Tracing Fun

This is a super duper late post again. I almost forgot about this, if I didn’t check photos in my phone last night.  Anyway, last August, we received early birthday gifts from Maqui of Familia kiki.  I posted about it here.  One of the books they sent was the tracing book.  Maqui also blogged about this book here.

This book made it!  He was the one who asked his ate Donna to do the pages.  He grabbed the book, sat on his table and took a market.  I think the graphics and colors interested him.  Here are some of his in action pics.  As you will notice, he is still having a hard time how to hold his pen (marker) properly.  As Donna told me, he initially held it properly, but got tired and don’t want to listen na when asked to change how he holds his pen.

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He showed me his previous works, and I think his favorite was the crane.  he kept on going back to it and showed it to me at least 3x. 🙂

 

 

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I can say this book was so effective that it did not last a week.  Ubos na.  there were some pages left at the back, pero super complicated na for him to even try.

As of writing, we are not pushing him to practice writing anymore.  We are happy if he will initiate writing.  Pero we just let him be.  So far so good, he knows how to hold his pen properly na.  He sometimes intentionally holds his pen wrongly to tease us.  Then he will give us his sweet smile!

To Maqui, thanks again for this superb book!! 🙂

 

PS sorry about the photos posted sideways, tried to changed it, but still came out that way… hehe

Book: Creepy Crawly Creatures

Among the books we got from our Book Sale visit last Sunday, this book is Liam’s favorite – “Creepy Crawly Creatures”.  The creator of this book is not joking when he put the phrase – dreadfully disgusting – it’s really disgusting.

It’s very nice though, since they have pop ups on every page, making the bugs come to life and description and facts on every page about the bugs they are featuring.  To give you more idea on what am talking about, here’s how the book looks like.

Cover page – cover palang, it’s eeky na, wait til you see what’s inside…

Cover page
Cover page

First off are the cockroaches. My number 2 enemy (next to rodents).  It looks harmless when you flip the page.  Open the flaps and you’ll see what I mean.  The pizza inside the box is full of cockroaches.  What’s nice is that when you flip then box open, the Madagascar cockroach on the top pizza will also move.  On the right naman, you will see the bottom part of a cockroach.

Cockroach page
Cockroach page

Next is the Spider page then the Ants page (or was it the other way around – basta these 2 comes next).   On the spider page a big Tarantula Spider will pop out once you flip the bag open.  On the Ant’s page, you’ll see it crawling inside the burger. Like the cockroach, this ant also crawls when you move the buns up and down. 🙂

Spiders and Ants
Spiders and Ants

My favorite is the Scorpion page.  It’s claws and tail will move if you pull the zipper up and down.  do you spot the difference between the 2 photos below?

Scorpion
Scorpion

Millipedes and Centipedes follow the scorpion.  The Millipede will pop out curled-up when you flip the soccer ball open while the Centipede will crawl once you flip the rock up.  Yes, the centipede is moving every time you flip the rock. Nice no?

Next are the Locusts and Cicadas, there’s nothing much about the Locust while for the cicadas they will come flying out once you flip the bushes.  (side comment;  it will be better if they incorporated the sounds of the Cicadas. Mas magaling sa author ang peg ko.. haha)

Millipedes and Centipedes; Locusts and Cicadas
Millipedes and Centipedes; Locusts and Cicadas

Okay, sorry I skipped a page, cause this is the yuckiest among all the pages. The Flies!!! On the left, it explained how flies reproduce and shows the larvae on a hotdog sandwich! kadiri diba?!?! (those white thingy on the hotdog are the nasty maggots).  On the left naman, it shows how a fly looks like once we swat them dead! hehe

Flies
Flies

Generally, it’s creepy, but if you read the text naman, it’s quite nice as the book explains how flies carry germs and how cockroaches lives. This opens an opportunity how to explain to kids why they can’t eat the food na once a fly lands on it or how we need to keep our house clean para walang cockroach.

So sige na nga, I like the book din pero still this is eeeeew!! 🙂

Liam’s Top 10

Here are Liam’s Top 10 picks when it comes to his books.  Ranking is based on how frequent he reads it and alin ang nakabisado na nya. I had a hard time trimming down this list as there’s more than 10 naman that he likes.  So the ones he liked when he was barely a year old was out and I made a little daya – put 2 books together. hehe

#10 – Speedy Little Race Cars – This book helped him identify the colors. Also, this was the first book that I heard him memorize.  You say the color of the car, and he knows what happened to that car.

