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School Holiday Programmes At Lorna Whiston

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School Holiday Storytelling and Activities For Kids May June 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

MIT & Google Programming Classes for Kids & Teens

It is very interesting to watch the discussion on our Facebook group. We go back and forth from term tests to school holidays and back to tests. It is a fact that many parents build their schedules around their kids’ schooling agenda.

Right now, it is that time of the year again for mid term school holidays which is just around the corner.

The Malaysian public school holidays fall on 26 May to 10 June for Kedah, Johor, Kelantan, and Terengganu and 27 May to 11 June 2017 for all other states in Malaysia. A total of 16 days in all. What will you do with the kids during the 16 days?!

Parents mark your calendar and make your plans. One good way is to send kids off to get some extra exposure and to pick up new skills in a totally different environment from what they experience in school. Check out the upcoming coding classes and trial classes offered by KidoCode. KidoCode specializes in computational thinking and coding courses for kids and teens mainly focusing on Code & Math, Electronics, Mobile App Development, and Web Development. 

Let your children learn through adaptive learning system that allows them to learn according to their level of knowledge and understanding. You can start the classes at KidoCode anytime especially this school holidays as they have flexi scheduling. You can come anytime, any day! They are open from Monday-Sunday, from 10am – 10pm, even Public Holidays! You don’t even need to inform them that you are coming! How convenient is that? 

Free Trial Classes are available from Tuesday – Sunday and you can schedule your appointment on the following dates or on the link to sign up for a free trial class.

May 26 – May 28
May 30 – June 4
June 6 – June 11
June 13 – June 18
June 20 – June 25
June 27 – July 2

KidoCode is located at Solaris Mont Kiara. For inquiries, you can reach them at +603 6411 0968 or at

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Aku Negaraku New Patriotic Song To Be Sung During School Assemblies

With effect from 22 May 2017, the "Aku Negaraku" song will be played at all public school assemblies in the following order.

  1. Negaraku
  2. State Anthem
  3. School Song
  4. Aku Negaraku

The song was officially launched at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Damansara Utama on 22 May 2017.

You can download the full Aku Negaraku song from the Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia website in several versions including the instrumental version.

Other places to download include Spotify or Smule for those who love to sing along. Just search for "Aku Negaraku Hafiz Suip Jaclyn Victor"

Students from SMK Bandar Utama waving the flag as the song is played during the launching ceremony - Photo Credit KPM Facebook

Watch the YouTube video on the launching of the Aku Negaraku song below:

Aku Negaraku is composed by Andi Mok and its lyrics are by Shazee Ishak and Ad Samad

Aku Negaraku Song Lyrics Below:

Aku Negaraku

Ku sedar tanah air aku bertuah
Di sini tempatku berjasa
Ku sedar sempurna hidupku di sini
Malaysia ku terhutang budi

Aku Negaraku
Aku Negaraku
Sememangnya Negaraku maju
Negaraku tanah tumpah darahku

Aku Negaraku
Di hatiku negaraku
Selamanya aku negaraku
Negaraku tanah tumpah darahku

Kita bersama membina masa depan
Semangat setinggi angkasa
Kita bersama bersyukur pada Tuhan
KepadaNYA kita berserah

Repeat (Chorus)

Ku laungkan namamu ke seluruh dunia
Malaysia aku bahagia

Repeat (Chorus)

Aku Negaraku

You can singalong to the Aku Negara song with lyrics included in the following 46th National Teacher's Day celebration video.

Mandarin Speech And Drama Class For 4 to 8 Year Olds

Is your child struggling in learning Mandarin. Does she get bored with rote learning? Does he have trouble conversing in Chinese Mandarin and mispronounces his words? Does he have trouble stringing up a sentence in Mandarin?

If so, why not try out a new unconventional way of learning Chinese Mandarin that is both fun and engaging for kids from 4 to 8. Check out the following weekend Mandarin Speech and Drama course for children.

