How to Use the CPA Approach to Help Kids Learn Math Better

Did you know that using the CPA approach can help kids learn Math better and faster?

I first heard about the CPA approach when I was doing my research about Seriously Addictive Mathematics, and it was definitely an eye-opener.

My close friends would know how much I love learning new things. And as a mom, I want Zeeka to also have the same love of learning as I do.

Now that she’s in school, one of my priorities is for her to enjoy learning, especially Math. But because math is an abstract subject, it can get difficult for kids like her to understand the concepts behind it. I’m lucky though that ever since Zeeka was a little, she loved counting more than singing her ABCs.

To make mathematical concepts more concrete, the Singapore Ministry of Education devised a learning program that uses the CPA approach. They then applied it to what we now know as Singapore Math for kids. I have been noticing a lot of improvement from Zeeka, so I decided to share with you what the CPA approach is (based on my research).

CPA Approach Explained

Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract Approach (CPA) was a concept derived from American Psychologist Jerome Bruner.

It is based on a theory of instructions proposed by Bruner in his book, Towards a Theory of Instruction. The idea comes from enactive, iconic, and symbolic modes of representations, and was later on adopted by the Singapore Ministry of Education as its key instructional strategy.

Bruner believed that students learn best by doing. In this approach, students learn by using manipulatives to learn mathematical concepts and skills. Students get the chance to explore, discuss, and understand the problem first hand. Instructors, on the other hand, facilitate and provide structure and feedback to students and increase the depth of understanding for the students.

How Singapore Math for Kids Use the CPA Approach

The approach has three stages: (https://mathsnoproblem.com/en/the-maths/teaching-methods/concrete-pictorial-abstract/)

• Concrete Stage – This stage lets students manipulate concrete objects to model problems. Unlike traditional processes, the CPA approach brings the concept to life and allows students to handle and experience the objects and make sense of the problem at hand.

Credits to www.mathsnoproblem.com

• Pictorial Stage -This refers to the seeing stage, where images are used to represent objects to solve a math problem. It lets the students make a mental connection between the concrete object and the models that represent the problem.

• Abstract/ Symbolic Stage – This stage lets the students connect the previous stages to the abstract symbols to model the problem. It also involves the teacher introducing abstract concepts using numbers and symbols.

Using this process ensures that the child gets a deeper understanding of how problem-solving works. It also helps children create powerful mental connections and provides them with a structured way to learn concepts.

Most importantly, kids also get to learn at their own pace. With enough support from certified trainers, students get a fun and effective way to learn Math.

That’s what makes Singapore Math for kids awesome.

How to Use the CPA Approach at Home

So how can we parents use the CPA approach to prepare our kids for learning Math?

I went to Pinterest to look for simple, easy-to-do learning games we can play with our kids. And here are some we can use the materials we already have at home.

• Lego Blocks

Lego blocks have huge intrinsic educational and creative value. But more than that, children can also build their spatial and proportional awareness through these toys.

They also help increase your kid’s gross and fine motor skills. And in advance situations, high school and college students can also use advanced Lego kits for robotics, computer programming, modeling, and more.

So how can you use blocks to introduce counting to your preschooler?

Draw numerals and dots on Lego Duplo blocks and help kids recognize numbers. You can even use the blocks as a measuring tool.

For more Lego ideas, you can check out this post from TheImaginationTree.com.

• Playdough

Playdough is soft, fun, and can be changed into whatever shape we want. And this makes it an awesome toy/tool to use for teaching our kids math.

You can form it and shape it to numbers and dots.

You can hide small toys in them and do a mini-treasure hunt while counting how many they got.

You can also cut it into and use it to demonstrate fractions for older kids to understand.

Watch this video to see ten more ways you can use playdough to learn math from DeniseGaskins.com.

• Popsicle sticks

Popsicle sticks are a creative way to help kids identify numbers.

All you need are 20 popsicle sticks and a few colored markers. Number each stick from 1 to 10 in bold, black letters. Then make designs on the remaining sticks with corresponding numbers using different shapes and colors.

Once done, you can ask your child to match the sticks with the corresponding numbers, and even ask about the different shapes and colors on the sticks.

Texture Sequencing Sticks

Be creative! Use envelopes or glasses to count, or fruit loops and other items to create different patterns. You can also add in symbols to create simple equations for older kids.

If you want to learn more about CPA approach and Singapore Math for kids, you can check out the nearest  Seriously Addictive Mathematics Philippines center near you.

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Hope you like this article about the CPA approach! Have you ever heard of this? What do you think of it?

Automate your Home and Get Clean Air with Dyson Pure Cool

Looking for new ways to automate your home and improve your quality of life?

