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Thursday, 18 January 2018

How to Respond to Children's Artwork

Your child did a piece of drawing or painting and he shows it to you. What is your immediate response? There's a high chance that it'll be "Good job!" or "Lovely!" or "What a pretty picture!" or even "Oh I love it". I hear these all the time when it's home time and the children show their parents their artwork.

What's wrong with these responses, you might be thinking. After all, aren't they just positive reinforcements that aim at boosting children's self-esteem? No they aren't. Let me explain why.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Top 5 Islamic Children's Picture Books 2017

Last year I promised myself that I wouldn't buy any more children's picture books. It's not that I don't like them. I just have too many. My own children are too old for them so I read them to my prekindy students. Every year, I'd read the old books that I have to a new group of students. I have the whole year covered so I don't need any more books.

But when I see new titles, I just can't help myself. I buy them from my local Islamic bookstores and also online from overseas. So instead of stopping myself from buying Islamic children's picture books I'm going to have to limit myself to maybe just 5 or 10 books.

Below are 5 Islamic children's picture books that I bought and what I thought of them:

Friday, 12 January 2018

Crafts for Capital Letters

Children learn the capital letters in the last term of the school year once they lower case letters have been taught. Each year I go through the same thing but with different students. As a teacher doing the same thing each year gets kinda tedious so I'm always on the lookout for new activities that teaches the same thing. 

Last year for the capital letters, I've managed to changed the crafts for some of the letters. Below are some of them:
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