Among the many benefits of doing jigsaw puzzles, these three points stand out.

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1. Physical Skills: as the child manipulates the puzzle pieces to fit together, eye-hand coordination as well as fine-motor skills are developed.

2. Cognitive Skills: memory enhancement, problem-solving, shape and color recognition are just a few learning skills enhanced during jigsaw puzzle activities.

3. Emotional Development: for those who are having difficulty putting the puzzle pieces together, patience is slowly being developed as the child puts the pieces together.

Jigsaw puzzle activities can also be given as a goal setting objective that progresses from a few pieces to multiple pieces as the child becomes more adept with the activity.

Quezon City Rush Hour Traffic

Tonight, thankfully the youngest child and I have arrived before the rains came. Going home is a struggle for a lot of people here in Metro Manila, especially to those who ride the public transport. And even if people drive their own cars, the traffic situation is horrible especially during afternoon rush hour till late evening. Or maybe it is just here in our area?

How to keep sane inside a vehicle during rush hour traffic in Metro Manila (and elsewhere there’s traffic)?

  • Listen to music that you really love. If you are a commuter, bring your own earphones to listen to the music that suits your taste because chances are, the public utility vehicle you are riding has its own music. This also prevents you from listening to the incessant yakking of someone sitting close to you. Beware to not play too loud music that you are not aware of the things happening to you.
  • Organize your thoughts and affairs by being mindful amidst the chaos. If you are driving, you can’t do this too much because you need all your faculties on alert during traffic.
  • For passengers who are not too sensitive with the vehicle’s motions, you can update your social media accounts to while away the time or watch a movie or videos on your phone. Be sure to secure your phone with you and that you are still aware of the people around you.
  • Talk to the person you are with, it will make travel time easier and seem faster. Just don’t talk too loud that others are sending you dagger looks.
  • If you are a passenger, perhaps you can try to meditate amidst the passengers around you. Tune out the noise and concentrate on your thoughts.
  • Bring food to nibble, breath mints and candies to chew and drinks for when you are thirsty. Don’t overdo for you may not be able to take a bathroom break in the middle of EDSA or Marcos Highway riding with 9 other passengers. Make sure that the food is not too aromatic that may incite the hunger pains of the other passengers to be more pronounced.
  • Be patient. Keep your cool and remember that like you, everyone wants to go home and rest after a tiring day at work.
Posted by teacherjulie @ 8:52 am

In my line of work as a Special Ed teacher, it helps to understand and try to see the reasons why the parents of my (current and would-be) students say or do things that seem to question my abilities to teach their child. It still seems controversial to me, no matter how long I have taught and how much I have valued my work as a reflection not just of my abilities to teach, but as a reflection of the values I hold dear, as a mother and as a professional.

Maybe these parents are still reeling from the fact that their children have been given a diagnosis that they themselves have been suspecting before it was officially written on paper.

Maybe these parents feel vulnerable and are afraid to know what the future will be like when their children are older: will they be able to cope, adjust, be like the typically developing children, will their potentials be developed and be tapped for them to be independent citizens?

In everything, it is for the benefit of the child, and his/her family if the parents are willing to cooperate and work with the people who will help them develop the full potentials of the child(ren).

As a special education teacher, my work is not done at the end of our one-on-one sessions. There would be times when I get frantic messages or calls. There would be times when parents and I discuss at length what needs to be done, only to repeat the same conversation after a day or two. Being a teacher does not entail just working with a child but working cooperatively with his/her parents and family. In doing so, working together with the parents and the other auxiliary service providers gives the child the best advantage in tapping and developing his/her full potential. The journey won’t be easy nor short, but it is a start.

Posted by julie @ 11:32 pm

I hope you understand that the words of wisdom I imparted to you are for your own good. I speak from experience and as much as I want you to learn from these, it is my desire to have you learn lessons with less hurt and pain.

I hope you understand that as a mom, almost every thought I have when I am awake and even in my sleep centers on you, my children. This is because I only want the best for you, I have you not just in my thoughts but in my fervent prayers that you are in God’s good graces and always feeling safe and secure.

I hope you understand that even if I fuss too much, I worry too much and I expect more from you, it is not because you are my children, but because you have the capability to think well and think wise. I may nag a bit too much but it is for your own good (and my sanity!) that we are all learning how to make things work well in a concerted effort and through collaborations and being  open to each other.

I hope you understand that there are times when the going gets rough, the tough just wants to make everything work out right for all of us. It may be just frustration that rears its ugly head at the heat of the moment but please, if we both exert effort to run a well-oiled routine, then we both know what to expect and what to do. If not, let these diversions from routine help make us adapt to changes easily.

I hope you understand that everything you and I are doing is for your own good because no parent wants his/her children to go down the path that will bring them a lot of disappointments and heartaches. There may be sacrifices and rough patches along the way but understand that life and its lessons are learned through a process that has its ups and downs.

I hope you understand that I love you and that everything I do for you is what I think is best for you. You may not appreciate all these things now but in time, you will. I know it not because I know I am right but because I once was like you, defying borders, trying to see how I can change circumstances the way I see fit and trying to do everything that I think I can do all at the same time. I have gone through disappointments and failures but because my own parents instilled in me values to help me be strong and wise, I can say I am exactly where I thought myself to be.

Remember this, life lessons may be tough and difficult but because we have both learned to adjust, to cope and to think wisely, you may very well become that person you envision yourself to be, on your merit, with us cheering you on at the sidelines.

I hope you understand. I know you do and for that, thank you for understanding.

