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In conjunction with Singapore Book Fair 2018, Marshall Cavendish Education launched three new Chinese comic series, Nao Nao Comics Street, Le Le Brainwave Comics and Old Master Q Happy Idioms.
Before the launch, we sent a package out to parent bloggers for a sneak preview! Apart from receiving the comic books, the package also consisted of retro treats such iced gem biscuits and Nao Nao’s favourite snack – chocolate! Keen to receive an exclusive autographed copy of Le Le Brainwave Comics? Read on to find out how you can win one!
Ms. Christina Soh, the author of Le Le Brainwave Comics, was present at Singapore Book Fair 2018 to share her books with the audience.
Kickstarting the session with some simple maths brain teasers, Soh explained how origami and common household items such as cotton buds can be used to engage a child’s learning for maths. Following a step-by-step origami folding demonstration by Soh, the event concluded with a book signing event with her readers.
We also took this opportunity to speak to Ms. Christina Soh to learn more about her creative process behind the book.
“I understand that children can get quite anxious when they have to solve challenging maths problems, question after question. Children may also lose interest quickly,” said Soh.
“I wanted to write a book that is not only engaging, but one that could inspire the love of maths. What Le Le Brainwave Comics does is to weave the learning of maths concepts so subtly into relatable everyday stories that it breaks the children’s barriers to learn,” Soh elaborated.
Indeed, unassuming hands-on activities such as origami-folding featured in the comics help young children learn important mathematics concepts such as shapes and geometry. Through this activity, children are also slowly building their spatial visualisation skills, which are useful when they need to manipulate a geometric object mentally to solve more complex maths problems especially in the middle and upper primary levels.
Some parents may argue against reading comics, dismissing it far too quickly when perceived to be less educational and sophisticated compared to other mediums such as novels or practice books.
We spoke to Ms. Lim Geok Leng, General Manager and Publisher (Asian Languages) of Marshall Cavendish Education to understand why comics is now one of the preferred learning mediums for children.
“Reading is fundamental to Chinese language learning. Thus, parents should not restrict or limit their child to specific types of materials. Instead, they should always encourage children to read a wide variety of books – and comics is a perfect medium. The key is always to capture a child’s interest in reading first,” said Lim.
She further elaborated that “children are developing critical thinking skills as they read, analyse and infer from the images and texts. With comics, there’s colourful illustrations to further elaborate on the story which also aids the children’s understanding.”
Indeed, a child’s learning process during his engagement with comics is far more intricate than it looks. With such skills being developed by doing something as simple as picking up a comic, why not put aside just an hour or two every week to read together with your child? This could provide some downtime for your child amidst his hectic school day routine of endless homework, enrichment activities and revision while allowing for an opportunity for some parent-child bonding time.
Nao Nao Comics Street, Le Le Brainwave Comics and Old Master Q Happy Idioms are currently available at all major bookstores.