Speedy Little Race Cars
Speedy Little Race Cars

#9 – Corduroy’s Day and Corduroy Goes to the Doctor – The Corduroy’s day book is the first that he showed interest in a character and this was the first book he was able to relate himself too.  So, I bought the latter to help him us with his check ups and it worked. After that, even Wawa helped us find other books starring this cute little bear.

Corduroy books
Corduroy books

#8 – Walt Disney’s Pinocchio – This is one of his favorite cartoons (his first favorite cartoon was “A Bugs Life”).  He still gets this every once in a while and we will read this together.

Walt Disney's Pinocchio books
Walt Disney’s Pinocchio books

#7 – In a People House – We often read this earlier this year, but stopped when we started the bug books. He knows all the things highlighted in this book after our first read.

In a People House
In a People House

#6 – Green Eggs and Ham – to my delight he liked this book. Yey! Though this was also set aside for the meantime, as he’s busy with his bugs. hehe

Green Eggs and Ham
Green Eggs and Ham

#5 – Minibeasts and 1000 Facts about Wild Animals – he likes these too but lately prefers his new bug books

Minibeasts and 1000 Facts About Wild Animals
Minibeasts and 1000 Facts About Wild Animals

#4 Put Me in the Zoo – another one that he memorized. He also started to spell out the words in this book. (spell by reading of course)

Put Me in the Zoo
Put Me in the Zoo

#3 – I Love Bugs – We still read this until now and he knows all the bugs in this book.

I Love Bugs
I Love Bugs

#2 – Numbers – Ohh.. nagkalasug lasog na tong book since he always bring this with him.  He also likes using this to make fun of his mommy. He will always count the ones that should not be counted and laugh so hard cause he know I will react.  He calls this his fish book (as seen on the cover)

Numbers
Numbers

#1 – Go, Dog. Go! – his ultimate favorite! I think we have read this a thousand times already, as we read it twice or thrice a night! Even during day he will ask me to read this to him. During the hype of this book, he will ask for this first thing in the morning! Kahit pikit pa mata ko sa antok! KOW!

Go. Dog, Go!!
Go. Dog, Go!!

That’s it, pacsit!  Well, this is as of this posting. I feel this will change soon, as he have acquired a new bug book yesterday and he’s bringing it with him every where he goes.. hmm.. Let’s see..

Books! Books! Books!

After comparing the Top 100 Children’s Books list with Liam’s collection, realized that we only got… 11 out of 100!! 11% hmm.. ang layo! hehehehe Thanks to Maqui now we have more than a dozen (literally 1 more than a dozen, haha).  She gifted Liam with 2 new books that’s in the list! YEY!! Here are some of the books we have..

here are some of the books we have
i wonder where the “Goodnight Moon” and “Guess How Much I Love You” books went.. hehe

Anyways, even as a kid, am just a sporadic reader.  But i remember having a set of Dr. Seuss books at home and we have a set of Disney Encyclopedia at may grandma’s place where I grew up.  i remember reading those encyclopedia during free time and that my favorite Dr, Seuss book is Green Eggs and Ham.

That’s why, when I saw these Dr. Seuss books in Book Sale, I can’t help but buy them. They are way cheaper than the set I saw in one of the bookstores here. A set of 12 mini-me sizes costs P 3,200.00 (P 266 each).  P120 from Boos Sale is still waaaay cheaper.  Here’s our Dr. Seuss collection…

Dr. Seuss Books
Dr. Seuss Books

Am also so happy kasi my money did not go to waste as Liam loves them.  When he was barely a year old, his favorites are “Hop on Pop” and the “Foot Book”.  That’s why those 2 looks worn out.  Oh, he also love “Are You My Mother?”  Now he likes ‘The Cat in the Hat”, “Put me in the Zoo” and “Green Eggs and Ham”. But his ultimate favorite is “Go, Dogs! Go!”  We read this E V E R Y night, 2x pa at times.

Lately, Liam is into bugs.  I downloaded apps about bugs and insects in both tablets and bought him some books about it too. Buti na lang I bought him these books at nakapahinga lately si Go, Dog! hehehe

"Minibeasts", "I Love Bugs", "1000 Facts About Wild Animals" and his "Number Book"
“Minibeasts”, “I Love Bugs”, “1000 Facts About Wild Animals” and his “Number Book”

The number book is not about bugs, but he also likes this lately.  He likes the flaps that shows the correct count of the items on the page and likes making fun of me too – counting the pictures that should not be counted then will look at me and laugh.. haaay.. ang kulit lang ng anak ko.. hehehe (by the way, this “fish book” (that’s how he calls this) is a gift from Leah’s boss when she visited us earlier this year.  Ang Sweet no?