We are a family that loves automation. Having a husband who runs his own business and with my events company and blogging profession, we often spend our time outside the house. That’s why we needed to simplify things and get the job done through automation at home. We’ve been recently experimenting a lot with smart home systems. We have voice-controlled lights at home. Our entertainment system (to turn the TV on and off, and to choose a show) is voice-controlled, too. Since then, we’ve been looking for ways to further automate our home.

Zeeka has been getting colds for the longest time. Often, my daughter would greet me in the morning with a loud sneeze. I’ve been having rhinitis yet again, which I’ve had since my early twenties. Meanwhile, our housekeeper, though she’s a hard worker, would normally use spray cleaners around the house which probably the cause of Zeeka’s colds and my rhinitis attacks. Given that my husband and I have busy schedules, I kept looking for ways to solve this problem through automation. While doing my own research for a few months, I got an invitation to check out the Dyson Pure Cool.

I have read good reviews about Dyson before, but I also had the impression that their products are upscaled on the price. My husband and I try to lessen our expenses, and we don’t splurge on unnecessary stuff. But because of curiosity and necessity, I went to the Dyson store to see it for myself.

A Modern Appliance That Purifies the Air

Purifying and automation don’t usually go together. Most of the time, our concept of purity involves greenery, a nice stroll at the beach, the color white, or rain. Automation usually refers to cold, hard steel, big manufacturing plants, and unfortunately, pollution.

The Dyson Pure Cool got me curious on how it’s going to clean the air around us. I knew Dyson engineers designed the product well and I wanted to try how it combined automation and air purification at the same time. So, when we brought home the Dyson Pure Cool and gave it a try for a few weeks, I told myself that this purifier is worth every penny. Here’s why.

1. Cool, Sleek, and Safe Design!

The Dyson Pure Cool stands taller than Zeeka and looks very sleek. It looks like a fan from The Enterprise (shout out to Star Trek fans!). It releases purified air from the top while the filter sits at the bottom. I love that it’s bladeless, so Zeeka is safe. I don’t have to worry even if my daughter is walking around the house near it.

2. Easy Set-Up

Setting the purifier up doesn’t take too much effort. The two filters in the lower portion of the air purifier are easy to attach. Just place the two filters around the base and then lock it in place, using the covers. These filters last from 6 to 12 months depending on the frequency of use. There’s a small screen that shows the status of the filters, which helps me to determine if I must replace it.

I was so impressed with the meter of the Dyson Pure Cool that tells me the level of air quality inside the house. I’ve tested it out, too. I would sometimes spray perfume in the room where the purifier is, and the Air Quality levels would go red. I also tested it in rooms with mold, and the moisture levels increased as the air quality dropped, too.

4. It Comes with a Super Cool Dyson Link App!

Dyson made it a lot easier to automate your home with its super cool app.

To install the app, just look for the Dyson Link App in the Appstore and Google play store. Then, download and open the app. The app will give you specific instructions on how to connect with your Dyson Pure Cool.

Once you are on your dashboard, you will see the air quality data from your home. Just click on the graph icon on the right to see the data gathered within the day.

The Dyson link app shows daily and weekly data. I notice that when humidity is high, I get my allergic rhinitis. I’m not sure if these two are related, but it’s nice to see the air quality data versus my actual experience.

I can also control the purifier by clicking on the remote-control icon on the lower left side of the app. I can control the fan speed, angle of oscillation, and I can set the timer, too! There’s also an option to switch the mode of air flow to be from the front to the sides of the purifier.

The clock on the bottom right of the screen allows me to set schedules for the purifier. I can just add different “events”, adjust the settings for each event, and schedule the time when it should be turned on and off.

5. Indoor Pollutant Free Home

Ever since we got the Dyson Pure Cool , there’s a big difference when I’m at home. I can breathe easier and the rhinitis attacks have lessened. My daughter, Zeeka, is much more active now and she rarely sneezes when she wakes up in the morning. I can rely more on my housekeeper with the daily chores, and I don’t have to worry if she’s cooking or using all-purpose spray cleaners. Best part is, my husband and I solved this household problem through automation. We don’t have to worry about indoor pollution at home

So, if you’re looking for air purifying systems to keep your family healthy and safe, I would recommend Dyson Pure Cool. This gets my stamp of mom approval. It sure is an awesome way to automate your home.

Check out my video here!

MythBuster: Why You Need to Pay Your Taxes as a Freelancer

Are you one of those freelancers who still ask why you need to pay your taxes?

I have heard many freelancers express their fear and disappointment about paying their taxes. “Why should we pay when we don’t have a stable income?” “Why should we pay when we can hide what we earn since we earn online?… the government doesn’t have to know!” Well, for the record, it’s not only freelancers who feel this way. For the longest time, this has been the sentiment of Filipinos in general.

