Ways to Get Your Child to Concentrate...

~ Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 6:29 AM ~

I wrote about what to do when your child gets distracted earlier, and today, I want to share on one of the ways I do to get our kiddos to concentrate hehehe...

We went for the Big Bad Wolf Preview Sales on 4th December and bought lots of books. You can take a look at the pictures I took during the preview sales on my FB fan page album. Anyway, one of the books that caught my attention was this:

Yup... Disney Super Look & Find Activity Pad. I got this originally for our 3 years old girl who is very into princessy stuff and pink colored stuff. So I thought why not? This activity pad is very pink, has princesses on the cover and inside as well and most important, I get to let her play and teach her concentration skills hehehe...

So I started with the easy ones, looking for bigger and easier to find clues. Get her interested in looking for the hidden objects and complimented her with shocking surprises that she can find them (she did find them fast really!) and we moved on to harder ones where the clues get smaller and the picture gets smaller and more objects inside as well. Even our 5.5 years old boy can't resist and joined in the search as well!

In this situation, our kiddos get to play while learning to concentrate and focus longer by looking for the hidden items. Win - win?

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When Your Child Gets Distracted...

~ Posted on Monday, December 08, 2014 at 6:31 AM ~

In October this year, I brought our 3 years old Alyson to her 1st Sunday school for age group 3-4 years old. Children in this age group are supposed to be independent and parents can leave them in the class while they attend the main service. However for new children in this group, parents can hang around in the class (at the back, not participating with child) so that they can slowly adjust to being in the new class.

She was quite nervous and had separation anxiety at first and clung onto me not letting me go anywhere. So I sat next to her throughout the class, gently telling her how other children enjoys the class, dance and sing and do their crafts.

When it was crafts time, I sat behind her and slowly guide her to do the activity for the day. At first, she happily doodles away on a coloring paper. And then she got distracted by the many color pencils there. She started playing with the color pencils there.

So what is a mother supposed to do when her child gets distracted?

I decided to use the opportunity to teach her. Don't let any moment slipped away and waste a good teaching moment.

I saw her arranging the color pencils by the color group. So I taught her the colors. I also counted with her the number of color pencils in each group. She can count up to 10 so far so it was pretty fun for her to be counting instead of coloring at that moment. As for the coloring activity, she didn't continue on but she did continue to sort the pencils by its color group.

In this situation, she gets to continue playing while I get to include some teachable moments for her. Win - win?

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World's Tallest Roller Coaster

~ Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 9:22 AM ~

I'm not a big fan of roller coaster. I can count with 1 hand the number of times I sat in one throughout my life so far. And then I stumbled onto this preview clip of the world's tallest roller coaster. I think I'm going to be sick now...

For roller coaster fans, enjoy this video clip of the preview. Just click on the image below to launch the video.

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