Course Details:
Course: Mandarin Speech & Drama 
Time: Saturdays 4-5.30 pm 
For Whom: Kids from age 4 to 8 especially those from non-Chinese speaking environment at home
Venue: Thumbs Ink Sdn Bhd
Lot 100-1. 013, Level 1, The School, Jaya One,
No. 72A, Jalan Universiti, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel : 03 - 7496 9053 H/p: 016-6646521
Free Trial on 17th June 2017 then 1st lesson starts 1st July.
Sign up Form for free trial class.

Note that this is not a short term holiday course or programme. It is a long term weekend speech and drama class conducted in Mandarin. Pronunciation and sentences are focused upon and given emphasis in this class. It is specially designed for kids who do not have the language environment at home, to give them the opportunity to speak up and converse with other kids. 

Kids will learn a different drama script per term. They will learn proper and accurate mandarin pronunciation, correct sentence forms as well as expression and movement through speech and drama. In addition they will have fun learning to make props and creating the backdrop for the drama they will produce and take part in each term. As the speech & drama programme is conducted with a new script per term, kids are encouraged to join the programme from the first lesson. The new intake starts on 1st July 2017.

Try out a class today. Free trial class for term starting July is scheduled on 17th June 2017. The link to the signup form for the free trial class can be found under the course details as shown above.

Monday, May 22, 2017

PT3 And UPSR 2017 Bahasa Malaysia Workshops

PT3 2017 Dates = 9-11 October 2017
UPSR 2017 Dates = 11-14 and 18 September 2017

The above are the dates set by the Ministry of Education Malaysia for the UPSR and PT3 examinations this year. Now, is not too late to brush up your child's Bahasa Malaysia if they are weak in this subject.

BM World which offers the first specialized Bahasa Malaysia programmes in Malaysia is conducting 
PT3 and UPSR workshops to students who will be sitting for the UPSR Bahasa Malaysia paper and PT3 2017 this year. This workshop will help students to prepare themselves to face the final exam and also learn the techniques and ways to score in the Bahasa Malaysia paper.

Exam tips, tricks and techniques are very useful skills to learn and workshops like these often focus on these areas which students sometimes lack.

Below are details of the programme. Call the BM World nearest to you to find out more. 


Date : 10-11 June 2017 (UPSR)
           1-2 July 2017 (PT3)

Time : 9 am-5 pm

Venue : Hall Excel Edu International Sdn Bhd
             No 20, Jalan Usj Sentral 3, Persiaran 1,
             46000 Subang Jaya, Selangor.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

May June 2017 School Holiday Activities For Kids Aged 4-10

Teach a child to read, enjoy reading and to love books is a gift for life. Here's a programme for this school holidays to encourage  your child to pick up a book and read. Kids will be motivated to read when they remember the stories and crafts session while reading their storybooks.

Storytelling and Crafting Activities

The theme for the story and craft is Pangolin. This activity is free for buyers who participate in group buy of a set of 3 storybooks at RM50 (retail price = RM77)
Date: 28 May 2017
Age: 4-10
Time: 3 pm to 4.30 pm
Video of past event here. This is the 5th time the event is being conducted for our group members.
Note: Good opportunity for young kids to mix around with other kids listening to stories and doing crafts together
Details of books found on Sign Up Form -

Please note that the Book Launch and Storytelling Competition For Kids scheduled for 4th June 2017 has been postponed indefinitely due to unforseen circumstances.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Book Review - Pip's Peculiar Problem By Lim Lay Koon

Title: Pip's Peculiar Problem
Author: Lim Lay Koon
Publisher: Oyez!Books
No of Pages: 32
For Whom: Kids from 6-10
(Also good for reading to younger kids below age 6)

What makes a good children's story book? 

The ingredients for a good children's story book include beautiful illustration, a heart warming, feel good story and it should also have some educational value.

