Friday, August 21, 2015

Toddler's book: A taste of the moon 月亮的味道 by Michael Grejniec

This is the book that will be reminded every time your child sees the moon. Its story is very fun, whimsical and engaging. Best of all, it has an unexpected ending. Instead of ending with a facile moral which most other children's books would, this closes with a nice question about how perspective affects our view of the world and the way we interact with it. Like many good toddler's books, Taste of the Moon has a repetitive, cumulative structure that is perfect for young readers. Again, this is another book that has hidden messages within, it talks about friendship, teamwork, sharing and never to underestimate what a tiny person can do. I love the illustrations, in fact, I made a 14 page printables using the same style animals. You will get these printables for free, along with the purchase of this book. In addition, you'll get craft materials for you and your child to try out this 'Sticker Resist Starry Night Craft'. Read this link for instructions. 

Star puncher that stimulates the fine motor movement
Now check out our paintings. The one on the left is done by J, and I did the one on the right. As usual, J is the typical non-conforming J who insisted that he wanted to mix his blue with yellow (which resulted in the beautiful green color skyline, which I then felt is awesome), who sprinkle in the salt while drawing, made a big mess out of it .. and ended up, whose painting is nicer? Arghhhhh!! I know! His! I guess, the moral of the story is, there are no hard rules in creative arts, just go with the flow - J's mantra. 

I have made time and effort to create these fun printables that would encourage active learning. Many of these printables are perfect for "one-to-one correspondence" at home. If you're new to this phrase, check this out, the concept is so fundamental that we often don't put much thought to it. One-to-one correspondence is the ability to match one object to one (corresponding) number or object. 

Example: Placing 2 stars on the mat, when recognizing the number 2 displayed in column. 

This is a foundational math skills for preschoolers, or even those in kindergartens. I place emphasis on this as many children may have started knowing numbers from rote counting (memorizing numbers by counting from 1 to 10), but this is just like singing a song, and have no meaning or sense to them. Therefore, engaging in activities with these printables encourages hands-on learning and also promote problem-solving skills. 

In addition, I create plenty of crafts and coloring activities for lil J. Recent research demonstrated that arts and crafts in early childhood benefits: 

  • Visual processing skills (eg pattern recognition, detection of sequences etc) - important skills for math and reading 
  • Fine motor skills 
  • Attention span, improves focus and working memory skills 

I now have 15 new and copies of "A taste of the moon" 月亮的味道in Chinese (全新正版精装版)available for sale. It's for sale in the form of "Book & Activities Pack RM35" including the following: 
  • 1 x genuine hard-copy of "A taste of the moon" 月亮的味道 in chinese (new) 
  • 1 x wall height chart 
  • 1 x set of printables soft copy (14 pages) including printables for coloring page, beginning letter clip cards, cut & paste left and right activity, stars counting mat, cutting practice and animal puzzle (to be emailed to you)
  • 1 x water paint brush + a pot of toxin-free toddler-friendly water color (in blue)  
  • 1 x mini star puncher 
Price is not inclusive of postage.  

Here are some of the printables: 

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