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Buku ‘Siapa Alien?’ nukilan Wardina Safiyyah memang padat dengan ilmu


Habis membelek dan menilik buku Siapa Alien?, me dapati….

## Padat dengan maklumat tentang fakta sains, sejarah dan hal ehwal umum.

## Melahirkan sifat rasa ingin tahu dan memupuk pemikiran yang kritis dan mampu berfikir dengan luas melalui jalan cerita yang dipersembahkan

## Meningkatkan daya imaginasi kanak-kanak supaya berfikir luar daripada yang terbatas (think out of box)

## Diselitkan serba-sedikit nasihat yang berguna dijadikan panduan pada kanak-kanak seperti sifat suka membaca itu bagus.

## Panduan untuk ibu bapa bagaimana menggunakan buku ini sangat luas bukan sekadar dibacakan buku pada anak-anak tetapi ada juga cadangan aktiviti lanjutan disertakan.

Me belum lagi betul-betul menggunakan buku ini sepenuhnya, hanya sekadar menyelak dan bercerita sedikit dengan my eldest boy, Hanafi.

Hanz’s : Sementara MPH tengan Member’s Sale ni, bolehlah dapatkan buku ni dengan diskaun 20%. Ada lagi penulisan buku kanak-kanak yang sangat menarik daripada penulis Malaysia yang me dah jumpa dalam bahasa Inggeris. Maybe next time, kita rembat pula 4 buku penulisan another Malaysian writers. Malaysian writers dah setanding dengan penulis antarabangsa.

Portrait Sketching, Translation, Storytelling,
Reading Tutorial, Arty-Crafty & Preloved Items
are available at TheHoneybunch Marketplace

July 4, 2010 Posted by | Hanz's Products Reviews, Lifestyle on Parenting, Notes on EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, Notes on READING and BOOKS | 5 Comments

Weekend’s Teaser : When my boys attended school

What school? Oh, just homeschool and
dear Mama & Papa is the teacher cum facilitator cum trainer.
All pictures below are norm to us
can be seen either weekday nights or weekends

Both boys are fully focus watching from educational videos till Baby Hambali could not stay awake being attentive with the lesson.

Each boy has their own writing board and here they were engrossed with doodle writing or perhaps recalling what have being learnt.

Favourite activity. Colouring….

Hanz’s Note : TGIF everyone!!!

Portrait Sketching, Translation, Storytelling,
Reading Tutorial, Arty-Crafty & Preloved Items
are available at TheHoneybunch Marketplace

May 14, 2010 Posted by | Adore HOMESCHOOLING, Hanz's Boys, Lifestyle on Parenting, Notes on EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION | 4 Comments

Review on E.nopi Math



Hanz’s Note : When I attended Montessori Math Workshop few years ago, conducted by Ms Ruth Liew, Montessori expertise in Malaysia, I fell in love with the structured way on how Mathematics is taught plus the available tools. Though I must say that Montessori teaching tools won’t come by inexpensive but the methodologies ensure the proper way how Maths being approached. I would say that the way Malaysian mainstream school syllabus on Maths is somehow too many loopholes as no proper tools to aid in learning. I speak from my experience on teaching Math in tuition centre for couple of years.
When the very first time I found about eNopi Math programme, I was delighted that in a way it is quite similar with Montessori Maths. Tools in different category and specific purpose are available for the students. You can have a look here => E.nopi Math Teaching Materials

So without further hesitation and found there are E.nopi centre nearby our house, I sent Hanafi for Assessment Test and he started with Level 3 since last January and currently at Level 5. The class is 30 minutes to one hour per session, depending on how fast a child could accomplished their task, conducted twice a week. At the end of the session, as for Hanafi now, there will be flash card session whereby some sums to solve instantly in example addition and subtraction.

I was glad that after four months enrollment, Hanafi is now able to add and minus quickly without the need of fingers counting as commonly we tend to see among young children. Speaking from my teaching experience, I had few students of mine at Standard Four who still need to count with fingers for simple sums of addition or subtraction. Pretty sad, aye?

