Dinner with my students

During Idul Fitri (Moslem Celebration) Holiday, I decided to take my students out for dinner. It was a great time to be with Kevin and Christal. Well, I would love to ask others to come as well, but most of them were still out of town during that time. So, yeah … the 3 of us went out for pizza bites at Pizza Hut. I guess we did not need more students to make more chaos. Kevin and Christal were creative enough to create noise!

Kevin and Christal actions during dinner

Kevin and Christal actions during dinner

Because we were cheese lovers, we definitely ordered pizza with cheese stuffed crust! Mushroom, sausage and tomato as the toppings. Simply to say, it was an awesome dinner time…

Trying hard to enjoy the pizza!

Trying hard to enjoy the pizza!

We talked about our family lives – our parents, daily habits and school life. We also talked about their holidays – the place they went, the place they want to go and other cool stuff that they have done during holidays.

The three of US ...

The three of US ...

Can’t wait for our next dinner out, kiddos!

Counselling Session

It’s common to see people share their experiences to others and vice versa. Share about work life, love life, children, boss and many more. The point is to share with a hope that it can help others. It is easy to tell a story for those who are known as extrovert, but what about those bunches of introvert people? Do they need certain techniques to be able to share their thoughts?

Counselling is a two-way communication between clients and therapists. It can be done formally in the office or informally in the cafe, restaurant and other places. The point is to make clients comfortable enough to share their thoughts or problems.

In daily setting, ‘the counsellor’ is known as the armchair psychologist. It explains the informal setting in that process. Formal or informal setting is not the problem, the main thing to be noticed is the capacity of the counsellors.

Some characteristics of counsellors are:

  • being emphatic
  • encouragement
  • support
  • caring
  • attention
  • acceptance
  • genuineness

In my practicum last weekend, I’ve learned that couselling is very interesting. In a depth counselling session we can dig deep into the core problems that bother the clients. I’m on a process to be a counsellor and I will do my best to be a great one!

The sofa

The sofa

Say Thank You

Thank You

Thank You

Saying Thank You is something easy, but yet, not so many people are willing to say thank you from heart. Some are just saying those words as a must. As adults, we need to be a positive role model for our children to say Thank You whole-heartedly.

On one of my class last summer, we had a session about how blessed each of us and the importance of saying thank you, especially to our parents and family. They had their complete family. They had parents who will fight for their well-being. Meanwhile, out there, there are so many young children have to live in the street, because they have no one to taking care of them. Their parents disappeared, passed away or simply did not want to raise their children.

Austin

Austin

Kevin

Kevin

My students made their own Thank You cards and decorate it with any ornaments or pictures that they like. They could write any wishes, prayers and the expressions of love for their parents and other family members. By doing this activity, children will have an opportunity to express their gratitude toward those who love and care for them. They will understand that saying Thank You is not just saying the words, but we need to mean it from the heart.

Russel

Russel

Christopher

Christopher

It is important to let them understand that there are many ways of saying Thank You. We can send cards, draw pictures, send flowers, hugging, kissing and make some breakfast for our loved ones. It is very useful to help children who can’t express their feelings easily. Children may be uneasy when they need to say Thank You. Therefore, by deepen their understanding through this simple activity, can help them to understand more.

Evan

Evan

Verrel

Verrel

Thank You, my students for teaching me a great lesson…

Children on Reuse and Recycle Activity

The issue of global warning is on the top of our roof. While we are struggling hard enough to maintain the long life of our earth, we can start to prepare our children to save the earth too. They may be not understand on how the climate change is affected by our daily habits. But they can start to understand that by what we do. We can help them to understand…

Let’s start with the unused materials that can be reuse and recycle, such as: old stickers, sticks, straws, old buttons and cut-outs from gift wrap.

Unused Materials

Unused Materials

On one of my classes, my students brought many things considered as unused. They also asked to bring their favorite family photo. The activity was to make frame for their favorite photo. The objective was simple, to make children understand that we can reuse many unused things to save this earth. As long as we can keep the activity to be interesting enough, then children will not get bored with what they do.

Working on the frame

Working on the frame

Children are creative. Their imagination can fly high upon our thoughts and they always have surprises for adults, like us.

Creative Frame

Creative Frame

They always love activities that enjoyable and yet, full of knowledge. Be prepare with questions that they may ask while doing activities together.

What They\'ve Done

What They Have Done