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Tuesday, April 25, 2017



Past Year Test Papers For SK, SJKC and SJKT

Recently the parents in our FB group, The Malaysia Primary School Parents On Facebook, got together virtually to exchange test papers online.

We started the test papers exchange between parents at the end of March and 2 weeks later we had 81 members sharing 250 test papers for SK, SJKC and SJKT. (Note that the password has since been changed and is now private for contributors only).

Currently we have 116 contributors and another 107 P1 parents who have prior access who will share exam papers after exams. We have uploaded over 390 test papers as at 24 April 2017. It has been only less than a month. This is the potential of social sharing and networking 

The test papers are shared by parents for parents for personal use only. They are restricted by password for contributing members who are not to share the papers or the password to anyone outside the circle.

Currently we have SJKC papers for Std 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6, SK papers Std 1,2,3,4,5 and SJKT papers Std 1,2 & 6. We hope to include the parents in our secondary group, The Malaysia Secondary School Parents On Facebook, over time.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017



One-Man Star Wars Trilogy In Kuala Lumpur

Yesterday, 8 lucky winners from our FB group, The Malaysia Primary School Parents on Facebook was entertained by Canadian actor, Charles Ross who single-handedly took an entire auditorium of Star Wars fans to a galaxy far far away.

Charles Ross is seen here with members of the Star Wars Fan Club Malaysia

One of the first things that ran through our minds before attending the play was, can one man really do that? Play 40 characters, fly ships, fight a battle in the skies and carry out light saber duels all in 75 minutes?

He did just that, portraying most of the Star Wars beloved and not so loved characters down to a pat including main characters Luke, Leia and Hans Solo and perfectly mimicking the robots C-3PO and R2D2. Yoda was just right and Jabba The Hutt came to life with comedic brilliance even without costumes or props.


Charles Ross started every segment of the 3 original Star Wars movies “A New Hope,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.” with his own hilarious interpretation of the word scrolls and the familiar Star Wars music. From there on, there was no stopping his energetic performance with music, fight scenes and even kissing scenes thrown in, only stopping for a water break and a chat with the audience in between the "movies".

He is very personable and engages with the audience forming a rapport with them during breaks. At the end, he simply plops down on the stage and shares with the audience his personal story of how this play came to life which endears him to the audience that much more.

Tip for viewers: The more scenes you remember, the higher your enjoyment of the play. This show is perfect for Star Wars fans of all ages who have watched the original trilogy. Parents watching with kids should familiarize their kids by watching the original Star Wars movies with them before watching the performance.

Our Penang members will be enjoying the show tonight. Happy Watching!

Next month, we will be doing another giveaway for members with tickets to Dr Balloons Science Adventure brought to you by Milestone Entertainment, one of the region's leading show production company that provides exceptional international live entertainment to audiences in this region.

Thursday, April 20, 2017



Empower Your Kids To Personalized Learning System And Self-Direct Their Computational Thinking Skills

Learning is most effective when it is personalized. One very good example of personalized learning is adaptive learning and computational learning using programming.



What is Adaptive Learning?

Adaptive learning is an educational method which uses computers as interactive teaching devices to meet each individual student's needs. In Adaptive Learning, the student participates actively in the learning process instead of being a passive receiver of information.

Adaptive Learning System And Computational Learning Using Programming At KidoCode

KidoCode has an adaptive learning system called the KPortal which provides a personalized learning path for kids & teens. With this system, education is individualized and motivates students to become a self-learner. Students have peace of mind in a totally productive learning environment with no competition or comparison from one kid to another.




Adaptive learning continuously challenges the students depending on their knowledge and has the ability to provide a bigger room for improvement. Learning is very much hands-on, practical, interactive, and experimental at the students’ own pace. If the students have prior knowledge of the topic, this is easily taken into account by providing much difficult activities. Students’ responses and ways of thinking about the problems presented are analysed and new materials are then customized and adapted to the needs of that particular student in a way that makes most sense to him/her.

Computational Thinking for Kids & Teens

Computational learning introduces kids to computational thinking which is really a creative form of thinking to solve problems. The problem solving skills and approaches a child learns during computational learning can be applied in real life. Computational thinking is now indispensable and taught in schools

This learning can be acquired in different activities like Mobile App Development, Electronics, Python Coding and Math, and Web Development. In KidoCode, kids & teens can learn the basics of programming and at the same time enhance their computational thinking skills.




Try out a class today. New trial class dates as shown below. Click on the link to sign up for a free trial class.

Venue: KidoCode (Solaris, Mont Kiara)

Dates:
April 22 – April 23
April 25 – April 30
May 2 – May 7
May 9 – May 14
May 16 – May 21
May 23 – May 28
May 30 – June 4




English Language Classes For 4-6 Year Olds

Lorna Whiston Taman Tun is having an enrol and redeem promotion from now till 24th June 2017.

