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

Playdate: Colors!

Our previous playdate with Mommy R, Adorable A and Pretty Ate was about shapes.  We had Grace Chong and Ggie Bernabe’s God’s Favorite Shape to go along with it.  We have their book on colors too – God’s Favorite Color – so I thought we’ll have a color themed playdate next.   However, Mommy R and I settled on Ellen Stoll Walsh’s Mouse Paint instead.  We figured the kids will be able to relate more into the succeeding activity after hearing about Mouse Paint.

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Playdate Theme: Colors Continue reading

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.

Some can be suggestive of violence – if I can call it that. Continue reading

Playdate: Shapes

Last week my bestfriend asked me if Little Cat, her godson, can already distinguish shapes.  I said no and explained that I prioritize teaching him values and good manners and refining the use of his body.  I’m proud to say that Little Cat knows how to pray, say thank you, welcome and please, has a way of saying sorry, knows how to wait on most times and has an incredibly long attention span for his age.   (Praying he remains the same ’til he grows up!)

Come this Monday’s playdate with Adorable A, I found it hard choosing what book to read for the story time.  I can’t choose just any because it sets up the succeeding activity/ies.  Then I finally gave in to shapes.  We’ll have a shape-themed playdate then.

Little Cat has three books about shapes.  Dr. Seuss’ The Shape of Me and Other Stuff Board Book edition,  Ellen Stoll Walsh’ Mouse Shapes and Grace D. Chong’s God’s Favorite Shape.  I chose the last one because we’ve never read a book by a Filipino author before and because I find it easier to discuss with the little kids.  I surely felt like a teacher thinking about a lesson plan. 😉

God's Favorite Shape by Grace D. Chong / Ggie A. Bernabe

After mapping out my “lesson plan,” Continue reading

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

Honing Fine Motor Skills

For the past months, I think I’ve been a little complacent on stimulating Little Cat’s development.  There’s our playdates with Mommy R and Little A, I give him new books every now and then and we read books all the time but, I still feel I need to be more pro-active in his development.  For one,  I think I have to give him more activities that will hone his motor skills.

Children are naturally curious and they love to move around and tinker with whatever they can get their hands on.  But of course, it’s proper to lead them to the right activities that will actually hone their gross and fine motor skills.

For fine motor skills, a child who has not properly developed the skill may have difficulties in writing legibly, using a keyboard, perform dressing and grooming activities like buttoning shirt, tying shoelaces, using zippers, etc., and turning pages of a book.  Add to that, I found this site to identify more and I quote,

Children with difficulties in this area may have:

  • poor eye-hand coordination
  • poor manipulative skills
  • immature drawing skills
  • poor handwriting and presentation skills
  • some perceptual difficulties
  • good auditory memory skills
  • confidence as speakers and listeners
  • good verbal comprehension skills
  • strengths in verbal and non-verbal reasoning
  • enjoyment in using multisensory strategies when learning. Continue reading