10 March 2018 Dear Clarice, Today was sucn educational school field trip to Desaru Fruit Farm and Ostrich Farm. Science lessons should have these in our backyard. If only we had the space, learning would have been more immersive and kinesthetic for our kids. This way, nature would not be something found only in iPads.… Continue reading Nature’s education
14 March 2018 Dear Clarice, We really don’t get enough outdoor exposure, one of the bane of living in this urban landscape. Hence it was with great delight that there was a free place to do so now. Pristine blue sky, a dodgy sun, breezy wind, picnic lunch, water fun, great company and an iguana,… Continue reading The great outdoors
Dear Clarice, Being a slow to warm-up introvert, changing to a new class, befriending new classmates posed a new challenge for you this year. You began to shows signs of anxiety in going to school. Sometimes tears, emotional upheavals and nightmares creeper into you. I realized this cannot go on. Hence Daddy and I organized… Continue reading How to bond with new friends
“It stems from the Chinese (Asian?) false humility thing that you mustn’t praise your child in front of him; that you mustn’t appear proud of your child or what would others think? ⠀ ⠀ This Chinese New Year, I must resolve and remember not to revert to this subconscious mode of false modesty and put… Continue reading How to respond to praise?
Dear Clarice, After 2 weeks of nurturing, it’s time to bade farewell to the caterpillars which you found in the garden. You have taken great care of it, showering it with food, water and love. Now, our caterpillar has hatched into a beautiful butterfly and flew back to mother nature. You said though you were… Continue reading Life is amazing
“The first job of a teacher is to make the student fall in love with the subject. That doesn’t have to be done by waving your arms and prancing around the classroom; there’s all sorts of ways to go at it, but no matter what, you are a symbol of the subject in the students’… Continue reading The magic of teaching
4 February 2018 Dear Clarice, Mummy read an article in The Straits Times with a heavy heart. One talked about how the local education system placed high stakes on children from a very young age in primary school. It fuelled the stress level of children and their parents, damaging their relationship at the cost of… Continue reading Pressure cooker