Ultimate Collection of Practical Life Activities (Part Two)

Friday, July 31, 2015

I’m sharing another set of practical life activities that we do at home! If you enjoyed the first part of my post, well, here are more exciting stuff to do with your kids.
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FREE Baby and Child First Aid App from British Red Cross

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dear parents, I have good news for you! Our friends from the British Red Cross (BRC) have a handy and must have emergency go to app for parents! It’s the British Red Cross (BRC) Baby and Child First Aid App, and you can download this mobile app for FREE. Yes, you heard it right, it’s for FREE, and it perfectly runs in Android or Apple mobiles. Now why am I sharing this? It’s important that we educate ourselves with first aid skills, especially with the knowledge on how to administer it to our children. As a mom, I consider the knowledge of “what to do in an emergency” as a very important life skill that could save my children’s life and that of others. And if you are someone who likes to be prepared and armed with this vital ability, there is no better way to learn this than through the BRC Baby and Child App.

What is the BRC First Baby and Child First Aid App?

This app is packed with useful and reliable information on how to properly and correctly administer first aid to children. Any parent can easily learn and acquire skills from this app as it has been meticulously designed and crafted to help parents learn how to take proper action when an emergency at home arises. In short, they were thinking about us parents when they made this!

Why I consider the Baby and Child First Aid App important

I have two hyperactive boys in the house and we never ran out of injuries due to minor accidents. Not to mention there are occasional attacks of asthma, high fever, allergies, cuts, bumps… you name it! I spend a great deal of time searching all over the web for immediate remedies whenever I have problems with my kids’ health. But with the BRC Baby and Child App, I don’t have to do that! I can educate myself ahead of time and be ready in case of emergency. With the knowledge, I can minimise the consequences of my child’s injury, reduce the pain until professional help arrives. And I feel confident and secured because the ones who provided the solutions are highly trained medical professionals with expertise on children.

A walkthrough of the features

Here are the three most important features of the app:

Learn – select this tab if you want to learn how to administer first aid to children. There are lots of options to choose from and each lesson is accompanied by a video, animation and tips.   Pictures below show how the app looks like in a smartphone and a tablet.

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This is how it looks like when you press any of the tabbed selections. The picture below falls under “Bleeding heavily”. As you can see, there’s a procedural instruction on how to respond when your child is bleeding profusely and it is coupled with an animation to demonstrate the first aid further.  For your convenience, I provided screenshots taken in an iPad and tablet.

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Prepare – this section contains prevention tips and how to prepare in case of accidents

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Emergency – this section provides parents of the basic first aid that should be administered in case of an emergency situation. Buttons for emergency numbers are also provided whenever you need a professional help.

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The picture below shows what to do in case your child is suffering from burns. I am so impressed of the step by step process they provided (even included a timer!) and how amazing that they included a speed dial for professional help.

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I want to learn more, what will I do?

It is a good idea to take a proper First Aid training to cope up with an emergency. British Red Cross is offering a baby and child first aid course to parents, especially those with children from 0 to 12 years old. Your entire family will benefit on this very important life skills!

And to add more colour to BRC’s campaign on First Aid education, they have created this super cool video on simple first aid  techniques for parents about child poisoning. Come take a look! 

It is time that we should invest on preventive and primary healthcare. Knowing that we have British Red Cross, you know where to go when you need help. So don’t forget to download your free baby and child first aid app now.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the British Red Cross

The Tooth Cross Section

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Mavi just had his first visit to the dentist (he is cavity free!) and I’m going to have one of my molar tooth extracted.  So there’s been some talks about teeth in the house and how to avoid tooth extraction like mine. 

Fortunately, we have this dental learning set at home which I got from the local store, and we used this to learn more about the tooth anatomy.  This is a closer look of the tooth model and its internal parts.

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We used our Tooth Cross Section nomenclature cards to learn about the essential parts of the tooth.

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The description cards that you see below is actually part of a booklet which I created. 

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The sole purpose of the definition cards for reading practise and vocabulary, the reason why I always integrate it in our activities.

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Mavi is actually exploring this on his own.  What I do is set up the learning table and have him work on the materials.  He examines, compare, read and ask questions.  For the presentation, I would place the nomenclature cards in this wooden box I purchased years ago in the Absorbent Minds UK. 

