## Saturday 18 February 2017

### Baby Food of the Day: Finger Food (9M3D)

18 February 17 (9m3d): Finger food to train pincer grasp + mirror to see herself during meal

18/2/17(7y11m13d): Saying good bye to the kid's desk and chair and graduated to an adult study desk... sob sob... u are growing up way too fast

### A Fun Way to Teach Area - Measuring Playpen

Age: From 7 years old (After your child has tried out the Montessori Short Bead Chains

Objective: To provide a hands-on and fun way of learning area

Materials:
1. Measuring tape
2. Paper and pencil

Directions:
1. Draw the playpen on a piece of paper
2. Tell your child that each cm represent a Montessori golden bead and ask him how many beads will make up the surface of the playpen.
3. Ask your child to measure the length of the playpen and write it down on the paper.
4. Ask your child to measure the breadth of the playpen and write it down on the paper.
5. Ask him to multiply length by breadth of the playpen to get the number of beads that will fill the table.
6. Tell him that this is called "area" in Maths.

In continuation of the success of two days ago, we continue with simple area. J (7Y11M13D) was very thrilled and said this is one of the best and most fun Montessori Maths activity (it is actually not Montessori). I was very glad to be able to capture his passion and excitement with this activity and meeting him where he is. It is very simple area, and very simple Maths, but it inspired him to develop a love for Maths.

## Thursday 16 February 2017

### A Fun Way to Teach Area - Measuring Coffee Table

Age: From 7 years old (After your child has tried out the Montessori Short Bead Chains

Objective: To provide a hands-on and fun way of learning area

Materials:
1. Measuring tape
2. Paper and pencil

Directions:
1. Draw the coffee table on a piece of paper
2. Tell your child that each cm represent a Montessori golden bead and ask him how many beads will make up the surface of the table.
3. Ask your child to measure the length of the coffee table and write it down on the paper.
4. Ask your child to measure the breadth of the coffee table and write it down on the paper.
5. Ask him to multiply length by breadth of the coffee table to get the number of beads that will fill the table.
6. Tell him that this is called "area" in Maths.

I noticed that J really enjoys using the measuring tape to measure things, so I thought of asking him to measure things in order to find out their area. I tried this with him today (7Y11M11D). He enjoyed this exercise very much, and he already thought of what things to measure for tomorrow's exercise - the playpen :-)

### C Summary: Happy 9 Months Old

16/2/17: Happy 9 months old, Chastine. Yet another month has passed... soon you will be a pre-toddler... and we will be looking back at your babyhood with nostalgia, well already started...Thank you for the beautiful memories you have brought to mommy's and daddy's lives. Please don't grow up so fast!

## Sunday 12 February 2017

### Easy Meatballs

Serves 3-4 people

Preparation and Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:
1. 500g minced pork
2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
3. Salt to taste
4. 1 onion diced small (optional)
5. 1 garlic pressed (optional)
6. 1 medium carrot diced small (optional)

Directions:
1. Mix all the ingredients above in a bowl.

2. Form into balls with hands.

3. Heat cooking oil on a pan and fry on medium fire (no. 5 on our stove) for 5 minutes on each side

or bake in oven at 180 degree celsius for 30 mins or until golden and cooked.