Category Archives: 20 months

Fascination with ‘s’

@ 20 months 4 weeks 1 day

Ryan’s speech development has progressed notably based on my own assessment. It was last week (for the first time) during the Jula Gabriel class, Ryan was complimented by another mommy for his ability to name many things that he sees in the class. Before we came to SG, many told me Ryan is a late bloomer bla bla bla when it comes to his speech. Well, I’m not exactly angry at them but just pity the little one to be judged by people who are strangers to him. It is true Ryan started late. At 16 months he barely know a few words – less than 10 words. But 4 months later, I’m glad he progressed well and am really proud of his development. I like to think that this SAHM’s effort is finally bearing some fruits. *smile*

In class, Ryan is still shy and clingy but at least he showed more interest and was more receptive last week. Hopefully in time he can open up, become less clingly and able play with his peers without clinging on to mommy so much.

I also noticed Ryan’s understanding of Mandarin language is deteriorating. I realised he can’t pay as much attention during the Mandarin session as compared to the English’s session. Am seriously considering to start speaking (my half past six) Mandarin with him…. *puzzled*

Back to the subject, lately Ryan is veryyyyyyyyyy fascinated with the word ‘S’ after I taught him to pronounce the word ‘bus’ correctly. He used to pronounce it as ’ba’. After learning the magic alphabet S, he’s now adding it to words he knows (including singular noun, verb)- cars, walks, wheels, planes, suns, moons, vans, drinks, trains, clouds, balls, mills, etc (cant remember all). *headache*

Lately we’re able to engage in small talk with Ryan. Below were some of the conve we had with the little one:


MaMa: *Drinking orange juice*

Ryan: MaMaaaa, drink juice (indicating he wants the juice)

MaMa: OK.. it’s cold, just drink a bit okay.

Ryan: A bit

MaMa: OK.. enough

Ryan: MaMaaa.. a bit more

MaMa: Hahaha.. okay.. a bit more for you


Middle of the night… (usually ard 5am)

Ryan: Tossed and turned. Mommyyyy…. drink milk

Mommy: Mmm… (eyes closed)

Ryan: Mommmyy.. mum-mum milk

Mommy: Mmmm… okay okay

Ryan: Switch on TV (pointing to the TV)

Mommy: *Rose up in a dash* Okay, Okay mommy make milk, you stay in bed


In the car:

Ryan: Mommy.. meiyo big bus (usually referring to double deck buses)

Mommy: What about small bus? (single deck bus)

Ryan: Oh no…. meiyo small bus


Ryan likes to use the words “Oh no” and “Oh Oh” (think he picks that up from Thomas & Friends) with face frowning full of expression….. (as seen here)


@ 20 months 3 weeks 1 day

After months of procrastination, I’ve finally started doing the Shichida 65 days Math programme with Ryan. I actually bought the materials (which cost me a big bomb) in November last year and they have been sitting around collecting dust all the while until 3 days ago. A lot has been said about the effectiveness of this programme. I really can’t comment as according to the programme manual, one would only be able to appreciate the output in a later stage. At this age (0 – 3 years), it is all about positive input. Hmm.. well, we’ll see.

Ryan’s home practise:

  • 65 day programme (about 10 random dot cards a day – exercise on sequence, addition, subtraction, multiplication)
  • 10 variety dots cards
  • 10 organised dots cards
  • 100 – 200 flash cards of various topics

Sounds a lot but it only takes about 15mins to complete (speed flashing should take no more than 0.5 – 1sec per card). Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I’m hoping to bring up a gifted genius but take a look around us, it is really getting more competitive as a child today as compared to my days (I remember I only learned ABC in kindy @ age 5). My only wish is hopefully by doing just the little bit more, it’ll be able to provide a better foundation and a headstart for Ryan. Well, let’s hope I’ll be able to keep up with this new year resolution.

Home Practise

65 days Math programme (primarily uses random dots card.. rest are supplements)

Btw, if you’re interested to know more about this programme, can always drop me a note. I’ll be happy to share with you…. :D