L is for Leaf

For our “L” letter of the week, we really wanted to do some leaf picking in our neighborhood. I wanted Timmy to pick and choose all sizes of leaves. But there were days when it was scorching hot outside (this was late May and it still felt like the peak of Manila summer!). Leaf picking at night was not a good idea either because Timmy wouldn’t be able to appreciate the colors and shapes of the leaves. I’m not allowed to get exposed to the sun because of my Lupus so we had to find a compromise.

Thankfully, there were tiny plants sprouting in our garage! They may be small but a leaf is a leaf no matter how whiff! Yes, that’s my pathetic attempt to recreate Dr. Seuss’ “a person’s a person no matter how small.” Haha! Anyway, here’s how our week went. πŸ™‚

Books and the Bible

L is for Love so we read our love-related books such as Guess How Much I Love You, I Love You Forever (with matching singing), How Do I Love You, and I Love You Because You’re You. πŸ™‚ One of our favorite storybooks is The Lion Who Wanted to Love. It’s about Leo the Lion who instead of being wild and fierce prefers to make friends and help other animals. πŸ™‚ We also read a couple of Mo Willemsβ€”Leonardo the Terrible Monster (because he’s too cute to scare anyone) and Listen to my Trumpet. Llama Llama Red Pajama is another favorite! It teaches your little one not to be so clingy but in a sweet way. πŸ™‚ We’ve been reading this since he was two (he’s four now)! πŸ™‚


The Little Engine that Could is a classic that everyone must have in their shelves. We would chant, “I think, I can! I think, I can!” repeatedly with a chugga-chugga-choo-choo vibe to it. πŸ™‚ It’s a story about perseverance and believing that you can do things even if you think you’re “small.” πŸ™‚ Lenny’s Lost Spots is a cute one! It’s about a ladybug who lost his spots and found it again. The rhyming verses are fun to read, too! I mentioned before that we love Mr. and Mrs. Green books and the Lucky Days is another compilation of three awesome adventures of the crocodile couple. πŸ™‚

The Little House is another classic. It’s not as colorful as other storybooks so it always takes extra animation for me whenever we read it. πŸ™‚ It’s about a little house that has seen all sorts of changes in its environment. From being at the countryside to seeing fields turned into roads, buildings being constructed, and getting lost in the crowded city. It gets saved by the family who previously owns it. It’s a touching tale about modernization told from a little house’s point of view. πŸ™‚


Aside from watching the video, we learned about the different ways we can show our love for God and each other. πŸ™‚ We also discussed how great Jesus’ love is for us by giving His life to save us from our sins. My husband and I have been explaining to Timmy in the simplest terms the sacrifice that Jesus did. It’s heartwarming to hear your child say, “Jesus saved me because I can’t save myself. Jesus died for my sins!” πŸ™‚


L is a pretty easy letter to write so to make our writing and letter familiarization more exciting I asked him to stamp L on his big L and small l templates. πŸ™‚ He loves stamping, by the way, so it’s a win-win activity! πŸ™‚ He also wrote L words like love, lion, and Lot 5B, Blk 6 (the address of his grandma…HAHA!). Too cute! πŸ™‚ He patiently traced letter L on his colorful flash cards as well. Timmy wanted to show his bunny how to do it that’s why he’s there. πŸ™‚



For math, we’ve done less-and-more activities before and I decided to do a review on it. πŸ™‚ It has been a few months since we did our last practice so I first did a visual exercise for him to be reminded of the concept then gave him another one which had numbers only. πŸ™‚ Whenever I teach this to him I interchange synonymous words like lesser/less than, fewer, and smaller so that he knows that they basically mean the same (i.e. in terms of numerical value). I do the same with more, greater, and bigger.

