Finding the Sweet Spot of Technology in Education

Continuing on from our previous discussion on screen time… if eyesight isn’t the problem with screen time then what is? What do we need to be aware of and how do we navigate the technology labyrinth? Quality vs Quantity “…the more important concern surrounding the screen-time debate isn’t the time; it’s the quality of the content.” GwennContinue reading “Finding the Sweet Spot of Technology in Education”

No “Bananas” Here Please!

Recently read this hilarious post by Cilisos about the 9 Problems Faced by Bananas, but even as I was guffawing through it, I quickly sobered up with the awareness that my boys may be growing up like bananas, too. Just in case you’re not familiar with the term, a banana is a reference for a Chinese person who can’t speak ChineseContinue reading “No “Bananas” Here Please!”

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?”

2015 Reflections on Education and Child Development

It’s the start of a brand new year and the perfect time to reflect upon resolutions for 2015 – although these thoughts on child development and education that have been on my mind for a while now… The hope is that writing about them might help me get some clarity… As my eldest boy approaches the end of early childhoodContinue reading “2015 Reflections on Education and Child Development”

First Foray into the World of Employment

I keep talking about how education should be about preparing children for the real world. Well, I don’t think it gets any more real than a stint of work experience… G1 had his first exposure to work experience this holidays where he “interned” as a “teaching assistant” at a preschool for one week. After hisContinue reading “First Foray into the World of Employment”

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”

Why Minecraft is Beneficial for Children

For some time now I have heard a lot about the educational benefits of playing “Minecraft” but I didn’t introduce it to G1 because I have also heard a lot about how addictive it is to play and I didn’t want him spending any more time on the iPad than he already was. I decidedContinue reading “Why Minecraft is Beneficial for Children”

A Montessori Education: Understanding the Montessori School and the Montessori Philosophy

Since its inception in 1907, the Montessori Method has been acknowledged as a successful curriculum for children. From The Montessori Mafia: Montessori builds innovators. The “Montessori educational approach might be the surest route to joining the creative elite, which are so overrepresented by the school’s alumni that one might suspect a Montessori Mafia: Google’s founders Larry Page andContinue reading “A Montessori Education: Understanding the Montessori School and the Montessori Philosophy”

Introducing Robotics with Lego Mindstorms EV3

G1 received a new Lego project from his grandfather recently. It’s called Lego Mindstorms. It’s kinda like Lego Technic with power functions but cooler because you can make all kinds of robots that the mind can conjure up. Even if you’re not ready for that, you can just follow the instructions and use the ready made programs to create oneContinue reading “Introducing Robotics with Lego Mindstorms EV3”

Movements that Heal: Rhythmic Movement Training

Movement is Good for Brain Development Since the boys were little, I have been hearing a lot about how movement is good for brain development. In fact, movement is so beneficial that if you could only do one thing for your cognitive development and nothing else, it should be something physical. We’ve also seen how sports and physical activity are notContinue reading “Movements that Heal: Rhythmic Movement Training”