Learning For All Ages

Math is a language

Ever wonder what goes through the mind of your child? Follow Wendy Koh on her journey of teaching Boy in this captivating book, which is filled with personal recounts. One thing that was prominent in this story was the fact that learning starts from the moment of birth and will never stop! Life is a process of constant growth and self improvement and we at Fun-Filled Conversations advocate learning for all ages. Be sure to join us on this trip of making PSLE Math both fun to teach, and fun to learn. 

Workshops

An old Englishman once told me that the family of Joe Baker were bakers, and that of Joe Carpenter were carpenters, and that’s how their family names came about. Parents imparted their family trade, wisdom and values to their children. 

That is my wish for you, that you can be empowered with confidence to impart to your own children. I believe that learning and family life can be lived out in tandem, and is within the reach of most families that desire to enjoy their own children, especially during their early years. In this session, I want to share with you some math conversations that I had with my son in our PSLE journey that led him to ace PSLE Math with an A*, and how we did so with little drills. I want to shock you with how simple, enjoyable and cheap our journey was. 

If you have a child between ages 1 and 11, do come and learn together.

Who should attend? 

Any parent interested to learn how to prepare their child for PSLE Math like it is an exciting holiday destination. It is a workshop for parents.

What would you get out of it? 

You will learn simple tips and tweaks that will make a big difference in your child’s journey in the world of Math. I will show you how you can convert fragmented bits of family time such as bus journeys and hawker centres visits into engaging math conversations with your child, and in doing so, save money on expensive long-term external math tuition.

Who is Wendy Koh? 

Wendy Koh homeschooled her son through PSLE to the IGCSE exams.  She is passionate about helping other parents conduct short, productive and fun-filled conversations on math topics with their children that can help them through school.

WORKSHOP #1
Basic Numeracy
(Chapters 1 to 9 of Fun-filled Math Conversations With Your Child)

Studies have shown that children learn the most before age 6, thus making this period the best time for them to acquire basic numeracy skills.  Given their very short attention span, I will share on how you can engage them with 3 minute lessons.  We will cover math language, quantities, basic operations and symbols. 

Suitable for parents with children aged 1 to 10.

WORKSHOP #2 – Measurement 
(Chapters 10 to 17 of Fun-filled Math Conversations With Your Child)

What’s there to measure? How to make a tool out of everyday objects? How to continue the conversation after they learn to read the measurement?

Suitable for parents with children aged 5 and above.

WORKSHOP #3
Geometry
(Chapters 1 to 9 of Fun-filled Math Conversations With Your Child)

I will show you how you can condition your child to see patterns and shapes, and share simple strategies to re-organise and simplify complex diagrams.

Suitable for parents with children aged 7 and above.

WORKSHOP #4 – Algebra, Heuristics, Challenging Questions(Chapters 25 to 30 of Fun-filled Math Conversations With Your Child)

How to teach algebra? What is heuristics? What are the elements of a challenging question?  I will touch on these questions, and share on how you can help you child be nimble in his thinking skills.

Suitable for parents with children aged 7 and above.

WORKSHOP #5
An Overview of PSLE Math

In this workshop, I will share my view on what MOE is testing for based on their syllabus for the Primary 1 cohort of 2013 (PSLE year 2018), and how we can generally prepare our children for PSLE Math.



Useful or Trash?

What do you do with used plastic egg cartons?

I collect mine for a friend who sells eggs in loose quantities at a wet market.  She packs eggs into these recycled cartons for her customers who are mostly low-income and elderly, enabling them to carry the eggs home without breaking them.

At my home, collecting plastic egg cartons is troublesome and messy.  In addition to being bulky, they vary in shape and size, making them hard to stack.  No wonder why people rather dispose than recycle them.

Like these plastic cartons, what do you do with the experiences you have acquired after this season of your life?  Not everyone will value them and those who will won’t know where to find you, which means you’ll need to find them.

I’m collecting mine for those who have use for them.  An elderly friend taught me to never expire before my expiry date.

By the way,  if I ate 2 eggs each day, how many eggs did I eat in 2018?  If I always bought them in cartons of 15, how many cartons did I  accumulate in 2018?

Happy New Year, Everyone🌿🌿

A Math Problem

In the course of writing Fun-filled Math Conversations With Your Child, I had some friends read snippets of my writing to provide me with feedback.  The friend from the UK corrected my spelling and said it was MathS, with an “s” at the back.  

