Saturday, August 29, 2015

Week 7 (Friday) - Sight Word List 2 & SImple Maths practise

Friday, I recapped the HYPY with my gal, still on the same "bo" sound that blends with the different 'sound'. She can better tell me when it is blended, what sound is it? I tried to focus more on the end sound than on the 4 different tone.
Afterwhich, I took out the Maths template and did simple revision. I gave her 3 2-digit numbers and she have to add or subtract accordingly and also try to spell it. Seems not bad as I can focus a bit on my boy as she do her sums quietly.

My boy started off with Phonics assessment. Seems to be a bit mixed up with 'at' & 'et' and also 'an' & 'en'. I need to keep sounding out the alphabets individually and blend them to let him hear it. Only then he is able to differentiate. Does anyone have any suggestions on how could I further explain or sound them?

Then we move on to Sight Word List 2. List 1 took us a long 1 month along with Phonics practise. He is able to sound simple 3 or 4 letter word as well as sight words from List 1. There are also some frequent words that we read from the storybooks that he can read even though they were not from List 1. Good Job. Out of List 2, he can already read 1/3 of the cards. So I try to take it slow and start on this 3 more frequent and confusing words for him as it is not able to sound using Phonics.

I have also made some word spinners that I am sharing my template here. Here are some pics of how I used them as 'Busy Bag' activities when we are out for meals or coffee. Have fun implementing your own creativity as the usage is limitless.

For the Maths Sum template, you can download them here
For the Maths Spinner template, you can download them here
For the Empty Spinner template, you can download here

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Kids and their Busy Bags

My kids are excited about the busy bags but "evil" mummy kept them all and slowly give 1 by 1. Realised that the kids really treasure them as I will take back the bags after a stated time frame is allowed on the bag.

Busy Bag #1 - Crack it, Cook it, Flip it

This is the only busy bag that was given after the exchange on Sunday. Apparently til today, its still their fav playtime activity. (The only bag I allow them to HAVE it)

They tried to flip it and by now, both kids can successfully FLIP it. But of cos not 100% success rate. They use the pan for frying their cooking toys as well. Having loads of fun using the tongs to pick up "food" and small pieces of lego bricks as "ingredients" too... 

Busy Bag #2 - Geo Board & Shapes

Both the kids had fun drawing cards, memorising the shape as well as the "size" and fix the shape. My 6Y gal can remembered after glancing like less than 1min. But not so easy for my boy, mostly he had to look at the card and could only managed to do the shape. Despite explaining a few times, he still dont really understand. But its ok as it was their first contact last weekend with it. Will attempt again!

Afterwhich, my gal had free play while my boy played with the rubberbands. She made a roof and a house below. Creative play!

Busy Bag #3 - Pizza

Today is their 1st time with this Pizza game. My gal had her chance while we were out for breakfast. She even did fancy faces, stacking of ingredients in sequence etc. Seems like a lot of ways to play with this pizza..

Then she told her bro about it and he has been nagging to play. So after dinner, both had 30mins to play the Pizza together. My boy was thrilled and both jus grab the "pan", "pizza base", "crust" and start piling ingredients. Both competing and showing daddy whose is the BEST!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Week 7 (Tuesday) - Spinner & HYPY for Irisa

Been wanting to try this Spinner with HYPY learning for my gal. Her HYPY very bad and keeps mixing up with phonics. So I tot of using some learning activities that will leave a deeper impression on her. 

Initally I did a b, p, m, f wheel with a, o, e, i, u wheel. After spinning twice, I tot it would be good to focus on 1 PY at a time. So we use "b" + a, i, u, ao, ai, ing, ang. She slowly add 2 sounds but still unable to sound out. Its ok for the 1st trial and i will repeat this activity til she is good at it. Baby step at a time.

My boy is still doing Maths. Practising addition and subtraction. Day 2 and he seems to be getting better. Taught him to use drawing lines to add and subtract. Good job. Next we can move on to 20 and beyond.

This morning we even practise with Maths set while we did a Mummy & Son breakfast bonding time!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Week 7 (Monday) Let's do Maths!

Today we did Maths instead of the usual English lesson. I realized I haven't been focusing much on Maths and especially my boy, he is quite poor in counting beyond 14! He will mixed up the sequence but still get to the end. As for my gal, she is exceptionally poor in Subtraction, and also want to do 2-digit Addition with her as well. 

