Early Childhood Education: The Shichida Method

The further I research the topic of Early Childhood Education, it seems the more uncertain I am about which direction to head towards.  I had heard about the Shichida Method from a friend but knew very little about it except that it was a flashcard method of teaching infants – or so I thought.  ItContinue reading “Early Childhood Education: The Shichida Method”

Why We Need to Pay Our Teachers More

When I was approaching the end of my high school years, my Uncle tried to give me some careers counselling advice.  Except that I don’t think it was advice so much as it was more like him telling me what I should do.  So what did he tell me to do?  Become a teacher. Yes,Continue reading “Why We Need to Pay Our Teachers More”

The Critical Ingredient in the Making of a Genius?

You may have noticed by now that there’s been a particular trend in my posts of late revolving around education, or rather, early childhood education. There is a reason for it.  Gavin has turned two in January and based on much of the information I have read on child psychology and the brain development ofContinue reading “The Critical Ingredient in the Making of a Genius?”

QoW: What's Your Edu-Parent Style?

This is an interesting article I received from DreamBox Learning which I wrote about some time back.  Here is the full newsletter.  The article is about educational parenting styles, which is a topic that I have been particularly interested in lately.  At the end of the article, you can take a quiz to identify whatContinue reading “QoW: What's Your Edu-Parent Style?”

Home Schooling – Week 3: What We Learned This Week

Here’s a quick summary of what we did last week… Gavin made sun catchers. Well, okay, I held his hand and guided him while he squeezed the tube of paint.  Here’s one that’s drying. This is one that has just been painted.  When the paint dries, it becomes transparent. The inspiration for this activity firstContinue reading “Home Schooling – Week 3: What We Learned This Week”

Sights and Sounds: The National Science Center

Thursday last week, Gavin and I paid a visit to the National Science Center.  It is located opposite the Bukit Kiara Equestrian Club near Hartamas (see map).  The opening hours are Saturday to Thursday 9am-5pm (closed Friday).  Entry is RM6 for adults and RM3 for children.  For children under 6 years old, admission is free.Continue reading “Sights and Sounds: The National Science Center”

Kumon Books with a Personal Twist

Every since I saw those Kumon books at MPH, I’ve been rather keen to get them for Gavin.  Unfortunately, the couple of times I asked Gavin if he wanted them, he said, “No.”  Not surprisingly since there was nothing about Thomas or Little Einsteins in them.  Having realised that asking Gavin if he wants toContinue reading “Kumon Books with a Personal Twist”

Home Schooling – A Week in Review

So here’s how my first week officially home schooling Gavin went: On Monday, we went to the play gym and did a little Signing Time in the evening.  Gavin seems to have mixed reactions to the play gym because sometimes he’s keen to go and other times he doesn’t want it.  When we arrived onContinue reading “Home Schooling – A Week in Review”

Home Schooling – Cooking Class: French Toast

Since we never got around to attending that trial cooking class at Steps Ahead Learners, I decided to run my own “cooking class” at home.  Admitedly, I stole the idea from what little I had observed going on in the cooking class that was in progress when we first walked into Steps Ahead Learners.  TheContinue reading “Home Schooling – Cooking Class: French Toast”

Early Childhood Education – Are You Pushing Too Hard?

I stumbled across these Kumon workbooks at MPH bookshop last night.  While shopping at Midvalley Megamall, Gavin insisted on taking his regular stroll through MPH to check out what’s new in the Thomas and Friends section (which, incidentally, was nothing).  As I waited for him to tire of looking at the same old Thomas booksContinue reading “Early Childhood Education – Are You Pushing Too Hard?”