Sunday, 31 March 2013

Tot School – Letter B for Ball

Tot School Week 2 (25th – 31st March 2013) @ Debo 19 months
Alphabet: B for Ball
Theme: Outdoor Game

The box seems a bit small…hmm.. ok, what we had in the letter box: Sandpaper and alphabets blocks for letter B, basket, bird, balloon, small bottle, banana,bear, butterfly, box, and some paper cut that were related with B. What I like most in the box is the fake bird, sponsored by grandpa.. but Baby Debo keep on pulling the bird feather at its tail.. Oh My ~~
I asked Baby Debo to pick out what she can find in the letter box and we put it on the blanket for naming it one by one. She able to tell the word of “Bear” and “Bird”, and recognise banana and butterfly. What attracted her most was the little bottle with some sand inside, because the bottle has a ring on it and make sounds when she carried it around.
This was how the blackboard looked like after just a short while Baby Debo saw it. I think I should keep the chalk away instead of putting under the blackboard @_@

Theses clipart will be used later on for photographic memory. Since already printed and laminated, so I just used it for Debo to learn the words… have to fully utilized all the materials we have!!. I stick it on the A4 Whiteboard paper that I bought it at Daiso and wrote the words on it. This whiteboard looks convenience and indeed it is easy to carry around, just that when I wrote words on it by using whiteboard marker, the ink scatter and get blur.
Resource: Moving Alphabet from Montessori Materials; Clipart from Homeschool Creation
Spelling the objects and clipart with moving alphabets. Objects we used here were: Belt, Ball, Bird, Bear, Butterfly, Boat, and Box.

ELC Matching Cards with cards that start with letter B: Basket, Ball, Banana, Butterfly, Bed, Bear. How was she do with these? I can say that these ELC Cards do attract her interests and she able to recognise most of the cards after being taught for just once or twice… brilliant to ELC or my dear little one? Baby Debo will point to the cards that I named for, and able to call for picture with Ball and Bear, but still unable to use her fingers to put the words and picture together, more practises needed in finger grasp.
These were the Chinese flash cards (the big one) and matching cards (those small cards) that ball categorise. Flash the cards to Baby Debo in Chinese and English for few times before playing the matching cards, but sadly to say she don't really like to play these…  asked to keep all these cards away @_@….

Photographic Memory game..having some improvement in playing it. She started to understand how to play this game, just not quite accurate… location not too precisely but been having once all the clipart position was correct just right and left clipart were inverted.. I am wondering whether she having inverted brain too ..haha


We also doing Linking Memory Exercise, by using power point slide, resource from There are few different sort of clipart in a power point slide, and I had showed her few on the first day with a story linking the clipart from one to another. The next few days repeating the same story and also adding in another new clipart into the story. Pretty good right brain exercise, and Baby Debo seems quite interested to my story…. The story may not need to be logical, but creative and imagination are required.

This was the very first geography lesson for Baby Debo and for a brief introduction on world map, we started with Seven Continents. I had searched for continents songs online for quite some times and the most satisfy me are these two songs which can be found in Youtube. I had also printed out and laminated an A4 Size Continental map and continents nomenclatures cards, showing these to her while singing the continents songs. She like it and every time I sing the song, she will go and point to the continental map that I had stacked on the wall.. I do think that she know which one is Africa.. (hopefully is not my misunderstanding … )
Seven Continents Songs - (More prefer on this)
The Continents Songs -—PQNDn7g

The worksheet was from 1plus1plus1equals1 website . Baby Debo not having much interests in playing dough and just able to keep her a while before she run away for others toys…Have to add in some more interested ideas in dough playing.

IMG-20130327-00926 Logarithm wooden toy bought at Fun n Cheer shop. Baby Debo still unable to match the numbers with the dots, so we just simply use this to do fingers grasp exercise by putting the sticks and rings into the hole, and she just love to do so~ IMG-20130328-00939
Geometrical Shape Building Blocks, another wooden toy from Fun n Cheer shop. There are there boards in a box and this showing in photo is the simplest one – Level one. This is to help Baby Debo in fingers grasp practise and shapes learning. She doing it pretty good, able to put the blocks onto the board correctly and called out “STAR” when putting the star block on to the board.
She request to play this again.. transferring the pom poms into the box.



This week we having smile face stickers for Baby Debo to practice peeling stickers by using her tiny fingers. She was quite satisfy her works and requested me to stick it on the wall…I do like it too ~

Handcraft again!! Baby Debo was helping to “push” out all the pieces…had to really “LOOK” at her in doing it and remind her to push it softly, before she tear off the parts that we needed.
Final works… B for Butterfly… Nice ~

