Post by MamaFiza on June 25, 2011
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Happy holiday to my gorgeous girls 😉
May you’re in great health. Amin~ *lovely hugs*
Oh my Lord, what a super busy year for all of us ^-^ *Alhamdulillah*
I kept all the pictures update in external hard disk but yet still have no suitable time to upload ’em to this humble blog *gomen ne!*.
Alright then, let’s continue another fast and extra simple update for today’s blog post.
Question of the day: What else can you add to your homeschool wall?
Unsurprisingly, the answer is never ending!
Other than our wall of fame, world map, planner mind-map, periodic table of chemical elements, and list of educational display (section for math, science, language, religious education, history), we also used magnetic whiteboard with aluminium frame.
Previously we do have the easel with dry-erase and chalkboard, but only suitable for one-on-one tutor session.
Gazillion thanks to dearest PaPa, now we’re putting up a huge wipe board on the wall *Alhamdulillah*.
Waiting for The King to arrive . . . heeee >w<
(before setting up)
We’re using 2 separate whiteboard, size 2′ x 3′ (ft) *60cm x 90cm* = 2‘ x 6‘ 😀
All edge are furnished with safety corner cap, wall installation, attachable accessory tray keeps magnets, markers & erasers nearby, plus concealed hanging brackets create a more professional-looking display.
Trying up~ (big bro and big sis) >O<
Doodling with little girls >_<
It just makes me feel organized to teach my precious kids for each and everyday. You bet, I’m ready for Monday!^_______^
Believe me, you can always create a legion of environments with a little imagination -_^
Don’t give up, my hot mommies! You can do it too 😀
May God blessed your weekend, Amin~
Post by MamaFiza on June 10, 2011
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Konbanwa to my dearest hot momma 😉
May you’re in cheerful day ^w^ God blessed, Amin~
Alhamdulilah, we’re back on homeschool extended road trip since April 2011 and up to this month.
Yes, as usual we’re traveling together for field trip and working purpose 😀 You may always integrate travel and homeschooling with your child.
Question of the day: How Do You Keep Kids Busy While You Work?
Provide your child a choice and a list of useful activity books is a great way to keep them busy without resorting to video or computer games.
Activity books may help to refresh their math, science, language arts and IQ studies skills in fun ways.
Let’s keep ’em busy:
A: New books for next week schedule.
B: Completed activity books from last week schedule.
Alhamdulillah, we’re fully occupied 😉
My First Phonics Series ^-^
Mini activity books, suitable for for different occasions (and always on the go!). Simple yet effective. Mini-books are quite simple included with images. We bought 4 sets of these books *yay! ^-^ *
Coloring books for bonus treats! >_<
For big bro and big sis ^_^
Three Line Work Book: For handwriting practice (cursive!)
Big Square Work Books: For mathematics subject.
But do make sure that your kids are comfortable as possible during the travel in each destination.
Insya-Allah, traveling with kids can be both fun and rewarding for you and your little angel once properly planned 😀
Gambatte ne, have a blissful holiday~*special hugs*
Post by MamaFiza on June 9, 2011
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moshi-moshi to my cute ladies 😉
May you’re in great health. Amin~ *bear hugs*
Another speedy update for today’s blog entry.
Do you still remember this blog post?
Question of the day (from New Straits Times‘s interview):
Miss Anusha K: “How do you teach your kids about laundry and if so, which one is doing it now? Do they enjoy it?”
Me: Thank God, yes, I do teach and introduce my kids when I’m doing laundry since they’re a little baby (3 months old) because I’m using baby sling (baby wearing) that keep me very handy on doing it ^_^ Alhamdulillah, all of them doing it, with no complaint. My precious boy and girls love to help out in the laundry room plus always been eager to help, most of the time, they argue about who gets to do what (even had been scheduled earlier).
