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Monday, June 19, 2017

Computational Thinking And Adaptive Learning System

What is Computational Thinking (CT) and Why Kids Should Be Trained To Practice It

Computational thinking is a problem solving process that begins with logical ordering of the problem at hand, followed by analyzing the data available leading to creative solutions or results by using a series of ordered steps. (In computer applications, this series of ordered steps is called algorithms). Computational Thinking or CT is required for the development of computer applications, naturally but not only that, CT can be used in problem solving for math, science as well as the humanities. 

In the 21st Century, Computational Thinking is as important as reading, writing and mathematics.

In short, CT involves step by step problem solving and designing solutions through the understanding of human behaviour. Students who learn CT are often better able to see a correlation between the different subjects they are studying or a relationship between school and life outside the classroom. The ability to relate school to life in general by using Computational Thinking is what makes CT an interesting and useful skill that all kids should have. 

There is a need to adapt the language of education to this way of thinking and our classrooms are slowly heading towards that direction however at the moment the best way to practice Computational Thinking is by attending classes on Computer Science, Computer Programming and Coding organized by experts in the industry.

Another intriguing way of learning that some of these Computer Programming classes offer is student-centric learning through Adaptive Learning Systems.

Some of these centres offer a student centered personalized learning environment where a student learns at his own pace using artificial intelligence technology while at the same time interacting with other students in controlled learning team collaborations. Adaptive learning environments gives a child a more controlled studying environment and therefore more confidence when learning objectives are achieved. Parents are able to support learning at home by checking in through their children's progress and homework online in the comfort of home.

Find out more about a comprehensive computational thinking and programming curriculum using adaptive learning systems for a personalized computer science education. Call KidoCode @ Solaris Mont Kiara at +603 6411 0968 or attend one of their free 4 hour demo sessions today. 

Below are the latest dates for the free demo sessions. Click here to sign up.

June 6 – June 11
June 13 – June 18
June 20 – June 25
June 27 – July 2

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

What Parents Need To Know About DLP

Today we signed a letter of declaration and acknowledgement to allow our boy to join the DLP (Dual Language Programme) to learn Maths, Science and Information Technology in English in school. We also acknowledged that the programme will continue its run up to Form 5 or Form 6 and we agree to remain committed towards the DLP programme throughout its entire duration.

The fact that we have to sign this letter shows that parents consent is required for the programme. Not only must parents give consent in writing to the school, the school must meet certain criteria eg. the HM and teachers must be willing to implement, the school must have competent teachers and adequate resources and the Bahasa Malaysia standard of that school must be higher or equal to the national average.

Many parents are excited and eager to join a "DLP school" but just what exactly is a DLP school?

We still have many parents asking "What is DLP?"

Parents should note that a "DLP school" may not mean that ALL classes conduct Maths, Science and IT in English in the approved school. They may have some classes where the subjects are taught in English and other classes teaching in Bahasa Malaysia or other languages. That is what the "Dual" in Dual Languages Programme mean ie that these subjects are taught in TWO languages and parents have an option to choose. 

Although DLP is fully taught in our kids school, they continue to receive the Math and Science books in BM for safekeeping....

We do not have statistics but judging from the discussion going on in our FB group, we do know that many parents are keen and are moving towards registering their kids in schools participating in the DLP programme. You can check our old post for the list of schools participating in the pilot programme and the list for the second cohort. By next year, 2018 the programme will be in its third year and it will be available to students from Std 1 up to Form 3.

An important thing to note is there are no SJKC in the list because SJKC is against the DLP Programme
This means that if you are in SJKC, you will not have the chance to participate in the DLP programme. Perhaps you can move on to join a SMK (Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan) that participates in the DLP programme? However, as some parents in the group pointed out, perhaps the original SK students who graduate from primary school or SK doing DLP may have a better chance to get into the DLP classes of the feeder secondary school. That is one possible scenario you need to think about and it makes sense too.

All is not lost for those from SJKC. 76 SMJK received the green light to run the DLP in 2017. You can read more about SMJK in our old post here: Information on SMJK in Malaysia.

On the other hand, though there were some Tamil NGOs which said No to the DLP programme initially, there are about 47 SJKT in the 2017 list. However there were calls to revoke the approved Tamil schools while the Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan maintains that the Dual Language Programme (DLP) is not being forced upon any student or school. There are no secondary Tamil schools. 

To sum it up...

