Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Kindergarten 1 Homeschool Lessons and Interactive Notebook Aug 2016 Week 4

Here's what we will be studying this week:

Comm Arts

Reading
  • letters G and H
Language
  • exercises from last week's lessons
  • places in the community

Civics

  • Philippine flowers
  • Philippine animals
  • endangered animals in the Philippines
  • pets and farm animals

Math

  • numbers 8 to 20 and exercises
For Science, Filipino and Interactive Notebook, watch this:


Stay tuned for our activities this week!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Kindergarten 1 Homeschool Activities Aug 2016 Week 3

I'm so sorry this is late. I actually filmed this early but uploaded it just a few hours ago. I was busy filming and uploading haul videos. You can check out my channel to see my homeschool hauls.

In the meantime, here are (were) our activities this week.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Kindergarten 1 Homeschool Lessons and Interactive Notebook Aug 2016 Week 3

To make things easier, I'll be combining our lessons and interactive notebook post into one starting this week.

Lessons

Comm Arts

Language
  • friends in school
Reading
  • letters E - F

Civics

  • Philippine plants
  • Philippine vegetables
  • Philippine flowers 

Math  

  • numbers 6-9


As for Science and Filipino, we will cover them in our Interactive Notebook:



Stay tuned for the activities that we will do this week. Don't forget to subscribe to my YT channel! You can check out product reviews and homeschool hauls there.
  

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Road Trip Lunch and Road Trip Finds at Landers

I'm starting a new series about road trip lunches. We go to school once a week for my son's special classes. The school is an hour and a half drive so I need to pack some food for the long drive back home. I don't want my husband driving on an empty stomach. So, we eat in the car before we leave.

Two weeks ago, I prepared sliders. I tried searching for sliders in my food blog but it seems I haven't featured one yet. Will get to that soon.

For last Saturday, I prepared some adobo burritos. I deviated from the recipe in my blog a little bit. I didn't have cilantro so I skipped that. I'm reacting to tomatoes so I skipped that as well. I used regular organic eggs instead of salted eggs. I also omitted the egg whites and just used hard boiled yolks. This was a simpler version because I needed to prepare it quickly as we needed to leave the house early.


This is how it looked like before I rolled it up. My son loved these burritos and finished one for his lunch. 



After rolling, I wrapped it in foil and put them in this plastic tray. I also packed some chips. I got a cooler last June for my son's birthday staycation week and it turned out to be a worthy investment. I use it regularly for grocery shopping and now every week to keep our drinks cold. I asked my husband to buy some ice at 7-11 and I packed a Coke for him and a bottle of ice tea which my son and I shared. This was a simple meal that kept us full and upped our energy. When we got home, we had more time to rest and spend the rest of the day enjoying each other's company. I didn't have to worry about cooking and there were no dishes to wash.

On a different note, as you may know, we did a bit of shopping at Landers over the weekend. I found a few useful things for a road trip. Check them out!

Popcorn, but these are jalapeno flavored


I didn't realize the pic was blurry so sorry for that. This is great if you want to keep your salads fresh and crisp. You can also put dried fruit, nuts, crackers and chocolate into each compartment. It's the perfect snack box for the whole family for the long drive. 


They have Ikea tumblers and plates. These are great to bring on staycations and on short road trips. Don't bring them if you don't have a place to wash them after using. They will get nasty. 


Chocolate covered nuts and raisins. Need I say more? Road Trip staples!


My son loves gummy candy. I didn't get this because these are too big. I got the smaller Wonka ones. 


Candy, just to ease the boredom in a long drive. You can also use these as prizes for good behaviour in the car. Just give the kids a little at a time. 


Wanted some LaffyTaffy but this was too big for us. 


Will probably get this huge bag of candies in December. These will be great for giveaways. 


Thomas shortbread cookies. I asked my son if he wanted one but said, 'nah'.


Peppa Pig chocolate chip cookies. I regret not buying a pack for my niece who loves Peppa. 


Contigo water bottles. You need water bottles in any road trip. Avoid using disposable bottles to reduce your trash while on the road. 


These lunch boxes are so cute! I wasn't able to inspect the inside as we have no need for them at the moment. Give your kids a box each for personalized meals. 