MLQU is now at Home in Quezon City

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On August 19, 2016, coinciding with the 138th birth anniversary of the former President of the Philippine Commonwealth Manuel Luis Quezon, Manuel L. Quezon University or MLQU formally launched its victorious move to the city named after the late former president. This day, called “Quezon is Home” featured the symbolic move and unveiling of the late former president’s portrait done by National Artist in Painting, Fernando Amorsolo, to continue the legacy of MLQU from Quiapo, Manila to Quezon City. Quezon City and MLQU celebrate August 19 as Quezon Day in accordance with Republic Act 6741.

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The MLQU Quezon City campus or MLQU School for Professional Advancement and Continuing Education (MLQU SPACE) is located near the MRT Kamuning Station along EDSA. Led by New San Jose Builders’(NSJBI) Chairman Dr. Rizalino Acuzar and MLQU president and NSJBI co-chairman Dr. Isagani Germar, the event was graced with Quezon City officials and guests.

Pioneering Programs to mark the QC campus expansion

MLQU has partnered with distinguished groups in introducing pioneering programs as it enters the city’s roster of esteemed academic institutions.

Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations, Inc (CREBA)

The Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Association, the largest real estate umbrella organization in the Philippines and MLQU has signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will provide students of MLQU who want to have a career in real estate management, training modules. CREBA and MLQU’s training modules aim to have these students learn real estate law in relation to commercial, rental and private properties.

BLOOMBERG AND East West Educational Specialists, Co. Inc. (EWES)

Bloomberg and EWES are collaborating on these learning initiatives:

• Bloomberg EWES Certified Financial Markets Professional Program
• Bloomberg EWES Faculty Development Programs
• Bloomberg Professional Service Practicum Program which includes international trip exposures to integrate the Bloomberg terminal application into the EWES course curriculum
Aside from the collaborative learning initiatives mentioned above, MLQU and East West will be conducting certification programs and review classes for the different programs and courses for the students and graduates of MLQU in accordance with the standards and requirements of the Commission on Higher Education, Bloomberg LP, Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

American Concrete Institute (ACI) and Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP)

MLQU partnered with ACI and ASEP in order to give more boost in the Architecture and Engineering programs of the university. ACI and ASEP have programs that aim to develop the students and professionals’ knowledge and practice in structural engineering.

ACI has been in the country since 1995 to advocate for concrete quality and the uplift meant of the concrete industry. Ellen Chua, president of ACI-Philippine chapter said, “we aim to provide students, academe, practitioners and professionals the advanced knowledge and technology in solving and upgrading the quality of the construction industry in the Philippines. Our collaboration with MLQU shall focus on the training and certification of professionals for them to be equipped with international standards allowing them to be on top.”

Established in 1961, ASEP is a leader in the practice of structural engineering. “The main objective of the program in partnership with MLQU is to explore and impart actual applied practice in the industry like how to do the actual design and how to use the proper tools in the design,” according to Danilo Domingo, ASEP Vice President.

NEW SAN JOSE BUILDERS, Inc (NSJBI) supports MLQU in helping Filipinos achieve their dreams

It was in 2014 when property developer New San Jose Builders, Inc. (NSJBI) acquired ownership of the 69yo Manuel L Quezon University. Together, MLQU and NSJBI dreamed about helping their students achieve better lives through their education by improving and upgrading the school’s facilities and expanding and providing opportunities for learning.

It was in 2015 when MLQU opened its School for Professional Advancement and Continuing Education (SPACE) at the Victoria Sports Tower along EDSA in Quezon City.

Victoria Sports Tower is a project of NSJBI. It has 5 floors (34, 180 sqm) of sports and social club features with the most advanced indoor sports facilities, business amenities, wellness and fitness centers, residential units, and luxurious hotel-like lobby. The building offers MLQU students a conducive learning environment.

MLQU continues to expand with the opening of another campus at the nearby Timog Avenue within the coming years to be able to offer more college courses to the Filipino students.

Visit MLQU SPACE for more information and inquiries about the latest certification programs and offering. Contact number is 683-2327 local 122 or 129.
Visit the website at MLQU.edu.ph.
Official Facebook page is mlquofficial

Posted by julie @ 9:36 am

Soul-searching

 

You can still vividly recall snippets of conversation that you can only repeat because there are no more new ones to talk about. If you’d rather not repeat because these tend to make you reminisce what can’t be brought back, then don’t.

You remember images that carry the warmth of smiles and the gaiety of shared laughter that you will probably not experience with the same people you used to share these with. You have had experiences that taught you new things and remembered old ones too. Let these be your learning experiences.

But now, you can remember and not feel the pain that goes with friendship unhinged without closure, without knowing the answers to questions left unsaid and to doubts that are just best left buried along with the memories.

You tell yourself that people should take a walk in your shoes before they judge you. You want to say that people should not base their opinions on one or two episodes of character weakness because everyone undergoes this because no one is perfect.

You tell yourself that despite your imperfections, there are people who love you for who you are, without judgment, without reservations and without seemingly trying to measure if you come up to their expectations of perfection that they seem to perceive themselves to have.

You tell yourself that you do not feel sadness anymore because you have moved on and experienced healing of your heart that was broken for reasons unknown, your mind bothered no more and your soul longing for those people who can see beyond your quirks and imperfections.

Now, you’d rather be with people who love to talk about ideas and other pursuits. Now, you can be your own person and not be perceived as someone you are not, based on the company that you used to keep and that somehow defined you as the person you are not.

Stand up and be a better version that your best you. Not because you have other interests mean that you are less than what other people see themselves.

Let this be your mantra: that it is better to focus on the more positive outlook in life than to dwell in the past and lament those who tried to break your soul and the essence of your person.

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