Now and for the last 2 years till today, my husband and I wont need to do laundry chores as our children very helpful on this routine. We only need to supervise them, everyday. Plus, all of them were surprised at how many teenagers and adults went to school/college/university with no idea how to do laundry or clean the bathroom.
Our laundry room ^_______^
Honestly for me, teaching our child to do laundry is a worthwhile process. By involving them in the family care routine of the home definitely teaches responsibility, builds self-esteem. Plus, my husband and I need to deal with their over-eagerness, on daily basis! *lol* No doubt, getting child to love doing the wash will be easy breezy 😉
Perfection is not the goal. Self-reliance and pride in a job completed is. This may help instill the good habit of responsibility from an early age.
As I do strongly believe children can handle various responsibilities based on of different abilities and ages, my husband and I made a chore chart (household tasks) be divided by age, one chore chart per child (age appropriate) and also for us (combined list).
But do keep in mind as the art and science of caring for clothes is not learned in one day even though naturally young kids love chores and household tasks. With help, they can complete the job from start to finish.
Big smiles 😀 *Alhamdulillah*
First step: let your child disposes of worn or soiled garments by placing them in a box or basket. Provide each child with their own container. They will quickly learn organization and order by putting things where they go.
Toddler may help handing clothes pins to you, match and roll socks. Preschooler children can begin to do more. They can bring their clothes to the laundry area when it’s time to wash them, and really helpful to sort clothes by color.
After sorting, clothes can be washed and dried, then folded and put away in drawers or hung up. They can also help emptying the wastebasket and wiping down the machines with a damp cloth.
To make it more interesting, show the kids what load sizes are: small, medium or large. When clothes already dry, use folding time to name shapes such as rectangles, squares (e.g: washcloths and towels).
Make “laundry time” a fun time for your child, you may also setting a “laundry day”. Use praise, hugs, kisses and thanks (lots of love). Thank them and brag on them for their help even if it is not perfect.
Start simply and remember safety first. Please do always remind them to be careful with lids of washing machines.
- Write some basic steps on A4 cards, laminate them and hang them on the wall over the washer.
- Make sure parent is in-charge with laundry chemicals (close the lid tightly), and it is important to read the labels to your child before using any of them so you might tell them about the chemicals and teach about the hazard and caution signs.
- Do supervised with care, as they can measure out the detergent and even set the controls at the age of 4-6 years old. Teach your children how, when and where to add the laundry detergent. Whether you use a scoop or a lid to measure laundry soap, use a permanent marker and draw a line to show how full it should be.
Get ready kids >O<
- Do choose to use a clothes line to dry laundry; it will be simple and even fun to teach your children how to hang clothing on the line and how to use hanger.
- If you have a special way of folding socks, wash cloths, and towels,please demonstrate the procedures to your child. As repetition is a great teacher, children need very detailed, step by step instructions. Be sure to ‘walk through’ the procedures with your child for several loads.
- Never too early to teach about fabric to your child. Example on how to sort laundry: 1 basket of light colors, make another basket for jeans, do make sure all socks are right side out, wrong side out for dark colors and if there are any stains, hand it to “Mama/Papa” so we can help you to treat them first.
- Dont forget to each them simple mending and how to use iron at the age of 5-6 years old. (It is better to use a cordless iron as it turns off automatically when not in use. Please make sure to unplug the iron after use. Never leave the iron sitting on the iron board. After use, store the iron in a cabinet).
Teaching your child how to do laundry will help them to develop discipline and a sense of accomplishment.
Your time and patience will be well worth it because not only are you getting extra help around the house, but you are teaching your child independent living skills.
All the best, glorious momma! 😀
May God blessed your beloved family, Amin~
Post by MamaFiza on June 8, 2011
Ohaiyo gozaimasu beauteus mommies *hugs* 😉
May you’re in wonderful day!
Warning: this post contains large images.
Alhamdulillah, we’ve been featured in New Straits Times newspaper last Saturday 😀 (New Straits Times’s Life&Times: “Living : Wash day made brighter”).
