Friday, 19 September 2014

Making our own news!

If you are like me and on most days can't make sense of the daily news, don't despair...

Make noodles of it!

A lot more fun and pleasurable than in it's usual form:)

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Drawing from within, and writing by drawing..

Bebu has been drawing for a while now.. This was my last post on her drawings..

She has been steadily helping herself to printer paper, walls, newspaper bits, envelopes from mail that comes in, any scrap paper around the house to draw her drawings..

She hasn't had any actual instruction on how to draw.. Never really attended a drawing class or been provided any feedback on how things should or shouldn't look.  Except for of course, our continued delight in that she enjoys drawing for drawings sake..

Her drawings come from within, details getting added bit by bit to her creations. From just simple dots for eyes and a curve for a smile, her figures have started to get more details, eyeballs for eyes, glasses, feet, hands, bodies, hair etc etc..Her drawings are like a reflection of her observations of the details in her world. She has her own unique way of representing these observations on paper..

She also delights in drawing to gift. She has made a couple of cards for friends as birthday gifts, and of course surprises us with art work as "presents" on a daily basis!

Somewhere along the line, the drawing led to writing.. It started with her wanting to know how to add her own name to her drawings..She can now write many letters of the alphabet in a way of drawing them out.. She draws every letter, copying the shape from a letter that might be present in her surroundings! Letters she finds are around her everywhere: the laptop key board, books in the house, letters on her toys.. If she wants to write a letter she looks for the one she wants, finds it and copies it out by drawing the shape.. Her recollection of letters has been one that she has figured out for herself..The last picture had her write out the word "zoo" which she said she remembered the spelling of from seeing it on tv..

Her internal process of learning to decode print has been her own unique process, one devoid of any phonics instruction or spelling instruction.. She "knows" it when she knows it and in the meantime figures it out by asking, watching, looking and listening..her own unique internal construct of how each shape combination matches up with sounds that make up the words that she knows...whenever she feels the need to figure it out.. mostly inspired to put down names of her recipients of her gifts..She was determined to write every child's name by herself on her birthday invitation this year with help from Hubs on each of their spellings..

It's been a unique process and learning for us as a family by the gifts of Bebu's drawings- her drawings from within and her writing by drawing..

"Happy Sick"- August of this year

Her cousin Sid under the Sun.. 


A recurring favorite- flowers with faces!

A girl with hair and body and the one eyed person!

Grandma with her bindi..

A birthday card with all the members of our family!The three eyed guy is Hubs:)

A zoo picture with children visiting a monkey family and the lion..

Friday, 5 September 2014


My children are blessed to be able to celebrate it with loving grandparents!

Here are pictures of Gingy and Grandma dressed up in traditional kerala clothes!

Monday, 1 September 2014

A sugary project! With a not so sweet ending..

We decided to make rock candy. We might have stumbled upon it while looking through pinterest for interesting rainy day projects.

The steps are quite simple, and require not much more than sugar, water and a few candy-sticks. The idea is to create a super saturated solution for sugar and then leave sticks coated with sugar in the syrup to let the sugar crystalize onto. Wikipedia has a more detailed explanation here

Bebu is quite the kitchen enthusiast when it comes to mixing, and stirring and anything involving colours so she had a good time doing all the set up steps except for the ones involving hot melted sugar.

Here's Bebu having fun coating the sticks with sugar, mixing food colour into cooled sugar syrup and with her 4 colour choices...  I had the glasses covered in cling wrap just to make sure that no dust got into the sugar syrup especially since it would take a week at least before we saw some crystal action.. Also left the glasses up on the second top row of our bookshelf away from some very curious little hands (or big!) that might inadvertently tip them over..

Like Peppa Pig says "Waiting is boring!".. For a couple of days Bebu was interested in checking on them and then kind of gave up since there wasn't much happening... The picture above has some crystals settled on the stick after day 4 or so.. It was working! Yay!

Day 6 involved the family getting busy in lots of festivities around Ganesh festival and we forgot all about our project perched up on our bookshelf. It turned out that what we had forgotten for just a day, the ants had discovered !

The persistent little guys had managed to enter one of the glasses despite my best effort to keep things out..A sugary death for a few ants..

While Hubs and I enthusiastically tried to capture close up pictures of the crystal formation, Bebu wanted to try her sugar stick. She finally decided that she didn't like rock candy because it involved dead ants.. Gingy seemed to enjoy hers quite a bit..

So there it was: a Sugary project with a not so sweet ending..

Whatever our next project turns out to be, it is definitely going to try and avoid harming any kind of life forms...