Some of you might know that B and T goes to Mandarin class apart from their daily school. They really love their Mandarin lessons. Sometimes they sing Mandarin song at home.. Mommy just go lalala pretend to understand..
At the class, whenever they can memorise a Mandarin word in Chinese characters, they get to bring back the flash card for that word.. So far, Bella has these much of cards..
I’m very proud of her considering I know none of the words!! Haha.. every time we do revision at home, she will correct my pronunciation :D
Every. Single. Time!!
And last week, for the first time… Tasha got her flash cards!! Woohooooo!!
I know it’s only two but at least she memorise those two words!! My little Tasha can memorise two Mandarin words!!! *happy tears* And this kiasu lady (a.k.a mommy) keep testing her at home, just to make sure she really memorise the words, not just by luck!! Hahaha..
Mommy is so proud of you, Little Tasha!!
bella is three today.. Alhamdulillah..
Mommy loves you, Sayang..
Tomorrow Bella has a school trip!!
Her day out without mommy.. Gosh!!
B and her classmate will be going to a fire station!! Hehe..
I think that’s cute!
When I told her babatok, of course, knowing her babatok, he will come out with ideas on how to make things / trip / toys more educational for the kids! My father is very good at that. When I was still schooling, he made me and my siblings write essays everytime we went for a school trip / vacation or anything. Come to think about it, it does help us with memorising, language and writing skills. Those were the days.. This time, for Bella, he suggested us to pre-educate her before her trip. He suggested us to buy some toys or books that is related to the trip (in this case, a fire truck sounds good!)
We rushed to the toy shop and got this for B..
A toy fire truck and a little storybook of fireman (in a shape of fire truck!!)
Hahahaha… Mommy yang over reading this book over and over again to her.. and B was like.. “Mommy, I’m watching Nemo, can we read this later?”
What??? *kiasu mommy mode on*
Getting the girls to read nowadays is not as easy as before. There are so much distractions like the tv, ipad and even the phone. It has becoming quite difficult to get Bella and Tasha to lie down in bed and listen to bedtime stories anymore (or is it because mommy fell asleep before them?? Haha..) They always wanna play with each other, poking and laughing and singing..
It’s really entertaining to see them having fun but you know, the first 7 years of their life is so important because this is the time which their brain develop the most and absorbs everything we teach them easily. Being a (almost) kiasu parents.. we always wants the best for them. Hence the effort to make reading fun!!
Yes, reading is fun!
But how do you make it fun for a toddler?
(two of them actually!)
This is actually an advice we got from a professional..
Besides the usual advice like colourful books, big fonts, interesting pictures, 3D is even better to stimulate their senses.. it’s also better to leave the books on the floor instead of keeping it neat and tidy on the book rack!
Yes, leave it on the floor!!
*clean-freak mommy alert!!*
And let them choose themselves…
It gives them the option to choose..
They might change books every few minutes but it’s ok..
The most important thing is actually to develop the interest to read.
Yes, the keyword is interest!!
Once the interest is there, it is much more easier to get them to sit down and appreaciate the book!
But of course, having said all that, parents or guardian guidance is very important, try to sit down with them while they choose their book and read together.. That is equal to quality time!!
So, forgive me if you see my children’s playroom is in a mess.
That is the part of learning!!
And me, slowly learning to be less clean-freak!!
*breath mommy breath*
Tasha turned 10 month old a few days ago and she has started to walk without aid.
We are just so happy and we want to share her first few steps with you!!
A toddler and a baby learning to walk in the house!! I’m quite sure there will be more casualties at home!! Haha.. Wish me luck!!
Gosh, my husband is not around this week. He’s currently attending a United Nation workshop in Beijing for a week. So, I’m left with my two girls running around like a circus. Haha.. Tiring but I’m having fun.. a mommy-kinda-fun. Yes, I miss having him around. It makes me feel more appreciative towards him.. Thank you, S for helping me with the kids.
Since I’m alone, well, not really because I have a stay-home-kakak who is helping me with the housework (no, I don’t call her my maid because she’s more like my family. Kak Yah has been with my family since I was 8 month old and now she’s staying with me!) She is definitely a great help but still it’s always me and my husband who does all the jobs with Bella and Tasha. Anyway, that’s not the point, I just wanna share with you a lazy-mommy recipe that I just discovered for Tasha.
I know it looks not so presentable.. Hahaha.. but it taste super yummy and packed with nutritions.. Guess what is that? Thats actually avocado and banana puree. Not need any cooking skill, just an avocado mixed with banana and smash it together. Avocado is very creamy, yummy and a little buttery with the sweetness of banana.. Memang sedap!
Avocado contains a lot of monounsaturated fat, omega-3 fatty acid, all the vitamins, potassium, folic acid and all the goodness thats needed for a growing child. I just don’t know why I didn’t serve this to Bella when she was younger..
Tasha loves it!!
Oh.. and guess what I discovered a few days ago…
Tasha’s first gigi!! Yayy!!!
Hahahha.. Yup, I giggle like a small child when I noticed her gigi.. finally!!
Today is B’s 2nd birthday!!
MasyaAllah.. Time flies really fast. My baby girl is already two years old.. (Or 2 ers yold, according to Bella..! Haha..) Alhamdullilah, I am really blessed having her and Little Tasha in my live. They are my source of joy and happiness and occasionally makes me crazy. But above all, they are my life!
See, big girl already.. dah pakai makeup!!
On the other hand, Little Tasha is turning 6 month old!! Yay!! You know what that means? Yup, weaning! She’s gonna start eating all boring, blended baby food until she’s old enough to eat our yummy food. I’m all excited to feed her.. at the same time, when Tasha is 6 month old.. you know what that means?
That means mommy is going back to work!!!
Yes, I do miss work. And trust me, after starting work, I will cry to my husband telling him I miss the girls so much.. and that will last for about a week or two until I’m emotionally stable. Haha… If you see me at the hospital with flushed face or maybe teary eyes, yeah, maybe I just cried.. hehe..
Thank you for all the birthday wishes on Twitter. I’ve been receiving them since last night. And I actually told B about it.. and she just angguk2 and smile. I don’t know whether she understand whats going on or not…
We are gonna have a great day today, insyaAllah.. and hope you are too!!