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Quick Ideas For Preschooler Homeschooling’s Activites

Hanz’s Note : This is schedulled post.
Am away for 2 days in a row for outstation.
Will miss chit-chat & chat-hop to others.

You can do homeschooling for your preschooler & have some get-together activities without cracking your brains too much. Here’s some ideas for you.


1. Lots of writing materials in different medium (pen, pencil, magic ink, chalk)

2. Painting in different medium (finger-paint, nature-paint, stencils from vegetables, food colouring made from raw materials)

3. Art & Craft books (cut & paste, origami, many ore)

4. Toys with purpose (specific for lesson to be learn). You can even create toys.

5. Television with supervision by parents.

6. Child’s tennis or badminton racquet set, ball, balloons, etc.


1. Keeping a scrapbook especially for occassions, events, trips & celebrations & even special subjects.

2. Read-aloud

3. Give notebooks & journals for them to write in their thoughts & ideas.

4. Let them copy good writing – to improve handwriting, spelling, grammar, punctuation & enjoying the content & getting the message across.

5. Give them time to read, talk & play.Let them pick whatever books they like & we should read to them as well.

Hanz’s Share : Homeschooling does not mean that you need to spend lots of money. A dash of creativeness & improvised things available around you is a classroom and lesson for your child.Encourage your child to be an inventor too.

November 6, 2009 Posted by | Homeschooling, Just Preschooler, Parenting in General | 2 Comments

HS505 : Teaching your child Empathy & Tolerance when interacting with others.

Hanz’s Note : It’s been so long I have not updating Hanafi’s HS progress. Blame it for festive season. Ahaks! Anyway, alhamdulillah, his HS is still ongoing despite this festive mood & that’s the beauty of HS. You decide when can take a break rather follow the school’s standard break!

This update however is an ongoing process and likely different from previous HS updates. Here I like to share on some guide & tips on how to teach a child about empathy and tolerance. Read on. Remember, teaching values is an ongoing process for any children.

Teaching Empathy

Empathy is how us as human being being aware of and being sensitive to another being and able to understand other people’s state and situation. To emphatise, children must be able to read emotional cues such as facial expression and body language.

I’ve drawn those several facial expression (and a lil touch-up by dear hubby) to introduce in-depth several facial expression of people. Then, I asked Hanafi to match those caricatures with real-life faces that match similar facial expression. After that, we discussed why and how those expression occurred.

Another way is through:-

* Example – Experiencing it firsthand by your child is beneficial and you can help him understand by explaining about the situation he just experienced. Develop a feeling vocabulary whereby children can learn to identify & label their feelings.

* Describing feelings to help kids read emotions by :-

Watch television – Be careful though on allowing your child which tv programme is most suitable for your child based on his age. Like us, we prefer to allow our boys watch children’s videos instead as we seldom watch tv due to time constraint.

We love Barney & Bear in the Big Blue House as it has many good features on values!

Listen to books being read – I can’t say enough there’s many books out there that you can always ‘invest’ it for your child. Siri Kisah Rasulullah, Siri Kisah Para Sahabat Nabi, Siri Kisah-kisah Al Quran, all is such a thumbs-up selection. Another alternative is from Grolier. They have a whole set on values which I highly recommend it. Scholastic too is good. All you need just a little effort to ‘look’ them the bookstore or your local library.

* Asking questions

Ask your child a real life situation for any values you want to highlight. If your child answer with “I don’t know’, you can ask your child to make their best guess. Always have an open discussion with your child.

