BOOKS ON GRIEF

When we hear the term insurance, we tend to think of only one thing: that policy you get so that when you die, your loved ones will have enough money to help them get back on their feet while mourning their loss. I surely thought that way. Until I became a mom. And I realized that many of the things we do as parents are somewhat kinds of insurance. Your prepared environment is your insurance to fall back on when […]

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COLORING BOOKS FOR FILIPINO CHILDREN

From what I’ve read, philosophies like Montessori and Waldorf don’t subscribe to the idea of coloring books, and their reasoning behind make total sense: it takes away the creativity of the child. True. I mean, it does encourage you to color within the lines, and follow a certain look rather than making something from scratch that you can totally own. I think it’s different when coloring is used to cultivate attention to detail, learn anatomy, etc, though (that’s for another […]

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TODDLER-APPROVED VEHICLE BOOKS

Vehicles – definitely my toddler’s favorite. Construction vehicles, planes, and emergency vehicles to be more specific, but give him any vehicle-themed book and he’ll surely want to read it. We have a lot of books on vehicles, but this list is his curated one – the ones he loves to read over and over again. I’ll be sharing with my affiliate links from Amazon and Book Depository (free worldwide shipping, woohoo) where applicable. And if you discovered these books from […]

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COUNTING BOOKS FOR TODDLERS

Following Montessori principles, we did not introduce numbers, shapes, colors, and the alphabet when our son was an infant. He is 2.5 years old as we speak and has no idea about letters yet. He has already been introduced shapes and colors, though, upon following his interest. I will probably write about them in another post. Honestly, I was trying to delay numbers. But one time, he just started counting from one to nine, straight. Rote memorization, for sure. So […]

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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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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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BOOKS FOR MOVEMENT

I did not realize how powerful books are in helping children move more until I saw my very own son copying the poses in his book I Can by Helen Oxenbury. From then on, I’ve enjoyed scouting for books that encourage a lot of movement for children, and my son really enjoys them, so I’m sharing here our favorites! First things first: we buy international books either from www.BookDepository.com or local bookstores (if they are available), or through Amazon when […]

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PRACTICAL LIFE: BLOWING PRACTICE FOR TODDLERS

I didn’t realize how important blowing is (and how much practice it would take before an actual blow happens) until we started swimming lessons for our 20-month-old. Blowing is one good way to get your child comfortable in the water (for swimming) because it’s a practice in breathing and helps your toddler get used to water in his/her face. Blowing was something we’ve always done with our soups — so our son knows the word blow, but as we had […]

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OUR BOOK COLLECTION (12-18 MONTHS | 1-1.5 YEARS OLD)

My very first post on this series (books for children 0-12 months) may be found HERE. In that post, I shared about what I look for in a book. Here are more qualities that have been added to the list: 1. Action Books – Especially at the tail end of the 12-18 month spectrum, I noticed how our son really enjoyed books that encouraged action, because he would try to imitate them. An example of this would be Helen Oxenbury’s […]

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OUR BOOK COLLECTION (0-12 MONTHS)

Now that my son is 1 year old, I’d like to share the books that made it to his year of infancy. Before I became a mom, I had a completely different set of books in mind. In fact, the very first thing I shopped for when I found out I was pregnant was a couple of books (you can check them HERE and HERE), but after having read Montessori later on in my pregnancy, I ended up with a […]

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