And not exaggerating, Math is most dragging and fear subject among school-going children. I strongly believe with the strong foundation and early exposure that Math is easy and fun actually, parents won’t have to face the consequence of children falling out from Math subject. As for us, Hubby and me love Maths and we can already see the likes in both our boys.

Hanafi’s Math Booklets (so far… :>)

Alright, here’s a few brief infos what is E.nopi Math programme is. Source from E.nopi flyer and their respective websites.

E.nopi education originated from Daekyo, one of the world leading companies in the educational service market.E.nopi MATH programme incorporates both Basic Thinking Math (BTM) and Critical Thinking (CTM) to develop a student’s computational skill and critical thinking ability, building strong foundation in education and career prospect. It caters for students from age 4 to secondary level that uses colourful worksheets and English as the medium of instruction.
Benefits from E.nopi MATH

A step-by-step program for all levels

  • Study materials that develop the ability to solve mathematical problem independently
  • Study materials that improve students’ performance and self-confidence in math.
  • An interactive teaching methodoly that incorporates proactive feedback
  • Study materials that develop critical and analytical thinking skills.

April 13, 2010 Posted by | Hanz's Products Reviews, Lifestyle on Parenting, Notes on EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION | 17 Comments

Homeschool 602 : Mengajar anak membaca pantas dengan e-Xra

e-Xra ialah singkatan untuk eclectic-Express reading approach dan boleh diterjemahkan sebagai pendekatan pengenalan silibik secara ekspres. Tanpa perlu mengeja, tanpa perlu mengenal abjad dan tanpa perlu membunyikan huruf, ia merupakan satu teknik membaca cepat melalui mengenal dan mengecam bunyi sukukata.

Kaedah ini telah diilham, ditulis dan disusun oleh Pn. Rohayati Haroun yang mempunyai kelulusan Ijazah Sarjana Muda Sains dari Kanada dan telah disemak oleh suaminya, Profesor Madya Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi, pensyarah dalam bidang TESL di Fakulti Pendidikan, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Keseluruhan pakej mengandungi beberap buah buku bacaan mengikut tahap kemahiran berperingkat, beberapa buah buku latihan menulis, buku panduan mengajar dan CD-rom interaktif untuk pengukuhan.

Untuk bacaan dalam bahasa Inggeris pula, e-Xra telah menggabungkan kedua-dua konsep phonics dan whole language approach.Pakej seperti bahasa Malaysia juga.

Kaedah e-Xra ini telah memenangi anugerah Rekacipta tahun 2003 dari Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi. Maklumat lanjut sila dapatkan di halaman web http://www.e-xra.com

Hanz’s Note : Sebelum mengajar Hanafi membaca dalam bahasa Malaysia, Hanafi telah lama didedahkan bermula dengan membaca bahasa Inggeris melalui kaedah penggunaan Whole Word Approach dengan buku-buku bersiri Ladybird, Peter & Jane dan disusuli dengan kaedah phonics.

Hanafi agak bermasalah dalam membaca dalam bahasa Malaysia pada peringkat permulaan semasa pernah ke sekolah tadika selama tiga bulan. Apabila telah diperkenalkan dengan kaedah e-Xra, sejak bulan April tahun lepas sehingga sekarang, alhamdulillah…Hanafi sudah boleh membaca dalam bahasa Malaysia dengan lancar. Sekarang ni dia dah kyusuk membaca buku cerita dan majalah kanak-kanak setelah amat yakin dengan kebolehannya. Me sendiri pernah mengikuti kursus cara menggunakan kaedah e-Xra ini anjuran pencipta kaedah ini sendiri. Sangat mengesyorkan pelaburan ini dibuat oleh ibu bapa dan tenaga pengajar.

March 30, 2010 Posted by | Adore HOMESCHOOLING, Hanz's Products Reviews, Lifestyle on Parenting, Notes on EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, Notes on READING and BOOKS | 13 Comments

How to encourage creativity in toddler


Do it like TheHoneybunch…..

