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Thursday, June 30, 2011

FCUHOMESCHOOLING LESSONS PLANS FOR HAFIDZ

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Lessons Plans sangat berguna dan effective dalam pembelajaran Hafidz terutamanya untuk menambah kefahamannya dalam subject yang dipelajari. Kami tidak menggunakan buku sekolah sepenuhnya sebagai rujukan tapi memilih apa sahaja bahan yang menarik, ringkas dan menyeronokkan agar pembelajaran berjalan dengan lancar. Dengan cara ini (http://www.coolmath4kids.com/) juga, kami tidak perlu sentiasa berada di sisinya sepanjang pembelajaran. Cukup dengan memantau dari masa ke semasa. Biasanya bila kami banyak urusan lain perlu dibereskan dengan segera, pembelajaran cara ini sangat membantu. Cara ini juga menggalakkan  pelajar ke arah self- elected learning yang menjadi teras utama kami dalam homeschooling.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

NO ONE CAN EVER REPLACE YOU DAD


 Happy father's Day   



Oh 
My
Daddy,
I love you forever
For all that you do for me
Kissing you and hugging you
  For your unconditional love 
 For showing me the truth 
That Allah is everything 
For showing me a way 
And being my Greatest Sifu
For being very patient with me 
When I made it difficult for you 
For keep on believing in me 
And inspire me to dream 
A successful life 
Forever after



DEAR READERS!!
YOUR POSITIVE COMMENTS ARE HIGHLY APPRECIATE. 
♥♥♥ FCU MALAYSIAN HOMESCHOOLING ♥♥♥

Saturday, June 18, 2011

THE GRENADE SHORT FILM

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Berlakun dalam short films FCUPRODUCTION adalah salah satu curriculum dalam homeschool kami. Adakah ini satu langkah untuk menjadikan mereka artis tanahair? Sama sekali tidak.

Ini adalah salah satu latihan untuk memantapkan lagi pencapaian FCUPRODUCTION selain video-video yang kami sajikan dalam Langkawi Story. Antara wawasan kami adalah untuk menerbitkan filem dokumentari yang dapat dipasarkan diperingkat antarabangsa. Latihan berlakun adalah antara salah satu langkah menuju wawasan ini. Kami juga telah mencuba buat pertama kalinya membuat voice over sendiri  dalam short documentary film bertajuk " EARTH DAY IS EVERYDAY ". Saksikan....

DO PROTEIN SHAKES HAVE SIDE EFFECTS?

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Protein shakes are used by health buffs, athletes and body builders to enhance performance, lose weight or to supplement nutrition. Protein is seen as a vital nutrient for building skin, bone and, most important, muscle. Protein shakes come in a wide variety of flavors, with nutritional content ranging from 100 percent protein to a little amount of protein with high amounts of carbohydrates and sugar. A normal serving of protein is less than 40g per meal. If you go beyond that, there is a danger of experiencing side effects--some of which could be deadly.











Tuesday, June 14, 2011

ME AND MY BONSAI


 Without doubt the most important way to train a Bonsai is to prune it on a regular base. Essentially, there are two different techniques: maintenance-pruning, to maintain and refine the existing shape of a Bonsai and style-pruning, which involves more rigorous pruning to give a tree its basic shape or style.

During this process, we need to be very careful not to break 
any of wanted trunks.

One of the branches had been pruned completely. Its took
quite some time to do it. Need lots of patience !!!



Completely done ! Actually there are 3 types of
prunning.This one is leaf cutting prunning.
After a few days the leaves will grow again but in a smaller size.
 The more you prune the leaves at appropriate time, the smaller 
they become. Oh! How I admire this bonsai tree. This is one
of my favourite bonsai.



Main branch pruning:
Heavy pruning should be carried out in autumn, winter, or early spring, and is the major way of shaping a bonsai tree. The main priorities are to remove any branche that is too low at the front 1 any branch directly opposite another 2 any that creates a so-called cartwheel effect 3 and any that crosses the front or back to the other side of the tree. 4 Hollow out all stumps with a sharp knife 5.



 General Pruning:
Throughout the growing season, cut back shoots of maples 1 zelkovas2 and other broad-leaves to the first or second pair of leaves. Pinch out the tips of juniper shoots 3. With pines, 4 remove the center "candles" and pinch back the others.

 
Leaf Cutting:
Do this in early summer on deciduous trees that donot flower or fruit. Use sharp scissors to remove half of each leaf 1 on weak branches or trees, but all but the stalk 2 on strong wood. In a few weeks the stalk will drop and new small foliage and shoots will grow.



