Tangrams & Pattern Blocks

Both are manipulatives that teach reasoning, logic, planning, visual/spatial skills, geometric concepts, and other mathematical concepts.

PATTERN BLOCKS

  • 6 bentuk dan warna: yellow hexagons, orange squares, green triangles, red trapezoids, blue parallelograms, and tan rhombuses.
  • Digunakan untuk ajar bentuk-bentuk geometri dan hubung kait.
  • Digunakan juga untuk membentuk linear patterns yang membolehkan anak-anak untuk sambung, copy, atau vary the provided guide. They fit together to make large triangles or hexagons. I find these are the best manipulative for beginning math geometric concepts because of their simplicity and versatility.

TANGRAMS

  • 2 large triangles, 1 medium triangle, 2 small triangles, 1 square, and 1 parallelogram.
  • Together these shapes form a large square. Tangrams are most useful for elementary students through adults in building spatial sense.
  • Can be quite difficult for students who have difficulty with visual/spatial skills.
  • Often these students benefit from pattern blocks and simpler activities before advancing to tangrams.

Source: Wisdom Seekers Homeschool

According to Parenting Science tangrams puzzle may improve spatial skills and boost mathematics performance. Read more here.

Tangrams yang kami beli yang kecil di kedai buku dekat rumah ni dalam RM5. Pattern blocks beli di website USL Education. Yang ni diperbuat dari plastik dan ringan jadi agak bising bila main dan licin yang mana frustrates the kids. Kalau nak beli I’d suggest beli yang wooden instead. Boleh beli di sini. 

Wooden Pattern Blocks (Set/60)

Link ke template-template pattern block dan tangram yang boleh diprint sendiri dan cuba di rumah:

Bina huruf dan nombor  di Confession of a Homeschooler.
Alphabet Pattern Block Cards from Making Learning Fun
Pattern Block Mats, Transportation, Snowflake from Prekinders
Jessica’s Pattern Blocks’ Template (Website ni ada BANYAK pattern block mats)
Pattern Block Pages from Learning Resources (Latihan kertas untuk grade 1-2)
Pattern Block Lesson by Math Learning Center (untuk grade 3- 5)
Tons of collections of Pattern Blocks template di Pinterest
Kindergarten Pattern Activities di Kindergarten Lessons

Tangrams

Tangram CHannel
Tangrams di ABCYA (online game)
Math Tangrams Template di Making Learning Fun
Tangram Outline Puzzles at USF
Tangrams Black Outline at Fu Stuff to Do
Tangrams at Education.com
Tangrams di Preschool Alphabet

Revisited Tangram 5 Okt 2015. science curriculum.
Edited: 23July2017

April Week 1 & 2

Haris 4years 8months
Hana 14 months

My plan utk stp hari is do a bit writing practice everyday, Reading BM using Bacalah Anakku, Reading English using BOB Books, messy play altenate with playing outside (swimming, walking), Math, Brain Quest for critical thinking and Hafazan.

So untuk Bacalah Anakku, ni kali pertama perkenalkan Haris dengan bacaan BM and Alhamdulillah cepat dia pickup. Since he already has the phonics basic, utk huruf lain xde masalah cuma untuk pronounce vowel sahaja. Hope he won’t be confused, though.

So he quickly breeze through Book 1. Looking forward to Book 2!

Everything Else

I use ABC handwriting practice sheets by Confessions of a Homeschooler. Love it. Sbb ada basic line practice incorporate with each letter.

And handwriting readiness sheets by Donna Young.

For Art & Craft we use ideas from Totally Tots for both Capital and Small Letter.

Various weekly & monthly themes activities (for this month, focusing on himself and his surroundings) and Frozen related. =.=;

We finally watched Frozen and now Haris is so into it. So we paint a snowman.

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Haris sgt pandai layan Hana. 😀

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Day out.
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Weekend, kami join aktiviti field trip to Taman Botani, Putrajaya called Junior Arborist with MHsN. After the half day hardwork, masha-Allah the taste of that lunch is unforgettable.

 

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Typical day. Plays with Lego lego and lego.