1. Allow your little toddler to extend the function of things. The possibility of creating a multi-purpose concept of his belonging and other thing creates a little inventor.



2. Observe what your little toddler is up to without any intervention. Being sneaky actually meaning your little toddler has been thinking on how to solve his problem. Don’t underestimate the lack of physical attributes doesn’t mean that your little toddler is incapable to be creative.

Mama : Some things I found so far are cookies crumbs, lego pieces, tiny cars, alphabets magnets and cereals ‘hidden’ nicely at the edge of my files and folders.The above picture is an evidence.
3. Expose to lots and lots of toys that involves assembling and build like LEGO. The percentage of masterpiece is endless.


4. Practice their fine-motor skills a lot. Encourage kneading, rolling, twisting, pinching, punching, grasping, pulling, poking, princing and even balancing.The best way through clay play.

5. Mess is good. Colours is fun.Science concept basics.

Finally, bring your little toddler to different surrounding and the best place is get your little toddler close to nature. Just let your little toddler explore our Mother Earth as much he or she wanted!


March 22, 2010 Posted by | Adore HOMESCHOOLING, Hanz's Boys, Hanz's Tips, Lifestyle on Parenting, Notes on EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, Notes on TODDLER | 13 Comments

Where has gone our Sang Kancil and Nenek Kebayan?

Probably won’t be too much to state gone are the days where little children would gather in circle and completely entertained by the amusement of the story unfolds by a storyteller.

Back then, little children will never feel restless and bored by the absence of the picture & sound box as the sound they heard from is the sound of lively voices of the storyteller, narrates any legends and tall tales.

Can you still remember the story of Sang Kancil with Buaya or Sang Kancil with Monyet? How about Puteri Bongsu, Puteri Gunung Ledang where the Nenek Kebayan always appearing? We also have our own funny tales like Lebai Malang, Pak Pandir and the clever mischief boy Si Luncai.

Well, does your children know these figures and its tales? Guess they know well figures like Ben 10, B-Daman (SP?), Power Rangers and to the little girls, Disney Princess always win their hearts. Hemmm..well to them, who is Mahsuri and Badang anyway?

It is such a shame, the act of storytelling and the way we were being brought up knowing all those folk tales, legends is no longer pass down to the next generation. Instead, it is being replaced by Mother Goose, Hans Christian Andersen and Roald Dahl. We prefer getting them books by these authors rather seeking the original version of Sang Kancil stories.

I stumbled upon this book years ago when my eldest son, Hanafi was still a baby. Sadly, it is not written by Malaysian writers and the original version has been edited and it is different from the actual story I know. Anyway, at least there’s something, better than nothing.


It is kind of embarassing, that people from different cultures knows the stories of Sang Kancil. She even wrote a book about it. I found this when I attended her storytelling workshop year 2004. Glad that I had attended Cathy Spagnoli‘s workshop as she has provided tips and guidelines on becoming a professional storyteller. She herself is professional storyteller and tell stories for a living and she is so passionate about it.

Not long after that, I attended another storytelling workshop and she is professional as well and she was more close to home. Linda Fang, tells us magic stories of China and one of her books that I got is well written and worth to own it.

I love doing storytelling. Perhaps I might start a storytelling session or something like that…. What do you think?

I remembered that long ago, there’s one tv show, Cumi & Ciki if I’m not mistaken and there’s one segment on storytelling. If only this kind of show exist again. I mean it is good to educate the next generation about the beauty of storytelling and our heritage should be inherited by them. Not to be forgotten completely.

If you wonder why I emphasise so much about storytelling, do read up my previous chat =>
Storytelling : Benefits & ideas that parents must take note.

Hanz’s Note : I miss going to Jualan Gudang by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. There you can get plenty storybook of Malaysian folk tales. It’s too bad, that these kind of books is not so easily available at MPH or Kinokuniya Bookstores.

