MUSICAL STORYBOOKS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN (OUR FAVES AT HOME)

Since many of you ask the books we use where our toddler presses a button and music plays, I will share the books with music that we all love at home. I have mentioned in one of my blogs that we also love books that are from songs, like If You’re Happy and You Know It, or the classic The Wheels On The Bus — there really is something about music that children love and are drawn to. My son […]

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BATHROOM ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

Do you have a young child who does a lot of delaying tactics or simply refuses when you say “It’s bathtime!”? Normally, it’s effective to tell a child beforehand about an event that’s about to take place. “Son, we will take a bath in 5 minutes.” Then, give a choice. “Would you like to take a bath in your bathroom, or Mama’s bathroom?” “Would you like to play first, or read while waiting?” “Would you like to choose which towel […]

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RECIPE: VEGAN BANANA OAT PANCAKE

Here’s an easy-to-make pancake. But before I share the details, let me say that this will not taste like the Pinoy pancake we grew up with. Typically, for many of us, the pancakes taste sweet. Putting any sweetener of your choice here is optional. Also, I won’t be putting the measurements because we just played around with it. Haha. INGREDIENTS: * Banana (mashed) * Oats (rolled, processed through a food processor if possible. if not, it will still work) * […]

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RECIPE: FRIED CAULI RICE WITH SALTED EGG

My husband gave me a bouquet of veggies for Valentine’s Day. Why? Because I don’t like cut flowers (so he never gave me real cut flowers) and we are vegetarians! It was my perfect excuse to make cauli rice. See, I love the idea of cauliflower rice – it’s low carb, healthy, and normally really good in taste. BUUUT…I cannot justify eating it everyday because really, in Manila, cauliflowers are expensive. Even at its cheaper range (like PHP 50-70 per […]

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DIY: I SPY / MATCHING/ SOUND GAME

Jasmine of Three Minute Montessori shared her DIY I Spy/ Sound Game last January, and her post gave me an idea to make our own using what we have at home. WHAT I USED: * Reusable Water Bottle we don’t use * Our miniature animals (THIS and THIS, also available locally via The Parenting Emporium) * Beads HOW WE PLAY IT: * We simply shake and play I-spy. * I have a basket for one set (from the Wild set), […]

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RECIPE: VEGAN ARROZ CALDO (PORRIDGE)

Hello! I often get questions on what we eat at home, so little by little, I’ll be sharing Daday’s Recipes here. We are not fully vegan, but have been vegetarian for about 10 years now. Here’s one we love eating at home. It’s also only the dish where we use white rice instead of our usual (red or mountain rice). My son learned eating through baby-led weaning (BLW), so he only got a taste of this breakfast porridge long after […]

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TODDLER KNIVES: THE TOOLS WE USE AT HOME

In Montessori families, it is not unusual to see toddlers working in the kitchen. For some, knives are introduced at around 12-18 months of age, while for some, it’s introduced at around 2-3 years old. I understand the worry — so, if you are not yet ready to introduce the knife to your child or feel that your child still needs to do fine motor work before you can do actual slicing work, do remember that there are many other […]

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MANILA FOR KIDS: PHILIPPINE AIRFORCE AEROSPACE MUSEUM AND AIRCRAFT PARK

My son loves helicopters. I believe it’s because he’s exposed to it almost everyday. We live near the City Hall where there’s a helipad, and almost everyday, we would hear a helicopter flying in and out. One time, he told me: “Mama, I want to ride a helicopter.” I remember about this air museum near the airport that I found out about way before I got married, but the thing is — I have never visited it. I finally had […]

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DAYTRIP FROM MANILA: PALAYA NATURAL FARM

While doing our roadtrip in Tanay last December, we stumbled upon signs for Palaya Natural Farm. Being the impulsive couple that we are (when traveling), we followed the signs until our hunger betrayed us and we could no longer go on. I vowed go come back and so, we did! Reaching Palaya Natural Farm is an adventure in itself. While I messaged them on Facebook shortly after we came home from that roadtrip, it wasn’t until a few weeks later […]

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GROSS MOTOR MOVEMENT TOOL: YOUR GOOD, OLD LADDER

Gross Motor Skills — I cannot even begin to stress how important it is to allow a child work on this (For a quick read on what they are and why they’re important, click THIS). By nature, they know. They know they need to move in all sorts of ways (from walking to running to skipping to moving side to side to…falling, yes falling!) so that they can acquire the skills necessary for their own development, and sometimes, as parents, […]

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