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Justina | Mum In The Making  Child of God, homeschooling mama of 4. 🇸🇬 Sunny SG Storyteller at:

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Since we were taking it slow today, the kids had some time to break out their pastel-coloured playdough from @tickleyoursenses ! They spent over an hour just playing, from making simple pancakes to pretty mooncakes using mooncake moulds (more in Stories).
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If you look closely, J4 was waving some dough on a "stick" and was declaring it was a "moo-cake". 😂 (It looked and smelt so good, she tried to eat some!) J1 initially wanted to sit out as he said it was too boring, but later he sheepishly changed his mind and joined his siblings.
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Honestly, I am still struggling with regards to letting go when it comes to messy activities. But I am trying hard these days, especially since I realize cleaning up isn't too bad and the kids are getting better at helping to clean up. Again, these big trays from IKEA really help to contain the mess, and make clearing up much easier!
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I am so glad it's the weekend. Here's to a blessed one!
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[Updated for those who were asking: These pretty pastel @tickleyoursenses playdough tubs are available only @theplayfair . And the mooncake moulds can be purchased @phoonhuat . 😉]
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#makingmumcrafts #makingmumstudio #makingmumartwall #playdough #ikeasg #kidsart #kidsartstudio #sensoryplay #homeschool

Am feeling rather unwell today, so we're taking it slow with school. Meanwhile, they have been working on their cardboard house, using @fiddleanddoodle dot markers, @crayola markers, glue and lots of scrap papers. 😊
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On a side note, they wrote the word "welcome" on the box. I think it's such a wonderful word, don't you?
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#makingmumcrafts #cardboardcrafts #makingmumcardboardcrafts

So today was one of those Murphy's law days. We had a leakage inspection in the morning when I was alone with the kids, and the kids kept fighting during the inspection. We were supposed to meet an ID regarding our front porch while the kids had dinner at my parent's place, but my mum wasn't well, so the kids had to stay home for dinner. And the hubby was delayed at work, so I ended up scrambling to get the kids fed (thankfully my dad was around at dinnertime!), and doing the first part of the meeting alone.
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But you know what? I realized after we gritted our teeth and pushed through, it wasn't so bad after all. I think the hardest days are sometimes the ones that give me the most to be thankful about: for such patient inspectors that took the time to explain what was wrong with our house, and even let the kids view the walls using their thermal scanning equipment, for a very patient ID who constantly had to repeat herself thanks to all the interruptions from the kids (thanks so much @styledbypt !), my dad who came to help me for part of the day, friends who bless you in different little ways, and the hubs who listened and helped to absorb all my stress.
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And of course, these four. They sometimes drive me batty, but I am so proud of how they work together these days. They happily decorated a box and made it into a house while I was busy (you can see more in Stories, the mess was horrendous but was quite easily cleaned up). 😅 I couldn't do school with them in the morning, but they helped me to reorganize our library and fixed up two chairs for our hs room.
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So I'm ending today feeling exhausted, but really blessed. If you're having a hard week, hang in there. God always strengthens, always provides, and always equips. 😊
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[They were also very pleased with the new bean bag they helped to set up!]
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#makingmumsometimestalkstoomuch #makingmummoments #4jtogether

The younger two fight frequently, but J3, being the sweet kid that he is, can be such a loving big brother too. 😊
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Today, I spied him teaching his sister how to wash her hands. He tried unsuccessfully to carry her up the stool, then proceeded to turn on the tap and pump out the soap for her to use.
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Seeing them grow together is really one of the best things that comes with being a parent, and I am thankful!
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#makingmummoments #siblings

