Friday, December 6, 2013

Tot School- Ee

Z enjoys working on puzzles. I grouped the pieces of a puzzle together and he puts them in order.

Lately, he's been cleaning up after himself. As much as I want to expand the activity, like tell stories using the puzzles he formed, he wanted to clean up as soon as he was finished.

This is the first time I let him work on beading. I used to be scared that he would swallow the beads. I still make sure though that I watch him closely while he plays with them.

Z seriously working on his beads.

I was amazed that he actually did it! But he did not want me to take a picture of his finished product.

I tried if he is going to like playing/working on ABC Find It. He finished it, but he was getting frustrated working on it. The cut images are crowding each other on the image sheet and they won't stay in place, he wanted it neatly placed on top of the image sheet.

Some playdough fun. He said he made a pizza. 

Cute moment playing together. This is kinda rare..hehe

On Fridays, while Em is having her piano lesson with my friend, I keep Z busy by working on his favorite activities. This time he didn't put the puzzles away as soon as he was finished, he was pointing to each object on the puzzles.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

My Father's World- Ee for Elephant

I will remember what God has done for me.


We learned that people sometimes say that an elephant never forgets. They, particularly the grandma that rules the herd, remember the path they've been. All the more so with us, we should never forget the wonderful things God has done. We enumerated some of the wonderful things God has done for us. This is Em's list:

-God made me the way that I am

-He forgives me.
-He loves me so much.
-He gave me a little brother.
-He gave us the Bible!
-He gave us everything that is good.

We also read and discussed the following verses: Psalm 77:11-12John 3:16 and Colossians 1:14, 21-22a.

I shared with Em that since we are sinners, we need forgiveness of our sins. God is holy and  we are sinners, which means we are separated from God. Sinners like us deserve eternal separation from God in Hell. But because Christ died, God has saved us to Himself. I praise God that every lesson is an opportunity for me to emphasize her need of Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.

Also, we discussed that since we know the good news of forgiveness and salvation in Christ, we need to share it to others who don't know Him yet. She then said, "Z is going to be a Pastor and he is the one who is going to share the Gospel to others". I told her that it would be awesome if Z would desire to serve God as a pastor, but the role of sharing the Gospel is for every one who is a believer of Jesus Christ. On a side note, her auntie asked her what she would like to become. She thought for a moment and responded "a mommy". I asked her how many kids she wanted and she said "six! so they can all play together." She also added that she wants a farm, so she's going to be a farmer mommy. :)

At the end of the week, she memorized Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

Here is a video of her memorizing the verse. She also sang one of the songs from the album Songs for Saplings:ABC.

We learned that
  • There are two types of elephant, the Asian elephant and the African elephant.

  • Elephants are the largest land-living mammal in the world.
  • Both female and male African elephants have tusks but only the male Asian elephants have tusks. They use their tusks for digging and finding food.
  • Female elephants are called cows. They start to have calves when they are about 12 years old and they are pregnant for 22 months.- I told her that thank God that our new baby will only stay in Mommy's tummy for 9 months, and that I cannot imagine being pregnant for 22 months! She then counted up to 22 and said "that's a long time!".
  • An adult elephant needs to drink around 210 litres of water a day.- I showed her how much 1 liter is and since an elephant is huge, it needs 210 times that amount. 
  • Elephants have large, thin ears. Blood is circulated through their ears to cool them down in hot climates.
  • The elephant’s trunk is able to sense the size, shape and temperature of an object. An elephant uses its trunk to lift food and suck up water then pour it into its mouth.
          That's her trunk:
  • Elephants can swim – they use their trunk to breathe like a snorkel in deep water.
  • Elephants are herbivores and can spend up to 16 hours days collecting leaves, twigs, bamboo and roots.

Objects starting with letter E

 Cut and Paste

We used ABC Find It from 1plus1plusequals1. I hid the image cards around the living room. After finding all the cards, she then matched them up to the poster.


I displayed five objects in front of her. I had her turn her back while I remove one object. She looked at the remaining objects and tried to name the missing one. 