Teaching Tolerance

This one comes in a list which me, myself & dear hubby are giving our best shot to follow do’s & don’ts. Read on!

i) Notice your own attitude. Parents who want their child value diversity can be sensitive to cultural stereotypes, they may have learned & make an effort to correct them.

ii) Remember that kids are always listening. Do not make jokes that perpetuate stereotypes though how harmless fun it is, it can undo tolerance & respect.

iii) Select books, toys, music, art & videos carefully. Keep in mind the powerful effect the media & pop cultures have on shaping attitudes.

iv) Point out & talk about unfair sterotypes that may be potrayed in media.

v) Answer kids questions about differences honestly & respectfully.

vi) Acknowledge & respect differences within your own family. Demonstrate acceptance of your children’s different abilities, interest & styles. Value the uniqueness of each family member.

vii) Remember that tolerance does not mean tolerating unacceptable behaviour. It means that everyone deserves to be treated with respect & should treat others respect.

viii) Help your child feel good about themselves.

ix) Give your child opportunities to work & play with others who are different from them.

x) Be enthusiastic about his response when he is in conversation and keep an eye contact with him.

October 2, 2009 Posted by | Early Childhood Education, Hanz's Notes, Homeschooling, Parenting in General | 3 Comments

Cooking Exposure for the Juniors

Want to introduce cooking to your lil ones?

The following are some guidelines how cooking can be done based on Concepts and Skills for each age group.

For 2 years old

* Explore food will all 5 senses
* Possess short concentration

* Active & learn by imitation

* Get frightened easily
* Require plenty of freedom to explore

* Parents should choose recipe for food of various colours

For 3 years old

* Want to take part physically, eg. kneading, stirring, rolling, etc.

* Parents should provide children with enough practice in pouring, stirring, chopping, measuring, etc.These help to develop children fine motor skills.

* Parents should start introducing the different types of food & utensils to the children

* Parents should choose recipes that facilitate sharing & cooperation among children to enhance their social skills

For 4 years old

* Recognise opposites, dry & wet, soft & hard, sweet & sour, etc.

* Like responsibilities

* Aware of the surroundings – parents can relate food to people or tell stories of the origin of certain food.

* Understand time – parents can begin teaching children how to use the timer

* Begin to understand parts & whole cut food into half and quarter

* Parents can use recipe cards to help children to develop sequencing skill

* Cooking will build confidence & foster independence in children.

For 5 & 6 years old

* Learn about food shapes
* Enjoy using measuring & weighing device

* Able to keep graphs & charts

* Proceed by include other earlier age groups

August 11, 2009 Posted by | Early Childhood Education, Homeschooling, Parenting in General | Leave a comment

Teaser Updates on Hanafi’s HS at Mama’s Office (Pics Mode)

August 7, 2009 Posted by | Early Childhood Education, Hanz's Boys, Homeschooling | 3 Comments

How to teach ABC creatively & effectively

How do you teach the alphabet to your child?

Singing the infamous ‘ABC Song’? Point letter in ABC book? Play the ABC videos to your child?

You are in the right track and those are the same things that I did previously with my elder son, Hanafi. Below are the tools that I’ve used for him and currently using it to Baby Hambali too.

Some ABC books.

I also would like to recommend getting a hold of this well-loved and recommended book in ABC lesson. It is available in videos too and boy, I myself enjoy watching the videos.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Have a look why I emphasise on it.

It features both big and small letter with catchy rhymes
and captivating illustration!

Some ABC videos

However, do extend these common methods and consider getting other ‘tools’ in example as follows for effective imprint of alphabet in your child’s mind.

ABC Poster

ABC Floor Mat

Hand-eye coordination toys

Magnetic Alphabet

I do not have to work hard on alphabet teaching to Hanafi as for having those tools available for Hanafi all the time, it does provide significant impact on him. Children learn best by repetition and sight. By age 2, Hanafi did not only can recite the ABC but he knows both big letter and small letter by heart. I just let him manipulate these tools on his own along the common methods I mentioned earlier.

When I did self research prior to my Early Childhood studies, I discovered few interesting activities that can be done for this type of lesson as well. Missed out these with Hanafi but will do it with baby Hambali plus my earlier methods.

Read on…

A selection of holistic activities to help give a child a strong imprint of the shape of letters in their mind’s eye.

1. Body letters

Ask your child to make themselves into the shape of given letters ie. “make yourself an s”. Child control his body into what he think the letter looks like.

You can model this easily by showing them an ‘x’ by standing with your feet apart and your arms in the air and wide apart. Or you can show a ‘T’ by standing with your feet together and your arms stretched out to the sides.

