## Saturday, August 30, 2014

Here’s my attempt of presenting how we made our Bahay Kubo (Nipa Hut) project which was part of our Southeast Asia Study.

It’s pretty simple actually. What you will be needing are the following:

• strips of cardboard paper
• bamboo skewers
• double sided tape
• green cardstock (roof)

Procedure

1.  Cover the upper portion of the sticks with the double sided tape.

2.  To make a wall, stick the strips of cardboard on the two bamboo skewers. See the picture below (make two of this).  Leave a square shape in the middle for the window.

3.  To make the square house, connect the two walls using the cardboard strips again.  It should automatically stick on the bamboo skewer because of the double sided tape.  But you can add more tape if needed.  Leave a rectangle opening on the other wall for the door.

4.  For the roof, I use a cardstock, folded it and cut some strips on its end.  To make it sturdy, I glued the middle part in a cardboard paper.

5. To attach the roof on the house, I tape (double sided) another strip of cardboard in the middle of the roof so I can place it on top of the house using the side walls.

6.  For the stairs, again it’s pretty simple. I use the double sided tape to attach all the elements in the stairs.

And that’s how we were able to come up with a Nipa Hut model.  Hope this post will give you an idea how to make your own version as well. Happy weekend!

## Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Did you know that the ability to recognize pattern is one of the most important intelligence skill ? Aside from mathematics, it can also be found in behaviour, routines and in nature.

Speaking of routines, we came across this activity in our workbook of pattern relating to a series of movements of a certain object. Take for example this link cubes in a grid.  Here Mavi has to guess my next move using the patterns of how I remove the cubes from the grid.

Amazing isn’t it? We are so used of learning patterns of numbers, colors and shapes and patterns of movements, behaviours and such didn’t even crossed my mind!

And you know what I’m thinking as well?  We can also do dancing patterns!

Now, I just wanted to share this too. As part of learning patterns, Mavi developed a “stairs”

Then he realised that all number combinations are number bonds or parts of number 10!

1 and 9 (violet)

2 and 8 (blue)

3 and 7 (light green)

4 and 6 (brown)

5 and 5 (black)

6 and 4 (white)

7 and 3 (red)

8 and 2 (orange)

9 and 1 (green)

He’s like “they go together!”.  I love it when he discovers and learn things on his own. Amazing!

## Monday, August 25, 2014

Hi everyone!  As promised, I am sharing with you the early childhood activities I gave to Mavi when he was about 1+ years old.  We started at 14 months and I was just giving him random activities that I know of.  It was then around 16 or 18 months that I learned about the importance of fine motor skills which they will eventually need in their preschool years and beyond.  So I made some research and started our journey in “home” schooling.

Now this is what we did since he was months old.  At first, we started with books for babies… simple stories, books with large pictures to capture his attention.

## Pre-writing Skills

A very basic activity but very important.  This will introduce them to writing, papers, and pens.  I bought Crayola jumbo for him for this activity.  Because I started Mavi early on in writing, I never had problems with him when it came to the proper holding of a pencil or pen.

## Friday, August 22, 2014

With math, I use workbooks and Math Montessori Album which I purchased from KHT Montessori. In this post, I will show you how we integrate workbooks and Montessori Math.

So we start with     a workbook. As you can see we are currently reviewing the place value. Using the book, we discuss this a little bit, then close the book and prepare our Montessori materials for a hands-on activity.

In Montessori, there are a number of ways on how to present place value. I have talked about this before using the Golden Beads. This time, we used the Stamp Game tiles.  Here's my presentation of hundreds, tens and ones. Each digit can range from 0 to 9.

Then I set up an activity for Mavi to see if he was able to grasp the concept.  I don't want to overwhelm him so we only worked up to tens. The number tiles you see here is from our Hundred Boards.

After the hands-on activities and when he's ready we work on the workbooks. Adding hands-on activities to textbooks/workbooks/activity sheets makes the learning less tedious and more exciting for little fellows. So either way, workbooks or hands-on activities you'll be fine.