June Holidays are coming to an end! Boys spent the first week of their holiday in Melbourne, second week at home, third week at Science Camp, fourth week at home. Nothing too spectacular. T had no school homework, so we made him do Chinese tuition homework and Kumon sums on weekdays. K had a lot […]
T told many lies today. He was supposed to turn up at his Chinese tuition teacher’s house at 2.30pm. When he didn’t turn up and she called him, he said he didn’t know how to get there. Which is a lie, because he has been walking on his own to her house for months. She […]
K started Chinese tuition early this year. He can’t catch up in class and because we make it a point not to help the boys with their school work at all, his Chinese grades have been slipping. He’s now cruising at Band 2 after spending half a year with the tutor, so it’ll be good if […]
Another week, another camp, another outdoor excursion. K is attending a science camp this week and he brought my camera along to Lower Peirce Trail today. He said part of the route was closed for construction. I took a peek into his bag and I think this week’s camp is focused on learning about plants.
K is attending a Chinese camp this week. Today the camp providers brought them to Pasir Ris Mangrove Boardwalk. He took pictures and described what he saw to us (in English).
Boys learnt the piano for six months in London. It’s challenging to get them started again in Singapore because the lessons here are so expensive! Am still searching for a reasonably-priced teacher/school that’s near our home so K can travel by himself for classes. Meanwhile, they’ll just have to contend with playing whatever sheet music […]
First time visiting a public pool since we’re back. Good choice to come on a weekday morning because there’s no one else at the water play area =) T just started swimming lessons last weekend. Hopefully after a few months, he’ll not have to use a float anymore!
We honestly could not have found a better home in Central London. The quality of the accommodation was very good, and so were the facilities. The rent was very reasonable for Central London standards. Most importantly, we all enjoyed the time we spent at the college. Boys would hang out in the play rooms during the colder months and hang […]
With March being gone, I’ve completed 2/3 of my program. All the taught classes have ended and I’m looking forward to handing in my final essay this week before heading off for a holiday with the boys. T has outgrown TWO pairs of school shoes while we’re in London. It’s compulsory for them to wear black […]
Found a lot of pics on KL’s phone. The three of them sometimes eat without me on weekdays when I have evening classes or stay in the library late. The three of them also play quite a lot without me on some weekdays. In fact, some of these pics I am seeing for the first […]
29 Jan 14 — We’re going to be here often cos I’ve finally put my foot down and switched K’s gym to one that’s in Jurong. It took me so long to decide because the Jurong gym is way smaller than our older gym, class timings are halved AND class fees are doubled! But seeing […]
15 Jan 14 — No screaming/crying pics of him at the dentist cos I was too busy holding him down. Instead, we have lots of smiley faces to remember that traumatic day. Smiley at 8am+ cos he’s happy to wear his gor gor’s green sweater. Smiley at 10am+ cos he’s happy to be hitting the […]
While waiting for his gym class to start, K is teaching T how to get up/down the fitness corner bars safely. K attended quite a few gym classes since we first tried it two months back. We go fortnightly now, on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 9pm. T usually sticks around with me to wait and […]
A friend recommended the class to us. K went for a trial just now and he likes it very much! We’ll probably sign up for a few months on a weekday 7 – 9pm slot. Have already negotiated with him that on days when he’s attending gym, there’ll be zero books. He just goes for […]
Today, Gong Gong asked K about his Sunday swimming lessons. Thought I’ll post some photos to show Gong Gong what he did last week. He’s still learning froggy kick now (which is breast stroke), but last week the class was modified to allow the boys (only boys in his class, no girls) to practice floating […]
This is probably one of our last visits (or maybe the last visit) to the nice swimming pool @ One North Alumni Club. KL’s membership is expiring at the end of this month and we’ve decided not to renew it. I guess the main consideration is that I haven’t been bringing them to this pool […]
K attended a trial swimming lesson today. For the longest time, I’ve been searching for a weekday afternoon swimming lesson that’s conducted in a pool nearby … but to no avail. Today I finally caved in and bought him for a Sunday 3pm-4pm trial at a pool that’s 1.5km away from our home. He spent […]
K pestered me to go for a gym class trial, which is an enrichment class at the childcare centre that happens every Thursday for 45 mins and costs S$20+ per session. Since the trial is free, I told him to try it this week, and he told me that he “really likes it”. I was […]
Thoughts that ran through my head as I looked through the timetable … A lot less Chinese lessons that the older brother. Letterland! This is something that T already likes (Clever Cat is his fav this week) so I’m sure he’ll enjoy learning about the characters in class. Lunch is really early at 10.30am … […]
K wrote and drew something related to farmer brown (whoever that is) today. He can’t read most words yet and definitely can’t spell so this passage was copied off a piece of paper that the teacher wrote for him. Though the writing’s neater than usual, he told me on the car ride home that he […]
Some thoughts that ran through my head when I saw this timetable … Wow, shower time is really early from 9.00 to 9.30am. I thought that the natural thing should be to bathe in the middle of the day, either before/after lunchtimer. So now if K bathes in the morning before we send him to […]
K is learning about the body in his science class. The last lesson was on teeth and today he came home with a squishy stomach (squishy things are stapled inside, so clever of the science teacher to think of that).
Kaizer learnt about repeated patterns in this science class. The science teacher put a figure (Kaizer said it was something with a strawberry head … strawberry shortcake?) in between two mirrors and asked the children how many figures they could see (within the mirrors I supposed). The correct answer should be infinite, but I think […]
The Enormous Turnip, in case you’ve never heard of the story before, is a children’s tale whereby a grandfather plants a turnip that grows so large that he cannot pull it up himself. He asks a grandmother for help, and they together still cannot pull it up. Subsequently more people and animals are recruited to […]
Spotted this science corner in school yesterday. Must go ask Kaizer if he has started having regular science lessons, apart from the Monday enrichment ones we signed up for.
7 Apr 11: A book titled “Camera” was read to the children. Then, the children shared their experiences on using a camera. Words such as “mad” and “pictures” were introduced to them. As an extension activity, the children used a real camera to take pictures. The end results are not too bad. Budding photographers in the […]
On Monday, the science teacher gave Kaizer a long strip of paper with a lot of bears. The teacher had told them that they could use the bears to measure anything, even their beds. Sounds like Monday’s class introduced them to the concept of measurement.
Kaizer brought a child’s lab coat home today. I overheard him telling Kok Loon that if Kok Loon goes for science class, his teacher will also give him a lab coat. It was quite funny to hear him say that because Kaizer doesn’t know what Kok Loon does for a living. Asked Kaizer what he learnt […]
Today’s science class carried on with the theme of materials. The children were introduced to different types of paper, and the teacher explained how paper was derived from wood and how wood was derived from trees. According to Kaizer, she also said something like “cut down a lot of trees, then how”? I think he’s […]
Learnt from the science teacher that on Monday, the children were introduced to different materials like plastic, metal, glass, and wood. Though when I asked Kaizer what he learnt, he said “I don’t know”. To help him retain the information a little bit better, our dinnertime chat was on materials that we’re able to see […]