2. Tracing letters

Ask a child to shut his eyes and with your fingers, trace a letter on their hand or back. He must tell you what this is. He can play the games in pairs. There may be giggles as it is ticklish, but this activity requires the child to see the letter in his mind’s eye.

3. Air writing

Before writing letters on paper, get your child to stand up and you stand up at the front of your child with your back facing him. Using your writing hand, draw a big letter in the air saying its sound at the same time. Get your child to copy you, moving his arms to form the letter in the air.

4. Letter sculptures

Give out plasticine (soft modelling clay) to your child. Ask your child to make certain letters (or words). He has to concentrate on the shape of the letter and its proportions.

Your child can choose his own letter and make a big one out of plasticine or card, then stick it on a large piece of card. Give out magazines and newspapers and let your child look and find either words or pictures of things that begin with the same letter. He can cut these out and create a collage with his big letter.

August 5, 2009 Posted by | Child's Play, Early Childhood Education, Homeschooling, Parenting in General | 16 Comments

HS504 : Optics exposure & learning lenses purpose

I am getting more Science learning of late, carefully planned for Hanafi eversince his previous Kindergarten failed to expose Science in their syllabus (one of the reason we stopped his schooling).

Hanafi (even baby Hambali) always fascinated with his (their) parents wearing glasses. I told Hanafi that both his Mama & Papa is far-sighted (rabun) & it is very crucial for us to wear a SPECTACLE so that we can see better. As for his Mama, daytime wearing CONTACT LENSES of course which already being explained to him the functionality still the same like Spectacles. This point onwards, I told him that it is important for him to takecare his eyes well so habit like watching television very near and reading in the dark is a complete No-No.

Later, I found a great idea from Mommy2H on using MAGNIFYING GLASS, so I printed out those magnifying pictures from the former site & gotten a cheap magnifying glass.

Here’s what Hanafi been doing exactly following what featured in the Mommy2H site. There were 2 sets of pictures, one is the normal pic & the other is microscopic size, so what a child must do is to use the magnifying glass to peer at the tiny pic & find the same pic by the normal size. Match it!

We moved on to BINOCULARS function and from our recent outing, Hanafi managed to grasp the idea of using a binoculars.

Next is KALEIDOSCOPE. I think this is the apparatus Hanafi enjoyed most in the Optics group. We got the Kaleidoscope from one shop selling Early Childood & Educational items in The Summit.

Lenses are everywhere & have a pupose. Ask your child if he can figure out what lens is use to…

1. Show a big picture on a screen?
2. See things that are far away?
3. See very small things?
4. See in the dark?
5. Capture images of things to see later
6. Correct poor vision?

Answer Options:
a) Telescope
b) Night vision goggles
c) Camera
d) Projector
e) Glasses
f) Microscope

As always, find every opportunity to expose Science learning for your lil one.

July 27, 2009 Posted by | Early Childhood Education, Homeschooling, Just Preschooler | 11 Comments

HS503 : Creative magnets playing

Creative magnet play includes seeing how many objects one can pick up at a time, pushing one magnet around by the repelling force of another & testing objects around for attraction to magnets.Playing with magnets is a useful science activity in early childhood because it fosters conversation, exploration of materials & learning to make predictions.

The objective of introducing magnet to a child is to make an observation of how magnet work and the usage of magnet. Give example how common appliances in our household like the refrigerator door and in your surrounding like the drink vending machine applies the concept of magnet.Some of the activity you can do for your child to learn about magnet as the list below:

1. Introduce the nature of magnet which is magnetic force that can hold together two piece of magnet despite there is a barrier between the two magnet.

Extend the understanding of magnetic force is strong and show this to your child that when he moves around one of the magnet, the other magnet followsuit because of the magnetic force.

2. Explain the concept of magnetic poles by handling two magnets to your child and ask him to make the two magnets to stay together & to describe what he feels when he push the magnets together or pull them apart.

