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Monday, February 12, 2018

Free Trial English Language, Public Speaking And Speech and Drama Classes

Here's a Chinese New Year goodie from Lorna Whiston Taman Tun Dr Ismail to all parents. From now until 28th February 2018, you can claim a free trial lesson in any of the following categories for your child in any age category at Lorna Whiston TTDI

  • English Language (4-18 years old)
  • Public Speaking  (10-18 years old)
  • Speech and Drama Classes (4 - 18 years old)
Why a free trial class is useful

A free trial class helps you see for yourself how regular classes are normally conducted. It will give you and your child a chance to experience the class first hand and test the program before deciding to register. Free trial classes aren't always available all the time so you should make the most of opportunities like this one to try out a class or a program of your choice.

Which class should you choose?

Not sure whether to send your child to a regular English language class, speech and drama or public speaking course? Call Lorna Whiston Taman Tun Dr Ismail to get assistance on the right class for your child and schedule a trial class today. 

How to book your free trial class?

Click here to book a free trial class for your child. Classes are subject to availability and on a first come first serve basis, so book early to prevent disappointment. Select from one of the above category of classes for your free trial class. Free trials are open to kids of all ages as shown.

Gong xi fa cai! Happy Chinese New Year!

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Phonics Classes For P1 Kids At The British Council Malaysia

What Is Phonics?

Phonics is a method of teaching reading, spelling and writing by focusing on how letters make sounds and how these sounds make words. Under this approach, children start by learning 42 letter sounds. Using a fun and memorable multi-sensory approach, they are then taught to form and write the letters. They learn to read new words by blending the sounds together. Being able to identify the sounds helps children in their spelling. Tricky words and irregular spellings are handled separately.

Phonics classes are very useful for beginner English learners especially K1, K2 and P1 students.

Phonics Classes for P1 Kids at The British Council Malaysia

One popular class for young kids at the British Council is the Phonics class. Here's what you need to know about the British Council Phonics classes.

When, Where, How Long and For Whom?
The Phonics for P1 Kids classes are on Wednesdays from 3 pm to 5 pm at British Council @ The Curve or Saturdays from 9 am to 11 am at British Council KL, Wisma Selangor Dredging. Each class is 2 hours long for 36 hours in total or 18 weeks per term.

The Phonics class is open to kids from 5-7 years old at the Curve and 5-year old kids at Wisma Selangor Dredging.

How the British Council Phonics Classes Help Kids in School
Kids that learn to read and write using phonics will be able to handle the weekly spelling workload often handed out by schools with greater ease since they can identify and hear the words to be spelled instead of memorizing the alphabets one at a time.

They will also have the chance to hone their handwriting skills. To have good handwriting is one of the most important things you can teach a child. It is useful in later years for all subjects, not only English. Schools place so much importance on handwriting that marks may be deducted for wrong strokes! Read our previous post on The Importance Of Penmanship in SJKC.

Phonics also helps a child to write out what they say. This skill is an important prerequisite towards sentence formation and writing. It offers a solid foundation for  K1, K2 or P1 kids who are just starting to learn how to read and write.

In short, kids who learn to read and write using phonics at the British Council will

  • Identify letter sounds to form words
  • Gain confidence in reading and writing
  • Improve in their spelling of frequently used words as well as tricky words
  • Develop motor skills and handwriting skills
  • Be able to write short sentences

How to Find Out More About The Phonics Classes For P1 Kids At The British Council Malaysia.

Call +603 2723 7900 for more information about the Phonics course or click on the link to complete the Phonics Course Enquiry Form for KL and The Curve.

Friday, February 02, 2018

Free Printable 2018 Calendar For Girls

I have a habit of changing my desktop wallpaper to one featuring a calendar for the month. I was searching for the February 2018 calendar when I chanced upon this absolutely adorable and cute kawaii mermaid printable 2018 calendar that is perfect for little girls.

I quickly emailed the creator to request permission to share her image and free printable on my blog and she generously agreed. Thank you, Andrea. I love your printable.

Parents, if you want to download and print out this sweet calendar for your little princess, follow this link to The Cottage Market blog. The printable comes in two sizes. 5 x 7 or 8.5 x 11. There's a cute little mermaid for each month of the year in 2018.

Hmm... let's see. I like the March one where the little mermaid is taking a selfie. Or the May one where the little mermaid is cooking or the April one, I like that pose with the rabbits and the look is so sweet. Oh, I can't decide. I like them all! Go check them out, parents. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 01, 2018

How To Check Your Child's Exam Results Online Using SAPS

In a press release dated 31st January 2018, Sapsnkra announced the launching of its website to analyze the advantages of the Sapsnkra.

