A'udhu billahi mina sh-shaytaanir-rajeem! Bismillah...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

So, how are we learning Malayalam?

As I said many times before, Liya has begun to learn Malayalam alphabets. Though she speaks a "not so bad" Malayalam, English is still her primary language and sometimes I feel ashamed that she is not so a big fan of her mother tongue.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

How we benefited from breastfeeding?

I received a personal message from a reader, a mom of 3 months old baby, inquiring how we benefitted from exclusive 6 months breastfeeding- my personal experience.

Well, it's been more than 2 years since I quit nursing. Hence, this email dragged me back to those first 6 months of mommyhood. I have nursed L for two years, out of it 6 initial months were exclusive nursing time (no water, no finger food etc). With no second thought, I would say it was 100% beneficial for us. My older post on nursing is available here.

From my personal experience, I would like to note down some points:

With the exclusive 6 months nursing: 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Book of the Week: The Three Billy Goats Gruff

This week, we are going to review The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Read it Yourself Level - 1).
Like I said earlier, L began reading on her own and so we have been concentrating on Level 1 books which will motivate and help her nurture early reading skills.

Monday, January 20, 2014

January Updates , Bucket List 2014 and more...

4 fab years and 3 months down... here is what we are up to!

Reading & Writing: Getting proficient on reading skills, laziness prevails though. She writes alphabets, some words and numbers up to 30. However, she keeps writing come letters in reverse. I was curious and did some google search. Also had a word with her teacher. What I learned is that, it's absolutely fine to reverse the letters at this age (d,b,p,q,3,6,9 etc) as long as they write and they know what they meant..:) So, no hassles! We are slowly starting to learn Malayalam letters.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

If you don't like the way homework is given...

... put it in your own way and do it. At the end what matters is the effort and sometimes the result too!

She said: "I will do homework with cherries." Here is our "cherry flavored weekend homework!

Note: This is one of the tons of things I learned from my daughter... :) 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Road trip via Nadukani...

I have been MIA for quite sometime now. We went homeland for Christmas holidays. We had yet another wonderful road trip. This time, we chose a different way, via Nadukani which is in the western ghats,  and so we passed through Bandipur Tiger reserve.

Liya had awesome time seeing animals walking in the road side. We were in the forest around 4.00 pm and many animals were roaming around. The first one we met on the road was an elephant. He was pretty old and unusually alone. Usually you see elephants in the forest area traveling in groups. We also got to see numerous deers in action.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

We can cook - Tomato Ketchup

Inspired by Foz, I thought it's a good idea to share a new recipe we tried at home this week. We had an awesome road trip to Kerala and on the way back we piled up our car with lots of fruits and veggies bought from local farmers. We had bought 2 KGs of country tomatoes for just Rs. 10. Two kilos of tomatoes were too huge for a small family like us and that's why I gave a try with some homemade ketchups.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Project 2014 :: Week 1

This project, though I had joined last year, had to quit in less than 2 weeks, lol. However, this time I am determined to take it through the year (In sha Allah!). This is basically about taking a random pic everyday through the year and sharing it on the  blog. To make it easier this year, I am planning to share the photos every week as a collage. (In Sha Allah- If God wills). Wish me luck!