DIY materials

[Reading] Fun memory game created by Jae

We love playing memory games and Jae (5y3m) just created a new version that may thrill your little one while he’s learning to read. The Progressive Phonics free printables include memory game cards to help in remembering the words through a fun way. Usually, I’d arrange the cards in neat rows and columns, which is …

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[Chinese] Easy & fun reading activities

This post is on easy and fun activities to teach a young child to read Chinese characters. There’s a free flashcards download at the end too, so read on… Over the past two weeks, the family has fallen in love with this Chinese nursery rhyme — 老鹰捉小鸡 (translated as “the eagle catches the chick”). It’s catchy, related …

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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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[Flashcards] Which printer saves LOTSA time & money?

I’ve found a way to print flashcards and materials while saving LOTSA time and money. This is a common question that mummies at the recent home practice intensive workshops* asked, so here’re the details for all of you… Which printer? In the past, I’ve been using a HP photo inkjet printer. The quality is superb, …

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[Printable] Numbers & Words Card Game (0 to 10,000)

Vee is starting on Singapore Math – My Pals are Here primary 1 books. So far, he’s been learning Math using the Shichida Method (from 1 year old), the Montessori Method (from 4 years old), and through daily experiences. I’m using My Pals are Here to observe how he takes to textbook and workbook-style learning. …

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[Tutorial] How to make 100 Shichida flashcards in 2 hours

Here’s a tutorial on how to make hundreds of Shichida flashcards easily. For the basics, you may wish to read my first tutorial on How to Make Shichida Flashcards first. We are busy mums… Since Baby El turned about 2 months old, I’ve resumed making flashcards. My target is 100 to 200 cards a week. The new …

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[Montessori Printable] Golden Hundred Square & Thousand Cube

Today’s post is on how to make your own Montessori Golden Thousand Cube for teaching Mathematics. To let the child visualise quantities of 1,000 to 9,000, the Montessori Decimal System (Golden Beads) Complete Layout  requires 45 Golden Thousand Cubes. Over here in Malaysia, each cube costs RM100+ (!!!), so there’s no way we’d buy 45 of them …

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[Tutorial] Speed Reading: Make your own audio files in 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x speeds

Finally, I’m back! As promised, here’s a tutorial on how to make your own audio files for Shichida speed reading and listening home practice. Though this may seem a little techie at first, once you get the hang of it, it’s really very simple. Then you can easily create audio files for speed reading / …

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