Friday, December 9, 2016

READ THIS IF YOUR CHILD PLAYS AT KIDZOONA

I am sharing this to all parents, guardians and carers of kids who go to Kidzoona. This incident happened today at the newly opened Century City Mall branch.

We are regulars at the Waltermart branch and have also tried the branch at Shangri-La.

We were excited to try out the Century City Mall branch. My 3-year old son played with the usual food stations and when he got bored, he asked me to go with him to the slides.


I already knew that this was a steep slide. As usual, I went up with my son. He is still scared of going down slides on his own but there are times when he goes down alone and I wait to catch him at the bottom.

I put him on my lap and down we went. I was scared midway because we were going down too fast and knew we were losing control. I ended up lying flat on my back with my head hitting the balls. It was painful. I was thankful that I went down with my son or he could have gotten seriously hurt. I decided that this was too dangerous for my son. My nape was painful as well as the bottom of my head. Although the Shangri-La slide was steep, I did not end up flat on my back when we went down.

We went to the green spiral slide next as I thought that it would be safer. I was wrong! It was also very, very slippery! So slippery, that we lost control again and my body twisted to my side and again, fell flat on the balls. This was another painful fall and I'm glad that I was there to cushion my son's fall.

I also ended up getting burns on my elbow.



I went to the girl on the counter and asked for some medicine. She applied some burn ointment and told me to be careful next time. I told her the slides were too slippery and we weren't used to them being that slippery in other branches. 

I then talked to the Manager on duty about the slides. I asked if they put wax on it. He said that they put some silicone on it once a week only because if they applied more frequently, the slides would be very, very slippery. I told him they already were! I also told him that I hurt my head and showed him my elbow. 

I asked another mom present, who also went down the slide but on her own, if she found it too be too slippery. She said yes and that she was surprised that she zoomed down too fast. I watched her daughter go down and she too fell flat on her back. I told her about what happened to us and about the green spiral slide. She said that she found the placement of that particular slide to be very dangerous as it was too slippery and it was very near the walls. The momentum would cause a serious accident that's why she didn't let her kids play there. 

I also warned another mom with a little girl (about a year and a half old) to not let her child go down the banana slide. As you can see, all the slides were very shiny, probably from the product they use. 





The manager proceeded to get a rag and a spray bottle and started wiping the slides. He said that he will remove the silicone as he was worried that someone else might get an accident. I already wrote to the Aeon Fantasy Group, the company who owns Kidzoona and I am awaiting their reply. My neck hurts (it feels like I have stiff neck), my shoulder hurts and a part of my chest hurts. I can feel it especially when I lift things such as a pitcher to pour water. The manager told me to get a checkup and I asked if they will shoulder bill to which he replied, "he will consider it". 

Please be careful when you use the slides at Kidzoona, no matter what branch. Supervise your children, especially the small ones. 

I will be publishing my story in all my blogs so as to inform parents and carers about our experience so they can take extra caution when playing at Kidzoona. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Teaching Left and Right

I have been quiet for a good reason. I've been developing some printables and activities for all my subscribers! So, if you haven't subscribed yet, now's a good time as the goodies will exclusively be for subscribers. Go ahead, just enter your email on the right. While waiting for the printables to go live, let's discuss teaching left and right.

I didn't teach my son the concept of left and right. I think he just got it on his own because whenever we were out walking, I would tell him to turn left or turn right and steer him towards the right direction. When the time came to study about left and right, he just showed me his hands and said, "this is my left hand and this my right hand." I was really surprised.

Even with this development, I still sometimes discuss the concept with him. Here are some of the ways I use to teach him left and right.


Book

I got this book from the Manila International Book Fair and I thought it  would be a fun way to reinforce the lesson and to teach cooperation and sharing. It comes in two languages, English and Filipino so it's very useful when teaching him the concept in Filipino.



Tying board

This board is a multipurpose learning tool. For younger kids you can teach colors. You can also use it as a visual aid when teaching about color sight words.