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Tooth cross section is part of our dental unit, which I will post later on.  I hope this will inspire you for further exploration of dental study.

By the way, I have a free Teeth Developmental Cards which you can download from here.

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If you like this post and wanted to make it as your reference, then  pin it for later!

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The Annelids: Earthworms and {Learn & Play Link Up}

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

We’ve been seeing worms a lot lately in the yard. And I have to be honest here, I never really liked them!  In fact, I am terrified of worms! But the boys seem to be pretty amused with these creatures.  So while we are seeing them around in the garden, I took out our earthworm life cycle figures for us to explore (which my Aunt brought when they came here to visit).

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Before heading to the life cycle of worms, Mavi and I read about earthworms on the net. Here are some facts that we found fascinating about worms!
  • There 6,000 species of worms worldwide!
  • They breathe through skin as they have no lungs.
  • They are both male and female, which means they produce sperm and eggs.  This is known as hermaphrodites.
  • They need water to survive. When the worm’s skin dried out, they will die.
  • Earthworms are mostly 90% made up of water. Wow! Now, I made this materials, similar to my Animal Life Cycle learning resources.  I love this approach as Mavi can retain so much information on presenting the life cycle this way.

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    You can download a copy of the Worm Life Cycle here.

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    And because I can’t take earthworms indoors nor conduct a hands-on learning on earthworms anatomy, we used our worm figure instead to examine the parts of an earthworm.    Click here for a copy of the Worm Nomenclature Cards.
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    And because I wanted to integrate Vito into our activities, we made some wormy meal (unhealthy!).  I made Vito hammer a few Oreo cookies… and use it as soil.
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    Then we added some wormy jellies for everyone to feast on!
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    South America in a Nutshell

    Monday, July 20, 2015

    If you have been following my blog, you know that we love studying geography!  This month, I am happy to share my South America in a Nutshell learning material.  And just like its predecessors (Asia in a Nutshell and Africa in a Nutshell), this is packed with lots of information about South America, its flora and fauna, culture and people.   Here’s a walkthrough of the file.

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    1.  MAPS!  The file contains the South America map, and nomenclature cards of its countries.

     

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    2.  Festivals.  This continent is known for its colorful festivities. Learn more it from here!

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    3.  South American animals and their skin patterns. Children loves learning about animals and the exploring animal skin patterns.  A matching activity will add spice to learning!

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    4.  South America Fact Cards.  Everything you need to know on South America is all here in the 40 fact cards.   If you want to learn further, use these cards as your guide for research on the internet. 

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    5. Green Iguana and Giant Anteater Nomenclature Cards. Learn about the these two unique animals of South America!

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    Montessori Multiplication Bead Board and Bars

    Sunday, July 19, 2015

    To those who are interested, I recorded Mavi’s work a few weeks ago on Montessori multiplication using the bead board.  We do it occasionally for practice. Whenever he does the bead board, he followed this work with multiplication using the bead bars.  Please use the video below as your reference in case you wanted to try this at home.

    Learning Music for Kids

    Friday, July 17, 2015

    Welcome to another series of 12 Months of Montessori. For this month, I am going to feature our Montessori-inspired activities in learning music. Music for Kids
    Different Types of Music
    Mavi loves learning about music. We often hear different genre in stores like classical, rap, hip hop and ballads. He would often ask me “why are some people making sad music Mom?”.  Therefore, I decided to introduce Mavi to the different types of music.  How it is used to express one’s feelings, how it used to pray, to entertain and how it symbolizes one’s origins.  

    I made cards for each music genre, with description and a picture of the famous artist in that category.
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    As we read each card, we listened to some samples in Youtube, and would ask his opinion about the music. He likes Michael Jackson by the way!
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    Musical Notes and Symbols
    “When you read, you begin with ABC. When you sing you begin with DO RE MI. The first three notes that happened to be”, the famous lines of Froilan Maria in The Sound of Music (my all time favourite!)

