Parenting tips on education

Montessori Phonics - Introduction To Single Letter Sounds - Lesson 1

There are 3 periods to the tried and tested 3-Period
Lesson in Montessori presentations. The first period
is where we introduce everything in isolation. ie. one
material at a time. Montessori presentations are done
either on a work table or on the floor... and we use work mats to define our work area/space.

Here's the presentation order. 


Is Watching TV Really More Harmful Than Beneficial For Your Baby?

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With more and more videos for babies being produced and the sudden influx of new TV channels aimed at preschoolers, parents are once again asking "should I really let my child watch television?"

My baby Samson started watching TV at 6 months old with incredibly long attention span (an awesome hour!). I bet many of you would have screamed at me "YOU TERRIBLE MOTHER"!  I can't help it.  He is an active baby and when I played the babysongs, that's the only time I can get some quiet moment for myself while he enjoys. 

Is watching TV really more harmful than beneficial for your baby?

There are two school of thoughts.

One says that babies under two years of age should not be allowed to watch any TV; the other says that limited amounts of high-quality educational TV accompanied by adult interaction are fine - and may even be beneficial. When DVDs are used correctly, the repetition and familiarity they provide can actually aid learning.


Preparing A Child For Primary One (Non-academic)

Let me share some experiences with you on non-academic aspects:


Ask These Questions If Your Child Says He/She is Bored in Class

I am sure parents have encountered children saying that school is boring and they don’t feel like studying. As we know, ineffective parents will simply scold them and make the problems worst. Well, the fact is that there are many boring teachers and boring subjects in the world. Even I, as a Study Grandmaster agree to it as I have encountered many teachers who simply talk and talk, paying no attention in spicing up the class. Learning to make a boring situation more interesting is important for your child’s learning environment. It’s also a valuable skill for real life.

Here are some questions to ask your child:

Are you up to date on your studying and your homework?

Students who don’t have the basic foundation for what the teacher is saying are bound to be bored.


Tips On Selecting Good Home Tutors

There are many factors parents and students need to consider when choosing a effective private tutor. Some considerations can include age, sex, experience, qualifications, reputation/track record, budget, etc. Given that there are many tutors around, how then could you as a tutor stand out?

I shall share a few factors which I think are important.


Exam-making tips (Part III)

Exam tips in reading comprehension/spelling/math:

1.Reading Comprehension
Before reading, ask yourself
"who or what the passage is about?"
"where does it take place?"

- Reading the question before reading passage.
Knowing what you are looking for, will help you read with more understanding

- Make a mental picture
while you read, make a mental picture of story.

- Underline key words

2. Spelling
-write the words with picture beside them.
Make up the story or relation
e.g. Friend (friday is the end of the week and that's when I meet my friend)
- use phonics to help with spelling.

3. Math
-estimation for verifying:
Estimation will help you verify that the real answer is in the right direction. e.g 38+51=? round up to 40+50=90
-always show the detail work beside the question.


Exam Making Tips (Part II)

How to answer exam questions?
There are usually 5 type of Questions in written exam:

1. Multiple Choice
- Read question carefully, don't look at answer 1st to see if you know the answer to the question.
- Use elimination techniques
- Look at all choices before making decision

2. True/False
- Watch out for Extreme words and qualifying words

Extreme words:
always, never, best, worst, everybody, no one, etc..
If you can think of anything that is against the statement, the statement is false.
e.g. The paper is always white. (true/false)
false. as brown paper is not white.

Qualifying words (more chance to have true statement)
usually, sometimes, most, few, probably, unlikely, etc..

- watch out for negative words.
e.g. 2 negative = possitive
not uncommon=common

3. Matching
- attempt the easy match 1st.

4. Fill in the Blank
- Trust your instinct.
- look for clue/keywords


Exam-Taking Tips (part I)

As the SA2 is coming, I read some material that can help my child in preparing and taking the exam. Below are my notes, hope other parents and students can benefit from it too.

Before exam:

Get Organized:
-organized your study place.
-Mark your calendar on the exam date, so that you can have enough time to prepare for the exam. Don't wait for the last minutes before exam.

During exam:
Attempt Questions:
-Pay attention to the instruction of what you are asking to do.
-Avoid careless mistake, write neatly.
-Answer the easiest questions first. Make a mark on the difficult question that reminds yourself to come back later.

Time management:
-Use time wisely. Check your pace. Speed up the pace if you can, but don't rush.
Accurate is better than fast

Check work:
-Check with before hand it in. Makes sure all the questions has completed.