Monday, February 25, 2013

Today's post-CNY thoughts

And so.... another event i.e. the Chinese New Year can be ticked off the 2013 calendar as yesterday was Chap Goh Mei, the 15th and last day of the festival. Also, February is a shorter month and in a few days' time, we'll be greeting March. Oh how time just passes us by so quickly, and I feel like I'm getting left behind like a rickety old lady hobbling on a cane trying to catch the last bus!

Wasn't it just yesterday I was talking about making new year resolutions? And how far have I moved on those resolutions? Sigh, I still have them scrawled on a scrap of paper which is lying around somewhere in the kitchen and that's as far as the resolutions have gone, from dining table to kitchen counter! Apart from this, life for me has just been one whole big ordinary routine of household chores, driving around for chores and child minding. My kitchen 'experiments' are ongoing while I also try to catch up on reading more books to keep the grey matter active.

As for E, being the sole breadwinner, life is still centred a lot around work and home, helping me do the dishes, vacuum the house once a week, and cutting the grass in the garden when it has become a total eyesore!

For C, her school experience has changed this year. This year, the school has obtained a licence to run an international syllabus, causing the majority of parents to jump on the overseas education bandwagon. We chose to remain with the local syllabus as the school still has to fulfil its commitment to see those of us in the KBSR syllabus through. School fees will also double if we go the international route and that's something we need time to work on. Well, there are also other options to education besides the mass education system that I keep an open mind to...

With most of her classmates having moved to the international syllabus, C's class now has only eight kids. The advantage of such a small class is that the teachers can give close attention to their learning and distraction from chatty and overactive classmates is minimal. C, however, finds it less fun as her social interaction is now reduced to just a few kids. Even though she gets to see her ex-classmates during recess and lunch time, I guess the friendship dynamics have changed since they no longer learn the same subjects or share the same classroom experience. They have formed different cliques and so has C. Meanwhile, C also has a challenge (which has brought her some tears of anger and frustration) dealing with a particular classmate who sits next to her, whom she says likes to 'bug' her and trail her. I guess that classmate is looking for a new 'best friend' while C doesn't want to reciprocate ....

Today, C and all the upper primary kids in her school are going through what they term as 'standards testing' in preparation for their coming Sports Day. I will know later this afternoon if she had qualified to represent Green House in the 4X100m race. As for soccer, the school has yet to start any practice since they are busy preparing for Sports Day.

C says she wants to continue with soccer too and we support that. Whether she learns anything at practice or not, whether she is good at it or not, I'm not too concerned. I see it as a form of physical exercise for her and there are other learning points outside of soccer per se that could be reaped from this 'soccer experience'. After all, we can't expect a child to excel in every activity they pursue. We also don't want to push her into too many activities like some other parents do. I always hold on to the fact that every child is unique. Some kids are academically inclined, some are not. Some can adapt to a packed schedule of extra-curricular activities, some can't. As long as they are learning at their own pace, we needn't get too caught up with padding their resumes with a long list of achievements starting from age five, or for some parents, even younger....

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