This week we offer pomeloes and fruits jelly. One of our team, Iris had gone over to Ipoh oveŕ the weekend and bought two pomeloes to test the market !
YB Dato’ Seri Rohani Abdul Karim trying her hands at the infinity board.
On 3 October 2017, Breakthru Academy had a chance to demonstrate the effectiveness of Spinal Walking on learning behaviors to YB Dato’ Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, Minister of Women, Family and Community Development during the launch of the National Counseling Month.
A few members of the Minister’s entourage also took the chance to have a feel of the spinal walking. Dato’ Seri Rohani told her members of her entourage to look into the Building Block Activities from Movement Based Learning, Inc. which could be used to support the family and community. Phoebe Long, one of Breakthru Academy directors was at hand to explain in detail every aspects of the Academy’s mission and activities.
A police counselor experiencing a spinal walk from Phoebe Long.
Throughout the day, counselors from government departments like the Police, Prison, and Academic Institutions, among others, took time to inquire into the Building Block Activities. Activities. Facilitators and Instructors from Breakthru Academy was at hand to explain and demonstrate all the Activities. Apprentices Yung Han and Marcus very confidently demonstrated pre-activities with balls or the infinity 8 board and followed up with one of the building block activities to allow participants to understand and experience the difference.
Breakthru Academy apprentice, Marcus demonstrating a ball activity with one of the participants at the Counseling Seminar.
The experiential nature of all the kinesiology approaches used allowed the counselors to personally feel the difference of performing a task, before and after a building block activity. All noted that they were able to do better. There were also retired government personnel who were interested in learning more about the various kinesiology approaches taught in Breakthru Academy.
Breakthru Academy was invited by Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat to set up a booth during the Launch of the National Counseling Month 2017.
Fruits and jelly day!
Fruity day again !
Hey ! We are back after a rather long break.
We also had a short discussion pertaining to the purchasing of fruits for future sales. Yung Han, Jonathan and Iris felt they were not ready for the role yet. In conclusion, Mrs Chan graciously agreed to continue her role as the fruits purchaser for a little while longer. However, I hope in time to come, they will take the initiatives to share in this responsibility as well.
It was a fun afternoon where Movement Based Learning (MBL) instructors and students learned about the latest developments and got their questions answered from the founder and author of MBL herself, Cecilia Koester, amidst cakes and coffee.
MBL Instructors and students taking opportunities to get their questions answered.
The tete-te-tete became a mini workshop as Cece took us through a group pre-activity, a building block activity and rounding off with a post-activity. There was a lot of laughter and a-ha moments.
Then Cece demonstrated certain refined developments or enhancements to some of the Building Block Activities (BBA). An example was the Core Activation which I experienced. Having the hand first holding the shoulder with a firm downward pressure made me fully aware of the muscles in my body and trunk and indirectly my stability, and it was as though I just switched on my system. I was able to meet the push and pull of a Core Activation with greater ease and confidence. Of course just having Cece do a demonstration on you made a whole lot of difference in your learning and appreciation of the building block activities. So people, jump at the chance of being a volunteer if there is an opportunity.
Cece also taught us a modification for Core Activation which, involves the hand holding the shoulder/hip firmly and pushing inwards in the direction of the navel. This pressure towards the navel connects the core muscles to the body’s centre of gravity and with that too, we will be more aware of the connections between our shoulders and hips for stable movements in all directions.
Bremen, a student, getting the “Cece” touch on a modification for Core Activation.
Besides re-examining, additions and fine-tuning of the 5 Building Block Activities, Cece also spoke about the career pathways and re-licensing procedures.
Cece and Phoebe answering questions during the tete-te-tete.
“This meeting is like a tutorial. I am more aware of and understand better the reasons for doing some of the BBA”, said Ivy See, an MBL instructor in training.
“Cece never fails to amaze me with her fun ways of using BBA for children and that she continues to fine-tune the methods for greater effectiveness”, added Christina Ho, an MBL instructor.
Cece explaining the fine-tuning of spinal walking and how the activity helps to establish the kinesthetic understanding of the left and right sides of the body.
