Posts Tagged ‘Malaysia’

What Do You Think About Education In Malaysia?

First off, for a really good overview of the educational choices available in Malaysia, read this article by David BC Tan:

Between a rock and a hard place

I don’t have any children of my own (at least not as far as I know!), so let me tell you about my own educational experience.

I attended 2 years of government school, before going to 2 different private schools. What do I think of the education I received in Malaysia?

Dull and uninspiring. Continue reading

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BabyBook: The Pregnancy And Baby Care Guide

Having a baby is easily one of the important milestones in a couple’s life. It’s also one of the most challenging! There are so many things you need to know (or rather, worry about): salt content in food, choking hazards, SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME!

How are new parents supposed to know about these things?

  • Your parents? They may have done a superb job raising you, but let’s face it, where did they get their knowledge from? Their OWN parents, 60 years ago?
  • The internet? I love Google too, but are you really going to put the most important period of your little one’s life in Google’s hands?
  • Your friends? How reliable is their knowledge? You’re not really going to raise your pride and joy based on what your friend heard from her sister’s neighbour’s aunt’s brother’s colleague are you?

Wouldn’t it be great if someone already collected all the information you need to know, and put it in a nice little convenient book? Well, since I’m writing this, obviously someone already did!

What book? Continue reading

Asia Pacific Conference Of Early Childhood Education Graduates


Asia Pacific Conference Of Early Childhood Education Graduates
The Asia Pacific Conference Of Early Childhood Education Graduates will be holding an event at University Malaya on the 29th and 30th January 2010. The central theme will be ‘Developing Human Capital Begins With Children’, but other themes and objectives will be addressed as well (listed in the brochures below).

Participants will include Early Childhood Education professionals, policy makers, administrators, academicians, educators, non-academician, parents and students. So if you’re not interested in the central theme, but are still interested in Early Childhood Education, the event still represents a good chance to get to know and network with industry players. Continue reading

The 3 Most Important Things In Choosing A Childcare Provider

Children With Question Mark

How To Choose The Best Childcare?

I’m sure we can all agree how important choosing a reliable, affordable childcare provider is. It’s not always a simple task though! To help out, here are some pointers for choosing a childcare provider that’s best for your child’s happiness and development:

1. Know what’s important to YOU

Math Monkey may produce the human calculators, while Shichida may churn out the baby geniuses, but is that what you really want? Don’t get blinded by all the marketing hype! Sit down with your partner and make a specific list of what you BOTH expect from a childcare provider.

That way, the next time you’re hunting for “the one” and the owner brags that the kids have won awards for their toilet paper origami, you can quickly check your list to see that toilet paper origami’s not there, and save time by saying thanks but no thanks.

2. Great place, but does it suit you?

Sometimes it’s obvious you’ve found a great childcare provider. The place has a good reputation, is full of vibrant energy, and the kids are happy and learning useful skills. However, you still have to take into consideration if the “perfect childcare” is perfect for you.

You shouldn’t have to make too many sacrifices to fit it into your life, like driving 4 hours a day, spending more money than you can afford or being put on a one year waiting list. In the end, it’s up to you to decide if it’s worth it, so make the right choice.

3. Do your homework

And I don’t mean just properly researching your options, like The Secret To Choosing A Good Nursery. Once you know what your options are, you have to try them out as well. Bring your child in for trial visits to see how she feels about the place.

Also, check if the childcare provider is willing to let you see how the place runs, without someone watching over you. This lets you see the place in a more natural state, in addition to giving you a good chance to talk to staff and other parents without the awkwardness of the owner standing right beside you.

While I myself feel these are the 3 most important things in choosing a childcare, you may very well disagree. Please let me know what you think in the comments section below, and share this article with your friends!

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Mind Reading Baby Geniuses! – The Shichida Method

What powers will be unlocked?

What awesome powers will be unlocked?

One of my readers (that’s you Jenny) recently asked me about the Shichida Method. I jokingly replied that someone I knew brought her son to Shichida sessions, and they were (seriously) teaching him ESP!

I know you’re anxious to find out if the boy ever made it as a mind-reader, but let’s take a broader look at the Shichida Method first.

What is the Shichida Method?

Unlike most Early Years Education methods, rather than focusing on  teaching specific skills, the Shichida Method focuses on conditioning a child’s brain to function at its peak.

It’s sort of like saying, rather than teaching someone to be good at basketball, swimming and football, let’s condition his body to be a super athlete instead so that’ he’s a natural at all sports.

