They Have A New Brother!

Monday, September 15

Last week, the boys were so happy to have a new Brother. We're able to use it immediately for Kuya's assignment printed directly from the iPad. It has Air Print capability, no cables, just wi-fi connection, so there's very minimal set up done. I was also able to print from the Mac without any drivers!

I'm subscribed to Scholastic website and found some reading resources there. The first one I printed is a minibook that they need to fill-in the story and illustrations by themselves. Here it is:
Title: Silly Stories by Zach and Gabe (though it seems like the latter didn't contribute much)

 On Monday, I woke up and looked in the mirrror. "Oh, no!" I yelled. I have saliva all over my face! I think my pet dog, Cloudy, licked my face when I was asleep.

On Tuesday, I had to babysit a gorilla. What a day! 1st chore: I need to wash its stinky butt when it poops. 2nd chore: clean all his/her mess!!

On Wednesday, a GIANDOG got loose in our classroom! Everyone was screaming and scared. All went to find a hiding place when there were no more hiding places, others hid in the bookshelf!

You'll never believe what happened on Thursday. A Barbarian came to my birthday party! Everyone screamed, some said: he has no invitation, but when he heard that he finished all the cakes :( was my dad in a barbarian costume.

On Friday, our class took the most amazing field trip. Believe it or not, we went to the most largest Volcano!!!

And on Saturday, the silliest thing of all happened. I was reading a book about magic when suddenly I was inside the book! Here's what happened: I was a magician. I woke up in front of the audience then when I pulled a rabbit on my hat nothing was there. I was so embarrassed.

There were grammatical errors and wrong spellings but I was amazed and surprised by what they've come up. And they did this for only about 10-15 minutes, as soon as I got out of the shower!

Now I've found a new way to encourage my young readers and creative writers.

Zorb Tube

Thursday, August 21

We had our church anniversary last Sunday in Philippine Sports Arena, (formerly ULTRA). After the worship, there were games and Gabe wanted to join the races but we didn't let him to coz his cough might worsen. But we can't let the opportunity pass for the two boys to try Zorb Tube. In the video below, well, you can tell who enjoyed watching the two tumble and get their feet on each other's face. Hhhhh :D Actually, sa kanya (daddy) 'ko natatawa. The vid could've been longer kaso wala nang space yung memory ng ipad.

Whom Shall I Fear?

Thursday, August 14

Every one of us fear of something in our own lives. Even fear of the unknown. But truly, whom shall we fear? Whom shall we fear when God, who loves us all, holds everything in his hands.

Whom Shall I Fear is a great, great song by Chris Tomlin. Another song of his where the lyrics are so simple yet speaks profoundly from the heart and the melody so singable. To me, it's like a hymn for little kids. (And we are all God's little children.) That's why my youngest son can sing it...with feelings! I'll try to record my Gabby when he can sing the whole song already :D

All the glory to God!

Gabby, My 6-Year Old Wordsmith

Tuesday, August 5

According to studies, the language development of kids are commonly more robust in 5-7 year olds. This is the stage when they learn that different words could mean one thing. And also learn that one word can mean different things like "orange" color and "orange" fruit. They have better communication skills at this stage.

No wonder Gabby is so into word play as of lately. He is more verbally expressive and intuitive. Asking questions about word meanings or putting meanings into words on his own. He's so vulnerable and child-like. And I enjoy his being very 6-year old child self. And sometimes it could get so funny.

Here are some of our conversations:

Gab: (reading a magazine) "Batman, the brave and the bold." Haha! Si Batman pala bold, wala syang damit, hahaha!

"Si Daddy pala parang si Batman e. Kasi bold sya. (We all know that his daddy has lost most of his head-hair, yes.) Gets mo?

"Kaya pala ang tawag Batman e kasi malake yung butt nya!" He lols at his own corniness.

His Kuya Zach had a temperature of 39.1 degree C last week. He said "E pano yan, namamatay na ba si kuya Zach?" Hindi naman. He's just down with fever.

The next day, Zach wasn't able to go to school. When Gab came home from school and Kuya Zach was sleeping...
Gab: Mommy, ano, si kuya Zach, nag convulsion ba sya? Hindi ba sya namamatay?
Me: Ssshhh! Ano ka ba? He's just sleeping." (Sabay hipo ko kay Zach e.)

G: Mommy, in-ex mo ba yung tab or ni-mute mo lang ung computer ng sound?
M: Hindi po. Ni-mute ko lang ung sound ng computer.
G: Ahhh ok!
May mga kasama pa yan e- computer's daddy, bonedog, etc.
Alam na kung sino ang nagmana kay daddy. Hehehe!

To avoid fighting over who's turn is it in the ipad, I make use of the "Stop Play" setting in the ipad's alarm clock. I usually allow them 30 minutes each.
G: Mommy po, can I play with the iPad po pls.....po? (grinning ear to ear)
Turned to his kuya: Dapat mag sabe ka ng please 'tsaka ng po para gawen ni mommy 40 minutes yung time mo.

We're talking about something and I jokingly said...
M: How do you sure?
G: Hahaha! Parang si Master Yorda ka Mommy!

You'll be turning 7 on December. I enjoy being a mom to you. Hope you can stay as cute as you are, Gabby. But I know you'll continue to amuse me in your uniquely cute way always.
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