Learning Styles

We were reading a book about learning today, and decided to do a quiz on our individual learning styles. We have two visual learners and two tactile learners at home …

·         Auditory: 5%

·         Visual: 60%

·         Tactile: 35%

·         Auditory: 25%

·         Visual: 45%

·         Tactile: 30%

·         Auditory: 30%

·         Visual: 30%

·         Tactile: 40%

·         Auditory: 25%

·         Visual: 35%

·         Tactile: 40%


You are a Visual learner!

If you are a visual learner, you learn by reading or seeing pictures. You understand and remember things by sight. You can picture what you are learning in your head, and you learn best by using methods that are primarily visual. You like to see what you are learning.

As a visual learner, you are usually neat and clean. You often close your eyes to visualize or remember something, and you will find something to watch if you become bored. You may have difficulty with spoken directions and may be easily distracted by sounds. You are attracted to color and to spoken language (like stories) that is rich in imagery.


You are a Tactile learner!

If you are a tactile learner, you learn by touching and doing. You understand and remember things through physical movement. You are a “hands-on” learner who prefers to touch, move, build, or draw what you learn, and you tend to learn better when some type of physical activity is involved. You need to be active and take frequent breaks, you often speak with your hands and with gestures, and you may have difficulty sitting still.

As a tactile learner, you like to take things apart and put things together, and you tend to find reasons to tinker or move around when you become bored. You may be very well coordinated and have good athletic ability. You can easily remember things that were done but may have difficulty remembering what you saw or heard in the process. You often communicate by touching, and you appreciate physically expressed forms of encouragement, such as a pat on the back.

Here are some things that visual learners like you can do to learn better:

  • Sit near the front of the classroom. (It won’t mean you’re the teacher’s pet!)
  • Have your eyesight checked on a regular basis.
  • Use flashcards to learn new words.
  • Try to visualize things that you hear or things that are read to you.
  • Write down key words, ideas, or instructions.
  • Draw pictures to help explain new concepts and then explain the pictures.
  • Color code things.
  • Avoid distractions during study times.

Remember that you need to see things, not just hear things, to learn well.

Here are some things that tactile learners like you can do to learn better:

  • Participate in activities that involve touching, building, moving, or drawing.
  • Do lots of hands-on activities like completing art projects, taking walks, or acting out stories.
  • It’s OK to chew gum, walk around, or rock in a chair while reading or studying.
  • Use flashcards and arrange them in groups to show relationships between ideas.
  • Trace words with your finger to learn spelling (finger spelling).
  • Take frequent breaks during reading or studying periods (frequent, but not long).
  • It’s OK to tap a pencil, shake your foot, or hold on to something while learning.
  • Use a computer to reinforce learning through the sense of touch.

Remember that you learn best by doing, not just by reading, seeing, or hearing.

PS: K had a ear infection over the weekend. Because the entire right ear was infected, his auditory score must have dropped to a measly 2.5%!

Staycation at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa

We’ve not gone on a staycation in the last 2 years. Decided to stay over in Sentosa last week when the boys had a break from school. Our second time staying in this hotel and boys especially liked the meals at the hotel (the children’s buffet corner won them over) and the xbox room.

16oct16We spent a lot of time at the beach because it was clean and nice. The pool was perpetually crowded, so we didn’t hang out too much there.

Labrador Park

Our first visit to Labrador Park. Boys had their bikes and they were supposed to cycle but they were so distracted by the playground that they spent all their time there. Looks like we’ve gotta make another trip here again!


First day that T is riding a two-wheeler!

Earlier in the evening, he was playing with a 5-year-old neighbor and a 6-year-old neighbor. They asked him why he was still riding a tricycle. They also got him to try their two-wheeler and *surprise* he could ride it ably! I came up to remove his tricycle wheels within the next 10 minutes!

Chinese Tuition

K started Chinese tuition early this year. He can’t catch up in class and because we make it a point not to help the boys with their school work at all, his Chinese grades have been slipping. He’s now cruising at Band 2 after spending half a year with the tutor, so it’ll be good if he keeps himself at that Band.