Pip's Peculiar Problem by Lim Lay Koon has it all. Gorgeous illustration with attention for detail. A tale of how family love helps to overcome the odds and in addition it has lots of information about animals found in a tropical jungle. Even adults can learn a thing or two from it.

Watch out for illustrations of the Malayan Sun Bear, the Rhinoceros Hornbill, The Malayan Tapir, the Sang Kancil and more as you read along. At the end of the book, you can read some facts about these animals.

Apart from the animals look out for the beautiful flora and fauna and tiny insects in the pictures. See if you can spot ladybugs, dragonflies and butterflies. You will even get to see The Rafflesia, the world's largest bloom and some pitcher plants. There are plenty of things to point out and talk about in this book.

I was so taken by the illustrations I almost forgot to review the story. The story is about Pip the Pangolin who has a very strange problem. You see, most pangolins roll themselves up in the face of danger but Pip cannot do that. His mother takes him to see Sifu Porcupine, Swami Snake and Monsieur Monkey in search for a cure. Can they help poor Pip? Can Pip overcome his problem? 

Beautiful illustration from Pip The Pangolin Story Book For Kids

Currently members of our parenting platform including our blog readers enjoy a group buy for a set of 3 books including Pip's Peculiar Problem. Participants of the group buy enjoy a free story telling and activity session based on Pip The Pangolin to be held at Oyez @ Bangsar Puteri 41, Jalan Medang Serai, Bukit Bandaraya, 59100 Kuala Lumpur on 28th May 2017. (at the start of the mid term May - June 2017 school holidays)

Complete the form below to join the group buy. If you are from other parts of Malaysia and cannot attend the free event, you can still purchase the books, just click "No" for event.

Friday, May 05, 2017

Enrichment Workshop For May to June 2017 School Holidays

What is your child's interest? 
  • Drama? 
  • Adventure? 
  • Cooking? 
  • Or all of the above? 
This all-in-one holiday workshop by Hobby Hob In, Damansara Jaya includes all of the above and more.

Holiday programmes are meant to be fun ways to pass time while picking up new skills in a new environment with new friends. This will give your child exposure to different styles of learning. Learning isn't only about completing homework and scoring As in exams. Learning can be fun too as kids will learn in this Mystery, Drama & Adventure School Holiday Programme by Hobby Hop In.

Everyone loves a mystery. In this workshop, kids will be able to combine their Math and English knowledge to solve a puzzle. The clues will eventually lead to a fun cooking session.  Suitable for kids from ages 4 to 7 years, this programme is happening this school holidays from 10.30 am to 12 pm daily from 29 May till 1 June 2017. Contact organizer below for more details.

Hobby Hop In, Damansara Jaya
No. 70, 2nd Floor, Jalan SS 20/21
Damansara Jaya,
47400 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 016-635 6469/012-370 9220

Thursday, May 04, 2017

May to June 2017 School Holiday Programmes At Lorna Whiston Taman Tun

The mid term school holidays is coming soon. During the school holidays many parents like to send their kids to attend various enrichment courses to allow their kids to learn something new in a different setting with very different styles of teaching. During normal schooling hours, the children are often too busy with homework and school programmes to be able to attend some of these workshops. These workshops will give kids a different kind of exposure than those they receive at school.

Let's see what Lorna Whiston has in store for school children this May to June 2017 school holidays.

They have intensive English language enrichment course lined up for almost every age from 4 years old right up to 18 years old. 

For kids aged 4
Rain and shine 
Speech and Drama

For kids aged 5-6
Building Blocks for Writing
Speech and Drama

For kids aged 7-8
The Wonderful World of Books
Speech and Drama

For kids aged 9-10
Creative Writing
Speech and Drama
Public Speaking

For kids aged 11-12
Dragon Academy
Public Speaking

For kids aged 13-18
Young Journalists
Public Speaking

Courses highlighted in blue above are the English Language courses. They run for 3 hours for each programme from Mondays to Fridays.

