Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Books For The Classroom

Raimie told us that he needs to bring a few items to school as a project to spruce up his classroom. Among them were a photo and a storybook that is to be put in a corner for all his classmates to read and enjoy if/when their teacher isn't around. 

Raimie's school already implemented a reading initiative where students coming in early to school each morning needs to sit at the assembly area in their respective classroom line and take a book from the bookshelf there to read. Then from 7.25am to before classes start at 7.45am, teachers drill the students with maths questions.

We asked Raimie whether he wants to bring a photo of him and Ultraman but he said that that kind of photo is inappropriate. LOL Do you know what photo he decided to bring? A photo of him with Pinnochio taken at Disneyland. Talk about being a show-off. Haha!

Instead of buying just one book for the class, we got two books for him. A Malay book and an English book. He wanted to buy a storybook of Tales From The Holy-Quran to bring to school but we gently said that not all people (his classmates in this case) can read that book. After all, some non-Muslim parents might not be happy about the book available in the classroom, just as Muslims parents being not happy should there be storybooks from the Bible available for all to read, right? He doesn't yet understand about all the religious sensitivities that comes with the multi-ethnicity of this Country, but we'll try to explain it to him.

Anyway, one more day of work and we get Friday off. A three-day weekend. Another weekend of Bleach and 1N2D watching marathon for me and Zaini. Yeay! XD

16 comments:

  1. Encouraging reading in class when teachers are not around is good.

    Ah yes, some may think it would be too religious for their kids... but it everyone allowed to read those books regardless of religion?

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  2. I would like my son to read the book, Tales from the Holy Quran to understand more about our Muslim friends. We should be colour blind. :)

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  3. I think I agree with East Coast Life, it would be good for people of different religious backgrounds to know more about each others religion so that we can avoid the crap that is currently happening in this country. We're really all the same inside :D

    And encouraging the young ones to read is an excellent idea :D

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  4. well mommy, pinnochio is more photo appropriate than ultraman =P don't you think so?

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  5. I find that my non-Muslims friends are interested and try to be very understanding towards us Muslims. As a Muslim, I appreciate that very much. :)

    I too enjoy learning about other culture. Always fun and enlightening to learn about others and we are lucky living in a multi-cultural society where there's a lot we can learn about each other.

    On the other hand, there are issues that were raised at school about religious sensitivities because the parents their children have no option to say yes or no to something; that I think it best not to stir the bee hive and create friction.

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  6. @Ayie,
    Yeah, but still.. he can put up a photo of him at a waterfall or something but he wanted something from Disneyland. XD

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  7. i think a reading corner is a great initiative by the school

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  8. @Bengbeng,
    Yes, a good initiative by the teachers. :)

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  9. I think that is wonderful having children read before class. And, it looks like you have so many books in which to choose. Our schools here in the USA are all facing so many budget cuts that good books in schools are very rare. Have a wonderful three day weekend.

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  10. I think it is ok to read all sorts of books including the Tales from the Holy Quran even non-muslim. Good to know other religious beside our own.

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  11. kids will remember those joyous moments (in disneyland)

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  12. Hi, thanks so much for supporting my blog. I feel so bad. I was writing a long reply to yr comment and accidentally deleted the comment. I am so sorry. Anyway basically what i was saying in my reply was that my guest blogger Ah Tuong will be going to Hong Kong with them so i will post pics after they come back :)

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  13. bad.. pi mana lama tak hupdate nih?
    hmmmmm.. rasa cam lama tak baca citer baru ko

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  14. Wah. i just started to watch bleach season 1.

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