Yay!

Another kind feedback from a mummy. Glad I am able to make her child happy after a class. Engaging a child is the first step towards success, ie, getting them to take ownership of their learning. Hope to help her score in her Science.

Ooooooooobleck

Thanks to a book ‘Bartholomew And The Oobleck’ by Dr Seuss, the word oobleck was coined and used loosely today by educators, who use this term to teach matter. Oobleck is a cross between solid and liquid, and when different pressure is applied, the texture and consistency change accordingly. My students always enjoy this activity, as it’s a chance for them to be messy. Some joked that the oobleck doubles up as a punching bag for them to vent their stress. Again, I love how my student did his experimental set up log sheet on his own accord. The idiom ‘Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime’ is so apt. I’ve taught him once at the beginning of the year and he could remember what I taught. That’s real teaching!!! 

Kai’s Showcase

Kai was excited that papa was able to attend his school’s showcase exhibition cum performance. We were highly impressed with the whole exhibits. Being a teacher myself, I could ‘feel’ their hard work in setting everything up. Been there, done that. Not easy but the end results were worth it. Made me itchy to wanna join teaching again. Haha… anyway, the kids had a blast showing off their exhibits to their parents. It is truly a conducive environment and no regrets queuing overnight for a place there.

Walking Water

Did a simple experiment to prove that xylem tubes in a plant takes in water. Using simple every day tools like kitchen towels, food colouring, plastic cups and viola! This takes time. So I did this at the beginning of the lesson so the kitchen towels had time to ‘walk’. My students were amazed at the transformation and kept their eyes peeled at their experiment all the time

Terrarium – water cycle 

My mission is to make a DIY terrarium over the holidays. It’s such a simple experiment to demonstrate the water cycle. What I need to get are clear glass bottles first. Time for shopping!

From the pictures, condensation is clearly shown and it creates a lovely effect as a whole. Can’t wait to do with my students.

Prince Of Mindmaps

Glad my student loves to draw mindmaps and he’s good at them! This lesson was on Science revision for the mid year exam. Giving children some ownership and responsibilities help them to be more confident and willing to learn from me. In this simple role reversal lesson, he proudly rattled on the topics he had drawn. The only gripe is his spelling mistakes. Hoped he won’t repeat the errors I had noticed and corrected on the spot.

We.Are.Family

Kai is not an art person, and to come up with such images, it’s a feat! Humpty dumpty inspired? Oh yeah… Nonetheless, I’m enjoying his ‘golden age’. 4 years old seems a good age to understand his developmental needs and witness his growths. I’m always told Kai is a smart boy, mature, intelligent, etc. While these are important(yes, I’m a proud mama) but the greatest compliment I want to hear is his heart for God. Pray Kai grows to be a man after God’s heart. 

PS: Sheng is a sidekick here and not the main character. He will be mentioned in another post.

Learning Via News

I love using news articles to teach English. They are just so versatile to use and play around with. Need to use different methods to get my teaching message across though. As he’s dyslexic, I’m pretty impressed he is able to read most of the texts. Understanding the contents can come later. Achievement unlocked! He enjoys it!