Jul 3, 2020

Finally, Help is here with Geniebook's Smart Learning Tool for Kids

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Do you know what I absolutely hate about giving my kids assessment books and past years' papers to do?

Marking them.

Even armed with the answer sheet, I find it extremely time-consuming to mark every question... especially for Math problem sums and Science Open-ended questions where I have to read through everything to award marks.

No wonder Ale is always saying, "Papa asks me to do so many assessment books but he still hasn't marked them! Then I do for what???" 😅😅😅

And don't even get me started on the time spent on going through their mistakes and making them do corrections.

BUT BUT BUT, what if I told you there was a much simpler, fuss-free and convenient way. And no, your kid does not have to step out of the house to head to a tuition centre. EVERYTHING is online and at the tip of your child's (and your) fingers. And in these unprecedented Covid-19 times - even though at the time of writing, tuition and enrichment centres have been allowed to re-open in Phase 2 - having lessons online is certainly better, more convenient and safer.

So say hello to Geniebook!


Geniebook is an online, assessment-based learning tool that offers a powerful and targeted way to sharpen a student’s academic performance and confidence.

And it is not your usual tuition centre.


For starters, Geniebook is powered by A.I to generate questions based on the child's strengths and weaknesses. These questions then come in the form of bite-sized worksheets - which can be done online via its website or the app on Android and iOS devices - and as the child tackles more questions over time, the system will be able to identify which concepts he/she is weak at.



Both Ash and Ale have been using Geniebook for close to 4 weeks now - E Math & A Math for Ash and Math for Ale - and can I just say it amazes me and the wifey that they are now actively completing worksheet after worksheet on a daily basis! Unbelievable.

How Geniebook can help your child

Learning is more effective

Without a doubt, the strength of Geniebook lies in its proprietary A.I. which seeks to pinpoint areas of a subject which a child finds more challenging. It is able to detect children's strengths and weaknesses and generates relevant questions to them for practice.


Geniebook covers all aspects of English, Maths and Sciences for Primary 2 to Secondary 4 levels. Qualified teachers and editors, with the help of patented technology, review millions of student attempts to get insights from students’ question attempts. They then create and update questions daily based on the latest syllabus from Ministry of Education. In addition, Geniebook also works with the best education publishers to enhance and expand its offerings.


And the vast number of questions with different difficulty levels clearly works. After a few worksheets, Geniebook is able to rank the topics that Ale is weaker in based on the number of mistakes she made.


And the best part of it? Marking is instant! The solution to the question is shown immediately after each question is submitted so if Ash has got the answer wrong, he will be able to see the correct solution with the question and mistakes he made still fresh in his head.


Compare this to an assessment paper that he did and I only had time to mark it 2 weeks later - by the time I sit down with him to go through the mistakes, he may have already forgotten the questions!


Each worksheet generated generally takes about 30 minutes to complete and can consist of a mix of MCQ and Structured questions. While the MCQs are marked instantaneously, the structured questions are sent to Geniebook's teachers to be marked (because marks can still be awarded for correct workings) which will take about 3 days. If the answer required is too long to be typed out, the child can take a photo to submit the answer too.

Learning is more convenient

Every topic in the subject is covered in Geniebook's vast database of questions, which makes it a breeze to simply generate worksheets based on the topics (300 personalised worksheets per subject!) that your child wants to practise for.


And besides worksheets, Geniebook offers LIVE video lessons with tutors in tandem with topics that are taught in school too, AT NO EXTRA COST!


Lessons are conducted online once a week based on the respective school level at a fixed day and time. For each lesson, the tutor will prepare a special worksheet for students to attempt.


Ale joined in one lesson on Fractions which I stole a few peeks and I have to say the lesson was anything but a monotonous one! The tutor kept the 1-hour lesson lively and engaging throughout, and something tells me Ale is already looking forward to the next one. As for me, I'm just happy that she can attend the lesson from home and that I don't have to send her down to a tuition centre. 😆

Learning is more structured

As adults, we all know how goal setting and having a schedule is so important in our work. Likewise for our kids who are prepping for tests and exams.