I used Number Parts method to teach her how to add 2-digits. I part the 2 numbers into Tens and Ones. She will learn to add the Tens and then the Ones and combine them together. Should the Ones add up to 2-digit, she will divide again and add to the Tens and Ones. I find it clearer to explain to her than to do the traditional "Working" for now. 

She managed to grasp it. And we didn't touch on Odd and Even yet. I thought it will be good to touch on after she is good at 1 topic then we move on. After which, she proceed to do simple Subtraction on the new Maths set that I have gotten from my Spree recently. Her subtraction is not so good as she tend to overlook the mathematical signs. Very careless.

As for my boy we do a simple activity to introduce the Mathematical signs and how to form a Mathematical sentence. We roll the dice, take the number tiles to form the Mathematical sentence. He will need to solve the sum and need cross out the answer from the Ice Cream sheet. 

Then we use the number tiles to teach Ascending and Descending from 1-10. And we did some simple mathematical sum with the tiles too. He also had a try with the Activity sheet. We had fun with Maths, what about you?

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Our 1st Busy Bags Exchange (for 3-5 years old) & GIVEAWAY

Today I participated in my very first Busy Bags Exchange for Children aged 3-5 years old. We were divided into different topics to work on. Each of us will do up 11 bags (including our own bags) for the exchange. Then we will return home with 11 different busy bags (including the one we made too!)

This busy bags was initiated by a member, Janice Ong from a Facebook Group - Preschool Resources. It was organised and planned by both Janice and the Group admin Edmund. Thanks for the great effort! Am honored to have a chance like this to participate and have fun!

I did a Fishing game, fishing magnetic alphabets to match the 
1) beginning sound of the Picture chart
2) capital letters to capital letters chart (match the same alphabets)
3) capital letters to the small letters chart

I got some mini plastic fishing rods, small sizes Capital letters and find some pictures online to do up the A-Z Picture chart. Print the 3 chart in 4R size for easy to bring out. Once the child outgrow the game, they can easily use it for spelling game or any other activities. 

In return, I got this lovely bags from the mummies!

Magnetic Shape with Whiteboard by Mummy Corinna
Child suposedly can follow the printout to form the shapes. Alternatively can use it to identify shaoes, compare sizes of the shapes or even use it to teach Left/Right/Top/Bottom by asking them to place the magnets at the position asked.

 Coloured Ice Cream Stick by Mummy Linda
Level 1 : To match correct colour of the ice cream sticks
Level 2 : Slot the correct "spelled" colour into the correct coloured pockets. Sticks comes in capital and small letters

Matching Capital and Small letters Puzzle by Mummy Tricia
Match the "head" with Capital letter to the "leg" with small letter and add in the "tee" with the correct picture that begins with the alphabets.

Geo Shape by Daddy Edmund
To form the shapes with the cards on the board. Great for motor skills.

Crack-an-Egg by Mumy Felvira
Its for motor skills training. Child can crack the egg, cook the egg, flip it, "tong" it and squeeze it back to the egg!

Counting/Addition game by Mummy Joleen
Child can use the counting beads to assist in the adding, the arrow head can be remove so child can connect them to the correct sums on the "body"
Can even sort into Odd or Even.

Begining Sound matching from Mummy Yvonne
Child can either use the chips to place it in the correct "circle" or even use a whiteboard marker to write the answer. Can erase and reuse many times!

 Pizza making by Mummy Yenifer 
Child gets a pan (brown), crust (yellow), sauce (red), cheese (cheesy yellow) and many types of toppings. Child can either play with the toppings based on their imagination or operate a pizza stall with some "maths" fun for YOU to order a pizza with specific amount of mushroom, olive, capsicium and so on.

Spelling Game by Mummy Rebecca
Child gets A-Z cloth pegs. Child can use the word or picture side for spelling. Younger kid can begin with the word side to find the correct alphabets. After a few rounds they can use the picture side to spell based on memory. The picture and word are stick on, so we can always replace them. Thanks for the thoughtful gesture!

Maths counting (10 Frames) by Mummy Soo Ling
Child can learn about 10 frames, addition, following the book guide to place the counter into the frames. There are also addition cards as well. Very nice!

Dear all, stay tune to see more updates on how I use the materials that I received today on my kids learning journey! I had fun, did you?

To celebrate, I am giving away 3 sets of the Busy Bags that I've made for the exchange. Are you keen to own it? Just follow my blog, like my page on facebook and leave a comment after you are done. Draw starts now til 2359hrs of Aug 31 2015. Have fun!
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