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Friday, January 19, 2018

When is PT3 2018

The examination dates for PT3 2018 is out.

Here are 3 things you should know about the PT3 exams.

1 The dates are spread out throughout the year. The written examination is on 8 - 11 October 2018. The written exams are on papers like Bahasa Malaysia, Bahsasa Inggeris, Mathematics, Science, Kemahiran Hidup and other language papers including Bahasa Cina, Bahasa Tamil, Bahasa Arab etc.

2. History and Geography papers are 100 % project based. They are not included in the written examinations in October. The dates for the History and Geography projects are as follows:

(i) History: 2 - 25 May 2018
(ii) Geography: 8 - 27 July 2018)

3. The oral language examinations are split into two. They are the spoken test (Ujian Bertutur) and the listening test (Ujian Mendengar). The dates for the UPSR Oral assessments are as follows:

(i) Oral Test (Ujian Bertutur) for BI, BM and LAM (KBD) is from 1 - 30 April 2018
(ii) Listening Test (Ujian Mendengar) for BM is on 13 August 2018
(iii) Listening Test (Ujian Mendengar) for BI is on 14 August 2018
(iv) Listening Test (Ujian Mendengar) for LAM KBD is on 15 August 2018

(LAM KBD stands for Kurikulum Bersepadu Duni Al-lughah-Al-Arabiah-Al-muasirah) and is relevant only for those taking this subject

Similarly, Tilawah & Hafazan (KBT) from 18 - 28 September 2018 is not applicable to all students.

If your child is sitting for the PT3, you can get them to mark these important dates down on their calendar so they can set a goal for revision.

Source of Info for the PT3 2018 exam dates: MOE website - Tarikh Peperiksaan dan Pentaksiran 2018

When Is UPSR 2018

According to the Takwim Peperiksaan dan Petaksiran 2018 (Examination and Assessments Calendar) as listed out on the Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia or Minsitry of Education Malaysia's official website, the dates for UPSR 2018 are as follows:

UPSR 2018 is on 20, 24 - 27 September 2018.

Here are some other dates near the UPSR dates which you may be interested in.
  • Mid Term School Holidays is from 17 - 16 August 2018 (School holidays for schools in Kedah, Johor, Kelantan and Terengganu start and end a day earlier)
  • Hari Raya Haji is on 22 August 2018 (subject to confirmation) or 23 August for Kelantan and Terengganu. These dates fall within the mid term school holidays as stated above.
  • Public holidays near the UPSR 2018 dates include the National Day on 31st August, 2018, Awal Muharam on 11 September 2018 and Malaysia Day on 16 September 2018
Some of these dates can be extra time for revision but do note that schools often have extra classes during the mid-term holidays for the UPSR students. 

Source for the takwim peperiksaan as soon below is the Ministry of Education website. You can go to the MOE website to download the pdf copy of the UPSR 2018 dates from this page. Go to the link which says Tarikh Peperiksaan dan Pentaksiran 2018 and hit the "Muat Turun" link.

There is one new item we noticed regarding the exam dates as follows:

Pentaksiran Alternative Sekolah Rendah (PSAR)

  • Pro Khas 1 (17 July - 17 September 2018)
  • Pro Khas 2 (12 Sept - 12 October 2018)

We will update once we have more information about the above.

Introduce Coding to Solve Gaming Addiction in Kids

Ask a kid or teen why games are fun and they may give you several reasons including
  • Games allows you to level up
  • Games allows you to collect items
  • Games allows you to talk to your friends and play together
  • Games gives you diamonds and gold coins and many other rewards
In order to level up and collect more and more items or receive rewards, you need to play more in terms of hours spent playing and keep on playing to improve your game so you can advance to the next level. In multiplayer games, some games in virtual worlds never end.

All of these are reasons why gaming can become so addictive. 

So how to do you get a child away from his games to something more productive and educational? You Level Up into Coding! Introduce coding to solve gaming addiction.

