Ahad, 24 Februari 2013

Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook


"We are respectful and courteous in our dealings with children, we treat them as we should like to be treated ourselves"
- Dr. Montessori -

Great Work

I've learn a lot from Montessori. As a pre-school teacher, I've done lots of mistakes mentioned by Montessori in her book. As an adult we always ruled the kids and scold them when they do mistakes. We are rude to them. The fact is they are also another human being that need our respect. We used to be them, the kids. We used to know nothing. Montessori inspired me to respect the children and gave me hopes and a believe that the children will always learn from our actions not words.  

"The child, if left without guidance, is disorderly in his movements, and these disorderly movements are the special characteristic of the little child. In fact, he "never keep still," and "touches everything." This is what forms the child's so called "unruliness" and "naughtiness."
-Dr. Montessori- 


The "Children's House"

Montessori describe the Children's house as an environment that give the children opportunity develop their activities. I love the children house. The children house must be a real house, have a garden and it must be a complete house adapted for children which the furniture is light so that the children can move it about. 

When I read about how a garden is needed in children development, I wondered how there lots of pre-school out there claimed themselves as a Montessori while they were using a shop lot to run the business. I advice parents to read about Montessori system before sending their children to any institution.  

My favorite 

One of my favorite lesson by Montessori is the "lesson of silence". The children are taught not to move and to be silence. The teacher just need to give them the example by herself, showing them how to sit absolutely still. After all the children is in a silence mode, let them hear the surrounding sounds and they will discover a new pleasure to be in silence. I've tried this in my class and it is a good exercise for the children. 

p/s: 5 Star for this book. Looking for another Montessori's book..

Isnin, 18 Februari 2013

Becoming a Man



"What love gives you is the courage to face the secrets you've kept from yourself, a reason to open the rest of the doors. "
-Paul Monette- 

Menarik

Sejujurnya bagi saya, perkara paling menarik mengenai buku ini adalah pengalaman mendapatkannya.

Cerita

Selepas satu perhimpunan menentang Lynas, saya dan beberapa rakan menuju ke kedai makan di'Tebing. Sambil menikmati makanan masing-masing, kami berbincang pelbagai topik menarik. Salah seorang rakan kami mula bertanya kepada saya mengenai pendapat saya berkenaan homoseksual. Secara jujur saya mengatakan bahawa saya menyukai lelaki dan saya tidak terfikir untuk menyintai pasangan sejenis jadi saya tidak mempercayai hubungan seperti itu. Rakan saya bertanya lebih lanjut mengenai pendirian saya. Dengan jujur saya berkata "I'm a straight person. I'm always be. I don't know how do you feel and I can't tell you about it because I just don't know how does a homosexual person feel."

Perbincangan berlanjutan. Ketika itu saya sedang memegang sebuah buku dari penulis kesukaan saya Jodi Picoult dan beliau bertanyakan mengenai buku itu. Saya suka berkongsi buku penulis kesukaan saya ini dengan rakan-rakan yang tidak pernah mengenali beliau, maka saya berikan buku tersebut kepada beliau dan saya cadangkan agar kami bertukar-tukar buku kesukaan beliau pula.

Kemudian beliau membalas, "Ok, I have a book that really influenced me and I hope that you will have the chance to read it. I'm sorry, I didn't bring it today but I hope I'll have the chance to give it to you".

"It's ok"

Kami tidak berjanji tetapi ditakdirkan kami bertemu semula di Perhimpunan Sejuta Rakyat. Selepas perhimpunan, kami menuju ke sebuah restoran vegetarian di Brickfield dan seperti biasa pelbagai topik diperbincangkan. Bagi saya, saat berbincang dengan matang seperti inilah yang menggembirakan saya. Sangat sukar bertemu dengan rakan yang ingin berbincang mengenai topik ilmiah dan berat. Oleh itu, saya sangat menghargai rakan-rakan saya ini.

Hari ini buku Paul Monette akhirnya berada di dalam tangan saya. Kami singgah di rumah beliau untuk berehat seketika dan ketika itulah beliau teringat kembali akan buku yang pernah dijanjikan itu. 'Jika sudah ditakdirkan tuhan, ianya terkadang berlaku di dalam keadaan yang secara tidak disangka-sangka.' Beliau sangat berharap saya dapat membaca buku ini dan memahaminya. Saya sekadar menjawab "I'll try"

Habis

Selepas habis membaca keseluruhan buku, ini yang saya tulis di Facebook;

Finished. A gift from a friend. Sometimes you've tried to understand peoples but its just made you more confused. What they need is not an agree from you but a belief that human were created to be different with each other. The conclusion is "I don't know".
Sekali lagi saya katakan, "Saya tidak tahu".


Komik Ikhtiar Hidup


Tahun ni bermula dengan sangat sibuk! Maka pada bulan Januari saya hanya membaca 3 buah komik Ikhtiar Hidup. Komik ni sebenarnya sangat bagus sebagai bacaan untuk semua peringkat umur termasuk golongan dewasa.

Saya memuji usaha pelukis komik ini yang berusaha mendapatkan pengalaman sebenar sebelum melukis dan menggarap cerita untuk pembaca. Disebabkan pengalaman peribadi mereka komik ini menjadi lebih menarik dan hidup. 5 bintang untuk ketiga-tiga komik ini!

p/s: Komik ini sangat lucu, saya membaca ketika di dalam LRT dan gagal menahan ketawa saya.