Exploreum’s 3-Day Summer Camp 2015 is a learn-through-play experience which aims to stimulate children’s curiosity through memorable activities while encouraging camaraderie through interactions with other explorers in the summer camp program, and exposing the children to the wonderful world of Science particularly Marine Biology.


For this year’s Exploreum Summer Camp, the children participants got the privilege to be Marine Explorers by earning badges for each quest that they accomplish. For three afternoons, the children learned,, through different activities, concepts about the ocean and everything related to it. They were able to utilize the different SM Lifestyle venues like the IMAX, XD:4D cinema, and the skating rink. They did a lot of exciting activities to enhance their learning experiences: painting, playing, skating, watching movies, solving puzzles and catching fish, all these geared towards learning the foundations of Marine Biology.


Some of the Exploreum’s jam packed activities were the following:

1. Deep Dark Sea Painting – painting posters using glow in the dark paints
2. Away From Home – fishing fishes stuck in slime-o-mania and putting them back to where they should be
3. Feed the Marine Creature – getting to know the food web and apply your knowledge by feeing the sea creatures
4. Aquarium Secret Message – looking for hidden messages in the aquarium and putting these together to find out what it says by using a spy camera
5. Into the Deep Treasure Hunt – completing the time list by searching in the dark room with minimum light
6. Water World Obstacle Course – jump, climb, reach,many crawl to find “EXPLOREUM” letters around the course
7. Save the Whale – fill the pool with balls so the whale can roll back into the ocean

The Different Sea Creatures: the Exploreum Summer Camp 2015 is divided to three different groups, depending on the children’s needs and learning capabilities:

1. The Dolphins – ages 4 – 6 years old
2. The Orcas – 7 – 9 years old
3. The Sharks – ages 10 – 12 years old

The Marine Explorer’s Kit

Marine explorers get to take home the following:

1. Amazing Race Passes
2. Take-home Experiment Kits
3. An Exploreum Summer Camp Shirt
4. Microscope for 7-12 years old
5. Marine Explorer Badge
6. SpongeBob Poster



Upcoming Activities for Exploreum
The Exploreum Quiz Bee is a nationwide competition engaging about 90 schools per level in a test of wit, intellect and speed. The Exploreum’s National Quiz Bee will run from July 2015 to February 2016. The winning school gets Php 1 million to fund and encourage varied school programs.

Today I finally took the time to sort though our school supplies plastic box to see what I can put back and what I will consider as trash.

So far we still have a lot of these things:

• Pencils and erasers
• Unopened big box of crayons
• Art/colored/construction paper
• ¼ and ½ sized lined papers
• A pack each of long & short envelopes and long & short folders
• Colored folders
• A lot of used but still ok to recycle folders and envelopes
• A few graphing or Math papers
• Long and short bond papers (we use A4 so we still need to buy these sizes)
• Folder fasteners, staple wires and a few rolls of tapes
• 1/8 illustration boards
• poster paints that dried up a little but can be remedied with some water
• Paint brushes
• 1 drawing book
• 1 ruler
• index cards
• 2 pairs of scissors but one had to go to trash because it just got broken the other day
• 2 file folders

Into the trash went dried up markers, crayons that look tired and worn, scrap papers, broken rulers/scissors, almost empty tape rolls and other stuff.

The plastic envelopes for art supplies just need to be cleaned, otherwise these are still ok to use. TIP: do not scrimp on these, buy the ones that look sturdy even if these are a bit more expensive than others.

For the coming school year, we need to take note of whatever stuff we still have to avoid overbuying. The stuff listed above pretty much sums up what children need for school, unless the teachers ask for specific things like a here folder or a notebook with pink cover. As for the “color coding” notebooks, no sweat for these, just use colored papers to wrap the cover to complete that requirement.

As I have written in another post, having your own school supplies at home, though at first seems a bit too expensive to invest in, would surely make a big difference once the school year starts. Why? You just need to get that long brown folder from your supply rather than go out of your way to buy one from the bookstore or the nearest store that probably sells it. This way, you not only saved on resources you will use for that ONE folder or envelope, you save your sanity too.

It has been months since I’ve written anything in this blog. I’ve been busy with family matters and catching up on my reading and watching of missed TV series favorites.

There are so many changes that has happened in our family and these, like when we used to answer scrapbook questions, are just too many to elaborate.

Blogging, though at a standstill as opposed to real life events that are not posted online, is not a forgotten passion. I still write. I still submit published articles online. Truth be told, I don’t like to call myself a blogger anymore because in some instances, others tend to attach something negative to this “title”.

Year after year, I tell myself I will write more. I still have a lot of ideas and I really have to find time to write because I am bursting with ideas I want to share and not because I have a deadline or a blogging event press release that has a time table.

