Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Magic School@Clover (25 - 28th Nov 2014)


It was a fun-filled three-day Magic camp at Clover, led by Coach Steffi and Coach Amy from Hankidz - the No. 1 Kids Talent Company (K.L.), and two capable facilitators Coach Nora and Coach Weiwei. Children from age 5 to 9 joined the camp, and many had been transformed from being very shy to having great showmanship. Instant boost of self-confidence within 3 days.

So like Coach Hanky said, "Change can be instant." Now I believe it.

An older child (9 years old), well...being the oldest... felt like " mom forced me to join. So her attitude on the first day was nonchalant. But when it came to the third day of the camp, she was observed to be totally immersed in the activities. She helped to take care of the younger ones, she did her best in mastering her magic trick and presenting to the "crowd". All professionalism and showmanship was demonstrated.

Three rules that the junior magicians learned:

#1: Never reveal the secret.
#2: Never perform the same trick to the same person twice.
#3: Practice, practice, practice!

Team Building

Coach Steffi and Coach Amy explained the rules and magic concept to the children.

The first magic trick, "Sticky wand without glue."
The young magicians making their props for their second trick -- "The Cup Trick".

Our third magic trick props -- "The Frozen card tricks."

Team building and cooperation.
Don't let that ball drop!
Learning their favourite "Mr Plastic" magic.
We graduated as magicians!

 Blog Author: Chaz Yee

For more photos, individual graduation photos, and videos about Clover Magic School with Handkidz, please CLICK HERE.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Giving Tree (Coach-the-Coach workshop by Coach Hank)

This coach-the-coach workshop at Clover Learning Centre was conducted by Coach Hank from HanKidz, the No. 1 Kids Talent Company in Malaysia. The participants were professionals (e.g., bankers, managers, doctors, directors), educators, parents and youngsters who are interested in making a difference to our next young generation.

Coach Hank is a certified Neuro-Linguistic practitioner, who guided the participants through a 2-Day self-discovery journey and eventually equipped them with practical skills to coach children.

In this workshop, Coach Hank also worked with Chaz Yee, our Head Directress and program Host and Leader, to identify coaches who can work with children to bring in the right education philosophy into the current Malaysia Education System both in International and local schools. Any interested individuals may contact Ms. Chaz Yee for more information regarding the training and program. College students or fresh graduates are welcome!

"A very beneficial workshop! I have learnt a lot, from both the aspects of right ways to communicate with children or ourselves and to the extent of thinking out of the box. I really appreciate Coach Hank for giving me so much in this 2-Day workshop. I strongly urge parents and educators to attend this workshop so that you can work towards a better parent or educator!" ~ Jovy Lau (Principal of Global Academic).

Ganga presenting her case.

"The Little John"... problem solving activity. Lesson learned: Do not assume.  

Ooh...will it pop with a stick through it?
Where does fear come from?
Wrong expectation leads to fear?
Face it, tackle your fear skillfully.

"This was a very enlightening and enjoyable workshop, fueled by Hank's passion and obvious love for what he is doing. Highly recommended, you have to experience it first hand." ~ Rebecca Lam (Educator & parent)
Balloon figure making. What message did it convey?

"A big thank-you to Hank for sharing with us the tools and coaching techniques that I can apply in life. It definitely opens my mind and help in developing positive parenting skills." ~ Elilia Siow (parent)

" The learning experience is eye-opening and fruitful. The workshop is not only for parents and educators, it also beneficial to my work life, it indicated how to manage my working peers and subordinate. I also learn to ask question that meta-break people / kid's mindset or belief.' ~ Cindy Ng (Manager)
A common goal for the world or selfish goal?


All professionals gathered... and they were great!

All parents and educators gathered, and they rocked!

Special thanks to Ms. Soraya, Ms. Rebecca, Ms. Jayshee and Mr. Alvin for assisting in the workshop.

For more photos in these 2 workshops, please CLICK HERE.

Monday, November 10, 2014

BRAVO to Clover Talent Team!

Champs Talent Competition Invitation

I received many invitation calls from various organisers for the past few months to take part in their pre-school talent competitions, but I rejected all of them, except for this Champs Talent Competition, which requires all schools to present a 10 minute musical skit. I accepted this invitation as I thought it was professionally organized. Hankidz, which was the talent company being engaged to organize this event, would send coaches to the pre-schools to do pre-selection and coaching sessions with the schools. I thought this was a great opportunity for our Clover kids to be exposed to coaching from outside our school, and they would have an opportunity to make use of their musical and drama learning from Kindermusik and Speech and Drama classes.

