Our learning style at home is very unstructured. It can be anytime, on any topic that interest the kids. WH especially loves asking questions, questions just about anything.
Here’s a group of photos taken sometimes back.
Usually I am the one who does the coaching and teaching, but there are times when daddy is home, he takes over the role too
What is he teaching WH?
Certainly not school stuff
Our kids are school goers. We do not homeschool them. But outside school, we try as much the unschool approach. Like in this case, we never put the kids off by saying that they will learn these in school later, it’s too advanced for them or wait till teacher teaches then they will understand. Learning is on daily basis, anytime, anywhere. Where the interest sparks on, teach the kids how to be resourceful to look for information on related topics.
For those who like the Western, Wild Wild West Theme, now we have the very first Western series for preschoolers airing in Disney Junior. This brand new series made it debuts on Disney Junior (ASTRO Channel 613) on Monday , 24th February 2014. Following the debut, the series will be aired EVERY DAY at 1pm on Astro 613.
This is a vibrant and music filled animated series utilizes the folklore of the Old West to impart positive social skills and lessons for young kids age 2 – 7. It teaches the kids how to be good friend and neighbor, highlighting lessons about forgiveness, honesty and sharing. Mandy Moore is the voice behind the cute Sheriff Callie.
This series follow the story of Callie, a Calico cat sheriff who keeps the peace in her frontier town of Nice and Friendly Corners using her magic lasso and cowgirl know-how. It is set against a backdrop of the colourful Old West.
Come let’s enjoy the theme song of Sheriff Callie’s Wild West
And don’t forget to tune in to 613, everyday at 1pm to meet Sheriff Callie on screen.
The piano at home can go untouched for weeks and even months. (JL’s practise doesn’t count as she has not started playing a complete song or rhythm yet) I can’t remember when was the last time JS plays the piano. I can only find a video recorded about 4 months ago. She told me the last song she played was Royals. It’s a waste that she is not practicing daily after years of lessons? It’s a waste that she did not continue the lessons? It’s a waste that she didn’t even sat for any formal music exam and have a cert (well, it may be helpful to have the credit for future uni application, but I have not used mine when I applied for uni). I personally don’t think it’s a waste.
This week she started playing again. Because a song caught her interest. She wanted to learn to play the cover from “Frozen”. This time round she no longer asked me to download the sheet.
Here she is trying to learn to play “Let it go” from youtube. She has to start, stop, play and repeat over and over again and surprisingly she already got two verse by heart the next day. The mother here just managed to search for a score and have to read the notes one by one to play and cant even remember a bar by heart after that.
This girl of mine has got her phone upgraded from 3gs to 4 last Christmas. Not a brand new phone, just a hand me down, but it’s definitely capable to do more than her old phone. She is not into games nor surfing, she uses it mainly for photo shooting and photo editing. Lately she is into video editing and told me she wants to be youtuber (as she found out one can also make money from posting in youtube)
Here’ s her first editing
This one done sometime last week
One of JS’s hobby is photography. She has developed this hobby two years ago since I let her handle my Pen2 camera. She takes quite decent photos. With an Iphone now, it’s even handier for her to take photos any time and anywhere and editing them. Recently hubby bought a new lens hood and she has been assigned as the photography during CNY.
Here she is joining her uncles who have more advance DSLR cameras
Some of her photos can be seen here
She asked her dad “Daddy , have you ever like photography? I love photography”
Daddy said ” when I was in secondary school, I almost joined the photography club, but was too poor then to even buy a camera”
Father and daughter has many discussion on how to perfect her art , her photography, what can she do with her art etc
Now we know her artsy genes is really from daddy
I love the ukulele. Of all the string instrument, the ukulele is the easiest to pick up. Though it’s not very hard to self learned playing the guitar. With some basic knowledge on playing the guitar, that makes playing the ukulele even easier. I bought my ukulele from a group buy. Pretty reasonable. Alternatively, another good source and better quality ukulele is from music center. Check out the cheap martin iz ukulele at guitar center
It’s new year eve today. This year CNY comes too quickly and make me so unprepared.
Here to wish all my blog reader a Happy Chinese New Year
Off to celebrate with the in laws now
During one of our casual chat, JS was mentioning about her future study plan. What she wants to study after finish high school. She was asking if she can do a double degree as in Art and Music. Like any other teens, she is really into music now. All the latest hits. She wants to learn DJ-ing, learning how to use all the gadget like kaoss pad 3 plus at musicians friend. I remembered when I was her age, I too dream of becoming a DJ where I can play all my favourite songs and meeting up with celebrities. Let see if 6 years down the road, she still has the same ambition.
As I am typing this, it’s 10 minutes away from entering the brand new year. I already hear fireworks started blasting
Instead of joining the crowd for countdown, I am having a very quiet moment alone at home. Having the whole house to myself. The hub has gone back to work two days ago and wasn’t around to usher the new year with us. Kids decided to stay over at their aunt, yup, including the little one who is not even 4, has already started staying over at her aunt. I didn’t join them as initially , a friend of my suppose to stay over with me but decided to join her Bersih’s friend for countdown at Dataran Merdeka. I didn’t want to stay at my SIL’s and I am happy to have the space and time all by myself. No, I don’t sound pity and lonely. Instead I cherish this very rare opportunity to have some quiet time where I have peace to finish off decluttering and spring cleaning the house.
Now, I am sipping whisky, and filling up the calender planner for next year. JS custom made this planner for me.
My new year resolution :
1) To be more diligent in practicing yoga
2) To learn to be content with what I have
3) To loose weight (seems to be yearly thing)
I have signed up for JL to attend piano lesson. It would be nice if she could start off with group class and music appreciation like what JS had gone through, but I couldn’t afford the time to sit in the class with her. I don’t really like one to one class where the teachers are exam orientated. I hope this teacher I am engaging her service is good and not pushy for exam.
Sometimes I wonder why I let all kids learn piano instead of other instrument. But to think again, since we already have a piano at home, we should just make full use of it instead of investing in another instrument. I know many are opting for violin now and I know where to get good second hand violins as my cousin is selling it but after much consideration, i think I will still stick to piano as for now.