Today, MOE announced that from 2019 onwards, P1 and P2 students will no longer have any form of weighted assessment and exams. Meanwhile, P3 and P5 students will not be having SA1 exams after 2020.
Singapore students excel in critical thinking
In 2016, a random sample of 5,000 students in Singapore topped the global PISA scores for English, Mathematics and Science. The 3 yearly PISA tests are designed by OECD. More than 60 countries around the world participate in the study. 15 year olds across the globe are tested to gauge how well they apply their knowledge to solve problems. In other words, PISA tests students on their critical thinking skills.
Is fish good for our brains?
In May 2018, a study published in Neurology revealed that a diet rich in fish, fruits, nuts, whole grains and vegetables may increase the total brain volume. Researchers at the Erasmus University Medical Centre of Netherlands had studied 4,000 people over a ten year period. They noticed that the brain area responsible for the processing of memories, the hippocampus, was larger in people who had healthier diets.
In Asia, fish is most commonly steamed or deep fried. For children, fresh fish fillet is often used to make fish porridge. Cooked rice is poached in a hearty chicken stock before slices of fish are added in, just before being served hot. A staple at many homes, this dish is simple to prepare, healthy and delicious.
Getting Kids To Eat Vegetables
Day in, day out, parents all over the world are trying to get their children to eat more vegetables. It is a challenge. One way to subtly influence them is to start off by cooking dishes that have both meat and vegetables in them. Thai style minced pork with thai basil is a popular staple in Thailand but in this version, we added in long beans and choy poh, ingredients that appear in the Chinese version of this dish.
In February 2018, a French report was released. In this study, 105,000 middle-aged individuals’ diet and health were monitored over a 5 year period. The report found that a 10 percent rise in the consumption of ultra-processed foods lead to a 12 percent increase in cancer risk. While not scientifically conclusive, it suggests that our diet influences the probability of getting cancer. So, what does this mean for us? What exactly are ultra-processed foods?
Ginger, our Cavoodle, arrived at our home in 2012. She was only 2 months old; tiny and very quiet. She had just flown in straight from a Melbourne farm. We only realised later that she was born on 8th August that year, an auspicious double 8 date for the Chinese. Just as we have tried to bring her up as best as we can, this little dog has taught us some lessons herself.
We decorated our ceilings with paper cranes for 2 reasons:
- To lighten the mood and to delight the children
- To celebrate the significance of origami cranes
Introducing ‘adult’ dishes to children
Not many children eat spicy food. A likely reason for this is that they have not been exposed to such foods from a young age. There are two good reasons to start them early. Firstly, ingredients such as turmeric, chilli, garlic and ginger are known for their health benefits. Secondly, having children join adults for a curry dinner just makes eating together more convenient and enjoyable.