Friday, 15 November 2019

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Montessori Activity: Tracing Chinese Character with Play Dough


Age: From 3.5 years old

Duration: 30 minutes

Objectives:

1. To provide a fun way to teach writing Chinese characters
2. To train the child's fine motor skills

Materials:

1. 1 container of play dough
2. 1 Chinese Character
3. 1 tray

Directions:

1. Demonstrate to your child how to trace the Chinese character using play dough, taking care to show her the correct sequence of strokes.
2. As you trace, read the Chinese character clearly to your child.
3. Invite your child to try.
4. As her to say out loud the Chinese character that she is tracing.

Additional Information:

I tried this activity with C today 15 November 2019 (3Y5M30D). I use this activity to revise the Chinese character "lamb" that she learned during the Chinese enrichment class last Sunday. She could remember the character, and was able to say it out loud. She enjoyed this activity very much, more than J did at this age. She was able to concentrate and play much longer than J. It could be development difference between boy and girl. If you wish to make your own play dough, you can follow this recipe:

Ingredients:

- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup water cup hot water
- 1 TBS cooking oil
- 1 cup salt
- a couple drops of food colouring (optional)

Directions:

1. Dissolve the salt in the water first to reduce the lumpiness due to undissolved salt in the dough later on.

2. Mix together and knead into a dough.

3. Divide it into 4 doughs, dip a hole and add food colouring to it (make sure to wear gloves to prevent staining. Then knead and blend well.


15 November 2019 (3Y5M30D)















Wednesday, 13 November 2019

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Montessori Language 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 very much :-) Montessori Mystery Bag is an evergreen with kids - you can't go wrong with this activity :-)

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 Maths 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.








 
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