It’s tough to live in a country where tax laws are so complicated. These laws are so complicated that you end up not paying at all. It’s difficult balancing understanding taxation with looking and working for clients as a freelancer. There’s just not enough time.

If you are facing these same dilemma as a freelancer, then I am here to tell you that there is nothing to fear. Instead of thinking of all of the disadvantages, let me share with you why I pay taxes as a freelancer. Let me give you the lo down why it’s actually beneficial to pay taxes and become “legit” self-employed individuals.

Enjoy your income! Enjoy being a Freelancer.

What good is hard-earned money when you can’t enjoy it. We all want to travel, have cars, own a house, etc. But in order to get our VISA approved or our car or home loans approved, we need to show proof of income. Since we are not “employed”, we don’t have a payslip to show or a Certificate of Employment to present. The chances that our VISA will be denied is high.

When you regularly pay your taxes as a freelancer, you have your tax forms that you can show as supporting document when you apply for a VISA or for loans. Your chances to get approved are higher, and you don’t have to worry about not ever having any proof of income. Remember though that you need to be a regular and consistent tax payer, meaning you have tax forms for every kind of tax that you need to pay and you never skipped filing / paying your taxes. To make it easier for you, you can check out https://www.taxumo.com to help you with your taxes.

Easily verify your PayPal account and will never encounter problems if your Business Documents are in place

PayPal is now strict when it comes to presenting proof of your existence. PayPal will require you now to present these “proofs”. This I think is a good move. This keeps all scammers away and protects all of us non-scammers! Here are the requirements from PayPal.

Proof of Identity: Present a valid proof of identity

PayPal accepts a copy of:

– Your national ID card (front and back),

– Other photo ID that was issued by a government body

All of the information below must be visible on the document:

– First and last name

– Date of birth

– Date of issue and expiry

– Document ID number

Note: The document needs to be fully visible. Partial documents cannot be accepted as a valid proof of identity.

PayPal accepts a copy of:

– Utility bills (phone and broadband services, health insurance, gas, water, electricity, etc.)

– Bank or credit card statements

– Any other government-issued letters or statements in your name

You can take a photo of your document and upload it to your PayPal account. You can also send us a copy or a screenshot of your online bills/statements.

They do not accept:

– Purchase receipts/invoices

– Partial documents

– Screenshots of your online banking or service pages

IMPORTANT NOTE:

• The name and address on the documents must match those on your PayPal account.
• The proof of address document must be dated within the last 6 months.

What is a valid proof of business?

This document(s) must collectively contain the following information:

• The business name, registration number, and
• The latest validity period of the business.

These are the things that you need to present. When you register with the Bureau of Internal Revenue in the Philippines as a Freelancer, you will have a Certificate of Registration or a COR. You will be able to submit this as proof of business. Once you have a COR though, you will need to regularly pay your taxes for your freelancing business.

If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can sign up here: http://bit.ly/GA_O_PayPalSignUp

Here is a quick video on how to sign up for a PayPal account:

Get bigger and higher paying Local Clients!

The thing about getting international or foreign clients is that there is a lot of competition. I’ve seen though that the local landscape is in dire need for more suppliers.

Local companies are now open to hiring independent contractors. In order to land a job with huge corporations or even just so you can haggle your pay, you need to be able to issue an official receipt.

Official receipts are documents that support sales of service, and it is issued upon collection of payment from customers. The large companies use official receipts as supporting documents for accounting entries that they create, and they also use it as “expense” when they compute for their own taxes.

So as a freelancer, this is what I do. I go through a supplier accreditation process. This process requires me to submit all of my business documents.

Then when I win a project, I send an invoice so that I can bill for services. Most local clients accept paperless invoices, such as a PayPal invoice. You can prepare your invoice conveniently using PayPal then you can send it through email. You can also use it as a reminder to collect payment and even send recurring payments to continuous projects.

After payment has been given, this is the time when you send the BIR Official Receipt.

Be a Responsible Filipino Citizen

Paying taxes is our duty as Filipino Citizens. If we truly want to help our country grow and prosper, we need to pay your taxes as a freelancer. Every day, we are experiencing things that we paid for with our taxes (drive through highways, take public transportation, etc.). If we want to see more improvement, we need to do our part and contribute by paying your taxes.

Also, if we want a voice, we need to earn that voice. I don’t think we have the right to complain if we’re not at least paying our taxes 🙂

Avoid being Penalized

In my opinion, this is the last and the least of your worries. If you are regularly paying then you need not worry about this. But for your information, yes, you can be imprisoned for tax evasion and non-filing of appropriate forms.

Failing to file and pay your taxes come with hefty penalties and can range from imprisonment for 2 to four years. Summed up, it can reach as high as up to five times than your original tax due. So, it would be better to pay your dues and avoid being penalized.

