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Unlocking the Secrets to Singapore Math

>> Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Galileo Enrichment Learning Program is bringing you a one-day workshop for parent and their grade school children (grades 1-6) on Singapore Math entitled "Unlocking the Secrets to Singapore Math." The workshop aims to educate the participants with solving strategies used by the Singaporeans.

Find out how Singapore Math helps children understand math better.
Learn how to solve math problems using Singapore Math Model Approach.
Discover techniques to help children with their math homework without the need of going to a tutor.
Find out how Singapore Math develops critical thinking skills, going beyond mere memorization.
Learn advanced lessons to prepare for the coming school year.

For Students in Grades 1 to 6
*who are driven to excel in school
* who want to take a refresher course or advanced lessons to prepare them
for the coming school year
* who want to overcome their fear of math
For Parents and Teachers
* who want to learn a new approach to math
* who would like to help their children in their homework

When: April 21, 2012 (Saturday), 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: My Place Katipunan, 22 Fabian dela Rosa St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Dr. Queena Lee-Chua and her son Scott are one of the most famous mother-son tandems in the world of education. A mathematician, writer, and lecturer of Mathematics, Psychology and English at the Ateneo de Manila University, her love for her craft has earned her awards and respect in the field of education. Having been tutored by his parents at age 1, her son Scott Lee Chua has won numerous math contests because of his excellence in the subject. They have been giving talks in various school events, primarily on the subject of Mathematics. Complex mathematical problems can be solved with simple math logic and their aim is to share this knowledge with their audience.

Individual: P 1,200
Parent and child: P 2,000

For reservation and registration, please call 709.0047 or 845.1234.


Doodling Trees

>> Monday, April 09, 2012

When I asked friends to describe me years back, I remember Geopet saying that I'm someone who wouldn't live without trees around. I could say that's true. I wake up to the sight of trees greeting me from the bedroom window. My favorite place in the world is in the shade, underneath a huge tree (minus of course the creepy crawlers, there was one time when a hairy caterpillar went bungee jumping on me and gave me the itch for days).

There's something about trees that soothes me. Maybe that's why I've been doodling a lot of trees lately on all my notebooks. This year has been so stressful for me, with all the work and school stuff piling on my tired brain. I just submitted my final paper yesterday and in a few days, I'll be starting my summer practicum at the university.

If I can't keep trees with me all the time, I guess I'll just have to doodle them on four different notebooks.

"Plant a tree, plant a hope."

If Dr. Seuss can fancy-fy a tree, I can do zat too!

"Pain is the beginning of wisdom." True, innit?
Drawn on my Sunday notebook. I take notes during Sunday services. :)

"Read and let your mind grow."
Doodled this while I was writing my notes for the pre-thesis class. That's supposed to be a person reading under the tree. :P

I am longing for that lovely moment when I can just drop everything, think of nothing but the book in my hands, while the tree gives me a comfortable seat. Soon, soon. If a tree needs time and a lot of work to be so big and majestic, then I am willing to work hard too and let myself grow as a person. (Naks, deep. haha)


The kiddie Moleskine invasion

>> Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Five kids took over my Moleskine last Friday. We piloted the World of Words: Galileo Book Club last Thursday and Friday, and we invited kids to help us test the program.

Kids are fun to talk to. They're honest and they would tell you stories about EVERYTHING they could think of. It was a nice break from the monotonous work routine. Their laughs are so genuine that I didn't wanted them to stop.

They were given name tags so that the teachers could identify them during the sessions. They had the liberty to design their own name tags -- which was also a way to keep them busy while waiting. However, at the end of the session, the kids found a place to dispose of their sticky name tags: me. It was Julia's idea to give me her name tag, and I stuck it on my shirt just for the heck of it. Soon enough, the kids crowded over me and they were sticking their name tags on every surface they could find on my clothes. They sure had fun making me into a corkboard.

I didn't want to throw away their precious name tags, so I transferred them in my Moleskine.

On the second day of demo teaching, I struck a deal with them. They could stick their name tags again on me if they drew on my Moleskine.

(R) The 8 kids from the first day of the pilot run. (L) Second day name tags
Katie: My friends call me Katie Perry. *cute pout*
Russco: Is this a Math notebook? Why do you have a Math notebook? (referring to my Moleskine)

(R) Katie's flowers. Katie's writing activities were the most colorful among her classmates. (L) Russco loved the lines on my notebook. He had the neatest work. And he wants to be an architect like his dad.

(R) Aaliyah's favorite colors are purple and pink. (L) CJ is obsessed with Angry Birds. He brought his Angry Birds stuffed toys with him.

Julia didn't want to draw. So she just "fancified" her nametag.

I wasn't able to ask Lance to draw on my notebook, because he came in late. Louella left for Japan on the second day so no drawing for her too.

I only have a few pages left on my Moleskine, and I'm glad I had them filled by those kids. I'm done observing all the teachers and the pilot run is over. I'm going to miss those kids and their stories. I'll see them soon whenever I have the time to do fieldwork again.

(also seen on Tumblr)

P.S. If you're looking for a summer activity for your kid, Galileo Enrichment Learning Program is inviting you to World of Words: Galileo Book Club. It is open to students from grades 1 to 6. It's a reading, speech and writing workshop for kids. Each child enrolled in the program will receive a kit with books, art materials and writing activity sheets.

For more details, call the Galileo Head Office at 845-1234 to know the participating centers.


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