Adapting with primary school studies/work

Almost one month plus, she didn’t really have REAL homework. During orientation, it was just colourings. At one point, she even told me her kindy has more homework compared to P1.

Yesterday she came home excitingly telling me that she has ALOTTTTTT of homework for maths! She says she needs to start doing it immediately after her shower (and when I was putting Norrah to nap). She did. And right after she woke up from nap, she continued doing her homework. But her momentum died down 🤣 soon. I told her to put aside and go do other stuff or play, and she can come back to this later after dinner. Eventually, she completed it also (merely writing 1-20 both digits and spelling).

Since I am in the parents WhatsApp group for her class, sometimes there are messages or SOS on homework. Noelle never showed me those homework. But it was an opportunity to let me find out from her (as we don’t usually talk into details about what she learn in class). Those parents took picture of their kids’ exercise book and shared – so I showed Noelle and tried finding out from her what’s that they are learning (because there weren’t any descriptions on the exercise books except for answers).

I am happy to hear from her – ‘I actually finished this in school already and passed up to teacher.’ And then I asked if she could help her friend (‘s mum) on this – Noelle then showed me where the answers were coming from – the text book and page numbers; and how to derive the answers.

I am proud that she is coping well in school! She does internalise what she learns in school. She is independent – and my job has only be the ‘alarm clock’ to her – to check if she has homework and pack her school bag accordingly (though I do sneakily peek into her bag in the morning to see if she has packed the correct books🤭😂)

Anyway, she does have flaws too! Yesterday she mistakenly brought back her friend’s text book!🤦🏻‍♀️🤣 She told me when she was packing her bag. Fortunately hers still with her; so I asked her to return the book back to her friend and apologise for the mistake!


Lion dance in school (Sekolah Kebangsaan)!🦁

Topic of the day for us!

Noelle has been anticipating the event since she was told by her teacher earlier in the week! Parents were invited too but I decided to forgore the ‘chance’ (I don’t want to ‘torture’ myself waiting, under hot sun plus Nikki might ask me to carry her – since she is afraid of lion🙄). I told Noelle in advance that I and papa would not be able to make it. She initially showed disappointment 😔😔 but then I reminded her – last year her school trip she went alone though some other parents came along. I told her she can look after herself. In addition, I told her we have watch lion dance as a family together many times; why not just experience it with her friends. With that, she can also storify me! Besides that, we probably standing away from each other – as I don’t think teachers will arrange students be along side parents. She understood and agreed!

Students were told to wear their school attire – which I completely agree for identification purpose, especially so many kids around. With parents (or probably outsiders around), who knows students easily kidnapped away if no school identification. Sorry la, I am abit paranoid on this! I even told Noelle not to take anything from anyone, not even the friends’ parents, except her teachers. If they insist of her having the ‘gifts’, “please bring home for me to see first!”

Some parents of her classmates went and sent the lion dance photos to our whatsapp group; so hence I had a picture of what happened during the morning – and try to match with Noelle’s story! 🤣

She came out of school happily showing me the orange GIVEN by her teacher. She told me she didn’t manage to get it from the lion. Her first comment was ‘the orange so small only!’ 🤭🤣 I forgot to tell her that I actually ‘donated’ a box of S size oranges (instead of bigger sizes one) when the school asked for oranges! 😂😂😂

They were actually in class before the speaker calling all students to get to the designated area for the show. So they line up in two lines – girl and boy before heading to the spot. Before the lion dance show, there was story telling. Just before the show started, the sudden drum sound shocked her. She said that there were two orange and one yellow lions (I verified with photos😂)! The lion even somersaulted.

She told me ‘the Citta mall uncle’ came also. 😮🙄🤔😂 I then remembered her taking photo with the Choy Sun mascot in Citta Mall this year (and looking back at photos sent by the parents) – I asked her if what’s she trying to describe is Choy Sun yeh! Indeed!😂😂

Overall, she enjoyed the lion dance show arranged by the school’s PIBG. Nevertheless, she says that it wasn’t as ‘nice’ as the one in Midvalley -BECAUSE she didn’t manage to get the orange from the lion in school (but got it from the one in Midvalley)!🙄🙄🙄

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