Admittedly, I had a childhood where I didn’t worry (or at least my parents didn’t make me worry) about a lot of things. For that, I am grateful. Contrary to what people might be thinking, I wasn’t a spoiled brat. If I wanted something, I had to find a way to get it (especially since my mom was against a lot of things I wanted to do… hehe! Peace, mom!). 

I really believe that it’s not the amount of money that makes a person innovative or inventive. I believe though that money may give the person more capacity for failure after trying out things, but I don’t not think that money automatically makes you creative and inventive. 

In raising and educating your kids, there will always be that struggle of choosing consumerism versus creation. When do “I” as a parent buy stuff for my child and when do I ask them to look for a way to create the solution. When do I give them the answer and when do I let them find the answer on their own?

In raising Zeeka, we follow these two simple things or two steps. One, we give her the foundation of having a good education. Every child will eventually need to learn and absorb the basics in their own time, like read, spell, subtract, add, observe, control movement, etc.  Then second, after learning the foundation, we help her utilise these learnings in life. No matter where the child learns the foundation (whether in school from a teacher, at home from the parent. etc.), I believe that the role of the parents is to encourage them to use these learning and skills.

Lyrics that we wrote!

This is a sample of how we do it. Once, she wanted to memorise the song Chillin’ like a Villain (from the Descendants). We wanted to teach her that songs comes from words, and when she knows how to spell and write words, she can create her own songs! What we did is that we wrote the lyrics of the song and she had to read it then sing it! With that, she understood the importance of spelling and writing. 

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Also, another thing that we do is we expose her to different people and different situations. Today, we will be bringing her to the Manila Mini Maker Faire. From June 22 (Saturday) to June 23 (Sunday), the Manila Mini Maker Faire (MMMF) will be at The Mind Museum. 

The Manila Mini Maker Faire will have over 150 makers from all over the country and from neighbouring countries in Asia. For this year, most of the projects that will be highlighted are environmentally sustainable projects. Aside from the projects, their will be workshops on Bokashi mud ball making, robotics, paper engineering, 3D design, eco art organic painting, etc. 

If you want to bring your family, please check out http://manila.makerfaire.com

How about you? How do you teach your kids to be inventors and innovators? Hope you can share with us how you do it, too!

I’m so happy that my baby loves going to museums. For her 3rd birthday a couple of months ago, our gift to her was a trip to the museum. She was so happy. We spent the entire afternoon inside The Mind Museum at Bonifacio Global City. We are definitely so lucky that this museum is just a few blocks away from where we live. Because of her love for museums, I actually got her a whole year pass for a discounted price of Php 2250. It’s on discount until July 2016!

I believe that people (not just kids) should give more attention to STEM (Science / Technology / Engineering / Math). I believe that the world has changed so much that all of us need to learn our origins and the basics and as well as explore and discover new things that might eventually lead to something great in the future.

This is the reason why I always encourage my daughter to not to lose that love for museums. Recently, Globe Telecom and The Mind Museum even made all of these — science, discovery, exploration, etc. more fun and more accessible by launching The Mind Museum App. It’s a mobile app which promises an enhanced experience of the museum as you explore and discover gems of information. The app is already available for download on your Android and IOS devices.

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One of the things that I love about it is that it gives me bits of information which I get as notification on my phone. I just feel that I get to be a little bit smarter everyday. Plus, I get to share this bit of information with my daughter. She has been so inquisitive lately.

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It also offers a guide to the exhibit inside the Mind Museum.

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It also has a few questions that you can use as a point of conversation with your child. I got to think of how homeschooling parents will love these. All they need to do is use the app to look for activities and information to supplement their own curriculum. This is perfect for teachers, too!

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This portion on experiments is my favorite. My daughter gets bored easily so I always need to stimulate her mind with new activities and exercises that she can do. The Mind Museum app is amazing since it already gives me ideas on what activities to do at home with my little one.

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It was already amazing when Maribel Garcia, TMM Curator and Fernando Esguerra, Globe Citizenship Director mentioned the benefits of the apps during the event, but when I downloaded it and used it, I was really impressed by it. The app is not only for museum-goers but also for teachers and students especially those outside Metro Manila.

Download The Mind Museum app now and see for yourself!