“Yes, I like it that there is a personal relationship and whatever questions and concerns we have, we are able to address almost immediately”, quipped Shew Mee Lai, an MBL instructor.
At the end of the just too short two hours, we received much invaluable lessons and greater awareness on the specific movements and the reasons for the Building Block Activities. Even as Cece continues to better the techniques for greater effectiveness, likewise we the instructors and students have to continue to learn too.
Our cut fruits continue to receive overwhelming response! Within a very short time, all were sold!
Yahoo! We are at our third fruit sale. During preparation, we were surprised and happy with additional help from Chin Kang. We also discovered that he is very good at peeling and cutting fruits. He also taught Yung Han the finer art of slicing and cutting fruits. Our preparation for the day moved easily and smoothly. Wow!
Breezy Corner took off on 31 July 2017. It had developed from a writing class presentation project where our teacher wanted us to think of something of value which we could add to Breakthru. We brainstormed various ideas, did a quick mini survey and agreed that something of value for the staff and student would be a fruit corner. Iris was tasked with designing the powerpoint with me as the writer of content and Yung Han together with Jonathan would speak during the presentation. Everything went well and the management supported our idea of having a fruit corner.
Our fruits of the day were crunchy guava and sweet juicy dragonfruits. All four of us took turns washing, peeling and cutting the fruits before neatly packing the fruits up for sale. To ensure freshness of the fruits, we included ice-cubes in the storing containers. Actually we had a few hiccups but managed to release our fruits on time.
Jonathan, Yung Han and Iris cheerfully took the fruits to the customers. Our fruits were all well received and sold out within the lunch hour! Hooray!
This year’s 6th installation of Breakthru’s Best Café will be held on Saturday, 20th May 2017. Breakthru Enrichment Station (BEST) is easy to find. It is located on the second floor of Platinum Walk, a business enclave right beside Setapak Central. On that day, it will be hard to miss, just follow the music and the chatter of children and guests. Best Café is an entrepreneurship project by BEST children with special needs, aiming to raise funds to better equip the centre’s Kitchen. Another core objective of the initiative is to provide interactive learning opportunities for the children and teenagers with special needs or specific learning disorders. They will get to practise life skills like asking questions, inviting and leading people, taking orders and serving their customers. This exercise of supported active participation will help to build their confidence and develop better sense of self-esteem when they can carry out their tasks responsibly and independently. Last but not least, it also allows the children to have a glimpse of a working life.
What to expect:
Be prepared for a day chockful of food, activities, fun, games and parenting talks! You will be spoilt for choice as there is a wide variety of food, snacks and beverages prepared by our BEST children. To top it all, you will be treated as very important guests and experience the services of an excellent, extraordinary and enthusiastic team of waiters and waitresses who are just raring to make it your most enjoyable day!
Below are some of the tantalizing items that will be on the menu:
Strawberry Panna Cotta
Once you have had your fill, you may want to enjoy a game or two. Both parent and child are welcome to participate. Be prepared to have your dexterity, fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination put to the test! Among the games that we have prepared are a Hole-In-One (try to get the ball into the one of the 3 holes) and Flying Rings (throw the rings and aim it at the bottle).
There will also be a flea market for those looking for a good bargain. Brand new trendy handbags, clothes, shoes, accessories, and little trinkets will be among the many items that will be up for grabs. Here is a little sneak peek of the items that will be on sale.
And parents, we haven’t forgotten about you! There will be mini parenting talks throughout the day while your children enjoy themselves with the food, fun and games galore. Below is an itinerary of the talks to be held on the day.
Coupons are available for purchase online (bestcafe.b2.my) and on the day of the event. You may use the coupons to purchase food, beverages, and snacks; to participate in the games and, to buy items at the flea market. Please feel free to contact us at 03- 4149 7977 for any additional inquiries or to make a contribution. Any and all forms of contributions are welcomed. Proceeds of the event will go into upgrading the kitchen to increase training opportunities for the children and teenagers at the center.
Breakthru Enrichment Station
70-2, 2nd Floor, Block H,
Taman Danau Kota, Setapak,
53300, Kuala Lumpur
Day and Date: Saturday, 20 May 201
Time: 10am to 3pm