Homeschooling

  • “My Family” – Homeschool Scrapbooking Co-op

    I don't think I've actually posted anything very concrete about what we do for homeschool. Probably the only time I did ...

  • {Review + Worldwide Giveaway} Today I am… (Vrolikj) by Mies van Hout

    'Today I am" is the English version of the award-winning Dutch children's book "Vrolijk" by Mies van Hout. The book has ...

  • 2 activities with recycled jelly cups

    There was a period of time my kids loved to eat jelly from those tiny jelly cups. And since we managed to find a very tasty ...

  • 3 slot-it-in activities for toddlers

    My little one has more or less stopped mouthing small objects so I felt that it was time to let him try out some activities ...

  • 5 activities to go with “Today I am…” by Mies van Hout

    Last week I reviewed the book "Today I am..." by Mies van Hout and started a worldwide giveaway of the book (8 more days ...

  • A day of painting – my little Monet at work

    Alicia has officially finished the term at Julia Gabriel and since we've withdrawn her from classes, I decided that she ...

  • A morning with flowers and leaves 🙂

    Last Thursday we had fine weather so after marketing, I brought Alicia downstairs with the intention to explore the flowers ...

  • Advent Calendar 2013

    Last year was the first year we made our very own advent calendar. We made a clothes pin advent calendar because I was crazy ...

  • Alicia reading Afraid of the Dark!

    I received this book from my friend some time back and it's naturally become Alicia's. She loves the illustrations!She loves ...

  • Alphabet Fun

    This is a learning aid we bought during one of Takashimaya's toy fairs and I think it was incredibly cheap (like about $7?) ...

  • Alphabet fun with the foam mat!

    Activities with tots and early pre-schoolers don't usually last very long and a simple activity could just take up say about ...

  • An afternoon at the Singapore Art Museum (7 June 2011)

    We went to the Singapore Art Museum earlier this month and had an afternoon of fun there with Alicia. Visiting museums is ...

  • An interesting book

    My sis-in-law bought this book for Alicia some time back but because I felt that she wasn't ready for it then, I just placed ...

  • Animals lift-the-flap book review & giveaway

    I've always made it a point to not just read fiction to my kids because I feel that no matter how young they are, they should ...

  • Beans for sensory play

    Last week, I introduced you to our Farm sensory bin and promised to show you how much more fun the children got out of ...

  • Bee-themed lapbook

    Alicia has been watching the Bee Movie and she's naturally hyped up about bees so I decided perhaps we could put together ...

  • Build a letter (lower case)

    This was done sooo long ago but I thought I should still put it up on my blog. :)This activity was made possible by downloading ...

  • C for Clown!

    Here's what I made for Alicia for the teaching of the letter C:You can obtain the template from here. What I did was to ...

  • Can babies paint? and other 13-month-old milestones

    Dear Alex, What they say about boys being natural daredevils must be true because I see it all in you. The scariest part ...

  • Chinese New Year contact paper craft (+free printable)

    Tomorrow marks the first day of Chinese New Year and I didn't do anything crafts with my little girl until today!! Can you ...

  • Chinese New Year decorations and activities

    Without fail, every year when Chinese New Year is approaching, I'd fall ill. I'm not sure why, but that definitely doesn't ...

  • Chinese Readers for Nursery and Kindergarten {Review & Giveaway}

    Here's a really overdue post. I intended to post this in March but due to my boy's resistance towards learning Mandarin ...

  • Chinese Word Cards

    During Mandarin PlayClub, the teachers will go through with the students individually the Chinese words for the week (and ...

  • Clothes pin wreath advent calendar

    Yesterday I showed you our advent calendar for the year. This year we made a special one - a clothes pin wreath advent calendar. ...

  • Colour mixing for kids using pipettes

    This is such a simple activity that I think you might laugh at me! Some pipettes, a few cups of water with food colouring, ...

  • Coloured salt sensory box

    I'd read about colouring rice, salt and pasta for the longest time and finally got down to colouring one of these - SALT. ...

