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Mar 14, 2014

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Summer Fun Programs

As the school year draws to a close, there are a whole bunch of summer fun programs opening up to keep the kids busy and active during the next few months. I am surely looking forward to leading a Kids Yoga program at Appleseed Montessori, a preschool in Makati. A friend of mine is doing an arts and crafts program in Alabang, so do check them out on Facebook (Artsy Fartsy Alabang). A fellow Radiant Child Yoga teacher friend of mine is doing a yoga and social skills workshop in Pampanga and the list is endless!

These programs will definitely be a good way to engage the children over the summer and explore their potentials outside of the academic realm. To all teachers, schools, program heads, and the like, please feel free to leave a comment on this post and include your Facebook link or webiste :) Don’t you love how Social Media and the Internet can help save on wholesale brochure printing costs? Teehee.

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Feb 22, 2014

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When Students Succeed

In the midst of all the excitement of the Sochi Olympics, the presence of the lone Filipino skater surely got the attention of the nation. Then one day, while browsing Facebook, I saw a post from one of my former teachers who said that the skater was actually from our school. I took a look and then realized he used to be my student! Woah :)

It is such a thrill to see my students from preschool make something of themselves. I know it had very little to none of my doing, but it definitely made me smile.

So…I’ve taught an Olympic skater and I also have a former student who is the first Filipino astronaut. I’d like to think I’ve been a blessed teacher, yes? :)

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Feb 2, 2014

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Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers

It’s been a while since I posted something about preschool, but since I got asked the question, I guess it’s a good time to answer it :) First of all, let me share why giving children fine motor skills activities is important. Well, here’s something to think about: Imagine writing your name with your non-dominant hand, it’s hard, right? Why is it difficult? Simple: the skill is underdeveloped. Coordination is difficult as well.

Developing fine motor skills, in tandem with hand-eye coordination, is essential in basic academic tasks and in many of our life skills as well. Writing,for example, begins with well developed fine motor skills. Sadly, nowadays children are forced to develop penmanship skills even before they are ready.

Working on fine motor abilities, such as hand/finger dexterity, flexibility in the wrist, and small and controlled movements will help them achieve academic competencies with more ease and less discomfort. Plus it tends to be more developmentally appropriate.

Activities that can help include:

1. Paper Tearing – give them sheets of colored paper (or even scratch paper or old magazines) and work on tearing them into small pieces. At first, you will observe that they will grasp with all fingers coming into a fist. Over time, they will learn to use the fingers with more flexibility and control.

2. Play dough – allow them to work through the dough and watch how they manipulate it to shapes. Eventually they will learn to roll, mold, shape and piece together, other than pound and throw only :)

3. Barrel Beads – this is best type of bead to begin with because they’re large enough to hold and with large holes to shoot string through. Not recommended for very young children though, more for the older groups. Over time, they can graduate to decorative beads. Maybe some of them might even discover paper beads or jewelry beads. Who knows, maybe someday one of them will end up being a jewelry designer for and you can order their pieces online, such as from JoyJewelers.com or even Instagram of Facebook!

4. Finger paints – the use of finger paints give them more of a hands-on (literally) experience rather than just paintbrushes. Nonetheless, paintbrushes are also awesome.

5. Lacing/Sewing cards – these are great tools to teach wrist flexibility and concentration.

There are many other activities that can help, but I guess this is good for now :) Please do drop me a line for suggestions or other questions!

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Jan 29, 2014

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Sing it, Sister!

One of the things I have been learning to do lately is to just allow myself to “sing”. Well, not really sing a song on stage or anything like that, but this Teacher is finally learning to OM in yoga class, sing a SHORT line of a song in class to drive home a point, and to just not care what I sound like.

Well, that’s not 100% true. I still care, but I don’t let it bother me :) I think I should get a cool emg banjo pickup online and a ukelele or a harmonica so it’s not so bad.NYAHAHA.

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Jan 13, 2014

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Teacher’s New Toy!!!

At long last, I finally decided to upgrade my laptop. Woohoo. It was a bit of a random decision to get it, I must admit, but definitely long needed. I even splurged and got a few accessories for my new MacBook Air :) Got a VGA connector and a pretty teal Speck case. An upside to having waited so long for this upgrade: got my Pages, Numbers and Keynote ABSOLUTELY FREE!!! Woohooooo.

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Dec 30, 2013

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Welcome 2014

2013 was kind to this Teacher, I must admit :)

Through the past 12 months I learned more about my craft, embraced more of this world, and explored a new avenue of this path.

I am grateful.

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Dec 26, 2013

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Back to Basics

Much as I do not like to admit it, the best way to really get people to learn is through the magic of sound. Especially when it comes to kids. Since I started incorporating more sounds into my kids yoga classes, they have turned out much better. This makes me want to start rebuilding my instrument and sound maker collections again. I used to have a rain stick, a few harmonicas, a couple of tambourines, and some home made drums. But because I thought I did not need them anymore, I left them in the old preschool I used to teach in. Boo. Time to start over. Perhaps I should start with some pickup covers at Musicians Friend. Haha.

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Dec 23, 2013

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Happy Christmas!

Pausing from the craziness of catching up on grades, reading reports, and finalizing papers to greet all of you a

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

This year has been a crazy busy one, but that’s gotta be good thing, yes? Looking forward to what 2014 brings!!!

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Nov 30, 2013

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In the End.

Note: I am sharing this thank you note that I had written in celebration of my graduation last October. It took me a long time to finally hurdle my thesis, but I finally did it! I can now get rid of all those cheap presentation folders and transforms all those printed out journal articles into scratch paper, haha :)

Anyway, here goes:

When I was a child, I wanted to be a storyteller.

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Nov 30, 2013

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Teacher is Back :)

I’ve been so engrossed in things that I’ve barely kept track of this site. Of all my sites. Haha. I blame this on all those social networking sites that just allow instant posting. Haha. I wish there was an easier app that links to my blog I tell ya. Is there one????

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