[Friday Flips] The Green Sea Turtle

I first got hold of this book ‘The Green Sea Turtle’ by Isabel Muller three weeks ago and knew that I have to do a simple study on Turtles. The story tells of the journey of one green sea turtle and the many intriguing events that happen during the course of her life’s journey. I was captivated by the story and no doubt, the beautiful illustration as well.

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The many creatures that she meets in the ocean…

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What does this remind you of? Life cycle of a turtle. I can teach the girl!

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The reader is introduced to the seven kinds of sea turtle. Okay, I must admit that I know very little about this creature so you can understand why I really like this book. It’s an information book written in a simple manner. I told myself that I need to share this story with the girl and went about gathering resources for this study.

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If you have followed me for a while, you would know that I like to do art with my girl because personally I like it. And I love to integrate art, science and other discipline into language arts. I thought I could get the girl to learn about the different parts of the turtle and of course the life cycle.

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Both the children love the story and the boy kept calling out,” Turtle, turtle!”

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I printed out these 3-part cards from thehelpfulgarden. The website has a wonderful amount of resources for us to use so please look through it!

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Going through the life cycle of the turtle with both kids. I find it difficult to design learning for both kids at the same time. Time is often not on my side. So I hope that the younger one will be able to learn something together with the sister. I hope.

We went on to the artwork and got Faith to continue to learn how to blend three colours for the carapace. The boy worked on a simple craft.

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The boy and his turtle.

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There you have it. This morning’s lesson based on this marvellous book. I think I learn more as I prepare the lesson and I like it that I’m constantly gaining new knowledge together with the kids.

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There hasn’t been much update on this space because life is really busy and fun with two kids. I have not baked in ages even though I’ve been itching to make some baked goods. Fact is, whatever time I have with the kids is spent teaching and learning together with them. When they are asleep or napping, that’s the time for me to cook or create learning resources for them. Moreover, I am now going through an online Montessori course which makes life even busier for this mom.

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I’m not sure why I didn’t take up this course earlier. I had known about its existence two years ago from a friend who had graduated from it and she found it useful and so recommended me. Alas, procrastination took over and it was only until I found difficulty in teaching the girl the blue and green series in the language component that I decided to register for the one-year course. Moreover, I’m toying with NOT sending Dan to school next year.

I love the Montessori preschool that Faith is in now. But the timing for Dan’s and Faith’s level differs and that would mean I have to be on the road a lot if I was to send both to the same school. Time that could otherwise be spent teaching at home would reduce and perhaps frustration would set in?

With these thoughts, I decided to take the plunge and took up the course in late January. I might as well test out how ‘homeschooling’ Dan would be like and spend the morning effectively with both of them.

Before I took up the course, ideas for teaching Dan were gathered from Pinterest. They are good, no doubt, but since taking up the course, lessons have been more focussed and less sporadic.

There is so much to share with the two children that I feel time is running out. So, whatever time I have is dedicated to teaching them. It’s really fun!

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Dan is very into animals now, especially since we came back from the WA trip in which we visited a farm.

LivingMontessoriNow.com is now hosting an awesome giveaway of the KHT 12- month Montessori Online Certificate Course. I am currently going through this course and find it really useful for my personal homelearning use. If you are interested, why don’t you give it a try?

A montessori-inspired toddler room for Faith (Part II)

Faith’s room has transformed!
See previous post here.

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We basically removed the cot that took up almost a quarter of the room (yes, the room is that small), the armchair that I used to breastfeed her in and changed the position of the chest of drawers. To replace the cot, we bought 2 mattresses that cost a grand total of $40 and 2 side tables from Ikea for her activity shelves.

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These are the shelves that display some of the things that she plays with. She is into jigsaw puzzles lately and I made a box out of the cardboard that we have. Each item has its place and Faith learns how to put the stuff back to its original position. The white container houses books that she loves and each night, before she turns in, she would grab a few for us to read to her. I love it that the shelves are just at the right height for her.

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The mattresses can be stacked on top of the other and this allows for more space in the day for play. I made a few photo frames from the excess cardboard and the photos create a cosy feel to the room. They are also mounted at a height that she could view easily.

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This is the reading corner which is really not comfortable. I would prefer a carpet and a bean bag but the room is too small. Anyway, Faith prefers to grab a book and read while sitting on the mattress.

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 Faith is definitely pleased to have her own dressing table with mirror that is hung at the right height!

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We are into our second week of getting her to sleep in her own room, with much success! Though there are times that she still pointed to our room, wanting to sleep in there, I must say she is generally all right with her room now. I still sleep next to her, for now, since she wakes up in the middle of the night to look for me! At least, we have made some progress!

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 Her room’s done and now, it’s on to more Montessori activities at home!

A Montessori-inspired toddler room for Faith

Faith has been co-sleeping with us for many months. In the early days, she slept in her cot and when we thought we had sleep-trained her, problems arose. Teething, to be precise. She would cry in the middle of the night for a few times and I had to drag my feet to her room and soothe the poor fellow. In the end, I was so exhausted that I gave up and got her to sleep with us. I guess she gradually loved the idea and the security that she got from having her parents by her side and in the end, she refused to leave our room.

Poor us.

And we don’t fancy that idea. It HAS to stop.

So I did some reading up of montessori-inspired rooms and in doing so, wanted to chide myself for not doing more ‘research’ before the little one was born. Sigh! Oh, by the way, I am really into Montessori’s principles now and eagerly anticipating the few related books that I have purchased online. More homeschooling ideas. Yay!

Anyway, I have decided to transform Faith’s nursery and to do that, I have to give away some bulky items, namely the cot, playpen, and obviously toys that Faith has outgrown. It is not too hard to part with them since they are mainly hand-me-downs; we are that fortunate (and immensely thankful for the generous givers).

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 This is Faith’s very cluttered room and which has been left empty for a few months. I hope to turn it into a montessori-inspired room with the following ideas:

1. Create a calm environment.

2. Make their space at their scale. This can be anything from a child-size broom to a bed on the floor to hanging art at their level.

3. Everything has its place. On low lying shelves, put a selected group of activities for them to choose from.

4. Clean room without a lot of stuff. 

You may find these five tips for creating a Montessori inspired bedroom useful.

Some blogs for inspiration:

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Let’s just wait and see what the transformed room looks like in a few days’ time!