Category Archives: Children

Cheers to life. Cheers to everyday.

Life with three kids… Where do I begin?  Everyday is an adventure – no dull moments with them. Sure it’s hard (say that again!?). But it is also full of rich and rewarding moments. Each day is a reason to say “cheers to life!”

It’s not the big and the great, though, but the small pockets of happy moments that really make mothering my three kids fulfilling. And when are we really at our happiest, nicest, best moments? When else, but while we’re eating together! 😛

Whether we are making food or partaking of it, celebrating a birthday or a high grade, going out for a family meal or a quick after-school snack, eating brings the “cheers to everyday”.

So I put together a video of some of our best moments with food!

 

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The Yayaless Life – helpless but not hopeless

Hellooooooooo!

PM Cave Cleaner

(Image source: nolnet on Flickr)

My last blog entry was four months ago! I had planned on blogging more during my kids’ school break (May to July). But our helper, ate J, went home in early June for her mother’s funeral.

Guess what? She hasn’t come back. And isn’t coming back, I think. (Not that I want her back… anymore, hmp.) Welcome me to the yayaless club.

So that is my excuse for not blogging. While this blog has been silent, a lot has been going on. For the most part, I was occupied with transforming myself into… Tada!  Homemaker Extraordinaire – full time cook, laundry woman, cleaning maid, and of course, chauffeur! 😉 Continue reading The Yayaless Life – helpless but not hopeless

Math and Reading Workbooks from K5 Learning

Hello, moms and dads! I know most kids are off school now,  and happily enjoying their summer breaks. My kids still have classes till April, ugh. I am counting down to the end of this school year!

Math and Reading Workbooks from k5 Learning web bookstore

Anyway, the good folks at k5learning.com sent me an offer for free Math and Reading workbooks.  I got a Grade 4 Multiplication workbook for my son, which will be perfect to prepare him for next year. (Suffice it to say that my son is not very talented in the numbers department… Parang mana sa akin haha 😀 ) Continue reading Math and Reading Workbooks from K5 Learning

Raising Digital Natives

I contributed this article to my kids’ school paper last school year. The editor asked me to write about parenting… Eh I am not a parenting expert, that’s for sure. And parenting is such a vast and sometimes subjective topic, because “to each his own”. It’s not easy to write about parenting and not sound preachy or smug to some readers. So I wrote about something I thought was appropriate for our times – raising digital natives. (I edited the article a bit, because there’s always something badly written in anything I write, hehe.)

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I first heard the term  “digital native” from my mommy blogger friend when I brought my eldest daughter along to a digital media forum. Pat was the youngest participant, and my friend was happy to see a young person listening intently and learning from the speakers. She called my daughter a digital native.

What are digital natives? Who are they??

kid blogger raising digital natives

Circa 2007. One-year old Nate loved to mess up my blogging sessions back then. Today, he is into gaming, and begs me to make him a YouTube account so he can be a “Youtoober”, as he pronounces it. *eyeroll*

The term “digital native” was introduced in 2001 by Marc Prensky, an advocate for innovative technology-based education.

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Online Math and Science Tutorials at K5 Learning

I got an email recently from K5 Learning, a Canada-based online learning site. K5 Learning online tutorials has reading and math programs for kindergarten to grade 5 students. They offered me (well, my son) a 6 week free trial to test and write a review of their Online Math and Science Tutorials program.  I found it a good opportunity for Nate, since it’s summer vacation and the extra learning will definitely go a long way when he goes back to school in June.

k5 online math and english tutorials

If you are a blogger, you may want to check out their  open invitation to write an online learning review of their program.

I will be back after 6 weeks with my review of the online math and science tutorials program.