Sistem Analisis Peperiksaan Sekolah (SAPS) NKRA is a new centralized website launched by the Government to help teachers, parents and students.

What is SAPS?

SAPS stands for "Sistem Analisis Peperiksaan Sekolah" or School Examination Analysis System in English.

NKRA stands for National Key Results Area

The SAPS is an online application introduced by the Education Ministry in 2011. With this system in place, parents can check for the childrens examination results online simply by keying in their child's IC or birth certificate number and the school name. Parents can check for examination results for Test1 and Test2, Mid and Final year exams, Trial Exam for Primary School Evaluation Test (UPSR), Form 3 Exam (PT3) and Malaysian Education Certificate (SPM).

Below is the link for checking your child's exam results online using SAPS. 


This link is not to be confused with the newly launched website. The newly launched SAPS NKRA website is different from the link shown above. The link above is for checking results only and all you see is the image above when you enter the link. 

On the other hand, the newly launched website has more information and articles for parents including guides on how to do the checking for school exam results online.

Below is the link for the new website. Instead of linking to the home page, I have linked to the article on how parents can use the SAPS ibubapa to check exam results online. You can browse to the homepage and other parts of the website from this link.

How To Register For Standard One For 2019 and 2020 Intake

"How to register children for standard one" is one of the most frequently asked question on our Malaysia Primary School Parents on Facebook group. This is almost as frequently asked as "What type and brand of school bag to buy".

First things first. Before we get to bags, let's find out how to register our children for standard one. Parents have already been asking this question for those with kids starting school in 2019 and 2020. With the Year of Dragon (2012) babies going to school in 2019, we can expect an even bigger crowd of parents asking questions on our group.

As before, we have a specialized thread for this every year so that parents will be able to find what they are looking for easily, be able to network with other like minded parents and discuss issues during the registration process. We hope that all parents will stick to this thread so that we don't have the same questions popping up on our group wall ever so often.

The online registration portal will be open for registration soon starting 1st March 2018 to 30th April 2018.

5 Things You Need To Know About Registering Your Child For Standard One For 2019/2010 Intake
  1. Online registration is required for all states in Malaysia accept Sabah, Sarawak and W.P. Labuan.
  2. The cut off date is 2 January. This means that children born between 2 January 2012 to 1 January 2013 will have to register for 2019 intake whereas children born between 2 January 2013 to 1 January 2014 will have to register for 2020 intake.
  3. After doing online registration, you need to print out your documents and bring to the school within 14 days during the 1st March to 30th April period to get your registration verified by the school.
  4. You need to register as a new user before you can submit your application online
  5. Results of your application will usually be out around July/August the year before your child is expected to start school
Documents Required For Standard One Registration 2019/2020 Intake
  1. Birth Certificate of Child (Original and Copy)
  2. I.C. of parent/guardian (Original and Copy)
  3. Marriage certificate or divorce papers (Original and Copy)
  4. Utility Bills (Electric/Telekom/Water/Quit Rent/Assessment Bills) under parents/guardian's name to verify residential address (Original and Copy)
  5. Copy or siblings birth certificate (if studying at the same school) 
  6. Self addressed envelope 4.5" x 9.5" White with RM0.80 stamp affixed. (amount of stamp required may be stated differently for different schools)
  7. Doctor's health report or OKU card (for special cases)
The information above is correct at the time of writing but is subject to changes. Please follow our group discussion for the latest information. Go to Malaysia Primary School Parents On Facebook Discussion Thread to ask questions and get answers from other parents who are doing or have done the registration successfully.

The portal for online registration is currently not opened. Save this link and return to it starting 1st March 2018 to do your registration.


You can also read the related posts below. They are for the previous years but many of them contain information still relevant for this year's registration. Another site to go to for information is this one: sapsibubapa.org. Read this post on Pendaftaran Murid Tahun 1 Ambilan 2019 dan 2020 Online.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Our Story: How Our Parenting Digital Platform Was Developed


I created this video yesterday and it got me reminiscing about how our parenting digital platform came to be.

I have been blogging a lot about enrichment centers, products, educational news and events. Today, I will take a step back and tell you about our story instead.

You are reading this because you are on my parenting blog - The Parenting Times. This blog was started way back in 2004. At the time, I started it as a personal blog. My firstborn was just a baby then and my second not born yet. At the time, I called it "Mumsgather" because I thought it would be a good place for mums to gather to chat as was popular during the old blogging days. The name stuck and I became known as MG among my online blogging friends. Many of them still call me MG to this day.

Two years into blogging, everyone told me that it was better to get a dotcom for my blog and so I did. I called my dotcom Mumsgather too for lack of a better idea, but I didn't have the heart to delete this first blog, so I changed the name to "Parenting Times" and kept it. I'm glad I did because it continues to be my favourite place to blog though I have several other blogs including my personal dotcom.