In short if you are in SK running dual programme, you can continue to a SMK running the dual programme.

If you are in SJKC that does not run the DLP, you can continue to SMK running the DLP (but there is a chance you will be given lower priority compared to students who had been under the programme all along from SK.) However, you can join the SMJK which runs the DLP.

If you are in SJKT, you can consider a SMK running the DLP (but there is a chance you will be given lower priority compared to students who had been under the programme all along from SK.)  There are no Tamil secondary schools in Malaysia.

Parents should understand what DLP is about and do proper planning if that is the path they wish to choose for their kids. Personally, my older one did Math and Science in English AND Chinese for a couple of years and later on in Chinese alone dropping English up to UPSR while the second did Math and Science fully in Chinese. They are now doing Math and Science in English in a school running DLP and they have no problems switching from Chinese to English. I suppose it helped that we have always taught them Math and Science concepts in English at home even though the language they used in school was Chinese.

The views expressed in this post are the author's own personal view and may not necessarily reflect or represent any school or authority.

After UPSR in SJKC

We often find posts about UPSR preparation but no one shares what happens after UPSR. Today, I'm going to share what happens after UPSR to provide some cheer to the hardworking kids and parents preparing for UPSR 2017.

Typically, UPSR takes place in early September. It used to be over in just 3 days, now it is 4-5 days, an extra day for SJKC and SJKT students. Imagine all that studying and preparation over in a couple of days. Parents have to make sure kids are well enough and don't fall sick during that period. That itself is a form of stress. 

In many SJKC, UPSR preparation starts in Year 4. That's when you have extra after school compulsory tuition (which you can choose to opt out of). There will be lots of practice doing UPSR exam papers in workbooks that have titles like "pra-UPSR", "Score A" (it used to be Score 7As, now its Score 8As). Preparation heats up in Year 6 when there will be motivational talks by the school with parents in attendance. Later on, there will be seminars and motivational camps in school just for the kids. By year 6, it may be harder to opt out of the compulsory extra school tuition after school hours including Saturdays. 

Then BOOM! the UPSR is over in a little over a week. After that kids continue to attend school till around end of November when they break for the year-end. So what do these kids do from second week of September till the last week of November? That's about 2 1/2 months. Do they go to school to play or ponteng classes?

This is what my kid did after UPSR.
  1. Take part in sports competition. The school organized inter-class competition for games and sports like badminton, football and basketball. Anyone can register and compete for fun.
  2. Take part in concert/competition. The kids were encouraged to take part in concert/competition by performing musical instruments, singing or dancing and acting. 
  3. Prepare for school graduation concert. They kids practiced for their graduation concert. Everyone has a role to play including singing in a choir made out of the whole P6 students.
  4. Take part in drawing or art competition.
  5. Organized a school fun fair. The kids got together in teams to run games/competition stalls or sold stuff. They were to treat it like a business so a lot of planning is involved including calculating how much money they have to come up with for prizes and gifts and the returns from what they will charge for games at their stall. They had to go from class to class to present and garner interest and participation in their stalls. The kids love this and many start planning what stall or games they want to run even from the start of the year. They have to take care of their stall on fun fair day and after that they calculated to see which team made the most money. This is done to encourage enterprise skills. 
  6. The kids went on organized school trips with their other P6 school mates.
  7. Of course, they also "lepak" in class when teacher was busy or not looking by having someone guarding the door while they played music videos when teacher was away (in other words, they had fun just like any school going kids)
  8. They also started studying some Form 1 work 
They had so much fun! That made up for all that time when they could not attend their PE or gym or art classes because they had to study. Many parents complain about the fact that gym classes are replaced by academic lessons but many fail to mention this part. In short, after UPSR, they did and learned everything they could not earlier during the year, sports, finer arts like drawing, music, singing, dancing, speech and drama, enterprise sklls, presentation skills, performing and just having fun plus they did not forget their studies.

Yes, SJKC is very much focused on academics. Yes, the kids work really hard for UPSR but then hey, they also play very hard afterwards.

So to all parents with kids sitting for UPSR this year, ie 2017. Encourage your kids to work hard now and ask them to hang on there for just a few months more. After that they can do and learn all the things that they miss out on. They will make up for it. Oh yes and pray there are no leaks in the papers. My other kid was unfortunate to have this special time cut short by a whole month due to paper leaks a couple of years ago.