Well, Liam have other books pa na he likes.  Will be doing a separate post on that na lang next time as I haven’t organized my thoughts and pictures pa for that.

Liam reading his Fish Book.. ganda ng lazy boy nya no?? :)
Liam reading his Fish Book.. ganda ng lazy boy nya no?? 🙂

P.S. Thanks again to all contributors to our mini library. We feel the love.. mwah! 🙂

Gifts from Manila

One of the things I love most are gifts!  It really warms my heart. For me kasi, It’s a sign lang that the person remembers you and thinks of you and that you’re as important din to them as they are to you.

Personally, I love buying and giving gifts. Lalo na if recipient really appreciates it. Siyempre, I also love receiving them. I always get kilig if Dino brings me pasalubong. Kahit small stuff lang nakakataba ng puso. Yeah, am mushy like that.. hehe

Anyway, last weekend, Liam got lots of gifts (hehe, yes, kay Liam not mine) from Manila. My in-laws (together with my SIL, Leah) came to celebrate Dino’s birthday and of course to visit their Apogi.  Here are the stuffs Liam got..

gifts from Wawa and Ninang Tita
gifts from Wawa and Ninang Tita

My SIL gave him a book about colors and shapes and the black drawing paper where colors will come out once you write on it (scratch it).  Liam enjoyed drawing on it with his ninang tita.  On the right naman are Bugs and Vehicle stickers from wawa.  Oh, our house is full of it now. 🙂  Thank you Ninang and Wawa!! 🙂

That’s not all! There’s another set of gifts for Liam…

Cloudy With The Chance of Meatballs
Cloudy With The Chance of Meatballs
Tracing Book
Tracing Book
Where The Wild Things Are
Where The Wild Things Are

3 books from Aki and Maqui of Familia Kiki. Maqui read my post about books I wanted for Liam and texted to inform me that she have an extra copy of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.  She arranged a meeting with my SIL before her trip to Cebu.  Look what comes with Cloudy! 2 more books.  Love love love.  🙂

Thanks a bunch Maqui and Aki!! I really hope to meet you guys soon.  This Christmas break, will make sure to set a date with you. 🙂

Liam’s Books Wish List

ever since I read Maqui’s Someday post, I have planned to write about the Top 100 Children’s Books of All Time too.  (4 months ng delayed ang book post ko. hehehe)  But busyness and laziness attacked and this was almost history. hehehe..

Oh well, since I’m still not able to take pics of Liam’s books, I’ll share books Liam I want to have (for Liam of course) from the Top 100 list.  (by the way, just want to share, I think we only have a dozen from the list. hehe.. ang layo ko pa!)

The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree

I would like Liam to have this as I think this will be a good example of pure and unconditional love. Did not see this yet, pero I feel Liam will like this. 🙂 This is number 2 in the list. 🙂

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Number 7 on the list, I think Liam will love this as he’s into worms nowadays.  And as the description goes, this  is a delightful tale with a lesson. This is an interesting story about the caterpillar since he was a egg until he became a beautiful butterfly.  Teaching our young ones numbers and days of the week. 🙂

I Love You Forever
I Love You Forever

This one I’ve been requesting about a year now. Di ko malunok to buy at Powerbooks.. hehehe.. Calling Ninang Tita and Aco Juddy. hehehehe…

 

Everyone Poops
Everyone Poops

23rd on the list, Everyone Poops by Kane / Miller.  One of our dilemma now is how to train Liam to use the toilet.  We already tried several ways – potty trainer, ate sitting on toilet with him, sitting on toilet converter, etc.  But none really worked.  Problem is, nandidiri si Liam sa poo poo nya.. 😦 Well, I hope this one will help.  Super sayang, as I already saw this book last year in booksale, but did not buy it as I did not see the need pa. Now, can’t find this here in Cebu na.. haist.. sayang..

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Once Upon a Potty

Well, for the same reason as above. Will be hunting for these books.. 🙂

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Oh another book I would like to have is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  I loved the movie version of this and I think Liam would love to have this too and hopefully this will introduce him to try eating other food.

As for the other books in the list, I haven’t really scrutinized the plots pa, pero for sure there are more books that would interest our little boy. 🙂

On the side, am really worried today and wants to go home na as our little boy is sick.  We asked him to skip school today so he can rest but he cried and told Donna that he wants to go to school. So as not to break his heart, we allowed him to go.  after an hour, he was sent home na din kasi he was already matamlay.  Haay.. Ganito pala ang feeling, I want to be there beside him, to be the one taking care of him. Oh well, mommy will be home soon anak.