This cabinet houses a fair bit of our vintage children's book collection, & this little book wrecker isn't allowed in here most of the time! 😅 The boys love burrowing through the titles. Many times, I will find the cabinet doors open, one kid lying splat on the rug, with his nose buried in a #Ladybirdbook .
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On a side note, we've been listening to various Ladybird audio collections, & the kids have been enjoying them. One series (not pictured as it's in the car right now) features the abridged classics published by Ladybird, and are great for introducing classic reads such as Alice in Wonderland, Gulliver's Travels, and A Secret Garden to the kids. Another set (swipe to see) is a collection of stories from the Well Loved Tales series. The audio versions are simple but well done, with little or no fancy sound effects, which is the way I like audio books to be. 😉 We bought ours from @bookdepository & they are really value for money!
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[PS: I've always preferred the vintage editions for Ladybird books, the illustrations and covers are so much nicer! If you are on the hunt for some, @oocs3 will be having a Ladybird book launch at 9.15 pm tomorrow night. 😉
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PPS: We usually get "where do you get that?" queries when I post photos, so here's pre-empting that: This cabinet is from @hocksiong (if you look closely, they've customized the back of the shelf to be a happy yellow colour! ❤️), and the rug was from @kmartaus . 😉
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PPPS: Yes I know, if there ever was a #bookaholicsanonymous group, we need to join them!]
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#shelfie #makingmumreads #vintagechildrensbooks #homeschool #makingmumlibrary

"I think I can understand that feeling about a housewife’s work being like that of Sisyphus (who was the stone rolling gentleman). But it is surely in reality the most important work in the world. What do ships, railways, miners, cars, government etc exist for except that people may be fed, warmed, and safe in their own homes? As Dr. Johnson said, “To be happy at home is the end of all human endeavour”. (1st to be happy to prepare for being happy in our own real home hereafter: 2nd in the meantime to be happy in our houses.) We wage war in order to have peace, we work in order to have leisure, we produce food in order to eat it. So your job is the one for which all others exist…"
C.S. Lewis, Letters of C. S. Lewis
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To the Mama who wonders about whether it's worth staying home, isn't this such an eye-opener? Know that your ministry of the mundane matters. Even though it really feels like being Sisyphus (I googled and learnt he was a king in Greek mythology, who was punished by having to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to have it roll back & hit him. And he had to repeat that over and over for eternity! 🙀 Talk about an apt analogy. 😆)
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And to the Mama who has to juggle work plus homemaking, you are amazing for being able to do both!
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[Forgive me for overposting this photo, but it gives me hope that my kitchen can sometimes be this neat. 🙈 It's now in shambles after a long day, so I guess I'm off to go tackle those cleaning "boulders". But hey, at least we know God gives rest to the weary, unlike poor Sisyphus, right?]
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#makingmumsometimestalkstoomuch #makingmumhome2 #yellowkitchen #kitchendecor

Been having this strange craving for yam the past few days, so I tried cooking yam rice following the recipe by @domestic_goddess_wannabe (but I had to omit the dried shrimp due to allergies). It was so yum, and the recipe is quite straightforward to prep: http://thedomesticgoddesswannabe.com/2013/10/easy-taro-rice-芋头饭/
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The kids were having an off day (you know those days where they decide that they don't fancy everything on the table 😅), so they weren't impressed. They did eat their food though, and I might just try this recipe again, while substituting pork belly for minced pork (one kid dislikes fattier cuts of meat, sigh).
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Now, does anyone have a good orh ni recipe to share? 😆
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[These Mickey bowls & Hello Kitty plates will be available next Tue at 10 am over @chairish_the_moments ! 😉]
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#athomewithchairish #makingmumcooks #yamrice #asiancooking #mickeybowl

