Sunday, October 22, 2017


Here is a copy of my first and many articles about Education....

The Montessori method has been with us for more than 100 years. It’s been used and adapted around the world. The method was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori based on observing the child form birth to adulthood. The child-centered approach became popular and controversial as well as it’s approach lies entirely to three important factors. These are The Child, The Teacher & The Environment. Let us go point by point.

The Child. First, we have to look at the child’s point of view  as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. This is an effective approach in teaching the child holistically. By following the child’s interest, it makes him excited, focused and most importantly enjoy learning.              In Montessori education children take responsibility for their own learning.  There is a certain amount of work for them to do.  The child knows that this work will help them and that the process of doing it will make them intellectually prepared and will make them feel good about themselves.  But it is their responsibility to do it.  In order for them to accomplish this goal they must manage their time.  They plan their week and choose what they want to do and when.  This is a learning process.  They need to make adjustments along the way. But the goal is for them to take responsibility for what they do and once they do this they have “ownership” of it. The teacher will help them in any way that they need.  This style of learning is now referred to as “constructivist.”  The child constructs his/her own learning.  The child learns directly from what he/she does.  But children cannot construct their own learning until they are responsible for making their own choices.  If they are forced to learn and do not know why they are doing it they merely go through the motions.  They feel as if they have no control over their lives and learning can become something that they endure, rather than something that they accomplish by their own self – effort.

The Environment. The preparation takes place in carefully planning the day.  The teacher must  be prepared  to make elaborate preparations, with the thought of making the child excited or fall in a deep sense of awe as the teacher presents the activity. The educator also must keep in mind that to present the lesson, it must be clear, concise and easy to understand. According to Maria Montessori “The child can only develop fully by means of experience in his environment.  We call such experience ‘work’.”  (The Absorbent Mind, Chapter 7, p. 88)
Learning must be experienced, the child needs to feel it and be able to embrace the facts that are presented at them and not just by mere looking at it. This experiential learning, as defined is the process of learning through experience, and is more specifically defined as "learning through reflection on doing". Hands-on learning is a form of experiential learning but does not necessarily involve students reflecting on their product. According to Maria Montessori highlighted the connection between minds and bodies in her 1936 book The Secret of Childhood:  “Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside. Through movement we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas.” The Montessori materials was carefully researched and designed for each purpose of learning. The attention to details was made to isolate terms and languages for a child to comprehend well. The beauty in Montessori is that it focuses on simplicity and order. Everything in the classroom environment, down to the finest detail, is prepared well in advance with the intention that it will be used to enhance a specific aspect of the child’s development.

The Teacher. The teacher, when she begins to work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work. She must free herself from all preconceived ideas concerning the levels at which the children may be. The many different types of children...must not worry her...The teacher must believe that this child before her will show his true nature when he finds a piece of work that attracts him. So what must she look out for? That one child or another will begin to concentrate.(Maria Montessori   The Absorbent Mind, p. 276)
The guide and facilitator of the method must be ready to embrace the philosophy of teaching the children. The teacher must be passionate and excited to be able to engage the child’s interest and  to focus on the lessons and activities inside the environment.  They facilitate communication 
among the children and help the children to learn how to communicate their thoughts to adults. The educator must model desirable behavior for the children, following the ground-rules of the class, exhibiting a sense of calm, consistency, grace and courtesy, and demonstrating respect for every child.
When all of these factors are all considered, the sole beneficiary is the child after all according  to Dr. John Trainer  Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Changing your mindset

Whether they’re aware of it or not, all people keep a running account of what’s happening to them, what it means, and what they should do. In other words, our minds are constantly monitoring and interpreting. That’s just how we stay on track. But sometimes the interpretation process goes awry. Some people put more extreme interpretations on things that happen—and then react with exaggerated feelings of anxiety, depression, or anger. Or superiority.  I always believe in positive thinking and how thinking positive has its benefits with my life.  Positive vibes attracts positive things in life. So when things doesn't go my way , I always wonder why.

I am the type of person who loves pampering family and friends though sometimes even how hard you value that relationship it always ended up sour. Now, do I stop my "loving" character so that I won't get hurt or I'll just be the same me and take everything lightly. If friends or family doesn't see or value what you have done for them, that's okay. Giving is at its best when you don't expect anything in return. 

So even if relationship gone sour, it's not your fault or their fault. It's how  things should  turn out to be. The questions is that your problem or theirs?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Re-Introducing my blog

I am never a writer, hence I am not good with my words. so for those reading this blog (if ever there is one reading it) This is my way to express myself, a way of venting out on either happiness or frustration. It's about my love for  my family & friends, my teaching and now my new fond hobby "baking".
This year 2015, I want to create a more positive vibes, though sometimes you might read some angst but I do easily recover from that. So for those who knows me "REALLY WELL" there is nothing new about this, But for those who doesn't , welcome to my world.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Parenting Caca's style 101

Being a mom of four kids. I am the blessed few who have wonderful children. I have never stressed myself thinking how to raise my kids in a "proper" way like other parents do. However, the way I do it is, I  trust my guts and see what I feel right at that moment.

I always give my kids time to think about their actions and understand that there are always pros and cons in every situation. In this way, if ever they chose a wrong decision they know that they have to accept what's coming in their way whole heartedly.

I am never an old fashioned mom, so my kids look at me as their friend. But even that they do, they still respect me when I have to say something to them. So the key for my parenting is simple, Respect your child, give them space, let them think and stay calm.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

My 2013 wish-to-do list

It may seem late since now is already towards the end of the month. But nevertheless here is my list of things to do for 2013. Hopefully when I check in again in the next year, I hope I have accomplished at least half of it... In no particular order.
  1. Learn to ride a bike - Hey, I'm turning 43 next month, it's never to late to learn something.
  2. Finish a 5 km run.- to start with.
  3. Finish a 10 km run- and dream big in 2014 :-)
  4. Mend broken friendships...- and reconcile with fallen friends :-(
  5. Learn to draw - either in charcoal, pencil drawing or any medium of art!
  6. Finish my Masters!! - It's been 8 years, it's long overdue. Must! Must! finish it!
  7. Save money!!!- I've been so generous with other people that I forgot to save for myself. Hopefully towards the end of this year I can look at my bank account and say HEY! good job!
  8. Travel alone! - doesn't really matter where, I just need a time out for myself.
  9. Be a part of a charity institution- I just want to encourage and support in any way I can.
  10. Write my own book- I'm thinking about more like an inspirational guide for teachers or a sort of Sark ( kind of book. I Love this woman!
So here it is.... let's see how 2013 will end up to be..... an oh! oh! Oh! One last thing, I do hope I have more entries in my blog and write more often. It's more of a therapy for me..Have a nice day everyone!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Let go, Let God.

As clear as it looks, it's just not easy to follow. At my age right now, i tried to do the best to make everyone happy. And most of the time my own expense. And then one day you found happiness in an instance, you smile more, you laugh more and you wake up everyday a little lighter. Then suddenly BAM! reality sets in and you have to let go of that "happiness" to make everyone happy again.

I pray to God that He will bless me with contentment. To be contented with what I have now, to be happy at where I am now. I choose to be sad now and pick myself up and fight to achieve contentment and finally to be happy too. As other people say "Let go, Let God".