3 Indoor Gross and Fine Motor skill games

Short Read | 2 mins Just a typical ETP session here. Below are 3 games I use to build gross motor skills, fine motor skills, pincer grip strength and balance + coordination skills. Pincer grip + Hand eye coordination These irregular blocks are a fun addition to my sessions. The multiple flat faced surfaces allowContinue reading “3 Indoor Gross and Fine Motor skill games”

The ‘Hop Hop Game’

Medium Read | 5 mins The famous ‘hop hop’ game. If your kids have been saying they have been playing the ‘hop hop game’ in our sessions, this is it. I will share firstly what is involved, how to set up, how to merge other learning points into the game, and ways to increase theContinue reading “The ‘Hop Hop Game’”

Leveled reading sets or storybooks?

Long Read | 8 mins I want to pull apart the questions and queries regarding leveled reading sets and share some of my experience working with beginning readers. What are leveled reading sets? Leveled reading sets systematically introduce vocab and sentence patterns in a step by step approach over leveled ranges of difficulty. What areContinue reading “Leveled reading sets or storybooks?”

Early Years “examination” stress in Hong Kong

Long Read | 10 mins “Can you help my child prepare for their examination?” I have been a tutor in Hong Kong for the past 5 years working with early years children. This is a line I get all the time before every new school year, but now I get it regularly and randomly. JustContinue reading “Early Years “examination” stress in Hong Kong”

Outdoor Shopping Mission

Environments play a big part of shaping a child’s identity. Each experience provides new stimuli and interactions that form a child’s perspective of the world. Children observe their parents everyday actions, such as shopping, washing dishes, doing laundry and they want to imitate these actions. It is very common the actions we wish our childrenContinue reading “Outdoor Shopping Mission”

Long Term Student’s Experience

I was so touched by a long term student’s farewell gift. I have been teaching them for the past 3 years. We have shared so many different experiences from bike riding (and crashes), shopping at the supermarket, cooking chocolate cakes at home, bbq lunch up a mountain, learning to ride a bike without training wheels,Continue reading “Long Term Student’s Experience”

Duplo Rocket Launch

Today one of my students and I simulated the procedure of a rocket launch with Duplo. *(to the best of my knowledge) How it came about//– My student chose a space storybook.– As it was his choice, he was excited to build a rocket and was highly motivated. The process//– Upon reading the story, weContinue reading “Duplo Rocket Launch”

Storybook inspired craft

As part of our our session routine, I let children choose their storybook. Sometimes I preselect a few, and the child makes the final decision. Today’s choice was about ice cream. Unprepared activities like this are easy to do in a home based environment. Utilizing equipment like colour pens, scissors, paper, glue, stick tape etc.Continue reading “Storybook inspired craft”

What is Activity Blending?

Why stick with one activity when you can combine two! Mixing common activities is a fun and intriguing concept for kids. I like to call it ‘Activity Blending.’ ‘Taking one typical activity and interlacing it with an entirely different activity. ‘My thought process when combining activities is based on observations of the child’s current abilities.Continue reading “What is Activity Blending?”