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  • Mid-Autumn Festival
    The Mid-Autumn Festival (also known as Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival or 中秋节 )  is fast approaching. This year falls on the 4th of October 2017 (Wednesday) .This festival is synonymous with beautiful lights, delicious mooncakes and majestic decorations while admiring the moon. It is also a good opportunity to plan a get-together with friends and family. Besides preparing some festive themed activities for my little ones, I have also make a visit to the library to borrow some books relating to mid-autumn festival or moon to read to my children on the origins of mid-autumn festival. Sharing our library haul: While there are many myths and legends behind the origin of Mid-autumn Festival, the most famous legend would definitely be the one about Chang Er and her husband, Hou Yi. Even so, there are still various stories behind the couple – but most of them revolve around the fact that Chang Er had downed the elixir of immortality and eventually ascended to the moon, forever. 1) Lantern Making Kit We purchased these lantern making kits from Cold storage supermarket. You can also get them at most supermarket or SKP.      2) Mooncake making Pretend Play Using homemade playdough and moon cake mould , the kids have fun making rainbow swirl snow skin mooncakes. Maths concept such as 1 (whole) , half  , a quarter and one third can also be introduced during this activity. You can purchase these plastic moon cakes moulds at Phoon Huat    3) Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay will run from Sept 22 to Oct 8 2017.This year, the Gardens celebrates autumn abundance with lantern sets symbolic of bountiful harvests and good fortune, nightly cultural performances, a food street featuring Asian delights, and craft booths offering activities like lantern decorating, umbrella painting and Chinese knotting. Visit the link below for more information : http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/whats-on/calendar-of-events/2017-Mid-autumn.html 4) Sticker book There are different activities in this sticker book to let the children learn about the origin of mid-autumn festival, how different countries celebrate mid-autumn and many more You can purchase from HERE         5) Wan Qing Mid Autumn Festival Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 presents an exciting weekend of festive offerings suitable for the young and young at heart, including heritage trails, guided tours, lantern walkabouts, craft workshops, and evening music performances ranging from the traditional to the contemporary. Visit the link below for more information : http://sysnmh.org.sg/en/whats-on/programmes/wan-qing-mid-autumn-festival-2017 6) Chinese Riddles (with free printable) Another fun part of the Mid-Autumn Festival is solving riddles. Traditionally ,Lantern riddles are riddles that were written on the lanterns that are displayed during the festival. Now you see the riddles written on the papers and are attached to the lanterns at the festival locations. I take the opportunity to play riddles games with my children to let them  experience the beauty of the Chinese language. You can download the printables HERE 7)) Learning music interval (with free printable) "Intervals" is the term for the distance from one note to another. It is important to be able to recognize intervals by sight and sound. Each interval sounds different and has a different function in harmony and melody. Although learning how to find an interval may seem complex to begin with but with practice it becomes much easier. It also helps with your sight reading and memorization of music. So here is a fun way to reinforce concepts of music interval by Seimpi Music . This is one of the classroom activities for Music for the Intelligent Mind (MIM®) program (yellow level). You can download the printable HERE How to play ? 1) The teacher will call out the name of the note and position. For example , third position from C 2) The child will need to turn the 'circle' on the spinning wheel to correct answer. I have done up something similar relating to Mid-Autumn. Materials needed : Music Staff template Yellow colour Folder Fastener   Instructions on how to make : Use the lid of a milk lid , trace out the shape using marker on the yellow folder Cut accordingly Laminate both the music staff and cut round shape circle for durability Lastly , paste the jade rabbit 玉兔 on the rim of the yellow circle Image of the Complete product is shown below:  Last but not least, Wishing everyone 中秋节快乐 ! Content Source: Mummy Pearlyn Edited By: Preschool Resources The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of Preschool Resources
  • LongKang Fishing
