Grades Matter but it Won’t End the World

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...]

Make Rainy Days Perfect with this Rainy Day Activity

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.

Rainy Day activity for toddlers

Read more about it here and please do check out  Cerelac and Gerber’s Parenting Nerd blog for cool and easy Parenting Nerd tips:-)

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Mathemagis: Math made Easy + Giveaway Results!!!

Math Manipulatives

Yipee!  The winners for the MatheMagis giveaway has been randomly picked by Rafflecopter (Rafflecopter, you make life so easy!).  Winners have been notified thru email.  Please see widget below to see the winning names.  Last names withheld for privacy.  Congratulations!  Thanks everyone for joining the giveaway!  Till the next one!

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...]

Parenting

Grades Matter but it Won’t End the World

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 … [Read More...]

I Officially have a Teenager

Today is the 13th birthday of my firstborn.  I officially have a teenager.  I'm not sure whether to be sad or happy.  As my friend Bingle puts it,  it's a kinda sad, happy feeling. I'm sad because OMG he is not a baby anymore!  Kids grow up so fast it's as if time whirled by and now here he … [Read More...]

Family Travel

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Check in Time for Philippine Domestic Flights and Parking at NAIA 3

Domestic flights are usually a breeze and for dawn flights I normally arrive an hour before my departure time.  I figured the airport is not too busy at that hour anyway.  Last Friday,  I almost missed my flight to Tacloban by a hairline with that assumption. Arriving calmly at 3:40am for my … [Read More...]

Theater Production at Banzai Restaurant in Manila

Banzai: The Great Teppanyaki Theater and Authentic Japanese Buffet in Manila

Japanese food lovers will have a gastronomic feast at the country's biggest (500 seating capacity), all-unlimited Great Authentic Japanese Buffet, Banzai! My kids and I had a complete Japanese dining experience at Banzai in SM Mall of Asia.  We were transported to Japan with Banzai's wide range … [Read More...]

Home Living

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Petty Theft Proof your Home from the Household Help

Theft when it happens inside our very own homes can be very unnerving.  Your sanctuary is violated and trust with the "kasambahays" (helpers) we treat as family is broken. The past 13 years has been petty theft free in our house.  My husband and I used to employ strong safeguards to avoid petty … [Read More...]

Petty Robbery at Our Home

For the first time in 13 years of managing our household, my husband and I experienced petty theft in our own home.  We don't suspect outside burglary instead it was done by one of our very own:(  We lost some cash and my husband's watch. The first time I discovered the loss, parang mix of … [Read More...]

Motherhood

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Trying to Get my Groove Back

Hi guys!  I have not had my rhythm in writing lately.  Parang I always want to write and I have a whole list of experiences to share with you but someone is stealing the time, all the time! Actually it is not just in writing.  I feel I'm stuck in a rut in most things in my life right now.  … [Read More...]

Moomy Musings

Glaiza of Moomy Musings: Military’s Wife

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a military's wife? We fret about our husbands coming in late from their overtime while they worry if their husband is even coming back alive and well.   Through my blogging I met Glaiza, the blogger behind Moomy Musings, a mother and a military … [Read More...]

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Intellitec Toothbrush Timer

Shop Here for Babies and Toddlers

Hi parents!  I have a bunch of  inventory stuff for your baby.  Hope you can check it out.  They are super marked down already:-) Intellitec Toothbrush and Hand Wash Timer Doctors and dentists both agree - washing hands for 20 seconds and brushing teeth for 2 minutes are the recommended … [Read More...]

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MicroFleece Cloth Diapers (Grows with Baby Size)

  Lampin Reinvented!   Prevents Diaper Rash - the cloth is chemical free and breathable preventing rashes. Environment Friendly - disposable diapers take 500 years to decompose!  Let's not add … [Read More...]

Worksheets

Rainy Day activity for toddlers

Make Rainy Days Perfect with this Rainy Day Activity

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 … [Read More...]

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Homemade “Frozen” Inspired Lampshade

My daughter made this #frozen inspired lamp shade. She even made a shadow light that would cast a snowflake on the ceiling! I think she's brilliant:-) hehe syempre #loveyourown! These are the materials my daughter used to make it: blue cartolina printed photo of Elsa and Anna glue gun to … [Read More...]

Reviews, Events and Giveaways

Mathemagis: Math made Easy + Giveaway Results!!!

Yipee!  The winners for the MatheMagis giveaway has been randomly picked by Rafflecopter (Rafflecopter, you make life so easy!).  Winners have been notified thru email.  Please see widget below to see the winning names.  Last names withheld for privacy.  Congratulations!  Thanks everyone for … [Read More...]

See you soon, Kapatid: Western Union Reunions

"Parting is such sweet sorrow"… naks!   Malungkot ano?  Tatlo lang tayong magkakapatid mag-kakaiba pa tayong sulok ng daigdig napunta.  Pero di bale we share a lifetime of memories." That was the beginning of my letter to my youngest brother when he moved to Canada 3 years ago to be with … [Read More...]

Random Thoughts

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The Week that Was: Pig out to the Max!

Oh men!  I think I gained 5 pounds over the week.  As in pig-out to the max! It is the birthday week of my firstborn and it was one eating fiesta after another!  It started with a lunch in Chili's last Sunday.  A Miensan lunch and a special dinner at home on Tuesday. An overflowing … [Read More...]

My 3 year old son after giving me a big wet kiss, "that is true love's kiss, mommy!"

Quotable Quote #Kidssaythedarndestthings

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