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8th Wedding Anniversary

9th January 2013 marked our 8th wedding anniversary. This year also marks 21 years hubs and I have known each other. Gosh, speaking of time flies.

Eversince Ryan started school, my daily day to day task includes coaching him on his homework. His school is known to be the academic no nonsense school so like it or no, we have to adjust to this new routine of ours.

Ryan was scheduled to have his first spelling test the next day so I had to run through the list with him for the final time before I could leave the house.


At about 6pm, I finally managed to ‘escape’ (Darren threw a big fuss knowing I’m going out without him). Hubs and I met at The Gardens and we had Japanese. Nothing really special just some couple time without the kids around.




After dinner, we had our favorite Moo Cow for dessert. 3rd in the span of 8 days.


I always have mine original flavour with digestive biscuits. Hubs like it with oatmeal/choc chip. Ryan’s favorite is always strawberry toppings while Darren, mmm he’s pretty indecisive. Sometimes he’ll pick oreo crumbs, at times choc chips but he’s also fine with digestive biscuit. Very fickle minded boy. 😂

Ryan entering Primary 1 (Day 3)

Ryan @ 6 years 8 months

Today is the last day parents are allowed in the school. I decided to stay back for Ryan’s swimming lesson at 8.00am. Yes, crazy early!! Nevertheless the kids survived. There were no grumbling only laughter and giggles.

There are 21 students in Ryan’s class. They were divided into 2 groups (boys and girls) with 2 coaches on duty.


I asked Ryan at night how the swimming went. He said it was fun albeit too short of a session. He also said two of his friends wore underpants under their swimming trunk! As a result they don’t have a fresh pair to change into after shower. Lol.

For the record, Ryan came back with the following homework: 1 Bahasa (Kata Nama Am), 3 pages of Mathematics, a list of Spelling (6 words) for next week. Months before we deciding on the school, we already knew it’s a pretty academic school but to expect homework on 2nd day is erm.. a bit.. unexpected. I guess we have to start getting ourselves prepared for more to come. 😱

Ryan entering Primary 1 (Day 2)

Ryan @ 6 years 8 months

Day 2 was a breeze. We left home about 7.35am and managed to get there on time. Phew.

Ryan is very much at ease today so I left after dropping him off in his class.

Hubby is still on leave so he accompanied me to the doc for my sprained arm. The pain was so bad I insist on a jab. Finally I can raise my hand again. Lol.

We didn’t managed to visit Ryan during his snack break but we managed to catch him during his lunch. Today he sat in between his best buddy Isaac and Sujen.


Today, Ryan came back with 2 pages of Mathematics homework. I wasn’t really expecting so since it’s only the second day. Well, maybe because all the kids settled pretty fast. 😰

Starting Ryan on Maths workbook

@ 5 year old 5 days

I started giving Ryan simple math additions sums a few months back. We initially started off with Kumon books which I bought from the bookstores. These books are expensive investments (S$10.90 each). Being kiasu, I bought a whole lot of them, not mainly on addition, but on other activities workbook such as tracing, substraction, ABC, etc…  When Daddy goes for his business trips, he will get more. Recently he bought back two big books of Brain Quest workbooks. Still sitting elephant on the shelf.

Ryan gets bored easily. He’s inpatient and easily lose focus. He said the sums on Kumon books are too easy (straight line single digit addition), so I decided to start him on double digit addition based on sums (pretty easy I would say) for him to work on.

Here are some of his works… (Can’t helped but to frown each time I look at those bad handwriting, careless mistakes… ). I am definitely not destined to be a teacher.

On good days.. the handwriting is readable






So far he’s able to do 3-4 digit double line additions, simple straight single 1-2 digit double line substraction, division 2, identifying even numbers….

On bad days when he decides to get most them REPEATEDLY wrong… Arrghhhh


Anyway.. I brought him to a Enopi Centre near my place. Sat him down and the principal made him do some test. Her comments were… Ryan’s good both basic and critical math. However, he’s a little impatient such as these answers which were written without much thoughts (Ms Tee pointed to some of the dots in square box). He’s at Level 3 but we’ll start with some revision on Level 2 before moving him to Level 3.

Well, well, I have decided to put Ryan at the centre, twice a week, 45 minutes each. It is not so much on improving his math, rather I’m hoping the consistent and focussed 45 minutes will train him to be a more discipline student.

So now the hurdle is to get him to attend class. Before we visited the centre I had pre empted him that her friends are attending Math class…..

Here’s my conversation with Ryan.

Mommy: Do you know GH, C, B are all attending Math class?
Ryan: Mmm.. yes. GH and C goes Enopi, B goes Bmax
Mommy: So do you want to go?
Ryan: Yes Yes
Mommy: I think you can’t
Ryan: Why mommy? I want to go!!! (This son of mine has a problem with taking No for an answer)
Mommy: You have to be good in Math then only they will allow you to attend their class
Ryan: But I am good
Mommy: You have to prove to the teacher. Later, I’m bringing you for a test at the centre. You have to get focused and do well. Is that okay?
Ryan: Okay…

After the test, on our way home

Mommy: So how was the test?
Ryan: It was okay
Mommy: What do you mean?
Ryan: I don’t know…
Mommy: Fine! Everything you don’t know.
Ryan: No Mommy.. No… Teacher said I’m good.
Mommy: OK! (kept silent after that)
Ryan: So mommy, can I go or notttttttt??? Please….
Mommy: Were you good at the test or not?
Ryan: I don’t know..
Mommy: OK.. Teacher said you CAN go .. but you will be evaluated. So you must be good in the class all the time to be able to continue going. You get what I mean?
Ryan: Yes, mommy. I’ll be good.


After awhile of silent (after being in deep thoughts for awhile)

Ryan: Is G, C and B going to the same class or not????
Mommy: No you can’t. They are more advanced.

Ryan is a boy who can only strive when there’s peer pressure. It works well on him. He likes to tell us he wants to be succeesful, he wants to drive a Jeep (yes.. he likes Jeep because it can go off road), bla bla bla… So when he slack on something, we’ll use his friend to motivate him. Most of the time it works.

So we’ll see how he progress in Enopi class after he starts his first lesson next week….