    ‘Fishing’ for Ideas? ‘Winding down’ our children with some ‘quiet’ activities on a Saturday night? Yearning for some bonding time that can be relaxing for parents too? As modern parents challenge ourselves towards the ‘less screen-time’ ideology, how about bringing them out to the sun to experience an old-school activity that was once a popular pastime in Singapore during the ‘Kumpong days’? Longkang fishing! Fishing Freely ‘Longkang’ means drain in the typical Hokkien dialect. Some of us (older generation) especially the daddies would have done Longkang fishing in the ‘traditional way’- chasing and catching fishes from canals and drains on a wet day. Simple joy I call it, free play and fulfilling. I was sharing with my little one on ‘fishes that give birth’ after watching a female guppy ‘popping’. She was so amazed and I thought why not let her keep a few pet guppies so she can witness that process live? And yes, we did that, on the condition that Heidy must catch them herself! ORTO @81 Lorong Chencharu #01-01 Singapore 769198 Previously, this was where the ‘Bottle Tree Park’ was situated. After a huge effort to give this place a makeover, we now have a one-stop entertainment cum leisure park called ‘Orto’ at this hot spot in Yishun. Many of you would have heard of the various sports facilities Orto houses, from Futsal to even a Trampoline Park, and the ever popular prawning and fishing for the young and old. In today’s review, I’m only gonna share about their Longkang fishing which is the rather small section of Orto. Why it is interesting? Most kids love playing with or in water. The idea of getting themselves wet and having that sense of ownership is very rewarding when they manage to scoop that little fish right before their eyes. Heidy has a rather short attention span, so I was pretty surprise she actually lurked around the Longkang for more than an hour! Things to note For $12 unlimited time, each child will be given a free tank and fishing net. There is no limit to the number of fishes they can catch too. Although they recommended Longkang fishing for children age 4 years old to 12 years old, they didn’t stop us as we went into the Longkang with Heidy too. As a safety precaution, the Longkang had been modified so that it is shallow and wide, very much like a waddling pool in my opinion!  You and your kids are allowed to walk (please stop your kids from running and splashing water) inside the Longkang while fishing. It is ONLY open on weekends, during public and school holidays from 9am to 11pm. What should you bring?  A set of clean clothes for changing A hat/cap (the area is not sheltered so wearing a hat can well protect your kids from direct sunlight cos they will be out for quite some time) A dry towel/ plenty of wet wipes for cleaning especially the legs Mosquito patch (please don’t spray repellant as it may affect the quality of the water in the Longkang!) The washrooms are located just a few metres away so it is quite convenient. Many families love Orto as there are quite a few restaurants which you can dine in. However for us, we didn’t find the food quite suitable for Heidy, or perhaps I feel the eateries are more catered for older kids and adults. So what happened was she ate the prepacked pasta I cooked (okay, and plenty of snacks) while we ate ‘Mookata’!          Alternative? HomeTeamNS Sembawang @301 Canberra Road #01-08, S759774 Okay this was chanced upon as my hubby organized a company event at Hai Bin. Unlike the ‘big scale’ Orto, Hai Bin is mainly a place famous for their prawning. It is a great place for gatherings and BBQ cum chalet. We explored both places for their Longkang fishing and the main difference? Apparently the fishes are bigger BUT less survived! Why? While at Orto, where the staff will actually place the fishes you catch from the given tank into a big plastic bag pumped up with oxygen and water, here at Hai Bin, there isn’t such service hence you just have to bring the fishes home in a tank you prepared. So I guess that explains why the survival rate is lower. But when we were there, the staff poured in new fishes and Heidy was happy as her catch rate was much higher than that at Orto. We paid $10 for the unlimited play, a pail to contain the fishes plus a net (both to be returned) and another $2 for a new tank to bring the fishes home. Personally, I prefer Hai Bin to Orto as hubby and I could catch a beer and some finger food while Heidy played independently. The ‘bar’ was nearby and I could monitor her closely. The best part was there was normally live soccer screening going on. So parents who wanna chill while the kids get busy fishing around can come here, while those who prefers accompanying the kids may like Orto more given the more ‘nature’ feel. Out of the many times we visited both, Hai Bin is always less crowded be it on an afternoon or at night so perhaps this can be safer for little kids too. In a nutshell… Heidy loves the thrill of Longkang fishing as she learnt to strategise how to scoop fishes with a small net. I was surprised when she observed that fishes like to ‘hide’ under large stone structures so alerted me not to walk like an elephant and ‘scare’ her fishes away. She said that ‘if I aim at that fish I will look at it and not look at other fishes so I can catch it finally’ HAHA. So much ‘theory’ for the adventure of fishing!      