Why All Children Should Have Singing Lessons

“I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.” – William James We hear a lot about the benefits of learning to play a musical instrument and we’ve written about them in previous articles: Brain Scans Show How Learning a Musical Instrument Enhances Our Brains How Playing a Musical Instrument Alters the Brain The […]

DIY Video Project: The Story of the Hokkien New Year

For Chinese New Year this year, I wanted the kids to learn more about their Hokkien heritage. One of the stories I shared with them was about the Hokkien New Year. Unlike the Story of the Chinese Zodiac and the Legend of Nian, there aren’t any youtube videos about why the Hokkiens celebrate Bai Ti Kong […]

Science Week Activity: Design and Build a Ping Pong Launcher

It’s Science Week at school and the boys were given an optional science project to work on: make a ping pong launcher. Seizing the opportunity for a bit of father-son bonding, I handed the task over to Dad to guide the boys through their design process and construction of the launcher. Create a Ping Pong Launcher The […]

STEM Maker Workshop: Be a Maker

I’ve been trying to sign G1 up for a STEM Maker Workshop for some time now but the timing never seemed to work out for us until now. The goal has always been to extend his experiences beyond school with activities that add to his schooling experience rather than simply replicate them with more of […]

Cubetto Lesson Plan – Extension Activities for Cubetto’s First Day

If you’re looking for a Cubetto Lesson Plan, these are a few extension activities to continue from where Cubetto’s First Day left off. Maps, Compasses and Directions Learn more about maps, compasses and directions: Cat in the Hat Learning Library: There’s a Map on My Lap The Cat in the Hat introduces beginning readers to […]

Exploring Learning with Cubetto’s First Day

We first heard about Cubetto on Kickstarter. It sounded like a really cool – non-screen coding program so I supported it, thinking it would be a great way for G2 to learn the basic concepts of coding. Cubetto’s First Day Cubetto finally arrived and we got started on Cubetto’s First Day. The kids had to […]

Hour of Code with Kano

It’s Hour of Code 2016 and our Kano Kit has arrived just in time for us to start tinkering… So we’re going to start with these 8 activities recommended by Kano for the Hour of Code: Make Flappy Bird with Code.org If you’ve been under a rock and you have never heard of Flappy Bird, […]

Activities for Kids that Promote Flourishing

When we talk about our parenting goals, we often speak about wanting our children to be healthy, to be successful, and to be happy. The scientific term we’re really looking for is “flourish”. What we want for our children is for them to flourish. In one of the workshops we had at school, mental toughness coach, […]

School Holiday Programs: The Actors Studio Academy @ klpac

We’ve long believed in the numerous benefits of drama, dance, arts and musical theatre. For this school holidays, if you’re looking for ways to reap those benefits, look no further than The Actors Studio Academy @ klpac. They offer a great balance between a rollicking good time and a chance to acquire some serious skills. The following variety […]

Events: Move It Movement @ Sunway Pyramid – 9-11 December 2016

Sports and physical activity are important for brain development, academic achievement in school, and it makes us smarter. In fact, if there is only one thing you can do for your brain, it should be exercise. Here’s how you can inculcate some good habits for physical activity and movement this holidays with the help of Cartoon […]