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My DIY Face Mask

As COVID-19 is not stopping for spreading around us while the surgical face mask is now becoming difficult to find and if you will find it is really expensive. Therefore, I have to make my very own cloth face mask.

This is way much better than nothing. According to some research, cloth face mask can help in slowing the process of transmission the deadly virus. I also share some of my made face mask to my friends or to anybody that needed the face mask for free.

Keep safe everyone!!! God bless us.

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Manjula Pothos

Manjula pothos is also called as Epipremnum Happy Leaf is another variety of pothos patented and produced originally by the University of Florida.

Manjula pothos is a lovely plant with wide heart-shaped leaves along with shades of silver, white cream and light green variegation. While each leaf has diferent pattern, it also makes distinguishable to other pothos because the leaves have wavy edges.

How to take care Manjula pothos?

Watering: Like other pothos, keep the soil moist all the time but not soggy. Keeping the soil dry for long period of time, will tends the plant to shrink.

Light: Medium to bright light, they suggested not to expose in direct sunlight, however mine is exposed to direct afternoon sunlight and my Manjula grow best. So, in my opinion, it really depends on how individual will take good care of the plant. what I did is, I always check the soil/plants every two days and every 7 days, I water the plant thoroughly.

Feeding: I applied fertilizer only once a month to all of my plants but they suggest every two weeks in spring and summer for best growth.

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Anxiety and Fears over COVID-19

Everyday is not normal, my Facebook were flooded of all news around the world. I read & watch news about the outbreak and it really hurt my heart, knowing a lot of people died. No single day that I did not cry since this outbreak begun.

In Canada, most establishment are closed, schools, shopping malls but the government of Quebec set an emergency daycare services for all the essential workers who are the frontliners in battling the pandemic. So as much as I want to stay home with my children, I can’t. I need to go out to work, even just one day a week but the fears and anxiety is still there especially if you take care a child/children that has cough and constantly coughing, sneezing. As an educator, I don’t have mask to protect myself from constantly coughing & sneezing child. In daycare, there is no social distancing because the child doesn’t know and understand what is that all about. I am always at close contact because I have to change diapers, I have to put the child on the chair when it’s time to eat and have to carry & bring to the crib when it’s time to sleep.

Just so sad that at night, I couldn’t sleep better and scared to hug and kiss my children because I’m afraid that what if…..

Oh Lord! please protect all of us from this monsters that haunts around the world, the COVID-19, forgive all our sins, with Your mercy and grace, I have faith and trusted You, that You will heal the world. Amen

On Top of the Spaghetti

Activity Name: On Top of the Spaghetti

Age group: 3 to 5 years old
Number of children: 10
Length of Time: 15 to 20 minutes

On top of spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball,
When somebody sneezed.

It rolled off the table,
And onto the floor,
And then my poor meatball,
Rolled out of the door.

It rolled in the garden,
And under a bush,
And then my poor meatball,
Was nothing but mush.

The mush was as tasty
As tasty could be,
And early next summer,
It grew into a tree.

The tree was all covered
With beautiful moss,
It grew lovely meatballs,
All covered with sauce.

So if you eat spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
Hold on to your meatballs,
And don’t ever sneeze.


Area of Development: Language & Cognitive skills

Goal of the Activity: Reinforcing vocabulary and promoting manners

Objective of the activity: The children will be able to retell the story and sing the rhyme confidently.

Materials required: “On Top of the Spaghetti” homemade interactive book, video of the nursery rhyme

Introduction: Tell the children about the “On Top of the Spaghetti” short story.

My role: In this activity, I will tell a story to the children and show to them the interactive book and ask open-ended question.

Detailed Progression of the Activity: 

1.               Let the children sit on a semi-circle and give a hint of today’s topic.

2.               Ask the children if they like Spaghetti and I ask them what the spaghetti taste like.

3.               Ask the children if they sneeze in front of the food.

4.               Let each child retell the story (1 minute each)

Transition: On Top of the Spaghetti song, Aka Backa Soda Cracker

Extension: 

1.               Dramatic play: scene – eating spaghetti & something happen like in the story

2.               Matching game

3.               Memory game

4.               Coloring

5.               Tracing activity

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