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Insect programme at EIC Sepang

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more bird browsing…and frugal crafts!

June 7, 2011 Leave a comment

A great idea from FrugalFamilyFunBlog:

and somemore:

this is really what M and H would love,their own sewing kit!

Farm Bag Take-a-long

Quilt Colour Match

Travel Kitchen Set

Dinosaur counting ryhme, pre-writing & Waldorf form drawing

June 2, 2011 Leave a comment

H2 woke up first, then the kakak2.

I wanted them to say du’a for waking up, but I thought they’d resist, being all sleepy still even after a bath for H and H2. So I started with the Bismillah song (I look I see) on youtube ( we have the CD, but it’s somewhere..!*!). That got H2 grooving and H twirling her skirt while saying alhamdulillah and all…emm…well, then after a few repeats of the song, I got them to say du’a for waking up. My plan is to extend this to reading Qur’an, praying dhuha slowly inshaAllah. M has already prayed fajr, so I didn’t want to impose anymore, esp sunnah at this stage.

We have a really fun counting rhyme book, but since it’s all been stuffed away somewhere (we’re in between houses), I looked up counting rhymes and came up with this.

Tried the pea in a pod rhyme, but H2 was still lying down, until I read this:


Subtracting Numbers from

Five enormous dinosaurs
Letting out a roar–
One went away, and
Then there were four.

Four enormous dinosaurs
Crashing down a tree–
One went away, and
Then there were three.

Three enormous dinosaurs
Eating tiger stew–
One went away, and
Then there were two.

Two enormous dinosaurs
Trying to run–
One ran away, and then there was one.

One enormous dinosaur,
Afraid to be a hero–
He went away, and
Then there was zero.

Then the kids enjoyed this song from the Dinosaur Theme

I’m a Mean Old Dinosaur
 (Tune:  I’m a little Tea Pot)


 I’m a mean old Dinosaur 
   (Make a mean face, the kids make the cutest mean faces)
 Big and Tall
   (Gesture hands big and tall )
 Here is my tail, here is my claw.
   (Gesture hands behind your back for tail and make claw hands)
 When I get all hungry 
   (rub your tummy)
 I just growl
  (have the kids exaggerate the grrroooowwwlll)
Look out kids I’m on the prowl.
  (Here I tickle each one of the tummy and they all giggle)

After having a look at the Dinosaur Theme page, I find this site to be quite good, fab! With the ever famous vinegar volcano project coupled with plasticine dinos, fossil digging (dino dig), but we don’t have sand or plaster of paris, measuring dinosaurs we can do, that’s a really great idea, I’m thinking that can be expanded to whales later on in the year.

The paleontogist part gave me another idea of assembling chicken bones, well plaster castings of the bones, in our birds unit study, but no plaster! We can probably make a mold using pasticine/playdough instead of sand.

some more rhymes for tasks.

So back to our day, they had breakfast/snacks, whatever you want to call it. Oh, before I tried to teach them a zikr for morning, one I memorised but coudn’t regurgitate slowly, only at speed. So not benig able to teach them slowly, we only got halfway, I gave up 🙂 I need to print the du’a out, laminate it or get M to copy it in her du’a book to be read out this week or s’thing. IT’s the first zikr in ma’thurat.

Then they still wanted to sing/play, so we exercised a bit, made a ‘t’ with our bodies, stood on one leg like a flamingo, walked on the line, ended with ring a ring a roses, cause I thought that would tire them out. Alhamdulillah Tok Wan then came down and offered to take them all to the park and they all came back with a bunch of flowers. Mummy will now have to research their names, and main characteristics of flowers for M, and maybe H to draw/label. I’ll probably check preschool rainbow/internet for a flower theme to get H2 involved.

Also did some crayon waldorfy form writing, I say waldorfy as I was inspired by this (first grad form drawing):

and this is even more examples for grades 1 to 5:

but could not find anything free online yet for steps and enough examples of Waldorf form drawing. I felt that H needed help in her writing, and I can’t get hold of Galt Early Writing locally. Checked out other pre-writing sites but wanted something not so boring, repetitive. Waldorf weaves stories into pre-writing that would entertain a 4yo enough to engage her and not force her to write. Most worksheets are boring, repetitive, just writing down the same letters on and on..

Did a lot for a change, a sundial in progress, marking the shadow as the day progresses, and carrying on with the bird unit, using encyclopedias and online stuff.

Birds in Our Garden

June 1, 2011 Leave a comment

So, M wants to do something on birds in our garden. I’ve managed to capture 3 species on camera within our house compound.

Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Passer montanus
Ciak Eurasia/Pipit rumah

The Encyclopedia of Malaysia Vol. 3, Prof. Dr.Yong Hoi Sen, pg. 99
 Mari Mengenal Nama Burung, FEP International Sdn.Bhd. (pipit), pg.27

Olive-backed Sunbird / Yellow-breasted Sunbird
Nectarinia jugularis
Kelichap Bukit

The Encyclopedia of Malaysia Vol. 3, Prof. Dr.Yong Hoi Sen, pg.8
 Mari Mengenal Nama Burung, FEP International Sdn.Bhd.only has kelicap pisang, pg.22

*pic to upload*

The third species is peaceful dove

Geopelia striata

 The Encyclopedia of Malaysia Vol. 3, Prof. Dr.Yong Hoi Sen,pg.53

Initially I thought of a nature journal, but it was hot and the birds would not get close enough for us to have a good look. Anyway, my mum kept this book, a book I had as a child. It’s published in 1980 and there’s a whole series, of which I can only see ‘Mari Mengenal Alat Musik’ on the book shelf. Both are really good, and I have not been able to find anything similar on common Malaysian birds for kids except for a MNS publication, also an old book I used to check out from PJ Playcentre.

So M drew a pipit from the book,and I drew for H with lines pointing to various parts for her to label in Malay. M labeled hers in English based on this and this. But now I’ve come across this, which looks better:

I feel guilty not including H2 in the activity, he could have done mock feather cutting or something. He just watched in earnest as the sisters drew on.

So later, if M is up to it maybe more info collecting:

I’ll probably dictate notable facts of the birds and have her write them down.

Then we’ll probably discuss characteristics of a bird, pre-classification. MontessoriMaterials have some freebies for studying birds. The 6-9 yo printout includes listing the bird families. We haven’t started animal classification formally yet, and will probably skip that until later.

Update: we did some eggsperiments floating eggs in salt the next day (today). Then H asked if it would work with sugar.Thankfully I obliged, and guess what, the egg floats! What’s funny is when I asked where the sugar/salt went, H said it went up, like turned into air (gas)..he..I thought that was cute. Some more prompts and simple explanations. I refrained from saying the egg floated because the water is heavier, yes it’s heavier now within the same volume, i.e it’s denser. I just said there’s so much ‘stuff’, i.e salt/sugar dissolved in the water that it now can support the egg, making it float.

For more ideas on birds/eggsperiments:



Bird Song:
Kelicap Bukit
a list of bird songs recorded in Malaysia

Pictures of Malaysian birds:
more Malaysian bird pics online here (not my pics):

Although I’m no adventis, but these Youth Honours (Birds) info available online are impressive, similar in concept to earning scout badges I think:

Classification of Birds is discussed, as is parts of the birds are detailed in the Advanced Honours. I think they provide a good basis to work on. So all I need to do now is to put more Malaysian birds in, and put in Qur’an verses.

Al-Mulk (Dominion)

(أَوَلَمْ يَرَوْا إِلَى الطَّيْرِ فَوْقَهُمْ صَافَّاتٍ وَيَقْبِضْنَ مَا يُمْسِكُهُنَّ إِلَّا الرَّحْمَنُ إِنَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ بَصِيرٌ (67:19

# 67:19 (Asad) Have they, then, never beheld the birds above them, spreading their wings and drawing them in? None but the Most Gracious upholds them: for, verily, He keeps all things in His sight.

I think Syed Qutb intrepreted the longer (mad) in صَافَّاتٍ  to represent the way a bird spends more time spreading their wings and the وَيَقْبِضْنَ read shorter to represent the shorter flap of the wings while drawing them in. Have to check that, but I don’t have tafsir Syed Qutb on hand atm. Wallahua’lam.

Stories on birds in the Qur’an (put bird in Qur’an search):

Fellow prisoner of Prophet Yusuf a.s. pecked by a bird
Birds singing praise (tasbeeh) with Prophet Daud a.s.
Prophet Ibrahim putting bird parts on 4 hills, and Allah putting them together again into a bird.
Prophet Sulaiman and Hud-hud
Ababil in Surah Al-Fiil
Raven ( غُرَابًا) which scratched the Earth showing Qabil to bury Habil. Al-Ma’idah:31

Finally I’d recommend this Book of Life we have, I’ll come back with details. It’s really thorough starting with Prehistoric Animals, then covering Birds, Insect, Reptiles, Mammals, the Human Body..

Fellow prisoner of Prophet Yusuf a.s. pecked by a bird
Birds singing praise (tasbeeh) with Prophet Daud a.s.
Prophet Ibrahim putting bird parts on 4 hills, and Allah putting them together again into a bird.
Prophet Sulaiman and Hud-hud
Ababil in Surah Al-Fiil
Raven غُرَابًاin the story of Habil and Qabil 5:31

Horseshoe Crab

May 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Full episode of PBS horseshoe crab documentary, other links to anatomy etc. Check out the eggs hatching in the video (chapter 4).