Resource: Worksheet from 1plus1plus1equals1
Colouring using Crayola Washable Markers, and since this week colour was green so I just gave her the green marker pen (Definitely cannot give more to her…for this very early stage…  as she will hold one for each hand and make everything messy….). I do like this, comparing with other, haha… at least it looked like she intended to do colouring….Funny was, she keep saying “Oh..Oh..Oh..” when she had painted out of the Ball picture, seems like she knew she should colour inside the ball....
Resource: Totally Tot website
Capital letter B for Bee while small letter for butterfly. What we need: Foam Paper (Black, Yellow, Orange colour), white felt paper, googly eye, transparency sheet and pipe cleaner
Baby Debo helping to glue and I asked her to draw straight line at the Bee’s body..well, she did a good job on it, of course with some guidance from her Mama… haha ~
Painting time.. This was Baby Debo first time using Finger paint. I had prepare the sponge letter A &B, Crayola finger paint, a drawing paper, paper plate and a cloth which is a bib I bought at IKEA. Of course the first thing was to put the bib on her in case she make her cloth dirty..sadly to say she insisted not putting it on.
IMG-20130331-00987 I try to make her get used to the paint since this was her first time doing painting, so I hold her palm with paint and press on the drawing paper. After that she started to do her own, but just using one tiny finger to draw on the paper… funny.

Baby Debo’s first drawing. IMG-20130331-00996
Since she was sitting inside the little pool, I put in some water after she finished painting and ask her to do exercise in pouring water, which she likes to do it during her meal (pouring her drink and meal from one bowl to another….). This can really keep her for a long time so I can do my housework without any disturbance… of course she was under guard by her Papa… ^_^

Baby Debo voluntary helping Mama to sweep the floor… not very helpful but good to let her practise to do housework since young.  She also “helped” to clean up the dishes (her cooking plate & bowl toy) after she cooked (after she played) and brought to the kitchen asked me to wash the dishes (her cooking toy) for her as well…@_@ … Well, at least she is having good attitude in cleaning up the environment..  

We were doing letter B exercise for this week.. Balance with one feet. Honestly I am not good in exercise, so really have no idea on how to inspire Baby Debo interests in doing it… As a result, she refuse to do it and ran away…. (~_~)~~ …. ABC Exercise idea is from Homeschoolshare website.

These were some books that I found for this week title.. letter B. She like the Eric Carle book and keep asking me to read for her. I bought this Baby Bear book from BookExcess shop located in Amcorp Mall, Petaling Jaya. This bookshop selling lots of books at low price, but the location is a bit far and usually traffic jam.. however, I do will go there again when I going to KL Papa, please keep the location map in your hand phone ya….hehe !!

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Baby Debo is crazy with pen or pencil, and when she see any, she will become so energetic and keep asking for it. What was she trying to write or draw, I really had no idea but I guess this is what people said Abstract drawing.. (^_^)….
Since this week theme was outdoor game, so we brought Baby Debo to a park – Miri Public Park (Taman Awam). I believe this is the most fun park in Miri for children..why? Because inside the park is large and most important is the playground.. both dry and water playground!! Too bad I didn’t take any photo in the water playground, baby Debo not playing there too. This park is really fun and really suitable for family especially those with children.
She not so excited in playing but just keep walking around and around and around the playground… oh my.. so i just had to follow her to go around and around and around the playground. I guess she still not familiar how to play with the slide and she just follow the big sister walking up to the slide instead of sliding downward..

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Sensory Bin – B for Ball

What we have in our sensory bin this week were mostly paper balls and sports toys that I cut from magazine and catalogue, plus adding in two small toy bowling ball and one “real” shuttlecock from Daddy. I personally like the paper football, it looks real…haha.

The bottom of the sensory bin was fake grass which I bought it from a Super Save shop. Since the theme for this week was outdoor game, I guess grass should be suitable as the base for it, and well, normally people play sports and outdoor game on field, right? (I really rarely play sports… >_<)
We also had a real football and one big exercise ball that usually used in physical therapy or yoga. Since these two balls are too big to put into the sensory bin, so I just put them beside the bin.

Simple sensory bin, but Baby Debo love it,especially when she try to touch on the grass… she felt itchy and laugh after touching on it… enjoying ~

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Letter A for Apple


We start our very first lesson by “Exploring” the letter box. Baby Debo was so excited seeing the box and started to “explore” right away (pulling everything out and lastly up side down the box.. @_@)


I put the sandpaper letter on the mat and ask Baby Debo to use her fingers to feel and touch on the sandpaper.. she like it !! ~~Later on, I had ask Baby Debo to pick out some letter A and put on the mat with some laminated clipart which related to letter A. I name out these clipart and put on the mat one by one.. Baby Debo able to recognise and speak word of  ANT and APPLE.. plus letter A.

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Resource: Moving Alphabet from Montessori Materials; Clipart from Homeschool Creation

The moving alphabets was used to spell out the words for each laminated clipart in the letter box. Baby Debo seems quite interested on these and she really keep her concentration in looking Mama to spell the words out.. Good girl ^_^


I flash fruits cards both in English and Chinese in two different days to avoid confusing her. The next days I stick the cards on the wall, for Baby Debo to do some revision “by herself” ..hahaIMG-20130324-00882



I only choose those fruits cards out. Bought this matching cards from ELC for 50% discount… make it around RM20 .. I like this because the picture are all real objects instead of cartoons, and Baby Debo did learn and able to recognise many objects from playing this matching card set.

