Parenting, Educating and Learning In Today's World of Modern Technology

~ Posted on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 5:47 AM ~

It has been almost 7 years since I left my job in the IT world to be a stay-at-home-mum. With our 3 kiddos growing up fast, how can parents like me adapt and try to keep up with the ever changing world of modern technology? How do we make use of modern technologies to parent our children and at the same educate and learn as we journey into the world of parenthood?

As parents, I absolutely believe there is no way we can avoid and shun our lives from technology and modern devices. It intertwined with almost every aspect of our lives and I feel that the best way is to embrace these technologies but still keep them to a moderate level and being there with our kiddos as we grow along together.

So in what ways do I use modern technology in educating our kiddos?

I think it is a fun and interactive method to educate our kiddos using tablets provided we get the age-appropriate type of applications to work with such as apps that teach young children on phonics, alphabets, puzzle games and more.

I am also picky and inclined towards reviewing apps that are beneficial and useful to our family. I sat together with our kiddos as we go through the apps, explaining to them how to play the apps and being there with them as well. It was amazing to see our little ones with the twinkle in their eyes as they discover and learn new things, such a precious magical sight! It's like making magic together with them, everyday!

Parenting, Educating and Learning In Today's World of Modern Technology

Other than that, I also use our tablet to read news to our kiddos before their bedtime as it is so convenient to just turned it on quickly, browsed for interesting articles and read to them and once done, turned it off and time for bed! Anyway, I believe that knowledge is key and never harm anyone if we read up more and know more. And since I am reading out loud to our kiddos, I hope they can learn to listen the proper pronunciation apart from learning about things around them.

I also use my computer to gather resources such as worksheets and printables for our kiddos to practice on. I search tons and tons of websites online when I need to find more info along with YouTube videos to show to our kiddos how things work and looks like. For this, I'm very grateful to own a reliable Windows computer with the fast processing power of Intel processors.

Since I rely heavily on tablet and computer in my parenting life, it is awesome to be able to make use of Acer Switch, which is a 2-in-1 device to help me along as I educate and parent our kiddos on top of keeping myself updated with the technology today.

Parenting, Educating and Learning In Today's World of Modern Technology

In the coming posts, I will be talking more on how we can reap the positive impact from using these modern technologies like Windows 10 and Intel in our daily lives. In the meantime, you can learn more at: http://www.makemagic.my 

Make magic. Every day.

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Book Review - Little Paper Crate: Crafting Stories

~ Posted on Friday, December 4, 2015 at 6:07 AM ~

I have been cutting down on doing product reviews ever since our 3rd kiddo came along in end of Sept 2013. I do still accept review pitches but only when time permits and if it is something that I can see it being useful and beneficial to our family. Also, as busy as I am with 3 kiddos, home cooking, taking care of hubby's administration site of the business and swamped up with managing my FB page and blog, I just can't say no to reviewing good books! Reading is my passion and coupled with books that are of parenting, children, family or religion or educational genre, all the more I gotta say yes!

Little Paper Crate

Little Paper Crate

Title: Little Paper Crate: Crafting Stories 
Publisher: MPH Group Publishing Sdn Bhd (Aug 31, 2015)
ISBN: 9789674153021
Paperback: 66 pages

Description from the product page:

"The Little Paper Crate book is a home-grown project dedicated to children with a penchant for creating. It features various chapters with activities and materials parents can easily obtain, and each project has been tried, tested and enjoyed by children of different ages. The aim of this craft book is for kids to make an imaginative mess through creativity, and we hope this book will kick-start an inspiring, artful adventure! Happy crafting!"
I'm a full-time mummyI'm glad I get to review this book! The first thing that caught my attention was the first project in the book! Foosball table using shoebox! I don't have some of the materials listed in the book (single hole puncher, cloth pegs) so I had to improvise from there with whatever materials I have on hand. I used my double hole puncher and colored ice cream sticks instead.

 Little Paper Crate

The book's layout is simple and easy to understand. Materials and tools required are neatly arranged for you to refer to. I would prefer if there are suggestions of alternatives for materials / tools in case you don't have the ones shown in the book. That would be nice hehehe... Also I'm a stickler for books with step-by-step tutorials, it would be awesome if there is close-up shots of the major steps taken to DIY the projects in this book. Picture below is the outcome of my DIY project.

Little Paper Crate

I explained to our girls how to play this game but being both under 4, they can't really understand the rules of it so I ended up just telling them to hold on to the chopsticks, to adjust left and right, and 'kick' the ball front or back. At least still can teach them about directions (left, right, front, back)

Little Paper Crate

One other thing that I can suggest for the improvements of this book is to add in some teaching and learning moments from the projects made. For example, by doing this project, children get to learn about the science of it or how things work and being applied to real-life scenarios and stuff.

I appreciate that the projects are separated by different categories in the book: games, fun with nature, party favorites and gifts by kiddos. The last category is interesting as it doubles up as a DIY project that the kiddos can make and give away as presents!

In summary, a fun book that you can count on to DIY something awesome with your kiddos!

I'm a full-time mummy

The book is available at all major bookstores such as MPHOnline.

I'm a full-time mummy

I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a copy of the book 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 book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"

 

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Printable Travel Games to Entertain the Kids During A Road Trip

~ Posted on Friday, November 27, 2015 at 5:30 AM ~

I'm always looking for printables to print out for our kiddos to learn and practice on. A few weeks back I stumbled upon these couple of printable games which I improvised a wee bit so that I can use them to entertain our kiddos during any road trip we will have (one coming up in December in fact)

The original printable is meant to be a mini book, for you to print, fold and cut out so that it is a small handy sized book that kiddos can use but I'm all for long-term usage of any useful, fun and educational stuff, so I decided to improvise on this by laminating the printables and turning it into flipcards instead.

The materials I used were:

- A4 paper to print the printables (color preferably)
- laminator with 2 sheets of laminating pouch
- scissors
- a corner cutter (I love all my laminated stuff to have rounded edges hehehe)
- a hole puncher
- a key ring

Printable Travel Games

The steps:

1. Print out the printables using color printer.
2. Laminate the printout.
3. Cut out the printables.
4. Punch a hole at one of the corner, repeat for all cards.
5. Trim the corners of all cards using a corner cutter.
6. Hook up all the cards using the key ring.

Printable Travel Games

This is how my printables look like once completed. All ready to be used by our kiddos during a road trip!

Printable Travel Games

Resources:

* Alphabet mini book
* Numbers mini book

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Printable Travel Games