|April 4, 2013||Posted by Mabel under Just Eva, Progress Reports|
We got our first school evaluation for Eva today. Apparently, they do one in March and will have another done just before she ends her first year in June. I am happy to see that she has adjusted well and has learnt quite a few things at kindy. They adopt a concept that is similar, if not the same, to the Montessori system – open shelves, learning through play/activities/outings, teaching kids life & social skills, etc.
The evaluation is split into a number of different sections – language, comprehension (reading & writing), student life, self-awareness, world knowledge and craft/creativity. Each objective is graded accordingly – (loosely translated) A – Acquired, CN – Correction Needed, IP – In Progress, NA – Not Acquired
Able to relate and include adults and peers – A
Able to speak in front of a group – NA
Pronounces & articulates correctly – CN
Explains an activity after it has ended – A
Understands and executes an instruction – A
French language development
Able to produce a correct sentence/phase – A
Comprehension (reading and writing)
Familiarisation with tools
Shows an interest in tools – books, drawings, graphs, etc – A
Able to pick the correct tools, use, arrange and keep them – A
Listens during storytelling sessions – A
Identifies main characters in the story – A
Able to identify the letters in one’s name – A
Able to identify the letters in other people’s names – NA
Lyric-music listening skills
Able to listen and repeat simple songs with a range of sounds/tones – A
Able to hold a pencil properly – A
Able to write/colour in the designated space – A
Able to trace shapes – A
Able to trace different movements – A
Has respect for others, the rules and community life – A
Able to perform simple tasks – answer when spoken to, dress oneself, put away things, etc – A
Identifies adults and their positions – A
Can remain attention for long periods of time when necessary – A
Able to complete tasks on their own – A
Adapts to changes in the environment – A
Adjusts to group/community rules – A
Able to co-operate with partners – A
Able to express herself through rhythm or sound – A
Roleplays with materials – scarf, small sacs of grains, etc – A
Learns to use every day tools – scissors – A
Learns to work with every day materials – modelling clay, paper, boxes, etc – A
Discovering the body
Able to name the parts of the human body – A
Knows and applies hygiene practices – A
Form & size discovery
Able to recognise and classify the following: form, size and colour – A for form and colour
Able to name simple shapes – square, round, triangle – A
Numbers and counting
Able to compare quantities – A
Memorises numbers up to… – A (11)
Able to count up to 3 – IP
Able to associate the number with its written form – IP
Able to recognize and predict different hours of daily life (morning, afternoon, etc) and days – A
Able to perform activities within a page – A
Able to adapt to different materials and techniques – painting with various tools & materials, tearing, gluework, assembling, etc – A
Plays with one’s voice in terms of tone and volume – A
Able to repeat and reproduce simply tunes – A
Sings along with familiar songs – A
To summarize the evaluation, the teacher’s comment section states that she is attentive, not disruptive and participates quietly in classroom activities. She is good with crafts, can colour/draw/work with pen/pencil and is progressing well with other skills (singing, dance, life skills, hygiene, social interaction, etc).
It would appear that she’s still shy when it comes public speaking (yes, they check that at her age), needs some correction with her articulation and pronunciation, and learning her classmates’ names. She’s also still learning how to count (but can memorise numbers up to 11) and associating the number with its written form.
|March 26, 2013||Posted by Mabel under Just Noah|
The little man is fast growing up and becoming more and more like a toddler as the days goes by. He is started to enjoy bath time and sometimes will protest HEAVILY when we remove him from the tub. Imagine a screaming and wailing baby throughout the whole removal, drying, moisturising and dressing process. Sometimes it even continues until he enters his room which is a good few feet from the bathroom. Gack!
But when he’s happy, he truly is a joy to watch and observe. That’s him dripping water off his hand and fingers. Sometimes he’ll splash around, sometimes he plays with the cup…scooping water, pouring it away, drinking (I hope he doesn’t pee in his bath water) and attempting to blow bubbles. Once I even caught him trying to put his face right on the surface of the water. And when you catch him, he gives you that cheeky smile which says it all – HAPPY BATH TIME!
|March 13, 2013||Posted by Mabel under Reviews|
After a couple of months on the ring sling, I decided to scout around for a carrier that could distribute the weight over two shoulders and the hips instead of just one shoulder like a ring sling or a pouch. There are a group buy going on over at a Singaporean mothers group and I jumped on the bandwagon after looking at the specifications and design.
Ergo has a couple of models – the Classic, Performance, Sport and Organic. We settled for the Performance due to the fabric used – cotton wicking mesh knit and waterproof exterior. It was also supposedly lighter and more breathable. At the time, these were qualities I was looking for in hot and humid Singapore.
