy. He’s so encouraging, no? πŸ™‚ However, I told him that I really need to learn more about this journey. And being the supportive partner that he is, he readily agreed and joined me, too! πŸ™‚

Here are some of the things I’ve learned from the “Starting your Preschool Homeschool” workshop:

1. Play is a child’s work. πŸ™‚

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Mariel explored this idea in detail about how important it is for children to play and learn through play. Timmy has his “free play” time for stuff he wants to do. It’s unstructured. He shoots some hoops, plays with his trucks and cars, and scatters everything he can find in his toy boxes. His one-hour daily gadget use is also part of his free play. When we homeschool, every time I present him an activity I make sure that I’m overly excited about the counting game or craft activity I’m about to give him, making it appear like it’s still play time. I provide him with an audience of animals, dinosaurs, and trains to watch him finish our homeschool activity. πŸ™‚ Sometimes I ask myself if I’m letting my son play too much at home because our homeschool time is only for 20-30 minutes at a time and spaced throughout the day. Meanwhile, other kids are in daycare and regular schools. Being reminded that PLAY is what children are meant to be doing removed that recurring guilty feeling that I had. πŸ™‚ I also realized that those few minutes of learning we have are quality moments when Timmy is very much engaged. We don’t need to study 1.5 to 2 hours straight with distractions in between. We can learn through play for a few minutes and maximize that time. πŸ™‚

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2. Preschool homeschool is not school. It’s about preserving my son’s childhood.

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Kids grow up very fast and I’m experiencing some serious separation anxiety right now. It seems like yesterday when Timmy was exploring his wobbly first steps and now I can’t seem to run after him! Spending each day with him is an opportunity to preserve and prolong his childhood. He just turned four last December and I really want to preserve and document every moment I have with him. I post his #timmyisms on Facebook so that I can go back and read his funny quips. I take lots of pictures, blog about his adventuresβ€”all because this season is too fleeting. It’s very encouraging to hear that it’s okay to not rush your child to grow up and mature because they’ll get there anyway. Let them be a toddler or a preschooler when they’re at that stage.

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Timmy loves being swaddled just for fun. Haha! πŸ™‚

3. Learn at home NATURALLYβ€”relaxed, unhurried (my favorite word lately), playful, and fun!

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This is the advantage of homeschooling that I truly love. Timmy and I can read as many books as we want because we’re not pressed for time (unless it’s time for me to cook…haha!). He can work on his homeschool activities wearing his pajamas. He can do stuff anywhereβ€”living room, dining room, and yes even the bedroom! The floor is his oyster. Haha! It’s a good reminder for me to keep his learning environment relaxed because this will encourage him to cooperate and participate even if we’re tackling something easy or difficult. πŸ™‚ I recently had Timmy take an online reading test from Sonlight and the San Diego Reading Assessment. At age four, his reading level is somewhere between Grades 3 and 4 or ages 8 and 9! We know that it’s only by God’s grace that Timmy is able to do it. πŸ™‚ At the same time, it was an affirmation that our decision to homeschool him was worth it because we’re able to leverage his strengths and interests to allow him to learn in a relaxing and fun environment. πŸ™‚

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4. Life is the curriculum.

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A lot of the things that your child can learn are part of your daily activities. Timmy has been helping me wash the dishes and boy is he having a blast! Haha! It takes a while and a lot of wasted water, not to mention the wet floor but seeing his eagerness to help and learn how he can wash better next time has been very encouraging. πŸ™‚ Cleaning up after playing is one of the ways to teach discipline and organization to your child. Timmy shoots his toys in his toy box or cleans up really fast when we ask him to be like the Flash. πŸ™‚ I realized that there are still many things I could teach Timmy every day not only at home but also when we go out. We should really keep in mind that teachable moments are everywhere, we just need to open our eyes and be intentional. πŸ™‚

Ahoy mateys! It's pirate mommy and pirate Timmy! :)

Ahoy mateys! It’s pirate mommy and pirate Timmy! πŸ™‚

5. Make memories!

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Indoor camping with Daddy! πŸ™‚

Go places. Play pretend. Run around the house. Indoor camping and swimming. Makeshift slides and tents. Read together (at least 20 minutes a dayβ€”but my recommendation is, the longer the better!). πŸ™‚Β  Rough games! Wrestling! Sing and dance like crazy! These may just be small things but when accumulated will create a childhood full of wonderful memories for you and your child. πŸ™‚ Making memories is all about the intangibles. It’s that ear-piecing shriek, snorting chuckle, and soundless laughter that make the biggest impact in your child’s life. I know this when I hear Timmy say either “more” or “again, again.” πŸ™‚