Through the parent's Geniebook App (which I will get to in detail in a bit), both parent and child can plan a weekly study schedule in tandem with the topics being taught in school. Worksheets can be generated based on the schedule, with deadlines being set for the completion of the worksheets.


I guess this is especially important during this period, when we have exited Circuit Breaker with our kids having Home-Based Learning (HBL) the past few months. For sure, HBL isn't quite the same as learning in the classroom so with exams looming, the anxiety in some students and parents can be very real. With Geniebook being able to offer a structured way of practising and revising concepts, parents and students need not be as anxious when it comes to revision.

And remember when I mentioned earlier that the A.I. is able to pick out the child's mistakes? In fact, Geniebook is able to compile all the past questions which the child had attempted wrongly every 2 weeks into a Revision Worksheet.


This way, the child will be able to study the mistakes again and generate a worksheet which comprises of the questions that he/she had gotten wrong previously. Personally, I find that extremely useful because in this way, both Ale and Ash will be able to focus on the mistakes they made, and practise the questions once again. This beats just doing corrections... which more often than not, is just doing it for the sake of doing, no?

Learning is more rewarding

Now I can safely say this is the MOST appealing part for the kids. Just ask Ash and Ale!

For every worksheet completed, the child is able to earn Bubbles, or reward points which can be used to redeem for free gifts. Yes, I know what you are thinking - it's those useless gifts like pencils, erasers, sweets and rulers.

Nope, you are wrong. Well, I was wrong too.

Geniebook obviously had done its homework and has included redeemable gifts like these:


Yes, that's an App Store and Google Play Gift Card worth $30 each!

For Ash who was initially reluctant to do the worksheets ('cos "What? Extra homework!!!!"), his eyes lit up when he saw the Google Play gift card. "Ooh, I can get a new character for my Brawl Stars game!" he exclaimed. 😂

And the range of gifts available is amazing! There are hundreds (yes, hundreds) of categories to choose from... even a Nintendo Switch!


As an added bonus, students can vie for the top spot in a leaderboard where Bubbles will be awarded to the top performers too. How's that for motivation?

How Geniebook can help you, the parent

Stay woke with the Parent App

The child downloads the normal Geniebook app to attempt the worksheets while parents can download the Geniebook Parent app which basically allows you to keep track of your child's progress... and more.



If you are setting the app for the first time, you can even input your child's upcoming test or exam topics and select the relevant topic worksheets to practise.



Not only can you set a study schedule for your child, you can add new worksheets directly from the app and keep track of their work progress.



Deadlines for the worksheets can be set, and you will even receive a reminder three days before the worksheet is due.


If your child starts on a worksheet, you will be notified. Likewise when your child finishes the worksheet.



Once the child has completed the worksheet, you can view their answers and mistakes immediately, and even a daily and weekly results view of the worksheets completed.


Saves time. Lots and lots of it!

Because the worksheets are marked either with instant solutions or by experienced teachers, parents need not spend time marking their kids' work. WOOHOO! This, to me, is probably the best feature of the Geniebook.


And for the questions they got wrong, step-by-step workings are provided which explain everything to the child so that we parents don't have to. No need to vomit blood. LOL.


Come test or exam time, I also do not have to skim through the various assessment books to look for past mistakes for revision. Geniebook's A.I. recommendations that tell me exactly which topics my kids can improve on. Win already.


Hassle-free

No more rushing to bookstores to buy assessment books, or downloading and printing of papers from the web, or photocopying other school's exam papers. Simply just tick off the topics you want your child to practise, and a worksheet is generated in seconds!


In fact, Geniebook started building the A.I. platform from scratch 10 years ago, focused on a singular objective for its students to learn faster and do better which is why while HBL was mostly a scramble for adaptation for most tuition centres, Geniebook had already perfected its live video lessons and online worksheets. And that translates to the ultimate hassle-free convenience for both students and parents.


Well, that and the thought of no more rushing all over the island for classes and having to contend with traffic and parking! 😁



P.S. At the time of writing this post, the kids were still in alternate weeks of HBL. Now, school has since fully resumed and with it, comes the many tests and exams that were inevitably delayed due to Circuit Breaker. So yes, both Ash and Ale are busy preparing for their tests now and so will your kids. They are still using Geniebook diligently (which is a good thing! 😁) so if you are not sure how or where to get your child started, why not let Geniebook do the recommendations for you?

