Learning From Car Dashboard

~ Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 7:38 AM ~

I'm all for teaching our kiddos whenever the opportunities arises. One day as we are getting ready to leave the house, our 5 years old boy asked me what are those letters and pictures in front my steering means. I checked my watch and since we have a bit more time before we have to send him to his preK, I started explaining what is the area called.

Dashboard. It allows us to see how fast/slow mummy is driving, how hot or cold the car is and the petrol amount left in the car, some of the easier things I think is adequate to explain to him for now.

I go on to explain to him when mummy drives the car, say about 40, it means I'm covering 40km per hour, I go on to explain if mummy drives very fast when the road has speed limit then that is very dangerous and a big no-no.

I moved on to the temperature side, I asked him what letters are there, he said H (as in 'hah' and 'cah' phonics way). Then I explained H means Hot, C means Cold. If mummy's car indicate it is hot, then mummy gotta stop and cool down the car, it needs water and rest!

And lastly, on the petrol indicator side, I asked him what are the letters there, he said 'Ffffhhh' and 'Eehhh'. I explained to him F means Full while E means Empty.

Pretty easy and simple right? Just because they are kiddos and you think they might not understand mechanical stuff etc then you don't dare to teach them? Nooooo! Scale down to easier parts if you are worried they might not understand so much. You might missed an educational opportunity if you keep quiet right? Go on, give it a try the next time your kiddos hop into the car with you! ;)

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iPad App Review - Just A Day at the Pond

~ Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 6:49 AM ~

We are a big fan of Little Critter's apps and I think it is great to be able to review this app as I get to introduce some new things to our kiddos, such as pond, ground bees and more.

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* Title: Just A Day at the Pond
* Price: $0.99
* Category: Books
* Released: Mar 19, 2014
* Version: 2.6
* Size: 39.4 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
* Rated: 4+
* Requirements: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description from the product page:

"Join Little Critter in this interactive book app as he heads off for a summertime day at his grandparents’ farm! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. Little Critter loves to fish the pond and collect frogs, but he doesn’t really know how to swim. That is, until the help of some bees he's kicking and paddling like a pro." 

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* This app is engaging and interactive and I love that we can also touch the objects in each page on the screen and the words pop out to tell you what it is!

* I used the opportunity to teach our boy to be careful with his surroundings now that he is going for his preK and his class has physical activities at the nearby park. Honestly, this is the first time I learned about ground bees so I make sure our kiddos know there is such insects and to be very careful everywhere they are.

* I also used the opportunity to explain to our boy that we should be humble and not arrogant, to learn new things when there is opportunity given.

* Overall a nice story for the family!

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You can purchase the "Just A Day at the Pond" app from the iTunes App Store.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the promo code to redeem the application for free from iTunes Store in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous iPad Apps reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My iPad App Reviews"

Stir-Fry Pasta

~ Posted on Wednesday, April 09, 2014 at 9:07 AM ~

For this post, I am sharing the different ways you can stir-fry pasta, at the same time ensuring it is healthy and kiddo-friendly meals! I normally cook pasta or fried rice for our kiddos' lunch and will try to mix and throw in whatever ingredients I have on hand. So feel free to go crazy with the ingredients hahaha... Without further ado, here goes my post on Stir-Fry Pasta:

Ingredients:

* Garlic - 1-2 cloves chopped finely
* Pasta, spaghetti, whatever you have (I normally use fusili, the corkscrew shaped pasta)
* Meat: You can use chicken, fish, just make sure it is bite-sized for easier consumption
* Egg(s)
* Vegetable: I normally go for carrots (julienned), broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage
* Oil for frying - about 2 ~ 3 tbsp
* Vegetable broth powder - about
1 tsp
* Soy sauce - about 2-3 tbsp
* Salt & pepper to taste

Methods:
* Prepare your pasta, make sure it's al dente.
* Heat oil in frying pan.
* Fry the garlic next until you smell nice garlic-ky smell from the frying pan. Be careful not to overfry them as it will give bitter taste then.
* Fry the meat (if any) until cooked. You can fry the egg(s) and/or veggies after that.
* Add in the cooked pasta and continue frying.
* Add in the vegetable broth and soy sauce and/or pepper and salt. Fry for 1-2 minutes some more.
* Dish is ready!


Outcome (some of the pics I managed to snap):

I like cooking these dishes, they are easy, fast, healthy and kids-friendly. I normally get everything done in half hour time. Hope you can try out some of these ideas and be more creative than me!

To view my other recipes, feel free to hop over to my Recipe Library page for more info!