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Going through the 多音多义字 listing for Standard 2 with my girls, and spotted some typo error.

Please click the link below to get the latest copy.


Ling was seeking my help on her science subject related to Plant, especially how plants reproduce. Wow, after checking her textbook, I couldn’t recall I studied this last time! They need to figure out all these reproduction methods, via:

– seeds 种子,

– spores 孢(bāo)子,

– stem cutting 切茎,

– leaves 叶子,

– underground stems 地下茎,

– sucker 吸芽


And luckily, I manage to find this wonderful slide shared by a teacher I believe. (Thank you so much !) Watching together with Ling。We both learn together. 😛

After going through the slides a few times, I asked Ling to make her own note. Here it is:



Hopefully she can remember by exam.


Posted on: April 29, 2014

When a friend posted this quote from Einstein in FB,

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And his friend replied:



Hahahaha… I have a good laugh too. Genius !

This is the continuous for the previous post on 多音多义字 (Chinese characters with multiple pronunciation and meanings). I have consolidated the list of Chinese characters learnt in the first half of Standard 3. Must say, some very tough one, I am also learning along.

Below is a snapshot of the document.


Just sharing in case you find it useful. You can click on the link below to download the document.

多音多义_Std3a_updated.pdf  (Updated. Added some more vocabs, and explanation to those difficult words)

mm… I am thinking, may be I should come out with some slide show/exercise to help my girls do revision. Reading the list alone is quite boring. … let me think …



In the previous post about Vincent Van Gogh, I did mention about this magazine “Discovery Box”, and I would like to recommend/write about this magazine today.

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This magazine is one of the Box Magazine series by Bayard UK, one of the best magazines for children. It has been winning the “Parent’s Choice Award” for many years. The target readers for this “Discovery Box” magazine is children age 9-12 years old. But as these are UK ages, for our level of English (wink wink), we might want to add another 1 or 2 years. One of  the brief and precise description for this magazine I found on the web is:

“A fun voyage of discovery through nature, science and history. A magazine to stimulate children’s curiosity and whet their appetite for learning!”

Every issues, it will cover a topic on the World we live in, Animals, Geography (getting to know other countries), History (world history, not just limited to UK. Example, my girls love reading stories about the ancient Greek), Science and Nature. Below are snapshots of the content from some of the old issues I have (thanks to a very good friend who introduce me and share them with me).  And if I were to homeschool my children, I definitely will use this magazine to teach them.

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You can also take a peek at sample pages of this magazine via this link:



Another one Mummy would like to share with you:



Remember: use our brain to think. Mummy cannot stress more.

And for the “do -> do again” part, Mummy would like to change it to “do -> think -> new idea/new way -> try again ->  “.

Remember what Albert Einstein said:



Was doing my work when Ying came to me excitedly with the old Discovery Box in her hand, “Mummy, I am gonna read this. Look! It’s going to talk about Vincent Van Gogh!”

She pointed at the bottom of the magazine cover.



Oh! I was quite surprised that she still remember Vincent.

It all started when one night, I was watching this music video of the song “Vincent” by Don McLean. Just out of the blue, that night, I just felt like listening to this sad song (not my norm. I don’t like sad things, sad movies, sad songs …) I like the melody of this song, and the lyrics are beautifully written as well. And what is the best for this music video is, it’s showing Vincent Van Gogh’s master pieces. Ya, I love them too. And my favourite piece is the “Starry Starry Night”.

My girls sat together with me, watching it. And I started to tell them story about this greatest artist in our history. Just like what’s sang in the song, about the suffering and miserly life Vincent went through, and how his life ended so tragically due to his insanity.

After the song was finished, the girls were still having a lot of questions about Vincent. And we started to google around about him, checking out the wikipedia, and the more we dag, the more we learnt, including another saying that Vincent didn’t really commit suicide, instead he was shot. And the girls were also very touched to learnt about Vincent’s royal and supporting brother Theo.

This is a very nice song!


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