Writing, documenting and creating memories through travel scrapbooking in Japan

Introduction During our winter trip to Japan this time as a mother of two school-aged children, I paid special attention to, and was intrigued by the print-rich environment surrounding us every day. Colorful billboards with flashing slogans, JR maps dotted with tiny Japanese characters, and the endless supplies of flyers and brochures that line everyContinue reading “Writing, documenting and creating memories through travel scrapbooking in Japan”

Cantonese/Canadian Mom’s favourite places to take kids in Singapore

Below are places that would appeal to families from overseas if you are visiting Singapore the first time! My recommendations are not listed in order of preference. Sentosa- Adventure Cove (here) Sentosa-  Skyline Luge and Skyride (here) Sentosa- Dolphin Island (here) I personally haven’t taken my kids there, but many of my friends have visited.Continue reading “Cantonese/Canadian Mom’s favourite places to take kids in Singapore”

What “Small-Moment Writing” looks like in First Grade (at home)

Lucy Calkins’ units are not perfect, but her “whole language” approach does nurture a love of writing. She places a strong emphasis on writer’s craft, and it is not at all too early for 6-7 year olds to start thinking about how authors make a purposeful choice of vocabulary, sentence formation, voice OR tone inContinue reading “What “Small-Moment Writing” looks like in First Grade (at home)”

Maomi Stars- 6 features that make the app a game-changer for Cantonese learning

Introduction Language options (Simplified/Traditional, Cantonese/Mandarin!) Theme-based characters Speaking component Mini-games/ interactive elements to consolidate learning Real children’s voices Curriculum that will continue to expand Conclusion Introduction I often get asked why, being Cantonese myself, I do not teach my children to read and write Cantonese in Traditional Chinese? There are just many more resources inContinue reading “Maomi Stars- 6 features that make the app a game-changer for Cantonese learning”

Learning through the arts- Drawing the English Alphabet

I didn’t use worksheets or workbooks for my kids when they learned to write the alphabet. I taught them initially by using colored sand and then by using whiteboards and sketchbooks. It is important to not force your child to write. Instead, encourage scribbling and doodling by exposing your child to materials and drawing toolsContinue reading “Learning through the arts- Drawing the English Alphabet”

How to practice Past Tense using “Hey Jack” series (Grade 1-3)

If you haven’t already noticed, many young children’s books are written in the simple present tense. For teachers, this is wonderful to see since exposing children to different tenses in books is one way to get them familiar with its usage. Simple present tense is used to: describe facts or habits describe scheduled events ThisContinue reading “How to practice Past Tense using “Hey Jack” series (Grade 1-3)”

MUST-HAVE literacy resources to support your child at home (Ages 1-7)

(I will keep updating the blog. This is first published in 2022, and last updated as of April 2022.). I have since then launched my own Science of Reading course that will help you understand HOW a child learns to read so you can make full use of the resources you already have at home,Continue reading “MUST-HAVE literacy resources to support your child at home (Ages 1-7)”

IG / ZOOM LIVE: Starting the “Write” Way for Ages 3-6

I had the pleasure of doing a LIVE workshop with Rajini from @mrsmogan discussing common student issues we have observed in the classroom as teachers. We shared some possible reasons leading to these problems, and what parents could do to support. Our LIVE is divided into 5 sections: Sharky Handwriting Poor Spelling Unclear Beginning, Middle,Continue reading “IG / ZOOM LIVE: Starting the “Write” Way for Ages 3-6″

Setting up a writing center for a 6 year old

Why set up a writing center? At home, a writing center provides an inviting environment so that your child can access writing tools, explore different materials and build a habit of writing. Since I am teaching Kai and Kei to read and write, I do Guided Writing lessons where I teach the skills, and letContinue reading “Setting up a writing center for a 6 year old”

Offering structured choice to encourage writing

What is structured choice Examples of structured choice in writing Providing structured choice for practicing spelling Providing structured choice through different writing genres Narratives/Recount How-to Writing Opinion Writing Reports Providing structured choice within a writing center Conclusion 1. What is structured choice? Structured choice is nothing new in terms of behavioral/parenting strategy. A structured choiceContinue reading “Offering structured choice to encourage writing”