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The Diary of Daniel Lau

Posted by
spots (Singapore, Singapore) on 30 August 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Here's an excerpt from Daniel's diary. This is something I started him on when he was almost 3.75 yrs old. Of course, his writing at that point was atrocious & it was torture getting him to write just 1 sentence correctly. But I recently looked back on those old diaries, and they were really fun to read through. Daniel enjoyed leafing through them too. Most entries were 1 sentence long, accompanied by a drawing.

These days, Daniel writes about 2-4 sentences and draws a picture that talks about what he wrote about, e.g., for the National Day entry, he drew chinooks (which he is fascinated with) & fireworks. Now that he's older, we will discuss what he wants to write about & then I will spell out the words for him, with him sometimes being able to spell his own words (but rarely). We've also started pasting things into his book, like ticket stubs, cards from Andrew (I will post a pic of this in the next entry) and programme booklets.

Before I gave birth, I was actually a bit worried that post-partum, I'd have less time for the 2 boys. But I am finding that because I am at home 24-7, I actually get to spend more time with them, just in shorter segments. I am now able to have lunch with them everyday, for example, and the after lunch time is when I usually do some reading, writing or counting/math with them. This would not have been possible if I were not at home!

The idea of a diary came about because I am the editor of a local book series titled The Diary of Amos Lee by Adeline Foo. At around the time the first book was published, I thought to myself, "Why not get Daniel into the habit of writing a diary too?" I do hope that when he is older, he will be able to look back and remember all the things that he did as a little kid, with fondness, using these diary entries as his guide. ^__^

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Rachel from Singapore, Singapore

what a great idea Ruth! and what lovely penmanship! I must try this with my older girls

31 Aug 2010 2:13pm

Dad from Singapore

Very good ! I hope the writing pads with lines I bought will help Dan - later Ben - to write their thoughts daily.

31 Aug 2010 3:07pm

JQ from Bangladesh

Amazing Ruth! How did you manage to get the boys learn how to concentrate? I have difficulties to keep my 16mths tod just to sit for 5 mins reading a pop up book. Sigh...

31 Aug 2010 5:30pm

spots from Singapore, Singapore

@JQ: I'm not sure if this is what does it, but we don't watch TV ! we jus show them videos, and only recently, we watched a movie in a movie theatre? ! other things are... we hv read to them since they were babies and they often see us reading in the toilet/at the table/when we're relaxing... maybe that helps?

1 Sep 2010 11:58am

Angeline from Singapore

Diary writing helps build up their language skills and vocabulary. This is something I tried with Charis too to get her to write 3 to 5 sentences of anything particularly interesting or outings we went to. It helps her to think and consolidate her thoughts at the end of the day. Haha, this is also to prepare her in composition writing in p1 so she'll not find it too overwhelming when given a topic or pictures to write. good to do this in chinese too as it's a less spoken language at home and kids tend to struggle with chinese writing in primary schools as they find it difficult to think and write in chinese.

2 Sep 2010 9:24am

spots from Singapore, Singapore

@ Angeline: in Chinese!?! GASP!

2 Sep 2010 12:12pm

JQ from Bangladesh

Thanks Ruth, that helps... worth trying that method tho it has been a habit to watch educational videos during meal :(

4 Sep 2010 3:30pm

Emily from United States

What beautiful handwriting!

14 Sep 2010 5:51am

Panasonic DMC-LX3
1/100 second
ISO 80
24 mm (35mm equiv.)