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Parent-Child Bonding at Sparkanauts

Monday, 26 October 2015

This is another update about Small J's class at Sparkanauts. I shall not go into details of the activities in the class. You can refer to all the previous Sparkanauts's posts, which I have written in detail, the activities we did in class.

Today I'm going to share about what I really like about Sparkanauts, apart from the holistic curriculum.

Parent-Child Bonding

I have mentioned before that Sparkanauts place heavy emphasis on encouraging bonding with the child. In fact, they allow both parents to accompany the child. Some enrichment centres, due to the big class size, are only able to accommodate one parent.

This parent-child bonding can be seen in almost all of the class activities. The teachers will encourage the parents to do the activities together with the child. For example, during flashcard time, parents are advised to say the words to the child because he/she is already familiar with your voice and are better able to remember the words.

During gym circuit time, parents are also engaging in the activities with the child. On the trapeze, the little one is looking and swinging towards the happy and elated face of the parent. As the child tackles the circuit, the presence of the parent standing by, provides confidence and courage for the child to conquer the circuit.

During music and movement, parents are encouraged to do the movements too. If the child sees the parent moving along, they will be tempted to follow too.

I used to count the number of fruits he had collected with him and
now he can count them himself.

Home Activities

Parents involvement is not limited to during lesson time only. After each lesson, Sparkanauts will email a Parent-Child Bonding Package so that parents can continue to practice the activities at home.


Included in the parents bonding package, are the flashcards and materials that were used in the lessons. Parents can use these to revise with your child at home.

With so many activities packed into the class, I can hardly remember what we did when we reached home. With this package, it serves as a reminder of what we have learnt in the class. Other than the lesson taught in class, they also include some bonding activities that you can do with the child. For example, for the transportation theme, they included playdoh mats as an extended activity.

Some of the activities that we did at home as an extension from the lesson

Teachers' Advice

During lesson, the teachers will explain the rationale behind the activities. For example, how some movement activities will help to strengthen the body and how it will benefit the child's development and learning. If the child is lacking in some areas, the teachers will point it out and suggest how parents can help at home.

Of course, the teachers are always so friendly and parents are welcomed to ask any questions after the class. The teachers are more than willing to spend more time to explain.

Small Class Size

Another point that I really like about Sparkanauts is the small class size. The class ratio of the Junior Pilot class is 2 teachers to 9 students. Having a small class size means that the teachers are able to devote more attention to the children. They are better able to understand the child and able to give feedback of the progress of the child. The child will also be better engaged.

Small J is in a weekday class and so far our biggest class was about 6 children in the class. The pace and the attention given by the teachers are still within comfortable range and we do not feel neglected.


If you would like to give Sparkanauts a try, which I strongly feel you should, do drop them an email or give them a call to arrange for a trial. You could also read about our experiences here.

Sparkanauts
Address: 293 Toa Payoh Lorong 6, SAFRA Toa Payoh, #02-01, Singapore 319387
Contact: 6259 0307
Email: info@sparkanauts.com
Website: www.sparkanauts.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sparkanauts


Disclaimer: We were invited to attend the classes at Sparkanauts for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was involved. All opinions, texts and photos are mine.

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Pororo Park Singapore

Monday, 19 October 2015

Have you heard about it yet? Pororo Park is coming to Singapore!

Update: We were invited to the media preview of the park. The boys had so much fun over there. Click here to see what's in store at the Pororo Park

Pororo the Little Penguin will be making its grand arrival to the shores of Singapore come 11th November 2015 with the launch of Pororo Park Singapore. Quick, go mark down your calendar.


Conveniently located in the heart of the city at Marina Square, fans of Pororo can delight in the 11,000 square feet indoor edutainment playground that integrates a theme ride, indoor playground attractions, educational classes and entertaining shows under one roof.

Set to be an integrated entertainment and educational indoor playground for young children aged 1 to 9 years old, young and adventurous fans of Pororo will enjoy the various entertainment facilities. 

Pororo Express - A train ride for kids.


Pororo House & Crong’s Backyard - A replica of Pororo’s house in the animation series with a play area extension to Pororo House.


Shark Ball Pool - All-time favourite with toddlers, a ball pool to 'swim' and 'jump' in.


Poby’s Jungle Gym - Fun play system for active young adventurers.

Hinoki Experience - A play area for toddlers filled with Hinoki wood. Hinoki is known to have health and skin benefits.

Eddy and Petty’s Rooms - These are two classrooms cum party rooms. Aside from holding character-themed birthday parties, educational classes such as Petty’s Art Class and Eddy’s Science Class will also be held regularly to provide a holistic edutainment environment that takes fun and creative learning to a whole new level.


TongTong’s Little Theatre - Both the young and young at heart can also look forward to mini parades, character meet-and-greets, and sing-along shows featuring Pororo and friends at TongTong’s Little Theatre. Additional shows will be scheduled on weekends to ensure that every minute spent at Pororo Park Singapore is filled with boundless fun and endless surprises.


Loopy’s Café - The 60-seater Loopy’s Café offers a delectable offering for both adults and kids. Parents can enjoy free Wi-Fi while enjoying the scenic view of the Marina Bay skyline.


Rody’s Toy Store - Visitors can get their retail therapy fix and purchase their favourite original character-themed souvenir as a form of memorabilia from the store. You will find a variety of items ranging from toys, stationery to kid apparels and other souvenir items.


Other Facilities - Pororo Park has family-friendly facilities such as children restrooms and nursing room. There are shelf spaces available for shoes and a designated area for parking strollers.

