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May
13
2018

Homeschooling Ayden – Belajar Mengeja dan Membaca

It’s been a week since I last updated my blog. Our entire nation is having ELECTION fever and now that we have created history and have a brand new government, all eyes are glued on our handphones for constant updates. I checked my Whatsapp and various news portals every 5 minutes till I have no time nor interest to blog as I doubt anyone is keen to read anything other than our country’s political updates […]

Mar
1
2018

Pendaftaran Kemasukan Murid Tahun 1

For parents with children going to Primary 1 in 2019 & 2020, it is time to register online for your child at https://public.moe.gov.my Online registration is only for schools in Peninsula Malaysia and only parents are allowed to do the registration on behalf of their children. I registered Ayden today. Here’s how you register ONLINE. Step 1 Go to https://public.moe.gov.my Step 2 Create an account if you are a new user or simply log-in if […]

Feb
27
2018

Do Octopus Eat Their Own Tentacles While Taking Care of Its Eggs?

I was in the kitchen when I overheard this conversation between the two boys …  Big Bro Ethan: Do you know while taking care of its eggs, octopus will eat its own tentacles to feed itself? Little Ayden: Huh?! The octopus eats its own testicles?! But how can?! So pitiful! Big Bro Ethan bursts out laughing while saying, “TENTACLES! The octopus eats its own TENTACLES not TESTICLES!!!    P/S:  I did some research but I […]

Feb
26
2018

Homeschooling Ayden | Mathematics | Addition

I homeschool elder brother Ethan during his preschool years. I’m doing the same with little Ayden presently. I wonder how other young children aged 4-5 years old are able to learn in a classroom seating environment as from my observation, both my boys require tremendous individual attention during their formative years. What I love about homeschooling is they can learn at their own pace, anywhere and anytime of the day. This way, Ayden gets ample […]

Feb
14
2018

Childhood Obesity and Ways to Prevent and Overcome It

Alright, where do I start? I was invited by Bernama to be one of their esteemed panelists for their LIVE, English language talk show, ‘The Nation’ on Monday, 12th February 2018, speaking about CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN MALAYSIA.  As I’ve mentioned in my previous blog posts, I wasn’t feeling well the past weeks with me and the boys down with some kind of bug going around but this is a topic I feel strongly about. I advocate outdoor playtime […]

Jan
2
2018

DIY Chinese New Year Ang Pow Decorations: Tutorial Videos

It’s the beginning of the new year and that means time to get busy again with DIY Chinese New Year Angpow decorations.  We’ve been receiving requests on doing tutorial videos for the many DIY Chinese New Year Angpow decoration written tutorials I’ve shared in the past years.  I was not into video making then hence there were no video tutorials for them but we are now so I’ll be sharing all our Chinese New Year […]

Nov
21
2017

2018 School Term Holidays and School Festive Holidays

The school term holidays and school festive holidays for year 2018 have been announced on the Ministry of Education Malaysia’ website. 2018 School Term and Holidays For schools in Kedah, Johor, Kelantan and Terengganu For schools in Perlis, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Pahang, Sabah, Sarawak, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya. 2018 School Festive Holidays Now that the cuti perayaan and cuti penggal 2018 dates are all out, hurry make your holiday […]

Oct
31
2017

Halloween Craft for Kids: Ghost Lollipop

Happy Halloween! We don’t celebrate Halloween but the boys always enjoy participating in public Halloween events.  This year, Ayden’s Mandarin enrichment class will be celebrating Halloween in class and the kids are encouraged to bring something related to Halloween.  I baked chocolate chip cookies for Ayden and got the boys to make Ghost Lollipops to share with Ayden’s friends.  Materials needed are: 1) Tissue Paper 2) Lollipops 3) Thread 4) Scissors 5) Black Marker Instructions: […]

Sep
16
2017

Tissue Crafts with the Boys

The boys were a little under the weather with flu and cough recently, so I bought them lots of tissues for their runny noses. Anyway, Ayden and Ethan are better now but since we have so much tissue paper at home, I thought of making a tissue craft with them. We made a candle transfer craft art. Materials needed are: 1) Tissue papers (We used Vinda Deluxe 3-ply Facial Tissues in soft packs) 2) Candles […]

Aug
7
2017

A Visit To The Fire Station

We visited the fire station at Sri Hartamas on Sunday. The excursion was arranged by Ayden’s Mandarin enrichment school. He had been looking forward to this for weeks since he first found out about it. It’s so cute to see they actually have uniforms for the little ones. This is even more awesome than Kidzania because everything here is REAL! Ayden brought his fire truck toy along to this excursion. He wanted his little fire […]

Aug
1
2017

3D Colouring: Coloring fun with augmented reality

It rained the past couple of days so I had to find something interesting for the boys to do as they can’t go to the playground. Both Ethan and Ayden love colouring and painting. Usually I’ll print something out for them to colour or paint but today I tried something different with them.  Today, I introduced the boys to augmented reality colouring app for smartphones or tablets. It is not something entirely new as it […]

Jun
5
2017

Learning Mandarin: Ayden’s Reading Progress @ 3Y9M

Ayden has been attending Mandarin enrichment class for over a month now. This has totally changed our routine and I am still trying to adjust having to go to bed earlier at night so that we can wake up early for his class. This also means I now have less time to work on my blog and it kind of driving me crazy a little but it’s okay. I’ll find my way to make this work […]

