Let's Learn Bahasa & Cantonese - Here / There

~ Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 7:45 AM ~

Ever since I started kindergarten at 6 years old, I have been attending public schools (main language is Bahasa Malaysia) and during my earlier years, I mixed around with a lot of Malay friends and even spoke Bahasa with my elder brother at home (he also attends public schools), even to this day. So Bahasa Malaysia used to be my main language other than Cantonese and later on English (brushed up more when I met my hubby then boyfriend through snail mails, I had to practise and brush up my English as he doesn't speak Cantonese) Anyway, I think it is fun to be able to practise back and sharing what I know with those of you who are interested.

And so, here goes our next lesson: HERE / THERE

Let's Learn Bahasa & Cantonese

For those of you who are more often on Facebook, you can also find the tutorials on my Facebook fan page. I have created a "Let's Learn Bahasa & Cantonese!" album to store the phrases. Enjoy learning!


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Teaching & Learning Moment - Bible Verse Copywork

~ Posted on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 9:40 AM ~

For those who wonders what is copywork? It is actually a reproduction of an original work. In our case, I got our 6 years old boy to copy out a sentence that I wrote on his exercise book. I started doing that for his Chinese language homework he got from his kindy class - to practise writing his name in Chinese and during school holidays, I continued writing single sentences in English and let him do the copywork right after he woke up, brushes his teeth and waiting for his breakfast.

According to this article:

"The purpose of copywork is to get into the child’s visual (and motor) memory the look and feel of a sentence that is corrrectly composed, and properly spelled, spaced, and punctuated."

The idea of doing bible verse copywork came from my sister in law. She shared how her kiddos are doing the same, every morning after waking up, her children will copy a verse (when they first started - now at age 10 they are writing by page everyday) from the bible. She shared the many benefits from doing this with her kiddos:

- intimacy with the Word of God

- good English learning

- careful copying

- handwriting exercise

- spelling development

So, with that in mind, I want our kiddos to follow in the footsteps too!

I googled around for templates to print out (no time to design my own for now but I hope to design myself in future, that way I can customise according to our kiddos). What I did with the free template was I wrote out the sentences to copy (1 bible verse and 1 is where the verse is from) then get our 6 years old to copy twice. First time is follow the dotted letters and the second time is to repeat without any dotted guides. In the box on upper portion, I told him to doodle or write or draw whatever on his mind that he thinks represents the bible verse. Am loving this idea as I get to learn and remember as well!

Bible Verse Copywork

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Dinner - Before & After

~ Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 6:35 AM ~

Last year, I wrote about a look back into my home-cooked journey so far. Then shortly before the end of 2014, I wrote a post on my preparation when cooking. Then I thought, "Why not snap a picture of before start cooking and the final results after cooking?"

So, here you go..

Top part of the picture is the ingredients all ready to be cooked on10th February 2015. From top left (clockwise): 3 stalks of curry leaves, a stalk of lemongrass (chopped into inches long), chopped onions, 2 eggs with some chopped up prawns, about 15-20 prawns marinated with chili powder salt and pepper, sliced pork marinated with sweet soy sauce and salt pepper with some Worchestershire sauce.

My dinner dishes for that day? Click on the dish name to check out my recipe.

  • Scrambled eggs with prawns (in Cantonese we call this 'Foo Yoong Har Tan')

  • Pan Fried Pork Slices infused with lemongrass

  • Spicy Butter Prawns

In case you are interested to view my other recipes, feel free to hop over to my Recipe Library page for more info!

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