A Call to End Early Starts in Education

We all know about the damaging effects of losing sleep. Some of us have also acknowledged how devastating it can be on our adolescents who have altered circadian rhythms that affect their ability to fall asleep early enough to accommodate the early school starting times. Yet, despite knowing all this, nothing much is happening on the frontContinue reading “A Call to End Early Starts in Education”

Raising and Educating a Child is a Team Effort

Some time back, I saw a humorous comic about the relationship between the parent, teacher and child/student and I laughed because it was so true. And then I sobered up because it really wasn’t that funny. In fact, it’s a bit of a concern… Having friends in the education industry, I wanted to share whatContinue reading “Raising and Educating a Child is a Team Effort”

How to Maximise Your Child’s Learning Potential

When I was growing up, there were a lot of things we didn’t know about the brain and how it functioned. In fact, we knew so little about it that we often did a lot of things that negatively impacted our learning. For instance, pulling all-nighters before an exam was a norm, perhaps even expected ifContinue reading “How to Maximise Your Child’s Learning Potential”

TweedleWink Play House @Neo Damansara – Right Brain Preschool

We are firm believers in the importance of the preschool years because they provide the vital foundation for a child’s future learning, therefore the selection of a preschool must be undertaken with as much care and attention as you would for the later years of your child’s education. We occasionally receive requests from parents for preschool recommendations so I would like toContinue reading “TweedleWink Play House @Neo Damansara – Right Brain Preschool”

Preschool Curriculum Options in Malaysia

Many preschools in Malaysia adopt a variety of pedagogical approaches and it is impossible to cover every possible combination. This article serves to cover the main curricula currently available. Play-Based A play-based curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best by doing what comes most naturally to them – playing. Preschools that followContinue reading “Preschool Curriculum Options in Malaysia”

What?! No Homework is Good for Kids?

I like to think that I’m as open to new ideas as they come but I must confess that even I hesitate over this one… Kids are Better Off Without Homework Or so they say, according to an article in the Daily Telegraph… Well, okay, let’s be more accurate – the stance is that is that “thereContinue reading “What?! No Homework is Good for Kids?”

Connected Learning – is this the Future of Education?

For some time now, I’ve had an idea in my head of an experience I would love my boys to have but I have been struggling to conceptualise it. And then I saw this video on Edutopia and it depicted the words I could not find to articulate my thoughts. Yeah, it looks a little like Amazing Alex come to life… IContinue reading “Connected Learning – is this the Future of Education?”

Preschool Education – the Vital Foundation for Your Child’s Learning

There is a perception that it is only the later years of school that is important. The earlier years are sort of important but not so much. Why do I believe this is so? Because we allow unqualified teachers to teach children in preschools and kindergartens. Okay, that’s probably harsh… because there are preschools with qualifiedContinue reading “Preschool Education – the Vital Foundation for Your Child’s Learning”

The Difference Between Discipline and the Freedom to Learn

Some of you may be aware that I did a talk on preschool education on Saturday. I know a few parents who read this blog attended. Thank you for coming. It seems I might not have been clear on a couple of points so I wanted to clarify just in case other parents have misconstrued whatContinue reading “The Difference Between Discipline and the Freedom to Learn”

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and How it Relates to Your Child’s Education

Our school runs a regular series of workshops for parents so we can better understand what programs and methodologies they employ. I have never been able to attend them in previous years because I was always busy when they had them. This year, I made it a point to make time for them and I amContinue reading “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and How it Relates to Your Child’s Education”