Wednesday, 13 November 2019

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Montessori Activity: Animal-Themed Mystery Bag for Learning Language


Age: From 2.5 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

3. A fun way to learn language

Materials: 

1. 1 drawstring bag

2. 2 goats and 2 lambs

3. Chinese characters for goat and lamb

Directions: 
1. Read the Chinese character to your child and ask her to say it after you.

2. 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.

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

4. Ask your child to match the animal with the Chinese character card.

Additional Information:
C (1Y1M21D) tried this for the first time today, and she enjoyed the game :-)

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











Tuesday, 12 November 2019

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Montessori Activity: Fishing 123s with Jar Lids

This was prepared for J on 16 August 2011, but I didn't manage to take more pictures.

 8 years later, this was prepared for C, and I managed to take pictures, which I documented :-)

Age: From 2 years old (Level 2)

Activity Duration: 5-15 minutes

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Objective(s): To train the child’s hand-eye coordination skill

Materials:
1. 1 toy fishing rod
2. Jar lids written with 1, 2, 3...
3. 1 bowl to contain the fished jar lids and some toy fishes
4. 1 basin containing water
5. 1 tray

Directions:
1. Call out a number and demonstrate to your child by fishing the number on the lid with the fishing rod.

2. Ask  your child to use the fishing rod to fish out the same number of fishes based on the number called.

2. Call out another number and let your child try to fish for the number.

Cost:
Plastic fish rod: 20 DKK (4.80 SGD or 3.80 USD) at Chao Chao at Lyngby Station

Additional Information:
I got this idea from seeing a toddler playing with the toy sold in Amazon. Baby FECS tried this on 12 November 2019 (3Y5M26D). I taught her how to carry the Montessori tray containing this activity from the shelf upstairs to the bath room. She did it all on her own, making it all the way upstairs and into the bathroom without any accident :-)

She enjoyed the activity a lot. She couldn't really recognize the number yet, but it will take practice and repetition to learn the numbers. But she enjoyed fishing the fishes out of the basin of water and into a bowl. Towards the end, she poured back all the fishes she "caught" back into the "pond" - the basin of water.

12 November 2019 (3Y5M26D): Carrying the Montessori tray from the playroom...



and up the stairs she went... :-)

We place the lids with Chinese numbers and the fishes into the basin and then poured in water... 

I asked her to fish for the number "1* in Chinese.

I asked her to fish for one fish, corresponding to the number "1" lid.

I called a number and asked her for fish for that number that appeared on the lid. She needed to bit of help to identify the correct lid and then fished it.

Then I asked her to fish the corresponding number of fishes again.

This was repeated until all the number lids and fishes were fished out :-) 


She then chose to pour back all the fishes and number lids back to the "pond" i.e. basin of water and start another round of the game :-)





Saturday, 9 November 2019

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Teaching Chinese Characters with Play2Learn Puzzle Art Set


Teaching Chinese characters with Play2Learn Puzzle Art set





4 November 2019 (3Y5M18D): C tried this today. I was trying to teach her to write the Chinese character for one, but she continued on and made a straight line instead.
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C Summary (3Y5M23D): School Time

School Time with C is getting more structured, starting with a Montessori activity, followed by homework, reading a Chinese book and/or English book and ending with reading a Bible story.

Today, we did a Montessori Practical Life activity - unlocking lock.


C requested to read Curious George. There are many words in the book, but I was impressed that she could concentrate throughout. I asked her, if she understood the English. She said yes several times, although I am not sure if she did. It was good that she was willing to listen.

I didn't manage to read Curious George with J, as by the time I discovered this book to read to him, he was too old for it, and didn't find it interesting. I am glad that I am doing it with C now.



Friday, 8 November 2019

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C Summary (3Y5M22D): Homework Time


8 November 2019 (3Y5M22D): C enjoys doing homework very much, and has been so for the past months. She would ask to do homework. She loves such colorful homework booklets. Today, we use this book shown above for homework. She asked to continue on and we did several pages. I bought this book, when I visited Singapore in June.








 

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

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C Summary (3Y5M20D): Today Marked the Start of Montessori Journey with C on a More Regular Basis


6 November 2019 (3Y5M20D): I started Montessori with J, when he was two years old. C is almost 3.5 years old, but such activities were rare and infrequent. Today, I finally got my feet together. We tried this for the first time today. She enjoyed it very much. She could do it easily, but still find it fun to do. At some point, she did try to pour the whole bowl into the other bowl, like what J did. With this, today marked the start of the Montessori journey with C that will become a more regular part of our regular evening routine - the start of a more regular school time with mommy. We usually try to start this activity at 7 pm, and try to finish by 7.30 pm. However, school time can continue on until 8 pm, if she asks for more, which is way too late, and it becomes a dilemma for me. I want to prioritize sleep, but it is not always easy.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

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J Summary (10Y7M28D): Made a Scout Knife

3 November 2019 (10Y7M28D): Returned from Scouts Camp today

 Made the knife and the leather himself. The adult chopped the wood from the tree.

Eating porridge made by mommy

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

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Homemade Brown Rice Noodles


Ingredients:

1. 190 g brown rice whole flour
2. 10 g psyllium husk 
3. 50 g potato starch or corn starch
4. 150 ml boiling water
5. 1/8 tsp salt (optional)

Directions:

1. Add rice flour, psyllium husk and potato starch into the compartment and close the lid.
2. Turn on Philips pasta maker, select program 1 and press start.
3. Add boiling water into the liquid measuring cup, add salt and stir and mix well.
4. Slowly add in water through the opening on the lid. The machine will mix and knead the dough for 3 minutes and start extrude noodles thereafter.
5. Cut noodles to preferred length.
6. The whole process takes 18 minutes.
7. Make an extra extrusion session for the leftover dough in the machine, if required.
8. In the mean time, boil a pot of water.
9. When the water is boiling, add the noodles and cook it for around 1-1.5 minute until it floats on top of water
10. Drain the noodles and rinse it with cold water. 
11. Serve with some sesame oil, soy sauce, meat and vegetables or add into chicken soup and enjoy.

Additional Information:

I use psyllium husk as a binder instead of xanthan gum, as it is a natural and healthy ingredient made from the husks of the Plantago ovata plant’s seeds, compared to xanthan gum. According to Healthline.com, "taking psyllium is beneficial to many parts of the human body, including the heart and the pancreas." You can read more about the benefits of psyllium husk here:


Initially I tried making the rice noodles completely without using any potato starch. It turned out fine in terms of texture, but not as tasty. Adding potato starch makes it more chewy and tastier.

Note that if you use psyllium husk, you should not overcook your noodles. It will look gluey, if overcooked.

References:


 Organic whole grain brown rice flour

Psyllium husk


















 Freshly made brown rice noodles





When the water is boiling, add the noodles and cook it for around 2 minutes until it floats on top of water. Do not overcook it. 

Rinse with cold water and drain.





This is made of another shape :-)
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