This is one of my favorite parts of our week. Her cute drawings and stories always make my day. :) 




Copywork and Badge


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tot School- Hh

Now it's Z's turn...We call our time together as Tot school. Tot school is focused time with (my) toddler, exposing early learning skills through fun play. It is not too structured. Actually, I am still in the process of learning how to teach Z. Sometimes, it's tempting to compare Z with Em and have her as the standard of what he shoud be learning. But I have to be reminded that God made him different from Em, and that He alone can give us wisdom and patience in teaching and discipling our boy. :)

While Em is doing her schoolwork, Z and I usually play, sing or color together. Or I just let him do his own thing- he usually plays with his sword and armor. I give him quiet time to work alone with puzzles, but if you know Z, he cannot stay quiet and still for a long time! He is our boy full of energy. He also gets hungry around this time, so I let him have some snacks. As Z is getting older, I hope to be more intentional and be more prepared in giving him one-on-time. For more ideas on Tot school visit 1+1+1=1.

Letter Hunt


He was so proud of his work! Hahaha

While Em and I are busy, this is what he usually likes to do- which leaves the whole room all messy. We are working on having him clean up after himself. Praise God that little by little, he is learning to obey when he is told to clean up.
Clean-up Time 

He also likes to play with random stuff around the house. 

One of his favorites is "hainting". 

Here he is riding his "dino-horse".


Sunday, November 24, 2013

MFW K- Hh for Horse

I obey right away.


We learned that a well-trained horse obeys right away. It obeys its master's command- whether to go to the left, to the right or to stop. Likewise, children need to obey their parents. Colossians 3:20 says "Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord". I asked Em if she loves God and she exclaimed "Yes!". I also asked her if she loves Daddy and Mommy and she again said "Yes!". I  explained to her that she shows love to God and to us by obeying our commands.

This poster from Totally Tots is posted on our homeschooling board. It serves as a reminder for her that she needs to obey right away, all the way, every day. And that she needs God's help in doing so. I also explained that God can see her heart if she is obeying happily.

We also discussed that Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him (Genesis 6:22). On the other hand, Jonah did not obey God right away and because of that, he faced consequences for his disobedience.

To illustrate that joy and blessings are results of obedience, I hid "treasures" around the house. I told Em that to find the "treasures", she needs to listen very closely and follow my directions exactly as I told her. She was happy to find her favorite milk chocolate drink and the binocular from her cousin.    



We reviewed the verses we learned from preschool. We finished Raising Rockstar Preschool (RRSP) almost a year ago. We truly enjoyed the RRSP lessons and the verses we learned are still hidden in Em's little heart. The cut and tape pages for Colossians 3:20 is from RRSP Letter C and the one for Philippians 2:14 is from RRSP Letter D.


We learned that

                Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up.
                Horses can run shortly after birth.
                Domestic horses have a lifespan of around 25 years.

              Horses are herbivores (plant eaters).
                Horses have bigger eyes than any other mammal that lives on land.
                Because horse’s eyes are on the side of their head they are capable of seeing nearly 360 degrees at one time.

Em was amazed to learn that horses can see what's behind them. She wanted to be like them! hahaha

The fun facts about horses are from here. We only discuss what is appropriate for her age and what we believe is true (that God made horses about 6,000 years ago).

Horse Anatomy and Animal Classification



Objects starting with letter H and Sound Discrimination

Blend Ladder, Word List and Cut and Paste



Learning about horse gaits

Here she is trotting and walking like a horse.



 I asked Em to compare horses and cars. She said that horses and cars are both fast; she can ride on them; both need to be washed; but horses have hair!
Together, we made a list of the many ways horses have helped people in the past and present. Here's her list: Horses have helped people (1) haul a milk wagon; (2) play cowboy; (3) travel; and (4) join a jumping contest!



Learning about weight and size.



She said she doesn't know how to paint a horse, so she just painted a picture of herself.

We read Billy and Blaze book and she made a birthday card for a friend:

Em and Z made horse puppets.


For each unit, we read one Bibleless people from the book From Akebu to Zapotec.

She especially enjoyed the following books: Robert the Rose HorseBilly and Blaze and My Chincoteague Pony. She asked me to request more books from the Billy and Blaze series. She also said "I want my own pony, but I know it's expensive to buy one".


Em enjoyed listening to William Tell Overture (Finale) while riding on her horse's back. (Thank you Daddy for pretending to be a horse)