Saturday, October 31, 2009

My Baby is now a Toddler!

Tsk tsk tsk! It has been such a long time since I updated my blog. So much has happened and I do not think that I can write everything here!

Since I started work in June, time just flies past in a blinking of an eye. Anais has put on some weight finally as she no longer throws up. Despite taking slightly more solids, her milk intake has cut down drastically. She does not like to drink milk and i takes her forever to finish like a 100ml each time. Now the only way to make sure that she is taking enough nutrients, we put in a lot of stuff in her porridge. Tofu and yoghurt is her next best replacement for milk. To complicate things, Anais do not like sweet tasting food, so feeding her cereal in the morning is a torture.

Currently, I am making carrot cakes to fry with eggs for her breakfast and I will be attempting to make quiche next week. After which, I will need to think very hard for the next recipe to try... until her molars grow out to chew the tougher food.

Other than her eating adventure, we have also enrolled her to Shichida Method. It is a way of learning that encourages the stimulation of the right brain so that they can have faster and higher memory and think more creatively. Moreover, they also believe in extrasensory perception (ESP) which allows children to predict and guess an unknown. Sounds pretty spooky! Nevertheless, I've attended a few sessions with her and have the following conclusion.

- Flashing of any flash cards fast enough will capture the attention of a child and such practice may help to improve the photographic memory. It is only a hypothesis that needs to be confirmed through more literature review.
- ESP has always been coined as pseudo science but my observation is that the activity may not be training ESP per se but teaching the child to read very fine body language and understand the little body signs from an individual to predict the correct answer. Such skills may develop the EQ of a child as they become sensitive and aware of the people they interact with.
- As long as the learning environment is fun and the child feels loved, she will always enjoy learning.

Thus far, Anais has been enjoying herself in class and I have been learning form the class the different games to play with her and the activities that we can do at home to stimulate her senses. The Shichida Method is a fun class to attend and it helps the child to bond very well with her parent. However, the 'Parent Education Course' hosted by Khoo is a waste of time in my opinion as she have no scientific evidence about 80% of the things she says. The miracle stories shared by her is one in a million with so many students that she has, the probability is pretty high. End of the day, do not harbor too high an expectation for your child. Just have fun and enjoy growing up with them!

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