Personally, my freelancing business grew, because I’m legit and I pay taxes. Business partners, brands, and other people that I work with and plan to work with respect and trust me more, because I have a legit business. Having business documents will open you up to more opportunities and tools that you can use.

It’s always good to start your freelancing career the “legit” way, so you need not backtrack and fix stuff.

Work well and do it right! Pay your taxes as a freelancer!

Globe Online Beauty Fair: Shop for Beauty Brands (A Sneak Peek on the Ellana Products that I bought!)

I have a confession! My most frequented shops online are stores that carry skincare and beauty products. I frequently visit these stores: Amazon, Sephora, Althea and Lazada. Shopping online for beauty products makes me feel more relaxed. I can spend hours just browsing through different products. Are you like me? haha!

If you are, I’m sure that you’ll appreciate the Globe Online Beauty Fair. The Globe Online Beauty Fair gives you exclusive deals so that you can purchase your favorite beauty brands.

Enjoy special promos on Lazada with a 10% discount with a minimum spend of Php 1000. When shopping at Sephora, you get a 10% discount and a free Sephora Collection Mini Lipstain. In Althea, you get a 10% discount for a minimum spend of Php 1500. Just use the code GLOBEBEAUTY for Sephora and Althea upon check out.

For Amazon, you can get discounts from shipping partners Johnny Air Plus, My Shipping Box and Jinio. You need not worry about customs and taxes — you will get your stuff right to where you want to have it delivered.

I maximized this opportunity. Check out more details here: https://www.globe.com.ph/about-us/newsroom/consumer/shop-at-the-globe-online.html

And with that, I got me some beauty products! Do you want to see what I got?

I bought some Ellana products! I’ve always been curious about this brand, and this was the perfect opportunity to get myself acquainted with the brand.

Ellana (Eh-lah-nah) Mineral Cosmetics is the #1 Mineral Makeup Brand in the Philippines. What it stands for is beauty that does more. It stands for beauty that lasts long after the makeup comes off.

I love that they promote this kind of thinking. My personal belief is that makeup should be something that enhances one’s appearance, one’s beauty. This is what got me interested to try out this brand.

Here are the products that I bought.

So what are you waiting for? Do check out the other information about the Globe Online Beauty Fair! Share with me what you bought!

P.S. I’d like to share with you some Ellana products. All you need to do is…
1) Comment on this blog post
2) Share on Facebook this blog post and use hashtags #MommyGingerFinds #globeonlinebeautyfair

I will choose the winner of the Ellana products on September 29, 2018! I’ll announce it on http://facebook.com/MommyGinger

All We Need are Simple “Joys” from Kinder Joy

Time flies so fast! When I was young, my dad went to work and my mom stayed at home to take care of us. I still remember how it made us so happy when he brought us a little something each time he came home from work. He always had pasalubong (gift) for us.

Since we became parents, we now feel the same thing as what our parents felt with us when we were young. As much as we want to be there every single minute of the day for our kids, we are not able to because of work. We need to earn a living so that they can have a bright future ahead of them.

So with the little time that we CAN spend with them, we want these moments to feel magical — to feel amazing. It’s sometimes not really for them, but more for us. We want to capture these simple bonding moments and frame them in little picture frames in our hearts.

In our home, we have a simple tradition of bringing home Kinder Joy to our daughter. Why Kinder Joy, you might ask, when there are so many other options for toys and food to bring home? Let me share with you our reasons:

These can be found everywhere!

If we leave our office late, sometimes, all the toy stores are already closed. With Kinder Joy, you can find them everywhere! These toys and snacks are found in all leading retailers and supermarkets in the Philippines. We have a 7/11 near our home so this is where we buy our “supply”. LOL!

They make our kids really creative!

Our daughter has been enjoying Kinder Joy since she was three years old. I have noticed that these toys, even if it’s very simple, makes you use your imagination a lot. I am all for creative play, so I love giving these toys to Zeeka.

The other day, she got a toy that allowed her to experiment with alternating different clothes. It gave her the perspective that she can also do that with her own clothes; she doesn’t need to buy new clothes if she’s creative in mixing and matching different pieces.

Kinder Joy treats are delicious!

If you haven’t seen or opened a Kinder Joy egg, half of the egg makes up the toy and the other half of it contains super delicious chocolate which is made from high quality ingredients. It consists of 2 delicious creams (milky cream & cocoa cream) with 2 crispy wafer balls! It comes with a cute little spoon that helps you eat it without being messy! Zeeka and I love it!

If there is one thing that we have to know as parents, it is this: Kids do not need a lot to be happy. As long as we set aside quality time that we can spend with them, they’re good. We can make them happy by giving them simple surprises, by doing fun activities, or just by sharing a snack with them.

Those are the moments that count. #kinderjoyphilippines #worldofkj