Sunday, April 29, 2007

Shichida Lesson 4 (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 water melon and a fly on top (that is linked to your water melon by a strip of paper of laminated plastic.
  2. Ask your baby to blow away the fly and after they blow away the fly, they can 'eat' the watermelon.
Sight Training
  1. Draw a colourful picture of something. Today’s lesson is smiley son with hands to high five with the children… 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 sun or do a high five with it.

Language Training:
  1. Tell a story in English.
  2. Tell the same story in Chinese/Japanese. (Eg, Sawako)

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, money, time, actions)

Who will win the tug of war?
  1. Give your child a picture two men who are doing a tug of war. Let them guess which one will win the race.
  2. The two men are both holding on to a ribbon. Let them guess which one has a movable ribbon and after they have guessed, we will pull the ribbon to show the winner as one of the men's ribbon can be pulled and the man attached will move towards the center ;)
Put the right colour train windows
  1. Give your child a picture of the train with relevant coloured windows.
  2. After 30 seconds, hide the picture and give them a picture of the train without the windows and then give them the windows and ask them to place them correctly in the right order.

Intuition- Find the pink trapezium:
  1. Use two cards of the same size. One is a blank card. The other one has a particular shape (eg, a pink trapezium).
  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.

The M Words Picnic
  1. Open up the M word shopping bag when we go for a picnic.
  2. Inside there are various things starting with M. Eg, mountain, man, monkey, mango, mat, etc and give your child the words and ask them to place the words next to the things.

Find the right vehicles
  1. Give your child a picture filled with various different vehicles. Eg, Lorry, boat, yatch, motorbike, etc
  2. Give your child the words (names of the vehicles)and ask them to place the words next to the things.

Buying and Eating Ice Cream
  1. Pretend play and the teacher takes out a box and says she is an Ice cream man and she rings the ice cream bell.
  2. She then takes out a cone, a cup and a piece of bread and ask the child what type of ice cream they want. (Is it the cone, the cup or bread)
  3. Then she will scoop the ice cream (coloured fur balls) and name the flavours as she scoops.
  4. Then she will ask them to pay her money and after the child pretends to pay, the teacher will pass him or her the ice cream and they can pretend to eat.

Use the right utensils to eat
  1. Give your child a set of utensils and ask them to flip the pictures.
  2. Eg, when they see a picture of a salad, ask them what should they use to eat the salad and give them the right utensils to use.
  3. Include, rice, cake, a cup of tea, watermelon.

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.

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 3. Show them some flashcards with numbers varying from 1-5 and ask them to shake when they see 3.

  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

A + B = C
  1. Your your child a picture of a banana, a cap and a bear together. Ask them what combination will this become?
  2. Will it become a bear with a cap with a banana on the cap or a bear with a cap with an apple on it?
  3. you can give different options as long as they vary in items and colours. Let them understand that when you put certain things together, they have to appear together.

Feed the birds with worms (6-10):
  1. Give your baby pictures of birds with hole cut at the beak and give them furry worms. Ask them to feed the birds and count how many birds there are as they insert the worms in.
  2. Leave the worms there and when you are done, you can ask the baby to take out the worms while counting them.
Artwork: Dalmation
  1. Give your baby a picture of a Dalmation and give them round stickers to paste to create a dalmation. This is to ensure that your baby will be able to work on his motor skills as he sticks the stickers.
Artwork Homework: balloon
  1. Give your baby a picture of three balloons and get your baby to tear paper into small pieces and 'colour' the balloon by pasting coloured paper or magazine paper on it.

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