I stuck some 'L' and 'R' stickers on the shoes to teach the concept. Now we use this to learn how to tie shoelaces.

The delicious smelling hand


My son loves this peppermint Pocketbac. You can put some on just one hand to remind them that this is the right hand or this is the left hand. Smell evokes memories and when your child can't seem to remember his left from right, remind him about which hand smells delicious. On his own, he will always remember that the left/right hand always smells delicious.

Trace and label hand


This is probably one of the simplest and most basic activities for teaching the concept of left and right. My son gets a kick out of tracing his hands so we decided to do this. Oh, and he also decided that his hands would look better with caterpillars stuck on them.

Bracelets

My son loves wearing bracelets. He's 3 and acts like a teenager. He always wears bracelets on his left wrist. It's his choice. You can put a bracelet on your child's wrist to help them remember which is which. 

Hokey pokey Sunday school edition

This is a fun way to learn left and right. Just sing along with the song and act it out!



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Friday, November 4, 2016

Morning Work - Two Sparkly Pattern Making Activities

There's something about glittery and shiny things that get kids' attention. My son started liking glittery stuff when he saw a set of glitter paint in American Bazaar. He rarely asks me to buy him stuff but when he saw that set, he asked me to buy it for him.

Since then, I've been adding glitter to our activities. Check out these glitter activities that both boys and girls will surely love!

Sparkly Pompom Pattern Making Activity

Materials:


Sparkly pompoms
popsicle sticks
circle stickers
Sharpies, colors same as the pompoms
a plastic baggie or pouch

Let's do this!

Color each circle sticker, peel them off and stick to the popsicle sticks. Be sure to leave a space or two at the end. 

Tell the child to follow the pattern. Put pompoms on the correct color stickers and when he reaches the end, ask him what pompom comes next. I made harder patterns but you can always start with ABAB.







After playing, you can put them all inside a plastic baggie or pouch. This is a great busy bag activity too!



Jewel Sticks Pattern Making Activity 

Materials


jewel stickers
popsicle sticks
plastic baggie

Let's do this!

Peel the stickers and stick on the popsicle sticks. Make a pattern and ask your child to follow it and then ask what comes next. This is a harder activity as the sticks are of a different color than the stickers so it can be confusing but it can also be a good challenge for your kids. 








When you're done, place them in a pouch or plastic baggie. That's two busy bags for you!

If you want to save these ideas for your own homeschool, feel free to Pin the image below.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Morning Work - Bling Out My Car Activity

We love doing arts and crafts projects in our homeschool so I normally collect materials. I buy materials from bookstores, craft stores, Divisoria and department stores. When we go abroad, I also like hoarding supplies. The main material we used for this activity was from Singapore, Popular Bookstore to be exact.


Materials:

Foam Cars from Popular 
Confetti
Glue
bowl for the confetti


I just gave the materials to my 3-year old son and he immediately got it. He put some glue on the cars and "blinged" them out. This is a super simple, no prep activity that kept him occupied for several minutes. It's also a great fine motor skills practice.




I've been planning some morning work activities for my son so that he can be busy while I prepare our breakfast. He used to just play with his cars but lately I've been seeing that bored look on his face so I decided to have something for him to do when he wakes up. I'll share more of our morning work activities here in the following days so be sure to subscribe!

Monday, October 31, 2016

6 Preschool Busy Bags for a 3.5-Hour Plane Ride

Hi! It's a long weekend here that is why the blog has been very quiet. We have been busy in school and activities last week so we only had a few lesson days. I'll try to get back to regular programming as soon as I can.

In the mean time, today I will share with you these six preschool busy bags for a 3.5-hour plane ride. My SIL is going to take her 3-year old son back to Singapore for the Christmas holidays and she told me that she was planning to make busy bags. Well, I love making busy bags. As a matter of fact, I like making kids' activities of all sorts (as you may already know) so I decided to surprise her and make some for her. These take little time to prepare and they're not very expensive too especially if you already have materials on hand. I collect a lot of arts and crafts materials as well as a steady supply of laminating films, card stock, etc. so these took no time to make.