Early Bird Sneak Peek in October

Fans can get a sneak peek of the excitement before the inaugural debut as Pororo’s companions - Crong, Eddy, Petty, Loopy and Poby will be at Marina Square’s Marina Foyer on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm throughout the month of October to get up close and personal with their fans. Early bird members signing up at the roadshow can also take part in a lucky draw and stand to win attractive prizes sponsored by LG Electronics. More information can be found on their Facebook Page.


Pororo Park Singapore officially opens its doors on 11 November 2015.

Location: Marina Square’s new retail wing - 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #02-29 Singapore 039594

Opening Hours:
Sun – Thu: 10.30am to 8.00pm
Fri & Sat: 10.30am to 9.00pm

Website: www.pororoparksg.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pororoparksg
Instagram: https://instagram.com/pororoparksg

Admission Rates

Single Entry

Every ticket is a designated 2-hour play time per entry.


Membership Packages


Savers Pass


All photos shown here are official press release photos of Pororo Park Singapore.

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Learning with Daiso

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Ever since I became an auntie, I have cut down a lot on my personal shopping. Nowadays, my usual shopping grounds are places like Supermarkets, Popular and one of my favourite, Daiso! There was a time when I was going to Plaza Singapura with Big J and guess what he said? 'Mummy, are you going to Spotlight or Daiso?' So you see, even my little one knows where I like to shop.

Why do I like Daiso? Because everything is for $2! There are so many things to see and buy there. Do you know there are also a number of Facebook groups for Daiso shopping? I love looking at the posts of the things the members did or DIY-ed with their Daiso buys It is ever so often that when there's a good idea shared, that item will run out of stock and people will start buying in bulk, in lighting speed, whenever new stocks arrive.

When I am at Daiso, I usually buy items for craft or learning purposes for the boys. In my Daiso hauls, the items that take up most of my basket are mostly learning materials.

This Pom Poms Fun activity was setup with items from Daiso - pom poms, bowls and containers, tongs, ice cube trays, etc. This is a great activity for fine motor, eye-hand coordination, sorting and transferring. It is very easy to setup yet provide long period of play and many learning opportunities for the kids.

Pom Poms Fun!

Pom poms sorting using ice cube tray from Daiso
The pom poms can be used in a sensory bin. I hid the pieces of the letters in the bin and Big J is required to find them and match it. He was reluctant to do this alphabet matching but when I introduced it with the pom poms, he was delighted.


Feathers and giftpack strips are alternative materials to be used in the sensory bin too.


This Magnectic Puzzle Busy Bag was created using the magnetic sheets. It teaches shapes and colours recognition, matching skills and encourages creativity.
I have also made a Button Snake activity for the kids. This packs in a very small bag and is easy for us to bring around to entertain the kids while waiting.

Button Snake

I bought lots of wooden blocks and painted them, with watercolour from Daiso too! These blocks are fantastic for children play and it is so open-ended because there are many many ways to play with them. Eg, stacking, colour sorting, learning about different shades of colours, pattering, etc.

Rainbow blocks
These wooden pegs are excellent for fine motor skills. I use them for matching and clipping onto picture cards.

Alphabet learning with wooden peg with fine motor skill secretly added in.

For Maths, these magnets work great as manipulatives. There are so many ways to learn with these magnets. This is an example of placing the correct number of magnets to the numbers. The magnetic numbers and whiteboard are all from Daiso. The box for keeping the magnets is from Ikea.

Learning numbers with magnets

I made this zipper board for Small J. He had such fun zipping and unzipping them. For added fun, we can add some small little items inside the zips and he will get a surprise when he unzips them.

Zip zip zip

Big J is currently doing a lot of handwriting practices. These handwriting notebooks are laminated and we practice writing on it using Daiso's whiteboard markers. I really love these markers because the size is just right for little hands and it erases off very easily. I use a piece of felt as the erase. (The numbers and alphabet books shown are from here and here. These are playdough mat but I printed them 4 on a page to make a mini book.)

Whiteboard markers for writing

Lastly, I store all the learning materials in these very versatile Daiso shoeboxes.

Daiso shoebox

If you are already tempted to rush to Daiso, hold on! You can get more ideas of shopping at Daiso from these fellow bloggers too. This post is part of the "DAISO 101" blog train that is being hosted by Justina from Mum in the Making. Click on the button below for more Daiso addiction. Happy Daiso-ing!


Next up on the blog train is Rachel from Catch 40 Winks. Rachel shares her love and inspiration for Making, through Paper-crafting, Sewing and Home Décor DIYs on her blog at www.catch-fortywinks.com.

Hop on her blog tomorrow to find out what are her Top 10 Must-buy Craft Items from Daiso.


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Match the Car Logos (Free Printable)

Monday, 5 October 2015

In my Spaces for the Boys post, I mentioned that we have an Ikea TROFAST storage shelf that was set up as an independent work system for Big J. I will leave some work in the trays for him to work through independently. In the trays there are file folder games, puzzles, fine motor activities, books, crafts, etc. I try to put activities that he already knows and do not need help from me to complete. 


To keep his interest going and completing all the tasks in the trays, I need to think of activities that he likes. His favourite is transportation and he can recognise most of the car logos. Hence, I created this 'Match the Car Logos' file folder game for him. He will say out the name of the logos as he matches them. I printed out two sets of the printable, cut up one set and leave the other uncut, which is the base board of the matching game. I then laminated these and used velcros to attach the pieces.


Of course, the independent work system does not work all the time. In the beginning, there were quite a number of issues because he doesn't want to do it. He wants to play instead. I tell him that he will need to complete his work before he can play. If he finishes the work quickly, he will have more time to play. 

So far, he really needs a lot of prompts and reminders and tempting to finish everything. I am hoping that he will grasp the routine and finishes everything without any complains.


If you find this printable useful and would like to share with your friends, may I ask that you direct them to this blog post instead of giving them the file directly? Your respect is much appreciated. Thank you very much!

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