Because of this 👇

FREE STRENGTH ANALYSIS for your child!

Assess your child with a complimentary 20-minute worksheet on your preferred subject. Once completed, you will receive a diagnosis of your child’s strongest and weakest topics instantly. Geniebook's Education Consultant will be in touch to explain the diagnosis and recommend the next step for your child to improve. Click HERE to begin the analysis.



More Information

Prices start from S$1,649 PER YEAR for one subject, which is value for money considering your child will receive the following:
✅ Real teachers marking and providing full solutions
✅ 300 personalised worksheets per subject
✅ Weekly LIVE online lessons
✅ Parent App to assign worksheets and track progress
✅ Personalised revision plans
✅ Learning progress analytics
✅ Rewards to exchange for gifts

For more information, visit www.geniebook.com


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Jun 18, 2020

5 Non-crowded Parks to bring the family after Phase 1 in Singapore (ALL FREE!)

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After 2 months of Circuit Breaker and 2.5 weeks of Phase 1, we are returning to a little more normalcy in our lives with Phase 2 tomorrow (19 June 2020). And while I understand the pent-up feelings of people yearning to head out to celebrate, please bear in mind we are not out of the woods yet.

It is not time to go shopping at the malls.
It is not time to participate in social gathering after social gathering over the weekend.
It is not time to meet up with huge groups of friends at parks, beaches and playgrounds.

But I'm a parent too. And I also understand the need to bring the kids out for some fresh air and move those limbs after the past few months.

So my suggestion is to bring them to a nature park, where the area is vast and social distancing can be kept to a desirable level. Of course, certain parks are going to be jam-packed with visitors come weekends - I'm looking at you, East Coast Park, Jurong Lake Gardens, Botanic Gardens, Gardens by the Bay and other usual suspects - so it is best to avoid them and head to more remote (or ulu) parks in Singapore.

Like these five below. 


But most importantly, wear a mask at all times, stay away from crowds, and stay safe at all times. Amd please, do not head out if you or other family members are not feeling well.

Oh, and remember to check Safe Distance @ NParks (https://safedistparks.nparks.gov.sg/) to see if the park you are headed to is experiencing high visitorship before heading out!


1. Tampines Eco Green

Tampines Eco Green is probably the most underraated park in Singapore because it is unlike any other nature park we had visited. For starters, it is a sprawling 36.5-hectare ecological park resembling a savannah with marshlands, secondary forests and freshwater ponds. Not only that, the park was designed with minimal intrusion, leaving most of the land untouched and in its original state. In fact, the park is NOT lit at night - so go before 7pm! - so as to minimize disturbance to its wildlife inhabitants.


But if you are looking for playground structures to keep the kiddos occupied, there are NONE here. What is present in the park is plenty of flora and fauna to keep the little ones fascinated. And the main difference here compared to other nature parks is the footpath is carpeted with Manila Grass rather than concrete or gravel, making it a unique walking experience.


The park offers three trails weaving through the forest: Diversity Trail, Forest Trail and Marsh Trail. In total, one loop of the park covers 3km, with a walking time of between 1.5 to 2 hours. The terrain is flat throughout, making it extremely easy for kids. Read more about our experience HERE.

Address: Tampines Avenue 9 and Tampines Avenue 12
How to get there:
Alight at Tampines MRT station and walk 20 mins to the park via Sun Plaza Park.
If you drive, the nearest parking is at Block 408, Tampines Ave 9
NOTE: No lights after dark

2. Kranji Marshes


Spanning 56.8 hectares (half the size of Gardens by the Bay), Kranji Marshes is the largest freshwater marshland in Singapore. It is home to a combination of lush, marsh, woodland and grass habitats with more than 170 species of birds, 54 species of butterflies and 33 species of dragonflies lies in the north-western part of Singapore. And not only is it open to everyone, it is FREE to visit!