3. Have a test what object attracts to magnet to help your child understand that the property of magnet is in the material, not a size, shape or colour. It is very common to say that ‘magnets attract all metal objects’ until your child test it. (As for Hanafi, he was surprised that the magnet did not attracted to 50cent coin & handphone)

Record the findings. An example like below:-

4. Finally, let your child ‘test’ how strong the magnet by playing ‘magnet fish’. Challenge your child how many ‘fish’ he would be able to catch within one minute or so.

Have fun fooling around with magnet with your child. As for my child, Hanafi, he loves it & thought magnet is magic! LOL…

July 23, 2009 Posted by | Child's Play, Early Childhood Education, Homeschooling, Just Preschooler | 4 Comments

50 Science Fun Ideas for Toddler & Preschooler

Simple science ideas for use with
preschool children or toddlers.

1. Make bubbles: Mix one gallon of water with one cup liquid detergent & 50 drops of glycerine.

2. Jet balloons. Fill a balloon with air & let it go. What makes the balloon go?

3. Nature Walk: Take a plastic bag with you on your next nature walk. Encourage your child to collect leaves & small sticks & put them in bag. Ask your child about each item he choose to put in the bag.

4. Evaporation : Set out three cups, half filled with water. Add food colouring to the water. Have your child use an eye dropped to drop the colored water onto a piece of paper towel. Notice how the water evaporates, leaving the colour behind.

5. Play with magnets. Supply your children with magnets & various items. Have your child guess which things will stick to the magnet.

6. When it is raining, watch the rain. Talk about the sounds that you hear during a rain storm. What are the signs that a storm is coming. Talk about storm safety.

7. Painting with water:You just need a paint brush, water in a bucket & a nice warm day. Let your child ‘paint’ with water & watch how the water evaporates in the warm sun. Paint rocks, trees, the sidewalk, anything!

8. Will it dissolve? Fill five clear jars with water. Take 5 different substances like sugar, cereal, salt, paper, things that will dissolve & some that won’t. Ask your child which will dissolve & which will not. Test each item in the water.

9. Plant a seed. Watch it grow.

10. Balance play. Part of science is weighing items. Provide your child with a scale or balance for them to experiment with, & plenty of various items. This can usually be tied in with your theme. For example, if Hari Raya is the theme, let them weigh ketupat vs lemang.

11. Measure it. Another part of science is measuring. Provide your child with plenty of opportunities to measure things. Provide measuring cups in your sand & water table, & containers of various sizes.

12. Rubber band music. Place a rubber band on your index finger & thumb & pluck it to make a twang sound. Supply your child with rubber bands so he can try it. Can the sound change? How can you change it? How does it change?

13. What scent is this? Gather 4 or different scents. Blindfold the child, then place the object close the child’s nose & ask the child to smell it & try to identify what it is.

14. Paint on wet paper. Explain diffusion, spreading the paint on the paper, through the water.

15. Salt Art: Saturate hot water with salt. Let the water cool & have the child use the salt water to paint on black paper. Then after it dries, have the child look at the crystals of salt on the paper.

16. Sensory fun:Supply your child with many different items to feel, smell & touch. Like tree branches, leaves, dirt, rice, you can find many items for any theme.

17. Play with kaliedoscope.

18. Cut an apple in half & watch it rust.

19. Watch a caterpillar turn into a butterfly. Provide loads of pictures either from books, videos or even exhibition.

20. Compare animal parts with human parts of the body in example paws with hands & feet, arms to feet.

21. Chick Sequence Cards: Make simple sequence cards for your child. Draw the different stages of a chick hatching from an egg. Draw an egg in its’ nest, an egg cracking, a chick partly out of the egg & chick that is completely hatched. Do the same for tadpole.

22. Float or sink? Have several different items on a tray & a dish pan of water. Ask your child if he think an item that will sink or float. Try it!

23. Leg count: Show pictures of crab, octopus, starfish & frog. How many legs do each of the animals have?

24. Watching fish: Go to an aquarium, point out the parts of a fish, (body, fins, eyes, gills, tail etc…) Ask your child which is the biggest, smallest? How do the fish swim?

