Useful Tips When Choosing Moving Companies for Long Distance Moves

If you’ve ever seen that movie Cheaper by the Dozen 1 with your kids, they can probably relate to how the Baker kids felt when their family had suddenly needed to leave their beloved Midland home for another city because their dad got a job offer that was too good to turn down. All of them protested against the move and even suggested that all family members express whether they are in favor of the decision or not through voting. While most of them are not in favor of leaving Midland, in the end, they all moved to another city […]

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5 Reasons why you should enroll your child at ALOHA Mental Arithmetic

Lukas has been progressing slowly but beautifully in ALOHA Mental Math. It’s been quite challenging to juggle our schedules lately, so we weren’t able to consistently bring him to his classes for the past three weeks. But when he does go, I can’t help but appreciate the process by which his Math skills are being developed. At his last session two weeks ago, he was introduced to the ”small friends, big friends” technique in calculating larger numbers, which was pretty cool. It’s like sight words in Math. For example, the friend of 4 is 1, and the friend of 2 […]

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Journals by OAT MNL

It’s Christmas season and people are piling up on coffee stickers to be able to get their hands on planners from their favorite coffee shops. As for me, I have decided to stick to my desk and iPhone calendars – and my OAT MNL journal. I never seem to be able to check my planner anyway, and it’s just added weight to my bag. So I decided to ditch my little coffee planner in the  middle of the year and type my schedule (and my husband’s…and my kids’…) onto my phone. I realized that keeping a journal over a planner […]

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ALOHA Mental Arithmetic: Joining a class

Last September 29 was Lukas’ first time join an ALOHA class. He’s been doing lessons on a one-on-one basis with Teacher Kim every Thursday, but at the recommendation of Teacher Kim, I thought it would be interesting to see how Lukas would fare being in a class with other kids. For one thing, Lukas is an introvert. Oh, he loves company! But like me, he has moments when he withdraws from people and just wants to be left to himself. This is how introverts recharge. We need those moments. Anyway, Lukas has been progressing well, but Teacher Kim says we […]

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ALOHA Mental Arithmetic: Of Games and Sharpening both Brains

Are you left-brained or right-brained? Maybe you already know that the two sides of our brains have totally different functions and that they play a role on how we perform in our daily tasks and challenges. When you’re left-brained, you’re considered to be logical and analytical, , but if you have a more dominant right brain, you are on the creative side. In ALOHA Mental Arithmetic, they give their students exercises that would enhance both brain hemispheres, so they can both be analytical and creative, on top of activities that would enhance their learning skills – visual, auditory and kinesthetic. […]

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