It’s L week so we practiced the “less than” concept. It wasn’t in the instructions but it was the word I was using to explain what he needed to do. πŸ™‚ Okay, let me just say that this technique works for us. If interchanging words confuses your child, don’t do it. πŸ™‚


Arts and Crafts

We did our leaf art! πŸ™‚ One morning, we were on our way out when I saw small plants in our garage! Yay! I asked Timmy to pick some and place it inside the plastic I brought. He picked two big leaves and teeny tiny ones. πŸ™‚ The next day, I asked him to form an L using the leaves! We also did letter stamping ala Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. πŸ™‚ I drew a coconut tree and asked him to stamp the falling letters. So fun!



That wraps up our L week! Hope you got some ideas you can do with your little one. πŸ™‚ Watch out for our D and K weeks in my next blog! Ciao!


P is for Playoffs

When we had “P” as our letter of the week, it was the beginning of the NBA Playoffs. πŸ™‚ Haha! My husband loves basketball and my son is crazy about it, too! He would rather watch the Top 10 Plays of the great NBA players than watch kiddie videos on YouTube. πŸ™‚ He knows all the NBA teams and even the jersey numbers of the players he likes! Later on you will see how that love for the game got mixed with our letter of the week! Here’s how we managed to pull off some activities despite being distracted with the Playoffs. πŸ™‚

Books and Bible Character

Our “P” book pile was pretty awesome. πŸ™‚ We’re Mo Willems fans and his Pigeon books series is one of our favorites so it’s laugh trip all over again! πŸ™‚ One of the best deals I found in a thrift bookstore is “Punctuation Celebration.” It’s a huge rhyming storybook that explains the uses of punctuation marks in a fun way! πŸ™‚ “Perky Little Penguins” is another favorite and Guy Parker-Rees is one of the illustrators we really love. Timmy liked my baby seal pup (one of the characters in the book) voice so much that he would make me do it the entire day. Haha! πŸ™‚

“Pirate Piggy Wiggy” is a gift from my friend the Hippomum and Timmy has a pig stuff toy that looks exactly like him! “Prayers for Boys” and “I can say a Prayer” are great books for teaching kids how to pray. “Pancakes for Breakfast” by Tomie dePaola is a cute and tiny storybook that has no words so it allows you to make up all sorts of storylines! One of the best sound books we bought is “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?” The animal sounds are so real! “Curious George: Pat-A-Cake” has been with us for two years now and it never gets old. πŸ™‚ “Percy and Harold’s Big Race” is another fun book that teaches a lesson on humility. πŸ™‚ “Your Personal Penguin” is an adorable Sandra Boynton classic we love!


For our Bible Character for the week, we read about Paul’s (previously known as Saul) story. πŸ™‚ We learned how God uses different people (in this case, a certified Jesus-hater) to spread the Good News. We also looked at the story of Paul and Silas and how God used an earthquake to free them from prison but instead of escaping they stayed put. This led to the warden believing in Jesus Christ. πŸ™‚ These are the videos we watched to supplement our Bible story. πŸ™‚

God’s Story: Paul from Crossroads Kids’ Club on Vimeo.

God’s Story: Paul and Silas from Crossroads Kids’ Club on Vimeo.


I’m a sticker-hoarder. πŸ™‚ I usually buy the cheap ones for random activities. The expensive ones, I keep for scrapbooking. Haha! Anyway, stickers come in very handy especially when you need something that will keep your little one busy. The peeling of those tiny stickers are great for fine motor skills, too! For this activity I asked Timmy to outline the big P and small p using Pink numbers! πŸ™‚


P is for Playoffs! As I mentioned earlier, when we did this letter it was also the start of the NBA Playoffs. Timmy got so obsessed with writing the name of the Players, teams, and scores! Haha! As a mom, I couldn’t ask for more. Tallying scores lets him Practice his letter and number writing! So I was like, “Keep tallying, darling!” πŸ™‚ I indulged his make-believe matches and scores. πŸ™‚ You will see there that he used the short name of the teams the way it appeared during the game. He also wrote the teams’ full names from time to time. πŸ™‚ I think he misses the Miami-Indiana match up that’s why it’s still there. πŸ™‚

