JJ’s Science Adventure: A Science Comic Book for Kids {Reivew + Giveaway}

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 Science Adventure Magnets Comics

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

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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

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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!

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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.

JJ’s Science Adventure – Magnets is retailing at S$18.90 and is available at these stores or online.

~ 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! :)

Fighting Brain Tumour: A Mother’s Story

Bianca was 4 years old when she started complaining of headaches. Her mother, Karen, who had just given birth to their third child, thought that Bianca was simply trying to seek attention as a result of a new sibling. However, Bianca’s headaches became so severe that she started throwing up. A trip to the paediatrician resulted in an immediate CT scan by a neurologist.

The family received a shocking and unexpected news: There was an egg-sized tumour that was pressing on the optic nerve in Bianca’s brain…

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Brave Bianca
(image credit: Karen Lai)

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Fun at Road Safety Park

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Where’s a place in Singapore where kids can cycle and scoot freely on the road?
The Road Safety Community Park, of course!

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I remember coming to this place when I was just a kid. Those days, it was common for schools to bring their students here for excursions and to let them learn about road safety.

This was the first time our trio visited the park. The moment we stepped into the park and I told them that there was a pretend-play petrol kiosk, they zoomed off excitedly.

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Easy Recipe: Shishamo Fish

Have you heard of shishamo fish?

It is a common Japanese dish and the entire fish can be eaten whole, from head to tail! No need for de-boning!

Best of all, it is a moderately oily fish filled with healthy omega-3 oils. Which is why I’m glad that Jay and Elly love eating this fish. Elly calls this “My Favourite Fish” and every other day, she will ask me, “Mommy, did you cook my favourite fish today?” :)

I’m sharing this easy shishamo recipe at I.A.M. Woman 3 today. Hop over and check it out!

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Have a Tasty Tuesday!

The Paradox of Being a SAHM

I am thankful to be able to stay home with the kids. I know there are many who would love to stay at home, being with their children, spending more time with them and watching them grow up.

Being a stay home mother can be exhausting. A great friend of mine just told me yesterday, that my daily routine can be summed up in one word: INSANITY. To that, I laughed and yes, I do agree with her.

On a good day, I would be full of energy, tackling lots of stuff with the kids.

On a bad day, I had thoughts of running away and escape to a deserted island somewhere and not coming back!

But, ask me if I regret staying at home and if I would do it all over again if I were to relive my life, my answer would be, NO and YES!

No, I do not regret making the decision to stay at home 4.5 years ago.
Yes, if I were to relive my life, I would still choose to stay home with the kids!

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Simple Craft: DIY Musical Shaker

It has been ages since I last did craft with my kids. Elly has been asking me to do things with her and I have to admit, I have been REALLY BUSY! So busy that I had no time to do anything with her.

Last week, she came home from school with an assignment. They had to make a musical shaker for their year-end school concert. It was also a parent-child-craft homework, to encourage parents to spend time crafting and bonding with their kids.

So, that finally gave me a chance to slow down, and spend some time making this musical shaker with my girl.

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Looming for a Cause: Rainbow Looms for Club Rainbow

Ever since I bought a box of Rainbow Looms for Jay a few months ago, he has been hit by the rainbow loom craze. For weeks, the first thing he would do when he woke up was to make rainbow looms. And the last thing he would do before he slept was… you guessed it, make rainbow looms!

I was not expecting my boys to enjoy making rainbow looms. After all, isn’t this more of a girl’s craze? :)

But… Jay enjoyed it so much that he would ask us to buy him refill packs, so that he could make more looms.

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So, when I heard from Susan (who blogs at A Juggling Mom) that a group of mothers are selling their handmade looms bracelets and charms to raise funds for Club Rainbow, I knew I had to get my two boys involved.
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The Final Quarter

October is here.

Which means we’re into the final quarter of the year. Where did all the time go? I vividly remember the kids just started their first day of school! Hadn’t we just celebrated Christmas not long ago?

There are usually two times in a year when I get into a deep reflective mode – the beginning of the year, and the last quarter of the year. Not that I don’t reflect at any other time! It’s just that these two seasons make me reflect and think more about my life, my goals, what I want to achieve and what I have achieved.

So, today marks the beginning of the final quarter of the year. And for this year, it also means that my days as a Stay-at-Home-Mom (SAHM) is nearing an end. I have to return to teach when school starts in January next year.

There is a lot of thinking and planning to be done. What will happen to the kids? Who is going to look after them? Do we have to send them to child-care or student-care centres? Do we have to get a domestic helper?

A lot of adjustments will have to be made.

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Penang With Kids

We spent 5 days in Penang with our 3 kids and my parents during the June holiday last year. Being our first time visiting Penang, we didn’t really know what to expect and whether our kids would like it there. Turned out that we had a blast during those 5 days!

I would say that Penang is generally kids-friendly. The place is safe, food is aplenty, and the few taxi-drivers whom we met during our trip seemed to like kids too. There are kiddy rides at the malls, toys sold at night markets, and fun stuff for kids to do!

These are some of the highlights of our Penang trip with our 3 kids, who were 2, 5 and 7 years old when we visited last year.

THE ADVENTURE ZONE

I’ve heard so much about this place that we’ve got to bring our kids there. True enough, our boys love it! Even our 2 year-old Elly had a great time going down those long, wavy slides. My hubby and I tried the slides too, and believe me, it’s truly not for the faint-hearted.

The red, 7 metres, vertical drop slide is the scariest one I’ve ever seen. Our 2 boys courageously tried it… but only once. Their verdict? “Wah… very scary…” and didn’t dare try it again.

They prefer the blue slide, with the additional fun of plunging into a ball pool at the end.

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The ones which all of us enjoyed the most are these colourful, wavy slides. We went on it countless times. My parents relaxed at the cafe outside the small area, sipping their coffee and watching us play.

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Away with the Mommy Guilt!

Mommy guilt. We all have it, don’t we?

When we thought we should have done better as a mom.

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When we serve instant or hawker food to our kids out of desperation and lack of time to prepare more nutritious meals.
When we allow our kids to stare at the screen (be it TV, iPad, iPhone, computer) just so that we can have an hour of uninterrupted peace to complete our work.

When we see the creative activities that other moms are doing with their kids and we are not.
When we hear about the places that other moms are bringing their kids to but ours are stuck at home, bored.

When our kids drive us up the walls and we snap at them.
When we’re so exhausted and stretched beyond our limits that we get impatient with our kids.

Mommy guilt.
We all have it.

But when we strip away all the external reasons for our guilt, what exactly is the source of it?
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