Report cards are out! Unfortunately we got a grade that will forever banish our chance of getting up the stage this March for that coveted medal? I grieved a little, ok a lot, and I remembered tucked away in my files is one interesting read. It made me feel a bit better. And just in case we will be seated together clapping for those honor rolls, I hope it will do the same for you:-)
The following speech was delivered by top of the class student Erica Goldson during the graduation ceremony at Coxsackie-Athens High School on June 25, 2010
I am now accomplishing that goal. I am graduating. I should look at this as a positive experience, especially being at the top of my class. However, in retrospect, I cannot say that I am any more intelligent than my peers. I can attest that I am only the best at doing what I am told and working the system. Yet, here I stand, and I am supposed to be proud that I have completed this period of indoctrination. I will [Read More...]
My kids and I love the rain. We welcome the coolness it brings after the long hot days. We love the sound it makes as it makes drum beats on our rooftop. And we love the after smell of the rain on the crisp grass. Somehow, rain brings warmth despite the physical coolness.
To introduce rain to my 3 year old, I let him hear one of my favorite “happy” songs, “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head.” He loved it! He was able to sing through most parts of the song after a few playbacks. The lyrics are light, melody beautiful and happy, plus it’s a good way to introduce our kids to adult music.
And as a #ParentingNerd, I had to level up our experience a bit and go beyond the music. We made rain clouds inspired by Activity Corner. Wait, what? #ParentingNerd? You read it right, it’s a site dedicated to kid-obsessed, nerdy parents like us! And yay! TheGoMom was chosen to be one of the contributors at CERELAC & GERBER’s #ParentingNerd blog. Here, you can check out maximum cuteness level arts and crafts, awesome plate-ups, kiddie micro-fashion to rival the Beckham’s and proven tasty, nutritious food tricks to make those picky eaters gobble up their meal.
This cute, yet very easy rain cloud would be my first contribution.
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Exam week na! How are you guys? Deep breathing much?:-) I know how taxing and stressful exam week could be not only for the students but for the parents as well (actually baka mas stressed pa tayo;-)).
Last week, when I attended the PTC of my daughter, phone lines were busy as I hear parents calling either their daughters or tutors listing the problem areas of their kids, math being the primary concern, as expected. Lagot! Cramming time! And syempre math is a concept that cannot be crammed. It takes time and lots and lots of practice to obtain understanding and mastery of the concepts.
If your child is having difficulty with Math, you might want to consider enrolling them in an after school program focusing on math, like Mathemagis. Mathemagis is a Singapore based, after-school enrichment program for children 4 – 12 years old. It is founded by Mathematician, educator and mother, Joanne Sison. I made an extensive write up on Mathemagis a year back (read my blog here) and my son has since joined several of their programs.
What I like about Mathemagis is that it focuses on conceptual understanding. Kids are slowly introduced to the concept and are made to comprehend the why’s behind it. I believe this way kids would end up understanding the concept better. As such, kahit bali-baliktarin pa ang nakakalitong word problem the kids would more or less still know how to answer it. After the concepts are understood, they proceed with procedural mastery and mental strategies. Ganda ng methodology, hindi ba?:-)
Of course, methodology is one thing, the teachers executing it is another thing and Mathemagis prides itself with Math/Physics Majors who underwent rigorous training on how to teach Singapore Math through the tutelage of Singapore trained Teacher Joanne.
If you guys want to make math a little bit easier, put a stop to cramming or maybe put a stop to math wars at home (nakakaubos ng dugo!!!), please do check out Mathemagis.
I know some, if not most, of you would love to try it out:-) Mathemagis is giving away five (5) [Read More...]