I am quite possibly the only person from both sides of our families and among our friends who is the most “enthu” (enthusiastic) about the National Day Parades. Wear red? No problem! Wave a flag? I’ll wave TWO! Sing the songs? If I know the words, heck yeah! I’ll probably scream out the words if I can. Nobody can shout “Chan Mali Chan Oi Oi” better than me ok? If I don’t know the words, just fake it with some realistic mumbling lah! Nobody would be the wiser!
We got to watch the NDP 2016 Preview 2 last Saturday (30 July 2016) and I was super excited that it was going to be at the stadium. I have attended a preview at the old stadium with my mum many years ago and it was awesome. I was sure it would be just as fabulous this year. I even excitedly told my husband “Got aircon inside you know! No need to use our battery operated fans!”
However, there had been so much talk about this year’s NDP at the National Stadium (The Singapore Sports Hub) and most of them not very positive.
The common complaints I read online:
My favourite Red Lions will not be dropping into the National Stadium because of safety issues.
No mobile column aka military vehicles and the aerial displays. Bimbo confession: I thought they were talking about some movable structure. *twirls hair* Haha!
Cannot see the fly past with the gigantic national flag from inside the stadium.
Cannot see the grand external fireworks from inside the stadium.
The tok gong retractable roof cannot be retracted during the parade.
At first I thought, “Har? No Red Lions? No big big flag? No way!!” These are iconic elements of past parades and I enjoyed ooohing and aahhing for the brave jumpers. I grumbled a bit and then I stopped to think for a bit. Actually change a bit is ok mah. Why is everybody so stuck on the old programme format? Must we always see the same things during every NDP? You not sian one meh? 往事只能回味 ok?
We’ve had the Red Lions dropping in to say hi since 1989. Not seeing them for 1 year is ok right? It won’t make me love them brave (male and female) jumpers any less. They so stylo like Top Gun! *girlie scream*
Weren’t the mobile column supposed to only happen once every 5 years? Last year already have right?
Technically, we can still see the fly past but it’s on the big screen. During the national anthem, 6 huge national flags were unfurled and raised by the audience at the seating gallery. The symbolism gave me many feels and good goosebumps.
Technically can see the external fireworks through the small opening and on the LCD screens all around us. There were some indoor fireworks too. Yvie was super excited about those and kept screaming to me “WOOK MUMMY! PIREWORKS! PIREWORKS!!” The kid’s screams were louder than the fireworks and it probably shocked the lady in front of her more than the fireworks themselves. Haha! You know ah, if you bear to leave the show early, you can see the fireworks very clearly outside of the stadium.
There were equipment hanging off the ceiling so how to retract leh you tell me? This roof is not like your VW convertible’s roof leh, you cannot happy happy anytime want to open close can open close leh. Besides, the stadium got aircon. Your mother never tell you cannot open the windows when you have the aircon on because it will leak out meh? Ok, not the same.
The Husband helping Xander during the segment when the audience had to sign the words to “Count on Me Singapore”.
Learn from the video here. Didn’t know they have the video online until I saw Sengkang Babies’ post the other day. Thanks ah Andy!
The post show madness was expected. The Stadium MRT station was so full, we couldn’t get anywhere near it. There were (I am assuming here) NS guys sitting in the middle of nowhere on what looked like umpire’s chairs with loudhailers, trying to keep the spectators updated about the MRT station situation and even tried to entertained them by asking some questions and getting folks to do some practise cheers. Needless to say Kallang Wave Mall was full house too. Be prepared to either leave the show very very early so you can catch the train home peacefully, pack some light dinner to munch during the show (food is also available for purchase at inside the stadium if you feel lazy to bring any) or take your time and linger around until the madness subsides.
My photos are limited because my phone camera is so frustratingly lao ya and I shouldn’t give away too many spoilers for those who are going to watch it on the actual day. We enjoyed the show and I think if you go with an open mind and no expectations, you would too. Give the new format a chance lah.
Disclaimer: I balloted for our tickets the good old fashion way and all opinions expressed are 100% my own.
On 3 June 2016, Pezzo Pizza and 70 children from Club Rainbow came together to create the largest dessert pizza in Singapore at NUS Sheares Hall. The monster pizza, officially measured at 1.95m, was quite a tasty sight.
The dessert pizza was slathered with Nutella hazelnut cocoa spread, topped with caramelised bananas and marshmallows, and then finished with lots of heart-shaped sprinkles.