25. Make a telephone. Poke a hole in the bottom of 2 styrofoam cups. Place a piece of string in the bottom of one cup & tie a knot at the end of the string to prevent the string from coming completely out of the bottom of the cup & tie another knot. The } is a cup on it’s side & the represents the string. It should look like this: }—{ Have one child talk in one cup while another listens with the other cup. How long can the string be before the phone won’t work?

26. Sun Prints: Spully the child with a dark piece of paper. In the morning, on a very sunny day, with little or no wind, have your child find items to place on his paper. Have your child arrange sticks, grass, leaves & such on the paper. At the end of the day, see how the sun made a picture of them.

27. Build with dry sand, then build with wet sand.

28. Use magnifying glass. Have fun peering on so many things with it!

29. Measuring rainfall: On a rainy day, set out a container to measure the rainfall. Measure how much rain fell that day. Continue to measure the rain each day & record for a few weeks. Ask your child to predict how much water will be collected. Ask at the beginning of the day & ask when it is raining. Did his answer change?

30. Will it absorb water? Supply your chld with pieces of material to test pieces like cotton, plastic, wool, tin foil, etc. Supply your child with eye droppers & a cup of water. Which materials absorb water & which do not?

31. Condensation: Obtain 2 jars & their lids. Fill one jar with ice cold water & the other with room temperature water. Observe the results. Condensation occurs when the vapors in the air become cool enough to condense & form water droplets.

32. Evaporation:Obtain 2 clear plastic glasses of the same size. Measure one cup of water & place in each cup. Mark the water level of each cup with a permanent marker. Place one in a sunny window & the other somewhere else in the room. Observe the glasses of water over the next couple of days. Ask your child where the water is going. Which is evaporating more quickly? Evaporation occurs when the particles of water become warm enough that they run into vapors & leave the cup & escape into the air. Why did the water in the sun evaporate faster?

33. Glass & water music: Fill a couple of identical glass cups, at least 4, with varying amounts of water. Tap the side of each glass with a metal spoon. Which is the highest sound & the lowest? How could we change the sound?

34. Predict the weather. Have your child go outside in the morning, ask them what they think the weather will be like? Will it rain, snow, be sunny? What will the temperature be like? Record your child answer & compare them to the weather.

35. Make a tape of sounds around your surrounding…water dripping, the door opening, the phone ringing, lawn mower & so on.Play the tape back & see if your child can guess what the sounds are.

36. Visit a Nature Center or Zoo.

37. Make your own musical instruments, clap your hands, tap your belly! Use a can for a drum. Make maracas with 2 plates & beans.

38. Cause & effect. Try different cause & effect experiments…light switch, if you jump up, the earth pulls you down etc.

39. Play with dominoes.

40. Discuss the parts of a flower.

41. Use a thermometer to read the temperature.

42. What does a plant need to grow? You can ask your child, do a few experiemnts to see what plant needs to grow…sunlight, water, air…

43. Talk about what we eat. What do bears eat? What do lions eat?


45. Texture: Supply your child with different textured items to feel. Is the item rough, smooth, bumpy?

46. Flexibility: Supply your child with different items that range in flexibility. Rubber band, pencil, string, a stick. Which is the most flexible? the least?

47. Play with a flashlight in the dark.

48. Play with shadows, make shadow animals.

49. Collect & sort rocks.

50. Really any cooking is science! So try your favourite recipe. 😛

Hanz’s Note : Science is about living things & things living. It surrounds you. There is no need for you to spend your money buying cool gadget to teach science to your child. What is important is your objective when doing the science project, how you implement it and make it interesting as possible. Basic understanding about nature & how things work is a great start to nurture the love of science for young children.

Hope my list as above could provide parent(s) out there some ideas…if you have anymore ideas & have done any in this list, please share with me. I will share it with you from time to time as it is ongoing basis for my HS.

Have fun exploring science with your kiddo! 😀

July 21, 2009 Posted by | Early Childhood Education, Hanz's Notes, Homeschooling, Just Preschooler, Just Toddler, Parenting in General | 11 Comments