Kids who play games often have an affinity towards coding especially writing code for games. 

When children code their own games, they will learn logical thinking, mathematics and computational thinking in order to solve problems during the game design. They will 'level up' because during the course of coding they will begin to understand the logic and algorithm behind a game. Knowing how a game works instead of merely being a passive player can be very exciting and challenging to a gamer.

The reward of having designed a successful game that works is even more rewarding than game play.  Testing out a simple game they have coded themselves is much more rewarding than playing the most complicated online game. It is also a confidence booster. 

Coding allows them to get 'behind the scenes' of the game to understand each and every part and component that make up a game. They will feel a sense of pride in their achievement and be happy to show it to their parents, siblings and friends, drawing them out and away from the virtual gaming world. 

Introduce your child who loves to play games to coding today by signing them up for a free 3-hour trial class offered by KidoCode @ Solaris. KidoCode is a Computer programming and mathematic school for primary, secondary and high school students, from ages 6 to 18 at Kuala Lumpur.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Parenting Workshop On How To Guide, Coach and Communicate With Your Children To Be Held On 27 January 2018

In December we posted on the series of Parenting Workshops that will be conducted by Fun Learning Seeds in 2018. Here are further details on the first Parenting Talk to be held this year. The topic is on How to guide, coach and communicate with your children more effectively to promote bonding and without having to resort to scolding or beating.

Details of the Workshop

Date: 27 January 2018
Time: 2 pm to 5 pm
Venue: International Youth Center, Cheras
Fee: RM50/couple (includes complimentary profiling analysis)

Course Details

Two experts with over 20 years experience in children education will share with you the following topics on 27 January 2018 , Saturday afternoon from 12 pm to 5 pm.

1. How To Guide Your Children Without Scolding And Beating
-Effective parenting methods
-Great bonding between parents and children
( Speaker: Mr Choong Kee Pin, Parenting Coach, Master of Psychology & Counselling, Former Headmaster)

2. Effective Communication & Coaching
-Understand you and your child's inborn character
-Effective communication ways with different characters
(Speaker: Mr Jacky Cheng, Performance Coach, Master Trainer in Dermatoglyphics Profiling)

Fun Learning Seeds believes that parenting is a partnership between two parents. Therefore both parents are encouraged to attend the talk together. Note that the talk is for parents only. It is not advisable for children to be around during the event so please make child care arrangements for the afternoon.

This post was brought to you by Fun Learning Seeds

How To Make Chinese New Year Angpow Lanterns

Chinese New Year is coming to town... You know because when you go to the malls, you will hear Chinese New Year music and you will see red everywhere, red decorations that is.

Nowadays, you can buy many Chinese New Year decorations from the supermarkets, "kedai runcit" (grocery store) and "pasar malam" (night market) too. They're not cheap though and nothing beats the satisfaction of making your own. So why not give it a try?

It is easy to make your own Chinese New Year decorations from angpow paper, so easy that even kids can make them as you can see from the videos below. They range from easy to intermediate. However, kids can make them if they follow the step by step video tutorial. It will be a fun activity for the whole family. The reward? Nice bonding and memorable moments for the whole family and a beautifully decorated house for Chinese New Year!

These videos are from the Merryn Tan YouTube Channel. Check them out below.

1. How To Make DIY Angpow Ancient Coin Lantern Tutorial. (You need 16 pieces of Angpow packets)

2. How To Make DIY Angpow Flower Tutorial (You need 60 piecces of square Angpow packets)

3. How To Make DIY 3D Angpow Koi Fish (You need colourful angpow packets. The number of packets depend on how many koi fish decoration you wish to make)

4. How To Make A Simple Chinese New Year Angpow Lantern (You Need 12 pieces of Angpow Packets)

You will find more videos like this when you Subscribe to this video channel. Merryn frequently updates her channel with kids crafting, kids cooking videos and interesting reviews on places of interest and activities for parents with young kids.