Apr
10
2017

Paint with Ayden: The Benefits of Painting for Children

Being home-schooled, one of the activities I frequently do with Ayden at home is painting. Painting provides endless benefits to children. Even myself as an adult find painting therapeutic. Here are some of the benefits of painting for children: Hand-Eye Coordination – This is a very important skill at their age; to be able to coordinate their hand movements at par with their vision. It may sound easy to us but for young children, practice makes […]

Mar
6
2017

Bercerita bersama Adik Ayden: Arnab dan Kura-Kura

This is the story Ayden and I have been reading last week – The Hare and the Tortoise in Bahasa Malaysia. He learned many new words through this story such as mengejek, mengajak, berlumba dan laju.  Here is the video of Ayden summarizing the story for us. Hope you’ll enjoy it. Ayden @ 3Y5M Let me also share this video of Ayden summarizing the story of The Grasshopper and Ants in Bahasa Malaysia (in case you missed […]

Feb
23
2017

Bercerita bersama Adik Ayden: Belalang dan Semut

Ayden is 3 years 5 months. He is still not attending any preschool at the moment so it is entirely my responsibility to keep up with his total development. Children pick up a new language best below 6 years of age so I take this opportunity to teach Ayden an extra language besides English. I teach him to speak in Bahasa Malaysia. I wish I can teach him Mandarin but that is totally an alien language […]

Feb
12
2017

Stop Motion Animation: Snake vs Pikachu

Homeschooling Ayden has its ups and downs. There are days when he refused to touch any books and prefer to just play. On days like that, I’ll improvise and see how we can make it a learning session nevertheless. I saw that Ayden was engrossed playing with his PlayDoh so I suggested for us to make a stop motion animation out of it. This is the first time he is involved in the making of […]

Jan
20
2017

MILO®UHT® UHT Bento Making Workshop

With just a blink of an eye we are now in 2017. It is time to start getting the children (and us parents) ready for school again. That means waking up early preparing Ethan’s bento box to ensure he stays energized throughout the day. I got lazy midway last year as I found it complicated and tedious to pack his bento box and resorted to letting him buy food from the canteen. I lost the […]

Jan
16
2017

Popular Chinese New Year Snack : Chicken Floss Roll

Chicken Floss Roll is one of the more popular Chinese New Year snack around. It is extremely addictive that once you start, you’ll find it difficult to stop eating them. It is also expensive to buy them so I decided to resume making them this year. I used to make this every year before I have kids. The boys are pretty okay on their own these days so I can sneak some time making one […]

Jan
12
2017

Easy Chinese New Year Snack – Seaweed Popiah Crisp

How many days do we have before Chinese New Year? Not many I tell you. If you haven’t start baking, you should. If you still haven’t start doing anything, come, let Sifu Ayden teach you how to make this extremely simple Chinese New Year snack that is very popular with children, adults and even old people that still have their teeth intact.  Seaweed Popiah Crisp With just 3 ingredients – seaweed, popiah skin and egg […]

Dec
21
2016

How Cosmotots Helps Ethan Build a Stronger Foundation in English

It’s the school holidays and since I have a little more time to spare, I would like to share an insight of Ethan’s journey in improving his grasp on English. I don’t speak, write nor read Chinese so the only language I use at home with the kids is English with a mixture of Bahasa (as I am after all a Peranakan Nyonya). I thought he would not fare too well in the Chinese language […]

Nov
29
2016

Craft with Ayden: Cotton Bud Tree Art

It has been raining the past evenings, Ayden has caught a cold. Yesterday, it looks like it was going to rain again so I decided to bring the kids to the playground much earlier. At least if it rains, they would have gotten some sunshine and fresh air before rushing home.  Since Ayden is nursing a cold and won’t be able to play with the other kids, I let him do some art work in the […]

Nov
5
2016

Art Time with Ayden: Handprint Christmas Mitten

November is here and that means Christmas is NEAR! LoL I know, I know, I can get a little over excited sometimes. But it is never to late to start decorating our house. I love filling the house with the kids’ handicraft so I get Ayden to make one today. The elder brother will make more during the holidays. Handprint Christmas Mitten Watch this video to see how easy it is to make this lovely […]

Oct
31
2016

Art time with Ayden: Sponge Painting

Just the other day I shared the benefits of stamping for toddlers. In case you missed it, you may read all about it here. Today, we explore further on stamping with a new paint tool – sponge. Ayden loves Koi fish so I thought let’s make today’s art activity more interesting by letting him paint his very own koi fish. I did this same art activity with big brother Ethan back in 2012 when he […]

Oct
25
2016

Art time with Ayden : Why Stamping is important for young children

Ayden is 3 years old. It is important to work on his soft motor skills. At this age, I pay more attention to his finger muscles and hand strengthening as it is crucial in helping him to hold the pencil when he starts going to school. Stamping is one of the best activity to work those finger muscles as he will be utilising all four fingers and his thumb to hold the stamp. It helps in […]

Sep
5
2016

Art & Craft: Sponge Owl

Ethan came home from school one day showing me the instruction for his school craft project. I took a look at it and asked him what is that supposed to be. He said that is an owl. We got into a heated argument as I refused to believe that is how an owl is supposed to look like but he insisted it is an owl.  I don’t read chinese so I don’t know if Ethan […]

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