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Monday, 4 November 2013

Hungrybaby's Montessori inspired daily activities(18 months old)

Some simple Montessori inspired..or just simply fun daily activities :

- Pouring activities (Practical Life for Toddlers and Sensory Training)
Pouring/Scooping pasta using spoon between 2 cups

Distributing the cornflakes cereal to an ice cube tray

Macaroni pouring

Pouring, scooping and sensory exploration using "sandbox" (we're using instant muesli)

Pouring, scooping and sensory exploration using water ball sensory table

Putting back the waterball to the bottle (and pouring it back)

- Wooden/laundry peg activities: 

Result : Taking off the wooden pegs was easy, but she's not able to put them on again


This is an activity that she invented by herself :)
When I was doing the laundry, she played around and the pegs caught her eye

- Other practical & sensory activities

Pulling and pushing in chenile to a small hole

 Putting in/out straws to a container

Sweeping using small broom

This is what happened if she's using the normal size broom, 
showing off and bring it all the way to the side of the street :)

Inserting coins to a money bank

Cutting a bread using cookie cutter

Playing..or biting wooden puzzle :)

Watering the plants

- Art Activities


Finger painting
Result: She's not comfortable yet to have stains on her palms, so she was using a sponge brush

DIY finger painting recipe: 
2 cups of corn flour/ starch

 1 cup of cold water

4.5 cups of boiling water
 Liquid food colouring


Playing with play doh
Result: it is not an art activity yet, since she likes to poke and roll the dough only, it is considered sensorial activity :)

Note: Adult supervision needed for all of the activities :)

- Music Activities :
Playing piano

Playing maracas

video
Playing guitar

Morning dance routine

Nursery songs

- Outdoor/nature play: Nature is the best and subtlest teacher, that's why we go outside around our house or to a playground, twice a day, 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon. We really enjoy this walks. Sometimes we do an evening stroll if hungrydaddy can go out from work early :')


Observing nature around the house

Pushing cart 

Nature walks


And her favourite : Water play

- Language Activities: We read to her a bible story every night before we go to bed
Result : She is not really focused with the book yet, moving around and then back to the book, but excited for closing prayer time.

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Saturday, 5 October 2013

Where to buy affordable Montessori Materials in Singapore part II (ELC Sale)

11. ELC (Early Learning Centre) Sale 

I went to their clearance and renovation sale at the United Square Novena, on the first and second day ;)
On the first day, the queue was long, I arrived at 11am and Q for 40 minutes. But it was worth it. Because the toys was sold out quickly. (Sorry for the bad pics on this post)

This is only 1/4 of the queue

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Where to buy affordable Montessori materials in Singapore (part I)

As mentioned earlier in my last post, Montessori learning for babies and toddler is activities that support development of physical skills and sensory experience. That includes:
- heuristic play,
- song, rhymes, stories and books,
- nature play (play outside)
- simple puzzles and manipulative toys
- early practical and sensorial activities, development of vocabularies are available to the older toddlers.

The use of natural material (wood, weaves, fabric) is encouraged to create a calm play environment. I personally not against plastic toys, but now I try limit the use and exposure.

Here is a list of places in Singapore where you can buy things for your Montessori at home materials:

1. Daiso
Wooden cutlery

Natural Baskets, cheaper option than Ikea, but only small to medium sizes

Friday, 20 September 2013

Starting a Montessori inspired home in a one bedroom apartment

Before hungrybaby entering the toddlerhood (whoa.. time flies! She's almost 18 months now-my last post was when she was 9 months old!) I read many references about Charlotte Mason for her nature play, sensory activities and that leads me to Montessori books too. As an introduction, the Montessori Program focuses on five areas:
  • Practical Life for Toddlers
  • Sensory Training
  • Language
  • Art
  • Music
Montessori learning for babies and toddler, from the book "Montessori early years curriculum"

Saturday, 22 December 2012

❤ What kind of "mother image" that I want to be remembered...

Confession time:
Previously this blog intended to be a weekly updated blog, but right after my baby's schedule became more predictable (about 4 months old), I started to resume with my long time (delayed) dream project <3<3<3 ... Since this project involved with other parties and needed waiting time to do some R&D, I also tried to set up an online shop (typical SAHM I say? Hmmm), and even agreed to join my long time dear friend to open another home bussines ...

This is why this blog was idle for a quite some time (last post was two months ago ::cough::), while there was 21 draft posts that haven't been finished, and lots of new ideas crossed my mind too. 

Today, December 22nd is celebrated as Hari Ibu or "Mother's Day" in Indonesia (and we don't have father's day btw), and this post is a bit mother's day spirit...

Lately I've been wondering what will my child's (or children :/?) memory about her mother on her childhood? 

Since I've been busy lately, I am afraid that her memory about me will be like this :

Word of the day is : Wait .... :'(

or this :
Whatsapp done, e-mail done, oh no... my tweet that linked to my facebook that link to my instagram that linked to path.. wait, where was I...??

Monday, 22 October 2012

☁ Baby's First Skills - Miriam Stoppard {Book review}

image is from nlb.gov.sg

Title : Baby's First Skills - Miriam Stoppard
It was borrowed from Queenstown Public Library

Dr Mirriam Stoppart is using the "golden hour" method which means in  just an hour a day you can help our baby develop during the first year. The golden hour is divided into 5 areas : friendlines, minds hand, talking, and moving.

Monday, 15 October 2012

❤ Breastfeeding Diary

I started a breastfeeding journal since day 1 using Philips Avent's Baby Feeding Diary book that I got for free from the Prenatal Class.

The Avent free diary's template

But after a few days using the diary, I created a diy-journal which I thought it will be easier and simpler way to record the baby daily schedule, not only for feeding, but also stool, and sleeping pattern.
Tuesday, 9 October 2012

☁ The Fatherstyle Advantage {Book Review}



Complete title : The Fatherstyle Advantage: Surefire Techniques Every Parent Can Use to Raise Confident and Caring Kids, Kevin O'Shea James Windell 
It was borrowed from Queenstown Public Library


I searched for parenting books that specifically intended for fathers. From the public library I found this book and some other interesting options such as:
Monday, 1 October 2012

❤ Baby competition vs stage mom syndrome

Yesterday was hungrybaby's first competition result.

We entered her in her first competition in her 6 months old of age. When she was 3.5 months old, she tried her first swim outside mommy's womb (she was swimming in there too, right?) ^^ 

Why we took her swimming? I read that it was a good activity for babies in strengthening and stimulating to improve their physical growth and mental development. And we got a voucher for swimming trial too ^o^, and surprisingly, hungrybaby loved it so much, she's moving very actively and didn't stop smiling.

Her first swim ^^ (and first"botak" haircut too)
Monday, 24 September 2012

❤ Baby friendly cosmetics {Notes from last post}


After receiving some precious feedbacks, I split this note that was embedded on the previous post, Growing Green babies, as this week's post :)


Image is from here 

Having a baby makes me think more to have a safer environment for my precious bundle of joy. Having a close contact 24/7 with baby while breastfeeding, playing, giving affection and other daily activities, made me question, am I, myself is a safe "environment" for her?

I found some chemically harm sources that might be dangerous for baby from the cosmetics I use, they are :