Pruning instruments should always be sharp and clean because blunt tools will leave a ragged stump, which could easily become a doorway for disease and pests. Heavy pruning cuts should be whittled down to a slight hollow in the trunk or branch in order to encourage the formation of a callous. Large cuts should be painted with protective paint.
Pruning Tools:


When pruning a branch, try to make the cut just above a bud that is pointing in the direction you want the branch to grow. If the cut slopes downwards, then the water will run off and the chances of rot will be considerably :lessened.

Pruning Tools:

Pruning instruments should always be sharp and clean because blunt tools will leave a ragged stump, which could easily become a doorway for disease and pests. Heavy pruning cuts should be whittled down to a slight hollow in the trunk or branch in order to encourage the formation of a callous. Large cuts should be painted with protective paint.

When pruning a branch, try to make the cut just above a bud that is pointing in the direction you want the branch to grow. If the cut slopes downwards, then the water will run off and the chances of rot will be considerably :lessened.


SOURCE
http://www.canadiancountrywoman.com



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Kami sekeluarga adalah peminat bonsai dan memang banyak pokok di sekeliling rumah. Ada yang kami beli dari nursery tapi yang banyaknya adalah kami cari sendiri di hutan sekitar Pulau Langkawi dan di pulau-pulau di sekitarnya. Bonsai Hunt ini adalah aktiviti keluarga yang seronok. Apa tidaknya...boleh angkut satu keluarga untuk sama-sama teroka segenap ceruk hutan rimba dan pulau-pulau. Oleh kerana aktiviti ini mengambil masa yang panjang, kita kena bawa bekal makananlah. Ah....apalagi jadilah piknik. Bayangkanlah...makan beramai-ramai tepi sungai dalam hutan. Air yang tenang mengalir dengan kicauan beburung rimba dan sahutan Sang Mawas dan Sang Monyet Belanda. Adakalanya di puncak gunung di temani oleh deruan air terjun. Sering juga di pulau-pulau yang terpencil yang membuat kita merasakan dunia ini hanya kita yang punya. Bila tiba waktu solat, di mana bumi berpijak di situlah dahi menyentuh sujud, mengesakan Tuhan yang mencipta segala. Pernah merasa solat di atas air yang berombak menguasai kaki langit yang tiada penghujungnya ??? Masyaallah..... Bagi bonsai hunt ke pulau-pulau, saat inilah yang paling kemuncaknya. Subhanallah !!!

Dibesarkan dalam keluarga yang meminati bonsai, Hafidz terdedah kepada pengertian bonsai sejak dari kecil lagi. Tidak hairanlah dalam usia awal remaja ini, dia sudah menunjukkan minat yang mendalam kepada tumbuh-tumbuhan di sekelilingnya. Homeschooling menyemarakkan lagi minatnya kerana dia tidak terikat kepada atur cara sekolah dan dibebani oleh homework yang tak kesudahan. Kalau dia rasa nak berkebun, kami akan atur jadual agar tidak menghalang self-directed learningnya.



Ini adalah antara bonsai hunt di hutan sekitar Langkawi. Masa ini dia masih kecil. Walaupun kudrat kecilnya tak diperlukan tapi kehadhirannya cukup menceriakan suasana. Sejak dari kecil lagi berbagai ilmu bonsai telah dipelajarinya dengan pemerhatian dan praktikal. Tekun sungguh dia memerhati si abang memotong akar bonsai gergasi ini hingga terbongkok-bongkok.





Bukan senang untuk medapatkan bonsai gergasi. Segala peralatan menggali, memotong dan mengikat perlu dibawa bersama. Alhamdulillah, anak lelaki ramai memang banyak membantu dalam bonsai hunt terutama untuk mengeluarkan pokok besar antik ini tanpa mematikannya. Setelah mengambil pokok dari hutan, adalah tanggung jawab kita untuk menanam dahan-dahan pokok itu semula. Dengan ini, kita memastikan bilangan pokok tidak berkurang malah makin bertambah.