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Hana

Hana’s Little Corner

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Hana’s newly bought number boardbook. I love this book, seriously. It has colorful background, the number is big and clear enough and it has dots under there for counting.

 

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Hana’s pipe cleaner’s activities are inspired by Sugaraunts. She is only 14 months old and she only for like not even a minute and ke sana ke mari. Lol. Look at how she managed to put in and poke in 1 pipe cleaner.

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March Happening

Hujung bulan musim cuti sekolah. So, macam-macam program utk kanak-kanak ada.

Haris join program agama di PPAS.

First day gi half day. Nanges. After that he’s OK. As long as dia x tgk me….

Me: “…”

I’m actually proud of him, despite of being attached to me 24/7, 7 days a week, sebenarnya dia boleh buat. He’s strong and can actually adapt in whatever situation. As long as dia x tgk me…

Me: “…”

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Hana pulak, masha-Allah, tgh boleh jalan. Tgh pulun jalan. She now asyik ajak ke shoe cabinet, takes her own shoes and nak pakai nak ke pintu. Huu.
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Oh, and we also went to bookstores to shop books of, course! Habiskan BB1M papa. Mwahahaha.

Slow Week

We are taking it a bit slow this week. Clearly, unschooling method really don’t work for us. At least not this time. It ended up taking a little bit more time to research and prepare. I maybe did it the wrong way, but I still think it doesn’t work for me and for him. And so I’m back to planning stages because previous setup doesn’t work for us because he missed his friends, being surrounded with his friends and all. Thoughts of giving up always come flashing in my mind. And hubby always says it’s OK. He is still young. But when that reflects his mood, it reflects my mood and the mood of the house. I’m still trying desperately to find weekdays program so he can mix with others but.. sigh. They’re always out of our town or only have weekend classes. Weekend is only for whole family to hangouts.

Nevertheless, he can now reads cvc words. He completed Short A, Short E and Short I books from Progressive Phonics. We stopped with 100 Easy Lessons temporarily because he’s just not interested in it. But I still think that method is good and will be trying once again with him.

Mathematics, he’s still working out on adding and subtraction and I introduced money to him this week. Started introducing him cents. Syiling 10 sen, 20 sen dan 50 sen. Kalau ada 5 keping 10 sen equals to 50 sen, something like that. And with that I set up our own stall with sweets and biscuits and price for each and from there on boleh ajar tambah dan tolak. Lepas tu pergi bawah and I let him ask the price, kira duit syiling dia dan bayar.

Experiment with Egg

Since I have a hard-boiled egg in the refrigerator, I thought that maybe we should try doing the bouncing ball experiment.

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While we’re at it, why not try the Naked Egg experiment!

Then, we tested the strength of the shell by trying to squeeze the egg. I told him to squeeze with all his might. He hesitated at first. I showed him, and he eager to try and was amazed by how it did not break. 😀 Lepas tu, dia nak masak telur tu. OK then, he cracked it, beated it and masak~

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Updated: No pictures taken. But we succeeded with the raw egg experiment and somehow failed the hard-boiled one. =.=;

February Week 3

I tried planning ahead of what to do for Haris for him to learn for the whole week, or at least for a few days but most of them never get done.
Mostly based on his moods. I can never force him to do things and I would never. I suggest him to do this and that and if he is willing, we’ll do it. Just like last week, when out of the blue he asked me to do origami horse, this week he wants everything to do with the police. It is chaotic for me because I have to google things (I rely in internet so much, sigh). While searching for things, he pesters me to do things with him and Hana too for attention. Goodness. By 9pm I already run out of energy. But, Haris sleeps in late. Because of his time with Papa. I wish he comes home earlier and participate in making Haris sleeps early like lights out at 9pm. Hmm.