  • Contact paper and kitchen supplies process art

    This contact paper craft activity for toddlers and preschoolers is so convenient to put together because all it requires ...

  • Corduroy (Don Freeman) activities

    Corduroy is a wonderful book to read to a child who is learning about the world around her. It tells the tale of a toy bear ...

  • Cotton ball sheep craft – handprint keepsake

    I'm always looking out for how to recycle used items and here's a simple craft idea to put the "tong-ed" out-of-shape cotton ...

  • Cut straw bits painting

    Do your kids love cutting things? I know mine does, especially straws! Thank goodness those things aren't expensive but ...

  • Days of the Week learning aid – made by Grandma! 🙂

    Learning aid made with love by my mum for Alicia!Checking out her new learning aid while still in her pjs... :PTrying to ...

  • DIY cardboard mailbox for kids

    What to do when a sturdy box comes my way? A diy cardboard mailbox was at the top of my list and here's sharing with you ...

  • Dress Up Bear

    This Dress Up Bear is the quick, simple and attractive solution to practising fine motor skills for tots and preschoolers. ...

  • Drop-in Wed at the Peranakan Museum Singapore (22 June 2011)

    After I put up some of the photos we took at the Singapore Art Museum on my personal Facebook page, my friend left a comment ...

  • Easter egg hunt

    It's the time of the year where cute little chocolate eggs can be found in all supermarkets. Needless to say, we couldn't ...

  • Easter Eggs Word Families

    I saw this idea of making Easter eggs word families some time last year during Easter and got down to making it then, though ...

  • Enjoying Ikea’s Easel

    A couple of months ago we bought an easel from Ikea for Alicia as she started to show a keen interest in drawing. The easel ...

  • Fall scented cloud dough

    Cloud dough has been on my long to-do list for a long time and I finally got down to making it for the kids last week. Instead ...

  • Farm Sensory Bin

    A couple of weeks back, I noticed that my little girl's school was on the theme of farm animals so I quickly put together ...

  • Fine motor skills activities – Squeezing lime

    I love preparing fine motor skills activities for my tot and this is such a simple activity to set up and a marvelous one ...

  • Fishing learning aid

    Since we were on a 'fishing' theme with Alicia - scooping fish and the visit to the Underwater World at Sentosa - I made ...

  • Flowers on a rainy morning…

    Remember the previous post?Well, here's what we did with the flowers we collected and since it was a rainy morning after ...

  • Fun advent activities for kids 2012

    We find that counting down to Christmas is so much fun and we get to do lots of craft and it's also a time that I gather ...

  • Fun advent activities for kids 2013

    Last year I planned a whole load of crafts and activities, was over-ambitious and promised to blog in advance to let you ...

  • Fun name writing activities (for the Chinese name)

    When I chose the Chinese names for my children, everyone told me that I'd have a hard time teaching them to write their ...

  • Fun with little fingerprints

    On one of my excursions to Tiong Bahru Plaza with Alicia, I picked up this interesting book from Popular. Actually I thought ...

  • Fun with syringes

    Alicia was down with flu earlier in the year and she's since been hooked on syringes - she even requests for water to be ...

  • Goodnight Moon activities

    Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon is a book that even very young children can easily relate to - a little bunny in his ...

  • Home-made playdough recipe & an invitation to play

    Alicia fell sick over the weekend so she had to miss school today. To cheer her up, I decided to try something different ...

  • Homemade fingerpaint fun (Part I)

    I've been wanting to make fingerpaint for Alicia for the longest time and finally got down to it last Wednesday!Here's the ...

  • Homemade fingerpaint fun (Part II)

    We did this activity on 30 April... and little Alicia had great fun - I think she preferred stamping with the lotus root ...

  • Ice alphabet letters play

    When better to indulge in some icy cold play than in this sweltering heat? I finally made coloured ice alphabets (and numbers) ...

  • Invitation to create – beads and string

    Presented my little one with beads and string for an invitation to create: And when she was done with the first necklace, ...