I like to think I can challenge those few people who come across my blog reading not just about special education but about how to be good parents to their children or how to bring change to themselves and the people around them.

Pretty big to aspire for, right? Right.

Anyway… for this coming school year, I don’t have a child in elementary school anymore and because of that special event, I wrote about Graduation and the Pinoy Family in this article. The son is an incoming 9th grader under the new Philippines K-12 program. The eldest is an incoming Junior in another university. Yep, my children all go to a university that has basic education level.

Professionally, I have several former students who are now college graduates and even a few have PRC licenses. I currently have three former students in college. For this development in the lives of my students and in my standing as a special Ed teacher, I wrote an article on the alternative courses for college students.

I promise to write more and hope to inspire myself to do just that.

I wrote about having DMIT or Dermatoglyph Multiple Intelligence Test in this article. The article below shows the DMIT result and some discussion on how the DMIT has been an eye-opener not just for my daughter’s Multiple Intelligences but for mine as well.

Read on…

Being a mother (with that bonus training of being a [special education] teacher), it is my utmost hope that I, together with my husband’s support, am able to give to my children the best in terms of learning experiences, education and the proper way of parenting for them to be able to develop their full potential.

As I have previously written in this post, both my youngest daughter and I experienced going through DMIT or Dermatoglyph Multiple Intelligence Test to determine primarily both our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the 16 different multiple intelligences.

After a few days, we got our results. One of the first things I remember being told was that my youngest daughter and I are alike in many ways “Nagmana siya sa iyo.

I made some notes in my small notebook based on the table below comparing our multiple intelligences results indicating where we are both

(1) predominant and advantageous intelligence
(2) has a potential to further mould or develop
(3) intelligences that need to be strengthened

1-DMIT Report2-001

Below are some discussions done during the explanation of the results and some anecdotes I have reflected upon based on the findings:

Creation and Imagination:

The daughter and I were both surprised she (and I too) had Creation and Imagination as the intelligence where we are both “weak” and that this area of learning needs to be acquired and develop.

I reckon I am creative and imaginative enough because I have to be, I need to be, in my line of work, otherwise the children I teach won’t be able to sustain their attention with the tasks I give them, some for an hour while the others for two hours, depending on how many hours our learning schedule runs.

My fingerprint scan shows these skills need to be developed further and although I feel I have acquired enough creation and imagination skills to be able to come up with activities and experiences to answer the learning needs of the children under my tutelage. There are still however so many new learning experiences on creation and imagination to be explored not just for teaching my students and my children, but for me as well for me to further acquire and develop.

In the case of my daughter, in our opinion, she is quite a creative and imaginative child, making her own storybooks and characters even when she was only 5yo then. Thinking back on how she was able to process these creative works, it dawned on me that she does not always create her own design but would just improve on or work on design ideas she sees in books or in images.

Encouraging her to think of more novel ideas she herself has thought of for her to be able to work on should be a main goal for us. Who knows, she might even invent something that will make a lot of people happy.

Language Expression:

It was a surprise to note that the daughter’s Language Expression is a predominant trait knowing that she at times pauses mid-sentence to think and be able to say the right words she needed to say. Those pauses sometimes make those she is conversing with impatient for her to say the right word. There are however instances when she “hits the right spot” like the other night when she said to me, “Nay, R-13 ang movie” and true enough, she wasn’t able to go with us to that particular movie. We would have cancelled watching if not for my son and his friends who saw our dilemma and the friendly movie usher who looked for a vacant seat for her at the cinema beside us. She was able to watch her movie of choice with her brother and his friends (with a chaperone mom).

Activities and experiences to enhance this strength of her should be encouraged for my daughter to be able to develop this part of her multiple intelligences which would help her be able to express herself in less words than necessary to get her message across.

As for me, I have always been labelled as “frank” because there are times when I don’t mince words to be able to say what needs to be said.

Music Appreciation:

For Music Appreciation, we both got the result of “has a potential to further mould or develop”.
As a child I went through a few years of piano lessons, first with a family friend and the other was with a religious teacher from our school. We even did a few recitals and I remember playing Romeo and Juliet’s “A Time for Us” as one of the piano musical piece I played before my schoolmates and our parents. I played the xylophone for 6 years in the school marching band. These “musical talents” of mine were not further developed because I got busy with other extra-curricular activities in school.

For my daughter, she was able to play the recorder back during our homeschooling days when she was around 4yo. We would scour videos or she herself would look for “how to play the flute” or “flute tutorial” videos and learn from these. For the past two years or so, she has shifted to guitar playing, using the same method she learned while playing the flute. On both counts, she taught herself how to play both instruments without having formal lessons. On both counts, we have encouraged her to develop this musical skill.

This musical talent of hers has been enhanced in school during specific music lessons on guitar. She has also performed in front of an audience in school. If developed further, I know she can do even more with this particular talent of hers.

