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Wei Lin  FTWM with a picture timeline of making memories with my family - seeing beauty in little things, homemaking, crafting, traveling, reading, living ❤️

Recycled crafts today! The boys made a DIY maze with straws and old pieces of cardboard. Really fun!
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#diy #recycledart #artsandcrafts #steamkidschallenge #kidscrafts101

Managed to take photos of a full activity cycle completed by J, with zero contribution from me. .
I sat nearby to observe him, answer some questions, listen to his stories about an arctic hare camouflaging, about how people from New Zealand greet each other by rubbing their noses together (and he annoyed his brother by doing this repeatedly to him). I felt pretty redundant actually 🤣 just taking pictures and watching. But it always gives me so much joy to see them picking their own activity, be engrossed in it and enjoying the process ❤️
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#montessori #montessoriathome #montessorichild #childledlearning #teachmetodoitmyself

A perennial favourite kitchen science activity: milk fireworks with expired milk (why throw it out when you can have some fun with it) 😄

1. Pour some expired milk into a flat tray
2. Drop some food colouring
3. Dip cotton bud into dishwashing liquid
4. Dip into the food colouring in the milk
5. Watch the “fireworks”
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Science behind it:
The soap binds with the molecules of milk fats and a chemical reaction happens. As the soap breaks down the fat, it causes the colour molecules to be shoved around rapidly which is the effect you see. If you have older kids, you. An delve deeper into the surface tension of milk etc etc
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#steamkidschallenge #science #earlylearning101 #recycledart #stemeducation #tagfromtheheart

Back story to this picture of brotherly bliss:
They were both arguing about which Lego figurine belonged to whom because all the costumes were recently changed (are these boy versions of dolls?! What’s with these Lego figurines anyway). .
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I was having an interesting conversation with the hubs and didn’t welcome the interruption. So we told them to find a way to work it out that pleases both of them, otherwise we would donate the figurines if it’s causing them strife. We kinda forgot about them while we finished our conversation. As we were ushering them to bed, we noticed they were both giggling and doing something together so I asked B what were they up to: “ I’m helping J build new figurines that he likes so he won’t keep wanting mine”
Definitely a 💡💡moment for him. Definitely a parenting high when your older child finds a wise way to settle disputes. 🤞🏻it continues .
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#siblings #brothers #parenthood #problemsolving #brotherhood

Little boys with big plans .
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#playdate #bestfriends #childhoodunplugged #play #playroom

J used their rock collection and started peddling around with it on his tricycle, asking us to buy it (inspired by the Caps for Sale book). I humored him and selected a rock. And there started his fascination with buying and selling and using money. Since I haven’t introduced the concept of money to him yet, I took out our play money which I made for B last time, and we played a few rounds. It’s been 3 days and he’s still making me buy rocks 😭 .
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I suggested making a DIY market stall to sell fruits and vege to capitalize on this sensitive period for math. I love when inspiration strikes through observing the child and noticing what he’s interested in. Learning becomes a breeze and done in a fun way which doesn’t burden them. You know you’re on the right track when they keep asking for more of the same. If they seem bored or disinterested, it’s ok..just move on and try again at another time .
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#handsonlearning #natureplay #tagfromtheheart #learnthroughplay #mathmadefun

How cute is this? Nature study time..and using rocks and crystals as an analogy in his little love notes to me 😍 #soblessed .
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#boymom #momofboys #parenthood #momlife #love

Some nature sensory play with fresh aloe vera from the garden. They came up with lots of vocabulary and adjectives to describe it: slimy, slithery, sticky, translucent, gluey, snakey, smooth, gelatinous (I didn’t think of that!). They made it into a gluey paste and observed that it changed texture when they chopped and mashed it up. They even rubbed in on some insect bites on my hands since it has healing properties. So many observations and inferences from just a few leaves of aloe vera (see in my stories)- shark skin, webbed feet of platypus, hand blender and so much more. Gotta love what their minds come up with!
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#nature #sensoryplay #sensorybin #tagfromtheheart #invitationtoplay

J made this in the time we took to get ready to go out for dinner. An inspired pattern of order and symmetry. While he was working on it, I doubt he was aware of the valuable skills and learning he was establishing; sorting and patterning are inherent to mathematical order and skills, and are an important building block of logical consequence. These skills become strongly rooted especially in a self-directed activity chosen by the child. .
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As I largely try to practice the Montessori approach at home, I’ve tried to prepare a home environment and curate their “toys” to encourage independence, freedom within limits, and a sense of order. Every day J practices concentrating on work he chooses (less for B now as he is in school where there is weekly homework and projects) and he’s given time to accomplish his work or “project”. This gives him the opportunity to experience the joy of self–discovery, which has much more value than if I tell/show him how to do it. This set actually comes with a stack of pre-printed pattern and picture cards but both my kids have never wanted to use it. I used to encourage them to, until I learnt that their independent ideas are to be valued. Left uninterrupted, J can create and build for 4-5 hours. I doubt I have the same ability to concentrate as we adults are so used to multi-tasking and instant gratification haha. .
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#montessorichild #montessoriathome #childledlearning #getcreative #childhoodunplugged #earlylearning101 #steamkidschallenge

J had us for 5 days while B stayed with my aunt. It was a precious time for him as he had our full and undivided attention. While he kept asking for his big brother, and missed his playmate, he reveled in being the only child for a while, able to chatter non stop without interruptions, able to keep us with him at bedtime for longer periods (cos I don’t have to split myself in two), being read tons of books and simply having his uniqueness celebrated. .
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It’s sometimes more convenient and habitual to have a one-size-fits-all approach to parenting, especially if you have more than one child, and time and energy is always limited. We don’t always have the luxury of a full pack of batteries to channel towards each of their uniqueness. So when given magic moments like these, we take the time to intentionally spend one-on-one time with each child to make them feel special, to celebrate their personhood separate from their sibling. We are able to do what they each enjoy as they have different interests and their age gap is a 4 year one. Such a wonderful time of building even stronger bonds and experiences. Most importantly they each feel valued as different individuals. Next week daddy will be taking B on a mission trip! .
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#momlife #parenting #parentingmoments #siblings #familytime

B’s almost-finished Van Gogh inspired art. He learnt about Van Gogh in school last month and he observed that in a lot of his paintings, there appears to be his famous swirls of dark and light. We read a bit about his life and how tumultuous it seemed until J asked us to stop as it was going to give him nightmares 😂
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#art #kidsart #tagfromtheheart #artist #arthistory

J’s corner of the world. We were reading about some island and he wanted to point out all the islands on the world map. And then he said if Australia is technically an island (although a continent), doesn’t that mean North and South America are an island too, and Asia another humongous island? What’s the difference between a continent and an island. I told him it’s 9pm and I can’t really think anymore but I’ll research it and let him know. Did you wonder about things like that when you were 5? On one hand I’m stoked that he questions things like that, on the other, it’s 9pm and I can barely function what more think intelligently. 😴
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#childledlearning #geography #questioneverything #montessorichild #worldmap

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