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Homeschool 201 : Adopting Montessori for toddler’s motor-skill activity (Part 2)

Have you read the first part of this Montessori approach toddler’s activity? Click HERE if you have missed it.

Activity #3 : Threading

Objective : Eye-hand coordination and improves concentration and dexterity


1. We bought the ready-made threading toy last time from Pusat Sains Negara. Actually, you can make it yourself by getting a thicker thread like wool yarn or strings or even old shoelaces. Some art store or sewing store sells beads in various sizes but make sure you find the one with holes on both sides.

2. Show how it needs to be done for the first time for your toddler. This activity requires lots of patience and be prepared that your toddler may show frustration over failure attempts.

Activity #4 : Pincer grasp and colour matching

Objective :
Practice finger grasp and flexibility

Steps :

1. You just need medium-sized (toddler-sized better) thong, few colourful small hair tie-bands, a wide flat bowl, 1 colour pallette and few coloured papers and double-sided tape. Make sure the coloured papers match the coloured bands, like yellow paper with yellow bands. 6 pairs of colours will do as the coloured pallette only have six round spaces.

2. I prefer to paste coloured papers onto the spaces in the pallettes rather coloured the palletes. Colours may peeled-off over time and won’t last as well as contains chemicals.

3. As always, you need to show for the first time, how this activity needs to be done. Your toddler only needs to grasp the bands using the thong to the coloured pallettes.

3. Once all bands inside each spaces, toddler can do the reverse by putting it back to the bowl.

4. This activity can be tiring for toddler’s little fingers so stop immediately when your toddler shown irritant.

Hanz’s : Baby Hambali is not in the picture to model this time round since these two activities is the least activities he like especially the threading.

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July 7, 2010 Posted by | Adore HOMESCHOOLING, Hanz's Boys, Lifestyle on Parenting, Notes on TODDLER | Leave a comment

Homeschool 201 : Adopting Montessori for toddler’s motor-skill activity (Part 1)

A bit of history on Montessori… Montessori approach in teaching children was founded by Maria Montessori. Initially was meant for the handicapped children but after sometime, she realized it can be good too for any children. Montessori basically & partially stressed on motor-skill in learning & would utilised specially created tools for manipulation on specifically-purposed activity.

I, myself was fascinated by its concept but not really well-trained in this area. Somehow, I managed to get hands-on experienced before by working in Montessori preschool. I made a mental note on few activities they catered for their students and now I adopted some activities as part of my younger boy’s activity.

These two are Baby Hambali’s favourite activities!

Activity #1 : Pouring

Objective : Living Skills on pouring water (spatial skills)

Steps :
1. You just need two small plastic jugs about the size of your child can manage & few balls.
2. Show your child how this activity to be done one time only. Then your child can do the same.
3. After some time, you can replace the balls with smaller objects and finally replace it with water.

The ultimate objective for this skill is to pour water without any drops missed.

Activity #2 : Spooning

Objective : Living Skills on spooning (spatial skills)

Steps :

1. You just need 1 ice-cube containers & marbles (quantity just enough to fit each ice holes), 1 plastic container & small spoon.
2. Place all marbles in the container & show to your child that he or she is required to spoon each marble into each hole of the ice-cube containers. 1 marble is per 1 hole.
3. Ensure your child only using spoon to do this activity & he or she is disallowed to use the finger to slot in the marbles.
4. After all holes filling in, then asked your child to spoon the marble back to the container.
5. This activity can be repeated few times & let your child decide on how many times he or she want to do it.

CAUTION : Be careful on attending small objects. Never leave your child unattended because it can caused choking.

Hanz’s Note : Next, threading & pincer grasp activity plus colour-match

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May 25, 2010 Posted by | Adore HOMESCHOOLING, Hanz's Boys, Lifestyle on Parenting, Notes on TODDLER | 8 Comments

Baby Hambali is ready for potty training

We are excited but myself is sad too. Feels excited because Baby Hambali is going to be a big boy and sad because the addicted cloth diapering journey will end. No more excuses to get more cloth diaper and no more chirpy happy feeling everytime looking forward to the arrival of the fluffy mail!