First, I got these pouches to separate each activity. 

Busy Bag 1 - Shadow Matching

I printed off these Montessori Cards onto card stock, laminated and cut them. I'm sorry I forgot where I found the cards because it's been a long time since I downloaded them. We used these cards when my son was around 8 months old. If you know where to find them, I'd appreciate a link!




Busy Bag 2 - Egg and Ice Cream Sorting

This is another fun activity that my son enjoyed when we played it. The child just needs to sort the eggs according to color. I also added a sheet of ice cream stickers which he can use alternately to sort. Stickers are a huge hit among toddlers and preschoolers. They are also great practice for fine motor skills. Oh, I also added some instructions in each bag which I wrote on a Post-It, if you're wondering what that orange thing is. 



Busy Bag 3 - Counting Fish

This is a fun Math activity. I also don't have the link as we used this activity when my son was around 9 months old and he is 3 now. Again, I'd appreciate a link. 

You can use Do-A-Dot markers or dabbers for this activity if you don't want to laminate the cards. I laminated them so that they can be used over and over again. I included a sheet of sea creature stickers for my nephew to use. He will count the fish and put a sticker on the correct number. 



Busy Bag 4 - Living and Non-Living Things Sorting

My nephew is in school. He is in a pre-nursery class to prepare him for nursery next year. When my son was in nursery, we studied living and non-living things. I thought this activity would be a great primer for my nephew. Most of these are Montessori photos as well. 


Busy Bag 5 - Pompom Pattern Activity

This is super fun activity that my son enjoys up until now but he does the more complicated patterns. For this activity, I used the ABAB pattern. I have a bunch of pompoms in my supply, some circle stickers, Sharpies and big popsicle sticks so this took me about 5 minutes to make. 

First, I checked the color of my pompoms. Then I got my Sharpies and colored the circle stickers. Peel, then stick them to the popsicle sticks. Leave one space empty. Tell the child to put the corresponding pompoms onto the stickers and then for the last space, ask the child what pompom will come next. There should be 6 pompoms on the stick. 


Busy Bag 6 - City Sticker Scene

I'm pretty sure my nephew will get a kick out of this activity as it involves car stickers! I just printed off this city scene from Free Time Frolics, laminated it and cut it to the size of the pouch. This is a full page scene but I printed off just 75% for it to fit in the pouch. Then, I included a sheet of vehicle stickers. Free Time Frolics used real vehicle toys for this activity. You can use that too but I feel that for a plane ride, toys with wheels are really not a great idea. I know, I've been there, done that. When they fall off, it's hard to "chase" them. So, I stick to stickers and manipulatives that don't go running away from me. 

Bonus Tip: Bring materials, toys or manipulatives that are cheap so that if you lose them, you won't feel bad and you won't have to get up from your seat and ask someone to move or get the item for you. 



You can also punch a hole in each bag and bind them with a ring bind. It's a great way to keep them all together. I don't know if my SIL will like that as I'm publishing this before showing her the pics. I'll be shipping these off to the province.

I hope you liked my busy bags. If you want to save these ideas for an upcoming trip, feel free to Pin the image below.


You can find more busy bag ideas here.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Homeschool Kindergarten 1 Lessons, Interactive Notebook and Activities - October 2016 Week 2

Here's what we're doing this week:

Comm Arts

Language 

  • names of things
  • noun identification
  • writing nouns
  • days of the week
Reading
  • final sound
Civics

  • transportation 
  • correct way of riding a vehicle
  • means of communication
Math

  • addition 
  • subtraction
  • subtraction story
Science, Filipino and more CA:



Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Homeschool Kindergarten 1 Lessons, Activities and Interactive Notebook - October 2016 Week 1

Sorry for the late post. My son is sick so I have adjusted our lessons and activities this week.