  • Invitation to create – Christmas stockings

    For the second day of advent, I set up an invitation to create foam Christmas stockings: It's really interesting what the ...

  • Invitation to explore – Christmas baubles to fill

    This invitation to explore was part of my Advent activities 2013. Even though Christmas is over, I thought I'd just share ...

  • Junior Explorers Review

    I was looking for a subscription box related to learning about the world in the past month and I was so close to signing ...

  • Junior Explorers Review {Giveaway + Promo code)

    So it's been slightly more than six months since we subscribed to Junior Explorers. In our initial review of the subscription ...

  • KinderHands review and giveaway

    You know I'm big on learning activities for my kids because besides the obvious fact that the children benefit from the ...

  • Lacing

    Back when we were learning about things starting with the letter E, I prepared a cute elephant picture for her to learn ...

  • Learning Mandarin: Colours

    Alicia used to dislike Mandarin but she's started to pick it up a bit more readily. I thought it was time to revisit some ...

  • Learning the Letter A (Part I)

    Recently I've been working on making some materials to teach Alicia the alphabets, starting with the letter A. So far, I ...

  • Learning the letter A (Part II)

    Here's Alicia fiddling with the words and pictures of things starting with the letter A. Although she won't be able to match ...

  • Learning to count

    Alicia isn't very good with numbers as she is with alphabets so it really takes a lot of patience to teach her the concept ...

  • Learning to count with ice-cubes

    Alicia doesn't really like numbers or math for that matter... so I try to vary the way I teach her how to count.Here's an ...

  • Letter E learning aids

    Just in case you've not visited my blogshop to chk out the letter E learning aids, here are the items available for purchase. ...

  • Little Blue and Little Yellow activities

    My children absolutely adore Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni. The fact that it's available in the board book ...

  • Little Cloud activities

    Before I brought Alicia to watch Act 3's performance of Eric Carle's stories - Little Cloud, The Mixed-up Chameleon and ...

  • Little town sight words game

    It's taken me a almost a couple of months to get this post up! I actually made this little town with my little girl a few ...

  • Lollibox {Review + Giveaway}

    School has started and the routines we had last year are slowly falling back in place. During tiring times like these where ...

  • Matching upper and lower case (with stickers)

    Alicia chanced upon some stickers a few days back and insisted she wanted to stick them somewhere. Since she was intent ...

  • Mister Seahorse activities

    I think you already know I like Eric Carle's books... so Mister Seahorse should come as no surprise. 😛 Actually, Mister ...

  • More Mandarin (or rather bilingual) learning aids!

    Last Saturday I got the term booklet (which shows what will be taught for the term) from Alicia's teachers and I started ...

  • More sorting activities

    Somehow Alicia was extremely in the mood for sorting things in the past few weeks so I took out this old set of learning ...

  • Music Appreciation

    I read from a blog recently that for music appreciation, it is recommended that a young child starts to listen to a composer's ...

  • My lil artist – Batik paintings

    I'd meant to post this much earlier but the framing of the pictures took quite awhile and I was feeling under the weather ...

  • New products at my blogshop

    Check out the product descriptions and costs at my blogshop! :)An overview:Learn more about shapes!:Counting apples learning ...

  • Ocean themed sensory bin

    It's been a long while since we worked on themes and I thought that it'd be nice to start with an ocean theme since I had ...

  • Of pegging and sorting

    After the short activity with flowers, we went on to try out pegging to hone her fine motor skills.What you need for the ...

  • Open-ended fun with Velcro craft sticks

    So I've had this in my to-do list like ... erm, let's just say, for a very, very long time. I finally got down to making ...

  • Our Christmas themed Busy Bags

    Technically, I didn't use bags. You could store everything in a ziploc bag of course, but since I liked how the little boxes ...

  • Painting with water beads

    Painting with water beads is a really interesting way to paint and it was the first time doing it last week for my boy. ...

  • Painting… with a toothbrush

    Some time last week, she asked to paint so instead of painting with the usual medium of fingers and brushes, I whipped out ...

