Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Comparisons of the siblings in the tummy..

Is it just me but I have a fetish for my ever growing tummy.
So here is a comparison of all same old tummy at a similar stage of all my pregnancies, hopefully I can and will close factory after this round.

Anyway the weight gain so far for this pregnancy has been "well maintained"
Last check weight gain at 32 weeks
Me +6kg, lil I at 2kg
Though I can't wait to pop with my strenuous backaches and dizzy spells but I would thinking finishing my concert at my 37 weeks w my fellow colleagues is just what I hope to get off the list. 
So let's keep our fingers cross.

Monday, September 15, 2014

How has September been for you?

As we move quickly into the last quarter of the year, I do realized that it has been a quiet month over here.. Well please pardon me while I spend more time slacking on the bed, or even taking naps on weekends as walking around with a 2kg and growing-even-tummy with 2 kids in toil is really not a joke at times.

Nah I am not admitting I am getting old but just that energy level has been really different as compared to previously. And I can't wait to pop! But I have another official 8 weeks to go. As such, u mean we only have 3 months left for this year?
But here are some eventful moments so far for Sept for us.


4 Sept 
Ray papa's birthday with the lil ones at home
A very low key celebration this year and poor papa had to buy his own birthday cake! :D
And we are really thankful for such blissful moments in our lives.


5 Sept
Teacher's Day gifts for the kiddos' teachers.
I am so proud of creating my own wrapper using the mundane brown paper.
All you need is patience and creativity.
Not forgetting the right tools!


6 Sept
virigin and failed attempt at baking bread.
I think I need a bread machine.
*Hint: giving house warming gifts ideas = electrical appliances or vouchers are all acceptable. Hiak


10 Sept
#cheapthrill way of #screenfree moments for Dora.
Guilty as charged. I don't deny moments when we allow the kiddos to use gadgets but I am only glad that we are also trying our best to create these simple screen free moments for them as well.

And all you need is a old bathtub with your desirable amount of water, some underutilised sandplay/waterplay toys and voila!
One happy child.

Disclaimer: Adult supervision is required.


11 Sept
Trial art class for Isa at HeART studio doing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles canvas.
Amazing place with amazing people.
Our new target for Isa's next holiday program. :)


12 Sept
Movie: Planes 2 - Fire and Rescue
A must-do during the school holidays with Isa!
Simply loves it as it was bonding time between the pop and the son.


13 Sept
Our weekly grocery session jus seemed more fun with Dora and my helper around. 

And so fast half a month of September is gone. How has September been for you?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

My Vaby box for August..

Is it my pregnancy brains that I have totally forgotten to post about the wonderful range of products that I had received from Vaby!

Oh man.. imagine you subscribe to a mere $18.90* per month and you get products worth more than $60! How cool can that get? Definitely worth every cent of your subscription!

So here is it, the box of August from Vaby with the following products



  • personalised sized Korean Adhesive Labra (worth $49.00) 
  • cute Zoo bib (worth $4.90)
  • Lavender fields concentrated Laundry Poweder by Idocare sample - I love the afterwash scent!
  • Nurtureme Organic Food sample - even I can't help but take a bite from the pack!
  • Portable Pencil Mini Fan (so handy in our weather!)
  • Kids Party Entertainment Voucher 
  • The Playhouse Unlimited Play Voucher 
That is why I say.. 
"Keep Calm and Vaby!"


#Disclaimer: Rayconniebaby receives Mum and Baby boxes with compliments from Vaby. All experience and opinions on products are my own.
*Terms and conditions apply for giveaway boxes.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

{Review and Giveaway of Neuroscholar Junior} Going to step Into Primary 1 and.. you need help?

Times flies. Isa had already been in P1 for about 8 months! Where did all the time go?

Well when it comes to the children's holistic development, one can always be meticulous and (even) fussy in their choice. Perhaps my occupation had conditioned me to be as such. I guess it is a good thing after all as we are only more that glad that we had made a wise choice for Isa to attend enrichment at NeuroScholars Enrichment Centre (previously known as Neuromath Junior) and Isa had blossomed so much ever since he started his sessions with them.