Comm Arts

Reading
  • Letters X, Y, Z
Language 
  • names of persons
  • names of animals
  • names of places

Civics

  • transportation

Math 

  • vertical addition
  • find the correct addition sentence

Science, Filipino and more CA:




Activities


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

My Top 5 Disney Junior Shows for Homeschooling

Disney has a lot of really good shows on both the regular and Junior channels but there are some shows that I don't allow my son to watch (i.e. OddBods - too much violence). My son has lost interest in Disney Junior shows for a couple of years. He shifted his attention to the Disney channel and watched big kid shows (hello Phineas and Ferb!) when he was around 15 months old. About a week ago, my husband put the Disney Junior channel on and my son rekindled his love for some of the shows he used to watch when he was younger. (My son is 3 years old now for all of you newbies here)

The TV mostly serves as background noise because he prefers to do activities instead but there are times when he will pay attention to some of the shows. I take advantage of these shows to teach him something new or to use in our homeschool discussion.

Here are my top 5 homeschooling shows in random order. I chose these shows for their content, themes, graphics and for their appeal to both boys and girls. 

Captain Jake and the Neverland Pirates



I'm not a huge fan of Peter Pan the animated movie but I was (still am) smitten with Jake and the Neverland Pirates especially now that Jake has become the captain of the Colossus. My son's favorite was Captain Hook when he was younger. Well, Captain Hook is one of my favorite characters of all time. In this series, Captain Hook is a good guy. Well, he does some mean things at times but now he is part of the League of the Pirate Captains and acknowledges Jake as a captain so he is not all bad. Also, he is not portrayed as an evil character in this series unlike in the original story. And do I need to mention how adorable Mr. Smee is in this series?

I like Jake the series because it teaches about friendship, teamwork, cooperation and manners (thank you Mr. Smee for always reminding the captain to thank the popinjays). It also has a little bit of math with the doubloons counting bit. I also like the adventure and suspense and the different themes they use for each episode. It's not just all fighting. Sometimes it's problem solving. I also like the music, singing and dancing courtesy of Sharky and Bones. We always have a blast when we watch this. And not to forget, the triumph of good over evil. 

This series is great for homeschooling as we can do some singing and dancing (to "wiggle all the waggles away") to help my son focus on the show and on the lesson. We have the Busy Book set which we use to recreate the story we just watched. We also have a Duplo play set with Captain and Hook and Scully which we use for math and other activities. I incorporate the values we learned from the show into our lessons. 

Sheriff Callie's Wild West


Sheriff Callie is geared more towards girls but there is a good mix of male and female characters. The themes are also for everyone. This series is like Jake and the Neverland Pirates but in the Wild West setting. It teachers manners, good attitudes and a lot more values that each child should have. They have tackled different situations like bullying, lying, making friends, valuing friendships, saying sorry, etc. The show reinforces the values that I teach my son. We also like the singing and dancing. I just love Mandy Moore's voice. 


Hi-5


Need I say more? Anybody who has a child in Asia knows this group. With Hi-5, you don't have to plan for a unit study. They have it all in one episode. Just a few hours ago, we watched Hi-5 with the theme, "places we come from". It talked about the diversity of the Hi-5 cast. They all live in Australia but their ancestry comes from South Korea, South Africa, Lebanon and Greece. This is the episode where Stevie, Mary, Lauren, Dyane and Ainsley were the cast. This episode had songs, dancing, musical instruments from different countries, how to write names in Korean, different expressions and the story talked about different places on earth. You can base your unit study on an episode and just give further activities to your child.

Sometimes the theme is about food, sometimes friendship.You can literally just watch an episode at the start of the week and reinforce the lessons with books, other videos and activities for the rest of the week. 


Doc McStuffins


Doc McStuffins is great for health and science. It teaches kids good health habits. The show also helps kids to become familiar with doctors so that they won't be afraid to go for checkups. My son doesn't like going to the doctor. Until now, he cries a little but shows like Doc McStuffins really help a lot to help him understand what goes on in the doctor's office. 

Aside from health habits, the show also teaches good values, problem solving, story comprehension and retention (with the review question at the end of the show). 