Gatorade is one of my favorite drinks. It's great for hydration. Did you know that you can drink Gatorade even when your're pregnant? It was summer during my second trimester and you know how unbearably hot our summers are. We didn't have AC then so my OB-GYN told me to drink half a small glass of Gatorade daily. My baby and I both loved it!


These snack kits are not new to me.I saw them at S&R several moons back. If you frequent S&R, I'm sure you're familiar with this too. For those of you who are not familiar, this is a set of crackers and tuna spread. I can't eat canned tuna as it's very high in histamine. Allergy alert! But if you're not allergic, this is great to bring on a road trip.  

Next week, I'll share with you another Road Trip Lunch so watch out for that. If you want to see what other stuff you can buy at Landers, check out this post. 


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Shopping at Landers

We were finally able to go shopping at Landers over the weekend. If you are not familiar, Landers is a membership store much like S&R where they sell mostly imported items. In my opinion, the prices are much higher here but they do have plenty of products that S&R does not carry.

I took a lot of photos so I spread them over my three blogs. I'll put the links after this post so you can see them all.


Johnson's Baby Naturals, not entirely organic but better than the original. 


This aisle is urticaria-friendly. 


They have a ton of these small toys and accessories for babies. They are priced fairly too. 


This tub is great to take to the beach. You can also use this for Kinetic Sand. 


Dr. Teals is my mom's favorite brand of Epsom salt. They have different products from this brand. I also like having Epsom salt soaks. It's very beneficial to one's health. 


Bags and luggage for travel! The Samsonite below is a good deal - a set of 3 for only Php12k+





Great for camping or just lounging around the house. 




Tea heaven! 


Allergen reducer - it says it reduces allergens on clothes and fabrics. Hmmm...

Here are some of the things I got.



President's Choice Chocolate Snack (really good), Randoms gummy candy, Johnson's Baby Naturals Shampoo, Hershey's Shell for ice cream nights, a big pack of Muscovado sugar (so cheap at only 60 pesos!) and Animal Frosted Cookies from Keebler. I also got a box of frozen popcorn shrimp and a baking spray. 

We went to S&R after this trip and I ended up buying more stuff at S&R than at Landers. I guess Landers is really more expensive. 


I have another post about what you can find at Landers so stay tuned for that. Meanwhile, you can check out my kitchen finds in my food blog and my health and beauty finds in my beauty blog.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Kindergarten 1 Homeschool Activities - August 2016 Week 2

Check out what we're doing this week in our homeschool:



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Monday, August 8, 2016

How Do I Start Homeschooling My Toddler?

I believe we live in a different world, in a different generation where we, as parents, are responsible (more than ever) for getting our children ready to face the challenges that life and the modern world has to offer. With that in mind, I also believe that homeschooling at a very young age is the key to unlocking our children's potential. When I say homeschooling toddlers, I am not referring to a rigid, formal curriculum, rather, a homebased, child-led learning through play type of homeschooling.

Homeschooling a toddler is quite simple. In this post, I answer some of the most popular questions I got when I was homeschooling my then toddler.



Why do you homeschool your toddler?

Well, why not? Homeschooling offers a world of benefits for both parent (or caregiver) and child. I am able to foster a love for learning at an early age and also, I was able to discover his strengths and weaknesses even before starting formal education. For example, I noticed that my son responded better to activities and lessons that used "props" rather than just colored books. With this knowledge, I am, now, able to tailor our lessons around his interests and make learning more fun for him. 

Some kids respond to videos better. Some, to books and charts. My son is a mix of everything and that is why homeschooling is the best path for us. I wanted to be the one responsible for his early education that is why I homeschool him. 

What do I need to homeschool my toddler?

You need toys, books, music, videos and things found around the house!

Toys

Buy age-appropriate toys but also experiment with toys for older kids. You never know how your child will respond. You might be surprised to discover that he responds better to toys for older children or that his skills set are quite higher than you expected. 

Books

For me, I buy whatever books I like and whatever interests my son. When he was a toddler, our books were a mix of baby, toddler and preschool books. 

If you are on a budget, check out second hand bookstores (in Manila, check out Books for Less and Book Sale). Have a book swap with friends and family. If you have a great library, then by all means, go there!