So, for $10-$12 unlimited play in both places, I think the price is reasonable given the type of satisfaction and fun in the process; not to mention bonding with parents and the tickling fishes around your feet! That’s what learning through play is all about, right? Of cos, some parents choose to let the fishes go while the rest allow their kids to keep them (the entry fee will be the same whether you keep the fishes or not) It’s really up to you! Heidy fed her fishes everyday and we were lucky to witness the guppies giving birth that a few times! (it WILL happen if you stare and admire the fishes as long as she did hahaha) It was way more enriching than watching youtube videos. Hope you guys will have fun!    To make the trip more meaningful, here are some Themes / Areas of discussion you can embark on prior or after the visit J : Caring for animals Responsibility in keeping pets Reproduction in fishes Fishes that lay eggs VS fishes that give birth Natural environment for survival in fishes Diversity of Living things Needs of living things  Content Source: Mummy Mandy Edited By: Preschool Resources The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of Preschool Resource
    As most of parents in Singapore are working professional, time management is the utmost basic aspect that we are constantly looking out for. Advanced technology has helped us to increase our efficiency in one way or another. Here, in this product review, I would like to share with all of you the FIRST WI-FI ENABLED ROBOTIC VACUUM CLEANER from the well-established brand, LG. This is the first SMART robot cleaner with its HomeGuardTM that allows user to keep an eye on their houses whenever they are (Similar as a Home Camera). In addition, you can use its mobile app to tap on any part of the room where you can lead the cleaner to the exact location and begins cleaning. One feature which I would like to bring to your attention is that it has triple camera sensors. The front camera will help to enable two smart features known as Home-View and Home-Guard. Home-View transmits a real-time video feed to a paired smartphone so that you can remotely control the vacuum from the comfort of your couch. Meanwhile, when the Hom-Bot Turbo+ detects movement in the house, it can send photos to a paired smartphone using the Home-Guard feature. So, I would recommend anyone of you to setup your smartphone and pair with the robot cleaner from the first instance you get the robot cleaner so that you can remotely control the robot cleaner. If you are using an Android smartphone, the pairing will be alot more easier as you can use Near Field Communication (NFC). Aside the latest technology that this robot cleaner can provide, now I will share with you the cleaning capability aspect of it.  The robot cleaner is equipped with Smart Inverter Motor™ that is supported by a 10-year warranty, offering users both  high efficiency and durability. The other highlighted feature is the Digital Bumper feature that combines multiple ultrasonic sensors which are used to recognize obstacles in the proximity and to minimize collisions, even on transparent objects such as glass. The Smart Exit function enables the unit to take various actions when faced with challenges such as weaving its way out of tight spaces, backing out from bumps, detecting ledges to prevent falling or getting stuck on door frames.  Last but not least, it has 4 different cleaning modes to choose from.  You can refer to the video below: In the above video, you will realise that the robot cleaner has multiple sensors which enables the robot cleaner to avoid bumping your items  The LG Hom-Bot has a more squarish design for more effective cleaning that is unlike many robot cleaner that are round in design. Also, the edges of the Hom-Bot are curved so that there is no risk of scratching on walls or furniture. In addition, it is well-equipped with a few ultrasonic sensors to recognise obstacles to prevent collisions. Meanwhile, it has two fine brushes in front to help to pick up dust from the corners. Most importantly, this robot cleaner is able to pick up the slightest dirt which you can ever imagine.    In summary, this robot cleaner will definitely help you in your cleaning of your house and it can also act as a surveillance device too.  Disclaimer: Preschool Resources was sponsored by LG for purpose for the review. No monetary compensation was received and all opinions are entirely ours
  • Australia Road Trip - Margarets Forest
    The next leg of our trip is Margaret River and we chose to stay in Margarets Forest Holiday Apartments, one of the leading luxury apartment accommodations equipped with state-of-the-art amenities that guarantee a comfortable stay for guests. Furthermore, its strategic location that is adjacent to the beautiful state forest offers easy access to many of the spectacular attractions and recreational facilities in the area. These include local wine bars, exotic restaurants, shopping, art galleries and gourmet supermarkets among others. What’s more, guests can enjoy the pleasures of a homely feel while staying in the luxurious, self contained villas. Take a walk downhill to explore the river and forests, where you can enjoy the serenity and get up close and personal with Mother Nature. Did I also mention that the famous Margaret River bakery is located just opposite this apartment? Also, the apartment also offers in house entertainment for their guests such as books, DVDs, board games