While we are all familiar with the past, present and future tenses, the little less known but equally important tense is the past participle.Read More
Today, we would like to share with you a way to boost your vocabulary and remember content for various oral topics.Read More
Today, we are sharing two printable revision lists for your P6 children in this last lap. These two lists are consolidated based on what are essential for your children to take note of. Presented in a concise table, they are intended to help your children have an easy recapitulation instead of having to pore through the worksheets and revision papers. We know how frustrating it is when you cannot find that one tricky question which you are desperate to revise before the examination.Read More
One of the most important ingredients necessary for a child or anyone learning English is the habit of reading. Not just reading when necessary, but doing extensive reading that is enjoyable and addictive.
If you are to describe the kind of reader your child is, which one will you choose? Is he/she...
1. a reluctant reader > Does reading only during school's prescribed morning reading time
2. a moderate reader > Picks up a book on his/her own occasionally
3. an avid reader > Seizes every opportunity to read and always carries a book around
This week, I decided that I would really like to create a little something to motivate my children for the upcoming examinations. A bookmark with a quote to motivate is also a chance for them to see the power of words, how a few simple words can build up a person and how words can mean more than what they seem. ("Am I saying you can really move a mountain from point A to B?") When a close friend shared with me her favourite book by Dr. Seuss, "Oh, the Places You'll go!", I knew the message in the book was perfect for my kids.Read More
After some Q & A for situational writing in the previous post, I believe a walkthrough on the process of doing situational writing is in order. A lot of children neglect the preparation process before doing the actual writing and this often results in missing information or a disorganised piece of writing. Before we dwell into the process, let's have a better understanding of the requirements for content and language for this component.Read More
What will the question for 2015 be? It is hard to predict as honestly, there is no fixed pattern in the tone or text type. Hence, there is no shortcut but just to be thoroughly prepared! As you begin or continue your last stretch of preparation, here are some burning questions that you might have and their answers to help you along.Read More
This year, being our jubilee year, has brought about a "SG50 wave" in everything around us. There has been quite a bit of speculation about whether this topic will indeed be tested in PSLE. Hence, I decided to prepare a SG50-related topic for my pupils to practise on, just in case PSLE is celebrating SG50 too (: It may not be the exact picture but at least if a similar topic about our jubilee is to be tested, the children would have had some practice on the different stories that they can share about this topic of National Day and SG50. To be honest, no one will know for sure the topic that will be tested. However, even if the topic does not appear, I hope that the resources provided for all of you will provide a clearer idea on the steps to take in order to tackle some questions.Read More
In the past few weeks, we have been discussing about oral at length (you can drop by our archive to take a look at our previous oral tips!) to prepare for PSLE oral this year. The section which is causing most parents and children anxiety is the stimulus-based conversation. I have stressed about how having a conversation is basically a session of sharing stories. As I revised with my pupils these few weeks, I feel that it is necessary to highlight how by simply using the 5W1H, your children will be able to lengthen their stories (hence, the conversation!) and pack in the details to paint a fuller picture to engage the examiners.Read More
To help my children handle this part of the examination, I have broken down some pointers into 5 parts: BLARE. To blare means to make a loud, harsh sound. Of course, we are not asking for the children to be rude but we definitely want them to capture the examiner's attention and engage them. BLARE stands for Body Language, Language (Vocabulary and Structures), Accuracy, Response and Engagement. Here are some instructions again about using the checklist.Read More
PEARS represents Punctuation, Emotions, Accuracy, Rhythm and Smoothness (Fluency). This checklist can be used by children when they practise reading on their own; parents, when you are practising with your children and lastly, educators, when you would like your pupils to carry out reading practice in pairs or in small groups. It can be downloaded at the end of the post but before you do that, here are some notes that will help you fully utilise it.Read More
There is no denial that using English in an authentic manner is so important and this is clearly reflected in the choice of passages used in school examinations. The good news is that these authentic resources can be readily accessed from the internet and I would like to share about how these articles can be transformed into cloze passages easily.Read More