Good luck!  All the best for UPSR 2017 students.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Hari Raya Aidilfitri School Holidays 2017

The Ministry of Education Malaysia just announced an extra holiday on 23 June, 2017 for Category B Schools in Malaysia. Category B Schools are schools which observe Sat and Sun as weekend ie schools in Perlis, Pulau Pinang, Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Pahang, Sabah, Sarawak, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Labuan & Putrajaya.

This extra holiday is to be replaced on Saturday, 17 June, 2017.  See images below. Source of image is
Surat Siaran Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia Bilangan 7 Tahun 2017 Cuti Berganti Sempena Hari Raya Aidilfitri Tahun 2017

Meanwhile, below is the Cuti Perayaan or Festive Holiday as set by the Ministry of Education earlier. Image sourced from Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia website under the heading Surat Siaran Takwim Penggal Dan Cuti Persekolahan Tahun 2017

Hari Raya Aidil Fitri School Holidays 2017 for schools in category A and B

Category A Schools Hari Raya Aididl Fitri School Holidays 2017
- schools in Negeri Kedah, Johor, Kelantan and Terengganu will be off from 23 June 2017 till 1 July 2017 ie 9 days in total

Fri 23 -  Sat 24 June Weekend (2 days)
Sun 25 - Mon 26 June Hari Raya (2 days)
Tue 27 - Thur 29 June School Holidays (3 days)
Fri 30 Jun - Sat 1 Jul Weekend (2 days)
Total = 9 days

Category B Schools Hari Raya Aididl Fitri School Holidays 2017
- schools in Perlis, Pulau Pinang, Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Pahang, Sabah, Sarawak, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Labuan & Putrajaya. will be off from 23 June 2017 till 2 June 2017 ie 10 days in total minus 1 replacement school day on 17 June 2017 = 9 days in total.

Sat 17 June Replacement School day (-1day)
Fri 23 June Extra Hari Raya Holiday (1 day)
Sat 24 June Weekend (1 day) *as weekend overlaps with Hari Raya
Sun 25 - Mon 26 June Hari Raya (2 days)
Tue 27 - Fri 30 June School Holidays (4 days)
Sat 1 - Sun 2 Jul Weekend (2 days)
Total = 10 days - 1 day = 9 days

In short, schools in Category A will be off for a 9 day stretch from 23 June till 1 Jul 2017 while schools in Category B will be off for a 10 day stretch from 23 June till 2 July 2017 with the need to replace one day of schooling on 17 June 2017. 

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Parent Workshop: Tips & Strategies For Getting Your Child To Speak Up

One of the most important life skills a child should have is the ability to speak clearly and confidently. Speaking up confidently and with clarity not only helps our children do well in school, it will help them succeed at work in later life.

Parents who want to  nurture their children's speaking skills should arm themselves with strategies to get their kids to speak up confidently.

The ability to express themselves well will help your child at school or at home
  • while having conversations with their peers and teachers
  • during class presentations or annual concerts and performances or school assemblies 
  • during school plays, dramas or story telling competitions
  • during social situations like birthday parties or family gatherings
This June, Lorna Whiston is having a workshop for parents who wish to help their children express themselves better.

Tips & Strategies for Getting Your Child to Speak Up! is for parents with kids of all ages. Whether your child is a shy child, a child who mumbles during speech, a child who is not comfortable in speaking up in social situations or during group presentations in class, or perhaps you would like to get some extra tips to help you turn your child into a confident and self assured public speaker, this workshop is for you. It will help you find out how to help your child improve on their daily communication skills and speak up with confidence.

The course will be conducted by Ms Jill Coombs. Jill holds a Master's Degree in Theatre Arts and a PGCE in English and Drama from London University. She has 30 years experience working in communication through education and theatre arts. Her experience in theatre arts include working with various international touring theatre companies and acting for stage and television. She has taught children of all ages from pre-school to universities in England, the USA, Spain, Japan and Malaysia.

Course Details:

Title:  Parent Workshop on Tips & Strategies For Getting Your Child To Speak Up
Date: 20th June 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 9.30 am - 11 am
Fee: RM 50 for Lorna Whiston parents/Parents of our FB groups
        RM 75 for public
*Fees will be subject to 6% GST Contact: Call 03-7727 1909 or email

Parents of our FB groups, please go to this thread to register.
(RM53 for Parents of our FB groups). Plus, receive a Free Trial for Speech and Drama or Public Speaking,

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.

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