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Monday, April 29, 2024

Gear Up for Standard 1 Registration! (2025/2026 Intake)


It's that exciting time again for parents – Standard 1 registration! Here's a quick guide to ensure a smooth process for enrolling your child in the 2025/2026 academic year. If you have any questions while going through the process, please proceed to our Facebook group - The Malaysia Primary School Parents on Facebook group.

Key points for Std 1 Registration (2025/2026 Intake):

Children born between 2/1/2018 - 1/1/2019

When: 2/5/2024 - 30/6/2024

Results: 1/10/2024 - 31/10/2024

How to Register?

Here's a breakdown of the registration process:
Step 1: Create a Profile on idme.moe.gov.my:
New users need to register on the website. Before you start, read the User Manual and follow the step-by-step instructions with pictures provided.

Step 2: Register your Child: After creating your profile, proceed to register your child for the 2025/2026 intake. Follow the instructions provided by the system. Here is a good reference guide as well.

Step 3: Print and Submit Application Form: Upon online registration completion, print the application form. Visit the school and submit the form along with the required documents (see below). 

Required Documents
Please confirm with the school. Submission dates will start on 2/5/2024 to 30/6/2024 excluding weekends and public holidays, during office hours with breaks for lunch. Please check with the school for their office hours for submission.

Birth Certificate and MyKid Card
Utility bills (e.g., TNB, Water, or Electricity)
Parent/Guardian's MyKad
Parent/Guardian's Pay Slip
Marriage Certificate or Divorce/Annulment Certificate (whichever applies)
Vaccination record
OKU card (if applicable)
Stamped envelope (if requested by the school for sending hardcopy results)

This is a general list. Always double-check with the school to ensure you have all the necessary documents before submitting your application so that you can complete everything in one visit. You can view the letters of instructions from various schools here to see if your school is in the list.


Below is the contact information for support if you face technical issues during registration

Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (KPM), Blok E8, Kompleks E, 
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan, 62604 Putrajaya, Malaysia. 
E-mel : supportidMe@moe.gov.my

Bonus Tip: Bookmark this guide or print a copy for easy reference as you approach the registration dates. Additionally, explore the Ministry of Education's website (https://www.moe.gov.my/) for any updates or announcements related to Standard 1 registration.

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Fostering Critical Thinking in Our Children

In parenting, we always hear buzzwords like “critical thinking” or “think critically”. In this context is about nurturing our children to think critically. We often hear this term as parents due to its importance in developing our children to be the next generation's leaders.

What does critical thinking mean?
It is the ability to compare, contrast, evaluate, understand, organize and classify information. That’s a lot of words, but you get the gist. Critical thinking is mostly applied to solve problems and/or to analyze a piece of information.

It may seem a lot to ask for a child to think critically. Nevertheless, doing it early can set a foundation that should be helpful for their development and future careers. Researchers say to kickstart a child’s critical thinking skill by making logic and scientific reasoning explicit or engaging them in a debate-like situation.

Children are naturally curious yet when they ask us a question, they always expect a straightforward answer. Rephrase the question to be more thought-provoking. Ask them what they think, the ‘whys’ and the ‘hows. This would allow the children to think more deeply about the subject. Present to them some pieces of evidence and logical reasoning so that they can think about other perspectives of the answer as well.

Another great way to develop critical thinking is to open conversations about biases. Kids can still understand how emotions or feelings can affect their judgment in any given situation. The key here is to let them understand and think why they are feeling that and give their reasons why they feel that. For example, if you say to children, what you think about eating insects, they will react and answer that it is disgusting. However, we know that in some parts of the world, this is considered normal.

Eye Level Malaysia has designed its programs for children to apply their critical thinking in Math and English. This rings especially true for math for they have a module called Critical Thinking Math (CTM). The CTM module encourages students to apply the concepts they have learned in different situations for which they would cultivate their problem-solving skills.

Enroll in Eye Level now and get a free diagnostic test to determine your child’s learning level. Find out more at myeyelevel.com or Google Eye Level Malaysia. We have over 100 learning centers in Malaysia so feel free to visit any of them.

This post was brought to you by Eye Level Malaysia.

Monday, March 25, 2024

Pack Perfect Lunches: A Guide to School Food Containers

Packing school lunches is a daily ongoing battle for many parents. You want to send your child to school with healthy, delicious food that will stay fresh and warm all day. But with so many lunchbox options, choosing the right containers can be overwhelming. This guide will break down the best types of food containers for your school-aged child. Let us explore the various container options to ensure your child's school lunches stay fresh, organized, and perfectly portioned.