Sehari suntuk juga untuk keluarkan bonsai gergasi ini. Beratnya tak terkira dan nilainya juga memang tinggi. Setelah digroom dan dibentuk bertahun, pasti ia akan menjadi bonsai gergasi yang unik dan cantik. Masa itu, mark up harganya pasti tinggi. Ribuan ringgitlah harganya. Seringkali tuan punya tidak akan menjualnya atas dasar nilai nostalgia walaupun dengan mark up harga yang tinggi. Mereka akan kata...duit boleh dicari tapi ikatan kasih sayang mana boleh dibeli. Sebab itu tidak hairanlah sekiranya  kita dapati masyarakat Jepun di mana bonsai mula menapak, bonsai adalah lambang satu-satu keluarga dan dibelai dari satu generasi ke generasi seterusnya. Tuan yang menanam dah lama bersemadi tapi bonsai berdiri gah dalam jagaan anak cucunya hingga mencapai ratusan tahun usianya. Walaupun Jepun sangat sinonim dengan bonsai hingga kalau kita nampak bonsai, kita akan nampak Jepun tetapi asal usulnya adalah  dari negara China.



Monday, June 13, 2011

A NEW WAY TO ROAST PUMPKIN SEEDS


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There is no set recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds since your amounts will differ each time you make them. But follow these simple instructions and you’ll master the process quickly.


1.Place the seeds in a zip-top bag and sprinkle with salt. (No need to worry about cleaning them first—any clinging pulp will get rinsed away later.) Seal the bag and squish to distribute the salt. Store in the refrigerator for 3 days.









2. Remove the seeds from the bag and place them in a colander. Run cool water over them, using your hands to remove any bits of pumpkin.








3. Place the seeds on a pizza pan with holes, or a baking sheet.




4. Pat the seeds dry with a paper towel or clean kitchen towel.






5. Toss them lightly with melted butter or olive oil.












6. Sprinkle the seeds with your favorite herbs and spices. Do not add salt at this point, or the seeds could become inedible.
Toss the seeds to coat evenly.



7. Place the seasoned seeds in a preheated 325-degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Check the seeds halfway through the process to prevent burning.
Remove the pumpkin seeds from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings.




8. Cool completely, then serve or store in an airtight container.







Friday, June 10, 2011

HOME RECIPE FOR A CHILD'S COUGH

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ONION SYRUP

Simple home recipe for a child's cough

Mild enough for children, but strong enough for an adult.

A cough is the body's response to inflammation or irritation in the throat, larynx, bronchial tubes or lungs. There are two basic kinds of coughs, congested and dry, with each one having different underlying causes. For a congested cough* try this recipe.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

YES....I CAN SEE VENUS !!!

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Genap seminggu sudah kami berpuasa sunat bulan rejab. Insyaallah ini akan berterusan hingga ke bulan Ramadhan. Ini adalah amalan tahunan keluarga yang ditunggu setiap tahun. Walaupun Ramadhan masih jauh lagi, tapi keberkatannya sudah dapat dirasai. Malam-malamnya sudah dapat rasa kesyahduan Rhamadan. Terutamanya saat-saat bangun sahur dan mendirikan solat sunat sebelum subuh. Memang lain rasanya dari malam-malam sebelumnya. Ditambah lagi dengan aktiviti stargazing yang semakin rancak semenjak kami memperkenalkannya pada homeschooling kami.

Selalunya aktiviti stargazing ni...kami lakukan ketika menunggu azan Isyak dan azan subuh. Suasana malam yang kerap hujan sejak akhir-akhir ini mengaburi kegemerlapan bintang-bintang di langit. Saban malam mengintai langit akhirnya Allah perkenankan hasrat kami meneroka alam astronomi yang sungguh ajaib dan mengasyikkan. Subhanallah.

Nun di ufuk timur rumah kami, buat pertama kalinya kami mengenal planet Venus. Ini adalah hasil dari tunjuk ajar dari abang Hafidz yang pernah menjadi ahli kelab mencerap bintang di universitinya. Bertuah rasanya homeschooling kami yang baru berkenalan dengan astronomi.

Monday, June 6, 2011

TOPtoTOP IS HERE WITH US IN LANGKAWI ISLAND

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Recently TOPtoTOP visited Langkawi and launched 'No Plastic Awareness' campaign which was organized by Malaysian Nature Society Langkawi (MNS). FCUPRODUCTION had made the full coverage for the events during their stay in the island.

Toptotop is a non-profit organization under the patronage of the United Nations Environment Program. In 2002, Toptotop Foundation launched an expedition called Toptotop Global Climate Expedition, the first expedition over the 7 seas to the 7 summits by nature's power to connect young people with sports and the environment. The core expedition team is a Swiss family. Their next plan would be to climb Mount Kalimanjaro in Africa.



From the left: Afiq, Noe, Afiqah, Salina and Andri. They had a very great time together as if they has known 
each other for a long time already. This sweet memories will remain forever.



