Monday, January 31, 2011

Schooling Progress Update – Part 2

What a difference a month makes.

After few weeks of off-and-on crying episodes in the class, finally Sarah told me “I did not cried-woh”, “I listened to teacher-woh”!

I was totally shocked but I just cannot hide my happiness inside when she uttered those words; well done Sarah, mommy and daddy are so proud of you.

At the mean time, I’ve developed a habit of checking on Sarah’s school bag every time she came home…either to see if she has finished the food I prepared, to check on the message book or any school works she brought back.

And here are some of her works which I have photographed:

Monday, January 24, 2011

Collage and Sand Arts

I guess most children like doing collage; cutting papers into pieces and glued over a picture.

I’ve introduced this simple but enjoyable craft work to Sarah over the weekend; we used basic materials such as scissor, glue, some wrapping paper and colour note pad.

During the process, I noticed Sarah more enjoy in cutting and pasting the paper than using glue…she told me it is “sticky”. At the end we have so much fun and this is the outcome of our combined effort.

Sand Arts
Another favourite activities we both enjoyed doing is Sand Arts. We never missed the chance to have fun whenever we are at the neighborhood bookstores, although Sarah already has her own set at home.

And we have found an idea place at home to display our “collection”.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Schooling Progress Update

After two weeks of schooling, here is some write-up about Sarah’s progress in the school.

Up until now she’s still tense about her school life; lately she had mood swing whenever she came back from school (no kidding).

Sarah looked de-motivated and less active, and she became more impatient and bad manner. Initially we thought that might coincident with the medicine effect due to her slight cough, but she does looks fine during weekend.

But I think she started to realize that she has to go to school, daily, regardless (except I told her otherwise on the off-day). And thank God, I still able to handle the situation well in the morning (preparing lunch box, waking her up and dropping her off).

As I mentioned before she did cry in her class (she “confess” to me daily). We do check with her teacher about it via message book and the reply goes like this…

In order to motivate and cheer her up, we’ve bought a small gift for her as an encouragement, although we know this is not a viable long-term solution.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Sarah’s First Week of School

Well, it’s finally here; this new school season sees Sarah entering into a new chapter of her life - she has gone to kindergarten for a week now.

Actually she had attended the week-long orientation session in December; and to sum up her performance at school so far I can only use one word: anxiety.

She admitted that she did cry inside her class, but at least she didn’t make a fuss when I dropped her off at school; she still wave goodbye, although without smile, then she obediently follow her teacher to the class (heartbreaking moment for us mommy, huh?)

I prepare Sarah’s daily meal for school every day. In order to give her extra “incentive” for schooling, I try to make the “bento” set as creative as possible each day by adding one healthy snack. I guess she likes it so far because she can finish most of the food.

Sleep time is a “confession” time. I enjoyed listening to her about things happened at kindergarten on the day (I have to ask cleverly, though); so I am now have a clearer picture and understanding about her daily activities at school.

This thing takes time, I know; but I’m still proud of Sarah’s achievement. I guess at this moment she’s still very anxious about school, but I am sure sooner she will overcome the fear one day.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Of Mulberry, Pucuk Manis and Yao Char Kway

We know that silk worms only eat mulberry leaves and nothing else; but not all of us knew what a mulberry was and only a few of us had tasted them before. The leaves and the fruits are said to be an antioxidant and it’s good for our eyes.

I am lucky that my mom has given me the seed months ago and now the trees are bear with fruits. The ripe mulberries are delicious, sweet and juicy; Sarah likes it at first until she tasted the unripe one.

I better take good care of this plant as I have this natural source of herbal remedy right in front of my house.

This is the first time I saw the fruit of Sweet Leaves Bush (aka “Pucuk Manis”). I never know they did bear fruit!

I still remembered I love using their flowers as “earing” when I was a little girl…hmm…maybe I should let Sarah wear one and snap a photo someday.

Sarah and I fall in love with Chinese cruller (Youtiao/Yao Char Kway) lately. The other day we’ve bought some new flavour of the fried bun; we have chosen yam paste and chocolate filling.

It definitely gives a new twist of it over the traditional flavour.

By the way, this would be my first post of the year, Happy New Year to all of you.