Monthly Archives - July 2017

Math Tutor Singapore - Activities for Dyscalculia in Children

Activities to improve number sense

Previously, we wrote about dyscalculia and what the symptoms are. If you suspect your child may have learning difficulties in math, you can help strengthen your child’s math ability by incorporating math skills in your daily life! “Parents should never centre attention of the child’s difficulty, because this will only increase the problem: he will less capable in this area of learning and in their ability to achieve things, and doing this will cause a problem that originally only affected [...]

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Five Things That May Damage Your Relationship with Your Children

Parenting is a tough job. Children are not born with an instruction manual, and every child is different. Many times, we do our best to forge a strong bond with our children. However, there are five things that parents do which may damage parent and child relationships, even as they seem harmless or commonplace. 1. Constant criticism and comparison It is natural to want our kids to become better. However, constant nitpicking over their mistakes and comparing with other children may [...]

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5 Negative Phrases Children Should Stop Saying

Guiding our children to develop positive self-talk is one of the major tasks of parenting. Some children are more optimistic, while others are naturally more self-critical. Either way, negative phrases is something that children struggle with from time to time. A lot of the time, children mirror what we do and say. Thus, we as adults, be it parents, caregivers or educators, need to be more conscious of what we say and work towards creating a positive, encouraging environment. [...]

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Study shows that PSLE is still necessary

The Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) is still recognised by most parents as necessary to gauge their child’s progress in primary education. This is according to a nationwide study conducted by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) which took into account the views of  1,500 parents, who are citizens or permanent residents, with children in local primary schools on their perceptions about Singapore’s education system at that level. The study found that less than half of the parents agreed or [...]

Math Tutor Singapore - Dyscalculia in Children

Does your child have dyscalculia?

In 2016, Singapore students topped international ranking in reading, math, and science in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). This naturally creates an expectation that math is something that most children are able to do in Singapore. In recent years, there have been much talk about learning difficulties. There has been a rising number of students being diagnosed with dyslexia,  a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. What is Dyscalculia? Dyscalculia [...]

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How do we help children understand math concepts?

Math is a fascinating subject. On one hand, it can be very complex and technical, used to develop sophisticated algorithms to solve problems on a global scale. At the same time, it is a tool we use in everyday life to sort, count, measure and analyse. Math is therefore everywhere and in everything that we do. Mathematical concepts extend from numbers, patterns, algebra, geometry, data analysis to measurement, money and time. Learning math is critical for young children. It gives them [...]

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Let Your Children Decide For Themselves

Are you letting your children lead their own lives? Very often, we observe that parents would want their children to enjoy what they didn’t when they were young. This includes lavish birthday parties, interactive toys, learning certain instruments and sports, and the list goes on. Dr Lim Suet Wun, CEO of National Healthcare Group, advises parents to let children lead their own lives, and not live out your dreams through your children. Should parents encourage their kids to “follow their passion”? Blind [...]

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7 Behaviours Children Will Learn From Parents

The apple does not fall far from the tree. Every day, your children watch how you behave – from the words you say, to the decisions you make, to each step you take, to each reaction you have. It is a huge responsibility that parents have as children learn life cues every single moment. It is a fact that children are bound to copy our behaviour, be it positive or negative. Here are 7 behaviours identified by a parent blogger [...]

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Scientists about to redefine the kilogram

What is a kilogram, exactly? Every object we know has mass, and we usually measure its mass by putting it on a weighing scale to find how many kilograms it weighs. Have you ever wondered how heavy is a kilogram? A kilogram weighs 1000 grams, and a gram is originally defined as exactly as much as “a volume of water equal to the cube of the hundredth part of the metre, at the temperature of melting ice”. In 1889, the mass of [...]

Industrial Designer as a Math Career

5 Brilliant Careers in Math

What can I do with a Math degree? For many students, it is tough to observe the relationship between learning math and having a career in it. “Math is only useful for counting money!” many would exclaim. Well, one fine example is our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who graduated with first-class honours on Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a Diploma in Computer Science with distinction! So maybe studying math can make you our next PM! Or if that seems too far-fetched, [...]