Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Little One's journey in the world of Montessori Education - Colours and Fine Motor Skills

If you noticed, in my previous post, there was mentioned of the Boundary method - a method that is intentional to assist the child to focus one's attention confined to a tray or in this case, a box. And that is part and parcel of Montessori style of education. And so begins his home 'evening/night' schooling with us...

He was getting a wee bit ahead of himself and we decided we needed ways to burn off his high octane energy. Hence, credit to missus for her non-stop research and ideas and also to Uncle Google...

And so it begins... with colours. Missus had sown this up from felts and we tried to match it with his Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode of colours.
 Next came sorting those balls into the Ikea Kalas bowls.

 Easy? Eh... no...
 At this point, he had more fun emptying them into the basket then anything else...
 WRONG! Throwing them around was more fun ... at least in the mind of a 2 year old!!!
 Next up: Using tongs to pick up his favourite fish biscuits.
 I have to warn you: he's actually used to eating with Tongs... Rice. Mee Hoon / noodles. So this was more or less a fish in the park for him. But more for his enjoyment than anything else...!
 The End.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Of Aquaria KLCC's impression on Little One

Some time back, during the long weekend, we decided to pay a visit to Malaysia's premier Aquarium. Now, it's a place Missus and I have visited but we decided Little One could do with some exposure to real life as we could get. Zoo? When he's a wee bit older. Oh, he also had developed a fascination for fishies... 

And so, he certainly enjoys his bath time.


 Back in Geneva, Missus bought this bath time foam toy. How apt that many moons later, he would really enjoy it and get super excited over it.
 No problems fitting the pieces in along with playing quietly.

It's also at this point in time that we started implementing Montessori teaching methods. Hence, the theme of the day - Marine Life. And also the use of a boundary method aka A Tray.
 And here are the earlier shots of Little One at the Aquaria.


Needless to say, Little One was super excited and went Ballistic... :)




 And the highlight of the day? That ferocious animal that passed by above. It left a huge impression on him... even to this day, almost 1 month after.
 "Hi there... let me show you my special ability..."
 "I can climb vertically!"
 "So can I!"
 Yes, my son. Jellyfish!
 Guess Mummy dearest must be telling Little One on how she had the unfortunate accident of meeting these creatures a long time ago...


As one can see, Little One was totally engrossed and obviously, didn't want to leave when it was time. Maybe next year, we'll pay another visit! :p

The End.

Friday, August 21, 2015

@ the Library

Not so long ago, when we had to pay a visit to Rawang, we decided to also pay a visit to the library there.
Looks very unassuming form the outside.But...
 
The entrance to the Kids section.
 
Mummy and Son reading time.
A panno shot of it's kids section. Very comfy and inviting!
Needless to say, and hopefully, Little One will take Mummy and Daddy's love of books. :)
 


And what's not complete if not for a visit to the playground, which was located next to on it on it's grounds.



In the end, all went home happy!
The End.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

A Mixed Bag...

While we were at Geneva last year, missus decided to pick up a new hobby while Little One slept during his naps. Also, since this was easily available, it was only natural to ... crochet!
What she was planning to accomplish...
At Little One's favourite park, there is this sand pit. So naturally...

Hmmmm... It's so boring. They hardly move!
Naturally as well, Little One's other favourite location - Ludotheques.
Wheeeeeee... so many toys!!!
I wanna help my Mummy and Daddy cook....
All by myself.
Hmmmmm... What's this Pasta?
Missus's crochet scarf getting longer now.
Dum de dum...
Autumn's here... So yellow!
Don't I look cute? Don't I???
My favourite pastimes... sitting on a swing.
I'm going down the ramp...
Wheeeeee... Actual Pinecone.
Here's something I will never see in Malaysia.
Self service checkout at the Migros Supermarket. So cool and easy too! If only it was available here in MY. Just Scan, Slot in your credit card. Enter Pin. Done!
If only I had a house like this...
See, I'm playing with my friend.
Hiding, but not so good at it.
The day TPG aka public transport in Geneva went on strike. Normally, this tram/bus stop will be filled with people. Today... empty.
No Service.
See the masses of people walking? Yes, yours truly also had to make that trek ...
View from WHO looking towards the Jura mountains.
Getting more impressive.
Where's everybody?
Ratatouille anyone?
There's this Christmas food market @ PlainPalais on Sunday's. And so, after church service on Sunday, we made a bee-line for them.
Certainly, there was all kinds of food available.

Uruguayan Burger anyone?

Strawberry and Blueberries anyone?
One of the many things a tourist should do is to take these boat rides across the lake. Now, you can walk across the many bridges, but it's fun to take these rides as well.
Sadly, Little One didn't quite like it...

A crochet car!
Baklava anyone?
Our mini Christmas Tree... or ornament
Even this little character gets a Christmas decoration!
Our little 'Christmassy' Feel...
Checking out your purchases Little One?
Mummy made this Garage out of recycled materials, namely boxes during Little One's nap time to go with his 'Bolides'. Cute eh?

These tracks are meant for a certain Vehicle Playset, but we found that it could fit this Bolides.
And add them together with the Garage, what do you have? :)

But let's face it, with Little One, it doesn't stay to it's form for long...
Sunrise over the Alps during winter.

A figure 8...
Mickey molds to drive Little One bonkers with delight.
Our home cooked pasta
I got poisoned by my Supervisor while working in HQ. He wanted this: Its a Lego Mindstorm. Say whaaaaaat? It's basically a Lego set that is part robotic, programmable and reconstuctable many times over. After some research, I found out that it was easily 1/3 cheaper than buying this in Malaysia. So, I procured one...
Our Christmas Tree log from Manor. If you were to based it on looks, it'll fail. But eating wise, yummy.
Little One had a Christmas present from Aunty Marguerite in Geneva.
With some help, the paper was opened and watch him go...

Wow, what's that?
It's a multi tier track with 2 cars.
At this point, he enjoyed the cars more...
Once 90% constructed, this is what it looks like. Thanks Marguerite!
So where are we now?
It looks so lonely! But in a good way.
And what the heck is this???
Seriously, don't try... unless you can tahan the many seeds!!! Otherwise, it reminds me of cucumber. It's a South African fruit.
We're at Aunty Dragi's house!
Cold snowy days...
A puzzle foam for Little One's bath time in the tub
Officially, there are another 4 sets that you can build if you visit Lego's site. But also on the same site, there are many more that you can rebuild your Mindstorm into.

Hello Wall-E!
And R2-D2
A racing truck which I didn't quite enjoy that much as to control it via the supplied Infrared Controller, you need to toggle a switch to control the steer it. Basically, that one switch has to be toggle separately to drive it forwards/backwards and toggle again to steer it left/right.
A bulldozer
As you can see, all of the above come from the SAME parts in the box. You just disassemble and reassemble them again. Instructions are available online from Lego's site. Now, how cool it that when compared to other sets that is build just to a max of 3 times? :)

The finished product that my son loved so much... if you can see it. 

The End.