When Your Child Gets Distracted...

~ Posted on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 6:31 AM ~

In October this year, I brought our 3 years old Alyson to her 1st Sunday school for age group 3-4 years old. Children in this age group are supposed to be independent and parents can leave them in the class while they attend the main service. However for new children in this group, parents can hang around in the class (at the back, not participating with child) so that they can slowly adjust to being in the new class.

She was quite nervous and had separation anxiety at first and clung onto me not letting me go anywhere. So I sat next to her throughout the class, gently telling her how other children enjoys the class, dance and sing and do their crafts.

When it was crafts time, I sat behind her and slowly guide her to do the activity for the day. At first, she happily doodles away on a coloring paper. And then she got distracted by the many color pencils there. She started playing with the color pencils there.

So what is a mother supposed to do when her child gets distracted?

I decided to use the opportunity to teach her. Don't let any moment slipped away and waste a good teaching moment.

I saw her arranging the color pencils by the color group. So I taught her the colors. I also counted with her the number of color pencils in each group. She can count up to 10 so far so it was pretty fun for her to be counting instead of coloring at that moment. As for the coloring activity, she didn't continue on but she did continue to sort the pencils by its color group.

In this situation, she gets to continue playing while I get to include some teachable moments for her. Win - win?

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World's Tallest Roller Coaster

~ Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 9:22 AM ~

I'm not a big fan of roller coaster. I can count with 1 hand the number of times I sat in one throughout my life so far. And then I stumbled onto this preview clip of the world's tallest roller coaster. I think I'm going to be sick now...

For roller coaster fans, enjoy this video clip of the preview. Just click on the image below to launch the video.

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iPad App Review - Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

~ Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 7:11 AM ~

It's been a while since I did any iPad app review so when I saw this cool app coming up, I was excited to give it a try!

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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

* Title: Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
* Price: $3.99
* Category: Books
* Released: Nov 05, 2014
* Version: 2.7
* Size: 89.7 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
* Rated: 4+
Made for Ages 5 and Under
* Requirements: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description from the product page:

"As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest— so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! Explore animated pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more." 

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* This app is engaging and interactive and I love that we can also touch the objects in each page on the screen and the words pop out to tell you what it is!

* I used the opportunity from this app to also educate our 5.5 years old boy and 3 years old girl on how each type of construction site vehicles work, I'm very happy to see them engrossed with the animation of the construction site vehicles on how it works!

* There are options to go to other pages instead of going through one by one.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

* I like that there is an option to use new narrator's voice (aka me!)

* Overall an educational and fun app for the kiddos while learning about construction site vehicles!

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You can purchase the "Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site" app from the iTunes App Store.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the promo code to redeem the application for free from iTunes Store in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous iPad Apps reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My iPad App Reviews"