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Fff-fwah! We’re learning some f-words!

May 20, 2013

This month is the month of F-words. We’re exploring things that begin with the letter F!

Homelearning: Tracing F and making Faces

We did our usual tracers from our Hands On Homeschooling curriculum, and traced the uppercase and lowercase F with our fingers and pencil. I used the pictures for words beginning with the letter F from Homeschool Creations.

We made faces and learned what’s on our face – the eyebrows, eyes, nose and mouth. The printables for our cutting and pasting were from one of the pages from the Gymnademics Big Day Out activity booklet. We mixed and matched and glued the different parts of the face to make four really ugly looking faces. Ben and Becks conveniently used these faces as targets for  their ball throws. Hur hur hur.

Tracing F & Making Faces

Target ball practice
F for Fruits and Food

To learn the names of fruits we love to eat, we matched the names of fruits in a flashcard game. I laid out the pictures and had Ben match the words to each type of fruit. He guessed the words by the beginning sounds of each word mostly. For Becks, she read out what Ben matched after he completed his task. For Nat, we did a gallery walk of sorts and I read each card to him while walking down the row, something we also do at Gymnademics.

Fruit flashcard game

I repeated this game for the types of food using flashcards (I bought the Beginner Series flashcards from Wink to Learn). The kids enjoyed the game thoroughly. We also did a food matching exercise with this activity sheet.

Food flashcard game & food matching
The F words in Science

For our science lessons, we explored fruits with one seed and fruits with many seeds; why food is important for our body; the parts of a fish and the different types of fish that we can eat. I got the materials from Hooray Science for Preschoolers published by Pelangi Books from the bookstore for $3.15 per book (there are four in the series). I colour-copied and laminated them to use as big flashcards.

Fruit Food & Fish Science

We also learned the parts of a flower from this activity sheet in our Hands On Homeschooling curriculum. I learned something new, for one – that a flower that’s not yet in bloom is called a blossom. Looks like I’m also home teaching myself!

Parts of a flower
I Feel…

This month, we also learned a big f-word. FEELINGS. Feelings are so important to introduce to children. It’s crucial that they understand how they feel and describe it. I made these feelings flashcards from Kids’ Pages for Small Ages and taught Ben and Becks important feeling words like angry, hungry, tired, worried, sad and happy. Becks was also in drama mood that day we had this lesson, so she provided us with some good entertainment with her acting.

Feelings

Outdoor learning: F is for freshness everywhere!

For outdoor learning, we headed down to the Farmer’s Market at PasarBella to check out fresh produce and good food.

We even saw a freak there! The kids were very disturbed by the chalked man. They couldn’t stop asking why he wasn’t moving. Guess they were freaked out by the freak!

PasarBella

We also went to The Cajun Kings for the freshest dungeness crab, Manila clams and red prawns we’ve ever tasted. The deliciousness of fresh seafood boil eaten with bare hands and fingers, cavemen style. Ooh la la, finger licking good! Very gratifying!

The Cajun Kings

A very ffff-fulfilling month indeed, learning all about the letter F. Farewell, letter F! We’re moving on to the letter M next month. Why are we skipping letters? More on it the next time!

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6 Comments

  • Reply Joy June 3, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Why did you choose Hands on Homeschooling out of the all the homeschool choices out there?
    Where I am, we don’t have a lot of kids-oriented facilities and activity areas, not even a library. Will that curriculum work here? In the sense that is it very dependent on those?

    • Reply MotherKao June 4, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      The curriculum is comprehensive and Christian-based, Joy. After I bought it, I also discovered a whole world of other free resources out there to adapt and use. Also, in SG, there are lots of pre-school assessment books that are great for science and tracers. HoH has a whole folder called Idea Bank and categorises activities into science, math, festivities, etc, and it’s great to have it and use it whenever!

  • Reply Shuqing May 22, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    That sounds like so much fun! Where do you find the time and energy to prepare all these materials? Kudos to u!

    • Reply MotherKao May 22, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      Thanks, Shuqing! I sleep very, very little and think about what I can do with the kids a lot. Have to, if not, I will have bored children turning my house upside down!

  • Reply Adora @Gingerbreadmum May 21, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    How do you do it, with two at the same time, and having to jaga Nat? I’m in midst of writing a post of how my homelearning efforts are 80% trying to keep baby entertained which teaching poppy!

    • Reply MotherKao May 22, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      I have lessons with them only after Nat takes his nap! If not, I’ll constantly have to yell for the baby to stop destroying and disrupting our lesson. Haha.

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