There are two main areas – one that is open to public and the core conservation area which can only be accessed via guided walks. For the public walk, the start journey begins at Kranji Gate which is located at the end of Neo Tiew Lane 2 (beside D'Kranji Farm Resort).


The walk is a relatively straight-forward linear one, a 1km route which ends at 10-metre tall Raptor Tower which offers a panoramic view of the entire Kranji Marshes. Suffice to say, scaling the tower is the highlight for the kids!

To complete an educational day out, be sure to head to the nearby Marsh Station where they can learn more about the birds and their respective bills and feet.

Address: 11 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718814
Opening hours: 7am to 7pm daily

3. Thomson Nature Park

Even though there isn't a playground for kids, Thomson Nature Park is home to the ruins of an old Hainanese village that was there from the 1930s which offers adults and kids a glimpse into life in a Singapore kampung back in the 1960s.


Located to the east of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve (CCNR), between Old Upper Thomson Road and Upper Thomson Road, Thomson Nature Park complements existing nature parks including Springleaf and Windsor Nature Parks to extend the green buffer for the CCNR. This 50-hectare buffer park is unique for its rich cultural heritage as the site of a former Hainan Village as well as housing a rich array of biodiversity and is notably a key conservation site for the critically endangered Raffles’ Banded Langur.


There are a total of five walking trails spanning 3.8 km around the former village's road network - Ruins & Fig Trail (1.5km), Stream & Ferns Trail (1.4km), Rambutan Trail (0.4km), Langur Trail (0.15km) and Macque Trail (0.35km). All of them are relatively short distances which means kids will be able to go on them pretty effortlessly!

The trails have been specially curated to provide visitors insight into the ways of life during the kampung days as well as into the variety of floral and faunal species found in Thomson Nature Park.

If you love nature, then go on the Stream and Ferns Trail which enables visitors to appreciate the freshwater habitat in Thomson Nature Park and observe the great diversity of ferns and aquatic animals present. Personally, I think the Ruins and Figs Trail is the most interesting trail of the lot because it will bring visitors along a trail where there will be plenty of abandoned and old buildings to spot, giving them a chance to experience the heritage highlights of the Hainan Village through carefully conserved ruins.


Thomson Nature Park is unlike your usual nature parks in Singapore. The presence of an abandoned Hainanese village with its ruins scattered throughout the park definitely makes it an intriguing day out with the kids, giving them a glimpse of what life was like there in the past.

Address: Off Old Upper Thomson Road
Opening hours: 7am – 7pm daily (entering or remaining in the park after 7pm is not allowed)


4. Jurong Eco-Garden


Just a stone's throw away from Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle is Jurong Eco-Garden, the 'green lungs' of CleanTech Park and Singapore’s first freshwater swamp forest located within an industrial park. If we had not visited Thow Kwang, we would not have discovered this gem of a find. Simply because the Eco-Garden has an amazing variety of wildlife and nature and is home to many birds, dragonflies, butterflies and insects.


Spread over four areas - Summit Forest, Wildlife Corridor, Stream Ravine and Freshwater Swamp Forest - the 5-hectare park intersperse building parcels seamlessly with green spaces. One interesting station to visit is the Composting Station which features the processes how horticulture waste are converted into resources. If you are planning to expose nature to the kids minus the crowds, Jurong Eco-Garden will be your best bet!

Address: 1 Clean Tech Loop, Singapore 609434

5. Nature Playgarden at HortPark


There is a new playgarden at HortPark but you cannot find a single seesaw or slide here. Rather, the Nature Playgarden at HortPark is designed to encourage kids to spend more time outdoors and reconnect with nature. Built with pre-schoolers in mind, the playgarden is best for kids aged between 3 and 6 years old.


This playgarden is NParks' first Biophilic Playgarden, which integrates play features with more natural elements such as trees and sand. In all, there are a total of nine play features at the playgarden. There are none of the usual slides, seesaws or even climbing structures that one usually associates with playgrounds but I love how the playgarden has ingeniously blended play activities with nature... along with plenty of hideouts for kids to explore. Read more about it in my review HERE.