at no charges. They also give valuable advice (to drive through caves road to enjoy the beautiful greenery) to our itinerary especially when we told them that we will be visiting the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Since there are five of us, we have booked the spacious two-storey spa apartments. This apartment comes with a separate bathroom with spa bath; the master bedroom features a King bed with TV and a balcony offering nice views of the surrounding environment  while the second bedroom features a King bed and a single bed. Also, there is one toilet on each level and a separate washing machine and dryer in a laundry room. This apartment has a well equipped kitchen where we can make our own dinner daily as you might be aware that dinning out is very expensive in Australia. A meal will easily cost AUD70 for 5 persons. However, we can get fresh foods from supermarkets to cook such as broccoli, etc at an incredible price. A bunch of broccoli at AUD1.99, this will at least cost SGD5.50 in Singapore. Picture: Broccoli (Edmund HP) Below are some places which we have visited during our trip: Sunflowers Animal Farm We recommend you to be there early for the bottle feeding for the calf and lamb as it will be a good experience for the children ( see below for the time of bottle feeding). Bucket of animal food can be purchased at AUD3.00. Address :  5561 Caves Road, near Margaret River Price: You can click HERE to check out their entrance fees Olio Bello Address : Armstrong Rd, Cowaramup WA 6284, Australia Voyager Estate Winery Address : Stevens Road,  Margaret River, Western Australia 6285 Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse We drive via the caves road (tourist drive) to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse to enjoy the beautiful green forestry. It is such a pity that it is drizzling the time when we arrived. However, this does not stop us. We still went ahead with our plan. Please bring along a poncho if you plan to visit this place as the staffs mentioned that it rain very often at this area. Address : Leeuwin Rd, Augusta WA 6290 ​ Once again, we really enjoyed our stay in Margaret river as we plan to visit this scenic place again soon ! Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. 
  • Seimpi School Of Music Review 5
    Within Six months at Seimpi Music, my girl has completed her MIM® Encore preparatory course. Even till now, she has showed great enthusiasm and passion towards music. All thanks to the LiL tots recital that she has participated in April 17’ which has spurred her interests further. She enjoys being a limelight on the stage where she could display all her hard work and efforts that she had put in to the audience. She even tells me that she want to play a longer piece of song in future :) Read HERE to find out more With that, she has already equipped with the below skills to move on to the next level, MIM® Encore course Differentiation of bass clef and treble clef Note recognition from C, D, E, F, G Time values (crotchet , minim ,dotted minim , semibreve ) Understand music terms Allegro, Andante , Largo , Legato, Stacco, piano , forte and play accordingly Able to identify if it is a step or skip of the music notes In the next level , the focus will be more on music rest, music maths, time signature and more different techniques of play. Course materials for  MIM® Encore course ( Yellow Book Series) Catchy and lively nursery rhymes and songs such as oh, where has my little dog gone ! , Pop go the weasel can be found inside this series where the children can play and sing along with these familiar tunes. My girl does encounter some difficulties when D and F positions are being introduced to her as the notes will be different due to the positioning of the finger. For example , under the middle C postilion , notes will be in C.D. E. F .G. However , under the D position, notes will be in D, E,F,G,C. Thanks to her dedicated teacher, Elynn whom explained to her the concept patiently. Under her guidance, she finally grasp the concept and able to play fluently with practice at home. Music terms and concepts are always introduced through hands on materials and games so that children can grasp the concept better while having fun. 1) Music Rest - Too too train - Match the correct times value with the corresponding rest 2) Music Fractions - Introduce concepts such as one whole, half , quarter for the time values - use different time value to form 1 count 3) Time signatures - Identify the time signatures and select the correct missing time values and match accordingly 4) Sight Reading exercises - Teacher Elynn will use the rhythms sticks and beat accordingly to the rhythms while the students play on the keyboard All in all, we are able to see how my girl has progress and benefited from music. Playing music helps to improve her concentration skills and develops self-confidence which, in turn, improve cognitive ability. Contact no. 67376731 w: www.seimpi-music.com.sg fb: www.facebook.com/seimpimusic Disclaimer: Seimpi School Of Music sponsored one term of music lessons for purposes for the review. No monetary compensation was received and all opinions are entirely ours. 