At some point, he was determined to spell Cavaliers player Matthew Dellavedova’s name correctly and we Practiced that for weeks. Haha! Too cute! πŸ™‚ He watches a lot of NBA highlights during his 1-hour gadget time, which explains why he knows retired player Allen Iverson. πŸ™‚ Although I think he just invented his jersey number below. πŸ™‚ He likes Michael Jordan, Dwyane Wade, Stephen Curry, Matthew Dellavedova, and of course LeBron James. πŸ™‚


P is for Practice (special shoutout to Iverson–only NBA fanatics will get this)! There are days when he still finds tracing and writing within the lines boring so I just let him practice writing in boxes or just filling up the paper with the same letter. πŸ™‚ I didn’t put an incorrect mark on his imperfect P’s. Perfection isn’t our goal so I just showed him the adjustments he needed to make to make the P look better. πŸ™‚ The last thing I wanted was for him to get discouraged because his writing was far from what the ideal letters looked like. We celebrate his writing milestones and downplay his mistakes. πŸ™‚ I still correct it but my emphasis would be on working on his strokes rather than telling him that he did a letter wrongly. πŸ™‚

We also did another writing Practice game. I would ask him to stick some random letters on the paper and come up with words that begin with that letter! πŸ™‚ He really liked that activity. πŸ™‚ That “Katy” there is from his book “Katy No Pocket.” He was pretty much ambitious with J as he spelled “Jugling.” I told him I really appreciated his effort! πŸ™‚



We are into Patterns lately so I made a number pattern game for him. πŸ™‚ Just recently, we’ve been doing shape patterns since he’s able to draw squares and triangles now. Yay! Before, he only used to draw circles and it’s impossible to make a pattern game with just one shape. Haha! He learned to write numbers and letters first so that’s what we’ve been using for his pattern games. πŸ™‚


I mentioned in my previous LOTW post that Timmy’s into odd and even numbers. πŸ™‚ To make it more exciting, I asked him to put stickers instead of writing them! πŸ™‚ Repetition reinforces learned concepts and that’s what we were doing here. πŸ™‚



P is for Paw Printing! At first, I told Timmy to dip his dinosaur’s feet on the Paint. My son loves dinos which is why we opted to use them instead of his other animals. However, their paws are oddly shaped and not everything gets painted. I asked him to just paint each foot before stamping them on the paper. πŸ™‚ It was soooo fun to do! πŸ™‚ He got so focused carefully painting those tiny dino feet to get their unique prints on paper! Good job, sweetheart! πŸ™‚


The common theme for P would be P is for Pig but it was more important for us to go with Timmy’s interests like basketball, patterns, and dinos. πŸ™‚ He enjoyed this week a lot and so did I! πŸ™‚ What’s your child’s interest lately? Incorporate it with your LOTW activities! πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading! Till my next blog! πŸ™‚

Confessions of a Laid-Back Homeschooler

I’m a very laid-back homeschooler. I’m not even sure if that’s a good thing or not. Haha! But so far it’s been working really well for me and Timmy. πŸ™‚ It may look like that I have it together with all my posts about letter of the week (LOTW) activities but the truth is, most of them just happened on the fly! I just love documenting everything and putting them on collage because I plan to put them in a scrapbook. πŸ™‚ But it’s NO WAY an indication that we had a well-planned week. Seriously! And let me tell you a little secret, those activities only take a few minutes (15-30 minutes tops)! πŸ™‚

Sometimes I just stare at our pantry cabinet looking for something we can do a few minutes before Timmy wakes up. I know I’m cutting it close but some of my best ideas have come during buzzer beaters! πŸ™‚ I always have my colored pens and colored papers within reach for quick activities. I do a quick Google and Pinterest search. I plan in my head what we’ll do for the day and leave room for something random.