Address: 33 Hyderabad Road (off Alexandra Road), Singapore 119578
Opening hours: Daily except for Mondays.
*The playgarden is lit by natural sunlight only. For your own safety, please refrain from entering at night or during bad weather.
Admission: FREE


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Grow your own vegetables at home with free seeds from NParks

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To encourage more people to garden at home with edible plants, NParks will be distributing free packets of leafy and fruited vegetable seeds to interested members of public!

Hopefully, this will spark more people's interest in gardening.


Photo credit: NParks

Each eligible household will receive the following package:


- A packet containing two kinds of vegetable species (one leafy, one fruited)

- A concise guide on how to grow these vegetables


Photo credit: NParks

You will receive one of the following 5 types of leafy vegetables: Bayam, Cai Xin, Kailan, Kang Kong or Xiao Bai Cai; and 1 of the following 5 types of fruited vegetables: Brinjal, Cucumber, Lady’s Finger, Long Bean or Tomato.


And no, you cannot choose. 😆

Each seed pack has more than enough seeds for the growing of one plant cycle. 


Photo credit: NParks

Seed Pack Registration

You can sign up to receive 2 species of vegetables and begin your gardening journey. 

Click HERE to register for your seed pack today, while stocks last.

Registration will open 18 June, 12.00pm (Thursday) and will close on 30 June, 11.59pm (Tuesday).

Upon successful registration, the seed packet will be mailed to the address that you have indicated by 1 August 2020.  


Those who do not have access to internet devices may also call our NParks helpline dedicated to the registration of seed packets at 6499-1099. Please note that mailing for households who register via the hotline will take place at a later date. 

For more information, visit HERE.



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Jun 16, 2020

KidZania Singapore closes down after 4 years

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NEWS JUST IN


KidZania Singapore closes its doors permanently after four years.


In case you are unfamiliar with the KidZania concept, it is not your typical theme park. In fact, this indoor facility comes with NO rides or arcade attractions at all. Instead, kids get to participate in a variety of role-playing activities specifically designed to educate and inspire kids aged 4 to 17, creating a kid-centric city experience from arriving at the airport, to visiting a city centre and exploring the city streets. On top of it all, they get to earn a salary (in the form of kidZos, the official currency of KidZania), pay for goods and services and manage an ATM card - all the things they see adults do in real life.

So this is pretty sad news, considering that my kids had such a great time visiting KidZania Singapore the past 4 years.

Should you be holding onto any unused tickets or annual passes, you are advised to email KidZania Singapore at share@kidzania.com.sg for any queries.




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Apr 6, 2020

Staying & Trapped at Home with the kids: 20 Best (& FREE) Ways to Entertain & Bond with them

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Welcome to the world of Stay-At-Home, where the acronyms of WFH (Work-From-Home) and HBL (Home-Based Learning) are more relevant than ever. For the next one month, both parents and children will be confined to the four walls of their homes and let's just say things WILL be extremely challenging. Besides trying to get some real work done, perhaps the most difficult task is to the keep the hyperactive kids occupied!


Because there can only be that many YouTube videos one can watch or video games one can play, there are actually more ways you can keep the kids entertained. And best of all, take the chance NOW that you are at home with them to bond with them over these activities:

1.Explore Harry Potter At Home for FREE without leaving the house


Got a Harry Potter fan at home? Head to the Harry Potter At Home hub where you will find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (learn how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world.

LINK

2. Enrol in a FREE Disney online course on how to be an Imagineer


Disney Imagineers design and create Disney theme parks and attractions around the world. So if your child has ever wanted to step into the shoes of a Disney Imagineer, now's the chance to do so. Khan Academy and Pixar have teamed up with Walt Disney Imagineers to create Imagineering in a Box, a free online course that gives participants a behind-the-scenes peek into theme park design.

The course takes students through three lessons. The first is named "Creating Worlds," and it illustrates the process of creating a themed land, including land layout and landscape. The second lesson is all about designing attractions, and it includes a ride simulator exercise. The third and final lesson is dedicated to characters — including character concepts and animatronics. All is completely FREE!