Besides Crafting Tutorials, you will also find kids cooking and baking videos on this YouTube Channel.

Here's one of her kids cooking videos.

How to bake Cute Doggy Cookies for Chinese New Year 2018 Year of the Dog. There are plenty more videos on simple bakes and crafts done by kids for kids. Check out the full list of videos here. There are more Chinese New Year cookies baking with kids ideas in the list including Happy Nut cookies, Cranberry Cornflakes cookies and Almond Cookies baking tutorials. All videos are kid friendly. Kids can even cook Peranakan dishes.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Where To Buy Malaysian School Text Books And Workbooks

This is a frequently asked question on our group the Malaysia Primary School Parents on Facebook.

That is why we are writing this list for easy reference by parents. School text books are given out on loan to all students under the Skim Pinjaman Buku Teks (SPBT). Why do parents still buy textbooks when they loaned to students? You can read our previous post on this topic.

Here are the list of places both online and at physical stores where you can buy school textbooks. Some bookstores may carry more SK or SMK books then SJKC or SJKT so it is advisable to call up to check before visiting the stores. This list is not exhaustive. They are mostly recommended places by our members. If you would like to recommend a store, just drop us a comment on this post. Feel free to recommend bookstores outside of the Klang Valley too.

Where to buy school text books - Physical Stores

Where available, website or Facebook page links are included in the list so that you have more ways to contact the stores.  Opening Hours and Phone Numbers are obtained from Google Search and may or may not have changed after listing.

Tip: Always call up before going to check stocks to save you a trip.

1. Mehraj Book Distributors
Add: 10, Jalan Pandan 8/8, 55100, Pandan Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, 55100
Hours:  9AM–7PM
Phone: 03-9287 8786
Website: https://mehrajbooks.com.my/

2. Kedai Buku DPB

Address: 21, Jalan AU 3/1, Taman Keramat, 54200 Kuala Lumpur, Selangor
Hours: 9AM–5PM
Phone: 03-4101 0028

3. Pustaka Rakyat
Pustaka Rakyat has outlets in Ampang, Cheras, Bangi, Gombak, Setapak and more
Go to their Facebook About page as shown below for the full list of stores and contact numbers

4. Minerva Bookstores Sdn Bhd
Address: 114, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, City Centre, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 9AM–6:45PM
Phone: 03-2692 4416
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/minervabookstore104/

5. The Book Garden
Address: Atria Shopping Mall, Jalan SS 22/23, Damansara Jaya, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Hours: 10:30AM–10:30PM
Phone: 03-7733 0060

6. Sri Tanjung Bookstore Sdn Bhd
Address: Mayang Plaza, 1G - 1 , 1H - 1, Jalan SS 26/9, Taman Mayang Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Hours:  9AM–10PM
Phone: 03-7803 1362 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sri-Tanjong-Bookstore-Sdn-Bhd-220520707967680/

7. Ilmiah SBL Sdn Bhd
Address: 15, Jalan SS 2/55, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Hours: 10AM–7PM
Phone: 03-7874 3528

8. Popular Bookstore
Not all Popular carries school text books. Only the bigger stores like IPC, IOI, Cheras Leisure Mall, Sunway Pyramid or Paradigm does. Even then, you are advised to call up to confirm this as well as to check stock availability before going to the store. Go to the Popular Store Locator link below for the address  and phone numbers of the stores.
Popular Store Locator: https://www.popular.com.my/store.php

9. Pustaka Gemilang
Address: Kepong, 52100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Hours:  9AM–7PM
Phone: 03-6276 7125 

10. Casamac Enterprise
Address: No. 30, Jalan SS 19/6, Subang Jaya, 47500, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, 47500
Hours: 10AM–6PM
Phone: 03-5621 1906 

