Thursday, January 22, 2009

Back To School

Tim is back to school since Wednesday last week...after breaking for over a week due to mommy's indecision as well as being down with bad flu.

I've shared earlier this month that I've decided to pull Tim out of school after our bad experience on the first day of school... after a week or so of deliberating and discussing, hubby and I decided to send Tim back to school to see if he is really adverse to school... and since we need to pay up for the term, we thought we just might as well stick it out for this term till March.

The past week, Tim has exhibited less and less resentment towards school... and he came back speaking a few words of mandarin... I was totally amused!

First he started calling me "妈妈" instead of mommy these days. Another incident - he had his room all messed up with toys one afternoon and when I said it's time to nap, he blurted "收玩具" (keep the toys)... I remember the chinese teacher Mdm Ong, sang a 收玩具song on the first day of school and I figured he must have learned it in school.

Both hubby and I felt that it wasn't such a bad idea sending him to school afterall...given his lack of a chinese environment, this just might be a good place for him to pick up the language... but I know more has to be done by me at home... well, I shall work something out soon...
This week, Tim, came back with some crafts that was done in school... much of it was assisted by the teacher in putting everything together... I am amaze at the dedication of these teachers... I guess, it is more important to have teachers who are patient at this stage as the kids are still young... all the 3 teachers in the class have exhibited this great virtue.
A Lunar New Year card and a star Tim brought back from school this week... :) at least, I know he is doing something constructive in school other than play...*grin*
I wrote a short note in the blue book to the teacher in-charge, and am glad that she responded with positive remarks about Tim in class...

Today, I have a very enthusiastic Tim who can't wait to go into the classroom... perhaps I should seriously consider letting Tim continue after this term...but first let me go deliberate some more...

8 comments:

J@n!ce said...

Its rejoicing to know that Tim speaks a few words of Mandarin he learnt from school. I'm also getting Amos to speak but he just dislikes Chinese. sigh....

I need to do more for them back home by communicating to them in Mandarin.

Its a good chance for the boys to pick up the language in school esp during Chinese class when all their peers & teachers are speaking :)

stardust said...

Hi I agree the most important for the teachers is to be patient! which I often lack of at home.

lifewithc said...

Hi

It's great to hear that Tim has been adapting well and he looks like such a big boy in his school uniform. Even c was asking to wear it..ha ha!

If you do decide to let him continue, please do not hesitate to tell us, we can do playdates instead : )

No worries about the PG, the main purpose of it is for the kids to socialise anyway.

At the end of the day, we parents should take our cues from our kids. If they are enjoying school, then why not? Similarly, C and I are enjoying our school-free life, so why not too? Hee...

byihui said...

hi pauline, glad to know tim is settling in really well :) its great that u've found a school where the teachers r loving n patient. think these r the more impt qualities at this young age.

actually, in jodie's school, i also noticed that the owner (a nice, loving mummy who has her two boys attending the same school) has a very strong network with the mummies n i'm glad many of the mummies there r like me - so we end up discussing where to get the cheapest supplements, which enrichment classes r helpful for our kids. it became a social network for us mummies as well :) n when i went to fetch my daughter from school tdy, her friend even gave her a hug b4 leaving with her parents for the day. something to encourage u abt some of the pros of schooling while u r stil considering...

Ing said...

Hey, glad to read that Tim is feeling positive about school. Give Tim & yrself some more time. It took me a while to get used to the idea of Isaac going to school. But now he is happy and making friends in school. It takes time. But, follow your dreams/desires too. If you feel that homeschooling is the best for your kids, let nothing & no one stop you. I'm teaching Pr.1 children and sometimes my heart feels for them, seeing the pressure they face at times. But sometimes, these pressures do not come from the school, but from their parents, sad to say. There are parents who give their kids undue pressures, expecting them to perform. Well, whatever decision you make, all the best to you and your family!

etceteramommy said...

MMM... I guess you would be able to find your answer in Tim :P

etceteramommy said...

Me again... Here's wishing you a HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR to you and family.

mamaseah said...

if Tim is doing well in school, do consider to let him continue. i always think that peer interaction is important. At Least in a classroom setting, he'll learn how to co-live with other little children. That'll probably prep him for P1. :) just my humble opinion