Digital Art Drawing

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The youngest child (younger daughter) chose to make a comic strip (among five other tasks) for their English project for The Hundred Dresses book. We started conceptualizing and making sketches for the comic strip but she was a bit reluctant to finish. The hubby suggested that she use digital art drawing using MS Paint instead.

She finished the comic strip faster than the actual hand-drawn illustration.

comic strip for The Hundred Dresses

Here is the first part of her comic strip, from the chapter “The Hundred Dresses” from the book with the same title, authored by Eleanor Estes. The book was written in 1944.

The Hundred Dresses is a sad, sad story, according to my daughter. It is, because ti was about bullying and being judged and being made fun of.

Be Better, Be a Better Reader

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Do you agree that being better starts with being a better reader?

 Everyone has different learning styles which is the reason why schools offer different teaching styles and philosophies to cater to a diverse population of learners.

Learning is self-improvement no matter what age or level“, according to Jerry Vicente and May Jovero-Catabijan, the educational entrepreneur couple behind Saint Mary’s Publishing Corporation.

To be a lifelong learner, one has to develop the love for reading and be a dedicated reader and have a source of guidance and inspiration to help with the learning process. This is the core of the publishing of textbooks for the last 47 years that keeps the couple team inspired. They try to keep their published books interesting to keep the students engaged and inspired.

Engaging in intellectual discussions and getting involved in worthwhile activities are also great help in paving the way to be better learners.

The role of the teacher in a learner’s life is given emphasis as most important instrument in the learner’s learning process.

Mr. Catabijan says “You can have all the fancy educational gimmicks and gadgets, the best books and even the most advanced facilities, but if your instructor is not competent and committed or more importantly, passionate, then you won’t learn as much as you should be.

be better

 That being said, teachers can now read about helpful teaching tips, book features, profiles of writers and educators in the website: Be Better is composed of contributing writer/teachers plus a dedicated editorial team.

The website Be Better has several features:

  • articles on practical tips like “How to discourage cramming” or how to use a journal
  • feature articles like “Notable Pinoy Scientists”
  • resource materials for teachers
  • sections like “Feed your need to read” for a list of recommended books based on different themes, “Shaping the self-learner” and “Be Better Spotlight”, which features profiles of educators.

 The word BETTER is an acronym for “Better Education Thrives Through Endless Reading”. “When we talk about ‘endless reading’, we’re not only referring to the students but the teachers as well,” adds Mr. Catabijan.

Check out the Be Better Facebook page.

Sign up for regular updates here: Be Better

Indeed, we can be better through reading!

 “Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.” — Marva Collins

Run United 1 2012

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It has been almost a year since we joined Run United 1 2011 so it’s about time we join Run United 1 2012.

Run United 1 2012

I know it doesn’t look good that we didn’t go to the other runs since the youngest daughter, who placed 71st among 384 participants in the Ceelin 500 meter dash wanted that limited edition shirt they gave away, 😀

She won’t be at that standing this year because we have upgraded her run to 3k for this Run United 1 2012. I registered to 3k (from 5k last year) to be with her and the little boy.Yes, I registered the son, whether he is fit to be with us is still a big question though.

Run United 1 2012 consists of Run United 2 on June 17 and Run United 3 on September 16.

Categories are:

  • Ceelin 500-meter dash for kids aged 5 to 12 years old,
  • 3km
  • Dolfenal 5km
  • Enervon 10km
  • Enervon HP 21km

Registration for Run United 1 is ongoing at the following stores

  • Riovana at Bonifacio Global City and Katipunan, Quezon City
  • Toby’s at SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
  • The Athlete’s Foot at Robinson’s Galleria, Ortigas.

For online registration, check details at Registration is until February 26.

Run United is for the benefit of Gawad Kalusugan (the health program of Gawad Kalinga) and Hero Foundation. It is part of Unilab’s advocacy through Unilab Active Health to promote an active lifestyle among Filipino families.

For more inquiries, check out and

Grade 3 Science Reviewer: Force

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  1. _________ is a push or pull
  2. ________ is moving air
  3. _________ water is also a force
  4. _________ is the force that pulls all objects toward the earth

Click here for more of the Grade 3 Science reviewer: Force

Grade3 Reviewer for Energy and Light

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  1. __________ is the ability to do work
  2. Examples of sources of heat and light energy sources: _________ and _________
  3. ________________ is the heat and light from the sun



Click here for the reviewer.Grade 3 Science reviewer: Energy and Light

New Pixar Movie: Brave

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Brave movie from Pixar seems like a good one, action-packed and inspiring. Watch the trailer here:

Brave opens in US theatres June 22, 2012.

Like Brave on Facebook.

Fish Feeding

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Fish feeding children during a rainy field trip (another wet/rain entry) who do not seem to mind the drizzle that came before they boarded that raft. The field trip chaperones were just glad that this was a roofed raft because it afforded protection from the elements:

Fish Feeding

Some photos from this field: yellow flower, orange flower, and rainy field trip posts.

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