Chinese Lion Puppet

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ROAR! With your brand new toucanBox project we’re going to visit Asia to make a colourful Chinese Lion Puppet. Once you’ve finished your puppet, slip it over your hand and make up a lion dance. How do you think your lion would move, and what sound would it make?

~ Toucan Box

Toucan Box Theme: Chinese Lion Puppet.

It was very clear from the start, that Little Yum-Yum was really going to enjoy this box.

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With some assistance, the puppet was underway. It was very colourful!

After much cutting and sticking,

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the delighted Maximus couldn’t wait to show it off and to play with it. He even took it as his Show & Tell to school.

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A close up. Can you see the big nostrils? Ha!

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A peck on the cheek!

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Other activities included:

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Forbidden city and

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Draw a Panda (apologies for the blurry photo, Max was distracting me with his puppet).

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In addition, Colour It In,

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Sun Moon Lake and

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How to make Sushi Sandwiches.

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There was a bonus craft

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Not-So-Coy Carp.

Cute little fishes, Master Maximus asked me to take a photo of him posing with them.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

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In a house in the woods (who knows where?),
Live Ma and Pa and Mary Bear.
While their porridge cools in the morning air,
They fetch some cream from the dairy.

Oh, bears, beware! Oh, bears, beware!
Beware of girls with golden hair!

A fun retelling of the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Share the learning activities with your child to encourage their reading and reinforce their learning of phonics. ~ Nick Page, Author.

My review:

Rhyming, cute characters and funny. It really is a good book, but I wish learning phonics wasn’t forced upon our children. In any case, like with the others similar to this book, it’s not quite a bedtime story, but children will love it.

Burlap Bunny

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Have you heard the news? Spring has arrived! The new flowers are beginning to bloom, the weather is warming up and the bunnies have come out to play. But wait, where has the Bunny’s tail gone? We better help her out and make the fluffiest, cuddliest tail we can. Ready? Let’s hop to it!

~ Toucan Box

Toucan Box Theme: Burlap Bunny.

Little Yum-Yum went to work with the Bunny’s tail with the yarn and stencil provided. He needed assistance to use scissors and to tie a knot to keep it all together, but did a good job. Of course, he had to strike a pose before we could move on.

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Using a stencil, black paint and a sponge, Max created the shape of the Bunny, by applying the paint to the fabric, dabbing it on. When done, it was left to dry.

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Once dry, Max attached the tail he had made earlier, by using a plastic needle to sew it on, and used green glitter glue for the grass.

I managed to find some space on a wall for it. It’s fantastic!

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Other activities included:

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Flower Power,

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Draw a Bunny,

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Butterfly Brothers and Counting Sheep.

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Also Springscape,

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Patchwork Farming and Tall Tails,

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and last but not least, Hatching Chick.

Kumon

Kumon

Recently, I signed Little Yum-Yum up to Kumon for extra maths and English lessons.

Don’t get me wrong; he’s not behind for his age, but I did this because I don’t like the teachings in mainstream schools. I guess where I perhaps went wrong was enrolling Max into a private preschool. There, he excelled and I was extremely happy with his developments. However, private school fees are so much higher than that of preschool, so it is unfortunate that my budget could not cover such an expense.

Since starting mainstream school in September last year, I feel his full potential is not being acknowledged.  I feel he is somewhat being kept back. For example, he knew how to spell a number of words by the time he left preschool. His teachers and myself worked hard with him to ensure this was the case. The word ‘this’ was spelt as normal. Yet, a few months ago, when I randomly asked him to spell it, he sounded it instead “ter-hur-ie-sss”. I thought “What in the world is this?!”. Anyway, I asked him again, and he did the same thing. When I asked him to say the letters, he couldn’t remember what they were. This is because the children are being taught how to read and spell using phonics. In my opinion, it is a dumb decision, and I think parents should be able to choose how their children are taught, because I had to re-teach him all over again.

When I brought up this issue at Parents Evening, I was was brushed off. Being me, I continued with what I had to say, and the teacher finally caved in telling me that Maximus “can cope with both, so it’s OK to learn phonics as well as the old fashioned way”. When did it get to the point a complete stranger could and can tell you how to raise your child and what to say to you child? What is this phonics nonsense?

So this, as well as other reasons are why I enrolled Max onto Kumon. He is not allowed to use phonics, a calculator, or Google (lol). He must work everything out using just one powerful tool; his brain.

I’m open for discussions on this. Please, let me know your thoughts.

Jack and the Beanstalk

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Jack Pott and his mum
had a poor life, not much fun.
Food was scarce for those two
and their cow called Little Moo.

A fun  retelling of the story Jack and the Beanstalk. Share the story and learning activities with your child to encourage their reading and reinforce their learning of phonics. ~ Nick Page, Author

My review:

Another great story retold in a fun, rhyming way. Key sounds are highlighted in red to help children identify them. Not quite a bedtime story like the original, but certainly helpful and in line with what children are learning in school.