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Friday, March 24, 2023

Unlock Your Child's Potential with Eye Level's Self-Directed Learning (SDL) Approach

 This post is brought to you by Eye Level Malaysia

Hi parents, it’s back to school season and many parents are hunting for enrichment lessons for their children to supplement or enhance their learning. Today’s blog post is on self-directed learning (SDL) and how Eye Level Malaysia uses SDL to focus on each child’s individual learning needs, helping them to master concepts at their own pace. With Eye Level’s SDL method, your child will develop independent learning skills and academic confidence, while becoming a problem solver and critical thinker.

Enrol into any of Eye Level programs by 31 March 2023 and enjoy RM50 off on registration fee, additional 200 points and a Free Eye Level backpack. Call 1300-88-0909 or visit www.myeyelevel.com for more information.

About Eye Level and SDL

Eye Level is a supplemental education program from South Korea which focus on developing our students to be critical thinkers and lifelong learners, established for over 40 years. Throughout the years, Eye Level has nurtured millions of students in 20 countries worldwide. and what makes us different What sets us apart is our educational principle which starts with understanding a child's individual learning needs, enabling them to master concepts and progress at their own pace, building academic confidence and self-directed learning (SDL) habits.

Under the Self-Directed Learning (SDL) method, students will develop independent learning skills in our Eye Level learning centers. Instructors will provide guidance to students as they move throughout their individualized program. To find out where a student stands, we conduct a Diagnostic Test (DT) to provide insight into the student’s ability and learning needs. This step is important to determine the best place to start the student in the Eye Level curriculum.

Why does Eye Level promote SDL?

Eye Level aims to nurture each Eye Level student who enrol in our program as problem solvers, critical thinkers and lifelong learners. In order to achieve this, it is very important to develop each student with self-directed learning ability. Through SDL, students are more self-motivated and willing to take the initiative to achieve their study goal in both Eye Level and school. This is the main reason why Eye Level aims to instil each student with SDL ability.

How to achieve this?

In order to instil SDL, firstly we need to understand the process of SDL as shown below;

First, a goal needs to be set for each student. The goal can be short, medium or long term. For example, we can set the completion of certain level in a year or aim for student to study equation before going to secondary school. This will help students to have a clear goal and always strive to achieve the target.

Secondly, the right study planning should come in place by the instructor after careful observation upon enrolment and during study session in the center. Continuous parents’ feedback is crucial to ensure the study plan goes smoothly.

Thirdly, SDL with will provide the right amount of academic coaching needed by students during the study period while still emphasising creative thinking and proactive learning. Instructor need to will determine the right amount of study and the necessary coaching needed by students during the study period. If students had difficulty in attempting the question in the booklet, instructor must guide student properly like using the example provided in the booklet to let them understand the relationship of with the topic. Instructor need to make the child think and not simply give answer to them in order to help students develop their SDL ability.

Finally, the whole process will be reviewed and the students’ performance will be analyzed. Instructor will go through the completed booklet and carefully analyze carefully the booklet result recorded in the progress booklet. If certain adjustment is needed, then instructor will adjust the students’ progress accordingly to ensure effective learning by students.

If we are able to instil each student with SDL ability, they will be able to become proactive learners and self-motivated students. These are the important factors to be successful in learning. Together with the instructor, parents will also need to play their role at home. With SDL ability, we believe that each student can achieve higher in life. Together, let us nurture our children to become SDL and independent learners!

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Monday, March 13, 2023

Simple tips to prepare your Lower Primary child for the new school year

After the fun of the holidays comes the first day of term. Some children will be excited to rejoin their peers in the classroom, while others might need a little help readjusting to the school routine. Either way, here are some tips you can try to prepare your Lower Primary child for the new school year ahead.

Gradually adapt their routine

If the usual routine has been put on pause for the holiday period, now’s the time to start moving towards a more structured schedule. Dial back late nights and leisurely starts to ease children back into the demands of the school day. Consider planning meals and any reading or TV sessions around school timings.

