the week of Jan 27th- Jan 30th 2014

This is the week before Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year so our lessons will be up to Thursday morning only.

Catching up on their Global Game Jam bootcamp notes. Trying to train them how to make concise but coherent notes.
Writing their journal reg: the workshops and experiences. Teaching them to observe, bring description into
Mandarin homework.

Finished the Earth description notes, read it.
Mandarin homework.
Will do more Timetables practice, from 4x-6x with flashing the cards not in sequence (backwards for now). Starting with 7x.

We played a game.

They are rather worn out today, it was a long weekend. There’s no pc/game today, and they have had half hour deduction from tomorrow’s play/game time for coming to the table late. Trying to train them to be ready BEFORE the designated time, rather than AT the time given. It’s going to take a while. Will need to finish up the chore chart so I don’t have any arguments reg: chores & whose turn it is to do it. J2 needs to learn time management, and directional focus, ditto for j1 but to slow down, rather than doing everything at top side but make mistakes.

28th Jan

Twins: Grandma Class (in the am)

Mandarin homework (writing characters)
some more of the English practice sessions, and some videos.

Twins did Mandarin Homework.

29th Jan

a good session at the park.
Twins: Practiced their entire set of Mandarin flashcards, might test them on the old ones, next week, to keep things refreshed.
j1 needs that motivation, he’s getting better at focusing and taking it seriously but like k, he only has set attention span. Still working on j2’s time management.
Maths practice: 1x-12x timetables, written. 2 columns, swopping numbers around. There was some whinging, as they had to write it out themselves, they wanted to try the verbal method but we’ll save that for another round, like a game! Don should be taking over the Maths part from February, I’m just covering the revision aspects for now.

K: finished the last of his Mandarin character writing. Studied the 8x time tables. Practiced the 4,5,6,Practiced 7xtimetables. Wrote the 1-8x timetables in his book, 2x each for 1x-8x timetables (swopping numbers to see if he gets the relationship). He is getting better at focusing but really needs guidance, especially the control of his frustration and anger.

All 3:
watched Khan academy video on Photosynthesis. Made notes on what they saw.

This afternoon:
chores & making apple raisin/apple choc chip granola bars! 🙂 Although those who don’t want to help can get to clean the downstairs bathroom. 😀

30th Jan
Lunar New Year Eve. We are cooking the reunion dinner. No lessons for the next 4 days, due to it being the Lunar New Year, and it’s clean up time.

A reminder:


Week of Jan 20th-27th 2014

I decided to adjust their routine a little and give them half hour cycling at the park while I walk around the park. I think I need to begin half hour earlier (at least) as it affected the rest of our routine so we started lessons an hour later than we’d planned.


Twins: Cursive writing practice. Practiced flash cards for Mandarin again. They re-read their notes from the reptiles session of last week and presented what they had studied. So far they have got most of the points, and explained it in their own words. This afternoon, return to reptiles classification. they did some more cursive writing practice, this time by alphabet. I’ve encouraged them to now write their notes in cursive, to get used to the practice.


K was not so responsive today, and during flash cards practice he got frustrated and pitched a fit. After some time, he calmed down. We then read through his notes on the solar system and corrected his mistakes (punctuation, mixing up of small/capital letters). Taught him to make paragraphs and not spread out his sentences line by line. We read through. We’ll finish up the Mercury description notes after their break. This afternoon, some Maths addition practice. We did some writing practice, with the alphabet to help with the capital/small letter mix up.


Today was not so good in terms of work, we definitely had a late start, although we did do the walk in the park/cycle thing. We had a more relaxed session this morning. They prepped their notebooks for science experiments and workshops and we discussed an upcoming workshop for them.

Science experiment: Molecules Pg 7. Science Wizardry for Kids (morning). We took notes on the experiment and observing the changes over set period of times. They wrote a short paragraph on what are atoms and molecules.

Twins :Practice Mandarin Flash cards, 100%.

23rd Jan:

We took the morning off from the park today. I think they needed a rest, I know I did! We’re going to assemble the the telescopes soon and figure out when the new moon begins.

