Young Parents team
WHERE’S NUMBER 7?
“I was overly ambitious in trying to teach my then-two-year-old to play hopscotch. He had difficulty even getting his feet off the ground. But he did learn to recognise numbers from that. We also invented a new game called ‘Number Hop’, where I yell out the number and he runs to the respective square.” – Marilyn Tan, a freelance dance instructor with two kids
“We live away from our family, so to help them remember who’s who, I’ve made placemats with pictures of our extended family members. During meal times, we ask them questions like ‘Who is Mummy’s brother?’ or ‘Which one is your granny?’ It may seem easy but it’s a little challenging for my kids, as we seldom see our extended family.” – Celine Dermine, a legal counsellor with three kids
HOW MANY BUSES?
“To keep our daughter occupied during car journeys, we ask her to count. She tallies all kinds of things – lamp posts, bus stops, lorries… I think it’s pretty amazing that she could count to 100 before she was four!” – Susan Yip, an accountant with one child
WHAT TIME IS IT?
“From a very early age, we would associate certain activities with a fixed time. For instance, we’d tell our little girl ‘It’s 12 o’clock now: Lunch time!’ and ‘It’s 5 o’clock now, time to bring the dog down for a walk.’ We did that every day for every fixed activity. Over time, she started to recognise that certain things are done at certain times. When she was around three, we added the step of looking at the clock and pointing out the numbers that the hands were aiming at. She could tell the time before she turned four.” – Amanda Cheung, a copywriter and mother of one