I had totally forgotten about that “s”!  It was always there when I was growing up, but when did it disappear? Quick check with local MathS textbooks, and… YES! It’s still there, but I no longer notice it!

I tried rationalising it with my editor. Perhaps we should use “maths” as the short for mathematics (noun), and “math” for mathematical (adjective).  But soon, I was confused.  “Maths words” or “math words”?  “Math conversations” or “maths conversations?”. Another friend from the US said it is always “math” for the Americans.

In order not to confuse my readers the way I confused myself, we went with math without the “s”.

Which begs the question:  In how many ways can you solve a math problem?  The correct answer is:  more than one.





Rubbish!

That’s our favourite subject to talk about.  When we are in that space, there is no pressure to be politically correct.  There is no agenda and no planned outcome.  Thoughts and ideas don’t have to be congruent. Grammar can be challenged.  We are allowed to speak Chinese in English!

In order to talk rubbish productively, we have to be ready to laugh and be offended.  It helps to be relaxed.

The best jokes and most creative content come out of us when we talk rubbish:  my son told me that his favourite number in the alphabet was red;  my husband told us weather forecast predicted tandoori showers that afternoon, so we waited patiently for Indians to fall from the sky.  If 10 Indians fell from the sky each second, how many Indians will fall from the sky in an hour?

If we loosen up and occasionally indulge in our children’s “rubbish” talk, I’m sure you won’t need to work too hard to find fun-filled content to talk about.



Using life to prepare us for school….. Wait! I thought it was the reverse?

Pondering on the thought that we can do family life to prepare our children for school, it dawned on me how far we have departed from the initial goal of  attending school to prepare us for life.  I’m talking about BASIC education here, not the type that converts young science students into certified engineers or architects.

Perhaps it was true 50 years ago, when our parents were not fluent in an international language such as English or Mandarin, that sending their children to school was the best option to equip the young for a future.   Has that era passed?

I think we’ve reached a point where most of us have gone through sufficient school, thus equipped to teach our own children the BASIC stuff.  So why do we continue to do the things the same way it was done 50 years ago?

Does it make sense to do family life to prepare the children for school, in order for school to prepare the children for life?  Do we need to chase our own tails?  Is it possible to simply do family life to prepare the children for life instead?  I don’t have an answer, do you?

In the meantime, while we figure this out, let’s help each other prepare our children for school while living out family life.



Catch Wendy Koh at The Outreach on Nov 17 2018

PSLE MATH CONVERSATIONS FOR BUSY PARENTS
SPEAKER : Wendy Koh
VENUE : Qiren Tampines 9 Tampines Grande Level 2
DATE : Saturday 17 Nov, 2018
TIME : 11AM-1PM
TICKET : $30 theoutreach.homeschoolsingapore.sg

What is it about?

“An old Englishman once told me that the family of Joe Baker were bakers, and that of Joe Carpenter were carpenters, and that’s how their family names came about. Parents imparted their family trade, wisdom and values to their children.

That is my wish for you, that you can be empowered with confidence to impart to your own children. I believe that learning and family life can be lived out in tandem, and is within the reach of most families that desire to enjoy their own children especially during their early years.

In this session, I hope to share with you some math conversations that I had with my son in our homeschool journey that led him to ace PSLE Math with an A*, and how we did so with little drills. I’ll like to shock you with how simple, enjoyable and cheap our journey was, and give you tips on how it can be so for you too.

If you have a child between ages 1 and 11, do come and learn together.” ~ Wendy Koh

Who is Wendy Koh?

Wendy Koh homeschooled her son through PSLE to the IGCSE exams. She is passionate about helping other parents conduct short, productive and fun-filled conversations on math topics with their children that can help them through school.

Who should attend?

Any parent interested to learn how to prepare for PSLE Math like it is an exciting holiday destination!

What would you get out of it?

You will learn simple tips and tweaks that will make a big difference in your child’s journey in the world of Math. 


Welcome!

Hi there, welcome to Fun-Filled Conversations, the series of books that promote parenting and education through fun-filled conversations with your children. 

Starting off the series is Wendy Koh’s Fun-Filled Math Conversations With Your Child. Subscribe to our website, or Facebook Page for upcoming news, and talks about the book. Pre-orders are open now. 

Watch this space.