As my children grew and by the time they were ready for school, I had accumulated so many articles about my dilemma as a banana mom trying to send her kids to Chinese School. So much so, that I wrote an ebook. It's called "Banana Mom's Guide To Preparing For Chinese School"

However, that was not enough. I didn't have anyone to ask when I had problems as they started schooling. I wished I had a platform to ask other parents about how to register my child for school, where and what type of school bags to buy, co-curricular activities, school holidays, exams and even homework help. So I started a group and invited 50 of my blogger friends to join my group. The group is called the Malaysia Primary and Secondary School Parents On Facebook. The parents in the group are really helpful. Sometimes you get an answer almost instantly when you ask a question, almost faster than Google Search. You also get many view points. It is much better than picking up the phone or texting your query to 10 friends in those days before Whatsapp.

It seemed that I was not the only one that wished I had a place to go to for school and education related discussion. Soon the group grew and grew. It grew till the secondary school parents wanted to have another group to discuss their own issues. So we split the group, renamed it and created the Malaysia Secondary School Parents on Facebook group.

It grew till there were so many people selling their second hand school workbooks that we had to start another group just for trading in preloved school related items without spamming our main group. Not everyone wants to buy or sell stuff and it was getting too distracting. Our trading group is called the Malaysia Market For Children Preloved and Educational Items.

It grew till we needed another place to nurture ourselves instead of talking about school and kids all the time. We parents need a positive place to take care of ourselves so we can take care of our loved ones better. That's why Happy Mom Happy Dad was created.

When the group grew, our bigger numbers also meant that it was easier for us to get all sorts of deals, giveaways and discounts for our members. We have managed to get free parenting talks, story telling session for kids, free workshops for kids, discounts for books, free tickets to shows and events and more.

Along the way, I started Mumsgather Finds, the website to list workshops, enrichment classes, school holiday programmes etc. to make it easier for parents to find. I like to create printables like calendars, subject references etc so now I have a place to store them digitally for sharing with website members. By linking Mumsgather Finds to this blog and the Facebook pages,  we became a complete digital parenting platform. We are also on Facebook (page), Instagram, Pinterest, Google Plus and Twitter including about 4000 website subscribers who subscribe to weekly updates on group happenings.

To address some of the most frequently asked questions including search for tutors, transporters, day care etc, I started the Parents Helping Parents Forum to group the topics together so they won't spam up our wall as they would from being asked almost daily by members. I do weekly updates for those on the Facebook group wall so they continue to reach out to all parents in a more organized manner. Grouping them also makes it more easily searchable for example, in our transport forum, we group topics according to schools so both parent or transporter can find each other more easily.

There were so many members searching for test papers so why not share them with each other, and that was how the test papers bank was started. It is password protected for members only and free for members to download for personal use. Currently we have over 1000 test papers shared by 400 parents.

The latest initiative is the Exchanges and Giveaways forum. I dream that it would be a place for parents to exchange stuff to save space and money and for parents to donate stuff so that parents who need them can go and search for them there. That idea is starting rather slowly. I have learned along the way that not all projects or ideas work and some may need to be shelved re looked into but it should not stop us from dreaming.

Everything starts with a dream. Dreams may not happen overnight and may require lots of hard work to realize. With a little bit of dreaming and lots of hard work, today, our group of 50 has grown to 38000 members. Our parenting platform now consist of a website, 4 Facebook groups, a forum and a parenting blog.

To our blog readers, Facebook members, website subscribers, forum participants, thank you.
Thank you for your support!

Monday, January 29, 2018

English Language Classes for Children Aged 4 -6 at Lorna Whiston Taman Tun

Why Start Learning English at a Young Age?

This is a frequently asked question by parents with young kids who are planning to send them for some form of English enrichment classes. Children who start learning languages at an early age have a greater capacity to pick up a new language and a natural ability to distinguish the sounds of various languages and adopt the grammar. Children absorb languages like a sponge so it is good to expose them to a second or even third language from a young age.

Whether you are sending your child to a SK (public government school), SJKC (Chinese School), SJKT (Tamil School) or private or International school, starting them young with the English language is useful and they will reap the benefits later in life.

For SK, SJKC/T, your child will be learning more languages when they start Primary 1. Letting them master English first helps to make sure that English is not neglected when they start schooling. With a good foundation in English in place, they will be less confused and can focus on learning Malay, Chinese or Tamil when entering primary school.

On the other hand, those who are sending to private or international schools may want to prepare their children for the English learning environment starting from Year 1.

What English Programmes are available for kids aged 4-6?