Besides their regular Math Intelligence Programme,  NeuroScholars Enrichment Centre (NJR) also provide this special crafted programme for the Primary 1 goers. It is called the NeuroAchievers Programme (previously known as Step Into Primary One - SIPO). And since Isa had completed 2 terms in 2013 with NJR‘s NeuroAchievers Programme, I am here to share with you the focus of this programme and how it helps to scaffold a child's learning progress from the preschool level to the primary level.


With the structured contents in the NeuroAchievers Programme, the curriculum focuses more on academic, they are taught topically and in which the curriculum is specially crafted and is on a similar par on what the lower primary syllabus of our local context offers.



The objectives are very clear.
  • Demonstrates speed and accuracy in mathematical calculations




What it seemed like just an ordinary worksheet.

By the way, the improvement of this particular exercise was that there was NO drilling involved. And see the progress in his improvement: 52 seconds to 39 seconds.
  • Draw and label Part-Whole model up to 20

NJR always have surprises up their sleeve for every lesson. 
Today they had brought in a pencil case story to introduce the concept of model drawing.

We all can see the box at the bottom had 3 more than the box on the top.



This was the actual question.
Do you see the connection of the pencil case story to this question now?

Tip: "3 MORE" does NOT always means addition

Even without writing down anything or do any calculations, 
Isa actually knew the answer was 5.
Don't ask me what he was thinking.

I only can tell you he knew what he was doing as his answers reflects his understanding of the subtraction and division.



This lesson of part-whole model was the gist of what I wanted to know how Isa could learn, understand thus applying his understanding of model drawings. Here he is, applying his understanding onto his own model drawing.


To be ready for model drawing, not only a child needs to see and understand the connection between number bonds and model drawing. He must also understanding and apply his concept of drawing proportional bars for the question.
  • Able to complete IQ game within time limit




The aim of the IQ logic game is very clear:
Children to develop their logical reasoning as they try to form sets.

But of course, other than NJR's NeuroAchivers, here are some personal practices of the professionalism of the teachers at NJR:
  • Know your child's strength and weakness
Understanding your child's strength and weakness and highlight these to the teacher whom you are working with. Teachers at NJR are very approachable in a way. They do regular feedback and I look up to their enthusiasm and passion for their jobs. Other than parents, teachers are the next direct group of important people who can adversely affect the child's interest in learning.
  • Be positive
Children thrive in an environment when the expectations and encouragement are consistent. What I like about NJR is that their teachers are not only consistent in their teaching, they also inculcate a very positive vibe in their attitude in motivating the children during their learning process. Even I got influenced and actually told Isa, math is my new favourite subject!
  • Attempt goals and overcome challenges together
Set on a goal together and attempt this goal TOGETHER with the child. For every new topic that Isa was exposed to, he was always apprehensive. But the teachers at NJR are always ever so encouraging that Isa did not even realized that he actually already overcome his fear of "difficult" math question.

"Teacher Nana.. let me teach you this"

----Just for Rayconniebaby's readers - FREE TRIAL---

Rayconniebaby is very excited to share that 10 lucky winners will win your 6 year old a free trial of NeuroAchiever's Programme. 

Here is how you can take part:


This is part three of a three-part series in this review of Neuroscholar Junior's NeuroAchiever's Programme. 

Read more of Neuroscholars Jr here in my first post

Read more of Neuroscholars Jr here in my second post.

NeuroScholars Enrichment Centre @ Parkway Parade
 80 Marine Parade Road #17-02 Parkway Parade S(449269)

Tel: 6440 0809 Email: ask@neuroscholarsjunior.com
Facebook at 
https://www.facebook.com/neuroscholars?fref=ts

Disclaimer
Isa and I are invited to participate and review NeuroScholars Enrichment Centre's NeuroAchiver's Programme in 2013. These opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the complimentary classes given. Terms and condition apply for the giveaway. Rayconniebaby reserves the right to choose another random winner if the winner does not reply within 24 hours after the email is being sent out from Neuroscholars Enrichment Centre.
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