Saturday, 15 July 2017

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Japanese Salmon Pepper Rice


Serves 4

Ingredients: Salmon Pepper Rice

1. 250g salmon sliced thin and marinated with salt
2. 4 rice bowls cooked Japanese rice
3. 1 cup frozen corn
4. 1/2 cup frozen peas (optional)
5. 1 tsp freshly crushed pepper
6. 1 TBS cooking oil
7. 2 TBS butter
8. 2 stalks spring onions chopped
9. 2 TBS garlic soy sauce
10. 2 TBS honey sauce

Ingredients: Garlic Soy Sauce

1. 1/2 cup soy sauce
2. 1/4 cup regular soy sauce
3. 4 large cloves garlic
4. 2 tsp sugar
5. 1 tsp cornstarch
6. 1/2 cup water

Ingredients: Honey Sauce

1. 1 TBS olive oil
2. 1/2 onion
3. 1 clove garlic
4. 1/4 cup honey
5. 2 TBS soy sauce
6. 1/8 tsp salt
7. 1 tsp cornstarch
8. 1/4 cup water

Directions: Garlic Soy Sauce

1. Blend all ingredients in a blender.
2. Pour into sauce pan and cook until thickened.

Directions: Honey Sauce

1. Blend all ingredients in a blender.
2. Pour into sauce pan and cook until thickened.

Directions: Beef Pepper Rice

1. Heat pan on high with 1 TBS cooking oil.
2. Once pan is heated, place cooked rice in the middle of the pan.
3. Place 2 TBS butter on top of the rice.
4. Place salmon around the rice.
5. Lower fire to low (no. 3 on my stove)
6. Add the 1 cup corn, 1/2 cup peas and spring onions on top of rice.
7. Sprinkle some pepper and stir and mix well with the rice.
8. Add 2 TBS garlic soy sauce.
9. Add 1 TBS honey sauce.
10. Stir and mix well into the rice.
11. Turn off fire and serve :-)

Additional Information:
After trying out the beef pepper rice, I have decided to make the salmon pepper rice today. My family prefer the beef pepper rice though.

I made the four servings in one go, instead of making it individually. I also stired in some blanched broccoli to make it more healthy and nutritious.

References:


Here are all the ingredients clockwise from top: Garlic soy sauce, honey soy sauce, pepper, peas, corn, spring onions and butter (except beef and cooking oil are not shown)
250g salmon sliced thin and marinated with salt

  1. Heat pan on high with 1 TBS cooking oil.

 2. Once pan is heated, place cooked rice in the middle of the pan.

 3. Place 1 TBS butter on top of the rice.

 4. Place salmon around the rice.
5. Lower fire to low (no. 3 on my stove)
6. Add the 1 cup corn, 1/2 cup peas and spring onions on top of rice and sprinkle some pepper.
 7. Sprinkle some pepper and stir and mix well with the rice.
8. Add 2 TBS garlic soy sauce.
9. Add 1 TBS honey sauce.
 10. Stir and mix well into the rice.
11. Turn off fire and serve :-)

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

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Montessori Activity: Rice Sensory Box



Age: From 1 year old

Objective:
1. To stimulate your child's five senses

Materials:
1. 1 transparent box
2. Base materials made of 2 packets of rice
3. Some small toys that your child like
4. 1 bowl and 1 ladle (optional)

Directions:
1. Invite your baby to pick the box off the shelf to the floor, helping her along the way.
2. Invite your baby to dig into it.
3. After playing, invite your baby to bring the box back to the shelf.

Additional Information:
Baby FECS tried this forthe first time today 12 July 2017 (1Y1M26D). After a while, she made too much mess out of it, as she pour the rice onto the floor. I had to end the activity. But  it turned to a fun activity for our Little FECS to help clean up by the mess with a vacuum cleaner:-)





 12 July 2017 (1Y1M26D)







Tuesday, 11 July 2017

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Montessori Activity: Inserting Coins




For lesson plan, please see here:



11 July 2017 (1Y1M25D)


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Animal Luggage



Age: From 1 year old

Materials:
1. 1 child's luggage

2. Toy animals i.e. sheep, cow, dog, lion, horse, pig, etc.

3. 1 tray (optional)

Directions:
1. Open the luggage.

