Montessori

[Homeschool] Long weekend fun

Yesterday was Ching Ming Festival school holiday, which meant another long and meaningful weekend with the kids. explained the meaning of the festival brought 7yo Vee to watch a piano-and-strings concert for the first time. Richard Clayderman delivered a fabulous performance and has inspired Vee to keep practising. completed Vee’s origami cat bookmark project showed …

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[Concentration] Child keeping self occupied while waiting

Since many parents have concerns about their children’s concentration span, here’s one simple illustration of how a child is able to focus on his own work. After our mini reno, our living room has become bare — no sofa and no coffee table. So we attended a furniture fair to shop for something suitable. While …

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[Language] Making spelling revision fun

7yo Vee has 3-4 spelling “tests” covering 3 languages every week. He’s attending a Chinese school in Malaysia. I usually try to make the revision sessions quick, fun and effective. I’ve covered some ideas in my Intermediate workshops. Today I added a new idea, inspired by Montessori’s Pink Secrets: copy the words onto (recycled) slips …

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[Montessori Practical Life] Packing luggage

Yippee, it’s the school holidays! The older kids have been learning to pack their own travelling stuff. Last year, Vee forgot to pack his underwear for an entire trip. Good natural consequence — now he remembers it every. single. time. So for the upcoming trip, I just had to tell the older boys how many …

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Toddler sand play, cutting, etc.

While the older kids are at school, little El (2y4m) finally gets some one-to-one special time with Mummy. Here’s what he’s been up to: – morning sand play: finally brought this out after a long time – pouring water while mummy’s baking – cutting with scissors: he’s doing this almost every day Initially he held …

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[Grit] Practice makes perfect

Practice, practice, practice… This is what I remind my kids to do if they wish to get better at something. It’s about developing grit. Kids learn best from our actions (instead of words only), so I’ve been showing them through… Baking muffins! For the past 2 months, I’ve been baking healthy kids’ muffins nearly every …

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