Higgly Town Heroes


I wish Higgly Town Heroes was shown at an earlier time slot but we really like it and so we usually stay up late to watch it. If you are teaching community helpers, this is the show for you and your child. There is some silliness in the show but it also has some merits. It's about a group of friends who like to play and have fun together but during the course of their "adventures" they find themselves in a bind and need the help of a Higgly Town Hero. The hero can be a fireman, chef, baker, carpenter, ambulance driver, etc. It's a great way to introduce kids to community helpers and also help them understand and remember what each community helper does. The graphics are simple, perfect for preschoolers. Aside from community helpers, it also teaches teamwork, problem solving and some values. I watched this show a lot when I taught my son about community helpers. I got a lot of good ideas from this show. Until now, we still watch it as there are a lot of community heroes that my son needs to know. 

Honorable Mention - Chuggington


We absolutely love Chuggington! First, because my son adores trains. Second, we like the adventures and challenges the characters go through in each episode. It teaches a lot about problem solving, teamwork, responsibility, good values and more. I used Chuggington trains to teach my son sight words, colors and numbers. 

Chuggington has been in and out of Disney Junior. The only episodes they show nowadays are the Badge Quests. 

Honorable Mention - Pocoyo


I think Pocoyo is no longer shown on the Disney Junior channel. It used to be on at 10:30pm daily. My son loved it so much. The show teaches simple math concepts, problem solving, values and more. You're lucky if you still have Pocoyo on your local Disney Junior channel. If not, you can catch it on YouTube. It's such a fun show - very interactive, very engaging. The graphics are simple, also perfect for young learners. I got a lot of ideas for our homeschool activities from this show. 

These are my top Disney Junior shows for homeschooling. If you want to save this list, just Pin the image below to your board. 





What are your favorite Disney Junior shows?

Monday, October 3, 2016

Road Trip Lunch - Easy Burgers

Here's another Road Trip lunch idea for you moms:




Sunday, October 2, 2016

Using Lego Duplo for Your Homeschool Lessons and Activities

For me, one of the best toys you can invest in is Lego. It's classic, durable, timeless and fosters creativity in children. Not to mention the fact that it's a great toy for fine motor practice. For younger children, it's a great way to prepare their tiny hands for writing. 

Lego is popular with a lot of parents and kids as well as therapists. Blocks are used in a variety of activities for learning and testing. Did you know that an 18-month old child should already be able to build a tower of 2-3 blocks? My son was already building tall towers even before that age all because I exposed him to different kinds of blocks (wooden, plastic, Megablocks and Duplo) when he was very young. 



My son started with Duplo and Megablocks when he was just several months old and our collection has just grown since. He graduated early to Lego because he knows that these are toys and not food, not to be put inside his mouth. (Lego is a choking hazard so please supervise your kids at all times). My son is 3 years old now and he uses the Lego sets for older kids. 

We use Lego in our homeschool activities a lot and I found some Duplo sets that are great for lessons. Check them out!




This Duplo set is a great investment because you can use it for younger kids as well as older kids. For younger kids you can teach them the following with this set:

  • Animal identification
  • Animal classification
  • Colors
  • Color sorting
  • Transportation
For older kids:
  • You can use this set for Unit Studies Around the World or just a particular country like China or Africa. 
  • You can encourage kids to write stories/ideas/reaction to the different settings or countries that they studied
  • You can teach them about caring for the environment and what they can do to help
  • You can teach them about endangered species such as the panda or tiger in the set (Note - Please take caution when teaching this topic to gifted or twice exceptional kids as they can be very passionate and emotional about it)





I really love this set. I wish I had seen this when my son was younger. It has just so many things that my son likes - the big truck, market setting, food blocks and the tiny people to fit in his truck. 

