Hua Language Centre Review - Our Toddler Experiences Mandarin Classes in Singapore
Disclaimer: We received a sponsorship of one term of "Playgroup" classes for Maeleth in exchange for writing this review. All opinions stated are my own, based on our experience during the classes.
I used to attend Hua Language Centre during my Primary School days for tuition, and it's certainly nostalgic to see my daughter attend the same enrichment centre to learn and improve! Wow, time has really flown by.
We have been bringing Maeleth for her Playgroup classes at Hua Language Centre's Parkway Parade branch on Saturdays to learn mandarin!
We began in July 2018 when Mae was 2 and a half years old, and at this time of writing this blog post (November 2018), Mae is already able to count from 1 to 10 in mandarin, and say some nouns in mandarin.
Most importantly, she has developed an interest in the mandarin language which I believe will help her to enjoy learning it in school, and throughout life in the future.
We don't really speak much mandarin at home, except when we need to say things that we don't want Mae to know, like when discussing how to hide her medicine in Vitagen bottles. Therefore, I find it really important that she has some exposure to well-spoken mandarin.
When we attend trial classes for different enrichment centres, one thing my wife Amilee and I always listen out for is the teacher's spoken accent. If he or she doesn't have an accent that we want Mae to emulate, we won't sign Mae up for the classes, since we believe that children will probably imitate the manner of speech that they hear.
Raising Gifted Children in the Christian Faith
About the Author of this Guest Post:
Jemmy is a trained psychometrician with an expertise in Child Psychology and has over 10 years of experience working in primary education with a special focus on gifted children. He is a contributor with IQ Test Centre, an organisation for IQ testing of children between 5 and 16 years old. Read more of his content on his website, and on his Facebook account.
The parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14) tells us the story of three servants, each set on their way with a number of talents.
When the servants return, two come bringing gain and have multiplied the talents given to them by their master.
They are praised but the third one, who so feared to lose his given share that he buried it, is cast out, for he brings the master nothing more than that with which he set out.
This parable can be understood, today, in the most literal sense: talents are given to us for cultivation, to be nourished and to be multiplied.
Any parent who sees signs of giftedness in his or her child might need to consider this as a talent, one they should nurture and not bury.
Let's take a look at how to raise a gifted child within the Christian faith.
The parable of talents reminds us that we should cherish the gifts within ourselves and others.
Raising a gifted child means, on one hand, that we should embrace their gifts and help the child pursue and develop them.
Whether it is in the arts, the sciences or somewhere else, a talent should be nurtured.
This can mean that the parent should provide opportunities for the child to practice their talent and encourage it, for in this way their gift is honored.
However, honoring and nurturing the gift doesn't mean reducing the child to their ability.
Many parents are enchanted with their children's gifts or view them as the only thing that matters.
This can lead to a lopsided development, especially in regards to the emotional and social aspects of life.
Children who are very smart can still struggle with making friends, fitting in, and developing the capacity for good relationships.
Often, this occurs because children might be “out of sync” with their peers, so it is important to help children manage these aspects of their life and ensure that their life is fulfilled.
Tayo Station Review - Tayo the Little Bus Comes to E!Hub @ Downtown East Singapore
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It's time for a fun-filled ride~ My 2 year old daughter Maeleth was so excited to know that she's going for the Tayo Station Media Preview today that she slept early last night without fighting sleep. That's how much she was looking forward to checking out this new indoor playground in Singapore!
Tayo Station is located at E!Hub, Downtown East, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Level 3, S(519599).
I've always associated the Downtown East area with kids-friendly activities and a fun day out because of Wild Wild Wet and Escape Theme Park, so it's awesome to know that another cool kids venue has opened for business!
When Pretend Play becomes Dangerous for your Child - A Christian Parenting Devotional
Hi fellow Christian parent! There are natural laws in this world that are true whether or not we want to believe it.
For example, gravity causes objects in the air to fall. You can’t walk off a cliff and expect not to fall down.
Likewise, there are also spiritual laws that govern this world. One of which is the creative power in our spoken words.
Why we love Pororo Park Singapore
(Disclaimer: I received a sponsored Silver membership at Pororo Park Singapore, but I wrote this blog post of my own accord - it wasn't part of the terms of sponsorship. All opinions written in this post are honest and my own. This post also contains affiliate links so I may make some commission if you purchase products through my links.)
You may be wondering, why bring my little one to an indoor playground when I can just go to an outdoor playground for free?
Well in my opinion, the only obvious benefit of those free outdoor playgrounds is that it is free.
However there are many good benefits that your little ones are missing out on when you only bring them to outdoor playgrounds and not indoor playgrounds.
After trying many indoor playgrounds in Singapore, Amilee and I still prefer to bring our 2 year old daughter Maeleth to Pororo Park Singapore in Marina Square.
This is the full address: 6 Raffles Blvd, 02-29, Singapore 039594. You can visit their official website here.
Being a super fan of the Pororo animated series by Iconix, Mae regularly requests to go back to Pororo Park, and there are many great reasons to bring her there.
Sleep Training 2 Year Old Kids: Helpful Methods and How this Journey grew my Faith
In this post, I will be sharing about my journey of sleep training my two year old (24 months old) daughter Maeleth Sarah Goh: the methods that have worked well and also how it has been a journey of faith for me.
Getting Mae to fall asleep and to sleep through the night has always been a struggle for us so far. But I feel that the sleep training progress is very encouraging - I see light at the end of the tunnel.
Yesterday, it only took Mae 30 mins to fall asleep and night - I was so happy!
By sleep training, I mean having Mae fall asleep on her bed by herself without patting her to sleep or carrying her until she sleeps.
Throughout the whole process, I am by her side until she falls asleep.
10 Tips for Teaching Kids about Jesus: How Christian Parents can Raise God-Loving Children
In this blog post, I will share 10 tips for teaching kids about Jesus and how you as a Christian parent can help your child to come to know and love Him.
These tips are based on what we practice with our daughter and also what we plan to practice with her in the future as well.
As I am writing this, our daughter Maeleth Sarah Goh is 23 months old, turning 2 next month! Reflecting on the past 2 years, I have made some parenting mistakes and also have had some parenting wins.
However I feel that the most important thing I can do for my daughter is to help her know Jesus. I want to raise her in a Jesus-exalting environment, and let her start benefiting from the sweet life of having a covenant relationship with God from a young age.
You see, I was not born into a Christian family. My parents believe in a diluted version of Taoism/Buddhism and I believe that because I was raised in such an environment since young, the devil had many opportunities to attack me and hold me back from enjoying the good life that Jesus died to give me.
It was not until I turned 17 that I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior and found out all that I had been missing out on in life.
My wife Amilee was also not born or raised in a Christian family and went through many setbacks and hardship in life too.
We both feel that all that unnecessary hurt that she went through was because Jesus wasn't her Lord and Savior yet.
Therefore, it is our deepest desire for Mae to receive Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior from as young an age as possible and grow to be a God-loving child.
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Hi I’m Milton Goh, I'm 25 years old and i'm a blogger who writes about Christianity, Parenting, Life Lessons that I learn from Movies/Shows, and Lifestyle.