Author Archives: Pauline Phay

Grow that vocabulary

Between birth and the age of 10, a child’s brain will absorb and remember more information that at any other time in his or her life. Hence, if you have a young child, this is the best time for you to help him or her grow an internal ‘word bank’ as preparation for future success. Here, …

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Celebrate Chinese New Year 2015

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Singapore’s Jubilee year. Check out these places as you usher in the new year. River Hongbao 2015 Enjoy free admission to the 12-day carnival at The Float@ Marina Bay from Feb 17 to 28. Some of the highlights of the carnival include tightrope-walking, lantern displays and photo exhibition of Chinese New …

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Let’s read: Paving the road with patience

Some children take to reading a little later than others, but once you have shared the love for the written word with your child, it is a gift for life. A mother shares her journey…. As a child, I loved reading. I felt very comfortable with both and had no idea that some kids just …

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Hong Bao Fish

Decorate your house this Chinese New Year with golden Hong Bao Fish. Rope in your kids to fold and staple this quick and easy to make craft! Fold the four corners for all the red packets. 2. Staple the corners of four red packets. 3. Do 2 sets of four red packets. 4. Staple the …

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Your Child’s Handwriting

  Your Child’s Handwriting Before you read this article, quickly write the answer to this question: What is your favourite colour? This might have seemed like an automatic and mindless task, but your body and mind had to work closely together to complete a series of steps in the right order. You had to pick …

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Chinese New Year Munchies kids can make

These yummy heart-shaped cookies are easy to make and simply irresistible ! Their auspicious colours and shape also make them ideal as CNY and Valentine’s Day treats. Gather all the ingredients and get to work with your young ones in the kitchen. Once these treats are ready to eat, don’t forget to put some aside for your …

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Fun ways to read with your child

  Make reading together with your child a special time. You influence your child in a big way during reading activity. Parents should read with their children as the bond between parent and child allows a child to have a positive attitude towards reading. These suggestions could be your answer to a fun learning experience. 1.  Learning through …

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Butterfly Crayon Keeper

Create fun and simple kids crafts with recycled materials. Here’s one which you can keep crayons in a bottle. What you need: Foami (several colours) Plastic bottle Googly eyes Pipe cleaner x1 Scissors Glue Instructions: Cut out the wings and decorations of various shapes and colours out of foami. Paste the colourful shapes foami on the …

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Have a Concern about School? Tips for Talking to the Teacher

You have a concern about your child’s care and education, how do you handle it? When Paul picks up Sofia (4 months), he’s surprised to see she’s sucking on a pacifier. He and his wife Molly had communicated to her teacher that they didn’t want Sofia to use pacifiers. Flustered, he takes the pacifier out …

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Family Photo Quilt

Decorate the house with crafts by creating a family photo with materials you can gather at home.   Things you need: Note cards Markers, crayons or paint Glue stick Family photos Ribbon Scissors Hole punch Steps to follow Cut the note cards into half of the same size. Decorate the cards with markers, crayons or …

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