Magazine Competition & Field Trip to BOBO Magazine

20 February 2014

Competition can be a great way to motivate homeschool students to learn. They will be challenged to learn more, and develop their talents as long as we foster a friendly spirit of competition. It’s not about winning and losing or how to beat other children, but how they can work at their best and also learn from one another.

So, we group JHC kids into three teams and set them to a challenge : to produce and publish a magazine. 

This is a group challenge, the success of each team is based on cooperation rather than competition. Three oldest students were chosen to be the leaders as we want them to learn how to lead and organizing team. JHC will facilitate the children with workshops and field trips which will enrich them with knowledges and skills in doing this project.

To figure out how to produce a magazine, we visited “Majalah Bobo”, part of Gramedia Publishing at Jalan Panjang. After watching the step-by-step videos in  magazine production, the kids put it into practice. Bobo’s crews have prepared bundles of blank A5 size papers and also old issued magazines which the kids can cut-out and then used it to redesign their own magazine.

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Watching video about Bobo Magazine

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Sample of magazine’s page

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Working cheerfully :)

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Busy.. cutting & pasting, choosing what to put inside the magazine

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Melvin chose to write his own story and drew pictures instead of taking it out from the magazine Image

Ashley and her own creation, which was illustrated with her own drawings

After that, we were allowed to tour around their working area and asked questions to the staffs.

Learn from the Reporter

Learning from the Reporter

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Learning about Layout Setting

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Kak Erna, the Illustrator

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Kak Erna is showing how to do coloring with photoshop using Bamboo Wacom

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Kim, having a chance to try the Bamboo Wacom

We were very blessed by this field trip because the Bobo Magazine’s team really do their best in sharing their knowledges and experiences with us. They are even willing to be the judges for our magazine competition. YEAY!!!

And you know what…?

The next day, one of the moms surprisingly found that Bobo Online have a news about us! You can read it here :

http://bobo.kidnesia.com/Bobo/Info-Bobo/Gunting-Tempel-Tulis-Jadilah-Majalah

THANK YOU BOBO!!!

Psychological Test

Each child learns in a different way, and parents need to understand what work best for their children when it comes to learning. Some children are good in language but struggle in math. Some children are hands-on, while others can do well just by reading (visual) or listening (auditory). Their personality also affect how they learn best. An adventurous child needs to move to learn, so sitting at desk won’t work for them. An inventing child, the “out-of-the-box” thinker, will asks a million questions, although sometimes acts like a daydreamer. This child learns best if after given an idea you let him/her discuss it instead of memorizing facts. Each type brings special strengths and weaknesses.

As parents, especially homeschool parents, it is best if we begin observing and evaluating our child’s learning type at age 6 or 7. Not only we can recognize their learning style but also our own as well. We can avoid many tears and angry outburst when we recognize our different learning styles. It also helps us in choosing a curriculum and adjust our expectation accordingly. How do we do this? If we find it difficult, we can ask experts to help us.

Therefore, at the beginning of 2014, JHC invited counsellors from Grahita Indonesia to do the psychological assessment. Here are some pictures of the testing day.

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For younger kids, grade 1-3, they were  tested through their drawings, no stress at all.

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The older kids  have to think in answering some questions and do some drawings.

The team from Grahita Indonesia will then evaluate the test papers and give their advice/consultation based on the result to each parent.

We really hope by doing this, we as parents can have a better understanding and provide a better effective learning environment. We hope that everyone can work and learn better while still enjoying their childhood.