Toddler Play: A Modified Montessori Setup

With the addition of Gareth, we have had to rethink our storage space so there would be room for all our things.  Ever since I read about the Montessori Method, I have wanted to design accessible shelves to store Gavin’s toys so he could lead his play time by deciding which toys he wanted toContinue reading “Toddler Play: A Modified Montessori Setup”

Toddler Development: The Lovey

When Gavin was little, we tried unsuccessfully to get him to pick up a lovey.  Finally we gave up and thought no more about it. For his three year old birthday, my SIL decided to buy him the “Thomas Saves the Day” Play-a-Sound book with plush toy. Suddenly, Gavin’s carrying around the Thomas plush toyContinue reading “Toddler Development: The Lovey”

Digital Cameras for Children

I’ve been considering getting Gavin a camera because he always wants mine whenever I take it out to take photos.  He’s also been taking a lot of self-portraits using my mobile phone camera.  Although I am keen to encourage his new-found interest, I’m afraid I get worried he’ll press the delete button or drop theContinue reading “Digital Cameras for Children”

VTech V. Smile: Thomas and Friends – Engines Working Together

I know I shouldn’t have – but I did… I bought Gavin the V.Smile TV Learning System with the Thomas and Friends Engines Working Together game.  After my disastrous attempt to purchase the download rights to the other Thomas and Friends PC games, I figured I would play it safe and buy something I couldContinue reading “VTech V. Smile: Thomas and Friends – Engines Working Together”

The Things That Toddlers Get Up To…

Since he was very little, Gavin has had this strange fascination for hiding his toys.  He will stuff them in between cushions, down the side of his bed, and into all sorts of nooks and crannies where his toy might fit into.  I thought he had outgrown this habit because it hasn’t happened for a while.Continue reading “The Things That Toddlers Get Up To…”

Early Childhood Educational Resources

After my research on various Early Childhood Education programs, I’ve finally decided on a program that captures elements from the Montessori Method and the Wink/TwiddleWink Program which, as far as I understand, is the midway point between the Glenn Doman Method and the Makota Shichida Method. To help me implement my program, I have securedContinue reading “Early Childhood Educational Resources”

Thomas Fans, Eat Your Heart Out!

Got the link to this video from my friends ST and SM.  It shows a rather extensive Thomas and Friends Motor Road and Rail train set.  All I can say is that boy is one very lucky kid.  I don’t think we even have a room big enough to house a train set that large. Continue reading “Thomas Fans, Eat Your Heart Out!”

Funny Friday: Cause and Effect

Gavin got a Thomas and Friends Big Big Loader for his birthday.  Although it is largely a fairly passive toy that requires him to watch Thomas, Jack and Cranky at work, he often tries to help them out by picking up the little balls of coal. Unfortunately, that also means he drops them.  One ofContinue reading “Funny Friday: Cause and Effect”