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Mariel also shared lots of activities on how to homeschool your preschooler. It has become my checklist and go-to guide for things we’ve done and the things we have yet to do. The Learning Basket conducts this workshop all year round so you can simply find a schedule that works best for you! πŸ™‚ Thank you for bringing this event to the south! πŸ™‚ Continue inspiring parents to be their child’s first and best teacher! πŸ™‚

H is for Horse

My goal over the next few days is to catch up with my blogging. πŸ™‚ Timmy and I have already finished letters H, Y, J, and S. I’m very excited to share with you what we’ve done so far and the FUN we had while learning different concepts through our letter of the week. πŸ™‚ Let’s begin!

Reading

I picked books with prominent H words for our weekly reading staple. I don’t limit Timmy to my recommended H books for the week. I only use it to reinforce the letter. πŸ™‚ My little reader wants different books every day but he also has his favorites that we go back to repeatedly. There was a season that he was obsessed with Horton books! His interest dwindled but was resurrected when they were featured during our H week. πŸ™‚ “The Big Honey Hunt” is one of Timmy’s all-time faves. We also love “Bible stories that end with a HUG” because it ends the lesson with something like “Give the one who likes to share a great big hug!” πŸ™‚

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Our Bible character for the week was Hannah and we learned the value of waiting on the Lord. I also let him watch a video from Gracelink on the story of Hannah. Gracelink videos is one of my recent discoveries and what’s great about it is that it has a memory verse and a one-liner lesson that goes along with it. It tells a Bible story through storybook-like cartoons which worked well for Timmy because he wasn’t distracted with too much effects and it got him to really pay attention to what the story was all about. He really liked the video and watched it repeatedly throughout the week! πŸ™‚

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English/Language/P.E.

Sometimes I just stare at the stuff we have at home and think of something we can do about it. That week I saw this carton and a used happy birthday gift wrapper. I also saw that we have lots of chopsticks! God once again sent some creative ideas my way for an activity that would harness his gross and fine motor skills, alphabet familiarity, and imaginative play! I wrapped the box, gave him a pair of chopsticks and asked Timmy to hit and punch holes on all the letter H’s he can find. Boy, was it fun and noisy! Haha! He then asked for more chopsticks and turned it into birthday candles! We sang the “Happy Birthday” song repeatedly, too. πŸ™‚ Later on, he used the chopsticks to form the letter H over and over again. πŸ™‚

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Arts and crafts

For arts and crafts we made a horse and a house. πŸ™‚ We used construction papers, glue, and googly eyes for the horse. We used both big and small H for these activities. Timmy also wrote lots of letter H on the house he made. πŸ™‚

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We also did some handprint art! At first, Timmy was feeling so icky about having to put so much paint on his hands. This little guy uses finger paint, watercolor, and poster paints all the time so it was really a surprise that he wasn’t into it. But when I started to put some on my hands and showed him how cool and fun it was to stamp” your hand on paper, his face lit up! Before I knew it, we were lathering his palms with orange paint and he was happily stamping his hand! πŸ™‚ Sometimes you just need to show that you’re having fun, too, to engage your kids in the activity. πŸ™‚

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I used the missing letter technique again to get him excited to complete the words and write H. πŸ™‚ It’s so amazing to see how his hand writing improves over time. I couldn’t help but imagine what it was like for me when I was starting to write at his age. πŸ™‚ I also asked him to “draw” not write H in different colors! The idea of drawing gets Timmy pumped up more than writing. Since two of his favorite things to do are reading and doodling, our writing activities are done under the guise of these two. I mentioned it before that he wanted to read the words so bad that he gets into writing mode quickly when it comes to guessing the mystery words. πŸ™‚ Using colored pens to “draw” letters got him hooked, too! πŸ™‚ Yay! These are simple but fun activities that can help reluctant writers, especially boys. πŸ™‚

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We did a counting exercise using heart stickers. πŸ™‚ Timmy likes sticker activities and I love it, too, because it enhances his fine motor skills as tries to take out those teeny tiny stickers. πŸ™‚ So I decided to integrate that to our math exercise!

