Sunday, April 15, 2007

Ace’s Shichida Training- Lesson 2 (2y/o)

Start all lessons by hugging your child and singing the good afternoon song.

After that, start gathering the energy ball and throw it high into the air and splash on their heads and then brush away the bad things and gather another energy ball, compress it and eat it.

Breathing Training:
  1. Draw a picture of an OPEN BOOk. Cut a slit that is 0.1mm in the middle and slot in one ‘page’ of the book. Stick a sticker underneath the page.
  2. Ask your baby to blow and the page will lift itself. Ask him to blow harder and keep blowing in order to see what picture is underneath.

Sound Training:
  1. Make three different sounds. Eg, sound of handphone ringing, sound of a machine gun or sound of bird cheeping.
  2. Show the related sounds to a related picture to your child.
  3. Now make these sounds and ask your child to pick the correct card. You may use an electric organ to make the sounds.

Sight Training
  1. Draw a colourful picture of something. Today’s lesson was a PIG… and hang a bell behind it.
  2. Show your baby the picture and shake it so that his eyes are focused on the picture.
  3. Move the picture left, right, up, down horizontally or vertically. You can also move around in a zig zag manner just to let his eyes move around. This will work his eye muscles.
  4. When baby is done following, get him to catch the animal or do a high five with it.

Language Training:
  1. Tell a story in English.
  2. Tell the same story in Chinese/Japanese.

Sing a song:
  1. Sing at normal speed
  2. Sing at half the speed (to help them remember)

Flash Cards:
  1. Prepare a series of flashcards with a theme. Eg, vehicles, fruits, foods, numbers, alphabets, how to prepare certain foods.
  2. Flash them quickly at your child. Show each picture only for two seconds and read out what it is as you flash it. You do not have to worry about getting tongue tied.
  3. Repeat and flash the pictures and read out again.

NOTE: You can do so also for alphabets (Letters A-M, N-Z, Numbers 1-10, 11-20, Dots (1 small, 1 big, 2 small, 2 big.. etc. You may also include shapes of different countries, how to make foods, opposites)

What is in the bedroom
  1. Give your child a picture filled with things in the bedroom.
  2. Try to make sure that these things are removable and restickable (you can laminate your picture and paste Velcro on the picture and underneath the shapes)
  3. Tell your child about the different things and ask them to paste it back or pull it out.
  4. Repeat about 2-3 times for each individual object.

Intuition- Find the blue circle:
  1. Use two cards of the same size. One is a blank card. The other one has a particular shape (eg, a blue circle).
  2. Turn the cards over and ask your child to feel it and find the blue circle.
  3. Repeat 2-3 times

Intuition- Find the right food:
  1. Draw a big basket. Colour and laminate it.
  2. Prepare picture of three fruits/vege. Pick one of the fruits/vege and paste it behind the slipper.
  3. Tell a story. Mummy just came home from market.
  4. Show them the picture of the three fruits and veg and ask them to guess which fruits/veg it is.

Imagery- What tree is this?
  1. Prepare a picture of a tree. Prepare also a picture of an apple and an orange. Cut another set of apple and orange.
  2. Show your child the picture of the tree and tell them that fruits grow mostly on trees. Guess what fruit is growing on THIS TREE.
  3. Hide either the Apple or orange behind the tree and send the image of the picture to your child.
  4. Show your child the picture of these two items and ask them to guess which item you hid behind the picture of the tree.

Cookery class- How to make Japanese Rice Ball:
  1. Prepare a 3 white triangle shapes to be the rice ball and 3 black strips of paper to act as the seaweed.
  2. Show a series of flashcards to teach them very quickly how to make the rice ball in 3-4 simple steps: First, scoop the rice, then gather the rice into a ball, add in a plum, make it into a triangle and add in the seaweed.
  3. Now ask your child to make three of them following the steps. When he is done, you can get your child to “arhm” and eat it.

Linking memory game
  1. The purpose of this game is to help your child improve their memory by linking things up. You can tell a story and link the things up in order. It does not have to be a logical story.
  2. Repeat this story and ask your child to place the pictures in this order.
  3. Now turn the cards around so that the back (which is blank) is facing you and ask your child to pick out the hotel or the crab and see if they can remember where it should be.

Memory game: Hot stuff
  1. Show a picture of three hot cups of stuff. Milk, Water, Soup which is put in a table with three columns in this particular order
  2. Now, give them an empty Card with the table and pass them a picture of a glass of milk, a glass of water and a bowl of soup.
  3. Ask your child to place them in the right order inside the columns.
  4. If your child is unable to choose. You can give him two choices and ask him to point.

Feed the fishes
  1. Make a makeshift pond with an old shoe box and put in a picture of a pond and some fishes into the pond.
  2. Roll some coloured paper into small crushed circles and ask your child to feed the fishes by putting it into the pond or throwing them into the pond.

Intuition/ Memory Game: Guess which picture I show you
  1. Prepare two similar looking pictures.
  2. Show your child one of them.
  3. Take out the two pics and ask them to guess which one was it that you showed them.(dun be surprised, they get it right VERY OFTEN!)

Edible and Non Edible Fruits
  1. Show a picture with 8 different types of foods.
  2. Give your child a piece of paper with the categories, Edible and NON Edible written on top and ask them to sort them out.
  3. Only the common fruits are edible. Explain to your child that even though the other fruits are also fruits, they look strange and may be poisonous and are therefore non edible.
  4. Once done, ask them to take out the fruits and help you keep it by saying the name of the fruit.

Art work: Stick the eyes of the animals
  1. Use a coloured paper and draw a three animals.
  2. Draw circles around their eyes.
  3. Give your child some round stickers and let them stick on the eyes themselves.

Recognizing numbers
Tell your child that now we are going to clap whenever we see the number ‘1’. Show them some flashcards with numbers varying from 1-10 and ask them to clap and say YEAH when we see the number 1.

  1. Prepare a practice sheet for your child.
  2. Laminate the practice sheet
  3. Give your child a whiteboard marker (non toxic) and hold their hands to help them write out the numbers on the practice sheet.
  4. One number at a time please. Eg, just practice to write the number 1. They can write other stuff on it when they are done.
  5. Wipe clean and reuse it again.

Finger Play
  1. Open your palms and make the sign of a four. Close your fingers over your thumb and say, “This is a bee hive..”
  2. Open your other hand and say, “where are the bees…”
  3. Use the open palm to cover the top part of the clenched fist and say, “They are all in the hive where no one can see: (at the word see, out the clenched fist to your eye and look inside.
  4. “Let’s count them..” And you start to count as you lift up finger by finger and when all 5 fingers are opened, you go “bzzzzzz..”
  5. Repeat again

Find the colour Spoon:
  1. Give your baby pictures of 5 cups with 5 different colours.
  2. Give them the 5 different colour spoons and ask them to match the spoons with the colours.
  3. You can cut a slit at where the lid of the spoon is and ask the baby to put the spoon in and stir.
  4. leave the spoon there and when you are done, you can ask the baby to take out the spoons while naming the colour for them.
Bring The Dogs Home
  1. Show them a worksheet that writes down a number (any number 1-5), Beside the number, draw the number of kennel that represents that number.
  2. Give your baby a picture of the dog and ask your baby to bring the dog home by putting the dog into the kennel while counting.
  3. Keep and count with the baby too.

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