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This is cool ! I just know the different between Mocha and Espresson before this.  🙂

coffee

I find this series quite nice, especially for boys. It tells story about Oliver Moon, the junior wizard, and all the capers he and his family get up to in the Wizard world they live, and the happenings in Magic School (where all young wizards and witches attending).  I find it quite amusing, what a brilliant idea 🙂 It lets your imaginary runs wild on how a Wizard world be like: a school which teaches Spell casting, Portion making, children wearing cloak and pointing hats, going to school with their broomstick…ee…  just one thing, may be a bit gross, the food they take… (see below sample chapter)

olivermoon

Some even said this is a kiddie version of Harry Porter.

Quoting one of the parents’ review: “They’re great fun, well illustrated and just right for children who are starting to become independent readers.”

My girls love it now. Sometimes can hear them giggling and laughing out loud reading the books on the sofa.

broomstick_battle christmas_cracker dragon_disaster fangtastic_sleepover happy_birthday monster_mystery nipperbat_nightmare potion_commotion spell_off spider_spell summer_howliday troll_trouble

 

You can check out more from http://www.usborne.com/olivermoon/books/books.asp

p.s. I got them from MPH @RM9.90 last time.

Dedicating this to my Hubby – A guide to fit suit.

“Dear, you better bring/read  this when you go to your tailor for new suit.”

coat

Some more for Preposition.

preposition

mm.. “Penjodoh Bilangan” in English for things we see in kitchen ?

food

Read another nice article from 亲子天下 website http://www.parenting.com.tw/article/article.action?id=5032798&page=1 where the author interviewed one of the biggest Waldorf school in England (Michael Hall, A Steiner Waldorf School). It gave me a peek on how the Waldorf teaching is like. Keeping a snapshot of the article here, this part of the article made me think a lot…  something I want to come back and read again , and again ..

從幼兒園進入小學,開始正式學習的旅程。在麥克侯,孩子從七歲到十四歲都由同一位老師帶領,這個階段最重要的「學習」核心是每一個「主要課程」(main course)。「主要課程」是華德福學校在小學階段最重要的學習主軸。以每三週到四週時間為單位,配合孩子的年齡和身心發展階段,透過各種不同的角度,既深又廣的學特定主題。

譬如,開始尋求獨立的九歲小孩,老師會透過維京人的探險故事引導。情竇初開的十四、五歲青少年可以透過希臘悲劇,討論和情感有關的人生議題,探討愛與恨、喜悅與沮喪、道德和非道德的極端。

六年級的學生在我們參訪的時候,「主要課程」是天文學。已經教書十七年的導師安妮塔跟我們解釋:這群起步邁入青春期孩子的人生階段,如同當年歐洲歷史發展從黑暗時期跨入文藝復興,他們期待掙開枷鎖,嚮往更大的自由。

歐洲在十三世紀邁入文藝復興時,許多偉大的探險家如馬可波羅積極往未知的大陸探索,帶回新知識和啟發。安妮塔和學生一起探索天文學:「人們到了大海,必須抬頭看星星,才能知道自己的所在。這是歐洲開始發展天文學的契機。這年紀的孩子對探索、未知、冒險有很多的想像,可以體會文藝復興的歷史氣氛。」

麥克侯一角的校園是學校的菜園,平常有園丁負責種植學校午餐的蔬菜。不同年紀的學生也在菜園工作和學習不同的「主要課程」。

五年級的學生正在學植物學,早上在教室上完植物素描。下午時,一個小組四個人負責自己的一塊田。上一個星期已經把菜園的田地鬆好,架好支架,準備要播種豆苗。園藝老師一邊跟我們抱歉沒有時間陪我們詳細解說,一邊仔細盯著一個綁著馬尾的金髮五年級男孩,用手提電鑽釘好一排菜園的木頭圍籬。菜園旁邊的教室在大桌子上,正攤開晾著一年級小朋友用各種植物手染的一束束捲捲的羊毛。

九歲之前的學生,不會有回家作業。九歲到十二歲的學生每天會有不超過半小時的作業。到十五歲左右,每天則會有大約兩個小時的專題報告作業。

學習的主題非常廣泛,不趕進度、不打分數。華德福學生氣定神閒,有一種特殊的自信。

Was talking with my husband about the topic ‘Hobbies’, and Ling suddenly interrupted,

“Mdm L (her English teacher) asked us to write down our hobbies, and I wrote ‘doing homework’. But Mdm L said doing homework is not a hobbies,”

“I really enjoy doing homework,..”

“And the whole class laughed at me,” her tone changed to a sad one.

“I like to do homework also, ” added Ying after hearing her sister’s story.

I was a bit surprised to hear this.

Should I tell her, “It’s ok to be laughed in the class. Look at it another way. You bring joy to the class. ” ?

Mummy loves you two so deary.


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