Kinesthetic Intelligence

For my daughter’s Kinesthetic Intelligence, it was deduced from the result that when she was younger, she had better than average fine-motor skills, which was true. I could probably not remember the things that make that true but I do remember that tapes, pencils, paints, papers, crayons and scissors are things that she loves to use, then and now. She is never without anything to do, playing the guitar, doing artwork, making digital artwork or making a parkour park for her Tech Deck toys using cereal boxes and several rolls of tapes. It was also explained that nowadays she is more into gross-motor activities and if I may say so, that is correct because since last year, she has been training with the school’s elementary basketball team.

As for me, the result shows I am not the type to run long distances. Till two years ago, I used to join (3k and 5k) runs whenever possible, do nature walks during out of town trips or have morning walks in the neighbourhood during mornings. Because of schedule conflicts, I have stopped though still has plans to begin again. I like walking and in fact, I walk faster than other people. Perhaps this is a challenge for me to get up more and be involved in activities that will help me get fit as I add up the age and the pounds.

At the same time, this particular intelligence has my fine-motor skills finely tuned. I love doing crafts like scrapbooking and paper crafts so I might as well develop these crafting skills further not just to fill idle time but to enhance my creation and imagination as well.

Career Planning recommendations:

The results for the DMIT also has career planning recommendations which is good to use for when it’s my youngest daughter‘s turn to choose a degree for college that will further motivate and enhance whatever skills and talents she has for her to be able to develop her full potential.

My thoughts on DMIT:

DMIT is a good tool to use to see how the multiple intelligences guide us parents play a role in helping our children develop their potentials by focusing on the both the predominant and not-so-predominant intelligences.

The results made me more aware on how to deal with my youngest daughter’s learning style, strengths and weaknesses.

It also made me check on our parenting style with her if the values we give importance to are also the values she must learn to be able for her to be the best she can be.

The results also showed that she needs more hugs and kisses as motivation and rewards than material things that can be purchased.

For parents who are unsure of how to deal with their children’s learning styles due to various reasons, this is a good evaluation of their child’s multiple intelligences. DMIT will be a big help for parents to help their children find their own “place under the sun”.

For career persons as well as couples, this is also a god tool to further develop the self and the relationship to live better lives.


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As parents, we want our children to be the best in what they want to become when they grow up. We want them to develop their talents, improve on their weaknesses, play their strengths to their advantage  and help them reach their full potential to be able to live a life with purpose.

Our parenting style and child-rearing philosophies, as well as the environment with which we have immersed our children which includes the school, the faith we believe in and the social issues and concerns we find worth pursuing are some of the factors that will help us guide our children, as well as ourselves, in our life’s path and quest for living a full life.

As a teacher, specifically a special education teacher, it is my goal to help my students do the same as well: provide opportunities for my students to reach their full potential and work around their behavioural and learning difficulties.

There are a lot of opportunities for people to explore their innate abilities. Children, before formally beginning schooling attend informal lessons bent on developing their talents in singing, dancing, acting, creative skills, sports skills and musical skills. Some move on to more difficult levels and continue to hone their skills well into their adulthood.

Some, however, like their parents, are grasping in the dark, enrolling in one kind of lesson and going to another after a while. Basketball for last year’s summer, soccer and guitar lessons every weekend, singing lessons for this year’s summer, drums lessons for the next summer, and so on and so forth, just for one child. In the end, these children become Jack of all Trades and Master of None.

Parents are baffled what went wrong and with all expenses going down the drain, they feel frustrated and still not knowledgeable enough as to what their children can give focus on and develop further. They try new skills again, year after year, sometimes hitting the right stuff that their children are good at to keep doing continuously. Most of the time, both the parents and the children are hitting a wall which makes them go back to where they started, at zero level.

There is however, one particular assessment which can help parents and teachers like me, know the concealed abilities of the children, based on their multiple intelligences so that they are steered in the right direction, according to the results of the assessment.

This assessment is called Dermatoglyph Multiple Intelligence Test or DMIT

What is DMIT and how will the results help in knowing people’s strengths and weaknesses through the different facets of multiple intelligences?

DMIT or Dermatoglyph Multiple Intelligence Test is an assessment done using a fingerprint scan to interpret which among the 16 multiple intelligences are innate in a person’s abilities.

How is this possible? Dermatoglyphics is the science of fingerprints.

It was in 1823 when Joannes Evangelista Purkinji researched protruding fingerprints on human palms and toe prints on the soles of the feet as well as the protruding ridge of the soles.

In the publication called “Nature”, Henry Faulds and W.J. Herschel recommended the use of fingerprints to identify people.

It was in 1892 when Sir Francis Galton pointed out the commonality in the fingerprints of siblings, twins and intergeneration genetics.