As such, the Shichida Method is a system which focuses on ensuring a child’s right brain develops well together with his left brain, thereby unlocking a high level or potential.

Potential for what?

The Shichida Method uses the tag line  “Success Beyond Imagination”, and judging by some of the testimonials, it’s certainly no exaggeration! Children using the Shichida Method have demonstrated abilities such as:

  • Photographic memory
  • Super IQ
  • Music mastery
  • Sporting excellence
  • Superb intuition

It’s even brought a 60 year old man out of a deep coma!

How do they do it?

I honestly have no idea. Having browsed their website as well as gone through their brochure (attached below), all I see are claims of the wonders of Shichida, together with countless testimonies from parents.

If anybody could shed some light on how exactly the Shichida Method is conducted, please feel free to do so in the comments section below, or contact me directly.

Oh, and no, the boy I mentioned earlier didn’t become psychic, but apparently some of them do.

Additional resources

They offer preview sessions, and apparently 90% of the people who attended  them signed up.

Shichida Method Brochure 2008

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Want Your Children To Reach Their Fullest Potential? – The Montessori Method


Montessori Picture

Montessori Materials: I'd go for the pink tower!

Every parent wants their kids to be the best they can be in life, and hopefully even be happy in the process! Well what if there was a way for children to achieve their fullest potential at their own pace, without the constant pressure to achieve the highest grades and outdo everybody else?

The Montessori Method does just that:

  • Children learn at their own individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Adults serve as observers or guides, adapting the learning environment to the child’s own development level.
  • There are no text books or adult-directed group lessons and daily schedule. Children learn either 1 on 1 with an adult, or may even be taught by another child.
  • Children are segregated by activity, not by age. Montessori children can be as young as 2 months of age, or even attending high school.

The results? Montessori children score well on standardised tests, and are well prepared for later life academically, socially and emotionally. Click here if you’d like scientific evidence.

Maria Montessori

On the other hand, there are concerns that:

  • The Montessori Method does not present many opportunities for pretend play, that children needed to play, I would provide the proper apparatus; but I am not so persuaded’.
  • In addition, Montessori children are usually so engrossed in their tasks that there is limited interaction between one another, much less any sense of cooperation.

You can discuss these concerns in the comments section below.

Montessori Picture 2

More Montessori Materials

Before you run off to check out your nearest Montessori School, please note: For a facility to truly be a Montessori School, teachers should be properly trained and adept at the Montessori Method, while a full range of Montessori Materials should be available. Having a few Montessori trained teachers and some Montessori Materials does NOT count. I stress this because a lot of new places proudly declare themselves to be Montessori Schools, yet fail to fully meet the standards. Knowing how to make a few McNuggets does NOT make you Ronald McDonald.

If you’re interested in learning more, feel free to contact me at marklim81@gmail.com. Meanwhile, here are 2 of my favourite sites on the Montessori Method:

And here’s the most popular Montessori video on Youtube:

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Homeschooling = Smarter Happier Kids!

Rewarding For Both Parent And Child

Rewarding For Both Parent And Child

Homeschooling is an option for parents to take on the responsibility of educating their children at home.

Advocates of homeschooling cite several benefits, including better academic test results, poor schooling environment, improved character/morality development, and objections to what is taught in local schools. In addition to that, parents will get to spend a LOT of time with their children.

Three of the main concerns regarding homeschooling are:

  • Commitment. Homeschooling is very time consuming, and will eat into parents’ personal time and time for fulfilling other responsibilities. Also, while homeschooling can be accomplished rather inexpensively, the teaching parent won’t be able to hold a separate job, and the family thus suffers from a loss of income.
  • Socialisation. Homeschoolers are likely to have limited social interaction with others, and are sheltered from mainstream society. Furthermore, homeschoolers will often be subjected to their parents’ one-sided point of view.
  • Higher education. Many, but not all, universities admit homeschoolers. While a homeschooler’s academic track record may not be well documented, universities have ways around this, such as entrance exams and key test results.

In Malaysia, parents who wish their child to be exempt from public schooling have to apply to the Ministry of Education. For a more detailed description on the legal issues of homeschooling in Malaysia, click on this link.

The Learning Beyond Schooling website by Chong Wai Leng and Soon Koi Voon also has a wealth of information on homeschooling in Malaysia, including this useful Homeschooling FAQ. And finally, for those who like statistically supportive data, here are some academic statistics on homeschooling.

Homeschooling is one of many Early Years Education (EYE) methods available in Malaysia. See how it compares with other methods, such as Math Monkey and Montessori.  And don’t forget to click the Share button below if you liked the article!

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