Posted by: katlea611 | September 17, 2014

Books and More at the 35th Manila International Book Fair

Went to SM Mall of Asia today for the 35th Manila International Book Fair. I decided to go today because I’ll be quite busy tomorrow until Sunday and since I don’t want to procrastinate and since I don’t want to miss this opportunity, I decided to go today after putting Enzo to sleep for his nap.

I got to SMX mid-afternoon. I was glad that there weren’t a lot of people milling about, which was great because I didn’t have to worry about long lines, pickpockets, or crowded spots.  I unfortunately, couldn’t take my sweet time because I had to leave the boys at home and whenever that’s the case, I don’t want to leave them for too long (even if my MIL is home to keep an eye on them).  So I had to give myself only an hour and a half to browse and pick books.  I know for some that’s hardly enough time but I managed quite nicely.  I was so happy to find some 3 for P100 textbooks for Enzo.  Lately, he’s been so interested in studying so I thought, why not get him books to doodle and answer?  I didn’t check or look for books that were more than P100.  I just think it was not sulit (worth it) because I was after the sale books and for regular-priced books, I knew I could always go to the bookstores and malls and find them there.  So yeah, I targeted the sale books and I was able to find some for the boys.  While at National Bookstore, I found some learning puzzles for Enzo and Ethan.  Even if they were around P200 each, I decided to get them.  I think it would be a good activity for Enzo and since Ethan is a visual learner, he will appreciate it as well.  For myself, I bought 4 books by Chinkee Tan.  Wanted to have his books for the longest time and I was so glad I got them for only a hundred pesos each!! So glad to get something for myself because I usually only spend for the boys and their homeschooling.  So yes, it was a fruitful day.  So happy with my purchases.  Here’s my stash:

books Looks like they’re only a few items but believe me, it was a heavy bag! My poor, aching muscles.  But still, I’m happy. :)

Posted by: katlea611 | September 16, 2014

Writing in Cursive

cursive Here’s Nikki practicing his cursive.  He initially learned the strokes in traditional school but we continued practicing at home. I think he has excellent penmanship.  I suppose it has something to do with his being a neat freak. :)

Posted by: katlea611 | September 14, 2014

Rainy Days in September

It’s quite blustery today and that’s because of the typhoon reported in the news. Already, I heard reports of suspended classes and like always, I say a little prayer of thanks that we get to do our lessons safely and cozily in our home.  I know that’s not always the best option for everyone but I like to hold on to my boys for as long as I can.  Next year, we’re planning on sending Nikki to traditional school and I think I am more nervous than him!  Of course, he’s still not set with the idea because he really loves the flexibility of homeschooling but homeschooling 3 boys is very difficult! Am thinking, if Nikki is in traditional school, I can sit down and teach Ethan and Enzo.  But we’ll still have to see.  So many things to consider…

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I can’t believe Enzo is turning 4 in a few days!! I sure do miss my boys being so little.  Nikki is almost as tall as me and I still think of him as my baby. Sigh. Time sure does fly so fast.  But I am so grateful that God has given me a lot of time to be with them, to see them grow, to teach them, to know them so well, to love them all these years… I know that I put my career on hold and although a small part of me regrets that (hey, I have to be honest!), I still treasure and am truly grateful of this precious time with my babies.  Anyway, we’re giving him a monkey-theme party because he’s so active and because my sis sent the party decors so they’re free! Haha!  There won’t be a party but I’m sure it will be fun still.  :)

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Only 3 more days to the International Book Sale!! Are you excited? I am!  Am prepping myself to go early on the first day to check out the toys and books.  Might find some great sale items.  Will have my knapsack ready (for the books) and my small messenger bag (for important stuff). This way, I won’t have to worry about losing things and carrying stuff. My hands will be free to pick and browse and grab. Haha! So excited!

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Ruther’s in Japan right now for business matters.  Sure miss him… He’ll be back before Enzo’s birthday though so he won’t be gone long.  Already told him not to bother buying pasalubong because it will only be magastos. Just want him home safe and sound and ready to celebrate Enzo’s birthday the next day.  So excited for my little boy. :)

Posted by: katlea611 | September 11, 2014

Simple Gardening at Home

Ethan is very interested in gardening so, when we were at the mall one day we decided, why not? So we got a bag of compost, some seedling bags and 2 packets of seeds.  He was quite excited!  The next day, we started planting.

010203 We got some kangkong and melon seeds. We thought it might not be that hard to grow them.

After a couple of weeks, we had these:

04 Ethan was quite excited.  Unfortunately, half of the plants wilted because it kept on raining and there was no sun to dry the soil so the roots became rotten and the plants died. :(  Sad, but on the positive side, we could always try again. :)  We’re thinking of picking flowering plants this time. We saw a couple of bees flitting to and fro near our mango tree and we think that planting flowers will help the bees.  In case you didn’t know, bees all over the world are dying and they need all the help they can get.