Ergo’s soft structured carriers have the following features:
- Shoulder straps: Padded with 1” high-density premium foam, expanding from 27” – 49”
- Waist strap belt: Padded with 1/4” high-density EVA foam, expanding from 29” – 55”
- Sliding chest strap
- Small & large zippered pouch
- Sleeping hood
You could use this from birth with the infant insert and all the way up till todderhood or at least 20 kilos. We took it everywhere with us – Singapore and France during the winter months. It came in handy when we were switching between users – it fitted my husband well and more importantly, comfortably too thanks to the long straps. The downside with this – like many soft structure carriers – is that back carrying a child doesn’t allow for much of a view for the child. So after a while, we stopped using this.
When Noah came along, I used this in a front carry style and found it to be very comfortable. He could still look around, snooze and all in it. Strangely enough, I thought it to be too hot for him due to his eczema and decided to let this go for another soft structure carrier which I thought would work well. Turned out to be a mistake as the one I purchased had a short body panel and Noah hated being in it. I have no doubts that he would have enjoyed being back carried in the Ergo.
Adjustable and suitable for multiple carriers of different size
Comes with an adjustable sleeping hood & pockets
Can be used for babies, infants, young toddlers
Versatile – front, back, hip carry
Fabrics used is pretty comfortable for the child and wearer
Love the bright colours (blue, green)!
Lightweight – about half a kilo
Can be warm for the summer or in the tropics
Doesn’t come with a carry bag
Accessories like teething pads and all are separate
|March 12, 2013||Posted by Mabel under Just Eva|
Of lately, we have been talking about exposing the kids to music. Eva loves singing and dancing to just about anything…from nursery rhymes to Disney movies and songs. So for Christmas, my mother-in-law surprised her with a little gift…
Move aside princesses coz the rock star is here to stay!
I reckon she’s too young for the best guitars around but hey, it’s a start. At the moment, she just aimlessly plucks the strings as her hand is still too small to grip the entire neck. It sits in storage on most days; I should really get started on regular music exposure “lessons” – maybe make every Wednesday a music appreciation day.
Any ideas or suggestions?
|February 28, 2013||Posted by Mabel under Breastfeeding, Just Noah, Parenthood|
As of this week, I said goodbye to breastfeeding my son.
It has been a journey that spanned nearly 18 months and one that wasn’t smooth too. I had my fair share of blocked ducts, engorgements, milk blebs, oversupply (undersupply wasn’t an issue this time as I was pumping in the early days and Noah didn’t need much of my milk) and all the “joys” that come with breastfeeding.
Noah was already down to two feeds – my kids drink “straight from the tap” since I am a stay-at-home mum – for the past few months and sometime late December/early January, I decided to try cutting back on boob-time before naps – experience told me that the night feeds are hardest to drop so I saved that for last instead. He accepted it and went to bed on his own with some shoulder patting. The weaning came by accident, to be honest, as sometime last week, I started to notice that he was playing more than nursing and when my period came earlier this week, I told my hubs that maybe it is time to stop completely. I let my hubby put him to bed instead of me – Eva was with my mother-in-law for the week since it’s the school holidays – and I reckon that if my hubby is the one to get him to sleep, he wouldn’t want to nurse or think of nursing.
It went smoother than I had expected. Of course I haven’t tried putting him to bed at night…not yet. I think I’ll wait for next week to try it out.
Now many people asked about my feelings on this, if I was sad about him self-weaning. To be honest, I am not. I think what made this time different from my previous weaning experience – my daughter self-weaned at 11 mths old – is that the both of us are ready to move on and I was not under pressure to build up a milk bank or make sure that he was still on milk as was the case when Eva went off breast milk. I am not working now and Noah is doing very well on solids – sometimes, we joke that he’s a bottomless pit – and more importantly, he is still on a balanced diet despite his food allergies.
I must say tho – I am happy to have my breasts back! Kakakakaka!
|February 13, 2013||Posted by Mabel under Food & Recipes, Little Tastebuds|
NOTE: If your child isn’t allergic to dairy, you can use melted butter in place of oil and milk or yogurt in place of soy yogurt.
Blueberry-banana muffins with soy yogurt
Adapted from Periplus Mini Cookbooks’ Blueberry Muffin recipe
Babies above 8 months, toddlers and adults
1-2 medium-large overripe bananas, roughly chopped up
1 3/4 self rising flour
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
125 gms blueberries
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup soy yogurt (or milk or regular yogurt)
1/3 cup oil (or melted butter)
- Preheat your oven to 200°C and prepare a greased pan of your choice.
- Sift the flour, sugar and baking powder into a bowl and stir in the blueberries and chopped up bananas. In a separate bowl, combine egg, yogurt and oil before mixing well. All the liquids all at once into the flour mixture.
- Stir gently with a wooden spoon or fork until all the dry ingredients are moistened. The batter should be lumpy.
- Spoon the batter evenly into each muffin cup until each cup is two-thirds full. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing. Serve warm on its own or with syrup if need be.
Keep frozen in an airtight container or covered for up to three months. When needed, bring down to the fridge to thaw overnight before microwaving for a few seconds. Alternatively you can rebaked this covered for a few minutes at 180°C.