LINK

3. Take part in LEGOLAND Malaysia's daily month-long LEGO challenge & win prizes


Does your kids love LEGO, and are always building? Then be sure to let them take part in LEGOLAND Malaysia's daily LEGO online challenge. From 6 April 2020 onwards, a LEGO challenge will be annouced on its Facebook & Instagram page every day for the next 30 days. For example, the 6th April 2020 challenge is to build the coolest new dinosaur ever existed with LEGO bricks. Once your kid has completed the challenge, take a photo and upload the creation on either its Facebook or Instagram platforms with the hashtags #LEGOLANDMalaysia and #30daylegochallenge. Your child may just win a cool prize!

LINK

4. Share your childhood memories with the kids by streaming FREE 80s cartoons on YouTube


If you grew in the eighties, you will probably remember classic cartoons like He-Man, M.A.S.K., She-Ra, and G.I. Joe. And great news, the episodes are now available to stream for FREE on YouTube amd it's all legal!

Introduce your kids to some of the most classic cartoons that you grew up with and maybe, they will become fans as well.

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: LINK
M.A.S.K.: LINK
She-Ra: Princess of Power: LINK
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero: LINK

5. Convert any photo into an online jigsaw puzzle and solve it together


I’m a Puzzle is a web based game that allows you to convert any image into a free-to-play puzzle. It is easy and intuitive to create puzzles and play. You can upload a personal photo and solve it together with your kids. Best of all, there will not be any missing pieces because it's online!

LINK

6. Play Cards Against Humanity with the kids for FREE


Hang on, this is NOT the M18 Cards Against Humanity card game version. Instead, Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition is a brand new game written specially for both kids and adults to play together. Recommended for kids aged 8 and up, the card game is FREE but with a catch - you have to download the entire deck of cards and print them out before you can play. But hey, it's free no?

LINK

7. Re-create McDonald's iconic Sausage And Egg McMuffin at home


Here's a fun thing to do with the kids. McDonald's has shared the recipe of its iconic Sausage and Egg McMuffin online so that you can re-create it at home! To create your very own masterpiece, you'll need English muffins, sausage meat, eggs, American cheese slices and potato.



8. Head to the parks for fresh air (But make use of NParks' Safe Distance real-time Map first)


I know it can be challenging to stay home the entire day... and for the entire month. We are allowed to head out for some fresh air in the nature parks BUT make sure you only head out with your family members who are living in the SAME household as you AND not with other relatives or friends. Also, if you see that the particular park is crowded, please stay away. In fact, Nparks has come out with a nifty website which gives real-time information on the visitorship of some of the major parks and green spaces. Visit https://safedistparks.nparks.gov.sg/ before heading down to the park to see if it is experiencing heavy footfall.

Alternatively, I have compiled 8 of the most ulu nature parks in Singapore which are not so popular with Singaporeans. Perhaps you can consider THESE.

9. View wildlife from home via explore Live cams


Can't travel? No sweat, you can explore the world together with your kids from your home by checking out explore, which has a variety of live cams from seeing hummingbirds up close, to trying to spot gorillas in the wild, to seeing African wildlife, to even the Northern Lights (minus the cold)!

LINK

In addition, the Georgia Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium have turned on their web cams so you can still watch otters, penguins and marine life without squeezing with the crowds.

10. Go on a digital museum tour 


Now you can even spend a day at the museum without leaving home... and without having to walk! Travel and Leisure has a list of 12 museums that offer virtual tours. You can check out famous locations in the US or abroad in Seoul, Amsterdam, Berlin, Florence and more.

LINK

11. Read FREE comic books from Marvel & Dark Horse


Comixology is offering a dozen free Marvel comics to read, from Avengers vs. X-Men Collection, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel and even Civil War. Also, Dark Horse has free first-issue comics available for reading, with a section for kids: Frozen, The Incredibles, Disney Princesses and Zootopia.

Marvel Comics: LINK
Dark Horse Comics: LINK

12. Attend a FREE online Photography workshop


If your child is into photography, then be sure to sign him/her up for Nikon School Singapore's online courses. Whether they are learning or perfecting their photography skills, there will be ample online courses throughout the month of April to keep them busy. And it's FREE for everyone - you don't have to own a Nikon camera to participate. But registration is compulsory as the video link will be sent after registration. Check out the available courses in the link below.

