Make math easier for kids – Visualize!

math for kids

If I was taught math this way back in the day, math would’ve been a breeze from the start.  Kids these days are very lucky as it’s not a generation of memorizing anymore.  It’s more of making kids understand the How? and the Why? of things being taught to them.  A concrete example is math.  Before, we’d just memorize (1+1=2) or (2+3=5).  Read More »

First few “Big School” Experiences

Ok, so it’s been a week and a couple of days since start of classes.

*We’ve lost 4 ponytails, 2 clips, a water bottle, and a cloth diaper.

*I’ve had 2 concerns regarding bathroom procedures.

Caregivers/Manangs/Nannies in school who were supposedly helping the kids go to the bathroom and wash up were not as available as expected.  Or they lack communication with the kids.  Chesca came home one day with wet underwear coz she used the bidet by herself and no tissue was within reach coz the nanny was assisting someone else.  So I told her to just wait for her turn and not do it by herself so she doesn’t get wet.

But then, today she tells me that she told the nanny to wash her coz she was done peeing but the nanny didn’t wash her and just told her to wear her underwear without even wiping.  So that leaves me with making her wash by herself!?  Now I need to teach a 3 year old how to use the bidet without making a mess!!!???

*3 instances of unlocked water bottles, leaving her bag a bit wet.  This resulting to one day wetting a book inside the bag.

*One accident encountered.

Chesca was found crying a bit in a corner coz she hit her head.  Hitting her head was less concerning but it was her eye she hit.  She had a bit of a swollen eye and a small (dot like) scraped skin.  Seems like she hit a corner of a book that was wrapped in plastic cover.  Or something sharp that poked her eye.  But I did appreciate it that her teacher came out to the car to explain things to me.  Then again, I don’t really know what happened coz no adult saw the accident.  We’re all just relying on what Chesca said.  I made sure (well I hope I did) that no one pushed her or hurt her or caused her to fall.  That it was all an accident.  She did say she had no bad classmates and all were good (Thank God!).  I just hope she remembers correctly and isn’t omitting anything!

There you go, me adjusting with the “big school” things.

This is the memo book I wasn’t too fond of coz it was a bit heavy for Chesca to be bringing everyday in her bag.
But it turns out I’m the one who’s gonna be using it often 🙂   This book is for the parents and teachers to communicate with one another.  It’s been a little over a week and I’ve used it 4x! 😛
Latest letter to the teacher regarding the bathroom incident and some lost items today.  Not too long huh? 🙂

How are your toddlers in big school?  Do share your experiences 🙂

I just hope I get adjusted soon or I might go crazy especially with all these pregnancy hormones!

Simple Pleasures

I’ve come to realize that it’s very important for you to spend time that you have with your toddlers.  This is the time that their brain is like a sponge and they try to learn everything.  Of course, us mothers would want to be the ones to teach things to our kids.  We wouldn’t want them to learn stuff from their nanny, especially if what they learn is not quite right.  I had a wake up call when Chesca (my toddler) started saying “beer” referring to “bear” and on another day saying “MA-school ako”.  I got so shocked that she easily imitated a couple of our helpers at home.  So I guess this was the stage when they copy everything they see or hear.

After that day, I made it a point to make more conversations with her and correcting her immediately if ever I heard her say anything wrong.  It amazes me how that little head of hers comprehends everything I say.  I guess I underestimated her.  One time she said “Huy!” to me coz she heard that word from one maid calling the other.  I immediately corrected her and this is how our conversation went:

Me:  Chesca! What did you just say???  You’re not supposed to call mommy or anyone “Huy”.  It’s bad manners to do so.  Do you understand?

Chesca:  Yes.  It’s bad to say Huuuy.

Me:  Ok, good girl.

After a week, I was putting her to sleep and making her drink her milk.  She was playing with the straw of her milk bottle then I accidentally said “Huy! don’t do that!”  and she immediately tells me “Mommy, you’re nooot supposed to say Huy.  It’s bad manners”.   I was so proud of her she remembered!  So of course I had to say sorry to her for calling her “Huy!”  Practice what you preach Mommies…hehehe

Lately, I try to manage my time to be able to spend the most time I can with my kids.  If I have an errand to do and I can tag them along, I do.  If I could multi-task an be with them while getting some work done, I do that as well.

So the other day, while doing some work at a coffee shop, I brought her along just so I could spend some time with her before her nap.  She’d imitate me while I work on my laptop and she’d observe how I order coffee, pay, get change, prepare my coffee, etc.  Kids learn a lot just by being with their parents.  This particular day, I taught her about money.  I gave her play money so she’d know how much each was and what she could buy with it.

That hour we spent at the coffee shop was very productive.  She learned 20 pesos, 50 pesos, 100 pesos, 200 pesos, 500 pesos and 1,000 pesos.  So while I was working on my computer, she was just beside me reviewing her money and pretending to buy stuff from her nanny.  She’d pretend to be the barista by saying “you want coffee yaya? here”  and pretending to be a customer saying “I’ll pay for it first coz if I don’t pay, it’s stooling (she meant stealing)”.  It was just so fun hearing her monologues about what she learned.  Priceless!

Hanging out with my daughter is one of the simple pleasures I treasure.  And I’m just very lucky and thankful I’m able to do this 🙂