Parenting tips on education

Tackling English Comprehension

Try this... before attempting to read the comprehension passage, read through the questions first - like once through... Twice even better. Then read the passage.

Why this works? ( For me and my kiddie, at least... Wink )

The once through with the questions has provided the child with an idea... a sneak preview to what the story or the passage is about.  Hence, when reading the passage the answers come almost automatic, cos they already know it was being asked in the questions (that they read earlier...).

Another is to scoop out for the main word - read from the question itself and the answer should be around there. Better to have a clue than a blank - i dunno... cannot find.

Sometimes the question is tricky cause the word has been changed to another with similar meaning - sieve that out from the passage as well.

For example:

The passage goes...


Teaching English To Slower Learners

My girl is rather strong in her English. Early introduction to both Phonics and reading books of all kinds - including high frequency sight-word books like Peter and Jane amongst others helped her with language learning. Spelling we started since K1, just for fun. Her kindergarten doesn't do spelling at all.

When i say for fun - we do it via rhythmic sounds. Like a tune to create a ring to the word for easy learning. Know how the National Day song where they shout out ala cheerleading cheers? There are some words that can have that kinda ring to it and since the rhythm is catchy, even when my girls are doing colouring or playing, the spelling words became like their own song, always on the lips. Wink


Top Children Classic Books List (Proven and Tested)

Further to Mincy's article, like to share with all a website with a very good list of books for children from ages 0 to 12 years old.  As stated by which you can find the whole list of titles, a children's classic book is defined as follows:

Actual web address for the reading list goto


The Value Of Boredom

I see boredom as a good thing. Boredom means the child gets the chance to exercise his creativity.

Please do not think you have to constantly stimulate your child or be more "productive" in engaging him. When my kids were this age, they love nothing more than digging into drawers, boxes, cupboards etc. These are great learning experiences.


Success With Flashcards

Hi mummies, every parent has different beliefs. But let me show you how flashcards really works with the correct attitude, method and most importantly dedication from parents.  I started Glenn Doman Math, English and Chinese flashcards with my gal at 4 mths old then progressed to I Can Read flashcards.


Improving Your Child's Handwriting

Hi all, I agree that the computer may have negated the importance of good penmanship, but I feel it is important for other people to be able to read what you have hand-written in a message or postcard.

In fact, some top schools actually get the students to pen their personal statements in their own handwriting during the application for Direct School Admission. Guess, the handwriting is one way the school can tell the attitude and maybe character of the student. I recall that RGS girls in the past, used to have a special form of cursive writing. From the writing, we can even tell that the girl belongs to that school. i wonder if it's still true today.


Teaching Math At Home! - Introducing 1 to 10

In a Montessori classroom this is one simple material used for introducing children to concept of 1 to 10. The material is made from wood, alternately coloured with blue and red, to determine each column as one unit...


Non Verbal Learning Disorder

Many of us have some knowledge of ADHD but I believe not so much on Non Verbal Learning Disorder (NLD or NVLD) which is lesser known.  This is to introduce the information on NLD to parents with child showing the following symptoms* or for your general knowledge (this may be another big “D” present in the market after “ADHD”):