  • Chinese Basic Strokes
    Chinese Basic Strokes writing template (In Softcopy) - ⭐️$3.90⭐️         PDF HIGH Resolution Format         Consists of the 32 Chinese basic strokes in PDF format (16 Pages in total)         You can print as many copies for your little ones to practise                   Compared to those FREE ONLINE Chinese Characters template, this template provides                   Explanation of the strokes styles         In HIGH resolution for ease of writing          Clear Strokes Sequence explanation (Refer to the images)                   Please email to preschoolresources.sg@gmail.com if you are keen.                   Terms and Conditions      Please make payment to DBS Savings 020-6-029148 to place your order Lead time is 2 working days upon payment received       2 High Resolution PDF file will be sent to you via email      Strictly there will be NO refund once the soft copy is sent over to you Strictly no-reselling or re-distribution to others.                 Below is the sample of the softcopy you will be getting                                                                  
  • Learning Resources
    I have 2 children with an age gap of 5 years, 1 is turning 9 and the other turning 4 this year. With this considerable age gap, you would have thought it difficult to share learning resources between the 2 of them. However, with some thought put into it, I have managed to use the learning resources bought for my 9-year-old Primary 3 daughter in teaching my 4-year-old preschool son. Sharing learning resources has its practical benefits of maximizing the use of things we bought, saving precious storage space and saving money. It also allows 2 children with a big age gap to play together, thus giving the younger one confidence in his or her learning ability.    Here are some specific learning resources which I have accumulated over the years which both my children can use simultaneously for Mathematics, Chinese, English and Science.   Mathematics Mathematical cubes: When my daughter entered Primary 1, the school bought each of them a set of 100 connectable coloured cubes using Edusave funds (if I remember correctly). She has since outgrown the cubes after Primary 2. But they have found a new owner in my son and proven very useful in helping him to learn addition, subtraction, counting in tens and sequencing based on colours. He also plays with them like Lego to build objects such as dinosaurs and bridges.         Geometry set and Numbers set from Math-a-Morphosis: My husband bought these for my daughter 3 years ago and she hardly ever touches them. However, the geometry games in the Geometry box interest my son immensely. He started playing with the tangram pieces since 2+ years old. There are many cards printed with shapes created from the tangram pieces. He will follow the shapes and fit them accordingly. Some cards come with helping lines while others expect the player to visualise and use the correct pieces to form the given shapes. Through the game, I have taught him an important point: there can be many different solutions to the same problem. This year, he is able to understand and play more higher-level games, some requiring at least 2 players. We play together as a family and this helps in bonding. By being able to play with us, my son has gained a lot of confidence in solving difficult tangram puzzles. He also stretches his brain when he has to think of ways to win. Sometimes he can also come up with solutions which we have not considered earlier!  In the Numbers set, there is a set of numbers cards for playing memory game. Players have to place the cards face down and open the cards to find matching pairs. This is an easy game which my son enjoys playing with his sister.           Chinese Chinese character cards for Primary 1 and 2 (字宝宝): I have used the 4 boxes of Chinese character cards very extensively to teach my son common Chinese characters after my daughter has outgrown them this year. They are very useful for teaching, revising and playing games. (link to my article on Learning of the Chinese Language for more elaboration on the use of the cards)        Chinese supplementary readers for Primary 1 to 3: There is a Chinese reader which accompanies each copy of the Primary Chinese textbook. Except for the reader accompanying Primary 1A textbook, the rest are drawn and written by Ah Guo阿果 (KF Lee), a local picture-book author and illustrator. The books are rich in illustrations with main character 点点and other animal characters. Each book consists of about 3 to 4 short and sometimes funny stories. I find the books quite simple to read and understand by my son. In fact, he can read the 2 books from Primary 1 with help since he has learnt many of the words from flashcards. 