What Your Child Really Needs for a Prospective Future

If you still think that good academics alone will give your child a secure future, it’s time to reassess your misconceived beliefs. It is a rapidly changing world that our children are growing up in and the future is uncertain. All we know is that the days when a good degree will guarantee you a goodContinue reading “What Your Child Really Needs for a Prospective Future”

Free Seminar at Lorna Whiston: “Is Your Child Ready for Primary School?” – 1 March 2014

Lorna Whiston is hosting a free talk this Saturday (1 March 2014) at their Melawati centre. Here are the details: Is Your Child Ready for Primary School? As we approach the second term of the academic year, your child’s progress in Standard One is fast unfolding. How is your child keeping up with the firstContinue reading “Free Seminar at Lorna Whiston: “Is Your Child Ready for Primary School?” – 1 March 2014″

Building Brain Power in the Early Years

Neuroplasticity is probably one of the most amazing thing we have discovered about the brain. While our ability to re-wire our brains is nothing to scoff at, the best thing is still to do what we can to develop the brain as early as possible – starting in the first few years of a child’s life. If you’reContinue reading “Building Brain Power in the Early Years”

Children and Sleep: If They Don’t Snooze, They Lose…

If your child isn’t getting enough sleep, his performance in school drops. Well that’s obvious. But what may not be obvious is how significantly it impacts your child if he misses just one hour of sleep a night. “A sleep deprivation study on a group of elementary students revealed that sixth graders, missing one hourContinue reading “Children and Sleep: If They Don’t Snooze, They Lose…”

The Chocolate Test

When G1 was little, I read about the success of the Marshmallow test for predicting future success. I decided to try it out on G1 but since he wasn’t familiar with marshmallows at the time, I swapped them out for Kit Kat instead and dubbed it the Kit Kat Test. The test was done onContinue reading “The Chocolate Test”

Fun Activities

Busy Boxes Introducing the Busy Box Magnetic Board Activity 16 Montessori Ideas for the Busy Box Projects Night Sky Constellations Lego and Construction Models Art and Craft Going Offline with Your Child’s Favourite Characters Abstract Art Fun – exploration of colours and textures Batik Painting T-Shirt Painting Water Colours Introduction to Finger Paints Mess-Free Art –Continue reading “Fun Activities”

Introducing the Classics: Chinese Literature

There are four great classical novels in Chinese literature: Journey to the West Romance of the Three Kingdoms Water Margin A Dream of Red Mansions As part of the boys’ education on their own culture and background, we wanted them to be familiar with these texts. Originally written in Chinese, these books have several translations intoContinue reading “Introducing the Classics: Chinese Literature”

Welcome to Your Child’s Brain – 3 Things You Should Know…

Quite some time back I bought a book on children’s brain development written by two neuroscientists – Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang – called Welcome to Your Child’s Brain. I had always planned to write about it but, as is usual in the life of being Mum, it sort of fell off the “to do” listContinue reading “Welcome to Your Child’s Brain – 3 Things You Should Know…”

Resources: Teaching the Kids Financial Literacy

If education is about preparing children for the world at large then financial literacy must be an important part of that. According to Warren Buffett: Most parents know how important it is to teach kids about money and managing it properly. There was a study many years ago questioning how to predict business success laterContinue reading “Resources: Teaching the Kids Financial Literacy”

Family Fun: Christmas Activities and Stuff

Christmas Activities – Decorating the Tree For Christmas this year, we recycled our tree from the previous year. Aristotle had a lot of fun hanging up the baubles, but I had to assist with the lights. Hercules pitched in with the singing and even hung up a few baubles himself – mostly all on theContinue reading “Family Fun: Christmas Activities and Stuff”