Unfortunately, T also had to start Chinese tuition. It’s very sad to have to go for tuition as a P1 student, but because he came home with an ugly Band 3 last term, he doesn’t really have a choice about it.

The boys walk to the tutor’s home on their own. If they’re too early or they have to stay there a while more to wait for me to pick them up, they’ll also hit the playground. I’m glad to see T climbing so well now. I’m still waiting for the day he can climb up and down a pole by himself.

Sembawang Park

We visited Sembawang Park a few weeks back. When I was growing up, I used to come here for BBQs with classmates and friends. So it was nostalgic to jog through the same path that I walked two decades ago. I also realized that the park is actually very small, but it certainly didn’t feel that way when I was a teenager.

Boys enjoyed playing with sand more than playing in the battleship playground. T felt that the playground was “scary” because it slanted and he didn’t know if he’ll fall off at certain parts.

Happy 7th Birthday!

T turned 7 this weekend! Birthday boy had the privilege of choosing our meals the whole weekend, so we ended up having an unbelievable amount of pasta over 48 hours ….

Birthday boy requested to stay home so he can play his new Lego set. It’s quite a cool set. He’s happy with all the presents he received this year! Good that I have children who are easily contented with the little material possessions that they have.

Gone too soon …

My cousin Jennie passed away last Saturday after a four year plus battle with breast cancer. She would have turned 41 this October. She made her own plans for her own passing. It was a simple cremation, no funeral, ashes shattered into the sea, lots of beautiful flowers.

When I was growing up, she was someone whom I really looked up to. So it was tough seeing such a go-getter cousin succumb to a disease, especially in her final days.

She left behind a 12 year old son who, despite the trying circumstances, is holding up really well for his PSLE. She would have been so proud of her son!

Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach

For the second half of our Krabi holiday, we stayed at Holiday Inn Resort on Ao Nang Beach. Boys liked the bunk beds in the Kids Suite and the activities at the Kids Club, as usual. We ate most of our meals at the resort because it rained every single day that we were there, and it was just too troublesome to head out with umbrellas.

Every time there was a 1 – 2 hours respite from the rain, we made sure we headed to the pool. There are three pools at this resort, and we spent most of the time at the four slides in the children’s pool.

Ton Ma Yom

Ton Ma Yom is a little restaurant in Ao Nang that serves awesome Thai food! Every dish on our table was so delish, including the non-spicy food that the boys ate.

And my favourite Thai dish at the moment is seafood curry in coconut, also known as “hor mok ma prao on” (not that I’ll be able to pronounce it).


T turns 7 years old this month!

Boys get $50 as a birthday gift from us. K chose to spend his money on a few cubes earlier this year. T decided that he wanted a Ninjago set, so we headed to Toys “R” Us to pick it up today.

Canon EOS M10

Happy to have purchased the entry level EOS M10 as my newest camera! Chose this camera because it’s easy enough to use after a bit of fiddling, cheap enough for a camera that can change lens, and small enough to fit into my bag. Hoping to use it to take a lot of nice pics during our September trip =)

Zoo with Cousins

Big group outing to the Singapore Zoo yesterday. We covered a third of the zoo together, watched a show, had lunch, and the little ones went off to Rainforest Kidzworld for water play.
I was going to bring the boys home at the 6 hour mark, but T was so disappointed that we did not see a lot of animals. In the end, I cancelled dinner plans and we broke away from the group for 2 hours for intense animal viewing. He really likes the Wild African animals and doesn’t think a zoo visit is complete without seeing them!

A Very Special Walk

A Very Special Walk (AVSW) is an annual fundraising event of the Autism Resource Centre (Singapore). Boys had an awesome time at the AVSW 2016 funfair this morning! With the coupons we had, they stuffed themselves with a lot of sweet treats, went on the bouncy castle, played a lot of games, and won a big bear to bring home!

Ho Ching was at the event and we took a pic with her!