Happy Mother’s Day, Babylicious Update and Aristotle’s Home Program

How apt that it is Mother’s Day and I have chosen this day to ponder over the future direction of this blog…

So first up, let me wish you Happy Mother’s Day!

Motherhood Inc

Now, on to the next part…

This blog has been a reflection of the journey I have taken since I first discovered I was pregnant with Aristotle. Its direction is not set because it meanders along the course that the growth of my two boys leads me on since our experiences continuously molds and shapes my parenting ideals. Although the kind of parent I want to be has not changed, it is evident that there are many paths that can take me from A to B. Everyday, I have to make choices regarding which paths I want to follow.

Every family is different therefore I do not presume that the path I choose is necessarily the right one or the best one for every family. What I do hope is that it is the right one and the best one for my family. I invite you to join us and share our reflections not so that you will agree with them but so that this journey will not be so lonely. I find that in this age of nuclear families, many of us are isolated and alone in parenthood. It can be a terribly lonely road to walk so let’s walk together. We don’t have to make the same choices, but we can certainly keep each other company along the way.

My boys are growing up and I find myself at the crossroads again. With both of them in school now, I have had to reassess how best to spend my time with them. Aristotle, especially, spends long hours in school – longer, perhaps, than I would have liked. Unfortunately, we don’t really have the option to shorten his school hours due to the limited schooling options here. And as wonderful as homeschooling is, I have been forced to agree that homeschooling is not for us.

Now that the boys are spending a large portion of their time at school, what are we doing at home? Last November, I wrote about what we do with Hercules but I’ve realised that I haven’t really been writing about what we do with Aristotle in a very long time. Perhaps it is because we do not really have a set after school program for Aristotle. So what are some of the things we might do?

Extra-curricular Activities

Home Activities

Photo May 06, 4 20 10 PM

I have also been toying with introducing de Bono’s 6 Thinking Hats after reading de Bono’s book on teaching children how to think because de Bono believes that logical thinking is not necessarily acquired naturally but must be taught specifically.

“while a child might be intelligent, it does not necessarily follow that that child will become a good thinker. This is so often the mistaken assumption. In fact, de Bono states that intelligence can sometimes be a trap because “many highly intelligent people often take up a view on a subject then use their intelligence to defend that view. Since they can defend the view very well they never see any need to explore the subject or listen to alternative views.”

But more about this another day…

I’ve also been working with Aristotle on his Math, Reading Comprehension, and Science because he seems to have this idea that “he knows everything” at school and I want him to see that he doesn’t. Learning is an ongoing process that is never ending and I want him to learn to embrace it.

Reading

Aristotle loves to read. His favourite books are:

New book collections he has begun:

Non-Fiction:

Classics collection:

I have been trying to encourage him to get started on more of the classics without much success. I recently made the mistake of reading Tom Sawyer with him and he got put off by the language because they used a lot of old terms he was not familiar with like “getting a lickin'” when they misbehaved and “playing hookey” when skipping school. Perhaps we need to try Classic Starts first.

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.

2 thoughts on “Happy Mother’s Day, Babylicious Update and Aristotle’s Home Program

  1. Happy Mother’s Day Shen Li!
    How old is Aristotle now? He looks so big in the photo!

    Can I also ask you what you like about brill kids and how do you find it so far?
    I’d like to start right brain training for my 3+ toddler and so am wondering if I should get it but I’d like more feedback from someone who is using it.
    Are the DVDs from brillkids specific for right brain training? Do they have DVD flashcards where they flips fast?

    Thank you very much.

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    1. Aristotle is 6. I have used BrillKids mostly on my younger one but I hope to teach Aristotle a second language using their new curriculum. We’re still in early days but he seems to recall when we play the games.

      BrillKids worked very well for my younger one. We are still doing the music program and he likes to review the reading and math (we finished both curriculums already). What I liked most about BrillKids is that it is very easy to use – great for busy Mums and if you have trouble keeping track of your progress (which I often do). It is systematic and it is all click and play. It really doesn’t get easier than this. We have lots of programs but I find the ones we consistently use are the ones that are easiest to put on and this is one of them.

      BrillKids is not a DVD. It is a computer program so it can track your progress and remind you which lesson your child is at. It is not specific for right brain training but you can adjust the settings to play faster. I use it to make other flash cards for speed flash. Those I use for right brain training. I keep a record of my uploads here:

      http://www.figur8.net/resources/flashcards/reading-flashcards/little-reader-flash-cards/

      So if you have Little Reader, you can also download them to use. There are lots of other parents’ flash cards you can download from the BrillKids resource library so you don’t have to make them yourself.

      Before you get it, I would suggest downloading the free trial. Run it with your child to see how he takes it. The response between children can be different so you should see if your child likes it before getting it. For best results, I suggest using it with your child. Don’t put it on and walk away. Keep your child on your lap and interact with him as the lesson is running. Use it as one-on-one bonding time with your child.

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