Speech and Drama and Public Speaking Courses highlighted in pink run for 1 and a half hour each programme from Mondays to Fridays.

Check out the poster above for details about the courses or contact Lorna Whiston, Taman Tun at 03-7727 1909 for course schedules and timing.

Mumsgather Finds members enjoy the early bird special of 15% off for registration and payment before 14th May 2017. To enjoy this discount, please contact us with the message I wish to enjoy the 15% discount for Lorna Whiston Holiday Programmes. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

PT3 Sejarah 2017 Project Paper

History or Sejarah for PT3 is 100 per cent or fully project based.

The Tugasan Sejarah PT3 2017 or History Assignment for PT3 for the year 2017 is out.

The title for this year's assignment is:

"Peristiwa Bersejarah Di Tempat Tinggal Anda"

Anda dikehendaki membuat kajian tentang satu peristiwa bersejarah di tempat tinggal anda. Hasilkan satu laporan yang panjangnya tidak kurang daripada 300 patah perkataan.

Candidates are required to write a report of not less than 300 words. They are also required to do a presentation of their project papers. Time allocated for this is 3-4 minutes.
Here are some useful resources for PT3 students doing their Sejarah PT3 2017.
  1. Contoh Jawapan Tugasan Sejarah PT3 2017 Peristiwa Bersejarah from a blog called Miss Balqis Ordinary Girl - This gives you a good idea of what candidates are required to do
  2. PT3 Tugasan Sejarah Peristiwa Bersejarah Di Tempat Tinggal Anda from -This gives an example of how a completed project should look. There is a contoh or example link with tips.
  3. Jawapan Contoh Kerja Kursus PT3 Sejarah 2017 Peristiwa Bersejarah from - This gives an overview but at the point of writing, many parts are still missing or incomplete.
If you have a sample and would like to be added to this page, please leave a comment.  We will update the info as more samples become available.

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 past year 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 test papers for Std 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6, SK test papers Std 1,2,3,4,5 and SJKT exam papers Std 1,2 & 6. We hope to include the parents in our secondary group, The Malaysia Secondary School Parents On Facebook, for SMK test papers over time.

Caring, Connecting, Learning, Sharing to help our children in school. Join over 24,000 Malaysian parents to discuss school related issues that matter to us. Click on the banners below to join our groups, then go here to find out how to join our test papers exchange.

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)

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 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

March 2017 S.T.E.A.M. School Holiday Camp

Looking for a school holiday programme or two to occupy the kids this March 2017 school holidays? Look no further. The 5-day S.T.E.A.M. school holiday camp is a comprehensive fun workshop that will not only entertain bored kids during the school holidays, they will also have fun learning new skills, be exposed to the latest technology plus make new friends while doing group projects together. You won't need to find a few courses to fill in the 5 days holidays. One fully comprehensive 5-day programme is all you need.

Make, Create And Build 

The course cleverly incorporates fun and games into the programme. Kids will learn to build bridges, make boats, flying rockets, 3-D key chains and more using the latest digital technology.

As kids get bored sitting down all day, the course integrates movement games like rope jumping, treasure hunt and dances into the learning modules. Living skills like making sandwiches and cupcake decorating are included too.

Teamwork is encouraged. Kids will work together on group projects throughout the camp culminating in an award for the best group project. Lunch and tea breaks are provided for all the 5 days.

S.T.E.A.M. = Science (S), Technology (T), Engineering (E), Arts (A) and Mathematics (M) 

Kids will have so much fun they won't even realize that they are learning Science (S), Technology (T), Engineering (E), Arts (A) and Mathematics (M) during this 5-day S.T.E.A.M school holiday camp.

