I have always wanted my kids to be creative and imaginative. The opportunity came with a Galactic Invitation from The Little Executive (TLE).
Boon Xin attended a 3 Days “Astronaut Training Camp“, which offers her (and parents) an opportunity to live an Astronaut’s life!
I knew she is enjoying her class when she cannot stop sharing about her Space Academy and Diy Projects.
Hey, everything will sounds FUN when you have prefix Space, Galaxy, Cosmic, or Moon, Mars and Alien.
Space Helmet, Cosmic water(which is plain water), Galaxy Banana treat, Get it? We are not even talking about Houston or NASA yet haha.
Only Smiles and giggles in her Astronaut Training Camp. Boon Xin proudly displayed her improvised Space Helmet and Jetpacks! Parents will be impressed from Day 1 of workshop.
Kids learned about recycling too. Using everyday products to construct their space accessories. (Disclaimer : I told Boon Xin Nasa’s space “requirement” would be more stringent)
Space Shuttle, from conception to construction. Kids let their imagination brought them to Jupiter and back! (just like TLE’s logo From Classroom to Boardroom)
Teamwork is highlighted at Astronaut Training Camp too. Engineers and commanders guide each other to mission completion. One can only feel, the other can only give instruction 🙂
There are some worksheets too, but mostly Fun and entertaining for participants.
Happy Diy projects, this is Alien slime (What!?) Parents are amused but kids will tell you about the ingredients and glow-in-the-dark effect. Cool!
Hey, they got to prepare dehydrated banana for their snack too. Although, I would still prefer my traditional goreng pisang.
How do I know Boon Xin enjoys her class? She was so eager to share her projects with me while we walk back 🙂
Imagination runs wild, her “constellation scope” helps her identify another Star. She could bring a milo-tin drum to play some beats in space too.
There are some space-themed Movie screening too. Kids can better relate to space exploration and the science behind (instead of only LightSabers and Beam me up, Scotty). Perhaps I can bring her stargazing at Science Center soon.
Other FUN interactions:
1)What do Astronauts eat in Space? (Nutrition and space-friendly food, eg no hor-fun or the gravy will be floating around)
2)Do they float all the time in the International Space station? (Learns about gravity)
3) How do they sleep in Space?
4) Astronauts can stay in Space station for up to four years
5) Showering in space is quite elaborate (no Grohe showerhead, astronauts have to gently squeeze every droplets and soap.
Fortunately, I got YouTube to enlighten myself, example Nasa’s shower clip.
Many of the things which kids pick up are new to adults too. To impress my girl, I shared with Boon Xin two structures which can be seen from space, Great Wall of China (man-made) and Great Barrier Reef.
It was Fun to explore new things together with my girl 🙂
Her logbook indicated her favourite warm-up activity is MoonWalking, not the Michael Jackson version :p
Kids were simulating slow-motion MoonWalking on the Moon’s surface.
To quote Neil Armstrong : “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind“.
Coincidentally, on the way home, we came across this space setup at KKH. My little astronaut wanted to press the Intergalactic GPS for Mars.
At the end of Day 3, parents gathered to watch their kids present their best experiences from the Galaxy. Boon Xin chose Alien Slime because it is gooey and fun 🙂
The kiddos were really immersed and intrigued with their Space Astronauts role!
They rollout their Spaceships, one for male and another for female. Suited themselves with spacesuit and jetpacks before “blasting off”.
Cute and adorable, parents were impressed with the space assortments, and we enjoyed the kids role-playing characters as Engineers and Commanders.
Today, it is a make-believe workshop. In a few decades, Space tourism would be as common as our bus, train and Plane commute today.
Video (YouTube link from TLE) : See the Junior Astronaut Space cadets in action!
Parents can only wait outside the classroom, so the kids are totally on their own. It was actually a good opportunity for kids to explore their independence and networking skills.
The fun observations we got from the 3 days course:
– When did Boon Xin learned to use WhatsApp? She managed to text Mum during tea break
– She sweet-talk teacher to let her use her phone for some “blog” photos (Yup, she is a blogger’s child haha)
– She is a team player, helping the smaller kids to complete their tasks
Brovo Boon Xin! You are now a certified “Astronaut” from The Little Executive.
Commander :Astronaut on the deck!
