Home Practice Learning Materials & Books (3+ to 6 years old)

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Below are some of the home practice learning materials for teaching children from age 3+ to 6 years old.

We blend whole brain (previously known as “right brain”) and Montessori methods to achieve optimal learning outcome. That is, whole brain learning materials can be used in a more Montessori way, and Montessori materials can also be used in a more whole brain way. To find out how, you may join my signature online workshop here*.

I started reading and speed-reading the books to my babies when they were little so that they could get the flow of language. At around 3 years old, they started reciting the stories.

We’ve personally used the materials mentioned below except:

  • “Base ten set”, where we used Montessori beads instead
  • Floppy’s Phonics, where we used the previous edition

The list is non-exhaustive and would be updated over time.

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Where to get



Electronic countdown timer

  • Smartphone function
  • Major stationery store
Memory game cards
  • Home-made
  • Owlissimo: 150 Game Cards*
    • 0-3 years old: 1 set
    • 3 years old & above (when child can arrange cards): 2 sets for a big variety of memory games


Singapore Math textbooks & workbooks
  • Marshall Cavendish: My Pals are Here or Shaping Maths
Link cubes Concrete
Counters Concrete
Base ten set Concrete
Chips (minimum 100) Partially abstract

– Substitute for Montessori stamp game – When familiar with link cubes and base ten set, move to labelled chips – Write 1, 10, 100, 1000 on chips

– Demonstrate place value operations
Printable manipulatives / math cards Pictorial / abstract
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English Language


Picture books for reading (synthetic phonics), speed reading & recitation


  • Progressive Phonics (based on U.S. English): download the entire programme for FREE here: ProgressivePhonics.com
    • Note: If you use British instead of American English, just mention the slight spelling differences to the child.)
English language / language arts

From Grade 2 onwards:

Printable manipulatives / word cards
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Chinese Language


Picture books for reading, speed reading & recitation

  • New Edition: Odonata Chinese Reading Programme: Ming Ming & Li Li: Read Stories Learn Words (明明和丽丽:读故事学认字):
    • Recommended: At least first and second 100 words (1 book each & flashcards)
  • Old Pre-2020 Edition: Odonata preschool books (红蜻蜓幼儿学前计划): limited stock available
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Printable manipulatives / word cards
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Malay Language  

Picture books for reading, speed reading & recitation

  • Paul dan Mary, by Kohwai & Young:

  • Seronoknya Membaca! by Pelangi:
    • Malaysia: Kunci 1 (6 books)
    • Malaysia: Kunci 2 (6 books)
    • Malaysia: Kunci 3 (6 books)

Printable manipulatives / word cards

Character-Building & Values

Learning Environment

More Favourite Beginner Books & Materials

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Updated on 1 January 2021

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