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I am preparing my youngest daughter for school so one of my goals this summer (aside from LOSING WEIGHT, of course) is to incorporate arts and crafts activities at home. We attended Art classes few months back but wasn’t happy about it. Now that she is bigger, for sure things have changed a bit. We have tons of paper plates so I thought, this could be a good place to start. And since it is summer, there’s no better way of welcoming the season with Mr. Sun, don’t you think? Here’s how we did…

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Started the Year with Disney On Ice Experience

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I once watched Disney on Ice for my little brother’s sake, which was almost a decade ago. Since then, I haven’t watched any shows and didn’t plan on watching one – until I became a mom. I previously shared why my kids and I love Disney. So, when I found out I was given a chance to watch Disney on Ice while seated on the best seats, I can’t help but say no. Plus, it was my four-year old’s birthday so I brought her with me since I know she will enjoy the show…

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6 Benefits of Playing with Puzzles for Kids

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It was during my preschooler’s scheduled Individual Assessment last October that I considered buying puzzles for my girls. My two-year old is not fond of it (yet) although there are instances when she wants to try but my almost four-year old loved the puzzles. Since then, I include puzzle activity in our routine. Last year, my sister got this for my girls. I looked at it as a tool to help my eldest read and spell simple words in preparation for school. However, I failed to realize that it could be a good puzzle activity…

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Pumpkin Patch Party for Halloween 2015

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I am excited for this year’s Halloween celebration. We don’t attend any Halloween parties because I find it challenging to handle two babies with lots of people around. So it was my eldest daughter’s first time to do trick or treating – and it was in her school. One of the main events in my daughter’s preschool is the Pumpkin Patch party. This year’s theme is Storybook Characters wherein the students will dress in their favorite storybook character. My daughter loves Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood. Since it was easier…

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Gymboree Preschool’s Walking Trip

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Last Friday, October 9, my daughter’s preschool had a walking trip around the mall. Since the second quarter is about community helpers, the purpose of the walking trip is to get to know and see firsthand what community helpers do such as dentists, bakers, barbers, etc. At the same time, it is a good opportunity to apply what they learned in school. First Stop: Grocery The kids went around the Landmark Supermarket and introduced the concept of grocery, cashier, and security guards among others. They toured around the grocery and the teachers allowed the…

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Momma Life: “Mommy, Let’s Play!”

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Said my almost four-year old daughter.I was in the middle of a writing task, which I need to submit ASAP, when my daughter incessantly calls my attention. She wants to play. She wants me to read her a story. She wants me to draw Peppa Pig or Bing Bong or whoever character she could think of. I told her to wait. Mommy needs to finish work so I could submit it on time. As soon as I finish, I will play with her. It will only take a few more minutes then I’m done. “Mommy…

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Buwan ng Wika @ Gymboree Preschool

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August is known as the Buwan ng Wika in the Philippines. At this time of the year, we all pay tribute and importance to the Filipino language, remember and play Filipino games, and conduct activities to better understand the Filipino culture. This is also a good opportunity for the kids to learn more about the country. In my daughter’s preschool, I am glad to find out that they have a lineup of activities that will teach the kids more about Philippines. It was a month-long celebration of learning traditional songs such as Bahay Kubo, counting…

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Momma Confessions: I (Almost) Ruined Our Marriage

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 “Are you okay? What’s wrong with you? Why don’t you tell me what’s happening?” These are the questions my husband keeps on asking me for the past weeks (or even months!). Either I’ll pretend I didn’t hear his question or just say “Nothing” every time he ask. Don’t get me wrong. I love my husband. I really do. We may not have celebrated our tenth year wedding anniversary yet but we’ve been through a lot already – and it tested our faith in our relationship. These past few months, I…

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Momma Tips: How to Financially Prepare for Your Child’s Education

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My mom always tells me that education is the best gift she and my dad could give to me and my siblings. They worked hard to send us in the best schools and made sure that we will get the best and quality education. After all and based on my experience, where you graduated does matter. Now that I’m a mom, I hope to give the same to my girls. Let’s face it. Education in the Philippines doesn’t come cheap. Tuition fee for preschool could go up to 100K and studying in the best universities in…

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Momma Tips: How to Teach Your Child to Write

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I saw some videos on YouTube showing two-year old kids who could read and write. I must admit. I feel pressured to teach my kids early. Apparently, that’s not the case for me. After all, kids are different and each one of them had their own unique capabilities. Still, that didn’t stop me from teaching them, even if they can’t read at a really early age. Before my eldest goes to school last June, I made it a point to teach her how to write her name and the alphabet. It wasn’t very easy…

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Momma Tips: How to Get Over Separation Anxiety – in School

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Two weeks ago, my eldest daughter had her first week in school. Despite ample preparation (here are tips on how to prepare your child on his/her first day), leaving her inside the classroom with people she doesn’t know will surely lead to a crying fest. Even if she is excited to go to school, I know that it will not be a stress-free transition. According to the Psychology Today website, separation anxiety is a development stage wherein a child experiences anxiety due to separation from the mother or other primary caregiver. Experts and the preschool teachers…

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Momma Tips: How to Prepare your Child on First Day of School

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My eldest daughter is not a shy little one. In fact, she’s the bubbliest kid you’ll ever meet. She could easily memorize songs and lines from her favorite shows, she loves to pretend play and she even makes up her own stories and songs. However, there is one problem: she’s not the most sociable person in the room. Every time she sees lots of adults she doesn’t know, she’ll surely come running towards me and won’t let go. During her preschool assessment, the teacher also told me that she is ready for school, but…

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Ready for School with Crocodile Creek Owl Backpack

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When I saw Skip Hop backpacks in Mothercare and the cute Beatrix bags in Rustan’s, I instantly fell in love with it. My biggest mistake: I should’ve bought it immediately. They were so cute, it’s not surprising lots of mommas are willing to buy those bags for their little ones. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get my hands on any of those bags because I was late in school-shopping. Last weekend, I went to Trinoma to buy school stuff for my preschooler. I am not a fan of character bags so I went from…

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On Books, Reading and Tips on How to Read to Toddlers

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I grew up with books surrounding me. When I was in grade school, I have a portion in my room where I keep all my Sweet Valley, Babysitters Club and Nancy Drew books. I would rather have a new Sweet Valley Kids book than get a Barbie doll on my birthday (though I love playing with Barbie and lutu-lutuan). Maybe I got it from my mom, who is also a voracious reader. When I became a mom and considering the popularity of tablets these days, I made sure that my kids will still experience how to hold…

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Why I Decided not to Homeschool + 10 Questions You Need to Ask Before You Homeschool

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I grew up studying in a traditional, all-girls school. All my life, it’s about teachers, classmates, homeworks and lectures. I read stories about kids my age (at that time) who were homeschooled and I thought, they must be freaks and anti-socials. Why would you want to study at home and not make new friends? Since then, homeschooling never entered my mind. Until I became a mom – and started blogging about my (mis)adventures as a mother. After joining a mom bloggers group, I was surprised to find out that most stay-at-home moms these…

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