汉字王Wooden character parts set: This set of wooden character parts is meant for my daughter to form Chinese characters by joining 2 pieces together, but it has proven useful again in introducing Chinese radicals (部首) to my son. For the past 2 months, I notice that whenever we read in Chinese, he will scrutinize every familiar character and use his hand to cover part of it, then tell me its radical (his answers are mostly wrong by the way. But I am very happy that he is listening to his teacher in school and come back interested to show off his knowledge of Chinese radicals).  Since this set consists of so many Chinese radicals, I use them to teach him common and basic ones such as 单人旁, 女字旁, 木字旁, 提手旁. At the same time, I also roughly explain the reason for certain Chinese radicals to be used in certain characters. For example, 妈, 妹, 姐are females, so their Chinese radical is 女字旁.      English Audio books: I bought many storybooks for my daughter which came with audio CDs. The children love listening to stories when they sleep at night. Sometimes we also bring the CDs along so that they can listen in the car. While some of the stories may be too girly, they are still classics such as Snow White and Beauty and the Beast, which I thought all children regardless of boy and girl, is good to know. Being a boy, I can tell that my son prefers Lightning McQueen and Lion King though!  Science My Very First Encyclopedia with Winnie the Pooh and Friends- Animals and Nature: These 2 books come with many pages of animal and nature facts, real illustrations of animals and plants, and short write-ups per page. The contents are not difficult to understand. While my daughter can read on her own, my son is happy to be read to and he will ask questions as we read along.   Any other Science books or magazines such as The Young Scientists series containing scientific facts can be shared as long as we first scan through the contents and sieve out the easier to understand portions. Scale down the language used according to the age of the younger child by replacing long sentences with short ones, replacing difficult words with simple ones to help him or her in understanding.  Whether a learning resource can be shared between children of different ages largely depend on how we want to use them. With a bit of creativity and understanding of our own children’s learning ability and interest, we can make optimal use of many things at home. (Most of the mentioned learning resources were bought from Popular bookstores.) Content Source: Mummy Jaclyn Edited By: Preschool Resources The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of Preschool Resources
  • Encourage to Learn Chinese
    Encouraging My Toddler to Learn Chinese Hello everyone! Today I’m going to share with everyone some simple resources that I use to encourage my toddler to learn Chinese. These activities/resources are used between the ages 18 months to 24 months+. 1) Building Chinese vocabulary Flashcards mostly came in English, so I would write the Chinese terms on the same flashcards like this:   2) Counting in Chinese I created these counting cards for him to learn to count and help him to eventually recognise his numbers in Chinese characters. My boy has used different counters for these counting cards (i.e. pompoms, wooden pegs, magnets, and mah-jong round chips). CLICK HERE to download the printable 3) Shapes in Chinese This was a simple mat I have created to let my toddler match his shapes. It comes in 2 versions – 1 mat in English and 1 mat in Chinese. I have made it such that it is a magnetic mat (magnets on the back of the shapes and at the back of the mat). As he matches his shapes, I would teach and get him to say the shapes in Chinese if he was using the Chinese mat (or in English if he was using the English mat) CLICK HERE to download the printable        4) Colors in Chinese This ice cream resource was created to help my toddler learn colours. Similarly, it has both Chinese and English versions. CLICK HERE to download the printable    There are various ways to use this set of resources: Motor skills as he stacks the ice cream scoop(s) on top of the cone Sorting the colors  (i.e. matching red with 红色) Doing sight words with my older 3+ year old (i.e getting a scoop of white ice cream vs. 白色)   5) Chinese oral skills One of the best ways to build language skills is through reading. Again to maximise resources we have on hand, we would use the English books to help build Chinese oral skills in our boys. We started reading to them real young as babies. The same English book that we read to them, we would translate and tell the same story in Chinese using the images in the book. I see that it does work to some extent as my elder boy (3y8m now) is able to describe an English story that we read to him in simple Chinese sentences. Hope this article helps your little ones in learning their Chinese! Content Source: Mummy Fiona Edited By: Preschool Resources The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of Preschool Resources  
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