Home Schooling – Week 3: What We Learned This Week

Here’s a quick summary of what we did last week…

Gavin made sun catchers.


Well, okay, I held his hand and guided him while he squeezed the tube of paint.  Here’s one that’s drying.


This is one that has just been painted.  When the paint dries, it becomes transparent.


The inspiration for this activity first came when I saw a kit at borders that cost about RM50 for a book, suncatchers and paints.  Thinking that RM50 was kind of steep, I held off for a while until I stumbled across a little stall in Midvalley (lower ground in the tunnel adjoining MegaMall to The Gardens).  They had a small kit of 6 paints and three suncatchers for RM20 and additional suncatchers could be purchased at RM2 each.

Then we made a model of the solar system…


…which Gavin calls “my solar system”.  Okay, so the planets aren’t supposed to revolve around the Sun quite this fast:


We also learned about animals around the world…


…using the Animal Sticker Atlas I bought from MPH for RM10.30.

We did more painting with real paints.


Crayola “Mess Free” Colour Wonder Finger Paints might be the greatest invention ever made in the eyes of a parent, but there is definitely something about creating a mess that toddlers simply adore.


Here’s the final masterpiece which I have dubbed “Blood Bath” for obvious reasons.


And this is one thing you can’t learn with Crayola “Mess Free” Colour Wonder Finger Paints: painting with texture.


We are also learning to tell the time (o’clock and half past) using a Thomas and Friends clock my MIL and FIL bought while on holiday to Hong Kong.


On Sunday, we went to Ikano to watch the RC cars racing.


M and Gavin watching the cars whiz by.


Sunday was also our acid test with the pram which we hadn’t bothered taking out with us for a very long time since Gavin has never liked sitting in it.  I was inspired to give the pram another go when E told me my god daughter has recently discovered the joys of sitting in a pram.  From our experience on Sunday, I think the pram will be a feature in our future outings.  In fact, Gavin enjoyed his ride in the pram so much that he got quite upset when he had to get out of it so we could put it back into the boot!

If there is one lesson I have learned as a parent, it is “never say never”…

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

3 thoughts on “Home Schooling – Week 3: What We Learned This Week

  1. Li – It’s about time! Charlie spent another RM30 changing the tubes in the tyres because they were always getting flat – almost thought it was going to be another RM30 down the drain. Luckily not! 🙂

    See Ming – Thanks! It’s fun to see Gavin enjoying himself and learning new things. But I still think kudos goes to your friend with the Glenn Doman flash cards.


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