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May 17, 2011 Leave a comment

So I would say that today was a home ed success 😀

M came down this morning with a butterfly poetry book this morning, and read it out loud, so that’s reading checked. The book: Butterflies Fly (Yvonne Winer)

H also went through her Aulad magazines I bought from klibf (whole years of back issues, cheap!) doing Malay reading, writing, English spelling, although I thought it was too hard for her. Did it all with big sis, as she’s skimping school due a bad cough.

H2 did an aeroplane with lego, he’s a boy toddler, so that’s what he does.

Then we all watched butterflies metamorphose on youtube, and chicken embryos in eggs grow to boot. M and I felt a bit quesy eating eggs at dinnertime after that. We just found out that the hard nodular thingy in a raw egg is the start of a chick, that’s what we think anyway..

I think H went on to do her Aulad thing, I really think she’s ready to do workbook type lessons, and I adore GALT workbooks, but I can’t find them locally anymore. Kicking myself for being too skimpy when I found some in ELC, the Curve, it was on sale even, but I didn’t see a need for it then, at that moment, and now..well, there’s internet shopping. Thing is I didn’t think much of the Galt workbooks then, except that they passed my standards, little did I know that i came to realise how useful the workbooks are really, and M had already gone over hers with pencil and colour pencil, tried erasing but it’s not the same, and the stickers are all used. H loves stickers, H2 even more so.

Back to our day, then I browsed some more and suggested M do a butterfly booklet from enchantedlearning. Back in our own house, with printer and computer all ready powered up, I probably would have printed the book, and M wouldn’t have had much to do but read and copy really simple 4-5 word sentences, well below her ability. But as we had it, we’re at Tok’s house, so she had to draw the whole outline of the butterfly book, well I did that for her, she did the rest of the booklet based on this. I suggested she chose a butterfly species she liked from the book she read, she chose the Indian leaf (kallima inachus) and did that butterfly as the outline of her booklet.

The booklet took up much of her time, H2 played bicycle outside, H joined in bothering H2 much of the time. Sometime in the day H2 looked up a poster we have on alphabets and did some beginning letter sounds exercises in English. She did quite well, although I was never keen on introducing English phonics, as I wasn’t with English spelling that she was exposed to earlier in the Aulad magazine. I thought that it would confuse her as we converse primarily in Malay, and she’s not that proficient yet in Malay reading. Anyway, the material’s there, and I just let her do what she wants, when it comes to learning, most of the time.

In between all that we did salah (prayers), and some Qur’an reading and some hifdh for M after Zuhr, H did her Iqra’, a page a day. M usually reads a page of Qur’an, although she did two today, hifdh: 1 page revision Juz Amma, 1 page revision Yaa Seen, revision al-Mulk, Memorisation: 1-3 ayah al-Mulk/Juz Amma, I’m not sure what the arrangement is exactly as Dad keeps tab on that. And i surprised myself by reading some, I should arm myself with the virtues of reading the Qur`an, memorising it etc. It helps. Anyway, I’m behind on hifdh,and have yet to implement this.

Oh H also dictated something Malay on butterflies, which I wrote on a piece of paper for her to copy onto her notebook. I wanted to write it in her book, and have her copy it again, but she was truly against that, my H. To top it all, she didn’t even get to writing it all out, she did though draw a butterfly of her own in her notebook. I thought what she dictated in malay was quite good, it went something like:

Ini rama-rama saya. Saya suka rama-rama saya. Saya sayang rama-rama saya.

and something else about feeding it which I didn’t write down and it ended with something about the butterfly being beautiful. Cute 🙂

So that was our day. Maghrib, eat, Isya’, sleep…and I naturally browsed some more and found:
Photographs of Malaysian butterflies and their lifecycle
Another site with pics of common Malaysian butterflies
Great, quite extensive, academic with pics of eggs and larvae even for some species I browsed, a site on butterflies on the Malay peninsular, the link displays my bid to find the name of the yellow butterflies we are blessed with in our garden.
So I gave up and looked up the genus of the plant that yellow butterfly’s been feeding on, and it’s called of all names Turk’s cap (Malvaviscus arboreus)

and naturally wished I had these books:
Common Malayan Butterflies

Common Malayan Birds

I might get them if I can’t get my hands on a good reference book from the library, or just live with what’s on the internet.

Maybe we’ll do this: Butterfly Body Parts tomorrow, good site, but with a lot of broken links, still good though I think, the lesson plans are good.
this link of theirs is a butterfly discovery game!
the site had craft ideas to boot, the idea’s great but I found my own origami butterfly links. (easy, for 4yrs+)

liked this, simple explanation on the lifecycle

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Do cheetahs growl?

May 15, 2011 Leave a comment

So I changed the theme, and I’d like to learn more about getting widgets on the page. Anyway, another linky, this time on cheetah sounds, do cheetahs growl? Have a listen 🙂

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