Gazillion thanks ladies for your endless prayer & du’a.
Thanks a lot to New Straits Times’s readers for visiting our humble blog *cuddles*
- New Straits Times Newspaper (Malaysia’s Great English Newspaper!)
- Miss Anusha K (New Straits Times’s journalist) for featuring us 😉
- The King and charming kids for superb love.
p/s: it’s an awesome write-up! ^-^
Yang Di-Pertuan Agong’s Birthday! Daulat Tuanku~ >w<
Live it up~ 😉
Ta da . . . Wash day made brighter.
Great job kids >_<
Incredible job kiddies 😀 Alhamdulillah!
For those of you who do not have the copy of New Sunday Times newspaper, you may click HERE to read it in online format.
Some part of the articles:
Laundry day with the children
MOST parents do the laundry on weekends. Hafiza Abdul Rahman and her husband Azhar Zahir supervise their four kids, aged 2 to 7, when they do their own laundry.
“All of them have helped with laundry without complaining. In fact, they love doing little chores in the laundry room and are always eager to help,” says Hafiza, who lives in Bandar Baru Bangi.
“They even argue about who gets to do it, even though it has been scheduled earlier,” she adds, laughing.
For the last two years or so, Hafiza only looks in on them and the kids have been doing the laundry. For now, the web designer who works from home has introduced washing, drying and ironing to her children. Hafiza has her own blog www.littlekittle.com in which she’s known as MamaFiza.
She believes that educating children about laundry at a young age teaches them responsibility and builds self-esteem. At that age, kids are usually eager to complete tasks. “There is no need to be perfect. Self-reliance and pride in the completed task is more important. In fact, my husband and I believe that children can handle various responsibilities based on their age and abilities,” says Hafiza.
“I create a chore chart (household tasks) and each child gets a chart. There is a section for combined chores with parents and children involved,”, says the author of Hidangan Si Cilik.
Here, Hafiza shares tips on how to get children to do their laundry. She advises giving the children time to adjust to it.
• Get your child to place worn or soiled garments in a box or basket. Provide each child with his or her own container. Through this, they learn organisational skills and to leave things in designated places.
• Teach them to sort laundry: One basket for light colours, another for jeans. Socks are right side out. Wrong side out for dark colours and, if there are stains, to hand the item to mama or papa so they can be treated first.
• Toddlers can help hand over clothes pegs, match socks and roll them. Pre-schoolers can bring their own clothes to the laundry area when it’s time to wash.
• Get them to sort clothes by colours. After sorting, clothes are washed and dried, then folded and put away in drawers or hung. They can also help by using a damp cloth to wipe the washing machine.
• Show them how the load size works: Small, medium or large. When clothes are dry and ready to be folded, use terms like rectangles, squares (e.g. for washcloths and towels). If you have different ways of folding socks, wash cloths and towels, show them how it’s done. As repetition is a great teacher, children need very detailed, step-by-step instructions. Be sure to walk through the procedures with your child for several loads.
• Make laundry time a fun time for your child. You may also set aside a day for “laundry day”. Use praise, hugs, kisses and say thanks (with lots of love). Thank them for their help even if it is not perfect.
• Safety comes first. Always remind them to be careful with lids of washing machines. Write basic steps on A4 cards, laminate them and hang them on the wall over the washer.
• Parents need to be in charge of laundry chemicals (close the lids tightly) and it is important to read the labels so that they are aware of the chemicals, hazards and caution signs.
• Supervise 4-6-year-olds where detergent is concerned. Teach them when and where to add the detergent. Use a permanent marker to draw a line on the scoop to show how full it should be.
• Use a clothes line to dry laundry. It’s simple and fun even to teach children how to hang clothing on the line and how to use a hanger.
May Allah swt blessed your kindred heart *triple hugs*
No doubt, children are a gift from God! They deserve every opportunity to learn about everything.
Do guide your little angle on this amazing journey, they deserve the experience 😉