# STEM

## [Educational toys] Gigo Junior Engineer & Story Line

During the final 2 weeks of the school holidays, we were busy visiting Singapore and Taipei, Taiwan. We love getting Taiwan-made educational toys at attractive prices. Today’s post shall introduce you to Gigo Junior Engineer and Story Line series… The children have been enjoying their 3 boxes of Junior Engineer toys for several years. We’ve got […]

## School holiday activities

We’ve been kept busy during the first two weeks of the year-end school holidays. Here are some school holiday activities ideas: 1. Robotics * 7y9m Vee loves robotics. We stopped his school robotics activity after one term because he became too tired to complete his homework and had insufficient time for free play. In replacement,

## [Math] Fractions with origami

General Presentation Jae wanted to fold an origami fan, so I weaved in a lesson on fractions while doing so: Fold in halves (2 rectangles). Point and say, “This is one half. This is one half. Two halves make one whole.” Fold again to make 4 squares. Point and say, “This is one-fourth.  This is

This post is on Science — exploring travel adapters. Vee loves The Young Scientists ® magazine. We’ve been subscribing to it since he was 5.5 years old. Initially we tried the Chinese version (宝宝科学) since he’s learning Science in Chinese at school. However we often had to stop to check the dictionary for technical terms

## Learning through recycling

Today’s post is on the lessons we can touch on while doing recycling. I like the flow of how unschooling at times turn out. Vee’s primary school has an ongoing recycling project, so we’d collect old newspapers and magazines regularly before dropping them off at school. This morning, we’d a huge stack of The Edge

## A day of reading, math & music

Kept busy the whole day again… – morning: reading and speed reading – lots of new flashcards. 7yo Vee and 4yo Jae wanted to play, so I said, “All right, El, only you are watching flashcards. Let’s go.” Then suddenly all the kids rushed into their favourite seats to watch the cards. These are times

## [Math] Solving real math problems again

The kids’ favourite festival, Lunar New Year, is approaching real soon and they’re getting crazy over lion dance, dragon dance and drums again. When a child is motivated to figure out something that matters to him, he’d be hungry to learn. No need for any worksheets, assessment books or tests. We happened to be at

## [Math] Solving REAL math problems

Since attending Primary 1, Vee has little time for home practice. Nevertheless, learning takes place anytime anywhere, so here’s how he got to solve 3 real math problems yesterday: 1. Me (on the way home): “How much water did you drink today?” Vee: “2 and a half bottles!” Me: “Wow, let’s find out how much

## [IQ math] with chopsticks

Years ago, I bought 5 packs of wooden chopsticks from Daiso as math manipulatives. Today I challenged Vee to solve IQ math using chopsticks arrangements. E.g. 12 sticks form 4 squares in the picture. How to move 4 sticks to form 3 squares? (In puzzle books, toothpicks are commonly used. But I find chopsticks much

## Egg science & math

A fellow mummy gave me half a tray of kampung eggs. The hospitality among Malaysians is amazing! Anyway, the eggs sparked off some rather interesting conversations & learning: – our commercially-farmed eggs (on the left) are brown; the kampung eggs are pale. Why?!? – the kampung eggs are taller than our regular eggs. Why?!? –

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