Saturday, April 24, 2010

Playdates @ Changi Boardwalk with Ju


We decided to bring the boys for a walk after dinner and settled on Changi Boardwalk.  However, it started to drizzle as we arrived.  Thank God after dinner, it stopped and the evening was nice and cool.  We daren't venture too far for fear that it may rain again.

After a short 45mins there, it started to drizzle again so we quickly headed home.  We will go back soon so we can take a long walk on the boardwalk. :)
Nice view.  Look at how the sky is darkening?
Lovely boats to neighbouring islands.  We will take 1 to Ubin one of these days! Can't wait!
The boys chatting - I wonder what is so interesting there
Kimi doing a bit of cycling

Then the silly papa decided to cycle too! The kids laughed so loud and so hard!
Kimi wanted to try Ju's scoot
Kimi hugging Ju and refusing to let him go!  BFF!

Monday, April 19, 2010

喜怒哀乐

This is currently what we love getting Kimi to do! The famous Chinese 4 faces of Emotion Expressions - 喜怒哀乐.

When I first asked Kimi to do it.  He kind of paused at 'Anger' (nu) and then again at 'Sad' (ai).  He then said so innocently that he didn't know how to protray 'Anger' and 'Sad'.  I was stumped and then suddenly I felt this immense happiness within me. It dawned on me that Kimi has always been a HAPPY boy that's why! Then Kimi used his hands and pulled down the sides of his mouth to make an over-turn smile (like a sad smiley face) and said, " Mama, like that is sad right? Can?" 

Since Kimi has always been a happy boy, it was natural for him to not know or have associations with these negative emotions.  And I felt so blessed!

Here's just for laughs and they are some of my faves!  There was this pix of 'anger' (not shown here) that showed Kimi holding back his laughter, too cute and precious!
(Easy shot)
(The Most Angry shot I could get)
 (Sadness - Downturn smile)              
(Happiness - Jump for Joy?)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Art Class Update - Project #1

Remember Kimi's first Art Class?  We finished the 'Underwater/Sea Creatures Themed Project' which stretched over 3 lessons and Kimi learnning the use of different mediums and colours blends, etc. 

Here's my proud trooper with his final piece that we take home. :)
For the final lesson, Kimi chose a clown fish which he drew and painted on his own.  He also did some tearing, cutting and gluing of crepe paper for the sea anemone.

Teacher Maria commented that Kimi is very bright and has good fine motor for his age and when he wants to concentrate, he can do very well.  Guess, we have to continue to encourage him to work on this area.  After the 1st 30 mins, he gets very distracted and wants to do his own stuff.  I think Kimi has gotten familiar with the surroundings hence such behaviour.  It's ok, its only his 3rd lesson, I truly think he is doing fabulously already. :)

Last week (2nd lesson), he drew a sea turtle and did some stencil sponging of fishes.  I love his colour blends of the turtle, it's so beautiful!
Colour blending using brush and fingers
The sponging of fish stencils
Last week's work
Kimi's clown fish

Friday, April 16, 2010

What we've been doing.... Pulled Elbow and Reads

I've been really busy and tired that I just realised that I've not updated for more than 2 weeks!! I have so many soup and food recipes that I need to update and other stuff too! Please, I hope I can get more 'Me' time so I can update them! In the mean time, pls be patient ok? :)

Alright, back to what happened the last 2 weeks. Kimi was sick for 10 days or more and was not in school since Easter holiday and just when he was about to be well, he had a Pulled Elbow accident at Church on Sunday (11/4/10).

Kimi said the teacher pulled his hand and it was misaligned. Scary yes? YES!! Super stressful for me on Sunday as I was alone and after some examinations by my Church's doctor, he advised me to bring Kimi to the hospital to be really sure.

In the end, after some arm twistings (literally) and a few x-rays later, I had to call in the Orthopedic to really give me a proper diagnosis and re-alignment. This is because the Dr-on-Duty made Kimi cry even more after he tried to do some alignment and he could not tell me for sure it was elbow or wrist! I almost shouted at him!

Anyway, to cut a long story short, Kimi who normally wouldn't even bat an eyelid when he falls or knock his head, was super whiny and kept crying. So, I was sure he was in real pain. After carrying him from noon to 4pm, I literally had no more arms and the left side of my upper body (arms included) ached for 2 whole days!

Well, he is so much better today! :)

Although we have cut back alot on home activities due to Kimi's new schedule, we did not let up on the readings. As Kimi is huge on Go Diego Go, I bought a pack of Scholastic Phonics Reader for him and he loves it. I had to read all 12 at one go each time before nap and bedtime, EVERYDAY. That lasted for 2 weeks or more till I decided to get the Dora Set, thinking he might get bored. But ...


No, he wanted he to read all 24!! I couldn't - it was just too tiring. I made him choose 12 or sometimes less. It's so funny how Kimi will bargain for another one more or another 2 more. So cute!

I personally prefered the Diego Set as I feel it is more interesting and I could expand very much more on the stories while Dora was just plain? limited? Well, it's just a story, nothing much to add to, maybe only in a few of the books.

Then Charmaine recommended the Scholastic Sight Word Readers and Kimi loved it. I've managed to 'hide' the Diego and Dora sets so everyday we read 25 small books.


I would highly recommend this as it is very easy to read, clear, clean fonts and lovely, colourful picutres. After, reading to Kimi about 2 or 3 times, he could read the books himself. Of course, it has to be the titles he loves. :)
Here's Kimi, reading the books last night.




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