With this set you can teach:
  • colors
  • color sorting
  • food
  • food classification
  • simple math
  • and even a role playing game on how to buy food from the market and how to act/behave while there




I think this is the most basic set that you can get. It's still appealing to children because of that car and the bright colors of the blocks. Use this set to teach:

  • Colors
  • Fruits
  • Counting




This set is such a great Science Unit Study set about plants and gardening. With this set you can teach:

  • Basic gardening information (build the set and then plant your own garden!)
  • Plants
  • Parts of a plant
  • Plant life cycle
  • How to care for plants
  • Where our food comes from
  • Vegetables
  • And even Math principles such as counting and measuring(since the plants have extra blocks to show how they grow, the child can measure them using a ruler or another manipulative such as erasers or Shopkins! That's even better because you can incorporate two toys into one activity!
Lego is really a super toy and I firmly believe that every developing child should have a set or two or like us, even more! =D

If you want to save these ideas for later, feel free to Pin the image below.




I have not been compensated for this post. We just really like Lego. I'd also like to thank Lego Toys R Us Glorietta for allowing me to take photos. If you want to check out the Lego section of Toys R Us Glorietta, just look for Avel and he will hook you up with the latest deals (Tip: It's Bricktober time and they are giving away a set of 4 Lego figures free with every purchase of P2999.75) and releases from the brand as well as advice you on the best sets to use for your homeschool!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Curriculum for Homeschooling Toddlers

My mom and I started homeschooling my son when he was just 5 months old. Yes, you read that right! We started simple - songs, reading to him, putting up posters and constantly talking to him. I believe that babies can understand us. Even in my womb, I talked to my son a lot and I read to him a lot. I also listened to a lot of different kinds of music too.

When he was 7 months old, he already knew the alphabet, can count from 1 to 10, colors and shapes. He even knows the different kinds of triangles, thanks to my mom. I come from a family of educators. My grandma was a teacher, my mom was a college professor and my sister is a SPED specialist, with several doctoral degrees. She also teaches graduate students. I think this background also played a vital role in my son's early education.

My son is twice exceptional - ADHD and gifted. Some of you might say that "oh, it's because your son is gifted that is why it was easy for him to learn such things at a young age." Well, I say there is no harm in starting your child on the path to education at an early age whether he has special needs or not, is gifted, or is twice exceptional.

In this post, I will give you a curriculum that you can use for your own toddler. There are three major subjects I will focus on - Communication Arts (which is divided into Language and Reading), Math and Science. I believe these three are the most important subjects to build a solid foundation on.

Comm Arts

The Alphabet 

This is the first thing that we taught our son. There are some teaching methods that will disagree with my approach. There are also methods that do not follow the sequence of the alphabet, saying that some letters are easier to learn than others. You do what you think is right for you and your child. I don't have a teaching background like the rest of my family and I didn't do a lot of research back then so I started with the ABC song. It was never a problem for us. We just sang the ABC song to my son a few times a day. When he was already able to talk, he already knew the song by heart.

I think about the same time, we also introduced him to the alphabet poster I got. I would point to the letters while I sang the song. So even though my son couldn't talk yet, he could point to the letters when I asked him. He was walking by 7 months. He was very mobile at a young age and can go to the posters on the wall and point to the letters.

Reading

Reading at this age meant reading to him and with him. I would put him on my lap and we would read a book together. Sometimes I would point to the easy words such as I, me, and, us, etc. Then I would point to the pictures and ask questions. Read to your child while he is still in your womb and it will do wonders with his learning ability. My son has developed a love for books. You won't believe how big our book collection is. 

Nursery Rhymes

Let's face it. Some nursery rhymes come across as silly. Some even have lyrics that we don't want our kids to hear. I stick to nursery rhymes that have both sense and substance. My son knows Wheels on the Bus, Old McDonald, BINGO, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and a few others. I choose the songs he listens to. Also, when using YouTube, pay attention to the quality of the song/video. I immediately change the video if the singer has an accent/pronunciation/grammar that I don't want my son to learn. Some videos aimed at kids also have violent content. Kids are like sponges. They pick up things easily so guard them well at this early age. 