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Filipino

I just made a simple word list of Filipino words that begin with H along with its English translation. I then folded it when it was time for Timmy to identify the English/Filipino counterparts of these words. In one of the pictures below you will see him mixing his toy animals because I said, “Haluin mo yung mga hayop sa lalagyan.” or “Mix the animals in the container.” We also used these “featured” Filipino words often during the week. πŸ™‚

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There you have it! Our HAPPY “H” Week. πŸ™‚ The following week we did Y and I really thought we couldn’t do much about it but surprisingly we had some pretty cool activities and had a blast with it! Stay tuned for our Y week! πŸ™‚

M is for Marshmallow

Two weeks ago we had M as our letter of the week. πŸ™‚ I was supposed to blog about this last week but I was so caught up preparing for my little boy’s birthday! πŸ™‚ Now we’re back to our normal weekly schedule and I’m back to blogging. Yay! We missed an entire week without any letter because we had to attend a family wedding, which coincided with Timmy’s birthday, and prepare for our son’s big day (post-birthday celebration). This is when I appreciate homeschooling the most because we can truly enjoy our get-togethers without worrying about school work the next day. We even had a week of no formal school activity simply because we wanted our son to enjoy his birthday! It’s such a blessing to have the freedom and flexibility that homeschool provides. πŸ™‚

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Bible Character

We learned about Moses and how God used him to deliver his people. πŸ™‚ We also watched a video about Moses. Timmy memorized his verse for the week, too. πŸ™‚

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Books and Reading

We read books with words that start with M. πŸ™‚ He really loves “Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?” because of the many sounds you can make and “Mole in the Hole” because of its pictures-over-text format. Like instead of seeing the word frog, there’s a picture of a frog instead. πŸ™‚

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Writing

M is a pretty challenging letter to write. There are basically four strokes you need to make. Two straight vertical lines and two slanted lines. I first gave Timmy a sticker activity to give him visuals of M then asked him to connect the M stickers.

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I also gave him some M words and let him practice writing M in the beginning of the word. He really likes doing this “missing letter” activity because he wants to read the words after. πŸ™‚

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We also designed a big M using marshmallows. πŸ™‚ Timmy couldn’t resist eating them while doing the activity! Hahaha! Too cute! πŸ™‚ At least he finished designing the M; it took a while, though. πŸ˜€

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Math

Since we’re already at it, I used the marshmallows to have some basic counting and addition exercises. πŸ™‚ I asked him to add the marshmallows by transferring them to one container then counting it. πŸ™‚

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Science

We created the basic phases of the moon (i.e. full moon, half moon, and crescent moon). I didn’t go into the waning crescent and the other complex phases. Since these three are the ones he often sees at night that’s what we explored first. πŸ™‚ When he’s old enough to understand, I’ll use the Oreo method. πŸ™‚

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Art

We made a mouse artwork from a big M outline using construction paper and some leather swatches that I use for scrapbooking. πŸ™‚

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We also made some MARBLE ART! I’m actually more excited about this one! We used daddy’s shaving cream, poster paint and a white cardboard. Since Christmas is almost near, I decided to put the marble paint on a star. Simply mix the shaving cream and poster color then put the paper on top for 10-15 minutes. Once it’s dry, remove the shaving cream and you’ll see the marble effect absorbed by the paper! πŸ™‚ We’ll most likely do this again! πŸ™‚

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Filipino

We learned some opposite words in Filipino that start with M and basically used them in our conversations at home. πŸ™‚ I made an attractive visual to encourage him to read and practice the words repeatedly. πŸ™‚

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M IS FOR MILESTONE! πŸ™‚

Timmy wrote his name for the first time! He’s been practicing TIM ever since we started our letter of the week. πŸ™‚ It’s far from perfect but it’s the product of his hard work. πŸ™‚ I’m so proud of you, sweetheart! He’s already good at writing Tim but Timmy needs more practice and Timothy Josef is an entirely new level. πŸ™‚ We’ll get there for sure. In the meantime, I want him to enjoy writing his name, doodling, and drawing. πŸ™‚Β  As his teacher, I try to keep in mind that learning should be enjoyable and not stressful. I can see in his body language if he’s just forced to do things. It reflects in his output and he’s not happy with it, too. This helps me in pacing our activities and the things he needs to learn daily and repeatedly. πŸ™‚

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We’re doing O this week and I’m so glad that we have a normal week before the Christmas and New Year festivities kick in. πŸ™‚ Till next week, mommies! πŸ™‚

I is for Island

Now I understand why moms do the letter of the week activity for their toddlers. It not only teaches their kids multiple concepts but it also gives direction to moms like me on what we should do for the day! πŸ™‚ We’re now at letter I, the second letter of Timmy’s name. I was actually a bit nervous when I was preparing for his lessons because I know that I is a pretty challenging letter. There are a few I words that toddlers could actually understand. I really praise and thank God because He has been giving on-the-spot ideas to make our letter I activities fun and exciting! Here’s how our week went:

