Sunday, April 22, 2007

Shichida Lesson 3 (2 y/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 a car with two wheels. For one of the wheels, make it into a windmill.
  2. Ask your baby to blow to make the wheel turn.
Pretend Play
  1. Use the flashcards to tell your baby how to fold napkins for the restaurant.
  2. Show him the steps by steps how to do it. Let him practice and do it himself.

Sight Training
  1. Draw a colourful picture of something. Today’s lesson is a cloud with blue frills acting as water… 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 cloud 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. You may include flashcards of pictures with their word representatives after the picture. It is important to expose your child to an image first because it helps them remember faster.
  3. 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.
  4. 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)

Who is chasing the man?
  1. Give your child a picture with a man running.
  2. Something is chasing the man and you turn it the other way round. Ask your child who is chasing the man and give them three pictures (a mice, a monster, an elephant) to choose from.

Who is singing?
  1. Give your child a stage with the curtains closed and only the face exposed. Someone is singing, ask them who...
  2. Give your child three choices. IS it the INdian girl, the Malay girl or the Chinese girl. Remove the curtains and reveal the singer later ;)

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

Jigzaw Puzzle
  1. Show your child a 4 piece puzzle picture.
  2. Give your child the puzzle and ask them to match the right picture with the right side. (Eg, ask them if this is the upper left piece and match. If it is the same, tell them it is the same and get them to press the puzzle in.
  3. Repeat a few times.

Use the tools
  1. Prepare a picture with various things and give your child the various tools to match the things to 'repair' them.
  2. Have a nail (hammer), bolt and nut (spanner), broken bowl (glue), screw (screwdriver), door (key)..
  3. Ask your to use the tools correctly with the relavant picture.

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.

Memory game: Colour Mushrooms

  1. Show a picture of three colour mushrooms for 20 seconds.
  2. Now, give them the same picture and give them the three coloured mushrooms and ask your child to match the colours in the right place.
  3. If your child is unable to choose. You can give him two choices and ask him to point.

Memory game: Active boy

  1. Show a picture of a circle, a triangle and a square. Inside each shape, there is a boy doing different actions.
  2. After 30 seconds, close the picture and ask your child to place the picture of the child inside the right shape.
  3. If your child is unable to choose. You can give him two choices and ask him to point.

Pretend Play- Let's Be Superman
  1. Introduce flashcards to say- Why must we be superman? (to save people, to become strong, to fly...)
  2. Use a red plastic bag and make into the cape. Then use cardboard to make Superman's S sign and the shorts and hang over child using a string. Tell the child he is superman.
  3. Mummy or daddy can carry baby and FLY them around the room! ;)

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!)

Recognizing numbers
Give your child an instrument. Tell your child that now we are going to shake the intrument to create noise whenever we see the numbers 4 and numbers 5. Show them some flashcards with numbers varying from 1-5 and ask them to shake when they see 4 and 5.

  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

How many drinks are there (6-10):
  1. Give your baby pictures of juices with hole cut on top and give them straws. Ask them to put the straws into the drinks and count how many drinks there are as they insert the straws in.
  2. Leave the straw there and when you are done, you can ask the baby to take out the spoons while counting them.

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