Harris Hawthorne Wilder in 1902, established the systematic foundation of pattern studies or morphology and genetics. He also did research on racial palm and finger prints.

The term “Dermatogylphs” was coined by Harold Cummins in 1926 for the study of fingerprints. Dermatoglyphs then became a professional knowledge.

The five types of fingerprints and its unique personality traints was a study done by the Society for the Study of Physiological Patterns back in 1930.

Brain surgeon professor Dr. Penfield pointed out the close link and relationship between fingerprints and the brain.

Each fingerprint corresponds to a certain type of personality, as researched by Noel Jaquin in 1958.

For those with chromosomal abnormality, Solton pointed out in 1963, the percentage of abnormal fingerprints would increase.

Professor Roger W. Sperry and his co-researchers did research on the left and right brain functions as well as the dual brain theory with which they were awarded a Nobel Prize in Biomedicine. Howard Gardner in 1985 introduced the Multiple Intelligence theory.

Working in the academe, Professor Lin Ruei Bin of Taiwan, applied DMIT to his students. He was able to identify the talents as well as the learning styles of the children where they were able to maximize the identified talents and strengths early on.

It was in 2004 when W.G.S.I. started using high technology to scan fingerprints. It was this company with a massive database of millions of data and statistical foundation that brought the application of Dermatoglyphics in Asian countries.

It was in 2012 when DMIT was introduced in the Philippines through I.M.S. Now called Encycligent Marketing Services.

Encycligent came from the words “encyclopaedia” and “intelligent”.  Their logo uses a light bulb concept to assist in the enlightenment of a person.  Eight (8) rays symbolizing the 8 Multiple Intelligences.

DMIT and Encycligent marketing Services aims to provide individuals assessement and interpretation based on their fingerprints to help them develop their full potentials, based on the multiple intelligences result. Encycligent and DMIT provides educational, training and employment consultancy to those who will avail of the DMIT.

You only need to do it once in your lifetime and it will create a prodigious impact in your life.

For information on Dermatoglyph Multiple Intelligent Test, contact Encycligent Marketing Services

Website: http://www.encycligent.com

Landline: (+632) 579-1170 or 775-7072

Mobile:  +639178699418 +639189799224

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For this family, it’s that time of the year for…

  • summer vacation ( we are officially on a summer break but the children are sick so we might get to enjoy the break in May…sigh)
  • putting away, discarding, saving the stuff from the just concluded school year
  • going over the good (and the bad) from the school year
  • interpreting the “grades”
  • “promising” to do better for the next school year by working more on the weak points
  • rewards for good grades which translates to getting higher marks than the previous trimester, or depends on set expectations for final grades (they don’t get big things, only small rewards)

I remember telling my eldest daughter when she was in the elementary grades (and now my two younger children) that I am more concerned that she gets good marks with the citizenship details in her card.

Of course, I tell them, the grades they get do not necessarily reflect who they are. The grades they get reflect the hard work, dedication, persistence and how much they worked hard to understand the concepts and ideas being taught to them but that is not who they are as a whole. The grades are but one aspect of their school life.

Yes, whether we like it or not, these good high grades will open doors of opportunities for students like scholarships. It also gives them a sense of accomplishment especially when they are recognized with these marks. For me though, academic grades should not just be the gauge on students as being”better than other students” because everyone has his/her abilities that should be enhanced and cultivated.

The Citizenship evaluation in the children’s report card, on the other hand, is more important for me because these are the “grades” or evaluation that their all their teachers give as a gauge on how they are seen as…

  • someone who can be trusted,
  • someone who is responsible,
  • someone who shows respect,
  • someone who shows (or not) leadership abilities,
  • someone who is concerned with deadlines, homework, projects, etc
  • someone who cleans up after her/his own mess,
  • someone who participates in school activities and discussions,
  • someone who listens attentively,
  • someone who accepts responsibilities for his/her own action,
  • someone who observes rules and regulations,
  • someone who respects the rights of others

Does your child’s school have these in the report cards?

Or do you just get the numerical equivalent of their grades in academic and non-academic subjects where behavior is given an equivalent number or letter? A B or B+ or 92 for behavior?

Do you think behavior can be measured with a number? Why is it that we put value in numbers and letters and not appreciate the hard work that went with it, no matter what the grade equivalent? 

Does it matter if a child gets the highest academic grades but is disrespectful of other people or does not accept responsibility for his/her mistakes?

As parents, we should focus more on seeing a happy, respectful, responsible and hardworking child who is stress-free and not pressured to deliver when his limits have been reached. We should focus more on a learning that is not memorized, a learning that can be used outside the classroom, either as something to help one deal with the immediate environment and other people or as something to help make one a better person.

And FYI, in my children’s school, all graduating students get awards in their own respective fields outside the academics.

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