Term 4 Week 1

First week of school for this little man and both of us (yes, this mama included), have gone through an emotional rollercoastal. The first day saw him going into the school in a happy mode but the second day, he was apprehensive. On the third day, he showed reluctance and cried pitifully, clinging on to me as I passed him to the teachers.

“Mama! Mama!” His hands were reaching out to me with his longing gaze fixed on me.

My heart broke.

This boy has never once mentioned that he didn’t want to go to school so it was a shock to hear him say that now. I recognised that it’s due to the change of environment and the lack of friends (and he missed his CV friends a lot) and that he needed time to adapt.

Week 1 of Term 4 went like this. He was generally a happy boy except for the two occasions that he clung on to me and cried,”I don’t want to go to school!”

I’m thankful that the principal was very reassuring and sent me pictures to show me how he has settled soon after I dropped him off.

Maybe week 2 would be better?

The Short September Break

The one week break in September seemed so short! Our days were fully occupied and though it can be tiring, we had fun!

Allow me to list down the activities that we had, so that we could have some form of reference for future school break. 😊

:: Tennis Camp

F went for a three-day tennis camp and she enjoyed it. We should be going for another camp for the next school hols and this time round, I must remember to sign up for those that are under ActiveSG. Too bad, Dan is too small for the camp otherwise, I would have signed both of them up!

:: Mooncake Theme Playdate

One of the Dayre moms kindly invited us to her cosy home and even planned a mooncake making session for the kids. They had a first-hand experience in making those goodies and then shortly after, they sent the snowskin mooncake to their Grandma. 👵🏼

I also hosted a mooncake playdough making session but all I did was to open up my place and maybe prepare the ingredients for Takoyaki party. The other moms were hard at work entertaining the kids. 🤣

:: Clip and Climb

F had a play date with her classmates and they went to Clip and Climb at OTH for 90 minutes of climbing. The kids seemed to know what to do and kept trying the different walls. It’s my first time at Clip and Climb and being one who is afraid of heights, I had my reservation. In the end, I decided to try one wall and love it. Just don’t look down. 😅

:: Playground hunting

The kids woke up at 5.30am one day and as I walked into the dining room and questioned why they were up so early, “We are going playground hunting!”

So it was. We went to the far end of Singapore and explored a few playgrounds within that vicinity. It was exciting, to try out various themed playgrounds, hoping on and off the car to discover more.

We could do just that for every morning. Vitamin D is much needed, you see.

:: Siew Mai Making at Nanjing Impressions

I didn’t know anything about this until a mom friend asked if there’s any interested parties who might want to go for this. So, I just put the kids’ names down and turned up! Although the session was short and the kids were just required to make two Siew Mai, it was just fun having them put on the traditional costumes and getting them to wrap the filling.

:: Exercising with friends

By now, you would have realised that we would definitely factor in outdoor activities to get the body moving when we have the time. So when some moms asked to go to the East Coast Park, we were more than happy to oblige.

We probably had more activities that I couldn’t jot down for now. All I can say is that it’s a very busy September school hols indeed!

Last day…

Today marks the last day of school in CV for the boy. We have decided to pull him out of this school because of logistical issues.

Distance does matter when it comes to school. When the girl enters formal school this year, she has to ride with us when I send the boy to and from kindy in the morning. When we go back home, we try to complete her school homework and do some reading. Before I know it, I have to stop what I am doing with her and rush to prepare for lunch before we set off for kindy again to pick up the boy.

There isn’t much quantity in terms of time with her, let alone quality. Every day is a rush and quite easily, temper flares.

It’s with much heaviness in the heart that we have to stop sending Dan in this kindy. We found a school near home and it only took us ten minutes to send him to and from home. The curriculum seems to be slower but to me, that is secondary; I can always teach him.

Certainly hope that the boy could fit in the new school and blossom.

Only time will tell.