Letter of the week- R

We got off to a late start to our letter of the week work this week cos, well, mummy’s schedule has been (R for) ridiculous lately but it was a big (R for) rainy day when we discovered a leak spot on the roof of this old rental house of ours that I thought it’d be a good idea to get to Letter R since we were all grouchy at being rained in.

I took the chance to introduce Q to my favourite cartoon: Alice in Wonderland. We picked a youtube video that had the little fella running late for a party and Q seemed really tickled at that. I explained that real white rabbits (he’s never seen a live one for some reason, the ones we see are usually brown or some funky mix of browns/white/black) had red eyes and Q- who must have thought I went off my rocker; told me the rabbit had sick eyes. I had a small stint of conjunctivitis a while back and we explained my very red eye was sick. When I explained that white rabbits simply had red eyes, he shrugged it off and proclaimed it “looks silly.”

Ah well.

Our rooster craft went down a little less eventful (read: less explanation) though we had to stop several times to make “cockle-doodle-doo” noises.

R is for rabbit, rooster, rain, radish (which I made Japanese style that night) and reindeer.

Letter of the week- Q

Of the 26 letter of the alphabets, we are clearly most familiar with our letter of the week- Q. Because- duh!- Q is for Quentin. Also, we call Quentin “Q” most of the time. Well, sometimes, Q-ball too. So, Q is mighty familiar with the letter Q.

And well, Q is really the first letter of the alphabet he ever learnt. Small wonder huh?

Because of his familiarity with the letter I had to think of something a little special to initiate this letter of the week and we decided to head to Qian Hu Fish Farm cos, well, the place began with Q. I know, stretching it a little but, we can only try right?

It seemed to work well enough cos he was duly excited to see the big (fake) fishes and so we stopped to chat about where we were and we got him to count the number of “Qs” in the sign and then got, duly, distracted by all the pretty fish in the place.

I didn’t have high hopes for the place but it turned out to be a real gem of a day. In particular, we had fun dipping our hand into the fish spa pool- I’m sure we weren’t really allowed to do that but, well, we only did a short spot of that. And spent a happy half hour trying to catch long hang fish; we were dismal in that only catching four tiny things in that time. I blame the net for being too small (its the size of 2/3 of an iPhone).

After our day at Q is for Qian Hu Fish Farm, we embarked on our letter of the week craft, making a Q is for Quail and q is for queen.

I’m thinking of making a big letter Q with Quentin’s face on it… hmmm… we’ll see.

Letter of the week- P

If you haven’t already figured it out, we love the zoo. WE LUURRVVEEE the zoo and whenever possible, I start letter of the week at the zoo and since its been a while (read: two weeks) since we last went, I packed the troops and toddled off to see the P is for penguin and P is for Parrot.

We always “review” our alphabets at the zoo; you know L is for Lion, C is for cheetah, F is for fish… you get the drift. So that always makes for a fun learning day at the zoo.

Anyway, we opted to take a little more time to look at the penguins and parrots. In particular, we chatted about the time we went and fed the parrots at the Farmart a few weeks back. Q has asked to go back to feed the “faraway parrot” (cos, well, the parrot was standing faraway from his perch, funny how kid’s mind work) several times so maybe we’d do that some time.

I picked making a penguin and a parrot, complete with an array of colorful faux feathers for our letter crafts and towards the end of our crafting, Q declared: P is for Peeing!

Ah… maybe we are getting somewhere with our toilet training.

Letter of the week- O

O was an easy letter for us to tackle seeing as he already knew the number zero and, well, zero and the letter O looks the same. And of course, there is knowing the shape Circle. So he had already known the letter O for a while, but it was good fun exploring the letter anyway.

It was a long week so I opted for doing something simple: and if you must know, I took out the newspaper and armed each of us with a do-a-dot each and set out to “find as many Os” as we could in the papers.

After we made a colorful mess of the day’s newspaper, we went about drawing happy faces in the bigger Os that we could find. That kinda dwindled into making thumbprint faces cos our thumbprints- or rather, Q’s more than mine, kinda look like an O anyway. I recently took receipt of a wonderful book by Ed Emberley, the father of fingerprint art too!

O is for orange, ostrich, octopus and owl.

Letter of the week- N

I was particularly excited to do our letter N craft mainly cos I had spent a long time cutting the blasted pieces and planning on how this was gonna go.