Afternoon: Mandarin class

Twins: corrections from Grandma’s lessons
Noting down the conclusion from yesterday’s experiment.
Preparing the phases of the moon to observe.
Introduction to Greek Mythology

He did some word search and puzzles that Grandma had given.
Maths Practice: addition (30 sums). Started on the thousands, mixed with hundreds.
Noting down the conclusion from yesterday’s experiment.
Preparing the phases of the moon to observe.

Twins: Grandma’s class

Multiplication Flashcards: 3x-6x. Will move onto 7x.
Introduction to Greek mythology (Reading)
Science (Intro): Planets- today’s planet was: Earth

afternoon: beginning on Mandarin homework.

Twins have workshops (one: Introduction to Stencyl. 2nd: Introduction to 3D art), 9am-5pm at KDU).
K has taekwondo, some reading and spending some time at grandma’s. He baked Granola bars (I let him handle most of the prep, under supervision) with me, and they turned out great 🙂 So that was a huge boost for him, he is happy giving it out to certain people, so it’s lovely to see 🙂

Next week is CNY (end of the week) so we probably won’t have lessons etc from Friday-Sunday but it’s back on the full on programme after that.

Have a great week ahead.

the week of Jan 13th- 18th 2014

Will be adding to this as the week progresses. This is to keep a record of what lessons/field trips/activities etc the boys get up to (With or without pix etc).

13/01- 15/01.

Did revision with the twins on Biology, then the following day they were at Grandma’s for their lesson (Brain, Ear, Eye, skin, throat), K and I worked on his Maths. We had realised that he wasn’t as confident using columns (the 1s, 10s etc) to do his sums, thus creating more opportunities of making mistakes, but not knowing where he went wrong. So using the Zoob pieces, I practiced that with him. In the afternoon, it was back to decluttering with their toys!

Today (15/01): Maths again with K (his request), we did two sums with the zoob, then we tried the column based addition sums to see how well he understood what we were trying to show him. You could see where he lost concentration, but otherwise he seems to have grasped the concept. We did a run of multiplication timestables up to 6x. This afternoon is Spelling (30 words). Then we’ll either play a board game or chill. They have no PC/console time today.

Twins: today was a diagram of the ear, with labels and explanations. Revision: up to 12x timestable. Spelling: 50 words. j1 and j2 settled lunch (egg salad sandwiches). They are doing creative writing, with their My Little Pony fan fiction (with their friends).

Mythology postponed to either Thursday or Friday afternoon. I need more research time, we only have the one book at the moment. We’ll talk over Greek Mythology this afternoon (since we’ve been reading Percy Jackson!), maybe play a game with those characters, or try out Monopoly.

They had Mandarin in the morning, and after an early lunch, we gave them their hour on the PC.

After that, we did English. They had to look up the words from their spelling tests and make sentences with those words. K has some issues with punctuation, capitalization and concentration (still). I’ll need to work with him on that, I’ll admit that I am so rusty with all that technical English stuff. The twins also did their cursive writing practice as requested by Grandma.


K: Mandarin flash cards to practice with his brothers.
Introduction to Science: the Solar system. Drawn out the system. Will list out and learn about the Sun, and each planet.
Multiplication Table Practice. (up to 6).
Writing Practice.

We watched a snake feeding on a rodent (thanks auntie k for the video!) and we will be doing natural sciences: reptiles for this week. They wrote down the characteristics of reptiles, stopping at skin. Will save that for another session, Then we will go into further depth, specific examples etc. Beginning with snakes! 🙂 video here:

Mandarin flash cards.
Decide on an experiment to plan towards. They are at Grandma’s in the afternoon anyway.

next week:

Twins: Introduction to Geography (revisit Malaysia, her states & state capitals. Select a state to do research on, and presentation to plan for).

K: English language.

Pictures below.

K and Maths

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Educational Board Game to try!

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Today’s creative writing: If I was a superhero..

Decided to video the boys reading their own stories. I wanted to start them on creative writing lessons, slowly, although I think they are already on the way there. Also it’s good for them to practice making presentations etc, slowly 🙂 Got a huge kick out of listening to their stories 🙂

so here it is “If I was a superhero”




All three videos are here on a playlist 🙂