The Club Rainbow pizza (the smaller, regular sized version of course) is also available for sale at all 29 Pezzo Pizza outlets islandwide until mid July 2016. One slice of the Club Rainbow Pizza goes at S$4.90; three slices at S$12.90 and a full pan at S$24.90.
In support of the Club Rainbow Charity, part of the sales proceeds of the Club Rainbow Pizza will be donated to the Club Rainbow Charity. As an independent charity, Club Rainbow does not receive any financial help from the Government or other agencies. They rely totally on donations from philanthropic corporations and caring individuals to sustain their programmes. As such, the money from the sales proceeds will help to offset expenses it incurs from helping children with various chronic and life-threatening illnesses.
To date, Club Rainbow has helped more than 700 families, offering an array of free services including personalised counselling, group sharing sessions, social activities, tuition and financial assistance when necessary.
Purchase the Club Rainbow pizza and join Pezzo Pizza in giving back to society.
About Pezzo Pizza
At Pezzo, fun is a way of life. Our pizzas are inspired by the tapestry of circus life and they go by bold monikers such as “Big Daddy”, “Meat Munchers”, “Supremo” and “BBQ Bonanza”, just to name a few. Located in prominent shopping malls around the island, Pezzo Pizza is where customers can enjoy piping hot handcrafted pizzas baked daily with fresh and premium ingredients. Best of all, customers can enjoy different kinds of pizza flavours at one go as our pizzas are sold by slices.
Disclaimer: We were invited to cover the event and we were compensated for transportation. It was in a super 鸟不生蛋 (trans: Ulu/Remote) location hidden somewhere deep inside the belly of the NUS campus. Thank you for not letting me die in the blazing heat while walking my 2 kids to the location via public transportation.
I brought the t-shirts along during our last vacation in Batam because I knew the resort was going to be awesome and we needed to express our excitement the only way we know how. The Husband very lovingly and reluctantly went along with my nonsense. Can’t let the kids have all the fun right?
With the inevitable global population growth, the demand for products like toilet paper also increased. Did you know 27,000 trees a day are cut down in the wood industry each day just to make toilet paper? When we lose so many trees, we lose not only the oxygen they were producing, but the carbon of the plant life and trees is often released into the atmosphere through burning (clearing) This is know as black carbon, or carbon emissions. This create the smog and haze many countries in Asia are currently suffering with. Unlike a tree, bamboo is a grass, it’s self regenerating (meaning you can cut it and it will grow again) and being the fastest growing plant on the earth it is ready for its first harvest in as little as eighteen months after first planting. A tree will take around 25 to 30 years to mature. It also produces 35-40% more oxygen than the preferred tree of the wood pulp industry (Fir tree) as well as being supremely hypo-allergenic naturally.
According to NooTrees, their range of bamboo-fibre tissue paper and wet wipes not only present a viable solution to the larger environmental issue, but are also stronger, naturally hypo-allergenic, and more biodegradable than its polyester-based equivalent; its wet wipes are able to degrade in about 45 days in the landfill, compared to years taken by conventional polyester-based wet wipes.
As convenient as the wipes claimed to be, I still prefer my fragrance free baby oil for make up removal and my cheapo facial wash as opposed to using the Self Spa wipes. I’m not crazy about the fragrance but my family don’t mind the smell at all. The wipes smell a little like the facial toner I used when I was younger. My nose is so sensitive that I had to stop using my all favourite perfumes because I’ll start out with a sneezing fit that eventually develops into brain numbing migraines that last for days. I am now so particular about smells that everything (laundry detergent, fabric softener, air freshener) and everyone (shower foam, shampoo, deodorant) in the house must pass the Liza’s Sniff Test before I allow it into the house. Everybody’s experience is unique so maybe it is more suitable for you than for me.
The Paper Products
You won’t be able to tell these were made from bamboo pulp because they felt like any regular tissue paper. They were a teeny bit rougher than the usual brand I used to buy but they are definately not sandpaper rough lah. That being said, since they don’t feel any different, within budget, why not try something that is environmentally responsible? You feel good for not killing the forests and your bum will also feel good because well, erm, they get cleaned!
Especially for all readers of Mother of Xander
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Disclaimer: Products were given for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was received however I will receive a 5% rebate on related sales linked from this post for the period of one month. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
Once upon a time, there was a little girl called Liza. She was a naughty little girl who loved jumping over longkangs (Malay translation of drains), plucking weeds and drawing into her sisters’ textbooks. She also hated Chinese with a passion because she thought all Chinese teachers were scary and possibly sent from Hell to punish her with 听写every week. Her Chinese teacher was so confident in her incompetence in the language that she told Liza’s daddy she was sure to stay back a year because Liza will never be able to pull her marks up in time. What a warm and wonderful woman she was eh?
