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May Holiday Days 1 to 3

The June holiday has been brought forward to May due to the pandemic and since we cannot go out, I felt we needed a schedule to ensure that our days are meaningfully filled.

The daughter has expressed her wish to learn Malay and we have decided to do a scrapbook about countries that we want to visit. I have enjoyed doing these things with her. She can now count to 5 in Malay and say I, you and he/she. I have also started to learn French, which is much harder than Malay. One of the sentences I can say is Je est a la maison, although I am not sure if I have spelled it correctly as French is not really pronounced the way it is spelled.

We have also looked up China and Egypt together. I am so thankful that we acquired a printer before the circuit breaker and we can print some pictures of these countries.

Besides these, we have watched Alvin and the Chipmunks and Trolls together and played games such as Tiki Topple and Dixit. We have also read books together. I was so glad to have introduc…
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