11. MRKB Agency
Address: 22 & 24, Jalan Nelayan 19/B, Seksyen 19, 40300 Shah Alam, Selangor
Hours: 10AM–9:30PM
Phone: 03-5542 5835

12. Hai Soon Books And Stationery Supplies
Address: No. 5, Ground Floor, Lorong Gopeng Kawasan 18, Dataran Ocean, Klang, 41400, Klang, Selangor, 41400
Phone: 03-3342 0390

13. Jasema Enterprise
Address: 159, 161, & 163, Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 7AM–11PM
Phone: 03-7727 5341
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jasema-Enterprise-ttdi-644724175566019/

14. Cziplee Malaysia
Address: Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 10AM–8PM
Phone: 03-2287 0699

15. Pustaka Shiny Jaya
Address: 11 Jalan Sysyen, 41000 Klang, 41000, Klang, Selangor, 41000
Hours: 9AM–8PM
Phone: 03-3381 9666

16. Ma Tu Book
Address: 16, Jalan PJU 5/20D, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Where to buy school text books online 

1. Mehrajbooks Online
2. Peekabook.com
3. igemilang.com
4. bukudpp.com

Where to find online versions of school text books

If you are desperately in need of referring to a school textbook because of a homework due the next day for example, here are a few places you can find online versions of Malaysian school textbooks. You won't be able to find everything. Just try your luck.

Where to buy or sell second hand text books

Finally, if you want to buy or sell second hand school text books or workbooks, you can always browse or post on our other group: The Malaysia Market For Children Preloved And Educational Items On Facebook


Friday, January 12, 2018

Where To Buy Extra Co-Curricular Activity Uniforms

Image Credit: Image is from Uni1One Website
Listed under Number 7 below
Now that we know when compulsory school extra co-curricular activities start in schools, the next thing we need to know is where to buy these uniforms. 

We asked members of our Facebook group the Malaysia Primary School Parents group where they buy their koko uniforms and compiled the following list here for easy reference in the future based on their answers. 

Here are some stores, shops and locations where parents can buy extra co-curricular uniforms for Kadet Bomba, Pandu Puteri (Girl Guides), Pengakap (Scouts), PBSM (Persatuan Bulan Sabit Merah or Red Crescent) Taekwando, and more.

1. Uniform Koko Enterprise  
Lot S03, 2nd Floor, Ioi Mall, Lebuhraya Damansara - Puchong, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

2. Outpost Uniform
Outpost has many outlets. Here is the link for you to check whether there is an Outpost Uniform store near you including 1-Utama, Banting, Bukit Tinggi, Ipoh, Batu Pahat, Kajang, Kampar, Klang, Penang, Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam, Subang Jaya, Taiping and more
Full List of Outlets here: http://outpostuniform.com/outlets

3. Professor
HQ Address: 21, Jalan SS 2/64, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Link to more outlets eg SS2, Mid Valley, Ampang, Klang, Shah Alam, Mutiara Damansara and more
Full List of Outlets here: https://www.professoruniforms.com/locations

4. Honmark Enterprise Sdn Bhd
No.9, Jalan USJ 9/5P, UEP Subang Jaya, 47620 Subang Jaya, Selangor

5. Active Uniforms At @ Giant Kota Damansara
Lot F28, Giant Hypermarket Kota Damansara, Jalan PJU 5/1, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

6.Uniform Gallery Sungai Buloh
Second Floor, No 2, Kompleks Sungai Buloh, Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh, 47000 , Selangor

7. Uni1One
47810,, 29, Jalan PJU 5/18, Dataran Sunway, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Uni1One is also at Georgetown and Bayan Lepas, Penang, Johor and Kota Damansara
Website: http://www.unione.com.my/index.php/contact-us

8. Others
Sogo and Pudu Plaza was also named as places to search for co-curricular uniforms.

Feel free to drop us a comment if you know of any more outlets selling extra co-curricular activities uniforms, shoes and accessories like badges, scarves, bandages and more.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

What Parents Should Know About Compulsory Extra Co-curricular Activities In Primary School

One of the things that we were not prepared for when our kids were in primary school were the compulsory extra co-curricular activities.

