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[Learning] Vee turns 3 years old

2012 February 22
by MieVee @ MummysReviews.com

Vee Turns 3 Years Old - cake

Note to new readers: This article is part of Vee’s developmental milestones update series. It summarises my parenting approach, Vee’s progress, challenges we face and how we overcome them.

Inspiration this month:

It’s amazing how I’m managing better with two kids compared to only one baby in the past. All fussy babies do grow up one day. Indeed, this stage shall pass!

My dearest Vee just turned 3 years old. He was my inspiration for starting Mummy’s Reviews, after I spent loads of time researching on cloth diapers and on baby sleeping issues. Because he was such a challenge to handle, the experience made me a well-equipped Mummy this second time round. I feel very blessed that this fussy baby has grown into a very lovable boy.

As usual, here’s his progess update:

Learning & Communication

Our homeschooling curriculum has been enriched these few months. Besides The Shichida Method, we’ve added Montessori and Kindermusik home learning activities.

  • Montessori: We’re mainly on Practical Life activities focusing on fine motor skills and taking care of oneself. I also present some existing puzzles and blocks in a Montessori-way and place selected items on the shelves. Vee is getting the idea of doing “meaningful work” at home. After he has completed our Shichida home practice session, and done some Montessori work (including helping out with tiny bits of housework), then he’d get his free play time. Both of us enjoy the daily routine, and it makes him feel important.
  • Music: Vee has been attending Kindermusik classes with Daddy, and they completely enjoy it. Only 45 minutes a week. I like that during every term, there’s a new learning kit with CDs, books and a simple instrument for home practice. After listening to the songs at home, Vee is more participative in class. He seems to have good rhythmic sense.
  • Memory: He’s still strong at recitation from audio memory. For instance, we discovered that he could recite verbatim a Chinese book with more than 200 words. And remember 20 animals in sequence from a simple reference book, Animals of the Sea. He also sings 4 sections of 三字经 (Three Character Classic), which is almost 400 words. This is an amazing ability of the right brain, which I believe every child can achieve with practice. How to practice? Simply play audio CDs and read to the child regularly. Cover a wide variety of topics, even if they may seem difficult for a child.

FAQ #1: What’s so good about memorising? Young children are able to memorise and recite with ease when given the opportunity because their right brain is very active. This activity helps to boost their memory power, which sets the foundation for learning efficiently in future. It’s like comparing a 50Gb to 1Gb hard disk drive. Think about professions such as medicine and law, having a powerful memory is very important.

FAQ #2: What about understanding? For instance, when Vee started reciting a story about animals, we brought him to the zoo to see the same animals, including an elephant ride, as described in the book. He was very thrilled to link the experiences back to the story.

  • Colouring: At last, he’s willing to colour within boundaries. It may seem something very trivial, yet it’s a milestone I’ve been looking forward to. Generally, he still prefers to sprawl his doodling across a piece of paper.
Vee Turns 3 Years Old - colouring
  • Reading: Finally, he’s more interested in reading English words, without actually reading them. We’ve also started on a Bahasa Melayu (BM) reading series because we’re living in Malaysia. It’s easier to pick up a foreign language before 6 years old, so I’d rather start Vee on it now while he’s interested in learning.
  • Favourite books:
  1.  Cookies!* by Claire Clark: This is part of the Kindermusik Our Time Milk & Cookies home learning materials. He’s really into cookies now, especially after trying various goodies during the recent Lunar New Year celebrations. Following this, I made a set of flashcards on different types of cookies. You may get ideas from Wikipedia here.
  2. Paul dan Mary by Kohwai & Young: This is the first book of the BM reading series mentioned above. You may view the entire collection here. The style is very similar to the popular English Key Words Reading Scheme with Peter and Jane*, which I read as a child.

Motor Skills

  • After a 3 months on his balance bike, he can confidently lift both legs up into the air! Now, I need to get the pedals.

