Friday, December 2, 2016

Bunny & Piggy

I walked out of the bedroom one morning, wondering why the kids were so quiet. Then I found them sitting by the window in Chip's room.

It is so cute to see them busy focusing on the creation of the city with Lego pieces while still in pajamas. The Game Master in the household had invented a new game to play with his mei-mei.

Now that the boys are older, if the kids wake before me, and they are hungry, the boys will make each other breakfast and look after their sister too. In this respect, my mornings are getting easier compared to a few years ago.

And to find them still able to play together like this, is such a precious moment to cherish.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

New Testimonials

It is always heartwarming and motivating to know that students enjoyed the lessons that I have painstakingly designed and delivered with utmost care and that parents appreciate the benefits of the programme as much as I do.

Alice, mum of Faith and D.

Faith is a Primary 2 student who attended our 3-days Creative Thinkers Workshop in November 2016 and is now enrolled in our Term 1/2017 Bright World Thinkers programme.

D is a current student of our Bright Minds Lapbookers weekly programme and will be continuing in Term 1/2017.

In fact, Alice's eldest boy was in my class many years ago when he was just about 4 years old.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Dinner, Current Affairs and Questions

I was discussing politics, issues about the economy, human behaviour and psychology with kiddos over dinner one night.

The 5-year-old knew about the US politics and Donald Trump. This was before Trump was elected. She asked if presidents are always men and can there be female presidents. Her question prompted more discussion on equality, sexism and the glass ceiling.

The 12-year-old was curious why small producers would want to sell to the supermarkets if they are being squeezed for profits, why not barter trade instead? I went on to explain the challenges faced by small businesses and told them about the mom-and-pop shops that I used to frequent and have fond memories of in the 1980s but had since disappeared. The pros and cons of having hypermarts, from a business and consumer point-of-view.

My 10-year-old also fired tons of questions. A particular one that struck me most was about business ethics. If A agreed to do business with B (say to sell him something) and C came along and offered a higher price, what would stop A from going back on his word with B? Why wouldn't A just sell to C who offered more? What could B do to protect himself? His questions led me to explain more about business ethics, business law especially in the areas of contracts and civil courts, and the challenges of doing businesses across borders.


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