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Favourite books for 5 to 6 years old

Favourite books for 5 to 6 years old

With the arrival of a new baby, time is not on my side. I don’t have the luxury of time to seek out good books for Dot to read. This responsibility of choosing books fall on my husband now, though at time I will still ask him to help me to borrow some books for myself...
10 favourite books for 4 to 5 years old

10 favourite books for 4 to 5 years old

Reading is a habit that I would like to build into my own personal life and my child. I want my child to find the richness of good books that stir her imagination, enrich her soul and enlarge her understanding of the world around her. These are some of Dot’s favourite books and she likes...
10 favourite books for 3 to 4 years old

10 favourite books for 3 to 4 years old

Books are my favourite things, and Dot’s. We started reading to Dot when she was very young, from simple board books to picture books. We read on the train, at home, at the library or anywhere where we can have a book read aloud. Dot loves reading every time before her sleep. It has become...
{Review + 5 FREE Giveaway Worldwide - Closed} "Today I am" by Mies Van Hout

{Review + 5 FREE Giveaway Worldwide – Closed} “Today I am” by Mies Van Hout

At three and a half years old, Dot grows more sensitive and exhibits strong feelings as she interacts with us, her friends and her environment. Recently, she likes to watch the video of her climbing the stairs at the sport complex when she was about 17-18 month old. She watched it several times and a...
Raising awareness of print

Raising awareness of print

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...
Fun with the Gruffalo

Fun with the Gruffalo

The Gruffalo is one of Dot’s favourite read aloud books and as of now this is the most borrowed book from the community library. When we first borrowed this book for Dot when she was about two years old and I was pleasantly surprised that she could sit through the whole reading as this book...
10 favourite books for two to three years old

10 favourite books for two to three years old

I’ve never read so many children books in my life until I have Dot. It’s such a delight to read them even as an adult and learning to see things afresh from a child’s perspective. I’m so glad to be able to re-live my childhood together with Dot. It’s such a blessing to read beautiful...
Daddy and his little girl bond over games

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...
Dot practices what she learns

Dot practices what she learns

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...
Hello caterpillar and bye-bye butterfly

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

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. After reading...
Little Cloud by Eric Carle

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...
The world through Dot's eyes

The world through Dot’s eyes

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...
Honey for a child's heart - Gladys Hunt

Honey for a child’s heart – Gladys Hunt

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...
Reading aloud improves Dot's linguistic skills

Reading aloud improves Dot’s linguistic skills

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...