Image Credit: The Kawaii Yellow Duck Food Container is from here: https://shope.ee/7pW0H1oUgO

Classic Containers:

Available at Shopee: https://shope.ee/2LB3eOhoaY

Lunchboxes: The tried-and-true option! Insulated lunchboxes come in various sizes and styles, keeping food cool or warm (depending on the contents). Look for leakproof options with compartments for organized packing. Some even have space for ice packs!

Available at Shopee: https://shope.ee/B6Z4Y8y3y

Bento Boxes: These compartmentalized boxes are perfect for portion control and variety. They come in fun shapes and sizes, making lunchtime exciting for younger kids.

Available at Lazada: https://s.lazada.com.my/s.8OI3z?cc

Reusable Bags: Eco-friendly and lightweight, reusable lunch bags are a great option for older kids. Pair them with leakproof containers for a sustainable and stylish lunch solution.

Leakproof Containers:

Available at Shopee: https://shope.ee/20YDHB10Hn

Mini Sauce Bottle: If you are providing your child with food that contain sauces and dips, consider getting mini sauce bottles that they can use just before eating to prevent food from getting soggy. They're the perfect size for dips, sauces, or small snacks like berries.

Silicone Pouches: These flexible, reusable pouches are leakproof wonders. They're great for packing simple snacks and fruits. They're also easy to store and space saving.

Available at Shopee: https://shope.ee/1fvMt7fP5e

Thermoses: For hot lunches that stay hot, invest in a thermos. Soups, stews, and pasta dishes stay piping hot until lunchtime, ensuring a satisfying meal.

Portion Control Containers:

Available at Shopee: https://shope.ee/7zpQR26ETr

Snack Containers: Small containers with tight-fitting lids are perfect for packing individual portions of fruits, veggies, or crunchy treats. This helps prevent over-snacking and keeps lunches organized.

Available at Shopee: https://shope.ee/30QkUL8LUY

Divided Trays: These trays with compartments are ideal for packing a variety of foods without them touching. They're great for picky eaters or kids with allergies who need to avoid certain ingredients. Do check to see if they are airtight. Do not store liquid if they're not to prevent spillage.

Available at Shopee: https://shope.ee/10fg6olWNH

Bonus Tips: 

Label everything! Use reusable name tags or write directly on containers with a permanent marker or label stickers to avoid lunchtime mix-ups.

Available at Lazada: https://s.lazada.com.my/s.8OHnN?cc

Insulated Lunch Bags: Some lunch boxes come with matching lunch bags. You can also get lunch bags separately. They are usually insulated and waterproof to keep food warm and for easy cleanups

Choosing the Right Material:

Consider the following when choosing the material of your food container. 

Eco-friendly and non-porous, glass containers are perfect for storing leftovers and non-acidic foods. However, they can be heavy and break easily, making them less ideal for younger children.

Stainless Steel: Durable and lightweight, stainless steel containers are a great all-around option. They're leakproof, shatterproof, and resist odors and stains. However, they're not microwave-safe and can dent.

Plastic: Opt for BPA-free plastic containers. These are lightweight, affordable, and come in various shapes and sizes. However, some plastics can leach chemicals over time, so choose them for short-term storage.

Silicone: These flexible and heat-resistant containers are perfect for packing snacks and freezing leftovers. They're lightweight, leakproof, and easy to clean. However, they may not be suitable for very hot or cold foods.

Choosing the Right Container For Your Child:

Consider your child's age, preferences, and the types of food they typically eat. Opt for leakproof containers for wet foods, and insulated options for hot or cold lunches. Remember, a well-packed lunch sets your child up for a successful school day, and the right container can make all the difference!

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Stay Cool in School: Malaysia's Education Ministry Issues Heatwave Measures

The Malaysian Ministry of Education (MOE) is prioritizing the health and safety of students and staff during hot weather. They've outlined several measures for schools to implement:

Hold classes indoors: Outdoor activities will be postponed when it's too hot.

Monitor student exposure: School officials will keep an eye on activities that could put students at risk in the heat.

Stay hydrated: Schools will ensure a sufficient supply of clean drinking water and encourage students to bring their own water bottles (especially for those who aren't fasting).

Drink up!: Students will be advised to drink plenty of water to stay cool.

Dormitory support:
Schools will provide drinking water to dorm students if needed.

Heatstroke watch: Schools will be vigilant and prepared to work with clinics and hospitals if any students experience heat-related complications.

