My take on the different aspects within education which relates to ongoing societal concerns.

Bridging the GAP

Moving from Kindergarten to Primary school, Lower primary to Upper primary and  beyond has always has it’s challenges.

The expectation differ as a child progresses from one stage to another.  It is never easy adapting to the different standards and being able to meet up to your peers especially if you are in a new environment.

The  study engine has to be re-started after being on  vacations for 6-7 weeks and it does take a while to get back in gear. There are  so many new things to learn and  with the start of a new school year it can get overwhelming for the child.

In this series I will be touching on how I help to bridge the gaps for my kids as they progress from one level to another.

Tiger girl from Nursery to Kindergarten

Doggie boy from Lower Primary to Upper Primary ( P2 to P3)

Monkey boy from Primary 4 to Primary 5

It is a big difference for them and they are still adjusting to the new workload and pace of learning.  There  are different expectations placed on them as they face an accelerated pace of learning.

Growth is expected of them both in academic wise and maturity and this has been a struggle for all.

As they age and progress up the academic ladder monitoring and guiding them along the way only grows in importance.

Childhood is only a small window of time  for them to learn and develop skills and abilities which will see them through the rest of their lives.

Getting the right foothold is essential for the child to be able to cope with this increase workload and responsibility.  As a parent I am trying my best to equip my children with the right shoes to be able to do this.

Monkey Boy posing with his lunch

Monkey Boy posing with his lunch

I’ll be kicking on this series with Monkey boy as I share with you what I have been doing with him to get him up to speed now that he is in Primary 5.

I will be touching on the challenges that he currently faces and  what I have done and will be doing with him to make his transition smoother.

Stay tuned 🙂


1) Bridging the Gap- An Introduction

2) Bridging the Gap-  Identifying the Gap in Chinese Language ( P4 to P5 )

3) Bridging the Gap- Reinforcing the Learning of Chinese

4)Bridging the Gap- Identifying the Gap between P4 and P5 English.

5)Bridging the Gap- Learning of English in Upper Primary

6) Bridging the Gap- Identifying the Gap between P4 and P5 Maths

7) Bridging the Gap –  Modelling and Methods  in Maths (Part 1) 

8) Bridging the Gap- Modelling and Methods in Maths ( Part 2)

9) Bridging the Gap- Upper and Lower Primary Science

10) Bridging the Gap-  Moving from Lower to Upper Primary

11) Bridging the Gap- Moving from Lower to Upper Primary ( Part 2)

3 Tips on Encouraging Reading in Reluctant Readers

© Renata Osinska /Photoxpress

© Renata Osinska /Photoxpress

Getting your child to read can be something really difficult to do. This is especially the case when he/she is not one that likes reading.

Seeing  words and more words in the book switches them off and it is a losing battle trying to get your child to cooperate and read as it is not a task which interests them.

How then can you encourage your
reluctant reader?

Here are three tips for you based on what I have personally tried out with my own kids.

  1. Use interactive books

Nowadays there are numerous books available for reading via the iPad. Many of these have interactive features like -Reading aloud with text being highlighted, puzzles and other games related to the storyline.  Elfishki and the Giant Cake and the other stories by Elfishki are 10 minutes stories which will appeal to kids who are used to seeing lots of interactivity.

If you are looking for graded readers to read along or for reading independently do check out the FarFaria Stories of graded readers where for a subscription you can get access to 100 over books and new books are added in every month.

I recommend this source for kids age 2-7 years old.

2. Audio Books

Photo courtesy  of

Photo courtesy of

If you are not big on interactive stories or wish to listen to stories on the go Audio books are something which you should check out. You can play the tunes in the car or iPod for your child as  he commutes to school and back or during waiting time in between activities.

Treebobs Audio books has a great series of books to stimulate the young mind.  The narrator and the audio cast use their voice to portray the different characters and their various actions in the story.

By listening to the stories the child brush up on their listening skills and learn to focus and concentrate while developing their own associations to what they are listening to. They create their own notion of what is happening in the story based on their prior knowledge and creativity.

I recommend this for kids age 7 and above.

3.Reading half chapter- half picture books

From the Super Soccer Boy Book

From the Super Soccer Boy Book

Having graphics within a book make it easier for the child to visualize how the story is like.  Younger kids relate easier to visuals then the static word. Having pictures relating to the storyline on each page breaks up the monotony of reading and helps them understand better what is happening in the story.

Another inner page

Another inner page

Super Soccer Boy and the Monster Mutants by Judy Brown is the book that I featured in the pictures above. This particular book has 12 chapters and it makes for an easy read for a 2nd grader.

Doggie boy and I read through the book together. We spend about 10 minutes each weeknight on the book . We read a chapter a day and he and I alternated between reading the different pages of the chapter.

Inner page of Dragonbreath

Inner page of Dragonbreath

Having comic strips within a chapter book also increase the interest a book for a child. Dragonbreath was another book which Doggie boy and I recently read. Initially he wasn’t interested to read the book together with me.

Another inner page of the book

Another inner page of the book

When he saw comic strips  and read how fun the conversations were between the different characters his interest in the story grow. He was even looking forward to the nightly 10 minute reading routine which we had set up recently.

I recommend this for kids 6 and up.

Disclaimer: We borrowed the books Dragonbreath and Super Soccer Boy and the Monster Mutans from the National Library for the kids to read.This post has a compensation level of 3. Please visit Dominique’s Disclosure page for more information.