We Work On Forming the Letters!

We are not surprised to receive negative updates from teachers on Yvette. I don’t aim to raise a perfect child and Yvette CERTAINLY is not prefect!

On Wednesday, everyone in the class were happily making the Letter C but Yvette, no matter how teacher coaxed her, she simply refused to do it.

On Friday, Yvette went forward to tell the teacher: “Ms Lei, Letter C is like a circle. You don’t close the circle, if not it look like a Letter O!” And the teacher was really impressed how Yvette could relate a Letter C to her. This is what she told D about it.

Both of us was equally impressed too. We have never taught Yvette this at all. I have never related C as a circle to Yvette but she could gather all the facts she had learnt, and came out a concept for Letter C.

However, I am not going to let Yvette go just like that.

I spoken to Yvette not once but twice on this.

First I told her she got to co-operate with the teacher even she already understand. Second I also tried to understand why she didn’t want to make letter C. She told me she wanted to make Letter L for leaf. (Yes, she did a small letter L instead.) But I told her, she can make L later at home and in school she got to obey the teachers.

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Yesterday we worked on forming the letters using palydoh with her at home to ensure even she didn’t do it in school, she does know her letters well. Although my worry for her ability to form the letters was uncalled for. But then again she needs to be pushed and reminded and coaxed.

Arrrgh…. Really not easy to coach toddler!

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Books Yvette Read in March 2011

We finally finished reading the last book of the early reader book I brought months back. As such, it is again time for me to sit down to decide which series of book I should take her on. I know she is still reading ahead of her peers but it still boils down to my expectation.

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She doesn’t really like to read by her own. She prefers me reading to her. I know she could read better and she does try to read those words using phonics rule but the still she prefer revising her Maths more than reading. Hmmm…

We touched on these two books too. It had been neglected. It is good once in awhile brushing her phonics although I work toward on whole language method for reading.

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I pulled out this book to make her read aloud to me. Counting as she read makes her really looking forward to flip the pages again and again. (Thanks Sam.)

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We are at lesson 9 for Book 1 of 四五块读. I hope to finish this by April and move on to Book 2.

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皮皮狗 series were still her favourite. She could feel a lot for this book – 妈妈不见了。 She will always hold me tight as I read this book to her. So I constantly making use this book to remind her; she got to stay close to us when we are out if not one day she will lose me. 😀

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Brushing The Concept Of Multiplica​tion

Thanks ING & Homeschool @ SG sharing the concepts on teaching Multiplication.

As I mentioned before, Yvette could recite up to 12 timetable but she is weak with the concept. As such I feel I need to move back to teach her the concept behind so that she could comprehend more.

No more time to make fanciful card. But I have already ordered some learning cards from one mummy. Hopefully that is going to help Yvette to understand the concept and strength her foundation.

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Lapbook Learning: The Grouchy Ladybug

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I love the green on the cover page that done by Yvette and her Daddy. D didn’t wish the picture of art messed up by Yvette and he decided to make up by adding the green.  It started well. She could follow instructions given by D and drew out the semi-circle. It went haywire after D trying to instruct Yvette to put spot onto the ladybug.

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We started this learning on 14th March and this learning last us a week. I gotten all my materials here except for the clock. Sorry I can’t find the link where I found the clock.

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In the past, I will use several books related to this topic to teach Yvette. For this round, I focus on this book. However that doesn’t mean we didn’t cover much. In this book there are so much we can learn from this book.

  1. We learn about time.
  2. We learn about from the smallest to the biggest animals (as well as the name of the animals) which the Grouchy Ladybug encountered.
  3. We learn about parts of Ladybug.
  4. We learn about life cycle of Ladybug.
  5. We learn L is for Leaf, Ladybug, Lemon and Lion.
  6. I can follow direction covered some maths and train the tot their ability to follow instruction.
  7. This book also teach good value. Grouchy Ladybug is a bug that will never like to share and say please. This bug also try to be a bully here. But in the end, this book spells a bully will never win.

I hope we can do more of such learning in near future.

P/S: At the end of the lesson, Yvette could remember what animals the ladybug encountered at different hours. And as well as identify animals she never read upon before. Such as skunk, praying mantis, yellow jacket is a bee species, stag beetle, etc…