The MOE encourages schools to follow these guidelines, stay informed about local weather conditions, and comply with any additional recommendations from authorities to ensure everyone's well-being. Additionally, schools can consider allowing students, teachers, and staff to wear modest sportswear during hot weather to stay comfortable.

The full statement from the Ministry of Education or Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia can be found here.

Monday, March 18, 2024

Ministry of Education's Curriculum Intervention - What You Need To Know

This morning, the Minister of Education, YB Fadhlina Sidek held a special press conference to announce a curriculum intervention initiative to deal with the issue of student dropout.z

The Ministry of Education acknowledges and addresses concerns regarding the perceived complexity of the curriculum, its suitability for the age group of students, the difficulty in understanding Classroom Assessment reporting (PBD), and the lack of access for parents to PBD reports. In response, the ministry has implemented four intervention initiatives.

1. Revision of the KSSR Alignment Document (2017 Revised) Edition 3.
2. Early Detection of Literacy and Numeracy Challenges.
3. Introduction of Parent-Friendly Classroom Assessment (PBD) Reporting.
4. Upgrading of the KSSR Alignment Document (2017 Revised) Edition 3.

 Let's delve into the details of these changes and their potential impact:

1. Revision of the KSSR Alignment Document (2017 Revised) Edition 3

What you need to know:

This is NOT a change of syllabus or curriculum. The change of syllabus will take place in 2027 starting for Std 1 and Form 1 students. KSSR is a an acronym for Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Rendah (translated to Malaysia Primary School Standard Curriculum) and has been in place since 2011. In the year 2017 after the first batch of students completed their primary school, the KSSR was reviewed and revised with new textbooks. The next change will be in 2027.

What has changed:
The ministry has introduced the latest edition of the KSSR Alignment Document, which focuses on realigning the Phase One Science and Mathematics subjects. (Phase One =  Tahap 1 or Standard 1 to Standard 3). This document provides teachers with updated guidelines for implementing the lower school curriculum, ensuring that the content remains relevant and effective.

In short, this is a tweak, update and reorganization of the existing content for the Math and Science curriculum with support materials for teachers. The KSSR Alignment Document (Semakan 2017) Edition 3 is provided as an option to teachers in implementing the lower school curriculum and may be used together with the Stage One Science and Mathematics Guidance Module. Parents need not worry about getting new textbooks.

2. Early Detection of Literacy and Numeracy Challenges

What you need to know:

A crucial aspect of the intervention involves assessing the literacy and numeracy skills of Year One students. The aim is to identify students who have not yet mastered the skills of reading, writing and calculating and provide them with early intervention

What to expect:
After 3 months of schooling, educators will conduct screenings to identify students in need of additional support in developing fundamental skills such as reading, writing, and arithmetic. (or 3M ie Membaca, Menulis dan Mengira).  This will be done through the existing  PBD (Pentaksiran Bilik Darjah or Classroom Based Assessment). 

3. Parent-Friendly PBD Reporting (PBD)

What you need to know:

KPM has introduced a more parent-friendly reporting for PBD to provide parents with better insights into their child's progress. Additionally, PBD reporting can now be accessed online through the Integrated Assessment Management System (or SPPB ie Sistem Pengurusan Pentaksiran Bersepadu), with effect from the current academic year 2024/2025. Login to the SPPB here: https://idme.moe.gov.my/login

What this means:
PBD reporting will be simplified and made available online. To enhance parent understanding of the reports, UASA results for all subjects will now be in percentages and grades format  instead of the previous TP (Tahap Penguasaan) format. UASA is short for Ujian Akhir Semester Akademik. (End of Academic Semester Examination). Read more about UASA here

4. Upgrading of the KSSR Alignment Document (2017 Revised) Edition 3

To ensure effective implementation, KPM is committed to upgrading the KSSR Alignment Document through workshops and training sessions for teachers.

What this means:
This is related to Item 1 above. Item 1 will be disseminated to teachers through workshops and training sessions. By equipping educators with the necessary tools and resources, the ministry aims to enhance instructional practices and elevate learning outcomes in Phase One Science and Mathematics subjects.

These initiatives aim to streamline the curriculum, facilitate early identification of literacy and numeracy issues, enhance reporting mechanisms for parents, and ensure educators are equipped with updated guidelines for effective teaching. 

References as embedded below are from:
Facebook post from KPM (Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia)
Facebook post from Minister of Education, Fadhlina Sidek
Press Conference by Minishter of Education, Fadhlina Sidek as shown on the Astro Awani YouTube Channel

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