We would like to shoutout “Thank You TLE” for the Fun invite. It was definitely a Fun and enriching workshop for Boon Xin.
The Little Executive’s Astronaut Training Camp is designed for kids 5 to 10 years old, a 3 Day course will cost $580 (9am to 5.30pm). Lunch and tea breaks are inclusive. Checkout more School Holidays curriculum on their Website and Facebook.
From birth, we parents worry about our children’s development.
We wish to give our children the best care and protection.
Are they eating enough, absorbing nutrition and meeting growth milestones?
Once our children are old enough to attend childcare, we worry whether they can adapt to new environments.
Two of our kids started in infant care (Yes, from two months onwards!), and we were worried about infectious diseases like HFMD (Hand Foot Mouth Disease), diarrhoea and stomach flu.
Fortunately, most of these incidents are small bouts of infection which do not require hospitalisation.
I would say 75% of the time, parents’ worries are unnecessary.
Kids are always more resilient then we parents believe.
Nevertheless, as kids grow into the next phases in life, our set of ‘worries” also upgrade accordingly.
School and curriculum, friends and influence, homework and enrichment, boy girl relationships, mental well-being and so on. You get the idea.
Kids will become more independent, nurture their own thinking and they might just switch off from parents’ good intentions. These scenarios happen frequently in my family as my older kids are already in their teens :p
A couple must work together and fall back on each other for support.
Husband and Wife are the pillars of a family, and only with a strong foundation can we better ensure a strong and loving home.
Sometimes we wonder..
Are we passing the right values to our kids? Will he or she grow up to be a confident and independent adult? Some say parents will keep a tab on their child’s well being even after the child himself becomes a parent.
I have not reached that stage yet, but I can understand why parental concerns will be never ending.
We all love and treasure our family. Yet, some things will be beyond our control.
Insurance is something we parents can provide for our child. Let me share two new products from Tokio Marine Life Insurance Singapore Ltd. (TMLS).
1) KidAssure GIO Rider
What caught our eye was the affordable no hassle package.
KidAssure GIO Rider covers our child up to 24 medical and hospitalisation conditions. This rider can be attached to most TMLS’ life insurance basic plans.
Medical underwriting is not needed, and subscription is almost guaranteed.
There are more value added benefits. Parents only need to pay for 5 years premium and child gets to enjoy coverage till 19 years old. We can receive up to 80% of total annual premiums when our child reaches 19 years old.
(For every purchase of a TM KidStart education plan together with a KidAssure GIO Rider between now and 31 December 2017, TMLS will donate S$50 to Club Rainbow, benefiting chronically ill children and their families.)
KidAssure GIO Rider will certainly enhance and extend our child’s current healthcare benefits. Do pop by this website for more details, scope and T&C of KidAssure GIO Rider.
2) TM Term Assure
It is harder to save for a rainy day when we have a family and children. Household expenses, enrichment classes, medical treatments or the occasional leisure activities require us to be prudent with our savings.
Inflation, rising aspirations and higher medical costs will only add more pressure to a family’s expenses.
At a low cost of less than $1 per day, young adults between 25 to 35 years old can get a coverage of up to $500,000 on a 5 years plan – should something bad happen (death, terminal illness or total permanent disability). Choose a term plan that suits your budget and needs.
We want to be assured that our family is well taken care of should something happen. Read more about TM Term Assurehere.
Both KidAssure GIO Rider and TM Term Assure are designed with families in mind. Tokio Marine has launched the new products under a new Protection campaign “#MyLoveForYou”.
Quoting from TMLS website: ” #MyLoveForYou campaign is designed in line with Tokio Marine’s Good Company philosophy, which emphasizes giving back to the community in meaningful ways. “
Don’t just prepare them, protect them for the future.
#MyLoveForYou campaign will run through June 2017 through social media channels. During this period, parents will be encouraged to share their love, protection, and gratitude of their family.
Interested to find out more about how KidAssure GIO Rider and TM Term Assure can help your family. Do pop by www.tokiomarine.com/protect .
Parents are also invited to visit Baby World 2017 and visit the Tokio Marine booth (K15) for exciting fun and games.
Date: 30 June to 2 July 2017
Time: 11 am to 8pm
Venue: Suntec City Exhibition, Level 4