Disclosure: I was given a gift certificate to Woolworth to get supplies. Opinion and how I go about to using the gift certificate is my own choice.
If you have been following me on Instagram, you would know that this season, I have started teaching the Lil' Tiger about Australian "Aussie" Animals. I was inpired by Woolworth's Aussie Animals cards and the Lil' Tiger's love for animals. What better way to teach her about native animals right?
I think Woolworth hit the jackpot with kids this time. These cards were a huge hit. Albums sold out everywhere and there was even a swap meet at certain stores where you can swap and trade these cards. The Lil' Tiger's album is almost completed, I did not get her the album but I used an old business card holder I had lying around. But she loves going through it naming each and every animal. Well... she did try to.
Anyways, I couldn't find a lot of "lesson plans" from the Internet, so I decided to just "wing" it and see where it would lead us. I made a "Montessori" insipred nomenclature cards, went to our library to borrow books inspired by Australian Animals and even YouTube a couple of sounds or calls that these animals make.
We got books featuring native animals from the library and I even found wooden puzzles featuring them as well! Wooot. Every night before bedtime, we would read a book about The Wombat or Josephine the Dancing Kangaroo or the Bunyip. She absolutely loves them. The Wombat is her favourite.
I used the Gift voucher I got from Woolworth to get laminating pouches and coloured pom poms (shown above) so we could play matching games. I would name the animal and she would place the pom poms on each photos. She did really well and was asking to do it over and over again.
The most amazing thing happened when we were going for our last swimming lesson for the term, a little friendly Kookaburra was sitting on top of a car and the Lil' Tiger squealed with joy and was able to identify the Kookaburra straight away! He even let us come really close to snap a photo.
These photos were taken this time last year. One thing that has not changed is her curiosity of things around her. Always wanting to touch, feel and now, ask.
Always willing to give things a go and never shying from wanting to jump from things high up there, while mum sits back and bite her ever diminishing finger nails.
It's memories like these that keeps me going. As a full time working mum, I know my hours with her are little to none. Sometimes, I come home and she is already ready for bed, sometimes she waits for me to read her a story in bed and say good night. Owh how I envy stay at home mums.
I can not believe that she is already 3 and I am so proud of her for being who she is. I love you, Chori.
She sits quietly in her room. Occasionally whispering to herself or her "babies", reading. She loves books. Books of any kind. Books with pictures. Books with words. And sometimes "Mummy's books". She loves going to the library. There, there are "Lots and lots and lots of books".
She looses herself in the stories that I read to her during bed time. As she sits there trying to remember them in her head, reading it out or whispering to her "babies", I peek from the corner of her door amazed at how much she loves books as much as I do and how much I am proud of myself for planting the seed of reading to her at an early age.
As her eyes gets heavier, she placed her favourite books by her side, lower her head on her pillow and drift of to sleep. No doubt dreaming of the adventures with teddy bears and pigs from the farm or even maybe princesses.
//Weather wise, not so great here in Perth. It has now been raining for the whole month of September and now at the end of it, strong gale force winds and very gusty at times. We dare not venture out too far so it's off to the local play ground, which is around the bend from us.
I have a lot on my mind lately. Mostly me stuff. Mostly me to get out of a rut. Mostly me who wants something better for myself. Mostly me trying to get my bearings around things. Mostly bills that needs to be paid. Mostly "Gee I need to get a new car seat for the Lil' Tiger" but I can't really afford that now.
I go through this emotion/exercise a once in a while. Usually during the cold Winter months when everything is dull and gloomy. Owh boy, things have been gloomy lately. By the way where is Spring? Usually during times where I discover new blogs with beautiful photos and wish my life were as good as theirs. Also wishing my photography skills were as good as theirs. Also wishing I had the time to do all these.
But then, I am often reminded of the bigger picture. M telling me to get my head out of the clouds and stop worrying, Tiff telling me get my head out of the sand and just do it and the Lil' Tiger telling me how much she loves my kisses and "mummy's cooking". Pixel watching me from the corner of his eye and offering me his paws for comfort.
I know that at the end of the day, I tell myself, I must be strong for M, I must be strong for Pixel and I most importantly, I must be strong for a little big girl that still brings a smile to my face with her cheeky grin.