Bible Character

Our Bible character is IMMANUEL and our memory verse is Isaiah 7:17 (starts with I, too!) So basically we read the Christmas story through out the week and watched some videos about Jesus and Christmas! πŸ™‚ I’m sticking with my pyramid-style visuals because Timmy really digs it! He still uses his Timothy makeshift pyramid verse. πŸ™‚

Reading

I got some books that begin with I but the blockbuster in the pile is “Should I Share My Ice Cream?” by Mo Willems! That book is heaven sent! My good friend Diane of The Hippomum (you should check out her blog!) sent a birthday box full of surprises for Timmy last month. She had no clue that Timmy LOVES ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE BOOKS. We read that book almost every day. He makes sure that “Should I Share My Ice Cream?” is included in our reading pile. πŸ™‚ This week, I also encouraged him to read other I books like “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and he enjoyed it, too!

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Math

This one is fun! We counted ice cubes! Timmy used tongs to pick up the ice. So aside from his counting practice, he also had fine motor exercise! πŸ™‚ I also drew pictures that start with I and gave Timmy “less” and “more” stickers. All he needed to do was count the objects and place the correct sticker. πŸ™‚ He was careful not to mess up because that meant he needed to remove the sticker and ruin the paper. Haha! Thankfully, he got everything correct! πŸ™‚

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Writing

I gave him some writing sheets to practice writing I step by step. He didn’t get it at first. I then saw that he liked to write without following a pattern. He wanted to discover it on his own. So I gave him words that start with I and left the first letter blank. I then saw how quickly he was able to write I because he needed to complete the word and read it! Seeing that he was on a roll, I took the opportunity to give him more words including his name! I suddenly discovered a way to teach him to write his name. It’s like doing fill in the blanks but this time he needed to fill it with letters. πŸ™‚ Perfect!

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Art

Of course we had to make ICE CREAM! πŸ™‚ I cut some foam as ice cream scoops and asked Timmy to create his own ice cream. πŸ™‚ He also designed his sweet creation after. Timmy’s always beaming with pride when he’s showing his artwork to his dad. I think he was extra proud of this one because he really exerted a lot of effort doing his ice cream. πŸ™‚

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Science

We learned about INSECTS! I found an insect poster at National Book Store (P8.75 only!). I cut it and placed each one on cardboard to make insect cards. πŸ™‚ I explained to Timmy what insects eat, why we need to be careful with certain insects, and more. We also read about insects in his book about bugs. πŸ™‚ We played a guessing game later on when he became familiar with the insects’ names. We also played a multiple choice type of game. I showed him two insects and asked him, “Which one is the mosquito?” then he picked the card and gave it to me. πŸ™‚ Later on, I saw him playing with the cards and making them fall like rain. He liked that it was light and the fan was blowing it everywhere. Haha! That was literally a learning-through-play moment. πŸ™‚

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English, Crafts, and Science combined (Haha!)

I thought it would be pretty cool to create an ISLAND for Timmy! So I got the case of our digital blood pressure apparatus, wrapped it in brown paper, placed it on top of blue paper to make an island. I then cut foam trees so that Timmy can design his island. I also surprised Timmy by creating a book for him! It has words that start with I to help familiarize him with more I words. πŸ™‚ Aside from that, I also wanted to teach Timmy about IGUANA. So I decided to draw one and put some quick facts on the side. I gave it to him as a “pet” and he loved it! He started talking and reading to the iguana drawing the moment he got it. Haha! Although we were done with science the previous day, we still had the iguana lesson before we did the island crafts and story. πŸ™‚ The great thing about toddlers is that they still have no idea that they’re going through certain subjects. So even if it appeared from my perspective that we weren’t organized that day, what’s important was he had fun learning different concepts from different subjects without him knowing it! πŸ™‚

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Filipino

To make learning Filipino fun for him I made small placards using popsicle sticks and colored papers. One side contains the English word and the other has the Filipino translation. We also spoke in Filipino and used the words in a sentence to help him practice our native tongue. πŸ™‚ My husband and I are making sure that we speak to him in Filipino more especially now that he’s able to understand and grasp the meaning of words faster. πŸ™‚ Upon learning that “ito” means “this” he said, “Ito si Mishka.” Mishka is the name of his dog stuffed toy. πŸ™‚

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Timmy also had his pop culture fix with daddy by watching some IRON MAN videos and learning about the cool suits of the billionaire superhero. πŸ™‚ I wasn’t able to take any photos because I was too sleepy when they were having their Iron Man stories. πŸ™‚

Next week we’re doing M! Let’s see if Timmy gets to write his short nickname (TIM) after next week. πŸ™‚ Hope these activities give you some ideas to keep your toddler busy and learning. Ciao! πŸ™‚

T is for Timothy!

