Tell Me Thursday – Music Class

Here’s the scoop from the first ever music class I tried to organise for Gavin… I started by collecting all his noise-making toys into a box and presenting it to him to try one by one.  If I could read Gavin’s mind, I think he must have thought, “Boring, Mummy,” because we were through allContinue reading “Tell Me Thursday – Music Class”

Review: DreamBox Learning K-2 Math

I received an email to check this new online math game for children some time back.  It’s called DreamBox Learning.  They were offering a free trial, so I signed up to give it a go. What is DreamBox Learning? It is an interactive, online program designed to engage children and teach them math through aContinue reading “Review: DreamBox Learning K-2 Math”

5 Ways to Raise a Smart Kid

Further to my previous post on raising smart kids, I thought it was interesting to note Gavin’s behaviour when he plays with his shape sorter. I first introduced the shape sorter to Gavin when he was ten months old.  He learned pretty quickly how to fit the circle into the round hole and subsequently, theContinue reading “5 Ways to Raise a Smart Kid”

How to Raise a Smart Kid

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”, or, if you read the “Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance“, it is “1% inspiration, 29% good instruction and encouragement, and 70% perspiration”. Indeed, science is telling us to forget about in-born genius, special talents and other innate qualities that we believe to be responsible for creatingContinue reading “How to Raise a Smart Kid”