It’s been a busy period at home, so thank you for your patience in waiting for my updates at Mummy’s Homeschool!
Over the past 3 months, Baby Jae blossomed from a baby to almost like a toddler. He has grown so much within such a short span of time!
Right Brain Education
At 8 months old, Jae started attending Shichida weekly classes. I accompanied him for his first lesson, after which Daddy took over. (During the same time slot, I accompany Vee for his class.) He enjoys the classes and is especially attentive during songs.
Babies are indeed born with amazing abilities. For the recent 3 classes, Jae has gotten perfect score for photographic memory exercises. For HSP (Heightened Sensory Perception) exercises, usually all except 1 correct.
That’s why right brain education is about helping children retain and develop their innate abilities. The earlier it’s started, the more effective it is. Otherwise, these abilities will be lost as they grow older and the left brain takes over, needing a lot more effort to learn.
- Home Practice: This is still sporadic because I’m trying to work around his nap schedule while handling Vee. My target is to do 4 days of home practice each week. 15 minutes each time, covering 100-200 flashcards, senses play and photographic memory exercises. Through the day, we’d also sing and speed-read.
He watched with awe when his brother completed a tall tower with the knobless cylinders!
- Shelves: I’ve placed board books and some age-appropriate toys at the lower shelves. Whenever he gets to explore the materials, he becomes super-excited.
- Sensorial: Besides materials on the shelves, I also let him join in when Vee plays with Lego Duplo (remove the smaller pieces) and other not-too-tiny toys. He loves rummaging through the bucket to find pieces that attract him. This is also a good chance for the boys to learn how to play nicely together.
- Mouthing stage: At this age, he uses his mouth to explore anything that he’s interested in — books, toys, dining chairs, his booster seat buckles, pails, just name it… Once, he even tried to eat an insect off the floor! I try to use positive language instead of saying “No” when he tries to mouth something he shouldn’t. E.g. “That’s for your eyes and hands”, “Holding is fine”, “If you need to bite something, here’s your teether”
- Speech: Once, Jae tried saying “ba ba” and “ma ma” while looking at us individually. Otherwise, he’s still babbling with simple, “Ah ah ah”.
- Baby sign language: At 8+ months old, he started using simple hand signs for “more” and “eat” when he wants more finger food. I was over the moon when he first tried!
This little bunny is very agile and loves moving about. He’s contented to explore freely on the floor, giving me much-needed time to finish my meals at home. Phew!
- At 6.5 months old, he first started pulling up to stand at the cot bed and Montessori shelves. And even smiled smugly!
- Just before 7 months old, he started cruising along furniture, and pushing a small chair / stool / pushwalker toy to learn walking.
- At 8 months old, he managed to get from squatting to standing position by himself, and stood independently for about 2 seconds, witnessed by lucky Daddy. Now at 9 months old, he can stand on his own for 7-14 seconds! We’re waiting patiently for him to take his first step.
- He can crawl up a few steps.
- He loves holding on to Vee’s high chair and the refrigerator. Jae treats the dining table as his mini play gym, often crawling underneath it when we’re having meals. If he spots any food on the floor, he’d try to eat it!
- Finally, we brought him for his first swim at a public pool. He totally enjoyed himself splashing water and smiling at others for 30 minutes.
Behaviour & Social Skills
- During the day, Jae is quite easy to handle. As long as he’s well-fed and his diaper is clean, he’s generally very happy. Ever since he started to feed himself finger food and cruise along furniture, I didn’t need to babywear him at home. Of course, if no one plays with him for too long, he’d start fussing for attention.
- He gets to interact with adult family members at home, his brother, and is around other babies in the Shichida class, so that’s quite a complete “social circle” for now.
It’s a joy to see how fast babies learn. The rest of Baby Jae’s updates on feeding, pre-potty training and sleeping is posted at Mummy’s Reviews here.
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P.P.S. Coming up: I’m compiling a list of The Shichida Method FAQs based on our own experiences, since many Mummies have asked me similar questions. I’d try to share as long as it’s not copyrighted information. If you’ve anything particular to be addressed, please leave a comment.