How we got to the Finals

The pre-selection round was to show Hankidz our past year concert video -- we got in straightaway. To be selected as the finalist of this competition, the Teachers had to submit the skit storyline. My bed-rest advice from my doctor for my pregnancy was ditched right to the back of my mind -- I had a 4-hour long non-stop meeting with Kindermusik educators at my house. We came up with the full detailed storyline within the day. I was quite confident that we would make it, and we did. We got to the Finals. The real work began.

The real and hard work started...

Ten children were selected by our Montessori and Kindermusik educators in Sep 2014 to participate in the Champs Talent Competition (Southern region), Season 2. The Finals was on the 9th Nov 2014, which is Today.

It had been a short period of time for practice, we only had 8 practices before the children went on the real stage. Lots of coaching were done before the Hankidz coaches came from K.L. to see our Clover team the first time in October. After hearing their comments in their first visit, Kindermusik Educators (Shirin, Joanne, Winnie and me) continued to coach the children to work with their facial expressions. It was from incorrect expressions (should show angry face, but they were smiling all the time.), to more and better facial expressions. The children showed so much improvement by the time Hankidz coaches came the second time in November, which was also four days before the Finals. The instrument players were extremely precise in their timing to play their musical instruments at the right times.

Coach KC and Xue Yi were teaching the children on how to make facial expressions.

Stress came from third party which we couldn't control.

There were some hiccups at the vendor who made the props. Luckily, we had Kindermusik Educator Winnie, who is excellent in art, re-making those unsatisfactory prop on the night before the Finals. Her props looked so beautiful. I never had to worry about the work she produced.

At the Finals
The real day finally came. It was Today. When our Clover performance started on the real stage, I was nervous while standing by the side watching them as I was worried about those little mistakes that they had always made during practice sessions. However, they didn't disappoint any of us, every Clover child did their part to 100%, it was their best performance ever!Bravo! I was moved to tears! Hugging and kissing each of these little Clover angels as they walked down from the stage after the performance.

Narrator (Du Ee) spoke clearly with intonation. Main actors were acting with gestures and facial expressions. Instrument players were playing live musical accompaniment at the back.

The last part of the performance - the black bear revealed the Champs as magical cure for the sick monkey. They were dancing to celebrate.

I finally broke down at the backstage. My little boy, Du Ee, came and asked me, "Are you okay? Why are you crying?" He looked worried, he thought I didn't think highly of their performance or they had done something wrong. "I am crying because I feel very very happy to see you all did so well!" I said. (Well, he still looked puzzled.) He and other little darlings came to me and hugged me too.

Our Clover children evolved...

I felt so emotional because I saw how these little children evolved over a short period of 2 months. To let young children like them to understand working as a team was never easy. At the very initial stage of the preparation of this competition, the children were very ego-centric. They only did their part in the skit and lost focus and started playing , talking or laughing while it were their friends' turns to work on the roles. Or they would start to scold their friends who forgot to say the lines or play the instruments. Then, after the 4th practice of much counselling and coaching from us, they seemed to understand it was important to focus throughout the whole skit in order to achieve the best. They were observed to be more encouraging towards one another, and it was not easy especially for the young instrument players to stay still and wait for their turn to play.

Power, Power, Power, Oosh! We are a team!

The Clover Talent Team. Yay!
(From Back Left: Shirin, Joanne, Chaz Yee, Winnie.
From Middle Left: Taryn, Kayla, Trevor, Trishiqka, Ze Ming, Brandon.
From Front Left: Du Ee, Zheng Yuan, Yu Tong, Gabriel.)
They really pulled it off on the real stage in front of 400 audiences very well. I was extremely proud of them. The teachers and their papas and mamas felt the same too.

Although we did not emerge as the top three winners for this competition, our real consolation was that we were at the fourth place amongst the 15 finalist schools. We were the only school with 5- and 6-year-olds playing musical instrument live on stage. We did not spend any money like the winners to get extravaganza costumes, but our down-to-earth performance won so much praises from everyone. This was a great experience for both teachers and students.

At the backstage, waiting for their turn. The face painting was the last minute art done by Winnie.

The three protagonists of the act - Elephant Bonbon (Trishiqka), monkey Piko (Brandon) and Twinnie rabbit (Kayla).

Look at the happy faces. Children are children. (From left: Taryn, Trevor, Ze Ming, Shirin.

The wise old monkey (Ze Ming), elephant Bonbon (Trishiqka) and rabbit Twinnie (Kayla).

Our excellent instrument players Zheng Yuan and Yu Tong.


