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As the cinema is showing the third sequel of this movie “Night at the Museum”, I dug out the first of these series and watched it with my girls.

Night at the Museum poster.jpg

And it is a pleasant surprise to know that this movie is based on the 1993 children’s book of the same name by Milan Trenc.

Here is the brief intro from wikipedia:

It follows a divorced father trying to settle down, impress his son, and find his destiny. He applies for a job as a night watchman at New York City’s American Museum of Natural History and subsequently discovers that the exhibits, animated by a magical Egyptian artifact, come to life at night.

An impressive movie to me, introducing kids the world history( ee… may be more incline to American history though) and oh ya, except Pharaoh Ahkmenrah, which is not real, no such Pharaoh in history. Well, I learnt along too and enjoying it every much.  😛

Let see what I have learnt:



First is the Tyrannosaurus (commonly abbreviated to T.rex) skeleton nicknamed “Rexy” who behaves like a dog. Tyrannosaurus lived throughout what is now western North America, 68 to 66 million years ago.



The Neanderthals are an extinct species of human who have existed in Eurasia as early as 200,000 and 250,000 years ago. Neanderthals made advanced tools and lived in complex social groups. Latest studies indicate Neanderthals also had cooked vegetables in their diet, contradicting the earlier belief they were exclusively (or almost exclusively) carnivorous.



Christopher Columbus, the greater Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer. Though Columbus was not the first European explorer to reach the Americas, his voyages led to the first lasting European contact with the Americas, inaugurating a period of European exploration, conquest, and colonization that lasted for several centuries. They had, therefore, an enormous impact in the historical development of the modern Western world.  



Attila the Hun, the historic ruler of the Huns from 434 until his death in March 453. His empire (Hunnic Empire), stretched from the Ural River to the Rhine River and from the Danube River to the Baltic Sea. During his reign, he was one of the most feared enemies of the Western and Eastern Roman Empires. He planned for campaign against the Roman failed as he died in 453.





Sacagawea was a Lemhi Shoshone woman who accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition as an interpreter and guide during their exploration of the Western United States. With the expedition, she travelled thousands of miles from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean between 1804 and 1806. Often people make the misconception she was integral to guiding and while this was an important role, many also believe the fact an Indian woman travelled with these men helped to keep them from being seen as a threat.



Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States. He was one of the most popular and important Presidents ever to serve in the Chief Executive Office. A hero in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, his foreign policy was summed up in the phrase “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” The Panama Canal was built during his tenure in the White House.. There is an interesting story behind his nickname”Teddy”. On a hunting trip in Mississippi in 1902, Roosevelt famously refused to shoot a defenceless black bear. After the cartoonist Clifford K. Berryman illustrated the President with a bear, a toy maker heard the story and named the teddy bear after Roosevelt. Bears, and later bear cubs, became closely associated with Roosevelt in political cartoons, despite Roosevelt openly despising being called “Teddy”.



Lastly, the Moai – the monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people from rock on the Chilean Polynesian island of Easter Island between the years 1250 and 1500. It was believed that they were the living faces of deified ancestors.


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I admire and respect this mother a lot. A lot to learn from her. Keeping her message here (I couldn’t agree more), sharing with my daughters as well. Actually it’s good for parents as well.


I always agree with this teaching from an ancient Chinese book – the “Great Learning” 《大学》 (the first of the Four Books” 《四书》 in the Chinese Classics) :


The English translation is:


In brief, it all started with “修身” – to cultivate one’s moral character. If you have learnt and accumulate the knowledge which instil you with wisdom, where you can think clearly, reduce your materials want/greed, differentiate the right from wrong, how to handle things and attend to people with honesty and sincerity, stay away from the bad and stick with the good, then only you can move to next stage, which is “齐家” – to govern one’s family / to manage one’s household. If everyone in every family has the right moral characters, such as being compassionate, considerate, love and caring, humane, always doing the right thing, …then we’ll have good families, raising up good children, and surrounded by good neighbours and communities; then only one is ready to move to next two stages: “治国” – to govern/manage a country, “平天下” –  to bring peace to the world.



mm.. No. 3 and 6 are common mistakes for my girls


Today’s topic is “Perimeter of Rectangles and Triangles”.

PowerPoint: MO-Perimeter-of-Squares-and-Rectangles

PDF worksheet: MathsOlympiad-Junior2-Lesson20-Perimeter-of-Squares-and-Rectangles.pdf




December 2014

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