 

 

 

 

Story Time

One of Liam’s tranquil time is our Story Time.  Sometimes it’s not really story telling but kalat time.  He will get all his book and spread them on the floor.. haay.. But most of the time, we really read the books.  Right now, his favorite books are Sesame Street books – “Down on the Farm with Grover’ and “Farley Goes to the Doctor”.  Farley’s story is same with Corduroy’s kaya usually we read these 2 together.  We compare what Farley and Corduroy are doing in the clinic. hehehe..

Anyway, here are some photos Dino took during one of our story nights…

Liam choosing what book to read
Liam choosing what book to read
Oh yeah, he also loves Dr. Seuss books
Oh yeah, he also loves Dr. Seuss books
Tumbling muna ko..
Tumbling muna ko..
Mommy, Grover on the Farm na lang..
Mommy, Grover on the Farm na lang..
Grovers uncle is teaching him how to feed the animals, plow the field and plant the seeds...
Grovers uncle is teaching him how to feed the animals, plow the field and plant the seeds…
Oh no!! Grover don't know how to do it all...
Oh no!! Grover doesn’t know how to do it all…
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But his friends from Sesame Street came to help him..
Yes, there’s Cookie Monster..
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Mommy, piggy ride…
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Tranquil look.. 🙂

Thank you Mommy... You're welcome my love.. :)
Thank you Mommy… You’re welcome my love.. 🙂

Good night… 🙂

Liam’s First Day at School

I’ve been worried for the past few days since Dino and I decided to put Liam to school.  My emotions were all mixed up…. excited, scared, emotional (oh well, eto di nakakagulat about me, hehe), halo halo na.

He’s first day was not official, since it’s only a trial / assessment day.  The school Pre-School head needs to assess if Liam can join the senior class since Liam is barely 2 yrs. old and all of the kids in Sr. Pre-School are already 2 and up.

2 days before his assessment day pala, I went to Book Sale and looked for Children’s Book about going to school and I found this..

Meet Henry the Mouse

I thought this was perfect since Liam likes mouse characters lately (siguro dahil din kay Mickey Mouse?).  When I got home, I quickly showed this book to him. He said: “Waaaaaw!?” then ran away from me.

But that night, we read this book together, ‘di naman talaga read na read, I made up some stories about the book, you can’t read the real text from the book since Liam hoards the book and flips pages every now and then (Hay, baka mapunit lang, hayaan nalang naten)

The following day, when we’ll tell him that he will also go to school na, he will reply to us: “mawsh?”. He is telling us like mouse? And we’ll say yes, just like mouse. This kept my hopes up.

Eto na! Big Assessment day (July 20, 2012, Wednesday). Oh my! Diba we usually hear na babies get traumatizes blah blah blah, eto, ako ang natraumatized. When we got in the school premises palng, Liam started to get agitated already and start to cry when we went inside the office. Oh  no! di lang basta cry, as in Cry with bending of body, moving his body towards the exit. I was soooo naaawa na kay Liam that time.

We tried going to the Discovery Park (indoor playground) ngawa ulit, teacher tried to show him monkey toys, ngawa pa din. Then we tried to go inside his soon to be classroom, ngawa ulit.. oh my, i was really worried that na that time and wanted to call it a day na.

Gwapo pa din kahit mugto mata.. 🙂

Buti nalang, we stayed kasi after playing with plants (this helped him stop crying), Dino invited him to play in the open field (This he really loves). He ran and watched the other kids playing Soccer (at naku, gusto sumama sa mga bata na sumisipa sipa ng soccer ball dun, kow ang nanay, natakot at baka matamaan ng bola ang anak ko, hehehe).  He also started playing with other kids.

My Future Goalie.. Ano naman panama ng mga Azkals dyan!? Partida mugto pa mata nyan from crying.. 🙂

We tried to let him join his soon to be classmates ulit, this time they were in the discovery park already and “whew!!” he joined them inside na. He was so excited di nya na alam alin ang uunahin laruin, balls, drive the car or the blocks, he went back and forth.

When the session ended, teacher queued the kids up, they asked kids to hold the rope na so they will walk in a line. Guess what!? To our surprise, nagpababa ang Liam and he joined the line. He held the rope and walked with his classmates.

Hay anak, if you’re reading this na, I just want you to know that you made mommy and daddy so proud.  I know you’ve heard this a million times (or malamang by now that you can read na, gazillion na) mommy and daddy loves you so so much. mwah!