Waiting restlessly for another 2 hours in the holding room for the other finalist schools to finish their performance.

Our children might seem a bit disappointed for not getting any trophies, it was also time for them to learn that they had not done anything wrong not to win, but there were others who might be better than them in certain ways. We just had to improve on those areas and do better the next time. After all, this is what education is all about.

Gratitude and Appreciation

Last but not least, I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to our Kindermusik educators - Shirin, Joanne and Winnie. They jumped straight in to this talent team the minute I called for them. This is how passionate they are as educators. I am glad to work with talents like them -- we recorded a sound track for this competition within 1.5 hours at Clover. It is with this kind of enthusiasm and talents that we can make things happen within a short period of time.

Also, I can't thank the parents enough to be supportive of their child participating in this competition. They had done much practice with their child at home in order to help us speed things up for we only had limited number of practices before the finals.

Group photo: The 10 Clover Talent Team members, their families, Clover Kindermusik and Montessori educators.

Author of this blog:
Chaz Yee
Head Directress


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Coaching in the 21st Century

Dear All,
Please note that the following Coaching workshop is very full. We do not take in anymore parents or educators. Please do not come without prior notice. We will post up notice for any upcoming similar workshop. Sorry for any disappointment!
Those of you who are interested to get involved in coaching children from 5 years to 15 years of age, please do explore this area and join us on the preview night. This may open up new opportunities and career options for you.


We are honoured to have Coach Hank, the founder and CEO from Hankidz, to spend the 7th Nov (Friday, 8 - 10 p.m.) night with us at Clover, sharing with us professionally on the topic of

"COACHING in the 21st Century".

Hankidz is the Number One Kids Leadership Coach in Malaysia. 

Who should attend:

1) Parents & Educators for children in their early years, pre-school, primary & secondary years.  
2) Those who would like to release the potentials of children.

If you would like to secure a seat on a first-reply-first-serve basis, please email us with the following by 4th Nov 2014:

1. Your name & contact number
2. State if you are a parent / educator / Just interested
3. No. of children you have.
4. Ages of your child(ren)

We have very limited seats, hence, please submit your attendance early.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Country Project - Vietnam

We had a special Vietnamese guest, Ms. Hang, who visited our school on 1st Oct 2014. It was a planned visit -  we invited her to come to Clover during the country project of Vietnam week. It was such an honour to have Ms. Hang doing the Vietnam week for us. She brought in all the things that we requested her to in order to conduct our Montessori country project lesson.

She got the child-size Vietnamese costumes for a boy and a girl for us. We dressed two students up. They looked Vietnamese! ;) So adorable.

As Ms. Hang wasn't used to conducting a lesson with children, she conveyed the knowledge to our Montessori educator, Ms. Latifah, who helped to do the explanation to the children at Clovers.
Firstly, the Vietnam flag was shown - "a red flag with a gold star". 

This is a traditional Vietnamese Coconut Bowl...authentic stuff...all the way from Vietnam! 

Children were passing the bowl around to have a closer look. The outer part of this bowl was made of coconut shell. 

 Now, showing the currency of a country is important, and Ms. Latifah explained the difference between the Vietnamese Dong from the Ringgit Malaysia.

We passed the Vietnamese notes around for children to have a closer look. They were told the man on the notes is Ho Chi Minh, who was the Father of the country, as he fought for independence.

Children were looking at more Vietnamese Dong notes, comparing the notes with one another.

Ms. Joanne assisted in the explanation of how the Vietnamese Coffee is to be brewed. The children were intrigued!

Our special Vietnamese guests, Ms. Hang, demonstrated the coffee-brewing process. 

All children waited patiently for the coffee to drip slowly into the glass jar below. 

While waiting for the coffee to be ready, we passed around the spring-roll wrapper, which was made of rice. This was to show children what was "before" the end-product of the yummy spring-rolls that they were going to pop into their mouth later. 

Ms. Hang brought in her home-made spring rolls and sweet-and-sour fish sauce. 

Yum yum...we always love food tasting.

These 3 year-olds Nursery children asked for more!

Our K1 and K2 children were enjoying it too! 

 Ms. Soraya was showing the children the hand-stitched bag. A very typical Vietnamese craft bag. So beautiful.
Children were having a closer look at the hand-stitched bags.

A. Chaz Yee presented a small gift to Ms. Hang, showing Clover's appreciation to her effort and presence in helping us make the lesson about Vietnam more lively and interesting. 

We hereby extend our heart-felt thanks to Ms. Joanne as well, who brought Ms. Hang to our school. Thanks Joanne!

 To view more photos, CLICK HERE.