Guess What Movies?

Guess What Movies from These IconsSolving puzzle is one fun way to train our brain. Here are what my friends and I have been able to answer so far.

1. Life of Pi
3. Harry Potter
5. Brokeback Mountain
6. Pearl Harbour
7. Cinderella
8. Thor
9. Planet of The Apes
10. Titanic
11. The Devil Wears Prada12. Eat, Pray, Love
13. E.T.
14. The Ring
15. Edward Scissorhands
16. Forrest Gump
17. Babe
18. Kungfu Panda
19. 27 Dresses
20. Lost in Translations
21. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
22. Men in Black
23. Happy Feet
24. 2012
25. Independence Day
26. Up
27. Lord of The Rings
28. Final Destinations
30. American Pie

So, help us!


[Series] Tips for Learning

I’d like to start a series of learning tips. I hope this is useful for you and for me as reminder. So here is the first tips.

Declaring or put a goal like (for example) I’d like to learn programming, is often and most likely useless. One should accomplish something to effectively learn. The result may not be perfect but in the process, we learn. In the example of learning to program, one can set a goal to accomplish a simple software written in the program that she/he wants to learn.

In my case, I set to learn to use a numerical porous media simulator. I have installed the software, download the manuals. But I cannot make progress since I didn’t set a goal to accomplish something.

See you in the next tips.

Big Star, Small Star

A few weeks ago, our son got a small star in his school, while his friend got a big star (I don’t know what their task was).

At first, my wife didn’t think that it was a big deal. So we didn’t say anything. However, Sammy kept talk about it for the next two weeks.

That was when we discuss, and realize about the problem. Sammy felt discriminated because of the way he did his task. We realize that actually this way of giving big or small star is against the concept of Totto Chan‘s school or even Montessori school. We also wonder why this could happen, while the school labels itself as Montessori.

So my wife complained to the school and they apologized for what had happened. I think we did a good thing to make sure that won’t happen again.

We have to remember that every child (person) is unique, so they have different way to do things, to create things, or to express themselves. If we forget this and give them “a small star” because they don’t do things the way we want, we can kill their motivation to learn, or (dangerously) kill their confidence.

Negative Side of A School With Many Nanny-Raised Children

This morning I had conversation with my wife that leads me to an interesting thinking.

The background of our conversation was this. One time, our son was suddenly crying in his class. My wife observed this happened twice, and she arrived into a conclusion that he was crying because one of his friends often crying in the class (also suddenly, without certain reason).

Before I continue, let me describe the school. The school doesn’t have any international or national-plus labels, but the children are from many countries and the class is in English. The school fee is quite high. Some of the children are coming from rich families, and some others are from working class families. I can say that most of the expats are from working class families, and most Indonesian are the riches (not all, we and some others are not). I don’t know if it’s because of the culture or lifestyle, or because of both parents are working (this we know is true for some), some of the children are going to school and back home accompanied by nannies. These children are also raised and grown up with their nannies. My wife and all the expats moms are going to the school with our children, no nanny.

Now back again to our son. His friend, who often crying suddenly, is one of the children who are raised by nannies. So, our conversation leads me to this thinking: the negative side (or the thing that we as parents should aware of) of an expensive school, is that there can be many unhappy children inside. We all know that children influence each other greatly in their interactions.

They are unhappy because they are not close to their moms or dads. They are raised by nannies. They probably don’t feel the love of their parents. Although the parents are actually love them.

The problem of these unhappy children is not only their moods but also their attitude. One of the kids we know looks for attention by disturbing other children. I know by experience that this kind of attitude happens in most schools, but certainly we don’t want that to happen while our children are 3 years old.

I don’t say that all expensive schools are bad in this matter, but if the fee is high, I think there are more probability that these nanny-raised children are there.

So parents should think about this before enrolling our children to any school. We, ourselves, are going to move our son to another school by next year.