I’m not a mom who goes faint hearted when I see my girl climbing or doing stuff that seems a little “dangerous”. I believe learning how to take thoughtful risks is beneficial for my child’s well being, be it emotionally, mentally and socially. Learning to take risks also helps her to learn to think independently.… Continue reading Training a risk-taker
10 Feb 2014 After her class dismissal, Dot asked for permission to play at the playground. When I gave her the go-ahead, she dashed for the playground, together with a few of her classmates. Maybe that’s the best part of their school hours – free play at the playground. They chased one another around the… Continue reading Learn patience and perseverance on the go
I was contemplating buying Montessori “moveable alphabets” but I was not willing to part with my dollars for two set of capital and small letters. Then an idea came. I will create my own version of “moveable alphabets” using alphabets cut out off the magazines and flyers. As there are 26 alphabets, I went in… Continue reading Raising awareness of print
Weekends, especially on Saturdays, are usually father and daughter’s bonding time. J will usually spend one-to-one time in the morning with Dot by bringing her out for cycling, swimming, shopping for groceries, watching the birds, plants and insects or activities that J could think of that morning. J will plan and share with Dot their… Continue reading Teaching our child to plan
This Monday, Evelyn and I with our girls went to Botanic Garden. It was my second trip there after my recent Saturday trip to Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. This time we slow walked from Botanic Garden MRT to FFT which is from one corner of the garden to the other end. It took us about… Continue reading Tree climbing is good for our children
Most of the time Dot picks the books she wants us to read for her. Recently she picked a chinese book and I read her this passage. She surprised me by what she did. After I read this to her, she quickly went to pick my pair of shoes and tried to put them on… Continue reading Dot practices what she learns
Dot : Mommy, I want to watch Hi-5… Mommy : Hi-5 will only start at 12:30. Dot : Mommy, I want to watch Hi-5… Mommy : Dot, you have to wait.. Dot : Mommy, I want to watch Hi-5… Young toddler like Dot does not have the concept of time, it can often time… Continue reading Teaching concept of time to toddler
Dot loves to watch us cook – from the preparation of the ingredients to the actual cooking of the food. She gets to watch the step-by-step process of preparing a dish.
When she is at grandparents’ house, she always asks to be carried to watch how grandma cuts the vegetables, meat, fruits and how she cooks. Step-by-step, I will explain to her what grandma is doing . Many times she wants to help cut the vegetables so grandma will sometimes gives her some leaves to feed Lewis, our late rabbit or some to play with. She is very curious – wanting to have a hand in what grandma does in the kitchen and watching how the delicious food is prepared and cooked in this part of the house.
Recently, grandma put a few fish into the hot cooking oil to fry and she exclaimed excitedly, “Fish swimming.” So hilarious!
During the Christmas festive, our family usually bakes cookies to give to our friends. Dot watched how the dough was placed on the baking tray and then put inside the oven to be baked. This year, dad made a “Hello Kitty” cookie especially for her and she was so excited and happy.
Baking together with Dot will be in my to-do list this year.
Cooking with young children can be messy but it can very fun together.
Learning how to cook helps our children to learn :
- about healthy eating, food and nutrition,
- to read food labels and measurements in recipes,
- to refine motor skills,
- about safety and hygiene,
- problem solving and life skills
A lovely 3-minute video to end this post – a group of creative friends in Saari explored making crepes together, made mistakes and yet at the end enjoyed themselves very much. Enjoy!
Would love to hear your stories on cooking with your young children here.
Reference: Why cooking lessons are good for children?
Dot’s aunt gave her a little fish tank with five little fishes in late September 2011. J and I were a bit hesitant then as we did not know whether Dot would be able to handle them with ‘care’. Seeing her excitement when she saw the little fishes, we relented and she had her little fishes brought home safety.
We teach Dot to feed the little fishes twice a day and she has been happily doing it so far. Caring for little aquatic pets teaches Dot responsibility.
Once, she dipped her little dolphin, a plush toy, into the water, probably thinking that it could swim!
Some of the fishes we had did not survive and J decided not to buy anymore fish. Instead he decided to catch some little fish from the canal near his parents’ place. We went and caught a bag of little fish and some snails to fill our almost empty fish tank.
All of us are so happy to see our little aquarium brimming with life again!
I am very fascinated by the little snails. Once I spotted one of the snails literally diving to the bottom of the tank. I have never seen a snail dived! So amusing!
Today I see jelly-like things on the aquatic plant and realize that they are clusters of eggs, most likely laid by the snail.
I am eagerly waiting for the arrival of the little ones but what are we going to do if our little tank is full of baby snails?