Archive for February 2010
After Chinese New Years, get my first good news. There is an opportunity for me to work in US for a project, duration 6-8 months. I am so so thrilled… well, at least for a short while, until Ling called me to help her on her worksheet, then back to the reality again.
… guess I have to say ‘No’ to my boss.
To me, it’s a kind of recognition, for all our good work done so far, that we are given such an opportunity, that we are chosen out of various IT site around the world. ..
… well, family always come first …
… some how, I am still a bit down, a bit blue …
While driving in front, daddy talked to the girls, “Girls, do you know, woman born in Tiger year is very fierce, but lovely. Mummy is born in Tiger year, isn’t she lovely?”
“No. Tiger is for boy, not for girl.” immediately Ling objected.
“No. Tigger and tiger has stripes. Mummy don’t have.” Ying interrupted as well with her explanation.
Me, sitting at the back laughed till my tears dropped.
Was chit chatting with my hubby while waiting for our girls who were still in their ballet class. We talked about all these right brain enrichment classes that we have attended and comparing the flash cards session from these classes.
Yes. The things taught in Tweedle Wink class are different every week, and the flash cards are slower, and the pace for the activities in the classroom are slower if you compare with Shichida where most of the activities are to be completed in few minutes time. Another difference is there are a lot more supplementary activities to help the children learnt the topics that are taught in class. One example, the Cultures flash cards where every week a different country is being introduced: after watching the flash cards, the country national anthem is played; each children are given a small card with the country map on it to have a closer look and feel; and the teacher will ask the children to find the location of the country from the big world map on the wall; and the teacher will show the way starting from Malaysia to reach that location/country; and the teacher will show them where it is on the 3D globe as well. And from my girls feedback, they do talk a little more in class. All this additional activities help the children to understand and remember what is being taught.
For Heguru (and Shichida), the flash cards are normally repeated for certain amount of weeks before a new topic is introduced. And what we notice, in Heguru, for example, the Road Sign or Elements flash cards, every week a new card is introduced together with the previous week set, and one old card is also taken out. So, when think about it, it’s a bit like Glen Doman way too. And it’s flashed in a fairly fast manner. Another thing that we think Heguru did quite well is that they use quite a number of background music/songs when presenting the flash cards/topic. My favourite examples are the sad Vincent Van Gogh song, and the funny digestive system song and teaching material. We believe it helps to leave a very deep impression (image) in children mind. And my personal opinion, it’s much more closer to the Right Brain training/education by Prof Mahkoto Shichida.
Now the question, will the children learn all things taught in these once a week class (well, like other kiasu and calculative parents, trying to see the value returned from the $$$ spent).
This is just what I think: Tweedle Wink, the topics taught are different weekly. And it’s almost impossible to expect a child(even an adult) to pick up all things (every single one) taught in the class with only one time exposure to it. But then, with the additional activities and hands on, they learn if not all. They do. Another good point Tweedle Wink has is the DVD. So, you can revise what is taught in the class at home by playing the DVD. Well, through this repetitive input, the child learns more and the higher chances the knowledge stays in the child mind. And I personally find this is very close to our normal or natural way of learning.
For Heguru (Shichida), the flash cards are used/shown for several weeks before it’s replaced with another topics of flash cards (though new cards are added each week for the same topic). To me, it seems like it’s doing the repetitive input weekly until it is absorbed into the children mind. Yes. The children also learn this way. Just that I think we can do better, rip better result if this process is done daily (by right, it should be done daily, just like what is mentioned in Glen Doman method). But then, well, there is no DVD and what taught in class is not shared / provided to the parents to revise with the children at home.
In general, I think these classes shouldn’t be a once a week kind of class. It should be something like Bao Bei: repetitive exposure and very frequently, this will speed up the time to acquire the knowledge.
I feel sad every time when I think of how expensive all these education has become. It shouldn’t be.
I have been wanting to write about this for quite some time.
The story started when my mum was diagnosed to be having the幽门螺旋杆菌(Helicobacter Pylori). She was having heartburn, reflux and burping, especially after meal, in the morning. She went through the treatment using the series of antibiotics. The symptoms did subside but not all. She still burped and felt discomfort in the morning. And follow up check-up with the doctor only brought back more gastric medicine.
And so happen one day we went window shopping, checking out any new things / new ideas for Chinese New Year gifts in Eu Yan Sang余仁生, the promoter introduced their Manuka honey to us. What caught my attention was the MGO rating. She told us that the MGO ratings was something discovered by German and honey with high MGO can help kill bacteria including the 幽门螺旋杆菌 (Helicobacter).
So with the attitude ‘nothing to loose’, we bought one with MGO 250 and brought back to my mum. My mum tried it every morning, just scoop a teaspoon and eat directly without mixing with water. A few days later she told me all her heartburn and burping are gone.
Well, in another seperate session chatting with Nutrilite consultant, she also mentioned about this Manuka honey and Helicobacter bacteria. And she even shared that the best way to consume this honey (more efficient) is to spread it on the bread and eat it slowly.
Again, I don’t have any solid scientific proof, but just want to share what I learnt/experienced/witnessed.
Beware of the following words when teaching children Mandarin with Cantonese dialect background:
奶 – should be ‘nai‘, NOT ‘lai‘
花 – should be ‘hua‘, NOT ‘fa‘
脸 – should be ‘lian‘, NOT ‘nian‘
连 – should be ‘lian‘, NOT ‘nian‘
万 – should be ‘wan‘, NOT ‘man‘
Today in the class another mummy commented that Ling’s voice is very 沙 🙂 Ya. 沙 and loud. She loves singing. In the class, she just sings aloud, sometimes with some expression and movement.
Well, I never give any comment on her voice, but encourage my girls to sing. I hope they like singing, some way to express oneself. And certainly don’t want them to feel down, low self esteem and too timid to open their mouth.
One of the session today, teacher Wendy asked the kids to come to the front, and taught the kids to sing the high ‘Do’. Then she asked who wanted to sing first. And Ling is the only one girl raised up her hand to volunteer. Well, as expected, she still needs a lot of improvement, but I am so proud of her that she dare to try confidently.
Like what Shichida Sensei likes to say, “Good try, girl”.
This week the girls went through lesson 6 of Tweedle Wink class.
Ying came home and told me, “Mummy, ” with her hands on her chest, “our heart pump the blood. ”
“Oh, is it?” I asked.
“Yes, pumping the blood to the whole body,” .. then she started skipping and singing along “pumping, pumping, pumping.”
“Who teach you one?”
Ling came home, playing in front of the house, and noticed one of the leaves of my plants turned yellow. “Mummy, you see, that leave is orange.”
“Ya, I think not enough water, and the weather is too hot.”
Ling kept quiet for a while, “Ya, just like our body. Good thing goes to the brown part of our body, ” pointing to one part of her body, “and bad thing goes to the pink part.”
“Oh really? What is the brown part? What is the pink part?”
Ling smiled and said, “Oh, I kind of forget. … ee.. it’s part of our body system.”
“Ying, where did you go today?”
“I don’t know.”
“Is it Kenya?”
“Yes. There is a lot of animals there.”
“Ling, where did you go today?”