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Hanz on Random Matters, Lifestyle on Parenting, Notes on EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, Notes on READING and BOOKS | 6 Comments

Toddler Monthly Notes : Your 20 months old

Toddler Fears & the Joy of Comfort

As your toddler approaches the second year mark, he may become fearful that certain situations present a degree of danger. It could be thunder & lightning, a dark room, dogs or the sound of the vacuum cleaner.

Helping your child to cope
No matter what your toddler’s particular fear, experts suggest:

  • Respect the fear.Try not to shame your little one or making a negative comment belittling him. At this tender age, toddler are particularly vulnerable to adults exhorting them to be tough or be brave.
  • Express concern & sympathy. Hug & comfort toddler & also offer a way out or some resolution.Through listening to your soothing & reassuring words, your toddler will learn to soothe himself & calm down.
  • Act it out.Use a puppet or his soft toy & acting out the situation that he fear.At the same time, shows that he can slowly understand his fear & allow him to be more calm & less fear.
  • Try building resistance gradually & by following his cues to avoid his fear, gently still, expose to the fear in smaller scale & let your toddler decide when he is ready bit by bit.Never use coercion.
The bottom line is the world is a big & sometimes scary place even for us the grown-ups. Use touch for reassurance.And a trip down memory lane like looking at photo album could help too.

February 17, 2010 Posted by | Lifestyle on Parenting, Notes on EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, Notes on TODDLER | 1 Comment

The Hidden Messages We Give Our Children

Hanz’s Note : I am sharing an excerpt from my current book read, ‘The Natural Child’ by Jan Hunt (2001). Read on. And do ponder how true these situations are norm in our societies in the past & today.


Infant

What we say: “No more nursing. You’re too big for that now!”

What we think: “I’d like to continue, but I can’t stand all the criticism from my relatives.”

What the child thinks: “I’ve just lost the most important thing in my life, the long periods of cuddling & the food that felt best inside me. I must have done something terrible. I must be a terrible person.”

What we say 20 years later: “Why are you binging too much?”

Age Two

What we say: “You can’t come into our bed anymore. You won’t be lonely. Look, here’s a nice big teddy bear to keep you company!”

What we think: “Grandma thinks there’s something wrong with having you in our bedroom. I’m not sure what it is, but it’s more important for us to please her than to please you. Anyway, this teddy bear should make you happy.”

What the child thinks: “It isn’t fair! They get to cuddle with a real person. They don’t know me very well. They don’t care about my feelings. Oh well, at least they gave me this bear.”

What we say 20 years later: “I know you’re upset that Tom broke off with you, but is that any reason to overcharge your credit card like this? Will all this stuff make you feel better that someone left you? When did you become so materialistic?

Age Four

What we say : “You know you’re not supposed to hit your brother! I’ll give you a spanking you’ll never forget!”

What we think: “There must be a better way to handle this, but it’s what my dad did, so it must be right.”

What the child thinks: “I was so upset with my brother I hit him. Now, Dad is so upset with me for hitting, he’s hitting me. I guess it’s okay for adults to hit, but not for kids. I wonder what I should do when I get upset? Oh well, one of these days I’ll be an adult myself.”

What we say 20 years later : “Fight at college? Adults don’t hit people just because they’re upset. I never taught you to resort to violence!”

Age Six

What we say: “Well, this is a big day for you. Don’t be afraid. Just do everything your teacher says.”

What we think: “Please don’t embarrass me by acting up at school!”

What the child thinks: “But I’m afraid! I’m not ready to leave them for so many hours a day! They must be getting tired of me. Maybe if I do what the teacher says, they’ll like me better & let me stay home.”

What we say 20 years later: “What?! Your friends talked you into taking drugs? Do you do what everybody else tells you to do? Don’t you have a mind of your own?”

Age Eight

What we say : “Your teacher says you aren’t paying attention in class. How will you ever learn anything important?”

What we think: “If my kid never amounts to anything, I’ll feel like a failure.”

What the child thinks: “If I’m not interested in the things the teacher talks about, but I guess she knows best. The things that do interest me must not be important.”