One day, Liza decided she had enough of The Chinese Teacher’s rubbish and told her daddy they needed to go shopping. “Buy what?” her daddy asked. “I want to buy Aaron Kwok cassette tape!” Liza shouted. “Who??” her daddy asked again while scratching his head. “Hong Kong singer. Everybody have. I also want!” Liza insisted. Why did it have to be THIS GUY? The guy sang with such a heavy Cantonese accent that it was impossible to know what he was singing without referring to the lyrics. The most unbelievable thing happened a few months after that. Liza’s grades went from F9 to C6! Amazeballs!
But what is the point of this story? For a start, Xander is not the only one who struggles with the Chinese language. His laobu did too at his age. I would have definately failed my PSLE if not for an unorthodox learning method. Also, I thought I completely rid myself the need to bother with Chinese forever after I left school but fate is cruel: We are blessed with 2 children and therefore must go through it 2 more times. Ermahgerd…
Since my last post, I received a lot of really good tips and tricks from our friends as well as words of encouragement that we are not alone in our struggle. The most common advice I got was to get my kids Chinese books. Nothing beats a good, engaging/entertaining paperback but Chinese books? I didn’t even know where to start.
1. They are book recommendations from a parent to another.
All the books were carefully picked by the owner, Meiru, who was an ex JC Chinese language teacher. A lot of time and effort have been spent on searching for books that are fun, exciting and engaging. She even do “test runs” of the books with her 6 year old before writing the sypnosis and recommendations in both Chinese and English so as to help parents choose the best for their children.
2. The books have categorized into 3 main categories: Flip for FUN, KNOWLEDGE, LOVE
Flip for FUN books are highly interactive and a whole lot of fun!
Flip for KNOWLEDGE are insightful and have rich elements of story-telling.
Flip for LOVE books help children love the important values in life.
3. Many of their books are not only bilingual, they are also best-sellers and award-winning titles.
You can find popular titles such as Dear Zoo, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See, The Giving Tree etc.
4. Free delivery.
They offer free local standard mail for all orders and free courier delivery to your doorstep for orders S$50 and above.
I found it easy to browse for books based on the 3 categories and quickly picked a few I think the kids would enjoy. A couple of days later, the books arrived together with a few additional titles chosen by Meiru who felt will be just as great for them as well. Ex JC Chinese language teacher chose one leh! Sure good one!
Let’s take a look at what we received in the mail.
Yvie’s favourite has to be 这是谁的声音？动物系列（4册） because these are sound board books. Almost indestructible and it come with animals sounds. What’s not to love about them? She loved them so much that the horse has turned hoarse. Geddit? Hoarse horse?
婴儿绘本馆（3） is a collection of 9 short stories. Much like almost all books that are catered for children ages 3 years and below, the stories cute and relatable. The 2 audio CDs that came with the set were also great for car rides. 动物狂欢节 (a Chinese translation of a French children’s story) was easy enough for C6 level Mummy to decipher and we had fun trying to predict what the animals would be dressing up as for the carnival.
袋鼠也有妈妈吗 (picture board book) is the Chinese version of popular author Eric Carle’s “Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? Of course they do — just like me and you!” Same trademark illustrations just in a different language. The simple rhyming and repetitive phrases were fun to read to the little girl. The boys had a lot of fun with 我把妈妈变成了鳄鱼 as you can see in the video below. For optimum effect, you need to get into character when you read this book folks because once you do, it is really quite hilarious. Of course lah! Mocking your mother is always hilarious mah.
Mummy struggled and sweated a little while reading 十万个为什么（幼儿版，4册）, 经典童话系列（5）：西游记（10册） and 老虎来喝下午茶 because my Chinese is really, ridiculously lousy. When I got tired from checking what the words are with my smartphone app the 124th time, I decided to anyhowly pronounce it the way I see fit. I thought the boy won’t know the difference but eventually even my conscience couldn’t tahan my nonsense. I really need to brush up on my Chinese. *gulp*
I also chose 勇气 Courage and 亚洲辛香宝贝（4册套装）Asian Spice Kids (box set) because these are bilingual books and thought if he got intimidated by the Chinese bits, the English text might come in handy. He ended up reading only the English parts when I left the room. Sigh. Alriiiight… We shall try these again another day then.