What Courses Qualify For This Promotion?

You will receive redemption vouchers worth RM500 when you enrol in the following courses at Lorna Whiston Taman Tun Centre.

  • English Language Development Programme for 4-6 year olds
  • Fun With Phonics Course for 4-6 year olds
  • Speech and Drama Class for 4-6 year olds
What You Will Receive

Exciting Vouchers worth RM500 from participating partners in this enrol and redeem promotion (see the poster above for supporting partners) plus another 15% discount voucher to enjoy a foot reflexology at Healing Touch Atria Shopping Gallery.

Not sure which course to pick? Read our earlier post on English Language Enrichment Classes For Kids Aged 4-18

Promotion Period

15th April 2017 to 24th June 2017

About Lorna Whiston 

Since 1997, Lorna Whiston Centres have helped many Malaysian students find their confidence and develop language skills. They offer English language, Speech & Drama and Public Speaking programmes for pre-primary to secondary students. Lessons are taught by fully certified native English speakers in cozy classes of not more than 12 per class.

How To Enrol? 

Call 7727 1909 or email ttdi@lornawhiston.com.my to enrol or to get more details.

Lorna Whiston English Language Centre
Units 8-10, Jalan Wan Kadir 1
Taman Tun Dr Ismail
60000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 7727 1909

Sunday, April 16, 2017



UPSR 2017 Dates And Timetable

UPSR 2017 is scheduled from 11-14 September 2017 plus 18 September 2017 for SJKC/T.

The timetable is as follows:

11 September 2017 (Mon) - BM Pemahaman & BM Penulisan
12 September 2017 (Tue)  -  BI Pemahaman & BI Penulisan
13 September 2017 (Wed) - Maths 1 & Maths 2
14 September 2017 (Thur) - Science 1 & Science 2
18 September 2017 (Mon) - BC/BT Pemahaman & BC/BT Penulisan

BM = Bahasa Malaysia
BI = Bahasa Inggeris
BC = Bahasa Cina
BT = Bahasa 

All language papers are 1 hour 15 minutes each while the Maths and Science Papers are 1 hour each.

This is the same format as 2016. One subject per day with SK students completing in one week while SJKC/T students sit for their extra language papers in the following week.

Why Monday to Thursday with a 3 day break in between before the extra language papers? I presume this is because we have different weekends for different states so this is to make things uniform for the whole country. 





Source for above information: Portal Rasmi Lembaga Peperiksaan, Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (Go to this link and look for "Muat Turun Jadual Waktu Peperiksaan UPSR 2017" to download a more detailed version of the timetable shown above)


Thursday, April 13, 2017



SJKC - The Untold Story

As admin of the Malaysia Primary School Parents on Facebook group, I read each and every post (well, nearly all) to make sure there are no inappropriate postings. To my dismay, I frequently come across SJKC bashing posts or posts that generate a lot of fear for parents thinking of sending their kids to SJKC. Some of these include the tonnes of homework, the overzealous and strict disciplinary methods and lots more. Things are so bad it seems, it makes you wonder why anyone would want to send their kids to SJKC just to learn 6 years of Mandarin. Apparently, many don't even survive the 6 years, quitting at 3 or 4 to go to SK or jumping ship at 5 or 6 to "greener pastures" ie private or International schools. 

At one time, I too was filled with fear of all the things that has been said about SJKCs. I've since then survived 8 years with 2 kids going through P1 to P6 in SJKC. The kids did have a fair bit of homework, yes and their palms did meet the rotan a couple of times, not enough to leave any lasting impression on us, most of the time, what I saw at the school were simply kids being kids and having fun. 

No, our kids did not get punished for speaking in English in school as we had feared. In fact the teachers understood our situation and tried to speak to us in English whenever we met them.

I saw kids running happily in school corridors after school. I saw kids eating merrily at the school canteen. If you are a Chinese who is poorly educated in your own culture, as I am, you will learn quite a bit about your own culture as cultural events are often celebrated in SJKC. What a delight to see lion dancers during Chinese New Year and children dressed in their cultural best chasing after the lions and holding out their hands for angpows and mandarin oranges in school.

If you don't know Chinese but you are willing to learn together with your child to help them with the homework that you so feared you will not be able to help out with and therefore feel so stressed up about.....You know what? By the end of 6 years, you too will have learned an extra language!

There are many competitions in school for storytelling, singing, sports, arts, calligraphy etc. No, its not ONLY academics at SJKC. Many excel in other areas as well.  My kids weren't one of those who excelled in such things but we saw many who did brilliantly.

Here kids can be seen showing off their calligraphy.



What about donations? Ah yes, donations. Donations give rise to good maintenance and improvement of the school facilities such as this track field.


Our kids were fortunate to be greeted with a KL view that some pay a lot of money to stay in high rise condos for...