Hopefully, we’ll be able to plant beautiful flowers in the next couple of months. :)

Posted by: katlea611 | September 9, 2014

Looking Through a Microscope

We always try to make our activities interesting and fun.  That’s always our goal.  It doesn’t happen 100% of the time, but we do our best.

The other week, I decided to put out the microscope we bought in Japan years back just so we could look into it again and explore the weird world of histology.  We did get to see some prepared slides and others, we tried to see which objects around the house we could view under the microscope.  Here are the things we looked at (100x, 200x and 450x magnification):

1. sponge

2. dried leaf

3. piece of hair

4. some soil (but we couldn’t see anything significant because the particles were too big and wouldn’t let light through)

5. a tick (prepared slide that came with the microscope)

6. paper

7. onion skin

We didn’t get to see any more after that because it became quite cloudy and we had difficulty looking at the things with very little light. So we decided to call it a day.  Am planning on going to Recto one of these days and buying some prepared slides just to add to our collection. Hopefully they aren’t expensive.

Before I go, here are photos of the boys and what the onion skin looked like under the microscope:

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Cool, huh? :)

Posted by: katlea611 | September 4, 2014

In Other Matters…

Sad to say I will not be attending this year’s Homeschool Conference. I know there will be a lot of interesting topics, and I know it will be fun fun fun but sadly, I just can’t make it. I am however, looking forward to the Homeschool Fair (which I hope will happen annually now) and hopefully meet other homeschooling families there. Anyway, for those attending, enjoy and have fun!

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It has been raining lately and although the weather is really cool (in other words, sarap!) I don’t want my boys to get sick so I’m always asking them to either wear pajamas or close their windows or keep warm.  I want them to learn how to be responsible for their health because it’s hard when they’re sick.  They also know that if they’re sick, they don’t get to do a lot of their favorite activities so they know better.  They also remember to take their vitamins everyday which makes me happy.  Now, if they will only eat vegetables, I’d be more than happy! :)

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I just want to show you the costume we made out of paper. Yes, you heard that right, paper. Since it was Buwan ng Wika last month, we tried to make a costume out of magazine paper to test our creativity and well, just to have some messy fun.  And this is what we ended up with:

nik isn’t that an absolutely cool Igorot costume? We were supposed to make another for Ethan as well but we’re not done with it yet. It’s quite tricky because we used bottlecaps to cover the whole costume. Yes, bottlecaps! Sooo fun! Anyway, once we’re done with it will surely post it. :D

Posted by: katlea611 | September 2, 2014

It’s September!

Wow! It’s September! How do I know? Because there are Christmas decors sold in malls and shops now and Christmas songs are played over the radio. Really!  I’m both excited and panic-stricken because 1. we have a LOT of homeschooling to do still, 2. I have to start buying Christmas presents (I hate buying presents late), 3. Nikki’s birthday is in a couple of months and we have to plan plan plan, and 4. Ruther and I have some reviewing to do (will reveal details later).  Aaaaahhhh!  So many things to do and so little time!! Time, please stop!

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Been doing some spring cleaning as well. Have a ton of stuff to get rid of and we’re sorting them out so we’ll know to whom we’re giving which. We have books and clothes and toys and trinkets and whatnots. Will post some of the items here in case some of you are interested in getting them. Absolutely free.  Just have to come to my house to get them. :)  Just check future posts, okay?

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How was your Buwan ng Wika? We did as much activities as we could. We still aren’t done with our Manuel L. Quezon poster but that’s coming along nicely. Will post photos once we’re gone with that.  We were also able to make an Igorot costume from paper! Yes, a costume completely made from paper. Really cute!  My mom saw it and said it looked authentic.  We just used magazine paper, cut them into strips and then made the costume. That easy! Really fun and really cool to make. Next year we’ll surely make another DIY Buwan ng Wika costume. :)

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Looking forward to the Book Fair!! Absolutely excited! Can’t wait! :D

Posted by: katlea611 | August 22, 2014

Disney’s Planes: Fire and Rescue

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We watched this movie yesterday, me and the boys.  It was truly a kid movie.  Very Disney I might add.  A tad disappointing for me but as long as the boys were entertained and had fun, that was all that mattered.  Anyway, the story still revolves around Dusty and in this film, his character experiences a crisis and he had to deal with it.  There were very minimal laughs (not as much as let’s say, Wreck-It Ralph), a touch of romance and action scenes that involved putting out fires.  It was a good movie in that it taught kids many things, mainly:

1. We should take care of nature because even if it’s not directly our fault (like when lightning starts forest fires), we still lose a lot when forests are damaged.

2. When we are experiencing a crisis, big or small, we should be brave, face it headlong and ask help when necessary.

3. Family and friends (true ones) will always have your back.

4. Just because you are trying something new doesn’t mean you will fail at it.

5. Sometimes, stepping out of your comfort zone can give you a different perspective in life. Who knows, you might enjoy it. :)

So, if you want a spectacular movie that moves mountains, don’t watch this.  But if you want to bond with your kids over a cartoon, then this will do.  I give it a 3/5 rating just because I can. :)

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