I grew up loving the story of Chicken Licken, the little chick who thought that the sky was falling down. 🐤Which is why I am rather excited about Chicken Little, the stage adaptation of that story by @srt_thelittlecompany ! In this production, join Chicken Little as she meets a host of other farm animals, while journeying to see the King. Meanwhile, will she escape the clutches of Foxy Loxy? 😉 Tickets are available @sisticsingapore .
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Show details are as follows:
Dates: Wed, 25 Oct - Fri, 8 Dec
Times: Weekdays (10am), Weekends (11am & 2pm)
Venue: KC Arts Centre
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One of the basic principles of a Charlotte Mason education is the idea of short lessons. The idea is lessons, when kept short & interesting, build the habit of attention. (Once that habit has been inculcated, the duration of the lessons can be slowly increased.)
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We were struggling with building this habit of attention, & J2, with his need to move all the time, faced a fair bit of difficulty staying focused when doing his work. So I've been tweaking our schedule & approach to learning at home, & keeping lessons & assignments short. We keep violin practice to 15 minutes each time (but we practice twice in a day if we can), & these days J2's assignments are usually only a page long for each of his books.
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We've been trying this out for over a month (along with other changes which I will share about in time to come), & I realize that this principle of keeping lessons short really works. There's still a fair bit of fidgeting for the boys, which is natural, but I do see that they are more focused, when all they have to complete is one or two pages of a book instead of say, five pages. J2 is getting much better at completing his independent work these days! 😊
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I realize I have to fight the temptation to cram more learning or work into their days (the kiasu force is strong in me 😜). In reality, piling on too much is counterproductive, since the boys get distracted & end up not finishing their assigned work. While we may seem to cover less in a day with short lessons, these focused sessions, when consistently carried out, add up to a considerable amount of learning over a long period of time!
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[I'm learning that this idea also applies to training with regards to chores! So I'm keeping chores simple for the little ones. These 2 are helping to make granola, which is really straighforward & quick, & hence perfect for these two!
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PS: I've been getting various queries about homeschooling. I'll try to consolidate & answer your questions in various FAQ posts in time to come, meanwhile, if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment here!]
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#makingmumlearns #homeschool #kidsinthekitchen #makingmumcookswithkids #charlottemasonliving

The chicks (I think we can't really refer to them as chicks anymore. Just look at these guys!) are 9 weeks old and are fully feathered.
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The boys have been learning so much from just watching them: they observed that they like to eat blades of grass, and Cream has been busy destroying our aloe vera plant (he loves snapping off parts of the fleshy leaves). J2 has been busy designing lizard traps, because he wants to feed lizards to his pets. 😖
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And speaking of learning, I'm in the midst of preparing the documents to apply for exemption from compulsory education for J2. I still can't believe this kid is supposed to be in P1 next year!
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#cookiencreamadventures #4jskeepchickens #makingmumlearns #homeschool

"They lived their lives with a faithfulness and commitment to the small, important things we tend to overlook in the quest to do something grand with our lives, somehow missing the fact that the small things are ultimately the biggest things.
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Me-Ma and Pa-Pa left a legacy of love and steadfastness. Every day they lived out this command written by the apostle Paul:
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“Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going – to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering” (Romans 12:1–2) MSG
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Which brings me back to Abby Wambach’s words about leaving a legacy. Me-Ma and Pa-Pa left a legacy that has kept the ball rolling forward. And when you’ve left a legacy that strong, you can never be forgotten. You shouldn’t be forgotten.
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Because every moment in what some might consider a small life was a moment painted with great love.
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Their impact will never be forgotten."
- Melanie Shankle (from this post: http://annvoskamp.com/2017/09/because-there-absolutely-is-no-such-thing-as-a-small-life/)
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As we start the new week, let's remember to do small things with great love. 😊 Our legacy is not in toys and physical possessions, but in our children, and their faith and love!
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#hangintherefortheharvest #makingmummoments

I've been trying to make lists: lists of things we need to buy for our reno, things we need to do, things I need to plan for their learning, schedules that tie everything in. And I couldn't help feeling really overwhelmed, because there were so many things that needed sorting across the next 2 months! 😅
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Then I came across this picture of J2 (while trying to clear up space in my phone), happily helping me to bake amidst the mess in the kitchen. And I am reminded to focus on the things that matter, and to take things one at a time.
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Hope everyone had been having a blessed Sunday!
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#makingmumcookswithkids #kidsinthekitchen

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