Parents work together to make back of the classroom lockers (sans the locks) a reality while kids decorate it to make it "theirs".


School shoes are often lost when kids take them off to go to the library. This school has cleverly come up with a cheap and functional shoe rack made of Mandarin Oranges carton boxes.


Chinese culture is celebrated in a fun way at school.


This picture looks calm and quiet but quite often it is filled with the hustle and bustle of happy kids running around the corridor.


This is but a small sharing of the memories that SJKC has left us. They are good ones and judging from the smiling faces of many kids that we see daily at school, they too would leave school with happy memories and look back with nostalgia. Only, this is the untold story. The silent story that seldom gets heard because they get drowned out by unhappiness, complaints, fear and hearsay.

So, if you are a parent contemplating SJKC, give your kid and yourself a chance. Don't enter with a negative heart. Instead, why not leave on a positive note?

Thursday, March 16, 2017



Reviewing Just Enough By Allie Hill

Just Enough is written and illustrated by Allie Hill
Title: Just Enough
Writer and Illustrator: Allie Hill
No of pages: 36 pages
For Whom: Toddlers and Preschoolers (Age 4-7)
Published Date: 15 December 2016
Publisher: MPH Group Publishing

The beautiful illustrations and harmony of colours are the first thing that draws you to this book for preschoolers. When it comes to children's books, I love those that have beautiful illustration, rhyming words and a moral lesson. This book has them all.


Just Enough by Allie Hill is a feel good book about love, good times, good memories and family. The illustrations are eye-catching and pleasing even for adults who may be reading this together with their little ones.

Written in prose form, the book journeys through time as seen through the eyes of a little girl with her favourite blanky made with love by grandma for her to the time when she is all  grown up. Though the blanky is now reduced to a hanky it remains in her heart forever more.


The girl has exciting adventures with her blanket and takes away with her a lifetime of skills and lessons from her grandmother.

An easy and fun read with words that rhyme and lots of pretty pictures with important lessons about love and family for little ones. That is what you can expect from this 36 page storybook for toddlers and preschoolers.

The author, Alice Hill is a graphic designer and illustrator. Just Enough is her second picture book for children. She lives in Kuala Lumpur with her husband Phill and daughter Sasha.

We are currently taking orders and doing a mini giveaway for members of our FB group and blog readers from West Malaysia only.

Fill up this form latest by 23 March 2017 to order. Payment instructions will be sent to you after closing date once a minimum of 15 orders are reached. After payment, 3 lucky winners will be selected to receive this book free. Winners bear shipping cost. ie winners will be refunded the cost of the book minus shipping cost.



Wednesday, March 15, 2017



Electronics And Coding For Kids And Teens

Have your children ever wandered what's inside a tablet computer or smartphone, what makes an alarm clock go off or how a rice cooker works? Curious and inquisitive children may wonder how many household appliances and electronics works. Some may even try to pry open some devices to study them. Understanding electronics is a good living skill to acquire as more and more gadgets become "smart" and "digital". Coding and electronics is what make these gadgets work.



Electrical Engineering and Coding makes everyday gadgets come alive. This is one fun element in the computer courses for kids and teens offered by KidoCode.

Here are what kids will learn when they join the electronic course in KidoCode:

  • They will learn how to program electronics using Arduino. Arduino is an electronics prototyping platform which you can use as creatively as you like to invent new and exciting gadgets that work in real life
  • They will create fun DIY projects using Raspberry PI. Raspberry PI is a computer in the size of a credit card. It plugs into your TV and a keyboard. Raspberry PI projects is educational and help kids learn about coding, programming and computing by allowing them to build practical and creative inventions
  • They will discover the basics of electronics while tinkering with jumper cables, buzzers, ultrasonic sensors, light sensors, and more
  • They will make simple LED circuits with Push Button or Pull Up/Down Resistors. These are helpful in understanding their Science lessons at school.
  • They will find out how a DC Motor works and its importance for many electrical and electronic devices.
All of these lessons are hands-on and incorporate STEM, the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math into the course syllabus. Besides satisfying kids natural tendency to build and invent, kids are learning essential coding and computer programming skills that is essential in 21st Century Learning.


Kids can also learn Python programming, Mobile App Development, Web Development, and Game Development depending on their own knowledge and capabilities by learning using an adaptive learning system using artificial intelligence.



Interested in introducing your child to the world of Coding, Electronics and Robotics? Sign up for a free demo class today. The 3-4 hour demo class is an eye-opener not only for kids but for parents too. 

Schedule for Demo Classes in March - April 2017:
Venue: KidoCode (Solaris, Mont Kiara)
Click on the Sign Up link above to book your free demo class

Time Slots: 10:30 A.M. or 2:30 A.M.

March 16-March 19
March 21-March 26
March 28-April 2
April 4-April 9
April 11-April 16
April 18-April 23
April 25-April 30


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