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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 info@kidocode.com.

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 - https://goo.gl/forms/ms0Jb3CgZLrKQ5oI2
Contact: mumsgather@gmail.com

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. 
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