Carol @ Owlissimo

Carol is a mum, educator and trainer from sunny Singapore. She writes regularly on education research, creates effective learning materials, designs impactful workshops for parents, and prepares children for Mathematics competitions. Her mission is to show you how to teach your children using effective and efficient ways, helping them achieve success in school and in life.

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[Theme] Gemstones

Jae (10yo) has been really into gemstones recently, and rubbing his interest onto El (8yo). Once the child has a budding interest, I simply have to facilitate his learning across subjects. Here are some ideas: Science & Geography: visit The Gem Museum (Singapore). Lots to learn & explore. Social: interact with gemologist / gem professionals …

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How to learn to read Chinese

If you’re looking to start your child (or yourself) on Chinese reading, read on to find out the important features of a well-designed programme. If you’re designing your own home learning materials, you may also find this post useful.

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[Math] Real applications

In our family, “Learning is compulsory. Schooling is optional”. Today, 10yo Jae had a hard-to-get appointment to renew his passport yet school was opened for him with short notice given. So he skipped school. There was a booth selling cakes at the immigration office, so we had a little math exploration: He was quite amazed …

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Math tips

One child just had a math test and an upcoming school math team selection test. There are 2 potential situations: 1. Unable to solve the problem 2. Able to solve the problem but makes an error Since this child needed support on Type 2 mistakes, we had a short review session together and came up …

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