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The second part of our lesson plan covered plenty of activities and mainly on books. That’s because Yvette really loves to do activity books.

**Pre-writing and Other Activities Related to Letter B**

Pre-writing activity worksheets for Letter B

Colouring Activity which she dislike it this round. (She keeps asking for Apple Tree.)

My sister joined her in one session of colouring using paint. She was so busying playing with paint and totally not interested in getting her work done!

And here is the Maths pattern we did for Letter B.

Not forgetting Kumon!

**On Learning Chinese**

We continue reading 明明 series on iPod Touch. We are at book 5 – 小鱼.

There are the characters we learned and revised. We also continued revisiting those words we learned from JGC too.

Set 1 – 我的身体 |
Set 2 – 反义词 |

口 | 大猩猩 |

头 | 小猩猩 |

手 | 男孩子 |

脚 | 女孩子 |

眼 | 胖阿姨 |

耳 | 瘦阿姨 |

牙 | 长头发 |

舌 | 短头发 |

鼻 | 高的椰树 |

发 | 矮的椰树 |

I am happy Yvette had learned to apply the words I read aloud to her in her daily life conversation. She goes “我高高兴兴地去买东西.” This proven reading aloud is effective. From this book – 奇怪的礼物， she learned 奇怪 – strange, 礼物 – present and she does understand the meaning too.

**On Learning Maths**

I have never plan this. This is a bonus. I found out she like to do maths because I always left the activity books around after reviewing them. I brought this activity book for only S$2 last year.

Look at this piece of work, nothing special?

Oh well, I do read about although tot could recite number that doesn’t mean they really know what they are counting. Even they could count, they might not get it correctly.

For this piece of work, Yvette didn’t really count (as in using her finger to count the number of objects on the paper) except for the one right below the activity book in the collage and the worksheet beside it. By the look into the picture, Yvette could tell me the correct answer.

That doesn’t sound fantastic? But I will like to give her credit for it. Perhaps all these look easy to us, but I think it’s never easy for tots.

We also practiced writing 1 & 2 too.

I also found out she could recite 5 by 5. (From 5 to 100)

And we did the number puzzle from 1 to 20 too.

**Learning Thru Play**

Actually she really plays many many toys everyday. I am trying to pen down play that is more interesting (or planned) rather than what she does everyday.

Fixing vegetable puzzle. However, this puzzle didn’t get her interest going.

Building a house using the wooden blocks.

I would like to introduce more threading and lacing to Yvette but then these two areas are something Yvette doesn’t really like. This is important as this activity requires a lot of control and a steady hand. Perfect practice for fine motor development.

**Practical Life Skills**

Practical life skill this round involve very much with the vegetable. Doing practical life skill enhance their fine and gross motor skills. Many people don’t realize how these skills affect a child. The development of fine and gross motor skills allows them to perform better in other, more academic and physical ways.

Pluck bean sprout. She is more interested in looking into her plant.

Pluck Spinach. We eat this vegetable every week. I will get her to help me every Sat now. Plucking of vegetable is very good for pincer grip. And removing the fibre strip from the spinach require more dexterity.

Removed seed from papaya. She kept holding on to her box of cereal while doing it. I am impressed she could finished removing those seeds with only one hand!!!

Pegging. She never like. She only tried once!

Button up. Great fun. Her favourite toy for these 3 weeks.

**Other Learning Activities**

Learning using More About Starfall is a must for Yvette everyday.

I am really impressed she could sort 17 shapes all by herself. But she does have a problem recognising 五 and 正.

She loves anything to do with letters. We did some spelling too but I have forgotten what I have taught her.

She learned some concept words too and they are….

P/S: Before & After are from last lesson. Up & Down are meant for lesson 3.

She could differentiate left and right already!

Jacob has a little bit of problem with 乌 and 鸟. Yes, some of the practical life skills not so interesting to a child. They don’t think it’s a game or fun at all. But if it IS part of a REAL activity, then yeah, they WILL do! haha!

As for counting, I use the math cubes I bought quite a bit. And the montessori beads (bc those are already in fixed number of beads, and he recognises it, that’s why I insist on buying the standard colour and not strange colour deviations).

Like if the picture shows one whole bunch of items (not straight in a line for eg), the toddler might get confused counting. So I ask JR to put one cube on each item in the picture. When he is done covering all the items, I ask him to connect them into a “train” (his favourite, lor). Then I ask him to count how many “cars” make up that “train”. Then I ask him to choose the number to put the train on (that’s the answer). *hehe* So, yes, when taught in different ways, the toddler can get it. And yeah, so he can do addition also. And can understand counting in multiples of tens with 10-bead bars. But I haven’t bothered asking him to do it independent of these physical aids. Now, I should go on to division & multiplication, yah? I think division is easier to illustrate. 😉

Yeah, I guess that is the reason Yvette didn’t like pegging.

I wan to buy the maths cube, still in the KIV mode!

Can teach me how to illustrate division? I think multiplication is easier.

wow..so much things that she has learnt..

yeah, but that doesn’t mean she absorb everything! hehe

You don’t need to specially buy that type of math cubes. Any “counters” will do, right?

Sorry – thought about the multiplication/division just now. Can do multiplication too, I guess, eg. give out 2 apples to 3 children is 2X3=6. Division is basically sharing. You have 6 apples and want to share among 3 children for example. So give one to each “child”(plate?) until no more, so 6divide by 3 plates = 2 each on the plate. This is actually p1 math already!

Yeah, I am using Pom balls now. But I do like the maths cube leh and the one we found quite cheap what. (Though you brought the expensive one….hehe)

For Mulitiplication, I just tell Yvette adding on the same number, so it goes, 5+5=10, 10+5=15, count 5 by 5.

Thanks for telling me the division method. Will try it out.

Okie – that method teaches counting by multiples or “skip counting”.

So far, I find this website’s cutes the cheapest. The NewAge one also not so cheap.

And I prefer this range that doesn’t have a “point” sticking out one side.

http://www.learningstore.com.sg/product_info.php?products_id=3493

Mine is the one that I don’t prefer – the one with the point on one side for joining.

http://www.learningstore.com.sg/product_info.php?products_id=3498

But I guess I would still buy this so it can join up with my existing set. I want to have 10 colours!

Sam,

Your cube is 1 cm? I am thinking to get 1 cm not 2 cm. But then I wonder what is the logic behind… Hahaha I also don’t why I want 1 cm instead of 2.

This is cheap – http://www.newagekidz.com/product/LER-0305-AP

Er, yes, ours is 2cm cubes. Wah, 1cm would be so tiny!

hey sunflower,

you bought learning materials from Kumon?

How to do that?

Jean,

I got it form Motherhood spree. I find one shop in Paragon, ELM Tree, think can buy from them. They are selling at 9 plus. It abt the same I paid for my Kumon books.

Of course, some spree in Motherhood is cheaper but you have to wait. (I mean the offer doesn’t come every now and then.)

Hihi,

would like to check where did you get the alphabets? I had problem searching for those in small letters… you may email to me @ elainemummy@gmail.com. Thanks!

Elaine,

I can tell you here.

These letters are from Toy R Us and it is very very easy find there!

including the numbers?

Yes