Learning - What is a Plant?

~ Posted on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 12:09 PM ~

I am crappy at planning things to teach to our kiddos way in advance. I usually just browsed through the workbooks softcopies on my laptop and see what interests me at that point and then print out the worksheets related to the topics or googled for the worksheets online. So happened that the topic I decided to teach our kiddos is PLANT.

At first I thought, I have to teach both of them together. Even though their age gap differs (4.5 and 7, I left our 2.5 years old girl play with her toys happily) I told myself I have to make it works for both our older kiddos. By hook or by crook I'm not going to repeat this topic again and again lol.

So I got our kiddos to sit on the floor facing the whiteboard while I started gathering up my thoughts on how I should approach this topic so that they both can understand at their respective ages. Yes, I think my brains works very well under pressure and critical time limit lol.

I started with explaining to them what is a plant. It is a living thing, just like the animals and us humans. It 'eats', 'drinks', breathe and grows just like any other living thing. Then I drew some examples of plants such as grass, plants with flowers and a tree.

I proceeded to explain to them the parts of the plants. Roots, stems, leaves, flowers, trunk, branches etc. What each parts does to the plant. I compared my body to the plants with flowers and also to the tree.

Pretending that I'm a plant with flowers, I asked them where should my roots be and waited for our kiddos to point to my feet. I repeated the similar questions for leaves and flowers and stem. And moved on to pretending I'm a tree and repeated the same questions, where should my roots, branches, trunk etc be if I am a tree.

What is a Plant

After the explanation, I proceeded to hand them 2 worksheets related to the topic I have just explained. Now, our 4.5 years old girl is not reading anything yet but she can do her copywork decently, meaning if you give her any words and asked her to copy out the word, she can do it no problem. I didn't need to explain what to do to our 7 years old boy since he can read the instructions, so I focused on our 4.5 years old girl.

I read out the name of the parts of the plant and asked her where should the parts be. Once she pointed to the right part, I told her to copy out the respective words next to the part. She did so diligently and patiently. At the same time she practises her copywork and writing skills, I also get to observe her understanding of the lesson I just taught them. Whether she captures what I said and remembered anything.

What is a Plant

(** Left by our 4.5 years old girl, right by our 7 years old boy)

I repeated the same method with the second worksheet. But this time, instead of her writing down the answers, I told her 'This word is circle means 'roots', now draw a line to match to where the roots are.' She happily matches the line to the parts and completed both worksheets. 

What is a Plant

 

(** Left by our 4.5 years old girl, right by our 7 years old boy)


I'm loving moments like this where both kiddos can learn together!

Win-win!


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My DIY Tips In Recycling Rubber Bands From Rainbow Looms

~ Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 5:13 AM ~

I am not a fan of rainbow looms. We received some last year from our 1st kiddo's kindy friends as party packs. I kept them aside until I could decide what to do with them. FYI, rainbow Loom is a plastic tool used to weave colorful rubber and plastic bands into bracelets and charms. End of last year, I finally got an idea what to do with the colorful rubber bands. I threw away the plastic tools but kept the rubber bands and recycle them.

With 2 young girls in our family, I used the rubber bands to tie their slowly but surely growing hair. They look so cute in tiny little pigtails and braids. And with so many colors to choose from, I won't ever run out of ideas how to mix and match the rubber bands with our girls' clothings. The bands are sturdy and strong and quite lasting with gentle use.

What a great way to recyle the bands instead of buying them from those beauty outlets at a much much more expensive rates! I'm glad I kept the rubber bands and recycling them this way.

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Product Review - MilkyBites Cookies

~ Posted on Monday, March 28, 2016 at 5:51 AM ~

I have been cutting down on doing product reviews since 2014 and only accepted those that I feel will definitely fit into our family dynamics (especially books on parenting or homeschooling stuff, family products, something along those genre)

Few months ago, I received an offer to review some lactation cookies. Since I am still nursing our 2.5 years old girl on demand, I thought why not?

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MilkyBites Cookies

About the product:

"MilkyBites cookies are a nutritious supplement for a breastfeeding mom’s diet. Fresh ingredients carefully chosen are not just well-known lactations boosters, they create a wonderful taste and texture. Healthy has never been so delicious!

All moms want to be there for their babies no matter what and it’s extremely frustrating if milk supply drops due to overwhelming schedule moms facing or because of returning to work. MilkyBites cookies made just for those moments to support milk supply, boost your metabolism, which has changed during the time in labor, and just to cheer you up with all-time favorite flavors.

Lactation cookies are trending now and for a good reason! Moms notice increase in their milk supply almost immediately! Increase in milk supply by eating delicious cookies! That’s just too good to be true. Except that it’s not! It’s true and MilkyBites are here to prove that to you!

Overall MilkyBites provide various vitamins and minerals in each bite; a good source of energy, sugar and fiber; essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc; and finally vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K."

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I received the following pack of MilkyBites cookies for my review. There are a mixture of flavors inside the pack that I'm reviewing : brownie dates, oatmeal ginger and chocolate peanut butter. The cookies came in a paper sealed pack which is convenient to carry around and the resealable pack makes the cookies last longer if you are the type of people who enjoy savoring your food slowly :D

MilkyBites Cookies

The cookies' sizes are about the palm of your hand, not too small that you can't feel anything after eating, just right size. In fact, I've tried once just eating a couple of these cookies for my breakfast and it is quite filling!

As a person who loves chocolate, of course I particularly enjoyed the chocolate peanut butter flavor.Even my kiddos enjoy stealing these cookies from me! Grrrrr...

MilkyBites Cookies

The brownie dates flavor is not bad either. You can taste the dates and these cookies are not too sweet.

MilkyBites Cookies

I can't say I enjoy the oatmeal ginger flavor as I'm not a fan of gingery stuff. I feel the ginger is a tad too strong for me.

I think these cookies are a great choice for busy mums (nursing or not they are very yummy cookies) as you can carry it around and just pop some into your mouth if you are feeling hungry or just need to munch of something nutritious!

Overall, good stuff! If you are a nursing mother, you might want to consider these yummylicious cookies!

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Do check out http://portes.my/product-category/milkybites-cookies or https://www.facebook.com/babyjumicom/.

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Do note that I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the products 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.


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