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We went to see movie; The Lego Movie on Sunday (Haris and Papa je) and me and Hana strolling around the mall! Yay! And bookstore! My child-teenager self surfaces eversince we decided to include learning around the house and I have become obsessed with books again. Peace of mind. Indeed, Allah is the best planner, He sent me Papa to put a stop in buying books. LOL. If not I’ll end up buying books which god knows when will I have time to read all of them. I spent around one hour and a half in MPH and I’m happy that MPH caters syllabus from outside, UK, US, Japan, Singapore, Japan and Australia. I have to have to visit its Megastore in OU but I hate going to OU. Too big and hard to park. The thing is they only sell workbooks and not textbooks. I bought singapore math workbook for Haris and I realise that what I actually need is textbooks or teacherguide! Tapi tak rugi. Kalau tak cuba tak tahu. Kena menabung lagilah untuk next purchase. Hehe. Hopefully adalah kat OU sana.

Disebabkan Lego itu, satu minggu ni Haris nak jadi polis. =.= He kept begging me to buy him handcuffs because the old one dah patah. Last-last buat DIY handcuffs with kitchen towel roll and a shoelace.

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February Week 2

First off, the first week banyak concentrate nak buat housewarming. Mama and papa terlebih nervous sebenarnya. Couldn’t concentrate on anything else. Me, I mean! Sambil-sambil tu sambut birthday Hana kecil-kecilan.

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Moving on.

We went to PPAS library again. Mama suka library neh! Tapi apakan daya tak dapek nak explore lebih-lebih sebab sibuk mengejar Hana sana sini. >.>

We practice to write his full name. He already knows to write his name. He now knows he is 5 years old, Alhamdulillah. Kalau tak, orang tanya dia akan jawab tak tahu. Huhu.

He asked me to do origami horse, and we did using instructions here:Horse Origami Haris buat yang awal-awal, simple and I did the rest.

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While we’re at that I printed nomenclature card for horse for Haris to learn a bit about horses. Get them here: Zoology Nomenclature Set by The Helpful Garden

Lapbook resources for Horse can be found at ImaanHomeschool.

This week, Haris been asking to do Math; addition & subtraction. Keeps asking me to print worksheets for him to do. I got the simple worksheets here.

Worksheets for Kids

Dan Haris habiskan buku ni. This is actually a good book. Colourful and visually attractive. I got it cheap at Big Bad Wolf last year and the rest of it can be found at Book Xcess.

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Playing Math game on the computer.

I make him look into the mirror and draw himself. And he drew mine as well. Lukisan dia dah ada variety sket dah. Kalau perempuan, ada bulu mata. 😀

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Next day, dia minta nak buat boat pulak. So, I taught him to make one. Jadi pepagi lagi dah gi mandi kolam sambil bawa paper boat dia.

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Continuing we make Sink or Float. Gather a few items around the house to do the experiment. Ha. Waktu masak tengahari selalunya jadi waktu science experiment Haris.

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Rest of the week.

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Bedtime Talk

Last year, when Haris was in school (which means he was 3 turning 4), I often asked him during bedtime what he did at school, etc. We’ll talk about lots of things. The convo that I remembered most is, when I asked him was:

“Mata untuk apa?” He answered something else I couldn’t recall.
Then I closed his eyes and asked.
“Nampak tak?”
“Tak nampak! Untuk tengok mama!”
“Telinga?” He answered something random again, then tutup telinga dia and I talked.
He understands now and shouts “Untuk dengar!”

“Good! Mulut?”
“Makan!”
“Hidung?”
“Bau busuk!” =.=

A Week Break

Since there’s a guest in Haris room, we decided to take a week break. On Sunday, we went to 1001 Inventions at Pusat Sains Negara.

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On Wednesday, we went to PPAS for a sharing session by ByRoadtoMalaysia, organised by MHsN. We met many homeschoolers there. Walaupun banyak ketinggalan (Haris being fussy, Hana being busy) tapi banyak juga ilmu yang dapat, Alhamdulillah.

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Inside the Caravan.
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This one day, rasanya hari Khamis, setelah lama tak ada “structured learning”, petang tu, tiba-tiba Haris masuk bilik dia, took out Math workbook and did the exercise himself! I was impressed, seriously. He asked for me not to look, tapi ada juga Haris datang dan bertanyakan macamana nak buat. When he finished, he went back to his room, took out other apparatus to do. After that, he went back again and took out pattern blocks. And did these by himself.

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