That said, we still worked through a theme: OUR BODY, following B's weekly Gymnademics home material as I had little time for much else. B even got "kicked up" to the 2-3 years Fellows class a tad early (hope they don't regret it!)
ABC: We didn't find a "wow" body book at the library as the many kids books were either too simple or too wordy. So we revisited a few classic books and flash cards around the body, reinforced by simple craft on Saturdays with dad.
Our best activity: Making our B-sized skeleton. Mommy traced out B's body on paper, drew and cut out the bones, while B painted it. He loves greeting "skeleton" every morning and night, sticks food stickers in his mouth because it's hungry. All those bones must make him look quite thin! Bonus: The skeleton makes a perfect prop for Halloween :)
Music: Songs worked wonderfully in this theme! Now that B actually sings (well, he strings all the words in a run-on-sentence), music really aids his recall and encourages him to move more parts of the body. We'd been singing Head Shoulders Knees Toes for a while now, but he's also responding more to the Chinese versions too (the ones in class have different, fun variations of 拍拍手). This month, B picked up on a few more:
Outings: It's that time of year for birthday parties again! Besides that, we tried to go outdoors as often as possible before the rainy season hits. We joined a few friends for a beach playdate, visited The Garden House (a new nature-themed preschool), went back to Gardens By The Bay for the Mid-Autumn Festival show, fed fish and picnic-ked out at Botanic Gardens, among others.
- B truly started conversing in Chinese! 好棒 兴烨！
- Started singing with words, not just sounds/tones (mainly in English): Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Row Row Row Your Boat, Hokey Pokey, Wheels On The Bus, Rain Rain Go Away, Happy Birthday, and snippets of everything else he hears around him.
- Tantrums remain infrequent and can be pre-empted as it's usually related to (1) Too tired and don't want to bathe before nap (2) Too hungry yet don't want to give up his cars
- Growing independence - he's increasingly saying "Mama, B do" whether it's drawing, stamping, reading, eating, choosing what to wear, etc. Feels like my little boy wants to be a man too fast!
- Growth spurt! One day he suddenly outgrew his 2 year sized shoes and pajamas. When we were at IKEA this week, we also discovered that he's 90 cm - the "magic" height for entry into some playgrounds, and also, bus and MRT payments ;) When did that happen? He'd been seemingly stuck at 86 cm and just around 12 kg for the past few months