Category Archives: School

Lil B survived orientation day

Lil B @ 3 year 11 months

Brought lil b to TSS for orientation day on 28th Dec, 11am. He has been assigned to Bunga Seri Pagi. His class teacher is Teacher Fai. I thought he was too soft spoken to handle a 4 year old class. I was glad to see Teacher Debbie there, Ryan’s 4 year old teacher. Nevertheless, everyonr deserves a chance.  Looking forward to a fruitful 2014.

Here’s my lil B.. he did really well. Let this be a great start. Muaksss…

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Getting ready for pre-school

Lil B @ 3 year 11 months

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When I went to Singapore back in September, I bought Ryan’s first pair of school shoes.  He needs two pairs to exchange. Recently I went to scout around for his second pair. For some reason I only had Ryan’s requirement at the back of my mind. How about lil b, my hubby asked.  It was only then I realised I’ve not done anything for him. Somehow it just didn’t crossed my mind he needs new shoes, school bag, water bottle etc. It’s funny. Perhaps subconciously I was just not prepared for this milestone. I mean, it’s like, really? My second baby is going to school so soon? Haha…  Anyways, he is. My lil b will be starting his first year at kindy in about a month plus in 2014. Finger crossed for a good start ahead.

Graduating from Standard 1

Ryan @ 7 years 6 months

Time flies. In a blink of an eye Ryan has completed 11 gruelling months in Sri Cempaka.

Why I said gruelling? Gruelling because it was indeed a challenging year.

Ryan came from a non academic kindergarten that focussed on character building. The kids were not taught to write until 5 in the kindergarten. They were only exposed to phonics and maths at 5 going 6. Ryan was not able to read independently upon graduation from Soka. Instead they were taught on respect, honesty, independance just like their motto- Strong, Righteous and Lively.

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So do I have regrets? No. Well, no regrets. Ryan excelled and grow at different aspects of life. Academic is important but life values are no less significant too so I am glad he spent 3 good years with the kindy of course having said so I wouldn’t mind the school do a little more to prep the kids for challenging years ahead.

Anyways, despite the poor foundation, Ryan did fairly well in class this year.

You see, Cempaka is a weird school. Weird in the sense, partially, they follow Singapore system because Mathematics and Science are taught in English. All the two subject textbooks and workbooks are based on Singapore MOE approved syllabus. I even had to stock up on his Standard 2 workbooks during my last trip to Singapore.

Maths and Science aside, their English subject is also an adaption from the Singapore syllabus but since I could get pretty good source of English workbooks here, that’s not an issue. Afterall, English is his mother tongue so I’m not too overly concerned.

Now here comes the biggest challenge. His Bahasa.

At 7 years old, albeit only in Standard 1, students in Cempaka are taught KSSR Standard 2 syllabus. 40 words of Ejaan and half a page of Rencana is something the 7 yo are expected to get used to. By end of year, the same 7 yo are expected to write a 3 paragraphs karangan on topics like Aku Sehelai Sapu Tangan or cover a story on Kemalangan Jalan Raya. Gosh.. sometimes I wonder how did Ryan survive.

During the mid term parents and teacher meet, we were told to buck him up on Bahasa. He was weak in the subject but still a B nevertheless so I wasn’t too worried.

The following few months Ryan’s Bahasa improved leaps and bounds. His marks were in the 90s range (Sistem Bahasa) for all his Topical tests. *Mommy’s hardwork. So don’t think SAHMs are really stay at home mom with nothing on her plate. We play important roles, too!* Oh, did I not mention there are 7 exams in a year – 2 major and 5 topicals throughout the year. *stress*

During the recent parents teacher meet in October, we were told Ryan came out Top 5 in class of 21 students and he needs to brush up on his Bahasa and cut down careless mistakes. When I heard that, i was in a state of shock. Ryan’s results though not excellent was actually not bad. He got above 90 for almost all his subjects and that rendered him Top 5? It sure was a very competitive class wasn’t it. Anyway, I’m glad he did his best. Overall, the session was okay. I was expecting his personal tutor to share more on his day to day in class. Well, nevermind.