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Matching small fake fruits in the sensory bin with flash cards – Words and Photo.



Letter Maze game from 1plus1plus1equals1 website. You can use magnet, pom poms, or dot paint in this game. Baby Debo



This nice worksheet was printed from 1plus1equalto1 website. Using apple stickers, thought teaching her numbering and stick the apple stickers according to the numbers… as the results, she able to “do” it until number 3, and finally she insist to stick it wherever she like…. OK, you WIN…



Eye tracking exercise, use magnet to track accordingly. This is to do some eye exercise and practice hand movement in straight line. How was the result? Well, she still not quite know how to play with it, just touch on the every black dots on the worksheet… still need some times to practise.


Photographic Memory by using those clipart we used in the letter box. The colourful background was a hard cardboard I bought in a supermarket with a very low price …for less than RM3 per pc, I bought double in order to play with Baby Debo. Can she remember all the location of the clipart? Nop… all wrong… still need some times to let her understand the game.



PALMAR GRASP by transferring larger stuff from container to the black plastic box (which actually was from a snack). She like it very much and did it very well too. She able to recognise the colours of the pom poms, and most excited is she able to call out the word of “BLUE” ~~~


PINCER/ FINGER GRASP by scooping all those green beans that we used for sensory bin back into a round container. She did scooped well at the beginning but scooping it back into the big box after a while, then finally throwing all around (she like to throw little things around…=_=) …



Words for this week: KEEP ME AS THE APPLE OF YOUR EYES (Psalm 17:8), idea from 1plus1equalto1 website. I wrote the phrase on the IKEA white board together with Chinese verse. We sang some songs before we started reading the verse, worships and prayed at last.



We used the worksheet that printed from 1plus1plus1equals1 website as the template for playing dough. Well, the worksheet, “unfortunately” being painted by Baby Debo before we play this game.. seems a bit of  messy and difficult to see the Letter A on the worksheet but actually Baby Debo was trying to write letter a on it… keep saying “A….A….A”  when “drawing”on the worksheet… not easy to read her words, right?


“Ta Da…. !!” .. Look nice, right.. hehe… Do not be shock, this definitely not the work of Baby Debo.. Is her mum, that is me who done this. Then what had she done? …Answer: those tiny little dough that scatter around were her works..

I like the Play-Doh , it smell nice, i mean not like other dough that has strong smell, indeed I think it has some smell of fruits… ha…


IMG-20130324-00880 Craft works ideas from Totally Tot website, a very creative website. Capital A for Alligator, and small letter a for apple. I was doing the cutting part and Baby Debo was helping Mama to glue. Much concentration needed for doing art works with Baby Debo as she may pull and stretch apart the foams, just as the Capital Letter A !!!!!! It took me a long time to glue the Letter A back … @_@



This is a A to Z 3D Puzzle that I bought from a toy shop at a very low price RM 6.90 (BUY ONE FREE ONE !!!!). I bought one and got another for free, will give it to my cute niece.


Here is the final work …A for Ant with Chinese words at the other side, is cute, right? But sadly to say, Baby Debo seems don’t really like this ant, as she keep pulling out all the parts, finally tear off both ants’ head… >_< ll ……I had glued it back at the end. Well, good to say that Debo is really “GOOD” in pulling and tearing ~~ 


We were doing life cycle of an apple in this week. I had prepare two real apple fruits, and had one cut into half. Firstly, I showed her the whole apple and then the half apple showing her the seeds inside, explaining to her how the apple come. I had use some of her baby languages in explaining the life cycle to her, example: apple seed is apple’s baby… easier for her to understand. Of course as a age of 2, kids surely wont able to understand the whole life cycle, just to give them some basic concepts. Baby Debo see how I plant vege and lotus flower, so she did have some ideas on how the seed become seedling.. Glad that I did show her the growth of the lotus flower ^_^

After showing the life cycle, we started to the apples and playing with the apple sequence card. Baby Debo just can't wait to eat it ~~

apple sequence card

Resources: Life Cycle of an Apple (Montessoriforeveryone), Apple Sequence Card (1plus1plus1equal1)


To keep healthy, everyone should do more exercise (seems hard to me…>_<), especially children. I am not good in exercise, perhaps can say I rarely do exercise… So, how I teach my baby in exercise? Besides those daily light exercise, I had prepare exercise list that are according to Alphabets, resources from Homeschoolshare website. Since this week we were studying letter A, our first exercise was “Ankle --- Make circles with your Ankle”. How is Baby Debo doing it? She just able to move her feet up and down… More exercises are needed !!



I called it as “Masak Masak” (Cooking in Malay). This was what she keep asking for this whole week, she like it, so do I…^_^


APPLE Song with Lyrics from 1plus1plus1equals1 website

From Youtube:

Muffin Songs - Picking Apples

The Ants Go Marching

The Ants Go Marching In

The A Song

Nursery Rhymes – Apple Tree

The Apple Song

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