22 December 2017 Dear Clarice, Winter solstice is here and it’s time to make tang-yuan or those cute, yummy flour balls again. Many questions popped up as you were making tang-yuan: what is the winter solstice? Why must we make tang-yuan? What happens after we eat tang-yuan? Etc…… I encouraged you to look for answers… Continue reading Curiosity is the mother of learning
28 May 2017 Dear Clarice, Today, we had the opportunity to make an educational trip to Semakau Island. What we saw and heard made us reflect on our extremely high wastage for a small country. Everything on this island is built on garbage ash, buried and planted with vegetation. We even saw exotic birds, mango… Continue reading Rethinking about Garbage
Dear Clarice, You love to read books and buy books like mummy. Between the two of us, I bet we’ve bought close to 1,000 books. Every time we visit the bookshop, we can carry buckets of books back. However, the local bookshops here don’t have a wide variety of books and to broaden our reading… Continue reading Co-Responsibility
10 April 2017 Dear Clarice, You chuckled helplessly when you saw this book cover and could not put it down until you finished reading it. On the surface, this picture book looked like a comedy, but “A Bad Case of Stripes” is an exceptional book on how not to let your self-esteem be governed by what others think of you.… Continue reading Building confidence
7 April 2017 Dear Clarice Much as I applaud your effort for starting and leading a book club in your class, I would have to stop you from bringing your story books to share in school. Yesterday, you brought home two Chinese Barbie story books with ripped pages after lending it to your classmates. Unfortunately,… Continue reading We have a book-ripper!
6 April 2017 Dear Clarice, This week was your school’s book donation drive and I thought it would be a great opportunity for you to get rid of books you don’t read anymore, to free up some space and make room for new books. Oh well, it was just wishful thinking on my part. It… Continue reading Picture books don’t bite
Dear Clarice, We can learn so many life lessons from books, that even a short quote can thug at your heartstrings. My favorite is from the wisdom of Dr Seuss “a person’s a person no matter how small”. Look through the list here and find one which resonates with you.Top 20 best quotes from children’s… Continue reading Best book quotes