We had spotted a little bird’s nest at my parents’ house and that was the (unexpected) initiation to our letter N week. I had originally wanted to build a full on bird’s nest but decided that was a little more than I was willing to go through seeing that I was having a really hard work week so we stuck to just making a paper version. Which worked out pretty well seeing as Q liked sticking the little pieces of paper down.

Originally, our little n craft was meant to only be a needle, but after sticking the needle down, it looked a little bare and I had just finished wrapping several birthday presents so I made some noodles!

And to wrap the day, Q made himself some cup noodles for snack!


Letter of the week- M

Q has been watching stuff on the Disney channel on cable so he already knew that M was for (Mickey) Mouse so it was an easy sell for us to embark on our letter of the week craft of making a Mouse.

I had originally planned for the mouse to be brown but Q was very clear in informing me that my brown rodent was known as a RAT, not a MOUSE and made a big fuss about the color of the letter. So, I had to go dig to a cream colored paper to make a more acceptable mouse.

There was another issue with our small “m” craft too cos as you see in the picture we had added stars into the picture (m is for moon and mountain) cos he kept saying “M is for moon, stars and mountain.” So to minimize the confusion, I peeled off the stars.


Letter of the week- L

One of the early learning things we did with Q was to teach him animal sounds and other than the trumpet of the elephant- which he still performs in all his arm-as-truck glory, the other sound he was really good with was the roar of a lion.
So, I was quite excited to embark on learning the letter L with Q and that began with us (attempting) to watch The Lion King, cos well, as we all know, L is for Lion.
We also made a Lion from the ice pop set that Aunty Karyn gave us cos it had a lion mould in it and it was a far healthier alternative to an actual L is for Lollipop.
And because of a happy coincidence of W needing to go grocery shopping later that night, we got to learn that L was also for Lemon, for Lime and for Linguini.
And last but not least, L is also for LALALALALALLALAAAA!

Letter of the week- K

I had big plans to take Q out to fly kites at the Marina Barrage to initiate our letter of the week but I was too tired out with Evan hitting a growth spurt and all so I gave up and simply starting our K journey with our letter craft.

Clearly, this new mom thing (you know, the sleepless nights, still having to work an almost full load- albeit from home; and having to still be mummy to #1) was getting to me and my fatigue level was spiking cos I’ve been working through the night to wrap a project.

Thankfully, Q seem to cotton on to the letter quite well and we learnt that K is for kangaroo, kite, kick, kettle and kittens. Since the letter K is quite distinct, we also spent some time playing spot the K: I’d write all sorts of letters on a piece of paper and Q would use it do-a-dot markers to dot on all the Ks, which he thinks looks like a kicking man (a man the process of kicking) and I suppose, that’s good enough for me for now.

Letter of the week- J

Q is a big Nemo fan, it was the first movie he sat through to watch from start to finish and since our first screening, we must have watched the show over 20 times. Possibly more given he is actually able to recite lines along with the show. Anyway, the show has a quite famous scene of Nemo’s dad, Marlin and his friend Dory trying to navigate their way through a mass of jellyfish by jumping on the top of each jellyfish. Q thinks its hilarious and mimics the scene, complete with *boing* *boing* sound effects.

After a particularly spirited re-enactedment of the *boing boing* scene, we embarked on our J is for jellyfish (and jaguar) craft work. I’ll be honest and admit the jaguar craft was tougher than I imagined and I ended up having to re-cut my jaguar several times cos the original one kinda looked like the Frosties Tiger with warped stripes. Q is well familiar with the Jaguar cos we see one at the zoo often enough.

We ended our week with a round of jelly making. What is learning if you don’t learnt involve food somehow, eh?

J is for jaguar, jelly, jellyfish, jam and jumprope!

Letter of the week- I

Our journey with this letter of the week business has become one of the big learning highlights of the week; no less because we have a huge wall where we have been putting all the past alphabets up and nine letters in, we are beginning to see some real “meat” to our letter wall.

The letter I week began quite innocuously with a serving of old school ice cream from the ice cream man that comes by our estate every few weeks. I took the opportunity to dive right into our letter craft and we had a whale of a time making our little ice cream picture. I had originally planned for “I to be for ink, but since Q is a Isa the Iguana fan, I changed it to making an iguana which seem to work much better for him. Of course, we also printed some Isa the Iguana coloring pages to do and even attempted to make a little green plasticine iguana.

The letter “I” is for Iguana, ice cream, ice, igloo and ink.