In conjunction with Flip for Joy’s 4th anniversary in October,
1. Flip for Joy will be offering 10% storewide discount for the month of October (until 31 October, Saturday 2359 hours)
2. Every $50 spent in October earns you one chance in their anniversary draw – four lucky winners will each receive a $50 book hamper. Open to readers worldwide.
3. To celebrate Children’s Day, Flip for Joy will pledge $5 per order placed in October to Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (http://www.cpas.org.sg) to “help uplift the lives of needy clients, whose families face financial hardship and have difficulty providing for the special needs of their disabled children.”
So many reasons to shop at Flip for Joy and you will be doing a really good deed at the same time. Visit their website and check out their Facebook page as well won’t ya?
It has been almost 4 months since my last entry because I haven’t had the time to sit down to pen my thoughts. Every time I try, one or all of the following will happen.
The baby would cry bloody murder because she just passed out the mother of all poop and threatens to rip off the offending diaper to pigeage (think grape stomping) it,
Rain would be pouring down on my nearly all dried freshly washed laundry that was hung outside the window,
Water from my upstairs neighbour’s wet mop would be dripping onto my nearly all dried freshly washed laundry that was hung outside the window,
Something urgent from the office needed to be dealt with immediately, or
I would be hungry. By the way, I am always hungry *sad pouty face*
On top of all these, I am also suffering from The Primary One Blues: dealing with Xander’s homework, projects, mastery tests and deng deng deng…. Chinese class. *blood curdling scream*
“Primary One 很 relax 的!” (translation: Primary One level is pretty low stress) experienced parents would tell me. “No exams mah. Don’t be too stressed out lah” they added.
Pfft! 骗人的lor! (translation: Bloody liars!) Have you taken a good look at the Chinese textbooks recently? If they didn’t come with hanyu pinyin, I most likely wouldn’t be able to read many of the words. My knowledge of Mandarin is pathetic.
Let’s take a look at the picture description test he was expected to practice before the actual day. Some keywords were provided to help him; 跳飞机, 飞碟, 老鹰抓小鸡, 瞎眼猫. Wah… I haven’t seen these words since forever! Do kids even know what these are? Not Xander apparently. He knows “catching”, basketball, frisbee, and the usual games but definately not 老鹰抓小鸡, 瞎眼猫. Heck, there isn’t even a hopscotch course in his school. If he doesn’t know and has never played these games, how is he supposed to answer leh? I also dunno. The feedback from his Chinese teacher about his low scores isn’t helping me feel better either. I don’t enjoy getting mad at my child just because a teacher feels he is not performing up to par. *sigh*
I had a really good conversation with a fellow mummy online yesterday and she made me felt so much better. I said, after comparing how other kids of his level are faring, maybe we should have started preparing him and ourselves for primary school a lot earlier. She reminded me that I was not alone with my fears and other than consistent work at home, we just need to be supportive and focus on the child’s efforts, not just the results. Every child is different and the way they learn will also be different. There is no point in comparing him with others. I am such a control freak + perfectionist so not focusing on the results will take some getting used to.
Do you have any tips on managing expectations or motivating the child to do better you can share with me? I will really appreciate it very much.
What do you do if you received a set of cute t-shirts for your family but it doesn’t come in baby sizes? You DIY and create something cute for her of course!
I received a set of t-shirts by The Animal Project from a dear old friend about *whisper* 3 months ago and he challenged me to rehash the kids’ tee into something cute for Yvie. Never done anything like this before but I was willing to try. I honestly thought it was going to be a piece of cake because it was supposed to be simple and no brainer and of course, it didn’t happen that way. I eventually got down to it recently and VOILÀ! You have got to see it! It’s so cute I could dieeeeeeeeee!
Here’s a shoutout to the young artist of the zebra t-shirts, Tay Jun-Yi.
Jun-Yi loves to draws myriad of animals in vicarious situations. The art reprint of his drawing “Animals in 10 minutes” has been a sell-out item in our merchandise range. Jun Yi engineers subtle nuances of social interactions among the animals he draws, although he himself rarely takes the initiative to partake in such social interactions. – Information taken from here.
I found this video and it was meant for adult size tee. Of all the t-shirt DIY projects I found, this is really the easiest and the cutest. So cute I might make one for myself just to match Yvie’s. Teeheehee! Here’s how to make it.
A huge sigh of relief (and a tiny pat on my back) that the T-shirt challenge is finally complete. My first DIY recycled t-shirt project leh! Woots! Next on my To-Do List, take a family shot of us in the matching tees. Crossing fingers it won’t take me another 3 months to do it. Ha. Ha.
