Sunday, April 17, 2005

How to play a DIY boardgame...

Here goes;

1. First, you need to patch them together on the floor, umm... no, you need to figure out how they go together before you can patch them up you see.
When that is done (with a lot of help from the kids) we started off by explaining the rules of the game. The kids seem to understand and were very eager to proceed.

2. Introduce the remarkable instrument of fate, which is the Pizza wheel.
It works like any ordinary deciding wheel and no, they are not taken from pizza hut. The kids were quite excited by the wheel as it reminded them of Roda Impian.

3. Divide the players into 4 groups of two. The first 4 players will then have a go at the boardgame. When they finish a round, each will tag their team mates and the second batch of players will continue the game, like a relay.
We let the pizza wheel decide which kid teams with which sort of to let them mingle and cooperate.

Let the games begin!

There were four types of boxes for the kids to land on.

Guess what I am?
The player must guess the object within the classroom by the given clue.
E.g. I have feathers yet I'm not a bird. Feather Duster = bulu ayam = chicken feathers?
It seemed to be the easiest of all three, since a picture of a classroom is posted for the kids to see and look for the stuff.

Lights! Camera! Action!
The player is given a situation in a classroom that requires a bit of acting.
E.g. Scene: Going to the toilet/restroom.
It would be helpful for the kids to relate the English words with actual situations in class.

Spell Me!
The player is given a picture of an object and is required to spell it correctly.
It seemed to be hard for the kids to come up with the spelling of longer words. But we manage to help them out through an express game of hangman.

Spin The Wheel!
A bonus box where the player can spin the wheel a second time and choose a question. If he answers it correctly, he will get to advance. If not, he needs to move backwards.
The favorite as it lets them finish quicker. Everyone was rooting for the spin. We all chanted SPIN THE WHEEL 9 times or so and not one chose to chicken out which shows that they need all the support they can get.

Overall, the game went well. We can even use the board for another setting. This activity reminded me that it's easier for the kids to learn when it's something they can relate to. Hope it helps.

waa, how big is da board..

Friday, April 15, 2005


Dear Reader,

The Second Season of the Ilham English Program (IEP) has been progressing for the last 3 months. We really appreciate the support we received from all the volunteers and the generous donors. Hopefully we will continue to gain support for us to conduct future activities.

Over the next few months, we will continue to assess their level of proficiency by conducting a series of test to gauge how much they have learnt from the whole program. As we have diligently been reporting in this blog over the pass few months, you may see how the children progressing and learn from our program.

It is also worth noting that another exciting project has begun for the upper-secondary students. The Ilham Accounting Series (IAS) is targetted for the Fourth Form Students to enrich their understanding on the Principle of Accounts subject.

With this new initiative running concurrently with IEP, we would like to appeal to your generosity in providing us with donations in terms of books, stationeries, and the likes to facilitate the learning of the children and at the same time to motivate them. Anything goes for this contribution, some examples, not exhaustive though like, diaries, corporate gifts (that you feel you already have too much of it already!), stick-it note etc.

Every little contribution means a lot to these children. We have received donations in the form of encyclopedia sets, story books, dictionaries. It would be great if we can give something to the children to reward them on a job well done. This will tremendously boost their self confidence and the drive to better themselves.

Kindly drop a note at our tagboard to find out further information about the program or contact Naz at or Azam at or email

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Games we play..

Details of our next IEP @ Rumah Ilham, TTDI are as below:

Friday, 15th April 2005
8:30 - 10:00 pm
Rumah Ilham, Pinggiran TTDI

Activities planned:
- Board Game (Things in the classroom)
- Basic phrases and sentences we use in a classroom situations.

Please feel free to contact any of us at

Sunday, April 10, 2005

singing when ur winning..

hehe. here in ilham we kinda do a lot of fun activities. the approach that we take is kinda two pronged. we feel that by creating a more relaxed environment we can try to make the kids more comfortable to participate in the activities hence boosting their confidence in the long run.

enuff of the science bit..

last friday, we arranged the kids to learn a new song. this time round its that aged old and well heard song called the eensy weensy spider song. or itsy bitsy whatever u prefer. or even the malay version which i am surprised that even the abang-kakaks have never heard before.

what was the song about eh..

first we had the kids read the lyrics that keena have conveniently printed out. then we proceeded to tell what was the whole song all about. there were some new words that needed to be explained. we also came up with that dance to make the thing more interesting. luckily for u guys that u weren't there to see me dance the jig. hehe.

whats this, a fan!

anyways, after the preparation was done. we had the kids sing the song out loud, all set with their action and all.

now do the dance eh..

all together now..

twas all round good fun i think.

pics were a bit classic coz azam wanted to be artistic la kan..

Monday, April 04, 2005

the moral of the story?

okay, last friday's activity was a bit different. a clash in the timetable meant that we only had the standard 4 kids with us while the standard 5 kids had to do BM. anyways jannah prepared something for the kids. the theme was learning new words through a story. she came up with this surprise birthday thingy with some sea animals.

and the turtle came with the crab..

then the kids had to tell the story based on their understanding to the faci's. this was all good until we came to the part where we asked the kids, what was the moral of the story. moral tu ape bang? oh okay.

cue a lengthy explanation on some of the terms in the stories which were kinda foreign to the kids. surprise, secret, moral. but it was all good fun i guess.

where does this one go?

moral tu ape ek bang?