Reflections on Education and what it means to Prepare Kids for their World


March 2016

Problem Solving Skills

Complex Probem Solving is said to be a skill which was in demand by prospective employers in 2015 and will comtinue to be in 2020. Check out The Future of Jobs. The challenge is for educators and parents is to... Continue Reading →


Making Time for Play

Lego is very much of the Learning Lab.  As we homeschool, free time in between lessons are really that FREE TIME and it is usually on building a lego scene like the one above. A child's imagination is such a... Continue Reading →

Language Learning

Living and growing up in SE Asia, we are exposed to multiple languages at the Learning Lab. Both of my children attended local kindergarten and primary school while we did homeschooling focussing in English and Maths. They attended local school... Continue Reading →

Appreciating Poetry

We love poems at The Learning Lab. Rhymes and Rhythms were after part and parcel of their daily 'playlist' as they heard me sing Nursery Rhymes as we went about our daily activity. Part of their daily screen time then... Continue Reading →

International Day of Happiness

It's International Day of Happiness! Like any  parent,  not a day goes past without factoring in my kids happiness..... I am no different from a parent from parents who send their kids to school. The challenges are just different. I... Continue Reading →

Emotional Intelligence & Technology

During our Art lesson at the Learning Lab yesterday we used the photocopier option on our printer, some paints and paintbrushes. As we did that, I had a flashback of being in my primary school watching the clerk make copies... Continue Reading →

Minecraft Challenge

Minecraft is a popular game amongst children. I was disheartened to read in this article about how information thieves hide behind games such as Minecraft. It can be disheartening to read about yet another danger out there. I take comfort... Continue Reading →

Why Play?

Childhood is such a precious period in a person's life. We know so much more about early childhood education now than ever before.  Yet at the same time we are being made increasingly aware of the state of children's eroding... Continue Reading →

GRIT for Kids

We were introduced to the concept of Growth vs Fixed Mindset in last December during a Home School reunion.  Basically a Growth Mindset is the tenacity to persevere through challenging situations. A Fixed Mindset gives up trying when faced with... Continue Reading →

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