I highly recommend that you watch the Youtube video for clearer instructions and images if you feel you are up to the challenge. It’s really easy to follow, I no bluff you.
What is The Animal Project?
The Animal Project (TAP) is a social enterprise started by a group of parents and friends who want to celebrate, showcase and support the abilities of persons with special needs. Their artists earn royalties from the sale of product embellished with their unique illustrations and artwork.
I started out writing this post to “fill in the blank” before I start on Yvie’s eventful 1st birthday post. I mean, who skips the full month celebration and then goes straight to writing about the 1st birthday? Doesn’t make sense leh. Cannot cannot! I wrote about the venue, the food, the cakes, the balloons and other frivolous stuff. Then I realized I lost/accidentally deleted/never even took photos with some very important people at the party and I freaked out. At 3am. I searched my old laptop, old mobile and still couldn’t find them. As a last resort, I PMed some folks in hopes they haven’t deleted these photos with us in their phones or laptops. I really didn’t expect them to still have it but most did and I was so glad. But there were still some missing and they were photos with my in-laws. In fact, I remember not having taken a group photo with them that day 🙁 I know what you’re thinking. “Wah lau eh! That’s supposed to be the 1st photo you take before you are even allowed to eat leh!” I know I know…
My lousy memory has gotten progressively worse over the years and so photos have become my pictorial diary of events and celebrations. Without them, I won’t remember anything and I cannot have that.
I told The Husband about it the next day and he said he will see if he had any on his laptop. I had forgotten I demanded he unsync my Dropbox with his laptop because he messed around with my folders and he saw many accidental shots of the insides of my bag, fat thighs and toilet walls. Now I was hoping he still had copies of my silly folders in his laptop.
I watched as he sat in the middle of the living room floor, scrolling and searching for the precious photos. Every time he giggled at the screen I would go “Wot wot?? Found it???” Nerve wrecking.
Fortunately, he managed to dig out the original batch of photos including those I thought I had deleted. Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!
Here they are! A compilation of photos gathered from friends and ourselves! *big wide grin*
It was a simple affair among family and friends at the Glee Kitchen. Since the cakes and balloons were delivered to the venue directly, we only needed to concentrate on arriving on time and in style. But of course we didn’t arrive on time nor in style as parents with kids seldom do. Thank goodness the folks at Glee Kitchen helped us signed for them before we got there. Phew!
I was chatting with Mabel online the other day and we spoke about the party. We shared our experiences about our previous celebrations and the topic of photos came up. When I said we would be taking the photos ourselves, she volunteered to help me take the photos because she said there was no way we would be able to mingle and take pictures at the same time. Mabel was right and she totally saved my life that day. Without her help, we would not have this many photos. Thank you so very much!
Looking at the photos again brought back a whole bunch of feelings. It was such a happy day and everyone looked like they enjoyed themselves. It was also sad to know it was Yvie’s first and last birthday party with our beloved grandfather. If only we knew, I would’ve taken a whole lot more photos of him with the family that day. Sigh. That being said, I am very glad so many people turned up and turned the place upside down. Thank you everyone for taking the time out bearing ang pows and gifts, to celebrate our baby’s milestone with us. Yvie is a very blessed little girl.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
I used to love breakfasts so much I drove my mother crazy whenever I demanded cereal for all three meals and nothing else when I was a child. When I lived overseas years later, I was finally free to eat whatever and whenever so I ended up with no less than 3 types of cereals and 4 spreads at all times in the cupboard. It’s not that bad by most people’s standards but it was still mad.
When the good folks at Right Hook Communications Pte Ltd asked me to try out a new breakfast bar at Icon Village in Tanjong Pagar a few weeks ago, of course I said Let’s go!
Whole&Hearty, the open-concept takeaway breakfast and fresh yoghurt bar opened their doors in September 2014 and it is the first of its kind in Singapore. You need to check out their delicious, fresh, sugarfree homemade yoghurts such as Vegan Soy yoghurt, creamy Bulgarian yoghurt or the thinner, Scandinavian-style Viili yoghurt made with low-fat milk. I tried vegan soy yoghurt that day and honestly, it tasted like tofu juice. Not that it’s a bad thing but that’s normally how soy based anything tastes like mah. You can always add some honey and throw in some granola to jazz it up. Oh oh oh! They also have these crunchy little cereal marshmallows you can’t find anywhere else in Singapore. Not the most healthy choice of the bunch but hey, indulge a bit sometimes is okay lah.