    Okay, so this was just a brief introduction to musical notes.   This would be best taught or demonstrated if you are playing a musical instrument, but since we’re not, I doubt if Mavi would really understand how these notes work. So just to give him an idea about the ABCs of music, I presented the different notes used in creating music.
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    Making Music with Rhythm Bells
    We’ve been using these Vilac Musical Bells  for months now and the boys love it! And now, let me showcase these beautiful percussion instruments to you! Each bell corresponds to a note, so that’s 8 bells all in all with lower and upper DO.  What I like about these bells are their beautiful and attractive colors!  I assure you, they’re too attractive that your kids couldn’t resist playing them.  Though the bells come with its own musical chart, I used the ones from Imagine Our Life.
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    I printed/laminated the note cards and musical sheet for us to work on.  Note that some of the color codes  in the printed material doesn’t match with the colors of our bells. But it was fine, I focused more on showing Mavi the positioning of the notes in the staff and what does it mean.
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    As you can see, Mavi here is trying to check the difference of the tone/pitch of each bell as the note rises on the musical staff.
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    Now let’s combine these notes and create music! This musical sheet is from Imagine Our Life.
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    I love our Vilac Bells and if you are interested, here’s the link to the product.

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    Next, we talked about the different types of musical instruments. We used our Safari Toob Musical Instruments for this. The figures are just so beautiful! They're close to perfection and would look like replicas of the original instruments.

    Again, I created these definition cards explaining how the instruments work. (Note that I let him read the definition for reading practice and vocabulary)
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    You can get the music types and musical instruments description cards here.

    We followed this with a sorting activity.  I printed out this Musical Instruments 3 part card file from The Helpful Garden and used it as sorting cards instead.  Learn more about this activity from here or click the image below.
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    This is the first time we ever had a music lesson at home.  Music has a world of its own, like sports and dancing.  I believe that this just doesn’t end here. If you really want to dig dipper in this field, you have to be a part of, like learning how to play a musical instrument, voice lessons or be in a musical play or orchestra. That’s why this summer, I enrol Mavi in a Star Camp as he really loves to dance and sing.  He is already looking forward to it!

    And that ends our music lesson at home.  This post is part of the 12 Months of Montessori Learning which is hosted by Natural Beach Living and The Natural Homeschool.
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    Sorting Musical Instruments

    Monday, July 13, 2015

    Yesterday, we started our Montessori-inspired activities for Music.  This is in preparation for our Montessori Music post this coming Friday, the 17 of July for 12 Months of Montessori Series. 

    Now, I just wanted to highlight this activity, of sorting musical instruments.  There are a lot of instruments out there, but I think it is important for a child to identify the groups or families of these instruments to understand how they work.

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    The Helpful Garden has this amazing file of musical instruments!  It was created as a Montessori 3-part cards, but in our activity, we sorted them out according to their categories.  So I started off by presenting the instruments to Mavi and how these instruments make sounds.  (We also watched videos on how these instruments are being used)

    Percussion Instruments

    These are the instruments that make a sound when you hit, shake or scrape them.  A sound is produced because the instrument vibrates and produces sound waves.

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    Stringed Instruments

    These instruments make sound by making the string vibrate, like plucking, hitting or bowing it.

     

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    Keyboard Instruments

    These are instruments that produces sound using a keyboard.  There are two types of keyboard instruments:  those making sounds by vibrating the strings like the piano, and those that make sounds by vibrating the column like the pipe organ.

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    Brass Instruments

    These are metal wind instruments.  Originally, these instruments are made of brass, but these days other metals are often used.  The sound is produced by blowing wind into the instrument’s mouthpiece.

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    Woodwind Instruments

    These are wind instruments that are made of wood.  Just like the Brass Instruments, music is produced by blowing wind into the instrument’s mouthpiece causing the the column of air inside it to vibrate.

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    Sorting Musical Instruments

    With the materials presented, it was time for Mavi to sort out the instruments.  The key here is to check the instruments and identify their feature whether they have strings, keyboard, made of metal, wood or something that you need to hit to produce sounds.

    He was confused at first, as you can see he forgot to place the Bass Instruments Smile

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    Finally, he spotted his mistake and made another column for the Brass.  Music Instruments Sorting

    Watch out for my post this Friday for a complete list of our Montessori-inspired Music activities!