2. If you can control it, invite your child to take an animal out one at a time.

3. Say the name of the animal that your child took, make the animal's sound, compare the animal to a picture of the animal, etc.

Additional Information:

Baby FECS is still very cray over animals. This morning, the first thing she did when she woke up was to take her baby board books and pointing at the animals. She then pointed it to the door. I think she seemed to want to tell me that those animals in the book resemble the toy animals she had downstairs. She is also very interested in opening and closing things, bags etc. She is crazy over these toy luggage. So I decided to put together this toy for her.

I theme the Animal Luggage with some of her favorite books.


This is the page she opened tothis morning and pointed to the animals and then to the door to her toy animal downstairs


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Montessori Activity: Fruit-Themed Jigsaw Puzzle in a Mystery Bag



Age: From 1 year old

Activity Duration: 5 - 10 minutes

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Objective(s): 

1. To provide an interesting way to present a jigsaw puzzle to an older baby/younger toddler.

Materials: 
1. 1 drawstring bag

2. 1 simple jigsaw puzzle with knob

3. 1 tray (optional)

Directions: 
1. Place all the jigsaw puzzle pieces into the bag.

2. Take out a piece of the puzzle from the bag.

3. Show your child how to examine the puzzle, tracing its shape, etc., making it a seonsorial experience

4. Show your child how place it in its slot.

5. Invite your child to try with the other pieces by taking one-by-one out from the bag.

Additional Information:
I read from many inspiring stories of how some mothers defying doctor's prognosis about their child's impaired intelligence and diligently play jigsaw puzzles with the babies/toddlers with down syndrome, and actually brought results. Reading stories about such mothers touched my heart and brought me to tears. It encouraged me to press on in the work of child development, which is my passion.

Baby FECS has normal intelligence, but I wanted to still try to start introducing jigsaw puzzle to her.

Actually introducing jigsaw puzzle to a baby/toddler is a challenge. Before I could place the puzzle in front of her and present to her how to play with it, she had already took the pieces apart, which is also fine as it is part of play. But I am just wondering how I could show her the purpose of jigsaw puzzle, how to put it together in a systematic way, before she starts taking them apart.

Next I thought of this idea. First I will take the puzzle pieces apart and put them into the mystery bag. Then I will invite her to take out a piece at a time, examine it, touching and tracing the shape before putting it together in its slot.

I am excited whether my idea will work, and looking forward to trying out this idea with Baby FECS.

I am trying to start to play jigsaw puzzle with Baby FECS.

 1. Place all the jigsaw puzzle pieces into the bag.

 2. Take out a piece of the puzzle from the bag.

3. Show your child how to examine the puzzle, tracing its shape, etc.,making it a seonsorial experience

4. Show your child how place it in its slot.

5. Invite your child to try with the other pieces by taking one-by-one out from the bag.


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C Summary (1Y1M24D): Standing up on her crib and refused to sleep...



It is coming to 8pm and she is still not sleeping!!!

C usually sleeps by 7pm and it takes just 5-10 mins for her to fall asleep. If she wakes up after I place her on her crib, she will settle herself - usually turn and toss for 15 mins before falling asleep. Tonight, she stood up on her crib and refused to sleep. I went in to her and had to carry her in my arm, before she was willing to sleep. She only fell asleep at 9pm. It was the same yesterday, thus two days in a row.

Monday, 10 July 2017

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Montessori Activity: Food-Themed Mystery Bag


Age: From 1 year old

Activity Duration: 5 - 10 minutes

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Objective(s): 
1. To gives your child a fun way to practise in identifying and naming objects only through the sense of touch.