My organized hubby :)

My organized hubby πŸ™‚

The thing is I’m not much of a planner, really. And I’m also forgetful. That’s a pretty bad combination right there. Haha! That’s why I’m so grateful to be married to a man who likes to put everything in order. Omar keeps me organized. πŸ™‚ There were days when I forgot to calendar our activities and it has caused us a lot of stress (e.g. surprise commitments, unplanned meet-ups, etc.). Sorry, hon! Thankfully, he’s very forgiving, too. πŸ™‚

So how does a laid back, disorganized, forgetful mom homeschool?

I seek daily wisdom from the Best Teacher. Spending some time alone with God helps me relax and focus on what I need to do for the day. Apart from Him, I can’t do anything. Praying and reading His Word helps me start my day right. πŸ™‚ It’s my time to declutter my thoughts. Recognizing my daily need for His guidance and wisdom has helped me a lot regardless of how my day goes. I mentioned in one of my previous posts that a lot of my homeschool eureka moments have come during this time. πŸ™‚

My little teacher. :)

My little learner. πŸ™‚

I take my teaching cues from my son. When Timmy shows interest on somethingβ€”a book or topicβ€”I latch on it quickly and take advantage of it. Is there a language or math principle we can learn from it? I also test his capabilities every now and then. When he showed interest in counting beyond tens I casually asked him to go on counting up to hundreds last year (he was 3). He enthusiastically worked on it! When we bought a book about skip counting he got so into it that now we’re skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s. Even and odd numbers are his new favorites. πŸ™‚ I go full blast when I see that he’s ready but I also retract quickly when he shows signs of difficulty and resistance.

This is especially true with writing. He’s not a big tracing fan so I kept all his tracing worksheets and focused on how he wants to writeβ€”which is by copying my strokes. πŸ™‚ I let him watch me write all the time. Those who have seen Timmy write were surprised at how legible, fast, and smooth he does it. I guess it comes from the fact that he watches an adult do it and when I do it I make it look easy, right? I also let him write in a fun way by using Q tips, colored pens, finger paints so that he will look forward to doing it over and over again!

Practicing letter D. :)

Practicing letter D. πŸ™‚

Writing with Q tips! :)

Writing with Q tips! πŸ™‚

Now I understand from a child’s standpoint how much of a chore tracing can be because you’re left to do it on your own following boring dotted lines. Whereas when you write using engaging materials, see an adult β€œdemo” it, and do it together often, your child will see how easy it is! Well, at least for my son. There are kids who thrive in tracing and if that’s your child just go with it! πŸ™‚

That’s exactly what I love about homeschooling. You’re not tied to a curriculum that forces your child to learn all subjects at once. You can focus on his strengths and interests then change your approach in areas where your child is struggling. You’re not limited to using one medium. You become more in tune with your child’s learning style and adapt to it accordingly. πŸ™‚

I follow a flexible schedule and flexible curriculum. I have an outline of some sort which serves as my guide for our routine during the day. We start our homeschooling around 9:00-9:30am (yup, we don’t struggle with waking up early). We finish at around 11:00am. It’s not all sit-down learning. Reading time (our favorite) is part of it, playing and lots of tickles in between (another favorite), arts and crafts (especially painting), and writing activities.

In the afternoon, after his nap time we read again and we either do art or another homeschool activity after. Nothing is broken down into minutes like 10:00-10:30 is this subject, etc. Timmy knows his schedule (i.e. the outline of his day) and the predictability helps him cooperate and adjust. πŸ™‚ But no, he’s not confined to a rigid minute-to-minute period.

Timmy's schedule board. :)

Timmy’s schedule board. πŸ™‚

We do the LOTW activities for structure purposes. But I’m very flexible with it. There are days when the bulk of our activity happens in one day. Then the next two days we won’t do any LOTW stuff. We would do other learning through play activities instead. We would go back to it over the weekend or something. We’re also doing Before Five in a Row (BFIAR) on the side. Again, for structure purposes just so I have a guide. πŸ™‚

Here’s the thing, preschool homeschool should really be unstructured. The attention span of 3 to 4-year-olds is way too short for sit-down learning. Aside from our flexible schedule and curriculum, I also consult different reliable sites for developmental milestones and signs of delay and use it as guide for age-appropriate activities.

