When Aurelia, a former local primary school teacher, approached me to review her book – JJ’s Science Adventure – I was actually taken aback by her view about our local education system. She felt that “our education system has degraded” and many parents “cry over their kids’ lack of motivation to study”. As such, she took a plunge to create a Science comic book that present Science in an entertaining and yet educational manner.
Now that Xi En is finishing up with Kindergarten 1, I am slowly getting a preview of the looming pressure and difficulties that our children will be going through once they enter formal education. It is just so different from my days. Yes, there were exams to pass and Science concepts to grasp when I was in school too. But it just seemed like the standards had been ‘upgraded” and our children are expected to learn ahead of the system. Honestly, I am not looking forward to primary school (for them).
And so, it piqué my interest when Aurelia email me snippets of her comic book on Magnets. This is the first of a series to come whereby she continues to develop more science comic books which are tailored for kids according to MOE syllabus. The general story line is about 2 main characters – Joyce and Jonathon – entering into adventures while being hampered by Mr Sinister & his minions. Aurelia’s next series will be based on the concepts of Heat & Light.
I was curious to see if Xi En might be drawn to the Science concepts when it’s introduced in a comic form. It is encouraging that lately, he had also been able to self read and enjoys non-fiction, general knowledge books.
He read cover to cover the day after we received the book in the mail. It was interesting enough for him to re-read it a few times.
He was drawn to the colourful illustrations and the comic format.
He laughed at some of the jokes.
He was curious about some of the Magnet concepts introduced and asked for them to be explained.
He could understand the simpler concepts such as there are 2 different sides of a magnet and that each of the 2 sides could repel or attract (This was reinforced with magnetic toys).
He couldn’t understand some concepts such as “magnetic field” and “how to magnetize a rod”.
He was curious about the “Did you know” section at the end about MagLev train and MRI (additional bonus pages) and asked questions on them although he didn’t fully understand.
My personal take on the book is that it is a colorful read for preschoolers (5 to 6 years old) based on illustrations. But to get the best out of it, parents will need to sit by and explain the concepts or conduct “science experiments” to explain how it all works in simple words and actions. It is a good, curious start to exploration in Science for the young ones and worth it for parents to spend some time going through it together with them. This will be ideal for Primary 1 to 3 (7 to 9 years old) as they should be able to read more independently and yet the comic format will likely still be able to command attention. As for Primary 4 to 6 (10 to 12 years old), I think it will be more of a revision.
And of course, good things must share!
Thanks to Harvest Edutainment, we have 3 books here as a giveaway to encourage the exploration of Science!
Please enter using the Rafflecopter here. This giveaway is open to residents based in Singapore and limited to 1 winner per household. Giveaway ends on 11th November 2014, 12am.
Winners will be announced on Claude Dambreville Facebook page and on updated on this blog post too.
All the best! 🙂
Updates: 13th Nov 2014
And the winners are:
Congratulations and thank you everyone for the participation! 🙂
N.B: We were gifted with a complimentary copy of the above mentioned book for review purposes; no further compensation were received. All opinions remain writer’s own.