Do Exam Results Matter?

As we enter Term 4 of the school calendar, many are feeling the heat of examinations.

I have always been a tad skeptical about schools’ seemingly obsession of assessing students. What is the big deal of all these assessments?

Exam results are but just a one time mark, graded in a one time situation. They do not determine a person’s worth.

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Very often, the student has only one chance to get it right. It doesn’t matter if you were too tired, too distracted, or simply made a careless mistake.

You are given a mark for what you wrote once, in an instant.

There is no second chance.

And for major exams, such as the PSLE (Primary School Leaving Examinations) in Singapore, that one chance determines where you will spend the next 4 or 5 years of your Secondary School life.

No wonder both students and parents are stressed when examinations are near!

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If we look at examinations objectively, how many of us today are a failure in life because we have failed some exams during our school days?

And how many of us can say that we are truly successful today simply because we have excelled in our exams?

Perhaps some of us are.

But I am pretty sure that there are many out there whose outcome in life has not been determined by the results they received years ago in an examination.

I have seen school dropouts turning into successful entrepreneurs and those with doctorates living miserable lives.

I am not discrediting the importance of examinations. After all, they have been around for ages.

I just want to put our perspectives right, as parents, especially with exams coming.

Our children’s worth and value is not determined by the marks they get in a school examination.

I expect my kids to work hard, not just to score well in an examination, but more so that they will learn the attitudes of discipline and hard work.

And I always tell my two boys, “Results are not everything, but attitude is. I will not be upset if you don’t do well in your exams. I will only be upset if you don’t have a positive attitude.”

So as we approach the year end examinations, these are some things we can do for our kids:

1. Set a reasonable timetable for our kids to do their revision.

2. Plan pockets of time for play and relaxation.

3. Emphasise the importance of discipline and hard work, instead of focusing on grades alone.

4. Most importantly, regardless of the marks they get, celebrate the fact that they have put in effort.

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Are exam results a big deal to you? Share with us your comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

HeArtfelt Clayworks of Gratitude 1

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This is an amazing work of clay art created by Growing HeARTS as gifts for the teachers on Teacher’s Day. It sure takes alot of HeART work and hard work!

Originally posted on Growing HeARTS:

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I was very impressed by Sun Hats & Wellie Boots’ Clay Play. And we did our version for Teacher’s Day. I didn’t share earlier due to the long process it took and I wanted the gifts as a surprise to the recipients. : )

Materials needed for Clay Station Set Up:

  1. Clay (I used Jovi Brand from Art Friend)
  2. Cookie Cutters
  3. Sequins, beads and old/unwanted jewellery (thanks to my mum) to be recycled.
  4. Rolling Pins
  5. Clay Tools
  6. I had 2 large ceramic tiles from my previous owner who left it in our store which was perfect for Clay Play!

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The below are examples of how they used a cookie cutter to cut the shape and applied PVC White Glue before embedding the beads and Sequins into the Clay for a firm grip when it dries.

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This process below shows the steps to take to roll an even piece…

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Thankful:: Counting My Blessings

Sometimes, in the busyness of our lives, we can forget to count our blessings.

The past two days have been tiring as the kids are at home for a week of school holiday. I used to love school holidays. Well, I still do. There is no need to rush to get the trio ready for school at three different timings of the day. That alone is a huge relief and break for me!
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Simple Activities for Preschoolers

Keeping a preschooler occupied can be a challenge, with their short attention span and need for guidance.

It can also be pretty tiring to keep thinking of activities to engage the preschoolers at home. I know, because I have gone through raising two preschoolers and is in the midst of raising the third one now. Boy, do I feel my energy waning at times!

So, I thought I’d share what I do to keep my little preschooler, Elly, occupied.
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A Special Day for Teachers

Today is a special day for all teachers.

A day of appreciation for all your hard work and heart work.

While I used to be the recipient of such appreciation, I am now on the other side, appreciating the teachers who are working hard teaching my kids.

Teaching is not for the fainthearted. I wrote a post over at our new blog today…

So, you are a teacher? How fortunate! You need to work only half a day and get to enjoy weeks of school holidays. What a good life! I have that said to me many times.

This is how a school day goes for a teacher (Read: me, when I was teaching).

Read the rest of the post here.
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A New Blog for Women

I’ve enjoyed blogging over the years because it is therapeutic for me to put my thoughts into words.

If blogging alone is enjoyable, blogging with a friend would be fun.
And blogging with TWO friends? It’s a party!!!

In a span of 10 days, two of my dear friends and I started a brand new blog.

i am woman blog, inspirational, empowering women

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We started this blog with the purpose of reaching out to women, hoping to bring a little laughter, hope and encouragement to all the women out there who are busy juggling their many roles in life.
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Motivation: Change Begins with a Decision

It is amazing how our life can change in a week.

I had hit the lowest point of my life as a Stay-At-Home-Mom and for months, I was feeling down and unmotivated. All the energy that I used to have was gone. Everyday was a battle.

Getting into social media made me feel worse, especially when I came across negative posts and bizarre news on newsfeeds.

Two Mondays ago, on the day before Zac’s birthday, I decided to get out of the house for a run. Running was not something that I would do. In fact, I disliked running!

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Somehow, out of the craziness that I was in, this crazy idea came and I went for a run. And I was so glad I did!
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Overnight Oats

Ever since a dear friend taught me how to make overnight oats, I’ve been making them for my hubby and I. Both of us love it. The kids still prefer their normal yogurt though.

If you’re new to overnight oats, they are simply oats that have been left overnight to soak in whatever liquid you’ve put them in. You can use milk, yogurt, soy milk… in fact, any type of liquid you like. Add the oats into the liquid, place them in the fridge overnight (or for a few hours) and you will have your overnight oats. The toppings are just as endless. Top it off with fruits, nuts, seeds…anything!

The best part of this is: NO COOKING IS REQUIRED!

This is how I prepare our overnight oats:

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Exploring Pasir Ris Park: Fun for Free SG

Kids just want to have fun. They don’t really care if their version of fun burns a hole in your pocket. Most parents want their kids to have fun too. And if they can give their kids fun, for free? Best!

One of our frequently visited fun for free places is Pasir Ris Park. This is our favorite place to cycle. It is less crowded than East Coast Park, even during weekends.

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What can one do at such a remote park that is tugged at the far end of the island? Plenty, I’d say.

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