Sure my son knows a lot for his age and I could have well enrolled him in a homeschool provider for Kindergarten or even Grade 1. But he’s only 4 and won’t turn 5 till December. He will be 5 1/2 years old when he gets into Kinder next school year and we’re totally fine about it. Besides, he’s still within the age-5 bracket. πŸ™‚ By that time, he will be more cooperative and attentive.

635727663375033139 (2) The choice between enrolling him at 4 1/2 and 5 1/2 was crucial for me and my husband. Childhood is too fleeting to be hurried. Knowledge is one thing, maturity is another. We went for the latter because based on how we know our child we assessed that he will be more ready by then not based on head knowledge but based on everything else. Less frustrations for me, too! πŸ™‚

I make up for what we missed. I confess that we have gone through an entire week without any homeschool activity. There were days when our letter of the week became letter of the day, meaning we only had the chance to tackle the letter in one day. So what did I do? I made up for it the following week. It’s not like he stopped learning for one week. We still did the basicsβ€”play (yup, it’s a requirement), read, sing, and write/draw. We just didn’t covered a lot for a certain letter. πŸ™‚ Sometimes those breaks help, too. It gives Timmy more options to learn other things before he goes back to his routine.

Being a laid-back homeschooler doesn’t mean being irresponsible. It just means that you’re not too uptight with teaching your child like clockwork. It means that you allow for breathing room and reasonable breaks to change things up to encourage creativity and self-discovery in your child. πŸ™‚

Planting carrot seeds. :) There are carrot sprouts now! :)

Planting carrot seeds. πŸ™‚ There are carrot sprouts now! πŸ™‚

The fun part right now is that my son doesn’t have any concept of β€œcatching up on lessons” yet so he doesn’t feel any pressure. He just knows that we’re always learning something new. πŸ™‚ But in my head, β€œThis was supposed to be for last week, sweetheart.” Haha!

I know that as Timmy grows up and his lessons become more complicated I will need to step up my game, prepare my lessons way ahead of time, and be more organized. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be fun anymore. It could be that we will find new ways to be engaged in our subjects and find dynamic tools and resources to make learning consistently enjoyable for both of us! πŸ™‚

Will I outgrow being a laid-back homeschooler? Probably not. That’s who I am and so far it matches the spontaneity and flexibility that homeschooling provides for us. πŸ™‚ Imagine you can discuss history for an entire week and put math on hold because your child is so engrossed with your Vikings lesson! There are so many things you can do without being confined to a rigid schedule! Being laid back not only means being relaxed but also being willing to embrace unique, non-traditional learning opportunities along the way. πŸ™‚


We’re a homeschooling family! πŸ™‚

What matters to us is that our son learns in a way that is most beneficial for him. There will be days when worksheets will take a back seat when we see the need to deal with character issues first. There will be weeks when we’ll struggle with certain concepts. But when your child knows that he can count on his mommy-teacher and daddy-teacher to find ways to help him through a steep learning curve, he’ll be more motivated to learn. πŸ™‚

So yes, I’m a laid-back homeschooler teaching my son under the constant guidance of my Heavenly Father and the full support of my husband. Although it’s far from ideal, it’s what works for us. After all, when you think of home shouldn’t it be welcoming and relaxing? I believe the same rules apply for homeschooling as well. πŸ™‚

Duo Letters of the Week: A and B

Today, I’m sharing with you our activities for the first two letters of the alphabetβ€”A and Bβ€”which we covered over the summer. May was a very busy month for us so a lot of our A and B activities were basically on the fly. We learned as life happens. πŸ™‚ So here’s what we’ve done during those busy weeks:

A is for ART

Books and the Bible

We read our A books that week. πŸ™‚ “Adventures with Arnold Lobel” is one of Timmy’s favorites. πŸ™‚ The stories are both funny and informative! This collection has more than 10 short stories and I got it from a thrift book store (Book Sale) so it was a really good deal! πŸ™‚ Eric Carle’s “Animals Animals” is a great book because it has poetry, rhymes, and colorful animal illustrations! “Dr. Seuss’s ABC” is a classic. Whenever we read it, we do it with a certain beat. πŸ™‚


For our Bible character of the week, we learned about Abraham and how God fulfilled His promise by giving him a son named Isaac. We learned about waiting for God’s perfect time. πŸ™‚ We used these two videos to supplement our character study on Abraham. πŸ™‚

God’s Story: Abraham from Crossroads Kids’ Club on Vimeo.

Kindergarten Year A Quarter 1 Episode 13: “Sarah’s Special Baby” from Sabbath School on Vimeo.


Since Timmy is getting interested in tracing lately, I made him do some tracing work but only for a short while so that the novelty wouldn’t wear off easily. πŸ™‚ We still did his favorite exercise of forming words and much to my surprise he made an activity for me after! Haha! In the second photo, you would see that he wrote the same instructions I gave him “Write big A to complete the words.” He placed a blank before ___pple and ___irplane. After I answered it, he checked my work and gave mommy a “very good!” mark. πŸ™‚




I bought this book called “The Crayon Counting Book” for Timmy not knowing that the book is about even and odd numbers! It’s a rhyming book that shows different color shades while skip counting. πŸ™‚ After reading it over and over again and explaining to Timmy how it works, I asked him to try doing the even numbers. Much to my surprise, he was able to do it! πŸ™‚

Notice that this activity was not A-themed but since it was my son’s interest that week, I veered away from coming up with an A-themed math activity and indulged him on this one! I really love the flexibility that homeschooling gives us. πŸ™‚


Image courtesy of Amazon.com


Arts and Crafts

We love doing art projects and our A week gave us the opportunity to do more! πŸ™‚ We did an apple tree painting using Q tips, assorted shapes painting using tissue roll, and alphabet stamping using his rubber letters! πŸ™‚ We did this sometime in May (during summer break) and around that time my husband and I were teaching art to our friends’ kids. We did the same art activities in those classes. πŸ™‚




We’ve always wanted to do Noah’s ark so for our crafts we re-imagined the Ark and placed lots of Animal stickers on it. πŸ™‚ We didn’t achieve the two-by-two formation the way Noah did it. Timmy’s animals were pretty laid back, they preferred to just hang out around the ark instead of falling in line. πŸ™‚


B is for BEE


We went Berenstain Bears binging that week! πŸ™‚ Timmy loves any Berenstain Bears book. πŸ™‚ They’re too funny! The stories are great and I personally love Papa Bear’s silliness. Haha! πŸ™‚ “Barry the Fish with Fingers” and “Mr. Big” are awesome storybooks about accepting other people’s differences (in this case animal differences). πŸ™‚ The Sandra Boynton books “Barnyard Dance,” “Belly Button Book,” and “Birthday Monsters” made us dance and laugh again. πŸ™‚


Instead of having a Bible character for the week, we focused on learning the books of the Bible. Timmy’s been watching Go Fish’s “Bible Book Bop” since he was two. But I think it was too fast for him to memorize it so I looked for another one and found the video below! I love that it has a Jason Mraz vibe to it. πŸ™‚ The main reason why we wanted our son to memorize the books of the Bible is because we wanted him to easily find the Bible verses as he learns more about God’s Word. πŸ™‚


B is for bunny! Timmy wanted to teach his bunny how to write B that’s why he’s there watching my little man show off his B-writing skills. πŸ™‚ I really find it cute how kids talk to their toys and treat them as if they were real. The story of “The Velveteen Rabbit” is so true for children. πŸ™‚



The previous week we learned about even numbers. We then moved on to odd numbers during our B week. πŸ™‚ Again, it was not B-themed but this was what he was really interested in so that’s what we did! πŸ™‚


Arts and Crafts

B is for bubble wrap art! πŸ™‚ Wrap a rolling pin or any stick with bubble wrap, dip it in paint, and just keep rolling! πŸ™‚ Timmy enjoyed this activity so much we had to do it twice! πŸ™‚


We also did a Bee craft! πŸ™‚ Timmy wanted to show it this time to LeBron James that’s why he’s in the picture. Haha! Too cute! My little crafter loved his finished product! πŸ™‚


There you have it! Our activities for letters A and B. πŸ™‚ Will be sharing more in the coming weeks! πŸ™‚ Ciao!

