Tuesday, February 23, 2010
New Media has helped foster a healthy relationship between Nyla and I as I will always be sitting with her participating in the play because I personally feel that the greatest benefit occurs when children use computer with adults. This hence supports Vygotsky's theory (remember him, NIE mates?hehe!) of socially mediated learning where a child learns through scaffolding of a task by an experienced adult.
So when I was invited to speak regarding the media activities I participate with Nyla, of course I was more than glad to do so.
Ms Nura J-Esman, Mother of a 4-yr old, Educator and Former-Celebrity with Husband, Mr Esman Supa’at.
A sought-after speaker at last year’s ‘Be A New Media Parent’ workshop, Nura is once again invited to share with us her precious moments in using the various new social media tools to educate and have a whale of a time with her daughter. This time round, Nura’s husband, Esman, will also shed light on how the new social media is significantly helping them to foster a closer bond within the family.
Yessar, ya all!
I am invited once again as a speaker ,this time on a bigger scale, organised byInfocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), National Library Board (NLB), National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) and Tampines East Community Club (TECC)
I promise to share with you peeps the many new media activities I participate with Nyla.
Mr E has also been roped in as well and he is absolutely thrilled to be sharing with the audience what are the fun stuff he always does with Nyla using new media.
The other speakers in the workshop are Ms Claudia Lim, Founder of 24Seven Communications, a local social media agency and former school teacher, Mr Effendy Ibrahim, Consumer Business Lead, Symantec Asia South and Mr Bernard Leong, Entrepreneur and Investor with Thymos Capital LLP on online social networks (Eteract & iHipo) and web-mobile applications.
It is an event not to be missed, especially for parents who would like to know more about how new media can benefit your child socially and academically, if used appropriately.
Then, proceed to http://www.ufamily.org.sg/parenting/ to register. :)
I'll see you there ya!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Mr E, you jangan la sensitip pulak when you read this. *winks*
If previously, she wanted me to keep reading this book to her every night, now, she reads to me.
Well they say, children learn best through repetition so in this case, Nyla has sort of mastered this book and is now reading it independently thanks to the daily 'practice sessions'. Heee!
What is so amazing about this book is that it is so ideal for Nyla who is a beginner reader as it has a strong visual appeal, which makes it very eye-catching and engaging indeed. It also has a clear structure, with an illustration on each page to reinforce the meaning of the text.
Monday, February 15, 2010
It's been such a fun-filled weekend. (Pictures will be up soon!)
We are all pretty much knackered so we have decided to just stay indoors today and tomorrow.
And, we just realised that us, Starhub customers, have been rewarded with free viewing of any channel thanks to the long CNY break.
That's it man. I foresee alot of fighting for the rest of today.
Just a while ago, while I was frying pancakes, I heard so much bickering between the babe and her daddy.
One wanted to watch Kung Fu Panda, the other, The Love Guru.
Negotiating which channel to watch.
Our little lady, being the drama mama that she is, panicked when she heard the National Emergency exercise siren.
Anyway, whatever it is, the both of you better let mommy watch Rain Main later.
Let me release my frustration here. Watched Rain Man, I did. I was aware that the privilege of watching Star Movies would end at 2359 which was about 40 minutes into the movie. I kept glancing at the clock, heart racing because I was expecting the movies fiesta to end at midnight. So when the clock showed 0015 and I was still watching my Tom Cruise on TV, I was really happy because I could watch the entire movie. Or so, I thought. The movie was scheduled to end at 0125hrs. At 0115, this appeared: To subscribe to this channel, please call 1633. I also froze when I saw the screen freeze! THANKS ah! Wahlao, really potong stim lor. At least let the movie finish la, Starhub. It was going to end in less than 10 minutes leh....Frust tonggeng man.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
'But if I had to choose a phrase, I would choose this: 'He died while he was still alive.' That might seem contradiction in terms;but I know a lot of people who have stopped living, even though they continue working and eating and carrying on with their usual social activities. They do everything in automatic pilot, unaware of the magic moment that each day brings with it, never stopping to think about the miracle of life, not understanding that the next minute could be their last on the face of this planet............I know it's not a topic anyone likes to think about, but I have a duty to my readers- to make them think about the important things in life. And death is probably the most important thing. We are all walking towards death, but we never know when death will touch us and it is our duty, therefore, to look around us, to be grateful for each minute. But we should also be grateful to death, because it makes us think about the importance of each decision we take, or fail to take;it makes us stop doing anything that keeps us stuck in the category of the 'living dead' and, instead,urges us to risk everything, to bet everything on those things we always dreamed of doing.....'