What makes me says that he is ready? At almost 22 months, here are few signs of his readiness:

1. Before he can really walk at about ten months and he is actively cruising along the edge of sofas and chairs, there were few incidents occurred whereby he took the diapers off by himself either right after the peeing or poopy.

2. By the time he can walk like a hero, the habit of taking off his diapers is increasing day by day till now.

3. He peeps inside the tiny hole as the bulkiness of his diapers is making the diapers bunched up front while seated, and he looks so curious during peeing so that’s explain the peeping act.

4. He makes a disappearing act nowadays sometimes when he wants to pass motion. At times, he even signed to me telling the big job had just took place.

5. At times, he hold my hands & signed me to follow him to where he is heading which is actually the place where his box of cloth diapers storage is placed.

6. He took a fancy of wearing Abang’s spandex & Papa’s boxer and so proud of himself to be able to do so by himself.

7. He likes to play with his cloth diapers and at times hand me one piece of his cloth diapers and asking to be changed.

8. He is getting good on taking instructions and follow simple rules.

9. He prefer to stand during diaper change rather lying on his back.

10. He is aware the existence of his penis and touching it during diaper change or bath time.

Hanz’s Note : Now I can assure you speaking by my experience that cloth diapered babies are toilet-trained faster than non ones.Comparison made for both my boys whom one never being cloth diapered and the other one cloth diapered.

March 29, 2010 Posted by | Adore CLOTH DIAPERING, Hanz's Boys, Lifestyle on Parenting, Notes on TODDLER | 12 Comments

How to encourage creativity in toddler

Do it like TheHoneybunch…..

1. Allow your little toddler to extend the function of things. The possibility of creating a multi-purpose concept of his belonging and other thing creates a little inventor.

2. Observe what your little toddler is up to without any intervention. Being sneaky actually meaning your little toddler has been thinking on how to solve his problem. Don’t underestimate the lack of physical attributes doesn’t mean that your little toddler is incapable to be creative.

Mama : Some things I found so far are cookies crumbs, lego pieces, tiny cars, alphabets magnets and cereals ‘hidden’ nicely at the edge of my files and folders.The above picture is an evidence.
3. Expose to lots and lots of toys that involves assembling and build like LEGO. The percentage of masterpiece is endless.

4. Practice their fine-motor skills a lot. Encourage kneading, rolling, twisting, pinching, punching, grasping, pulling, poking, princing and even balancing.The best way through clay play.

5. Mess is good. Colours is fun.Science concept basics.

Finally, bring your little toddler to different surrounding and the best place is get your little toddler close to nature. Just let your little toddler explore our Mother Earth as much he or she wanted!

March 22, 2010 Posted by | Adore HOMESCHOOLING, Hanz's Boys, Hanz's Tips, Lifestyle on Parenting, Notes on EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, Notes on TODDLER | 13 Comments

Toddler Monthly Notes : Your 20 months old

Toddler Fears & the Joy of Comfort

As your toddler approaches the second year mark, he may become fearful that certain situations present a degree of danger. It could be thunder & lightning, a dark room, dogs or the sound of the vacuum cleaner.

Helping your child to cope
No matter what your toddler’s particular fear, experts suggest:

  • Respect the fear.Try not to shame your little one or making a negative comment belittling him. At this tender age, toddler are particularly vulnerable to adults exhorting them to be tough or be brave.
  • Express concern & sympathy. Hug & comfort toddler & also offer a way out or some resolution.Through listening to your soothing & reassuring words, your toddler will learn to soothe himself & calm down.
  • Act it out.Use a puppet or his soft toy & acting out the situation that he fear.At the same time, shows that he can slowly understand his fear & allow him to be more calm & less fear.
  • Try building resistance gradually & by following his cues to avoid his fear, gently still, expose to the fear in smaller scale & let your toddler decide when he is ready bit by bit.Never use coercion.
The bottom line is the world is a big & sometimes scary place even for us the grown-ups. Use touch for reassurance.And a trip down memory lane like looking at photo album could help too.