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!


Getting his animals ready! πŸ™‚


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™‚


Creating his forest. πŸ™‚


Focused straw poking. πŸ™‚


T-Rex invades the forest and leaves footprints!


Pressing hard to see the prints. πŸ™‚


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™‚


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


Time to remove them! πŸ™‚


Timmy’s icky face. Haha! πŸ™‚


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!

R is for Red

While planning for our R week, the first thing that came to my mind was REDβ€”my son’s favorite color! I prepared a red sensory bin for him to enjoy the entire week. πŸ™‚ Two of his favorite superheroes wear red (Spider-Man and the Flash), the first pen that runs out every time is red, and much like Dorothy’s ruby shoes Timmy has his favorite red shoes as well. πŸ™‚ As soon as he saw his red sensory bin, he flashed a huge smile! He couldn’t contain his joy! He started playing with it immediately and created multiple scenarios such as a red blocks tower (which he said was also a parking area), a bumper-to-bumper traffic jam, and more!


Books and Bible Story

Almost all the books in this “R” pile are Timmy’s favorites! The Road Trip was given to him two years ago and he still loves it up to now. πŸ™‚ Rainbow Fish is one of the series we love and just a couple of weeks ago I found a compilation of Rainbow Fish stories in Book Sale! Yay!Β Run Kuting Run is a signed copy by Robert Magnuson. Special thanks to Tito Aleks of OMF! He really loves that book and Go to Sleep Kuting.Β πŸ™‚ Runaway Bunny is a classic we like to read over and over again. At first, we named his bunny the Runaway Bunny but when he got the bookΒ The Velveteen Rabbit, we changed the bunny’s name to the latter. πŸ™‚Β Chasing Rainbows is probably one of the coolest books we’ve ever had. πŸ™‚ We just need to find the 3D glass, though. We keep losing it!



For our Bible story, we learned about Rahab. I embedded the video below so you can watch it, too! We also read about the Ravens that brought food to Elijah and talked about how God can provide for our needs. πŸ™‚

Primary Year B Quarter 4 Episode 2: “Escape From Jericho” from Sabbath School on Vimeo.


We did a counting exercise using Ribbons for our math activity. πŸ™‚ I placed double-sided tape on strips of ribbon and asked Timmy to place the correct quantity in each box. Peeling away those tapes is one of the fine motor exercises that my son enjoys. πŸ™‚


Math and Writing

Whenever we go out, we always bring paper and pens. These are just some of Timmy’s boredom busters while waiting for meals. So one time, while waiting for dinner to arrive, I asked him if he wants to play a pattern game and he agreed! So I made a series of patterns involving letter “r” (to practice writing small “r” this time) and asked him to complete it. πŸ™‚ Timmy is now at the stage when he wants to correct his own work and write “very good” if he got a perfect score. πŸ™‚ Haha! I would still check it often but he would still ask if he could check his activity and write his score. πŸ™‚


Since the food was taking so long, we decided to do another activity! This time I asked him to look for big “R” among the Random letters on the paper. πŸ™‚


Our favorite subject! For this activity, we used Rolling marbles! I placed a bond paper inside an old tin container, gave Timmy some marbles to dip in poster paint, and asked him to roll the marbles inside until the paper was full of color! We were cheering, “Roll it! Roll it! Roll it!” while he was doing it. πŸ™‚ I wasn’t able to get a lot of decent pictures because he was moving all the time! Haha! He really had fun with this activity and so did I! πŸ™‚


That wraps up our letter of the week spotlight on “R.” πŸ™‚ I’m still catching up on my LOTW blogs. These were done back in April so yes, there’s more coming! πŸ™‚ Roughly 6 more letters before I can say I’m up to date. Haha!