  • Parts of the Body learning aid

    I received a request from a mummy the other day to make a Parts of the Body learning aid and I thought, well, since I'm ...

  • Penguins small world play

    After reading about creating small world play for imaginative play, I went around scouting for some toy animals and I chanced ...

  • Physics lesson with Daddy

    Alicia can only have Physics lessons with daddy coz mummy's not very gifted in that aspect. 😛 hehe.After Alicia got tired ...

  • Play doh mats (free) printables list!!

    Have you tried the no-cook recipe for making play doh and now you're stuck with balls of dough in the house? Or tired of ...

  • Playdoh fun

    While shopping for a birthday present for a tot the other day, we came across this set of playdoh and we decided to get ...

  • Rainbow ice cubes

    We made colourful ice cubes yesterday by mixing different coloured water. The original idea was to make rainbow ice cubes ...

  • Review of ToddiBox (+Giveaway)

    As an educator and a parent, I'm extremely particular when it comes to selecting materials for teaching my children. If ...

  • Salt glue painting

    Here's another fun activity that I've been wanting to do and have finally got down to doing. I'm really proud of myself ...

  • Scholastic Book Recommendations {Review & Giveaway}

    I've sat on this post for the longest time now because we were settling into Primary school in the earlier half of the year ...

  • Scooping, funnelling and pouring

    I've finally recovered from gastric flu and the best news (for me) is that I can finally drink coffee/tea again! It was ...

  • Sea creature collage

    You must be wondering why my girl has suddenly done up a sea creature collage since we covered the Sea/ Ocean unit (you ...

  • Sea/Ocean themed craft – Starfish craft using pantry supplies

    My girl requested to do another ocean-themed craft as she had so much fun making the contact paper jellyfish craft earlier. ...

  • Sea/Ocean themed crafts – Contact paper Jellyfish craft

    Still on our Ocean theme, we made this contact paper jellyfish craft which even tots can make. Contact paper is such a hit ...

  • Sea/Ocean themed crafts – Octopus craft

    Now an octopus has about 240 suction cups on each tentacle, not just one as what I've done with ours, but I really wanted ...

  • Sea/Ocean themed crafts – Paper plate shell lacing

    Last week the whole family had a terrible bout of stomach flu and the kids were particularly affected and my little girl ...

  • Sensory bags for the kids!

    I decided to make sensory bags for my kids, with little Alex in mind in particular as I'd like to introduce him to more ...

  • Shaving foam art with pipettes

    Playing with shaving foam every day has become part of our bath time routine - the kids get to choose a letter at every ...

  • Shaving foam marbling art

    We did this activity maybe about a month ago (eeks, has it been that long?!) Anyway, I wouldn't say we were particularly ...

  • Shaving foam with water beads sensory play

    Shhh. Today I share my secret of how to set up a chance to make a coffee and drink it in peace (right after making it). ...

  • Simple Mandarin word cards

    Last Saturday during Alicia's last lesson at Julia Gabriel, I had the opportunity to speak to her Mandarin teacher about ...

  • Snapping fun – teaching numbers 1-100

    I first bought snapcubes from My Playschool, together with some other math related learning materials when I was pregnant ...

  • Snowflake sight words fun!

    It's snowing elsewhere in the world but definitely not in Singapore so we just have to make do with a simple snowflake activity! ...

  • Sorting pompoms

    This is an extremely easy activity to carry out with your tot and my little gal just kept doing it over and over again! ...

  • Sorting, sorting and more sorting!

    Did I mention that she loves sorting lately? haha. She sorts everything she sees and lays hands on... well, which is a good ...

  • Spelling Bee

    Bought a set of Spelling Bee recently for Alicia during Infantino's warehouse sale and here are some pics of her enjoying ...

  • Stenciling fun on the doodle board

    Alicia has been doodling on this board for many months now but it's only a couple of months back that I found this stencil ...

  • Taking learning outdoors

    I've got no fabulous art projects or process art to share with you of late because we have taken a keen interest in learning ...