Nurture your child’s love of reading

Set aside some quiet time for reading each day to build consistent learning practice into their routine. If they are reluctant readers, let them choose books or comics that reflect their interests, and ask them questions as you turn the pages. Keep sessions short and sweet to foster enjoyment.

Encourage independent learning

Enable your child to take an active role in their learning. Whether by setting small goals and rewarding improvements, or by resisting the temptation to step in too soon when they are grappling with new skills, you can start to develop their independence so that they are ready for future challenges.

Get to know your child’s curriculum

Familiarise yourself with what your child is expected to learn this term and think about any areas where they may benefit from additional support. You may wish to begin exploring new topics at home, so they have some prior knowledge when they start school.

Build their social skills

Especially if you’ve been travelling or relaxing as a family at home, arranging playdates will help your child reconnect with their school friends. For those making the transition to Primary 1, this is a good time to develop their social and emotional skills so that they feel happy and confident participating in group activities.

Have fun getting organised

One sure way to generate some excitement is by organising their school bag. Allow your child to pick out some of their own school supplies and set out what they will be wearing on their first day back.

Consider an English enrichment class for primary

If you are nervous about the transition to the next learning stage or you feel your child lacks confidence in certain areas, now might be the time to think about extra tuition. English enrichment classes will focus on communication skills as well as helping with a range of subjects taught in English. Aside from complementing their academic education, they can teach many valuable life skills, from creativity to teamwork.

About our Primary Plus courses

Developed by our team of English experts, our Primary Plus courses will spark your child’s imagination, so they can express themselves with confidence that goes beyond their English language skills.

Your child will also develop leadership, collaboration, and critical thinking skills in a relaxed environment where they can be themselves and do independent study on the Learning Hub before and after class.

About The British Council in Malaysia

The British Council in Malaysia offers a wide range of English classes for young children - including group courses and customised one-to-one courses. Your child will learn more than just language, they will develop skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, and making connections. Our aim is to nurture our students to become creative thinkers and confident communicators, so that they may thrive both inside and outside of the classroom.

To find out more about our courses for kids and teens, visit our website or book a free consultation with our friendly consultant.

Friday, March 10, 2023

Suncare for mom and kids

This post is brought to you by Lady K House Official.

Sun protection is important for both mom and kids especially in our hot weather to keep skin healthy and safe from the sun's harmful UV rays. Kids spend a lot of time in the sun during vacations and while they are at school when participating in sports and outdoor activities or during recess time. Many mothers also spend a lot of time in the sun when doing school runs, sitting in the car or standing out in the sun chatting in the sun while waiting for school to be dismissed. 

Here are some simple suncare tips for moms and kids. 

  1. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. 
  2. Make sure you pack a small bottle of sunscreen in your child's school bag and your handbag so you can apply it when required. 
  3. Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going out in the sun
  4. Apply at all exposed areas of the skin including face, neck, arms and legs
  5. Teach your kids the importance of sun protection to prevent sun damage
  6. Use suncare products daily even on cloudy days as UV rays can still penetrate through clouds and cause skin damage 
Lady K House Official recommends the following suncare products for moms and kids

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This is easy and fun for kids. It is a moisturising face only sunscreen pact. Kids will enjoy using this as it is similar to mom's make-up casing. Not only does it look cute, it also offers SPF43 PA+++ protection. Just tap and apply, that's it.

This is a sun patch that is made of hydrogel fabric and can be attached on your cheekbones and left on for up to 12 hours. It is cooling and moisturizing. This is probably more suitable for mom, to cool you down while protecting your skin from the sun while waiting for your child in the car or driving around in the sun.

Those who prefer vegan products that are cruelty-free can try the V'ethic Sunscreen Vegan.  Instead of animal-derived ingredients, this mineral sunblock contains 5 Super Food Complex! It can be applied on the face, arms and legs for an overall skin protection for mom and kids.