February 17, 2010 Posted by | Lifestyle on Parenting, Notes on EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, Notes on TODDLER | 1 Comment

Toddler Monthly Notes : Your 19 months old

There’s something so darned lovable about the way toddlers talk. Their little mispronunciations, skipped words and unique grammatical constructions can positively melt your heart. If your child isn’t talking yet, or not talking much, bear in mind the acquisition of language varies widely.Typically, between the ages of 18 to 24 months, many toddlers start putting two or even three words together but others seem to put talking on the back burner until they’re ready.

  • How to encourage talking?

No matter what your toddler’s talking ability, take the time to converse with your tot throughout the day & reinforce what your tot hearing & saying. Whether your tot talks back or not, your tot loves & learns from hearing your voice. Read at least 15 minutes a day so that toddler is constantly being exposed to new words. Try to resist correcting your toddler as considering how complex a process talking really is, we should appreciate any words our child form these days & leave the pronunciation lesson for the future.

  • Learning fun: Colours & Counting

Colours : Keep the colour games coming. Encourage use of crayons, markers, water paints so your tot can experiment freely with colours. If your tot get confused over the right names of colours, don’t argue with them. Slowly point it out through games & such.

Counting : Count anything & everything. At home, read counting books. Do toddler-appropriate puzzles together that revolves counting.

Simple activities to do with your 19 months tot are not some kind of academic training, but a form of play & bonding for you & your child, keyed to your toddler’s pace. Perhaps your little guy or gal is destined to be an accomplished artist, mathematician or a star on high school debating team. That remains to be seen far in the future. The great thing is that we have to do today is simply embrace our toddlers.

January 14, 2010 Posted by | Lifestyle on Parenting, Notes on EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, Notes on TODDLER | 6 Comments

Toddler Monthly Notes : Your 18 months old

No more food fights

Any child psychologist will confirm about this fact : In the first 6 months, your child doubled in weight. By end of his first year, his birth weight more or less tripled. Between 1 and 2, however a toddler’s growth rate slows considerably, with his weight increasing by only about 30 percent. Since his overall calories requirements are far less during his second year, his appetite naturally slacks off somewhat.

Eating nothing would indeed be a problem. But the truth is, if you kept a food diary, you’d see that your child is taking in the calories needs, perhaps by snacking lightly as much as every one or two hours and by devouring his one big favourite meal of the day.

Making healthy snacks more appealing

Be a little silly with food. Toddlers love to arrange things in row so help him set up a row of the carrots and peas or even try building tower with fruit and vegetable slices. As he arranges and rearranges the food, maybe he’ll even pop that first piece in his mouth. Realizing the taste is not so bad, he may end up finishing the whole thing.

Dip it!. Try to identify your child particularly likes (mayonaise, yogurt, ketchup, etc.) and offer it with raw or cook veggies.Limit juice.Bear in mind that drinking water when you’re thirsty is a very healthy habit to teach your child.

Set a good example. If you want your child to eat breakfast, eat breakfast with him.Show him how you eat vegetable with gutso.

Learning fun : Seeing & saying

Hit the shopping mall.Frequent meander through those wonderful stores can even work on not be presurred into buying as your toddler has become accustomed to not receiving a presnt every visit.

Make reading a joint project.Now your toddler will really enjoy an element of active partcipation in the process. Look for books with movable parts such as flaps to look under or tabs to pull. Also, choose books with repeated rhymes or phrases yor toddler can say along with you.

Most of all, savor each day with your toddlre with hugs and kisses!

December 3, 2009 Posted by | Lifestyle on Parenting, Notes on EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, Notes on TODDLER | 4 Comments