What we say 20 years later : “You’re 28 years old & you still don’t know what you want to do with your life? Aren’t you interested in anything?”

January 15, 2010 Posted by | Adore NATURAL PARENTING, Lifestyle on Parenting, Notes on EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, Notes on READING and BOOKS | 11 Comments

Toddler Monthly Notes : Your 19 months old

There’s something so darned lovable about the way toddlers talk. Their little mispronunciations, skipped words and unique grammatical constructions can positively melt your heart. If your child isn’t talking yet, or not talking much, bear in mind the acquisition of language varies widely.Typically, between the ages of 18 to 24 months, many toddlers start putting two or even three words together but others seem to put talking on the back burner until they’re ready.

  • How to encourage talking?

No matter what your toddler’s talking ability, take the time to converse with your tot throughout the day & reinforce what your tot hearing & saying. Whether your tot talks back or not, your tot loves & learns from hearing your voice. Read at least 15 minutes a day so that toddler is constantly being exposed to new words. Try to resist correcting your toddler as considering how complex a process talking really is, we should appreciate any words our child form these days & leave the pronunciation lesson for the future.

  • Learning fun: Colours & Counting

Colours : Keep the colour games coming. Encourage use of crayons, markers, water paints so your tot can experiment freely with colours. If your tot get confused over the right names of colours, don’t argue with them. Slowly point it out through games & such.

Counting : Count anything & everything. At home, read counting books. Do toddler-appropriate puzzles together that revolves counting.

Simple activities to do with your 19 months tot are not some kind of academic training, but a form of play & bonding for you & your child, keyed to your toddler’s pace. Perhaps your little guy or gal is destined to be an accomplished artist, mathematician or a star on high school debating team. That remains to be seen far in the future. The great thing is that we have to do today is simply embrace our toddlers.

January 14, 2010 Posted by | Lifestyle on Parenting, Notes on EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, Notes on TODDLER | 6 Comments

How Pre-Reading Skills leads to Reading Success

Ever wonder how I make my boys, Hanafi & Hambali love books?

The keyword is pre-reading skills. Reading is merely a visual representation of the spoken word. And just as we teach our children to talk & the appropriate words for objects & people, we can begin early to teach our children how letters represent certain sounds & when those letter symbols are grouped, they form words.

Pre-reading activities begin early & most parents aren’t even aware they are preparing their young child to read.It’s all about exposing the child to both spoken & written language.Parents can set their children up for success without pushing by making sure that they have the maximum exposure to these activities.

If you are currently doing any, some or all of the 10 Steps as listed below, you are in the right track.

1. Singing the alphabet song to help your cranky baby get to sleep.

2. Your child’s bedroom or playroom plastered with ABC posters or carpeted with ABC mat.

3. Vibrant letter magnets is easily reachable for your child adorn the refrigerator.

4. Parent who talk often with their children long before the child can hold up their own conversation are actually teaching their children pre-reading skills.

5. Exposure through to those well-recognized early reader board books. These books, made from thick cardboard and easy for less-than-nimble fingers to manipulate have simple, colourful pictures and short basic words.

6. Model reading. Children who see their parents reading, often become readers & come to accept that reading is a matter-of-fact activity.

7. Read aloud is one of the best ways to encourage interest in reading.

8. Establish a place in the child’s room for his or her books. A feeling of ownership is important!

9. Schedule regular family visits to the bookstore & library, even if your child doesn’t seem interested in taking out books.

10. Buy book or magazine for yourself & let your children know it!

If you want more tips on reading specifically by age group, have a look on my previous chat as listed below :

Love to read : Reading to baby & toddler

Love to read : Techniques on instill a love of reading

Love to read : Reading to preschooler

Who said BOOK is Booorrriiinggg??!!

How to teach ABC creatively & effectively

Do enjoy quiet time reading with your beloved children!

December 25, 2009 Posted by | Adore HOMESCHOOLING, Lifestyle on Parenting, Notes on EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION | 8 Comments