When I say Singapore Math, I do not mean the curriculum/books with this title in the USA.  I mean the actual math that Singaporean students are doing day to day.  I fell in love with many parts of the Singaporean education system while living there from Dec 2013-July 2016.  Because the smell of a bookstore is basically a narcotic to me, I spent a lot of time wandering the stacks of books and picking up mathematics resources and workbooks for my kiddos’ future use, and to use…Continue Reading “Strategies From Singapore: Learn To Do Math Easily With Rectangles”

These are a group of interactive math stories that run as a PowerPoint show.  They do not work on mobile devices, only on computers/laptops.  Just click on the link in parentheses to download.  I only just started doing this to help my child review concepts from school, so the first few weeks of the year are currently missing.  Hopefully I will find time to do those as well.  Be aware, I am an American math teacher, so some vocabulary (and the accent) will differ.  LOL…Continue Reading “Little Interactive Math Stories for Year 1 British Curriculum”

Really, I have no idea.  I could barely figure it out for myself.  But this was a dire and pressing question for me last year when I wrote this piece for Sassy Mama Singapore. My ovaries are confused. They seem to have misplaced the memo I sent them during my hours of labour to deliver Baby Two which clearly stated that they could look forward to a lovely (and permanent) vacation. Yet within a few weeks of giving birth, to my sheer horror, I was…Continue Reading “How Many Kids Should You Have?”

I recently wrote for Sassy Mama Singapore about the benefits (and difficulties) of reading the news with your kids. My daughter is four years old. Her world revolves around playing, eating, and avoiding baths at all costs. She is very interested in anything involving silliness, sweet treats, or Sophia the First. So when she found me with my nose in The Economist the other day and asked me to read it to her, I was flabbergasted. I paused to consider the possible ramifications of reading…Continue Reading “How To Talk To Your Kids About The News”

This was written last month for Sassy Mama Singapore.   Don’t you hate it when someone gives you a hug, buries their face into you, and wipes their nose on your clothes? My kiddos love this move. It’s time saving, convenient, and they are giving me love to boot. Maybe it is their way of saying I chose the wrong outfit that day. Despite the fact that my children use me as a tissue, clothes are very important to me. I have always been a…Continue Reading “The Power of Minimalism”

My brain likes to tell me that I should never have had kids.  It is lying.  I do not regret having my lovely kiddos, but my brain constantly finds ways to insist I am a terrible mother that is setting my children up for a lifetime of troubles.  Some background:  I just arrived back in Singapore less than 24 hours ago, after yet another harrowing, delay filled, three airplane journey of 30+ hours.  I am extremely exhausted.  But I am back “at work,” bright and…Continue Reading “My Lying Brain”

I scared an elderly woman the other day. A few weeks ago, I was enjoying the fall activities that come with life in a temperate climate (raking), and I was driving home from somewhere when I saw an elderly woman raking. It looked like a struggle, she was hunched over and moving slowly, so I pulled over the car and asked if I could help. She said she was fine, but wouldn’t mind some help. So I picked up the kiddos and my dad to…Continue Reading “Scaring the Elderly (AKA Trust and the Refugee Crisis)”

This piece was written for Sassy Mama Singapore, but it offers resources and information for any parent trying to decide whether or not to seek help from a tutor or tuition center.   Our children really have one up on us, don’t they? That pure sense of joy, that adventurous spirit, that insatiable curiosity… and boundless energy for it all! I will never forget dressing my daughter and preparing her backpack for her first day of nursery. She was so excited for what lay ahead,…Continue Reading “Guide to Tuition and Tutoring”

I recently wrote this piece for Sassy Mama Singapore, but it has great tips for anyone thinking about homeschooling their son or daughter. Daniel* (*name changed for privacy) couldn’t speak when he was 5. He couldn’t read when he was 10. His mother was told he would never function in the world. But learning isn’t always linear; some children only progress when ready and then do so very quickly, like Daniel, who has Asperger’s Syndrome. His mom homeschooled him and her hard work paid off…Continue Reading “A Guide To Homeschooling”

You hear it over and over, be the change you wish to see. But it isn’t always easy to figure out how to do that.  Watching The True Cost on Netflix tonight, I realized just what I can do right now. My move to Southeast Asia has been an enlightening one. Every year, our air in Singapore smells terribly for weeks at a time as we are blanketed in “the haze.” The haze comes from the fires clearing the land in Sumatra for the palm oil trade—affecting…Continue Reading “Be The Change–THIS We Can All Do!”