Music and Videos

I don't recommend a ton of videos for younger children but sometimes they are necessary. Choose your videos carefully and limit screen time to just 3-5 minutes per day. There are plenty of toddler channels on YouTube that you can subscribe to. Incorporate them into your daily lessons. 

Things around the house

Use tumblers, basins, dippers and small plastic pitchers for a water transfer activity. You can use trays, pom poms and a bowl for fine motor practice. You can use cotton buds for painting. You can paint with water. I have a post about cheap toddler activities here. If you search for "toddler activities" in this blog, you will get a lot of ideas using things you already have in your home. 

What does a homeschool schedule look like?

Because we started homeschooling early, by the time my son reached 1 year old, we already had some kind of a structure to our daily homeschool schedule. He would eat when he woke up or drink some milk. We will then read a Bible story. I will then let him have a few minutes of free play. I would put cars or trains in front of him. Sometimes it's an invitation to play set. For example, I put different kinds of animals on a tray and pull out his wooden Noah's ark set. Sometimes I would pull out a printable where he can do simple activities like color matching. Montessori trays are great for kids this age. 

After that, we will read a few books or watch a video on YouTube. We can also just listen to music and dance around. Then he will have a few more minutes of independent play. 

In the afternoons, I would pull out one busy box. Check out our busy boxes here. This encourages more independent play and also exploration. Sometimes I join him but most of the time I just keep a watchful eye, making sure that he doesn't hurt himself or put anything in his mouth. 

Snacks are also essential during homeschool. We like to take several snack breaks during the day. 

You can also go out in the afternoon or early morning to play in the park, walk around the neighborhood, etc. 

Do I need to tackle certain subjects?

Well, language, reading and math are essential to us. Civics was also part of our early years homeschool curriculum. I incorporated these subjects into our daily activities. One activity can have several learning opportunities. For example, painting with sponges. With this activity, you can teach your child colors. This is also a fine motor practice because your child has to grip the sponges and press them onto the paper to create images. You can teach shapes using the sponges. You can do some counting fun. Finger painting is also a great sensory activity.  Learning through play is important during these years. 

Do we need to develop a routine?

Yes! I found that kids like to know what's next especially with my kid. They want to be in control (especially gifted kids). BUT, you must also be flexible. There will be days when your child does not want to do an activity. There will be days when he just wants to play. There will be days when you will be too busy or too tired or too lazy to plan activities. Just let it go. Just allow your child and yourself some alone time. You can start again tomorrow. When I was starting out, it was hard for me to miss a day in our homeschool but as time went on, I learned to be kind to myself and to my child and just let us be for the day. We can always start anew tomorrow. 

If you need more resources about homeschooling your toddler, just explore my archive. There are plenty of resources here. 


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Kindergarten 1 Homeschool Lessons and Books - August 2016 Week 2



Hi homeschooling moms! Here's what we are learning this week.


Comm Arts

Reading
  • letter U and exercises
  • letter B and exercises
  • letter C and exercises
Language
  • objects in the room
  • inside the school and exercises
  • things inside the classroom

Civics

  • Flag
  • Lupang Hinirang
  • Philippine Symbols

Math

  • number 2 to number 5 with exercises
For devotion, we are using this book:



These are the books that we will be reading this week:






Stay tuned for this week's activities and interactive notebook!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Kindergarten 1 Activities August 2016 Week 1


Here are the things we did this week in our homeschool. (I shot this video at the beginning of the week). Enjoy!

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

How Do I Start Homeschooling My Baby?

Yes, you read that right. Homeschooling your baby. When I say this to people, they laugh. They think it's such a far-fetched and silly idea. But it can be done. I started homeschooling my child when he was just 5 months old.

Contrary to what most people think, homeschooling a baby is really quite easy. You don't need a concrete lesson plan, you don't have to plan every single activity and you can do it on your own pace and time.


What do I need to get started?

Toys, books and music! That's it really. 

Toys

Invest in age-appropriate toys. Do not buy flimsy toys or cheap toys. They are dangerous and they don't last a long time. I've had my fair share of cheap toys and they just don't work. 