Salina really love cat and wished to have this cute little
kitten as her pet.
It just impossible for a long journey travel in a bot. Poor Salina !!
Anyway...We gave her an honour to named her favourite kitten.
She named it "Lily"

Afiqah and Salina are playing "masak-masak" with the kittens.

Sabine (9 months pregnancy) wish to give  birth in Langkawi since we
are here for her but everything had been arranged for the
next journey to Singapore. Good luck for her !!                         






Afiq is showing his new toy to Noe. They communicate well to each other in 
a simple English. Afiq's new friends are Swiss.




Andri and my brother, Nordin.

A nice smile from Andri

I show Andri my homeschooling blog. Andri and her sister Salina
also doing homeschooling in their boat.

 Alegra Tea Elen was born on 18th of Mei 2011 in Singapore

The name "Alegra" means "cheerful, jaunty".
"Tea" means "the gift of God"
"Elena" means "sun ray, shining light"
Congratultion to Dario!!
Big brother Andri with his youngest sister

Sunday, June 5, 2011

INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY CLASS

Astronomy: Gaining Perspective


The Inner Ring

Size: 1,300,000 Earths

Equatorial Radius: 695,000 km

Rotational period (days): 25 (equator) – 36 (poles)

Minimum Surface Temperature: 5250 degree K

Maximum Surface Temperature: 5500 to 6000 degree K

Age (Billions of Years): 4.5 billion years ago

Composition: Hydrogen (92.1%), Helium (7.8%)


Description




 
For many, the center of our world is the Earth, but those with perspective know that it is the Sun. This ball of fusion reactions is the campfire all life on Earth huddles around. Beyond it are the shadows of the unknown.
The Sun makes up 98% of the mass of our solar system. Solar energy is created deep within its core, where the temperature (15,000,000° C; 27,000,000° F) and pressure (340 billion times Earth’s air pressure at sea level) is so intense that hydrogen atoms fuse together to form helium. This atom is about .7 percent less massive than the two hydrogens, and the difference in mass is expelled as energy and carried to the Sun’s surface. Energy generated in the Sun’s core takes a million years to reach its surface.
The Sun appears to have been active for 4.6 billion years and has enough fuel to run for another five billion years or so. At the end of its life, the Sun will start to fuse helium atoms into heavier elements and swell up, ultimately growing so large it will swallow the Earth. After a billion years as a red giant, it will suddenly collapse into a white dwarf — the final end product of a star like ours, and may take a trillion years to cool off completely.

SHORT FILM : HOW TO ENJOY YOUR LIFE.

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Salam sejahtera  semua (terutama kepada para surirumah sepenuh masa)
Ini adalah suasana semasa FCUPRODUCTION crew membina rumah tahun lepas. Memang mereka berdepan dengan kerja berat dari pagi hingga ke petang. Namun, situasi stress itu tidak mereka biarkan membelenggu kehidupan harian mereka. Selingan-selingan seperti di atas kerap berlaku dan memang cukup menggelikan hati. Lawak betul cara Hafidz dan Tajrid menari. Ini dinamakan tarian hentam keromo.
Janji enjoy !!

HOW TO MAKE YOUR CHILDREN LOVE READING ?

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5 Ways to Get Your Children to Love Reading Books

Many children just love reading books naturally. However, some children do not. If your child is not feeling the love for books or you want to get a head start, try talking to other parents. Look for parents whose children always seem to be engrossed in books. Chances are, they'll have some wonderful tips. As a mother of voracious readers, I've learned several things on the way. Great ways to increase your child's love for books can come from both simple and unexpected places.


1-Read every day.
Reading to your child every day can go a long way in instilling a love from reading. Starting this ritual while the child is still in the womb can also make the reading more familiar, which can help a child naturally enjoy reading. If you can, read with your child more than once per day. Be sure that once your child can read, you read to him once per day, but that he also reads to himself at least once per day. Both oral and visual stimulation are needed in order for a child to fully grasp the knowledge and love of reading and books.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

TRICKS TO MAKE OTHERS DO THINGS



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WHAT IS REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY
Reverse psychology is defined as telling a person something that is the opposite of what you want them to do or actually believe. It is motivating someone to do something by telling him to do the exact opposite of it.

For example telling your friend “I bet you can’t arrive before 6” might motivate him to do the opposite just to prove you wrong.Thus in order for reverse psychology to be used properly You must make that person think that you believe in what you are saying and that you are not just saying it to motivate him.