Behaviour & Social Skills

  • He ignored warnings, moved about during shower, slipped into the drainage hole in the bathroom, and cut one toe quite badly. The GP said that we should have brought him for a tetanus jab within 24 hours. A few days later, he got a 40-degree C fever, but probably not due to the cut. And phew, no febrile fits this time!
  • He has learnt that if he behaves and let me put baby Jae down for nap or bed, then I can dedicate time for him. When I’m busy for a moment, he’d also try to “take care” of Jae by talking to or playing with him. My little helper. :)

Diet & Feeding

  • Vee’s appetite is still very good, and his favourite restaurant is Din Tai Fung, for its noodles and fried rice. Oh, and he loves watching the chefs at work. Whenever a chef with a tall hat walks past our table, he’d exclaim, “Look, there’s the chef, the chef, the chef!”

Potty Training

  • Some improvement here with dry diapers over several naps and overnight.

Sleep

  • Occasionally, if he’s not tired enough or consumed something too sweet (e.g. barley beverage), he roll around on the bed for 2 hours WITHOUT falling asleep.
  • He’s able to miss his nap for unexpected whole-day outings, then fall asleep in the car, and even transferred to a stroller. Quite a feat for the fussy sleeper!
  • Since baby Jae sleeps well by himself in the next room, we’re trying to encourage Vee to sleep by himself too. It’s ironical that the 3-year old clings to us in bed, while the 3-month old prefers not to be bothered.

Finally, happy 3rd birthday to my dearest Vee!

P.S. View more developmental milestones (from 8 months old onwards).

P.P.S. Our latest homeschooling updates are posted at MummysHomeschool.com HERE,


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12 Responses leave one →
  1. February 22, 2012

    Happy 3rd Birthday, Vee! And congratulations to MieVee for a job well done in raising Vee. I’m sure you’re a very proud mummy :)

    Just wondering about the balance bike, can we actually add on pedals once the child is able to balance it? I’ve been thinking of getting one too and one of my friends told us to avoid getting a tricycle as it only gives the child a temporary sense of security and may be harder for them to build the confidence to cycle without balancing wheels in the future.

    Oh, one of E’s favourite dining places is also Din Tai Fung. We usually order the Chang Jiang La Mian and Siao Long Bao for him :)

    • February 27, 2012

      Thank you very much, Joey! :)

      The balance bike: whether pedals can be added depends on the brand. We bought JDBug because pedals can be added.
      In fact, Vee doesn’t cycle a tricycle or 4-wheeled bicycle. He did try his friend’s bike but he can’t pedal properly yet.
      Yet he zooms around with his balance bike like a pro!
      So I conclude that it’s better to start with the balancing skills first, then learn to pedal later on.

      And oh, he loves the fried rice and yang chun la mian. :)

  2. February 22, 2012

    Hey MieVee, it is always a joy to read about Vee’s development. =) Wonderful job you are doing. God bless.

  3. February 22, 2012

    Happy 3 year old to your boy! Mine coming up in 12 days! So fast!

  4. February 24, 2012

    Happy birthday to Vee!

  5. jacss permalink
    March 1, 2012

    happy belated birthday to Vee 😀
    you’ve done such a good job raising him at home, definitely deserve my salutation 😀

  6. Siok Hoon permalink
    October 29, 2012

    Hi, May I know the brand of balancing bike your boy uses? My 3 year old girl can handle hers (strider) very well but I am not sure if we can add paddles onto it.

    • November 6, 2012

      Hi Siok Hoon, he’s using JDBug. One tyre punctured after almost 1 year of regular use, we just managed to fix it. Have the pedals on hand but haven’t tried them out yet. Shall update again if it works for us.

      If the balance bike has no option to add pedals, I’d suggest getting a regular bike (either 2-wheel or 4-wheel with removable back wheels). This is because the wheels are moved using regular chains. Added pedals to the JDBug doesn’t work by the chain mechanism.

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