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Teaching patterns

28 July 2011

Buchi was very eager to do several pages of his kindergarten activity book. It is quite amusing to see him as a very competitive little guy. He treats learning as if it’s a game — wanting to go to the next level all the time. This is okay but sometimes he’s hard on himself. We always remind him to take it easy and that mistakes make us a better person.

The lesson today involved some of his favorites: colors and shapes. It wasn’t really difficult to teach him patterns because some of the games in Sesame Street and Nick Jr.¬†are all about identifying which comes next. We played “follow the leader” game. I kept things pretty simple: clap, jump, sit and stand. Buchi and I switched roles and he came up with outrageously silly actions. We ended up dancing.

Using markers and crayons, I introduced the lesson on patterns. He could quickly identify which item would come next so I decided to let him create patterns on his own using whatever items were available (blocks, toys, pencils). We drew circles, triangles, squares and rectangles.

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Writing his name

21 July 2011

Buchi was able to write his nickname and surname all by himself! The pre-kindergarten kit we purchased contained charts which showed how each letter is written. First we traced the letter with his finger. Next, holding the pencil we wrote letters in the air. Then he was all on his own. He carefully wrote down each stroke on his book. When he finished writing his name, there was a big smile in his face. He looked so proud. I was too.

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Buchi Dialogues

11 March 2011 (Friday)
I was following the news on CNN, BBC and twitter about the earthquake and tsunami. I was so engrossed in it and naturally Buchi became curious. So I explained what a tsunami was and what happens during an earthquake. 

Buchi: Let’s call ninong and tito (referring to his godfathers and uncles). No surfing right?
Me: (amazed) Wow! Yes, let’s post what you just said on twitter so that they won’t go surfing.

Me: There are so many people who don’t have houses and cars because of the tsunami.
Buchi: Don’t worry Mama, it’s okay. I have an airplane. I will pick them up.
(such a sweetie)

12 March 2011 (Saturday)

Grocery shopping is one of my favorite activities. Buchi also looks forward to this. We’ve come to an agreement that he can buy something he likes for as long as he lets me shop in peace (no bugging).

We’re at the meat section, I’m undecided on which cut to buy, and he volunteers to help me out.

Buchi: I like that Mama (pointing to liempo)
Me: That has a lot of taba (fatty portions)
Buchi: I like taba!
Random woman suddenly comes up to him and says: <Gasp> Baby, you shouldn’t be eating fat. It’s not healthy for you.
(Am thinking she’s thinking I’m such a bad mom feeding my son fatty unhealthy food)
I smile at her and push our cart a few meters away from her.
Buchi: Sino yun?! (Who was that?!) I like taba!
Me: hahaha, good question.

15 March 2011
At UP Shopping center…

Buchi: I like icecream.
Me: But we just had icecream last night.
Buchi: Last night, ‘yon. (that was last night)
Me: You can’t have icecream everyday. You’ll be obese.
Buchi: Mama, what’s obese?
Me: Fat.
Buchi: Like that? (pointing to a guy next to us who was a bit overweight)
(Guy looks at me. I look away and grab Buchi’s hand)
Me: (whispering) Yes.

He’s brutally frank these days. But really funny.

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boys day out

My two boys are out today. They woke up at three this morning. I was so sleepy I didn’t get out of bed to see them off. I’ve never seen the two so excited. When we go on a trip, I usually pack everything – clothes down to their toothbrushes. Oftentimes they offer to pack the “goody-bag” (snacks, toys, gadgets, etc.) spending hours arguing how many packs of chocolate or bags of chips they plan to eat. Last night I was too tired from work and household chores, that I plopped on the bed, while the two were busy discussing what to bring. I think I was also a bit blue knowing I’ll be home on a Saturday without them. I’m working hard to get this job I really like and that meant working on some weekends for the meantime.

When Buchi found out they were going surfing, he was literally jumping all over the place. He was looking forward to doing all the moves of the penguins in the movie Surf’s Up. He even pretended he was riding the waves last night. My two boys went on a roadtrip to the beach together with 5 other male friends. I can imagine Buchi’s anticipation — he’ll be hanging out with the big boys. He likes feeling all grown-up. Eug has been missing out on all the guys’ nightouts recently, so I know he’s really having a nice time now. And I think it’s good that he and Buchi will do something together (most of the time I’m with the little one)

On their way out, they both kissed me this morning. I must have been sleeptalking because I don’t remember what I said. I’m eating MM’s and it’s no fun munching on these alone.

I shall preoccupy myself with work, writing, twitter and Japanese drama today. No space for boredom today. =)

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planning a wedding

A friend is getting married, and I’m gonna be part of the planning and preparations. I’m so excited.

Time to bookmark all those sites about tying the knot.

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The little one and I have had several conversations about him wanting an Ipad.

Buchi: Mama, puwede ka buy ng Ipad.
Me: What will you do with an Ipad?
Buchi: Games. Zombies. (referring to Plants vs. Zombies)
Me: You can play Zombies in Ninong’s computer. (referring to my brother)

Buchi: (tallking to his grandma on the phone) Mamita, where’s your pasalubong?
Mamita: What do you want? (expecting answers like “Gummy bears, chocolate or donuts”
Buchi: Ipad.
Mamita: Baby, that’s more expensive than Mamita’s phone.
Buchi: No, we can buy. I have 20 pesos.

(the day after my friend Pam let him play with her Iphone4)
Buchi: Mama, I like Ipad.
Me: I know you do. I like one too.
Buchi: Ipad has Zombies.
Me: I know but it’s expensive to buy one just so that we can play Zombies.
Buchi: Ok mama =)

Buchi: Mama, work ka?
Me: Yes, I have so much work today. Sorry we’ll play later.
Buchi: Yey! After, gift mo kay Buchi Ipad?
(Okay, Ipad pa din.)

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Busy Day

Today I woke up at 7am. That’s way too early for someone who sleeps at 2am. Good thing I was able to take a nap in the afternoon in between work.

Such a long day… I’m looking forward to seeing my friends tonight for a few drinks. (Although I think we are having coffee, which I’ll probably skip because I want some sleep)

I was getting a bit stressed from all the work today, and Buchi noticed it.

Buchi: Mama, are you okay?
Me: Yes, just tired.
Buchi: Okay lang yan. I love you.

Hay…. Such a sweet little guy.

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high moment in ESL teaching

I’ve been teaching an 8 year-old girl for a month now.There were times it became so frustrating because she would only say “yes” or “no”. I guess she had an extremely hard time to express herself in English. After two weeks she started showing me her toys and that’s about the only thing we talked about in class. I saw this as an improvement because at least she was trying to communicate with me.

Last night, she told me she had a gift for me. She made a card that was flower-shaped and she wrote the words: I love teacher Kim. It melted my heart. I wish I had taken a picture of it. It was the first time a student actually thanked me. =)

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the best part of the day…

eating snacks with my two boys (and brushing our teeth, of course) before we hit the sack =)

Good night!

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