WHEN TO USE REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY?
Lets suppose that your child got bad grades, telling him something like “You will never get higher grades” might ruin his self confidence, make him believe that its really impossible and create a new false belief in his mind that affects his personality.

Friday, June 3, 2011

23 WAYS TO USE TEA


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For Health and Beauty
1)Cool sunburned skin
What can you do when you forget to use sunscreen and have to pay the price with a painful burn? A few wet tea bags applied to the affected skin will take out the sting. This works well for other types of minor burns (i.e., from a teapot or steam iron) too. If the sunburn is too widespread to treat this way, put some tea bags in your bathwater and soak your whole body in the tub.

2)Relieve your tired eyes
Revitalize tired, achy, or puffy eyes. Soak two tea bags in warm water and place them over your closed eyes for 20 minutes. The tannins in the tea act to reduce puffiness and soothe tired eyes.


3)Reduce razor burn
Ouch! Why didn't you remember to replace that razor blade before you started to shave? To soothe razor burn and relieve painful nicks and cuts, apply a wet tea bag to the affected area. And don't forget to replace the blade before your next shave.

RACING WITH THE MOON

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Kami memberanikan diri untuk introduce astronomy class to FCUHOMESCHOOLING. Oleh kerana sekolah biasa tak ada kelas astronomy, tak pernah belajarlah apa-apa pun tentang astronomy sebelum ini Modal yang ada hanyalah minat yang mendalam untuk menjelajah alam semesta.

Have a faith in yourself
Hundred percent confident that you can do it
Hundred percent confident that Allah help you

Hafidz memang minat sangat. Dia yang paling teruja. Kalau tengok pada gambar header blognya, sahlah...dia ada cita-cita untuk jadi angkasawan. Bila homeschooling, masaalah utama ialah untuk buat experiment sains. Yang biasa-biasa bolehlah tapi bila memerlukan peralatan canggih seperti dalam makmal sekolah, tak mampulah nak sediakan. Dah lama dah Hafidz minta belikan microscope tapi tak jumpa lagi jualan lelong di internet. Kehulu ke hiliir, dia asyik bawa kanta pembesar itulah aje.....Asyik beli baru aje kerana asyik hilang!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

HOW FAMOUS IS MSG IN YOUR LIFE?

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Most people have heard of MSG, mainly in connection with Chinese food, but few realize how widely it is used in today’s processed foods.

Mono Sodium Glutamate (MSG), a chemical food enhancer in the form of white granules derived from vegetable sources and that resembles coarse salt, used as a food additive to enhance flavor.

Discovery Of Glutamate:
The first steps in the discovery of MSG took place at Tokyo Imperial University in 1907 by Professor Kikunae Ikeda.He started experimental work on Kombu Seaweed and succeeded in extracting crystals of Glutamic Acid He noted that the Glutamate had a distinctive taste, different from Sweet, Sour, Bitter and Salty, he gave this taste the name "umami".
He isolated this flavor from seaweed broth and called it Monosodium Glutamate. With the help of the Ajinomoto Corp of Japan, Ikeda patented MSG in 1909 and it was made commercially available for the first time. Thus, MSG has been around and in commercial use for almost 100 years.
Correspondingly, the net profit RM20.9 million in 2008 showed how widely used of ajinomoto by the people around the world.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

BIOGRAPHY OF IBN AL- HAYTHAM (ALHAZEN) - THE FIRST SCIENTIST IN THE WORLD

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Abu Ali al-Hasn ibn al-Haytham:
Born: 965 (possibly) Basra, Persia (now Iraq)
Died: 1040 (possibly) Cairo, Egypt

Abu Ali al-Hasan ibn al-Hasan ibn al-Haytham was the pioneer scientist who initiated the scientific revolution over 1000 years ago. He was the first person to test hypotheses with verifiable experiments, developing the scientific method more than 200 years before European scholars learned of it, by reading his books. He is often known as Alhazen which is the Latinised version of his first name "al-Hasan".
In particular this name occurs in the naming of the problem for which he is best remembered, namely Alhazen's problem:

Given a light source and a spherical mirror, find the point on the mirror were the light will be reflected to the eye of an observer.


A devout Muslim, Ibn al-Haitham believed that  

human beings are flawed and only God is perfect. To discover the truth about nature, Ibn a-Haitham reasoned, one had to eliminate human opinion and allow the universe to speak for itself through physical experiments. 

"The seeker after truth is not one who studies the writings of the ancients and, following his natural disposition, puts his trust in them, but rather the one who suspects his faith in them and questions what he gathers from them, the one who submits to argument and demonstration."
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