Fruit and Vegetable Names

I think the child should know what he is eating right? My son learned his vegetables and fruits at an early age because I always tell him exactly what I'm giving him. It may be in mush form but I have a book or photo on hand to show him what the fruit looks like before mom blitzed it in the processor.

I also have some books with pictures of fruits and vegetables in them. Toys also help with food identification. 

Math 

Colors, Shapes, Numbers

With Math, colors, shapes and numbers were our first lessons. Again, I used posters for colors and shapes. For numbers, I did the same thing with the alphabet. I just recited them to him. Then my mom would get my son's hand and count his fingers. We also have those number puzzle mats which my husband stuck to the wall beside the bed to prevent my son from getting hurt should he accidentally trip over the pillows or fall. These helped a lot with number recognition. The puzzle mats also helped with color recognition. At 7 months, my son could go up to a tile and say blue or red or pink. 

Science

Animals

Animal identification is also a skill that your toddler should know. He should be able to identify pet animals - cat, dog, fish, bird, etc. Then you can move on to farm animals - cow, horse, goat, sheep, carabao, ducks, etc. Sea creatures - fish, jelly fish, star fish, turtle, crabs, etc. Jungle animals - lion, tiger, elephant, giraffe and so on. Save the classification part for when he is a preschooler. Start with the animals with the easiest names to pronounce. 

Parts of the Body

Teaching parts of the body to a toddler is easy. Start with the face. Have your child stand in front of the mirror and then point to the parts and say their names out loud. Then ask your child to do the same. After that, ask your child to point to your nose, eyes, ears, mouth, etc. 

You can also use a chart for this but I prefer the first approach. We did have some pictures of the parts of the body from our school books so we used those.


What does your child like?

My son showed an interest in cars and vehicles at an early age so I built upon that and taught him the names of different transportation. Take a cue from your child's likes and incorporate them into his lessons. When my son already knew the different modes of transportation, I used his toy vehicles for more challenging lessons such as sight word reading, name spelling, color identification, etc. 

Suggested Books

Here are just some books that we used when my son was a toddler. We have a ton of books, mostly story books for his age at the time. Most learning came out of practical everyday things and through play. 


Feel and fit/touch and fit books are great for toddlers as they like to explore different textures with their hands. My son loves this book. Even now, when he sees this, he grabs it and reads all by himself. This is a book that teaches different types of transportation and the sound/action they do. 


Glitter books were also a hit with my son. I got these two on sale. Aside from charts, shapes books also worked well in our homeschool. 


For colours, we used these two books but I believe we had more. I already gave away a lot of our toddler books to make way for present and future books. The Crayola one is especially good. I got both of these on sale again. 


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a classic book. We have both the letters and numbers edition. My son just asks for his Chicka books from time to time even after all these years. 

Suggested Materials

Here are some of the materials we used for our Toddler Homeschool.


Mr. Potato Head for body part identification. Up until now, we still have lots of fun with the different Mr. Potato Head characters that we have. This toy fosters creativity and helps with fine motor practice. 


Crayons. I let my son hold crayons at an early age. I would always supervise him when he doodles. Also, at 7 months, my son did not put things in his mouth so I was confident with giving him crayons. There are different types of crayons now in the market. Try a few things to see what works for your child. 


Wooden toys such as this bus. This is a new toy but my son has been playing with toy vehicles forever. This big toy is perfect for pushing and pulling. 


It even has characters inside for further activities for older kids. 




Hammer and Pegs set. This is great for fine motor practice and color identification. Also counting lessons. 


This Piny Pon car set is great for older kids who don't put things in their mouth. 




If you are going to buy small cars, choose quality brands such as Hot Wheels and Tomica so you can be sure that the small parts won't come off. 


Alphabet blocks are also a hit. 


We have plenty of these wooden puzzles. My son mastered the puzzle below at 7 months old. 





We pretty much started playing with lots of toys at 5 months including Play-Doh. Like I said, he didn't put stuff in his mouth so I introduced Play-Doh to him. Until now, he has a blast playing with our Play-Doh sets. This is great to strengthen those tiny fingers to get them ready for writing.


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