How does this work?
You choose a bowl size, fill it with their good selection of cereals and fresh and dry toppings then complete it with either their fresh yoghurt or fresh milk and you are good to go. Make sure you pay the nice ladies first before you go that is. You might want to try their Cold Organic Oats steeped in Milk or Hot Oats Porridge and top it up with some crunchy bits also can.
Other than the yoghurts, you can also try their probiotic Milk Kefir Water and Kefir Concentrate. There was a definate zing to the Kefir Concentrate but I actually quite enjoyed it. Almost like wine without the buzz. Haha!
How did this idea get started?
What originally started off as a quest to find clean, healthy breakfast options for her 2 children has spun into an F&B outlet for founder of Whole&Hearty, Ms Christine Yee. She shares, “Since becoming a mother, knowing what goes into my family’s food has become a top priority and is a constant work-in-progress. To get probiotics into my kids’ diet, for example, instead of buying pre-packaged baby yoghurt melts I invested in cultures to make the yoghurt which the kids have with mashed fruit, and even my mother-in-law eats for her acid reflux. Having worked with chefs on a daily basis for the past 10 years also helped in understanding how to scale-up my own home kitchen into an F&B outlet.”
Say YES to clean, healthy breakfast! Leave the oily economic beehoon breakfasts for another day and try a Whole & Hearty breakfast for a change, yah?
A few more days before Xander enters Primary One, the biggest milestone in all Singaporean child’s life. Did you do anything unusual to prepare your child for primary school life? Many of my friends started prepping their kids since dunno how many moons ago. Some taught their kids how to buy food, count their change, learn to read time, others send their kids to enrichment centres to learn to read cheem-er books, do cheem-er math exercises, basically be 1 or 2 steps ahead of their peers so that the kids will have an easier time understanding what goes on in class. I like how thisfriendprep her daughter and I agree, sometimes it’s not all about the books.
Frankly, I don’t know how to prep Xander for primary school and reading my friends’ Facebook statuses about their experiences made me quite nervous and even sweat a little bit. The Husband described our parenting style quite “Light Touch” and that I shouldn’t worry too much since everything will naturally fall into place as the days go. I couldn’t help but ask myself “Are all these prep work really necessary?” Apparently, yes. What does a child usually need to know before entering primary school then? Earlier this month, we were invited to attend the 3 days Primary One Prep Workshop by BlueTree Education Learning Centre. I thought the timing was perfect and why not give it a try.
I can hear you ask me, “3 days?? 1 day not enough meh? 3 days learn simi?”
Using the world’s famous landmarks, the 3 days, 2.5 hour workshop covered learning the fundamentals of the English language such as the parts of a sentence through stories and poems, as well as a host of foundational math concepts like shapes, symmetry and the number system. The little travellers were taken to China to climb The Great Wall, Italy to see Leaning Tower of Pisa and Egypt to learn more about the Pyramids of Giza.
During the 3 days course, each young traveller was assessed on some basic skills and the teachers would feedback to the parents if extra attention should be given to whatever the child needs help with. Some of the basic skills are:
Listening to instructions from the teacher
Copying instructions from the board
Basic independent reading
Basic arithmetic skills
The average K2 child would have already learnt all these (and more) during their kindergarten years so it is just a matter of practising some more at home. Only if you wish to of course.
The 3 days workshop was an eye opener for me. Prior to this, I never knew “copying” is such an important skill and have always assumed all kids can do it with no problems. As the class sizes are capped at 8 and less, I felt the kids had the opportunity for their questions to be heard and the teacher was able to concentrate on them efficiently. At the end of each class, Xander couldn’t wait to tell me about what they saw during their “trips” and the friends he made. It was fun and educational. I like!
BlueTree Education Learning Centre offers regular enrichment classes as well as holiday workshops for children from pre-primary level to primary 6. These classes are also taught by ex-MOE teachers and curriculum specialists. To find out more about the centre and their courses, you can visit their website (http://bluetreeeducation.com/) or find them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BlueTreeEducation)
BlueTree Education Learning Centre Pte Ltd
271 Bukit Timah Road, Balmoral Plaza #02-15 Singapore 259708 Nearest MRT: Newton
Bus Services (Balmoral Plaza Bus Stop): 48, 66, 67, 170R, 171, 700, 700A, 960
Telephone: +65 9106 4702
Disclaimer: Mother of Xander was invited to attend the workshop by BlueTree Education Learning Centre. No monetary compensation was involved and all opinions are my own.