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Art Can Unfold Young Children’s Creativeness

Art engages young children’s senses and unfold the creativity in them. When a child paints a picture, it is not just a fun activity for him or her. It involves the motor skills and cognitive development of the child. It is both a multi-sensory experience and an intellectual process. For example, when a child draws a firefighter who is engaged in fighting fire with a water hose, it involves going through his or her mental processes the motions of carrying out the firefighting task. Some form of strategic planning and thinking skills are needed in the above activity.

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Teaching Kids One Click At A Time

Click N Read Phonics

ClickN readClickN READ Phonics teaches the entire kindergarten to 3rd grade phonics curriculum taught at USA public schools through 100 interactive cartoon animated online phonics lessons. Children learn english correctly in a phonics game-like environment that is great fun and easy to use.

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Animal Fun for Little Ones

All kids loves animals.  Zoobooks, the encyclopedia of animals, is the all-in-one, everything-you-wanted-to-know-but-didn't-know-who-to-ask guide to the world's most fascinating animals, birds, reptiles, and insects.  

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More Composition Writing Tips

My suggestions to parents (things that I usually do with my tutees):

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A Tale Of Two Children

I have a son in Sec 1 and a daughter in P5.  My son was a GEP student.  During the 1st 3 primary school years, my son was not specially trained to prepare for GEP or neither top in his overall exam.  In fact, I had no idea whatsoever about GEP program.  The only significant difference is my son loves maths since young due to his father's influence who loves to play maths games with him.  He loves to read due to my influence.  Hence, there was no pressure when he took his 1st Screening test.  He claimed both round of GEP tests were difficult.

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Some Tips For Writing Compositions

There are more to a good piece of writing than using good phrases. A piece of writing full of 'good phrases' with no interesting content will not 'score' well. Some students have a tendency to 'overuse' such phrases or use them inappropriately.

An excellent piece of work needs to have clear and appealing ideas and is supported with vivid details. The introduction must be effective and has the ability to arouse the interest of the reader. Some examples are : use of sounds, dialogues or flashbacks.

An example of a flashback:

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Go on a reading adventure with Storylands

 

Storylands - an early years reading adventure series

The Storylands website is designed as a series of online lands where children go to read each of the three collections in the series, Clinker Castle, Lost Island and Pirate Cove. Sticking with the idea of lands, the homepage directs readers to choose the Storyland they wish to read and takes them to a destination where they can read the book online and then play a series of activities and games associated with each title. The look and feel is designed to appeal to children aged 4-7 and navigation is kept simple.

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Choosing a primary school

All of us want the best for our children, but what is the best for the child when it comes to choosing a primary school? I think a lot of people will answer that they want a good school for the child. But what is the good school for most people may not be a good school for your child.

I notice that a lot of parents will see whether the school had good PSLE results, whether there is any affiliation to any secondary school etc. Personally, I had a different set of criteria:

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