Two years ago when Zac was in Primary 1, he looked forward to being in Primary 3. Simply because, in his own words, “I will get to learn Science. I can do lots of experiments!”
I didn’t want to burst his bubbles then.
Having taught Primary 3 Science for a couple of years, I know the number of experiments these kids get to do in a year. In other words, not alot.
So, when I was asked to review JJ’s Science Adventure, a Science comic book for kids, I was interested to find out more. Coincidentally, a dear friend of mine had also recommended that same book to me a few weeks before.
JJ’s Science Adventure is a series of Science educational comic books designed to help readers master key learning objectives stated in the Ministry of Education’s Primary Science syllabus. This newly published Science series is the brain child of Aurelia Tan, an educator, who believes that children’s motivation to learn is directly related to their interest in the subject.
As a Science teacher herself, Aurelia noticed that her students found the Science textbook boring and were reluctant to read it. That propelled her to develop this series of books, Aurelia’s Comics for Education (ACE), with a purpose of engaging learners and reigniting the love of learning in children.
The first book in this new series, which has already won the Readers’ Favourite Illustration Award (2014), focuses on the topic of Magnets. The key learning points are cleverly being weaved into the Science fiction fantasy storyline, which tells of how two children (Jonathon and Joyce) travelled to another virtual dimension and their exciting adventures there.
What I like about this book:
- Exciting storyline
I read this book in one sitting and honestly, the storyline was interesting, with an element of excitement that made me want to read on to find out what happened next.
- Attractive graphics
The illustrator did a wonderful job in designing the characters and graphics for the comics. Visual learners will be attracted by the striking and colourful graphics.
- In line with MOE’s Science syllabus
Now, as a former school teacher, this is one thing that I like about this comic book! It is great to see the key learning points of MOE’s Science syllabus being clearly printed in bold and highlighted in the comic strips. This is useful for parents who are unaware of the Science syllabus. Children who are reading the comic book on their own will also be able to read these points clearly and be reminded of what they have supposedly learned in class.
- Additional Science facts and information included
Aurelia has gone beyond simply covering what is in the syllabus, by providing additional information about magnets in the “Did You Know” and “Challenge Yourself” sections at the end of the book.
In all honesty, I find this comic book to be more engaging and effective than the Science textbook! This is a book which I would recommend to my students and any parents who want to expose their kids to the Science concepts in the Primary School Science syllabus.
So, do my boys like the book?
Now, my two boys are not fans of comic books. They do not read comic books. So, I was not expecting much when I handed JJ’s Science Adventure to them and asked them if they wanted to read it.
My 9-year-old Zac read the first page, and continued… he finished it in one sitting and found it to be very exciting. He was able to recognise the learning points of magnets that he has already learnt in class this year.
My 7-year-old Jay read it in one sitting too. Not only that, he asked for the book again the next morning and read the entire book a second time over breakfast. I had to pry him away from the book to get him to finish his breakfast quickly!
A few days later, he told me, out of the blue,
“Mommy, magnets are the strongest at their two poles.”
“MagLev trains made use of magnets to move.”
I was surprised and definitely very impressed. He had learnt these points from the comic book.
We are looking forward to the release of the next book in the series, Heat and Light, which can be pre-ordered here.
~ GIVEAWAY! ~
Great news! The kind folks at Harvest Edutainment are giving away 2 copies of JJ’s Science Adventure – Magnets to 2 lucky readers of Ingspirations (1 copy per winner).
This is the perfect chance for you to check out this new series of Science comic.
Giveaway is open to all readers residing in Singapore. Please provide a valid email address as winners will be notified via email.
Giveaway ends 14 November 2014 (23:59 hrs).
Enter the Giveaway here.
Have fun! :)