2. A fun way to learn about the name of animals

Materials: 
1. 1 drawstring bag

2. Some different food toys as shown in the picture

Directions: 
1. Put all the things into the bag, and ask your child to touch one item at a time, and guess what it is, then take the item out.

2. Then say the name of the item to your child, if he could not say its name.

3. For younger toddlers, put one item at a time in the bag, and ask your child to put his hand into the bag, touch the item and guess what it is, then take the item out.

Additional Information:
C (1Y1M24D) tried this for the first time today (10 July 2017), and she enjoyed the game :-)

References:
- Montessori Play and Learn by Lesley Britton
- http://www.suite101.com/content/the-montessori-mystery-bag-a182138

 10 July 2017 (1Y1M24D)





Sunday, 9 July 2017

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Japanese Beef Pepper Rice



Serves 4

Ingredients: Beef Pepper Rice

1. 300g beef sliced thin and marinated with salt
2. 4 rice bowls cooked Japanese rice
3. 1 cup frozen corn
4. 1/2 cup frozen peas (optional)
5. 1 tsp freshly crushed pepper
6. 1 TBS cooking oil
7. 2 TBS butter
8. 2 stalks spring onions chopped
9. 2 TBS garlic soy sauce
10. 2 TBS honey sauce

Ingredients: Garlic Soy Sauce

1. 1/2 cup soy sauce
2. 1/4 cup regular soy sauce
3. 4 large cloves garlic
4. 2 tsp sugar
5. 1 tsp cornstarch
6. 1/2 cup water

Ingredients: Honey Sauce

1. 1 TBS olive oil
2. 1/2 onion
3. 1 clove garlic
4. 1/4 cup honey
5. 2 TBS soy sauce
6. 1/8 tsp salt
7. 1 tsp cornstarch
8. 1/4 cup water

Directions: Garlic Soy Sauce

1. Blend all ingredients in a blender.
2. Pour into sauce pan and cook until thickened.

Directions: Honey Sauce

1. Blend all ingredients in a blender.
2. Pour into sauce pan and cook until thickened.

Directions: Beef Pepper Rice

1. Heat pan on high with 1 TBS cooking oil.
2. Once pan is heated, place cooked rice in the middle of the pan.
3. Place 2 TBS butter on top of the rice.
4. Place beef around the rice.
5. Lower fire to low (no. 3 on my stove)
6. Add the 1 cup corn, 1/2 cup peas and spring onions on top of rice.
7. Sprinkle some pepper and stir and mix well with the rice.
8. Add 2 TBS garlic soy sauce.
9. Add 1 TBS honey sauce.
10. Stir and mix well into the rice.
11. Turn off fire and serve :-)

Additional Information:
Daddy FECS and Little FECS requested for this today, so I made this today. I found this copycat recipe on the internet, and adapted it to suit our family.

I didn't make each person's portion separately. I made it in one pan for four people serving. It tasted very much like Japanese pepper rice, as what Daddy FECS and Little FECS commented. I think it is due to the butter and pepper. I agree with the blog where I adapted the recipe from, that special sauce isn't quite needed to re-create this dish from home.

I made the four servings in one go, instead of making it individually. I also stired in some blanched broccoli to make it more healthy and nutritious.

References:


Here are all the ingredients clockwise from top: Garlic soy sauce, honey soy sauce, pepper, peas, corn, spring onions and butter (except beef and cooking oil are not shown)


300g beef sliced thin and marinated with salt

  1. Heat pan on high with 1 TBS cooking oil.

 2. Once pan is heated, place cooked rice in the middle of the pan.

 3. Place 1 TBS butter on top of the rice.

 4. Place beef around the rice.
5. Lower fire to low (no. 3 on my stove)

6. Add the 1 cup corn, 1/2 cup peas and spring onions on top of rice and sprinkle some pepper.

 7. Sprinkle some pepper and stir and mix well with the rice.

8. Add 2 TBS garlic soy sauce.

9. Add 1 TBS honey sauce.
 10. Stir and mix well into the rice.
11. Turn off fire and serve :-)


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