So here we are. Survived Standard 1 and looking forward to another good year next.

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Ryan made a few good friends. They are Iskandar (His neighbor in class whom Ryan described as the crying baby because the latter will cry for the most trivial matter like losing an eraser), Isaac and Weng Kiat both his partners in crime, Jasper and Clarkson. Hope the boys will be streamed into the same class next year and may their friendship prevails.

Darren’s Tadika Interview

Darren @ 3 years 9 months

Time flies. Next year my previous lil b will be going to school.  I surveyed a few kindergartens around our neighborhood and decided we will send Darren back to his kor kor’s old school. Hubby had wanted to send Darren to a more academic focussed school, the exact opposite of my preference for a more relaxed, play based, character building school. In the end,  we decided to let lil b choose.

On the 24th of August, we brought Darren to visit the kindy – the school where his elder brother had graduated from. A few days prior, I had brought him to the ‘academic’ Tadika Susu Madu where his cousin Ni Hui is studying. He doesn’t like it. I personally was quite taken back too.

Anyways, on the day we visited Soka, right away lil b told us he want to study in Soka. The school is not new to him.  He had been to the school many times during his kor kor’s kindy years. It’s inevitable for him to feel more at ease in a familiar environmemt.

We completed a ballot form and were asked to drop it in the box. For a moment I thought I was voting for a new Prime Minister. Haha. The whole process was so serious.

2 weeks later,  I went to the school 10am in the morning to witness their balloting process.  i got there early but the hall was already starting to fill up. I had myself surrounded by parents and children anxiously waiting for the ‘event of the year’ to start. I was the only one who went to this supposedly big milestone day alone. Hubby was away for business trip and Darren was a little under the weather.   Grr.. for the longest time I felt loneliness biting on my nerves. Thank goodness for technology advancement,  I had my phone to accompany me.

They started with K2 and it took about 30 mins or so for 4 years old session.

I literally bit my tongue when the numbers were called. I didn’t know how long it took but it wasn’t long before lil b’s number was called.  4M-19. Lucky lucky. Next the interview process.

Yes. I N T E R V I E W as part of the enrolment process. No legs pulling here. It’s for real. Anyway,  Darren was umwell so his session was postponed.

Today, 1 Nov 2013 lil b’s interview session was scheduled for 3pm. We reached there at 2.30pm. Lil B, accompanied by Ryan (kor kor wanted to tag along to cheer the didi on. How sweet) were ushered to the play area by a teacher while me seated in the classroom having myself interviewed by Loo Laotsi (Ryan’s 6 YO B. Arumlili form teacher). So I guess the interview was more like an assessment. One teacher to assess the child (apparently they look for traits like independance, sharing, motor skills etc) and another on me asking Lil B’s day to day activities.

Anyway after 15 mins or so, I was asked to proceed to the cashier to pay up. Woots. I guess we passed. Yoo hoo..

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All excited he wanted to wear the school uniform right away… That made me RM1.1k poorer but come’on look at that smile. I believe we made the right decision.

Classic example of selfishness

Ryan @ 7 years

On the way to school, we passed by a neighborhood kindergarten that looked unkept.

Mommy: I think I will send Didi to this kindergarten.
Ryan: (surprised) Why Mommy?
Mommy: … Because your old kindergarten is on balloting system. We need a backup.
Ryan: NOOOOOOOO…. Send Didi to Cempaka kindergarten.
Mommy: (pleased.. At least he cares about his brother and was upset I’m sending his brother to a tacky kindergarten) Why not? Why must send Didi to Cempaka?
Ryan: You must send Didi here so you can drive your car in and I don’t have to walk so far to my classroom (Parents of Reception students can drop the child at the school lobby).
Mommy: O-O 😵😵😵 (Just when I thought he really cared for his brother)

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Taken on the train from Tokyo Disneyland (Maimaru Station) to Tokyo Station.