T is for Timothy!

We really had a blast doing our first letter of the week. πŸ™‚ I was so giddy and excited that I woke up 4:30am Monday morning to prepare our activities! Haha! I already outlined what we’ll be doing and all my ideas came to life in that ungodly hour. I can only attribute it to God, the giver of awesome ideas even in the most uncanny time. πŸ™‚ I think it paid off because Timmy and I enjoyed our T Week!

I mentioned in my previous blog that we’re spelling his name first before doing the alphabet chronologically. Got that idea from Mommy Bares All and Timmy got excited with the idea, too! Since T is a pretty easy letter, we had lots of things that start with T. So I decided to make a sensory bin full of things and books that start with T. πŸ™‚

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Bible Character:

Of course, it had to be Timothy, my son’s namesake. πŸ™‚ I made a 3D-ish card that has the meaning of Timothy along with our memory verse for the week. I also found two cool videos that fit our lesson. πŸ™‚ One is about the story of Timothy and the other is a song for 1 Timothy 4:12! Praise God for people who create these videos! Timmy memorized the verse easily along with the basic outline of Timothy’s story, too!

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Reading:

For this week, I set aside books that start with T for our story time. πŸ™‚ We have multiple reading sessions a day so it’s great to have a lot of resources. πŸ™‚

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English:

We did an activity on sight words. I asked Timmy to get the corresponding toy that’s written on the paper. πŸ™‚ It’s a simple word association game that’s fun and easy to do! I think it’s the searching for the toy or object that makes it exciting. πŸ™‚

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Writing:

Timmy designed a big T and small t using a Tape. My little boy is not fond of writing and he’s not interested in tracing no matter how colorful the workbook is. He doesn’t like pencils. He prefers colored pens. πŸ™‚ So I decided to combine his love for words and pens! I wrote words that start T but didn’t write the said letter. I told him that he won’t be able to read the word because it’s not complete. He needs to write the T’s so he can read the words. It worked! πŸ™‚ I only did one set and since he was on a roll, we ended up finishing three papers practicing T under the guise of completing the words! That idea came out of nowhere but I knew it was God who reminded me about what Timmy loves and took advantage of it to get him to write!

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Math:

I made 3D-ish cards again that contain the words LESS and MORE. I placed two sets of Trees, one with more quantity and the other with less, then asked Timmy to put the LESS and MORE where it should be. πŸ™‚ When I first tried to teach this concept to Timmy, he didn’t seem to get it. But when he saw and touched the Trees, he immediately got the idea! We also did the TWO, THREE, TEN counting game. I asked him to place the corresponding number of toys under the TWO, THREE, TEN squares. It’s great because it helped Timmy to be patient especially in counting up to 10! He seems to be in a hurry when counting (always) but the GAME concept and the goal to win helped him to slow down and count properly. πŸ™‚

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Art:

I made a basic outline of a Turtle and asked Timmy to design it with Triangles! He really had fun with this one! He even suggested that we put shoes and hat on his turtle! πŸ™‚ The googly eyes made the Turtle cuter, too! πŸ™‚

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Science:

We made a Telephone (a cellphone actually) and I explained to Timmy how it works and why people use it. πŸ™‚ Up to now he still uses his phone and calls us everyday. He’s very proud that he has his own smartphone now! πŸ™‚

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Filipino and P.E.

I made a Filipino mat for Timmy with Tagalog words that start with T. They are mainly verbs so that’s what we used for our P.E. like β€œTakbo, Timmy!” then β€œTalon, Timmy!” then β€œTago, Timmy!” It was fun! He even remembered the word β€œTulog” and told me β€œTulog na si Timmy!” Haha! Another part of our P.E. is his favorite T activity, TICKLE TIME! He got extra doses of Tickle Time last week because of our theme. πŸ™‚

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Pop Culture:

I asked my husband Omar to tell Timmy a superhero story. So my boys visited Asgard and learned about the story of THOR! πŸ™‚ It’s very timely that Timmy has Thor’s hammer, too! I really love when my boys read together! πŸ™‚

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That wraps up our letter of the week! This week, we’re doing letter I. I admit, this letter is pretty challenging so we’ll see how our week turns out. Heehee! I’ll share with you again our activities next week! πŸ™‚ Ciao!