Date: 20-24 March 2017
Time: 10am to 5pm daily
Age: 7-12 years old
Fees: RM400 per person
Crafty Minds @ 11-2, Jalan Radin Bagus, 
Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-9054 2033 to book a place
Schedule: As shown below

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

English Language Enrichment Classes For Kids Aged 4 To 18

There is no denying that learning is essential at any age. Many parents want to send their kids for English Language Enrichment Classes but they are not sure where to start  or how to go about it? How many times a week is enough? Should you send for phonics, reading or writing, speech and drama or public speaking? Which is better?

We were able to catch up with Lorna Whiston during their recent Open Day at Taman Tun on 25th February 2017 to write this mini guide. We hope this will help you to understand what type of courses are available so you can pick the right one for your child.

Lorna Whiston Open Day

At Which Age Should You Start Your Child On English Lessons?

Lorna Whiston Taman Tun accepts children starting from 4 years old. This is because they are a government registered institution and this is in compliance with requirement. 4 years old would therefore be a good age for you to start thinking of English Enrichment Classes.

How Many Times A Week Should My Child Attend English Enrichment Lessons?

Lorna Whiston Taman Tun runs several types of English Language Programmes. Once a week, intensive daily or specific focus programmes.

You can sign your kids up for English Enrichment Classes for once a week classes for kids on weekdays (2 hours) or weekends (2 1/2 hours). Parents have a choice to select between weekday or weekend classes. The syllabus for both is the same. Weekend classes are 30 minutes longer and therefore may include a little bit more practice for an extra fee.

Classes are available for kids of all ages, Language Development Classes for kids age 4-6, Language Extension for Primary Students and Advanced Language for Secondary students.  All areas of English language are covered in these programmes. (Who is this for? We feel this is suitable for parents with kids in public schools who wish to give their children extra exposure and help in English language to supplement school lessons or existing preschool. The native English speaking teachers and different style and approach will widen kids horizons from their current school based learning especially for SK and SJKC/T school going kids. These classes also provide valuable support for children at International Schools as they help improve grammatical knowledge.)

Language Development Class 
They also have an intensive daily English class from Mondays to Fridays for 3-4 hours each day for kids from 4-6. (Who is this for? We feel this is suitable for those who are planning to send their children to International Schools. This will give children the early preparation they need in a fully immersed English speaking environment for kindy or preschool years with Math, Science, Art etc taught in English by native English speaking teachers. These classes also provide a solid grounding in all areas of the curriculum for children who proceed to National Schools. However, they will need extra tuition in BM and Mandarin before primary school.)

In addition if you prefer a specific focus, you can go for the Phonics, Creative Writing, Speech and Drama or Public Speaking or you can mix and match your programmes. (Who is this for? We feel this is suitable for everyone who wish to train their kids in these particular areas specifically)

Speech And Drama Class

What Do They Teach My Child In English Enrichment Classes?

Lorna Whiston uses their own syllabus and materials in their English Language Programmes which cover vocabulary, speaking, writing, grammar, comprehension, composition and all other aspects of English Language development. In addition they encourage all their students to read a lot with their extensive student library. Parental involvement is very much promoted as well.

What Is The Classroom Size Like?

At Lorna Whiston Taman Tun, classes are small and cozy with no more than 12 students to a class for individualized attention.

Lorna Whiston Classroom

So Where Do I Start?

This depends on the age of your child.

For example a 7 year old child may be required to sit for an assessment to decide whether it is more suitable for him/her to join the Language Development Classes for kids aged 4-6 or the Language Extension Classes for primary students. (Note: Parents can call up for an appointment for their children to do a free assessment which is conducted on Thursday afternoons or all of Saturday)

After assessment, secondary school students go to the Advanced Language Programme. Teenage students will benefit from classes with native English speakers to prepare them for tertiary studies overseas in later years.

Your child can join starting from age 4 and continue right up to age 18 progressing steadily as he or she goes along. The programmes runs over 4 terms in a year. Each term is 11 weeks long.

We wish to thank Lorna Whiston Centre Taman Tun Dr Ismail for providing the information for this post.

Lorna Whiston English Language Centre

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

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