OUR CHRISTMAS SHELF 2018: EASY-TO-SETUP ACTIVITIES FOR OUR 2-YEAR-OLD

Our Christmas shelves are up in time for December! These are the activities I put on our 25-month-old’s shelves based on his current interests and skills. Hope this inspires you to observe your child and follow his/her lead, too. I put 2 years old on the title in case that’s what you’re looking for, but really, each child is different, with different interests and skill levels, so hope these give you an idea on how you can present your materials […]

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OUR CHRISTMAS SETUP 2018

Year 2018. My son is now 2 years old. 25 months to be exact as I write this. Last year, I decorated our home for Christmas by following his lead. This year is the same – but with a few changes and additions depending on his current interests and skills. If you want to see how I decorated last year, go HERE. Our living room looks similar from last year – still a fun game in the middle for everyone! […]

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DIY BAHAY KUBO (TODDLER-FRIENDLY WORK)

We got a copy of Tahanan’s Bahay Kubo book last week, and since then, my son just got hooked to the song (listen to our song here) and the book. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to display a miniature bahay kubo at home (we have a farm-themed one, so I wanted one with trees and miniature fruits), so we visited Balikbayan Handicrafts and Tesoro’s but came home empty-handed. They don’t have bahay kubos except for really small ones […]

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BOODLE FIGHT: BABY + TODDLER EDITION

Boodle Fight is a popular activity for adults in the Philippines. Basically, the idea is to put different kinds of put on a banana leaf and eat together using your hands! It’s some sort of a (fun) competition when adults do this, because they have to move fast to get the food they’re eyeing for (most especially if that food is limited). When my son was 7 months old, I thought of making one for him and his then 3-year-old […]

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A BEAUTIFUL YEAR-END TRADITION FOR YOUR CHILDREN

I saw my sister’s post recently on her year-end activity with her son, and I think it’s so beautiful. This is what she wrote: If you are looking for something to do with your kids as the year ends, I recommend this. It is our second time to do this with Philip. I made a keynote of his entire year and especially focused on moments where he grew in character, spirit, faith, joy, sense of family, maturity, and relationships! I […]

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BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS WORTH SHARING

Christmas has always been a special time for me. It’s that time of the year when loved ones living far away come home (though not every year, but this is typical in many Filipino families), when you wake up at 04:00 in the morning to hear mass starting December 16 (known as Simbang Gabi) followed by eating breakfast with your companions (which normally includes the famous Filipino rice cakes – Bibingka and Puto Bumbong), when you hang your parols and […]

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SHOULD I INTRODUCE SANTA CLAUS TO MY CHILD?

As a practicing Montessori and RIE parent, I have read the “Santa Claus” debate online hundreds of times. It’s been a topic asked in many Montessori and RIE groups throughout the year, and the short answer is: from a Montessori and/or RIE perspective, it seems that the answer is NO, there is no need to introduce Santa Claus to your child, mainly because part of respecting your child is telling him/her the truth about everything, plus, especially for children in […]

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