Our favorite brands of toys for babies are:

  • Lamaze 
  • Leap Frog
  • Munchkin
  • Hasbro
  • Fisher Price

Books

I wasn't into specific books when my son was still a baby. I bought what I liked and I also got some "baby" books. I would read to him every now and then. I started reading to him when he was still in my womb.

this is a great sensory book - counting, colors and textures

I know that here in the Philippines, we don't have a lot of quality libraries that is why you need to invest in books. If you are on a strict budget, you can go to Book Sale, Books for Less or you can swap books with your friends and relatives. Book Sale holds regular sales so be on the lookout for that. They have plenty of second hand books but you have to dig through a ton of dirty and dusty books to get the really good ones. Trust me, they're there. Books for Less offers cleaner second hand books. The prices are almost the same. Book Sale has branches everywhere. Books for Less is harder to locate. 

Music

With my son, we listen to classical, popular music, nursery rhymes and baby songs. I also bought him a "foot" piano which I placed near his feet. He kicked a lot when he was in my tummy and when he was a baby so this was perfect for him. Every time he would kick, he would hear a sound. This was a great stimulus for him. 

Schedule

Homeschool with your baby when you are both relaxed. For us, it was after the morning feeding and in the afternoon. 

What to do

We start with a Bible story. Then we do some tummy time play on his play mat. I gave him different kinds of sensory toys such as squeaky toys, toys with different textures, musical toys, etc. I would also let him crawl around and discover different "treasures" which I put all around his play area. 

After that we listen to some music or we sing action songs. I would demonstrate the action and then I would help him do them. 

The next thing that we did was to look at charts. I bought a bunch of posters - shapes, numbers, letters, colors and animals. My son started saying a few words when he was 5 months old so I tried to make him mimic me while I say the names of the shapes out loud. Singing the alphabet song also helped a lot. He learned his alphabet when he was around 7 months old. 


Counting cereal and puffs - great for math and fine motor practice


We had other activities such as sensory box play, counting while snacking (counting his puffs; he started eating solids when he was around 4 months) and playing with wooden toys and puzzles. We also did some art with finger paints. Just be sure to always be there to supervise your child and wash the hands after this activity. 

lightweight cars such as this one (Color Changer Ramone) is a total hit in our homeschool

Routine?

Absolutely! Babies thrive on routines. We usually do our "formal" homeschooling in the morning and we always do the same things one after the other. That way, he knows what to expect. 

Of course, we don't do this when he is not in the mood. Don't force your baby to do something he doesn't like to do. This is why I always have a few other activities handy. Sometimes he just wants to cuddle or have some extra milk. Sometimes I let him lie on my chest and he would explore my face. I would take his hand, run it on the length of my nose and say "nose" and so on with the other parts of the face. Other times he just wants to lie down or go exploring on his own. Sometimes I just give him a box of toys and let him go crazy. Twice exceptional children are very temperamental. They also get bored easily and their attention span is very small. I am fortunate that my sister is an expert in this field that is why we were able to identify signs regarding my son's condition at an early age and I was able to cope immediately. 

I believe babies need a lot of stimulation in order to develop well. Parents and primary caregivers are the ones who can give them the direction and stimuli that they need in order to thrive. Homeschooling babies can be a fun and rewarding activity for both parents and caregivers and their little one. 

If you need more activities for homeschooling our little one, just explore my blog.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Kindergarten 1 Interactive Notebook - August 2016 Week 1

Check out what's in our interactive notebook this week.


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Monday, August 1, 2016

Kindergarten 1 Homeschool Lessons - August 2016 Week 1

It has been a very hectic day today so this post is late.


Comm Arts

Language
  • members of the family
  • parts of the house
  • rooms in the house
Reading
  • Vowels - I, O

Science

We're using a new book this week. The title is Learning English Through Science but I'm using it mainly for Science. Our school worksheets still have not arrived so we are still using our own resources. 
  • expressions/emotions
  • how to be healthy and strong
  • places in school
  • direction and movement
  • living and non-living
  • living things that live on land

Civics

  • Rules and regulations
  • Traffic signs
  • my country

Filipino

I decided to put our Filipino lessons in our interactive notebook starting this week so that my son will be more motivated to study. He doesn't like studying Filipino. 
  • bahagi ng katawan
  • sight words
  • shapes

Math 

  • patterns
  • zero
  • one

Writing

  • L - O
We were not able to read a lot of books last week as my son wanted more activities so we will just go through our list from then .

Stay tuned for our activities this week and our interactive notebook!

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