  • Teaching colours to toddlers

    My teaching philosophy for the very young learners is that learning has to be fun, and if you don't really read my blogposts ...

  • Teaching music with the keyboard cards

    A few nights ago, Alicia decided that she needed to play the piano and I decided that since she was in the mood, I'd just ...

  • The end of homeschool

    Well, it's the end of the year and breastfeeding my boy isn't the only thing that has come to an end this year. My little ...

  • The letter A Lapbook

    I did up this lapbook for the letter A earlier and I forgot to blog about it. Essentially a lapbook works like portfolio, ...

  • The letter B (Part I)

    I came across this cute craft idea and since I had a toilet paper roll on hand that day, I went ahead to make the butterfly ...

  • The letter B (Part II)

    I finally got down to finishing up some stuff I've been putting off! I was lying on the sofa taking a rest just now but ...

  • The letter B Lapbook

    Since we're officially moving on the letter C, I thought it's time to do up the letter B lapbook so that we can file the ...

  • The letter C – collage cum word-pic matching game

    I finally stuck the velcro onto the pieces yesterday and here's how the collage looks like upon completion... all ready ...

  • The Letter C lapbook

    Here's Alicia's Letter C lapbook. It's really plain-looking I know... was rushing it out yesterday, together with some other ...

  • The Letter D – collage cum matching game

    This took me a long time to make! I'm so glad it's finally done...   Posing with the collage Ok, now to figure out what's ...

  • The Letter D – Counting game

    It has been a long long time since I made learning aids for Alicia - the last I think was the letter C collage. 😛 I designed ...

  • The letter D – literature

    Books we read in conjunction with the teaching of the letter D:This big book is available at Popular bookstore and retails ...

  • The letter D lapbook

    The letter D lapbook comprises of:(i) Duck-egg counting game(ii) the letter D collageItems 1 and 2 can be purchased here.(iii) ...

  • The letter E lapbook

    The letter E lapbook consists of:(i) the letter E collage(ii) elephant threading learning aid(iii) eagle puzzle(iv) elephant ...

  • The mixed up chameleon activities

    The mixed-up chameleon is a colourful and playful story about how a chameleon wishes to be someone else only to find out ...

  • The Perfect Square by Michael Hall activities

    The Perfect Square tells the story of a square who made the best of whatever happened to him and eventually found great ...

  • The very hungry caterpillar activities

    It's been quite awhile since I've found time and energy to blog... this is such an overdue post! The good thing though is ...

  • Today’s music lesson…

    Remember these keyboard cards I made? I actually neglected them for awhile but after chatting with one of my friends a couple ...

  • Tonging (Part I)

    *Overdue post - activity conducted on 24 October*This simple activity of tonging cotton balls hones the tot's fine motor ...

  • Tonging (Part II)

    As mentioned in the previous post, here's the follow-up tonging session after I managed to buy colourful pompoms! Makes ...

  • Transferring water with a sponge

    This is a very simple activity to try with a tot. It hones fine motor skills and it's fun! Need I say more?The setup:2 basins ...

  • Upcycled containers for kids’ play

    I mentioned that I changed the container for stuffing pompoms in my 3 slot-it-in activities for toddlers and I thought it'd ...

  • Valentine’s Day themed February calendar for preschoolers

    There are so many Valentine's Day activities for kids this year and I can't wait to try some of those that I've come across! ...

  • Washi tape ideas: Clothespin color and pattern matching

    As you know, my little ones have been fascinated with colourful and patterned pretty tapes lately ever since they attended ...

  • Why I recommend Literature based learning for children

    If you are new to literature based learning, essentially it is using authors' original narrative and expository works as ...

  • Wikkistix review (and readers promo)

    Who said that you need to get all messy to have fun? Well, you know I'm all for messy fun, but every now and then, I'd also ...

  • Write Start Colour pencils (Crayola)

    Costs $S7We bought this set of colour pencils from Creative Living at Harbourfront on 24 Nov because we thought since it ...