We did a lot of research on school and starting school but this aspect totally slipped our minds, possibly because we were so focused on getting things right for starting school. So when the time came for us to select co-curricular activities, we were totally lost.

Although we overlooked it, with hindsight we realize that the selection of extra co-curricular activities, buying of co-curricular activities uniforms as well as the rescheduling of your own home activities so that they don't clash with the school ones is a bit task. Older children from Std 4-6 may also have extra after school classes to attend so you have to do quite a bit of juggling of your time and transport arrangements.

Optional Paying Co-curricular Activities 

In primary school, especially SJKC, you may find yourself having to make a decision on the extra co-curricular activities very early on in their schooling  years. This is because SJKC offers a lot of paying extra co-curricular activities that may be outsourced to third parties but conducted at the school. These activities are offered to kids from as young as P1.

As soon as your child starts P1, you will start receiving many forms for various activities. You will be spoilt for choice because there are so many to choose from. There is no wrong or right. Some parents may feel that it is not necessary to rush into activities. Rest and a period of adjustment is more important to them.

On the other hand, there may be some kids who enjoy these activities and parents find it convenient and cheaper to let them join these activities. All you need to do is pick them up later or send them earlier whichever the case may be instead of ferrying them from one place to another.

At other times, it is for logistics reasons. For example, there may be an older sibling in school, so the younger one may join an activity so that they can both go home at the same time.

Compulsory Free Extra Co-curricular Activities 

Usually compulsory extra co-curricular activities or Koko (in short for the word Kokurikulum in Bahasa Malaysia) takes place in upper primary school starting from Std 4 or Std 3 in some schools. Here are some things you should know about compulsory extra co-curricular activities:

  • Your child will have to take part in 3 co-curricular activities including  (i) uniform unit (badan beruniform), (ii) club or society (Kelab/Persatuan) and (iii) sports and games (Sukan/Permainan). They must choose one from each category
  • Usually forms will be handed out for the children to complete by selecting activities of their choice or preference (they may return home and ask you to sign the form for returning to the school in a few short days so be prepared especially parents with kids moving on to upper primary when it becomes compulsory)
  • Your child may be asked to fill in a few choices but at the end of the day, he or she may not get their choice of activity as it may be subject to availability 
  • Activities may be carried out once or twice a week (usually Wednesdays), or a weekday and a Saturday. (so be aware that you may have some rescheduling to do if your child has home tuition or ballet or piano lessons outside of school)
  • Students are required to wear co-curricular uniform to school (either half-U or full uniform) on Wednesdays or koko days
  • Some schools conduct their activities on alternate weekdays eg. Sports one week and uniform unit on the subsequent week and so on
  • Selection and allocation of activities is usually done during the first school term in a year
  • If your paying activity clashes with the compulsory one, you still have to mark your attendance for the compulsory one before going for your paid activity
Note that the above are generalized and there may be some differences for different schools.

Uniform Unit

Examples of uniform unit (in Bahasa Malaysia as it is normally referred to in school) include
  • Pandu Puteri
  • Pengakap
  • Persatuan Bulan Sabit Merah (PBSM)
Club or Society

Examples of club or society (in Bahasa Malaysia) include
  • Persatuan Bahasa Inggeris
  • Persatuan Sains
  • Persatuan Matematik
  • Kelab Seni Kreatif
  • Kelab Muzik

Sports of course refers to various sports and games including badminton, ping pong, chess, hockey, basketball etc.

All of the above activities are offered free in schools. Paying activities are optional and may supplement the free activities.

The slide below is from some years ago and is meant for teachers. However, it does give some idea of how the compulsory extra co-curricular activities in schools are carried out with more examples of the 3 compulsory categories of activities.

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