GEP or Not?

Congratulations! Now that your child has been selected for the GEP program, what’s next for him/her? It might be an extremely straightforward answer for some parents but not so for some others. My opinion is, go for it. Reasons being: PROS: It’s a great confidence-booster. Your gifted child knows what “gifted” means and there is no better way to inform your child that he/she is really good at what he/she has been doing than being identified as the top 1% of the cohort in Singapore. A generally high self-confidence can lead to higher competency in everything else that the child attempts … Continue reading GEP or Not?

Why Shouldn’t You Scold Your Child for Their Bad Results

It’s easy to blame your child for the bad results he received. “Why didn’t you pay attention in class?!” “You don’t know and you didn’t ask?!” “What were you doing when the teacher was teaching?!” These might have been your … Continue reading Why Shouldn’t You Scold Your Child for Their Bad Results

Why not teach reading?

This has to be one of the most common questions asked to me. The answer is quite simple. Research has shown that children who acquire reading skills at an early age did not have an added advantage in reading comprehension later in life. In fact, those who were late readers (e.g. those who started reading fluently at 7 or later), when compared to early readers who started reading at 4 or earlier, caught up and matched the reading abilities of their earlier-reading counterparts within a few years. Some studies had even shown that late readers develop much better comprehension than … Continue reading Why not teach reading?

CAPS or lower case?

Which is the correct answer? I really love my grandfather. I really love my Grandfather. I really love grandfather. I really love Grandfather. The correct answer depends on how you address your grandfather. The general rule is that all proper nouns should be written with a capital letter. Proper nouns refer to names of things. e.g. Clarice, Keming Primary School, Sony Common nouns are names of things in general. e.g. woman, school, television. These words do not come with capital letters. Therefore, Option 1 is correct because “grandfather” is simply used as a common noun that refers to the person as … Continue reading CAPS or lower case?

Neither…nor VS Neither of…

Not just the students, the adults are very confused by these as well simply because they require some memory work. Also, the explanations online are not always consistent because the English language is a discourse that varies from context to context. However, for the sake of the PSLE standard in Singapore, the basic rule that students need to understand is this: When using “Neither…nor” or “Either…or”, the form of the verb used in the sentence must follow the noun closest to it. e.g. Mother realised that neither the lamps nor the dining table was where ____________ should be. (a) it (b) … Continue reading Neither…nor VS Neither of…

Why is “-ing” allowed after “to”?

We’ve all been there, our teachers in primary school told us we mustn’t add any participle to the verb if it follows after “to”. For example “to do”, “to run”, “to know”. And so we teach our children the same rule. However, there’s more to the rule than we can remember. For example, Jasmine is used to ________ in the room all by herself. (a) sleep (c) slept (b) sleeps (d) sleeping (                    ) (Source: P6 Past Year Examination Paper) The correct answer is (d) sleeping, and not (a) sleep. This is how I usually explain to my students: Jasmine … Continue reading Why is “-ing” allowed after “to”?