There's a deep sense of spirituality and mysticism in this writer.
Sometimes, I have to re- read every sentence so that I can get the real meanings, ideas and emotions that he is trying to portray.
His books have definitely given me a lot of wisdom and positive insight into life.
Mr Paulo Coelho, you have truly inspired me to be passionate in everything I wish to undertake.
Anyway can you all smell the much awaited CNY break?
Have fun with your loved ones my fellow readers.
To my Chinese friends/readers, wishing all of you 'Gong Xi Fa Cai' and may the year of the Tiger bring you (and me!) wealth, health and happiness!
Monday, February 8, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Every morning, after breakfast (usually cereal or bread and milk) and shower,
the first thing Nyla does is to tend to her mini garden.
Growing very well here. Well done, babe.
Remember Jewellery the 2nd? Hehe! Yes, this fish is still alive and kickin' thanks to Nyla's care.
Then Nyla and I will make the bed in the room and straighten the house.
Deeper, Nyla, deeper!
Back when I was young, whenever my mom was cooking, I'd also be in the kitchen 'cooking' and I used to enjoy it very much. So I also tried involving Nyla in the kitchen and I am happy to see that she too enjoys playing masak masak.
So when I cook, I will pass her some of the ingredients for her to 'cook' her dishes.Usually I'll give to her the spinach batangs, some cut onions and garlic and whatever sauces she would want to add to her special dish of the day. For the dish in this particular picture, she chose Macdonald's curry sauce. This girl loves curry smell and yes, she loves to eat curry dishes.
When she's sick and tired of being Rachael Ray, she will then proceed to become Handy Manny.
Then, it's chillin' time with Daddy before he leaves for work.
While waiting for her lunch to cool, Nyla and I would usually read a couple of books. She'd usually choose four books for me to read because that's her current age.
Lunch time. Yumsy!
After a full lunch, she'll change into her school uniform and then off she goes to school with Mummy.
So yeah, that's more or less what Nyla does every morning.
When I have the time to be her 'paparazzi' during the evening, I'll share with you peeps how her evening routine is like ok? I promise!
'The Giving Tree' by Shel Silverstein is one of my favourite books of all time.
I came across this uplifting, yet deeply profound book written by Shel Silverstein while I was training to be a teacher at NIE.
The past week, I read aloud 'The Giving Tree' to my tutees who are between the ages of 10-13 and they loved it very much.
Of course, I had to tweak my post reading English Language activities catered to their abilities.
The kids did a reflection and most of them feel that the morale of this touching story is self sacrifice.
Whatever the boy wanted from the tree, he received.
Most of my tutees also criticised the boy for only 'taking' because they argue that in life, one should give and take.
I was very pleased to hear this because kids nowadays can be pretty selfish and for them to realise that 'give and take' is important, you kinda feel proud.
They also mentioned how the tree is an epitome of a parent. Kids nowadays just do not understand how much their parents have sacrificed to provide for them and I sincerely hope that my tutees and even Nyla for that matter, will treasure their parents for all the sacrifices.
if you haven't read this book, do borrow it.
If you haven't watched this video, please do.
I apologise in advance if I made you tear though......
THE GIVING TREE