Thanks for reading! Bye for now! πŸ™‚

U is for Umbrella

Coming up with an idea for our “U” letter of the week was pretty challenging. We didn’t have books that highlighted the letter U nor did we have a Bible character that we could study that starts with U. Then after much prayer and a little research here and there, ideas began to come in! A lot of my homeschool eureka moments have come during my alone time with the Lord. πŸ™‚ And it has been a constant reminder for me that as homeschooling parents we should be completely dependent on Him as we educate our children. πŸ™‚

Here are the things we did that week:

Bible Lessons

We focused on the importance of UNDERSTANDING God’s Word. We watched the story of Philip and the Ethiopian leader. This influential man wanted to understand God’s Word and Paul helped him do that. In the same way, we parents should also help our children understand the Bible so they can learn how to apply it in their lives. πŸ™‚ We learned about helping others in the story of the Umbrella Bird and perseverance in the story of Unkie Unicorn using our phonics over-sized storyboards. πŸ™‚ Not having U-themed books didn’t stop us from our reading habit. There were still words that started with U in the books we read. πŸ™‚



Around this time, I was able to buy a lap desk for Timmy! πŸ™‚ It was only P599.00 at Play and Display! πŸ™‚ Since then, we’ve been doing most of our homeschool work on the bed. Haha! When we did this letter, it was the peak of summer heat in Manila so we’re always stuck in the room with the air conditioning on. In my succeeding posts, you will notice that my little man is doing most of his work in the bedroom and in his jammies. πŸ™‚ We so love homeschool!

Timmy already knows how to write and he writes fast. We’re at the stage when we need to refine it. πŸ™‚ That week, I finally found our flashcards! Praise God! I got this for him when he was a year old and kept it for future use. We have moved houses twice since so it was hard to look for it. Finding it around this time was also great because Timmy was already at the stage when he was starting to get interested in tracing. πŸ™‚ He learned writing the alphabet by copying my strokes. Now, he already appreciates tracing although he still prefers to write without it. πŸ™‚



For math, we did a counting exercise and I just emphasized the word UP to fit our letter of the week. Haha! Sometimes you just have to make do with what you have! What matters is you’re able to teach the concept and your child understands it. πŸ™‚


We also did a greater-than exercise. I drew umbrellas and asked Timmy to encircle the group that has more objects. We interchanged the words “more and greater” when we were learning this concept so that he would know that it was synonymous. The mistake he did in the end was he encircled both groups. πŸ™‚ I told him he could only have one answer, he couldn’t go for two just to be sure. Haha! πŸ™‚


Arts and crafts

We did two sets of crafts. Timmy created “UNDER the sea” and “UP in the air” scenes. πŸ™‚ For the Under the sea, I cut out some foam shapes for fish and seaweeds. We used white sticker paper for bubbles and placed googly eyes on our sea creatures! πŸ™‚


For Up in the air, I cut out foam clouds for him and gave Timmy airplane stickers. He laid out his plane-filled, traffic-looking sky. Haha! πŸ™‚ I was telling him to spread out the planes but he said he wanted them close to each other. Well, it was his sky anyway so I allowed him. πŸ™‚ But then as a parent-educator, I still had to explain how it really works like they need to have space to fly around and all that. πŸ™‚


What started as a challenging week became a fun and creative one for me and my little man. πŸ™‚ Don’t be discouraged if sometimes you feel stuck and you don’t know what to do. Take some time to just pray, think, and look for inspiration around you. Ideas will eventually come in. πŸ™‚

Watch out for more letter of the week ideas in my next blog! πŸ™‚ Ciao! πŸ™‚