Little Angel Fly!

Enjoying the journey along with our little angel.


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Mat’s Button Paw Prints

Have a look at what he did to my crafty buttons! He turned it into a beautiful dog paw prints. So amazed that he came up with this idea. Good job Mat! Creative mind really works during play time. All we need to do is to provide them with materials for them to discover and work with.

Photo by: © Darlene Sanguenza-Cano
button paw prints


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How to Teach Your 3 to 4 years-old to Read

Here’s my 4-year old little boy reading, “I’m a little Penguin”. I never thought that Mat will have the ability to read early since his speech developed late and he had a short attention span. But it made me realize that if some kids can do it, then why not with Mat, he started reading before he turned four.

What I’ve did first was to observed him how he learned things. I googled different types of learnings, then I found out that he’s a visual and kinesthetic learner, he really loves looking at books, flashcards and posters with pictures. I’ve come to think, why not customizing his lessons since I have many stock illustrations I’ve already done.  Here’s what I’ve did to the Poem , “I’m a little Penguin”, I illustrated a cute penguin to attract his attention.

I'm a Little Penguin Poem

I also labeled my artworks  with words for his word recognition purposes and sight words for reading. It not just help his reading but also included his comprehension skill. I introduce it to him while he’s playing since he doesn’t like a formal set up like in school.  It all went well,  Mat’s  interest sparks and he was able to engaged to it. Our house is a 45 minutes drive from the city where our photo studio/office and his school located, I grabbed that opportunity while he’s  sitting still inside our mini van, I put him to my lap then  I did the reading tutorial.  As he entered Nursery  their  lessons was on phonics and so I integrated phonics reading as well. His first month working with phonics to his teacher was not that really good, he didn’t follow his teacher as his teacher sounded it but  even though he’s not reciting it,  I knew he recorded it to his mind and later as months  went  by, he improved.  It seems that I’m using a blended approach like the phonics reading he learned in school,  the flascards I’ve made,  educational videos and some free downloadable worksheets I found online.  Starfall.com  and  www.firststepreading.com greatly help his  introductory reading skills.  He loves it because of the entertaining stories, it also engaged in musical and educational games.  Here are some  other useful online programs for reading, readingeggs.com and readingbear.org.  As Mat’s reading skill leveled up I’m now using this program allaboutlearningpress.net.  It’s so cute that now he loves to composed his own songs. Here’s his latest composition, though it didn’t have a a proper ending it’s a good start though for a 4-year old kid. He did this while we were riding on our mini van, I’m glad that he got inspired to everyday things. 🙂

Vehicles

I am a rocket
I am a rocket
Blast up zoom

I am a car
I am a car
Beep, beep, beep

I am a motorcycle
I am a motorcycle
Broom, broom, broom

I am a bike
I am a bike
Ting, ting, ting


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Mat-mat has a Little Dog

So cute how my little son altered the “Mary Had a Little Lamb” lyrics while I played the simple piano notes. Here it goes!

Mat-mat has a little dog
Little dog, little dog
Mat-mat has a little dog
Its name is Kibol

He simply use his name instead and his favorite dog named Kibol.

cute little boy holding a toy dog

Photo by: Darlene Sanguenza-Cano
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Dancing in a Ball

A so cute moment yesterday when he dressed up his Lola Nel and turned her to a princess. He let his Lola stand up and grabbed her hands afterwards. Lola asked him, “What are we doing?.” Then Mat replied, “Dancing in a ball”.  And so they danced together. Him to be the prince and Lola to be the princess, wearing the white cloaked blanket he made for her. That’s his happy ever after story for yesterday. Hehe. Can’t imagine when he grow up.. When his princess isn’t Lola anymore. 🙂 I thought that he might be pretending to be a fashion designer but he turned out to be a sweet little gentleman wannabe. Kids really do have magical thoughts!

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