This sun protection balm is not sticky and convenient to keep in the bag for regular use. It contains green tangerine extract, which is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants to even out skin tone. It can be applied directly on dark spots. This is useful for anyone who wants to fade dark spots caused by sun damage.

Moms can use this as part of their morning and night skincare regime to provide brightening care and improve the skin's appearance. In addition to green tangerine extract, the product also contains other natural ingredients such as niacinamide, and licorice root extract, which help to soothe and hydrate the skin, while also improving its texture and tone.

While sunscreen can help to protect the skin from sun damage, it is important to remember to also protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays by wearing protective clothing, seeking shade and avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun during peak hours. When trying new products, one should always remember to do a patch test to determine suitability.

Thursday, March 02, 2023

Using ChatGPT for school - What parents should know

There is a lot of hype about ChatGPT right now. As parents, we should be in the know too because our kids will surely know about the hype and be using it. ChatGPT was launched on 30 November 2022 and it has already taken the world by storm. What does this mean for students and parents who are quietly guiding them?

With AI Chat bots coming into the scene more prominently now, parents have an added responsibility to educate our kids on how to use them wisely, smartly and not abuse them by using copy and paste material for school work.

ChatGPT can help you to write essays, poems, songs complete with music notes, write code, solve math problems, compose fairytales and more. With such a powerful tool, there is always the good and the bad and it is up to us to make use of the good and educate our kids to use it with integrity, discretion and positively.

We got it to write us a letter to the school informing the school about the child being absent from school in English, Malay and Chinese and got it in less than a minute. Now, that is a great help to parents. However, note that this ability to generate letters, essays and answers to questions on demand within minutes can also be prone to abuse.

Below is an essay on global warming written by ChatGPT

Below is an essay in Malay on the subject "I am a computer" by ChatGPT. 

So what are the possible abuses by a student?
  • chatting with the bot when lonely instead of attempting to make friends in the real world
  • getting the chat bot to write their essay for their homework or assignment and copy and paste the entire essay instead of writing their own. Not only is this plagiarising, the student could even end up learning the wrong words (for example the Malay essay generated above is written in Bahasa Indonesia, not Bahasa Malaysia so if you had  wanted an essay in BM, you would have inadvertently learned the wrong language)
  • getting the chat bot to write pieces of code for them for students studying coding
Can you think of any other abuses?

Benefit of ChatGPT to students

On the other hand, if properly used in a more positive way, a student could benefit in the following ways
  • research 
  • brain storming for ideas
  • easy 24 hours access to information

Let's see what ChatGPT has to say about it's benefit to students

What parents can do

Parents should know about ChatGPT, understand what it can do and talk to their children about it as well as educate them about how to use it positively and effectively. It is recommended to read all of the links provided in this blog post to have a thorough understanding in order for parents to guide their children. As with any other technology, as parents we should not let our children educate us. Instead, we should keep abreast with the latest developments so that we can communicate with and guide our children.
Read: ChatGPT on Wikipedia
Read: Everything you need to know about ChatGPT
Read: Things you can do with ChatGPT

Students should be taught that it is okay to ask the chatbot questions or generate essays for brainstorming of ideas. However, it is not okay to copy the generated answers or  essays word for word and pass it off as their own when handing in assignments. 
Read: How a top UK school is changing its approach to homework amid the rise of ChatGPT, as educators around the world adapt to AI

Not only students, more and more authors are turning to ChatGPT to write and publish books!
Read: Everyone is writing a novel, even ChatGPT What do you think of this development?

When something is booming, there may also be scammers looming. 
Read: ChatGPT malware continues with fake subscription based apps

So is ChatGPT just a fad or is it here to stay? Judging by the way other competitors are quickly joining in the chase to develop their own chat bots, we think it is a turning point to a new way of searching. What do you think? 
Read: Tech Rivals Chase ChatGPT as AI Race Ramps Up 

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