I went to my sons' school to discuss on the Council's language therapy session for my kids. I decided to sign them up for the intervention to help them with listening, grammar, vocabulary, social language and question skills in English.
Apart from having Quidditch as one of the sport activities for the students, our University bookstore also sell Gryffindor's, Slytherin's, Ravenclaw's and Hufflepuff's neckties and magic wands. Harry Porter is really a thing here.
Usual scene on Saturday mornings at Abraham Moss High School cafeteria.
We had Malaysian breakfast with our kids, who are attending Saturday supplementary school, Sekolah Komuniti Malaysia Manchester (SKMM). Malaysian community around Manchester will come here and sell Malaysian delicacies at this 'Kedai Kopi Malaysia'.
Libyan also runs their supplementary school here on weekends. It is a good exposure for the students to mingle around with others of different nationality every week. We love to buy sandwiches made by a very nice Libyan lady.
We bought a pack of mung bean at an Oriental supermarket, Wing Yip at Oldham Road, Manchester.
On weekend, I made a mung dessert with coconut milk and palm sugar. This dessert is originated from China but equally popular in Malaysia. In Malaysia, we called it bubur kacang hijau. Recipe in English here.
The kids took a few beans, placed them on a damp kitchen towel and watch them sprout over a few weeks.
I turned the leftover dessert into bubur kacang hijau popsicle!
For Ancient Egypt, Nazreen chose to produce a book on River Nile.
First, we discuss on the content and layout. Then Nazreen will proceed with the work. He started with the world map showing major rivers in the world. He traced the map on my laptop screen.
Then he cut each continent, pasted them on the blue card and labeled each river with a pink paper.
These are what he managed to do that night. The world map, animals of the River Nile..
...and diagram showing how people lived along the River Nile longgggg time ago. This is a very detailed drawing and he spent more than one hour to produce this precious.
At the other corner of the room, Nabil pasted together 6 A4 papers to make one big sheet for his Ancient Egypt project. He produces a drawing on the process of pyramid construction.
Similar to Nazreen, he produced a very detailed drawing, however, I didnt manage to capture them because my phone was broken. I was using a very old phone with low resolution and didnt work well at night.
Have I told you I have a really nice neighbour who was also my junior in KAED? Her name is Siti Nora. She always send good food to our house, and this time, pulut kuning (yellow sticky rice) and delicious chicken curry. May Allah blessed her family.
Year 4 students across the UK are so fortunate because
they received free set of Story Hunter books from the Book Trust UK! I could not believe it when
Nazreen received the first pack – the books are of high quality, interesting
and they are not just for read. There are also activity books and stationeries!
They will get a new pack every month and parents need to pick it up from
the class teacher.
From Story Hunters - Book Trust UK : To encourage that love of reading, every pupil signed up to Story Hunters will get a monthly personalised pack of books and activities, for a six-month period. Every pack will include at least two carefully chosen books, plus engaging games and resources that children can share with their families – a rewarding way to make the most of pupil premium and build home-school links.
Nazmi usually would be very excited when Nazreen come home with the new Story Hunter pack but due to different reason. So he could do this.
I am truly honoured to be part of the crowd that night. To
witness the Official Launching of the GDI and listen to the inspirational
Keynote Address by Winnie Byanyima, the ED of Oxfam International.
I donned a baju kurung
in a shivering cold winter night, just to celebrate the diversity in the
international development community. When my husband dropped me near the
entrance, I just left my jacket in the car and try my best to compose myself
while walking towards the building in the cold. Sometimes, I just
had enough wearing thick jacket and bringing it everywhere inside the building
(since you are not wearing it inside).
I took Work and Employment in Global Economy course. It
taught me a lot about globalisation, labour, private standards and global
production network. I wrote a lot of essays on private standards, Ethical
Trading Initiaties (ETI) in the UK and Fairtrade.
One day I came home and I saw Nazreen’s homework on ETI! It
is good for them to understand about ethical trading from early stage and raise
the awareness to choose the right products from the supermarket shelves.
the other hand, only being exposed to this pretty late, during my Masters ;p