Daddy and his little girl bond over games

Few week ago, I (daddy) noticed Dot was trying out an animal quiz game on my iPhone which was downloaded several months ago. Initially I thought Dot was not be ready for the game because it requires some basic knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of the animals and also spoken English. After observing her… Continue reading Daddy and his little girl bond over games

Hello caterpillar and bye-bye butterfly

One day, we went on a lookout for a cute little lime caterpillar….  As always, J is the one who first spotted the lime caterpillars and grasshoppers living on a lone lime. On closer look, this lime tree is beaming with life – it is a natural habitat for caterpillars, grasshoppers and ants. I can… Continue reading Hello caterpillar and bye-bye butterfly

Go go go go..we are on a SEED adventure

For the month of April, we are embarking on the “Seed” adventure. We will be out and about to check out the seeds in our neighbourhood and beyond. These two books help us to kick-start our “Seed” adventure! A quick search on YouTube led us to this very interesting video about Seed Dispersal. httpv:// After… Continue reading Go go go go..we are on a SEED adventure

Little Cloud by Eric Carle

Little Cloud by Eric Carle is one of Dot’s favourite reads. To a child, clouds are not just clouds? They can change into a rabbit…clown..anything under the sun. Just imagine. Before we read aloud, I would bring her to the window where she could have full view of the sky. “Where are the clouds?” and… Continue reading Little Cloud by Eric Carle

Things in this world come in various shapes and sizes.  Few month ago, we started teaching Dot about shapes – circle, square, rectangle, triangle, star, heart, oval and diamond – from the book “My First Shape“.

Dot is still exploring and learning about her world. We help her to discover her world of circle that comes in different forms in our house. Later we guide her to find different shapes around her.

[Click to view the circle objects we showed Dot at home]

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I love exploring and understanding the world through her eyes – it helps me to see things from a fresh perspective. Many times she surprises us with her replies when she sees certain objects at home or outdoor.

These were some of the words that slipped off her lips when she saw these items – the imaginative world through the eyes of a 22-month toddler.

[Mouse-over or click to see her world of shapes]

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Honey for a Child’s Heart : the imaginative use of books in family life by Gladys Hunt

It is a good book for parents to start right with the right books with their children from 0-14 years old. Gladys taught me the important of selecting good books that help them to express themselves with the right words. A good book should create an experience for children emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. Some so-called “taboo” books in the Christian circles like “Harry Potter” are fine to read aloud with the child as long as parents and children discuss together about the plot, the characters and what is right and wrong. Through reading aloud and discussing with our children, we can teach powerful and inspiring lessons to our children. Knowing how our children think through creative sharing of ideas help us grow together.

This book also has a reading list for age 0 to 14.

We should be concerned with building whole people – people who are alive emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. The instruction to train up a child in the way he should go has enormous dimensions. It teaches a child to think, to influence character, to give high ideals and to encourage integrity. It is to provide largeness of thought, creative thinking, imaginative wondering. How large are your goals for your children? Young children, fresh uncluttered minds, the world before them – to what treasures will you lead them? With what will you furnish their spirit?

Gladys Hunt

You can borrow this book from our National Library. Enjoy and have fun reading to our children!

We started reading to her since Dot is about 10 week old. Our objective then was to train her eyes to move along with our fingers when we moved across the pages.  The colourful graphics caught her eyes as she grew older.

Dot is now slightly more than 16 month old. It is exciting to see her grow in her linguistic skills and her understanding of these words. These are some of the words that roll out of her lips when she wants to express herself.

Door, open pleassee.” – when she wants her to open the door for her to go.

Pain Pain..” – when she injures or hit herself.

Happy Happy..” – when she is happy.

Milk milk..” – when she wants to drink milk.

Ah you..” – means thank You.

She enjoys us reading to her aloud. She picks and flips through the pages on her own and babbles her own baby language as if she knows how to read. Sometimes we caught her moving her finger along the words as if she knows how to read the words. Often she will bring the books to us, seat on our laps and have us read to her – a dedicated parent-child bonding time.

Reading trains her to keep still and pays attention for a moment. Sometimes she wants us to read the same book again and again. She surprises us many times when she is able to response when read and ask her questions – this shows that she listens and understands when we read to her.

Don’t underestimate the power of reading. He or she may surprise you!

Dot’s Favourite Book

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle is one of Dot’s favourite books. Even as an adult, I love this book. We read to Dot this book almost every night. She surprises us when she read out loud what is to come next.

Listen to Eric Carle reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar“. More information about Eric Carle and his work.

I found this free  children’s books online at We Give Books. For each book we read online, We Give Books donates a book to a leading literacy group on our behalf. The more we read, the more WGB  gives.

Enjoy reading aloud to our children!

I am reading “Good Families don’t just happen” and I like this poem by an unknown author who exemplifies the importance of the home/school relationship.

I dreamed I stood in a studio
And watched two sculptors there.
The clay they used was a young child’s mind
And they fashioned it with care.

One was a teacher – the tools she used
Were book, music and art.
The other, a parent, worked with a guiding hand
And a gentle, loving heart.

Day after day, the teacher toiled with touch
That was careful, deft and sure.
While the parent labored by his side
And polished and smoothed it o’er.

And when at last their work was done
They were proud of what they had wrought.
For the things they had moulded into the child
Could neither be sold nor bought.

And each agreed they would have failed
If each had worked alone.
For behind the parent stood the school
And behind the teacher, the home.