LINK

13. Pick up animation skills with Pixar online learning tools


Always wanted to learn about animation? Now’s your chance! Dive into Pixar in a Box, a free online learning tool for aspiring filmmakers, artists, and more! Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode. The subjects you learn in school — math, science, computer science, and humanities — are used every day to create amazing movies at Pixar. It's great for older kids who are fascinated with animation.

LINK

14. Stream Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals online for FREE


Andrew Lloyd Webber will be streaming his musicals for free online! Entitled "The Shows Must Go On", the series started with the 2000 adaptation of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Donny Osmond, Maria Friedman, Richard Attenborough and Joan Collins which was streamed free for 48 hours from 3 April 2020. This following week will see the streaming of the 2012 production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Further shows are to be announced, so subscribe to the YouTube channel for reminders.

LINK

15. Read (or listen to) something new


Libraries closed? No porblem! You can borrow eBooks from National Library Board - and more than 3.5 million titles in 4 languages at that! - and download them into your electronic devices. In fact, the kids will be able to search for the books themselves and borrow them effortlessly without having to leave home. Borrow up to 16 eBooks (including eAudiobooks) which lasts for 21 days each and the beauty of the system is the eBook will automatically expire after that so there are no fines to worry about for overdue items.

LINK

OR if you prefer audio books, head to audible where kids can instantly stream an incredible collection of eAudio stories.There are books for various ages, from little ones to tweens to teens. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

16. Exercise together in a fun way


Before Project Circuit Breaker, one of the most common reasons of not being able to exercise is the lack of time... "because must work". Now, there is sunddenly so much more time to spare so instead of laying on the sofa, grab the kids and get those bodies moving and perspiring. There are plenty of virtual fitness programs to choose from that you can do at home - do a search on YouTube for some of the best YouTube fitness channels for workouts you can do at home OR if you have young kids, you can search "Just Dance videos" on YouTube for fun workout dances! No need to own a gaming console!

17. Learn to play a musical instrument


If you have been putting it off due to a lack of time, now is the time to learn a new musical instrument. And you can learn together with your child! There are a host of free lessons for musical instruments that you can search online - here are a few:

Free Piano Lessons
Free Guitar Lessons
Free Guitar, Bass & Ukulele Lessons

18. Binge watch shows & movies on Tubi TV, a FREE streaming site


Not willing to pay for Netflix but still want to binge watch? You can... for FREE! Tubi TV offers considerably more movies than it does TV shows but its offerings are usually older and more obscure ones. But considering it's free to stream, I guess there will be no complaints. Plus you don't have to sign up for an account before watching.

LINK

And in case you didn't know, you can also watch 1,150 movies for free online! Just head this way: LINK

19. Challenge the kids to a FREE video PC game, or just Minecraft together



GOG is giving away a whopping 27 PC games, including classics dating back to 1979 and a playable prologue of the brand new city-building sim Builders of Egypt. All titles are compatible with Windows with some are also available for Mac.

Or you can just enter the Minecraft and see what the deal is with this massive game. The original, classic Minecraft is now playable for FREE and can be played by everyone. No downloading required; you play on the web browser and you can play with up to nine other people. You can't save the game (since it's on browser) and it only has Creative mode but hey, it's free. So if you have been wanting to check out Minecraft and play together with your child, it's worth to check it out.

GOG Free Games: LINK
Minecraft Game: LINK

20. Learn the Game of Thrones language, High Valyrian, for FREE + other foreign languages


Even though we can't travel now, it doesn't mean we can't pick up a new language! Duolingo offers FREE online courses to anyone who wishes to learn a new language. Pick from a list of languages including Japanese, Korean, Spanish , German, French and even High Valyrian (if you are a Game of Thrones fan!). Duolingo lessons are bite-sized, fun and addictive. Kids (and adults) can earn points for correct answers, race against the clock, and level up. Best of all, Duolingo lessons adapt to your learning style. Exercises are tailored to help you learn and review vocabulary effectively.

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