At Lorna Whiston, you can start off with English Language Programmes for kids aged 4-6 in a number of ways including:
  • English Language Development A - For 4-year olds
  • English Language Development B - For 5-year olds
  • English Language Development C - For 6-year olds
  • Fun with Phonics Ready! Steady! and Go! - For 4 - 6-year olds
  • Speech & Drama A - For 4-year olds
  • Speech & Drama B - For 5-year olds
  • Speech & Drama C - For 6-year olds
The English Language Development Classes are excellent starting points for English Language learning for children aged 4-6. 

At 4 years old, they learn to appreciate activities such as songs, rhymes, finger plays and stories. They are taught to follow simple instructions, to speak up with confidence, to start drawing and writing with the correct pencil grip and begin their journey in English learning with a broad vocabulary.

At 5 years old, phonics become more central in their learning. Individualized reading and group reading becomes the focus to develop strong reading and language skills. Children are now able to recognize many words, read simple books and retell stories in their own words.They work towards independent writing. Social interaction and problem-solving skills are emphasized for this age group

At 6 years old, children at Lorna Whiston have been groomed to become independent and self-motivated learners. By now, they have developed a love for reading and are able to write short stories made up of at least 3 or 4 short sentences. They can listen well and participate in group work and discussion. They are now ready for primary school.

Pre-school children are usually placed in classes according to their age, however, in line with Lorna Whiston’s individualized approach to students and learning, the teachers work closely with the parents to ensure each child is in the best class for their needs.

Call 03-7727 1909 for more details about the fees, dates and times of classes. If you have any questions about the programme or enrolment process, you can complete the form on this page.

This post was brought to you by Lorna Whiston Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

5 Things You Should Know About PT3 BM Lisan and English Oral Tests

The PT3 Oral tests for PT3 are divided into two and are held at different times of the year. This is a good thing because students can prepare for them without the added stress of their written examinations.

Here are 5 things you should know about the PT3 BM Lisan and English Oral Tests

1. In 2018, the Speaking Tests (Ujian Bertutur) for BM (Bahasa Malaysia or Malay) and BI (Bahasa Inggeris or English) are on or within the following dates:

  • 1 - 30 April 2018 Speaking Test (Ujian Bertutur) for BM and BI
  • 13 August 2018 Listening Test (Ujian Mendengar) for BM
  • 14 August 2018 Listening Test (Ujian Mendengar) for BI
2. The BM Speaking Test is conducted in teams. Each team will be given a topic to discuss eg on "Kemasyarakatan, Keremajaan, Kekeluargaan, Alam Sekitar, Teknologi dan Kenegaraan". Total of 30 marks within 10 - 30 minutes time frame.

3. The BI Speaking Test is divided into Section A and Section B. Unlike the BM Speaking tets, the BI speaking test is an individual test. Section A requires the candidate to read aloud a given text while Section B requires the candidate to give a relevant response to the topic given. Total of 30 marks within 10 minutes suggested time frame.

4. The BM Listening Test is divided into Section A and Section B. The BM Listening Test is an individual test. Candidates are required to listen to an audio recording and provide written answers to oral questions. Section A has 10 questions after listening to a text. 5 multiple choice and 5 free response questions. Section B has 5 questions after listening to a text. The questions may be visual ie to circle items on a map or to arrange the sequence, steps or order of an item from 1 to 5.  Total of 20 marks for the Listening Test within 30 minutes time frame.

5. The BI Listening Test is divided into Section A and Section B. The BI Listening Test is an individual test. Section A requires candidates to listen to 5 recorded texts and answer 10 multiple choice questions whereas Section B requires candidates to listen to 2 recorded texts and answer 10 limited response questions. Total of 20 marks within 30 minutes time frame.

How to prepare your child for the PT3 BM Lisan and English Oral Tests

Teachers will group students in teams for their BM Speaking Test and give them time to practice in class on given topics.

If you wish to let your child practice more, you can get workbooks that come with audio or apps to let them do their practical practice at home.

Since the BM Speaking test is a team test, it would be a good idea to let them practice in a group with their friends. They can meet in school or at a friend's home to practice. The workbooks will give them more ideas on topics or the types of questions that may be asked.

Encourage your child to speak aloud clearly with confidence. For the BM Speaking test, he or she should know a few points in mind so that if a team member has already mentioned the point, he will still be able to contribute to the discussion.

Besides workbooks, you can search YouTube for the BM Lisan or English Oral Samples for ideas. Here's one.

Since the Speaking test is in April and the Listening test is in August, you can practice just the speaking part first and keep the workbooks till August for the Listening practice.

All the best to all PT3 2018 candidates.

You may also like to read: When Is PT3 2018

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