5-A-Day Books Trial Run

5-A-Day Books: Trial Run

When we moved in our new apartment, I needed to give LC something which he can touch base to among all the changes happening around him.  His books and toys were then among the first things Hubby and I put in order.

LC's corner in the Sala

LC's corner in the Sala

Reading is one of LC’s favorite activities so I thought we’d do 5-A-Day Books.  I was thinking he’d find some normalcy with it.  The activity will also push me to read to him everyday even if there’s a lot to do.

I found it tricky choosing which five to start on.  I had to consider that  Continue reading

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The Songs our Toddler Sings

Singing action songs is one means of stimulating the child’s language and motor skills development.  True enough, it was in singing that LC has learned to associate more words to objects and has actually said ‘broom,’ ‘spoon’ and a few others.   Also, LC’s arm movement for waving hellos and goodbyes and for The Wheels On The Bus’ actions became smoother as weeks and months go by.

I’m always on the look out for additions to our music library.  In the process, I’ve realized that some goes off the charts in my paranoid world.

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Playdate: Green Eggs and Caterpillars

Daddy Papa Cat booked a Satur-date with Daddies B and M to watch Kobe, Durant, CP3 and Derrick Rose play against PBA All Stars at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Instinctively we wives, me, Mommy E and Mommy J, scheduled a date too.  A structured playdate for Little Cat, Beautiful E (turning 3yo) and Adorable M (18mo) to be exact. 🙂

Come last Saturday, everyone had a great time.  The daddies said watching the game was so worth it.  We mommies and kids on the other hand enjoyed our date too that we can’t wait for the next one.   Mommy J and Adorable M were not able to come though.  We missed them so much!  Hoping next time they’ll be able to come and we’ll all enjoy the activities so much more.

And so for the playdate, we had:

  • Free play
  • Pack away
  • Circle Time – We adapted and sang the same songs we sing on our regular playdates with Mommy R and Little A.  Turns out Beautiful E likes the Clean Up (for the pack away) and Make a Circle songs too.  (I’ll make a post about the songs we use next time.)
  • Story Time – The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • 1st Activity – Arts.  We painted caterpillars using paper cups and fork as paint brush.  Little Cat was holding, squeezing and biting the paper cups but when it touched the paint, he didn’t want to touch them again.  But to my relief, Continue reading

Playdate: Spiders, Rabbits and Gymboree

We had last week’s playdates with Mommy R and Little A at their beautiful home.  They have more “equipment” that made the playdates look like Gymboree-on-the-go. It made our playdates more fun.  Little Cat always had a blast while there and was still on a high after getting home. 😉

Here’s the run-down of our main activities for the weeks’s playdates:

Monday

  • Storytime – The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
  • Arts and Crafts Activity – We made a spider from magazine cut-out pieces which the kids (supposedly! 😉 ) glued to a paperplate.  We then stuck a popsicle stick at the back to hold it with.
  • 2nd Activity – The kids were to pick among a set of flashcards the object we ask for.  Before doing so, they were to pass through an obstacle course.  They were to climb and slide from a Little Tike-ish slide and then crawl under a table.  Aside from being able to identify the objects, enrich communication and gross motor skills, the kids were to learn the concept of waiting and turn-taking.  We’ve been trying to incorporate it in previous playdates but it wasn’t until now that we’re able to present it to the kids more clearly.  Thanks to the Gymboree-inspired obstacle course Mommy R. 🙂

Wednesday

  • Free Play – Instead of the usual playing with toys, the kids went swimming in an inflatable pool with a lot of floating balls.  It was mid-day but it wasn’t that warm so Mommy R and I didn’t let them stay too long in the pool.  Mommy R was also ingenious enough to provide a make-shift swing from a foldable ladder and sako.   Continue reading

Playdate: Ladybugs and Rainbow Fishes

Reading various posts at N@W on child development led me to have more definite activities to stimulate Little Cat’s learning.  Little Cat and I started doing structured learning activities (SLA) around the time he was 14 months old.  Clarice was our main source of inspiration and ideas for the activities. But basically our SLA went by with just singing nursery songs, reading books, playing with wooden toy manipulatives (peg puzzles and shape sorters) and finally singing songs again.  Occasionally, I make some super easy obstacle or task for Little Cat before he drops the shapes or the pegs to their right place.  It was fun alright, but it wasn’t really as fun until we did it with our neighbor Mommy R and her son A who is as old as Little Cat.

Mommy R elevated it to an entirely new level.  Now, our SLAs follow more or less  this flow:

  • Free play for about 30 minutes
  • Pack away – We even have a song to go with it – just like at Gymboree 😉
  • Circle Time – Little Cat and I learned new songs!
  • Story Time – We often turn to Eric Carle books to go along with the Arts and Crafts
  • Arts and Crafts – Mommy R is really resourceful and creative to come up with activities for this.
  • Snack Time
  • Another Activity
  • Closing Song
  • Play outside the streets

Meeting Mommy R who turned out to be a great hands-on mom and having A as Little Cat’s playmate is great already.  Then this kind of playdate? I can’t be thankful and happy enough for Mommy R and Little A.  🙂

Teaching Little Cat the concept of waiting and turn taking has been easier with A. We learned new songs.  We had fun activities.  We also did really cute projects for the arts and crafts activity to go along the story reading.  Here’s the ladybug and rainbow fish we did on separate playdates:

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