Primary one registration for Darian 

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I can’t believe that I have a kid going into Primary 1 next year! I know it’s a bit of a cliche to say this, but where did the time go? Seriously! It seems likes one moment he’s one chubby michelin baby, and the next moment I have a little boy who reads, writes and makes all sorts of funny smart remarks. Oh boy he is certainly growing up too fast and for a moment it’s hard for me to digest that.

Darian’s registration falls under the Phase 2C category and the whole registration took us about 50minutes. The registration started at 8am and we were already the 60th applicants when we got there at 9am. The results will only be released on Friday night and a balloting exercise will be conducted next Wednesday if there are exceeding number of applicants.

Right now, I’m crossing fingers that there’s no need for balloting.

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Pretend play

Darian is at the stage where he often displays imaginative play. Sometimes he picks up his green autobot and pretends it to be hulk. Sometimes he arranges his smurfs as bowling pins for some bowling fun. Sometimes he uses various things to create bridges and ramps for his little toy cars. It’s really interesting to see him going through this phase as it showed how creative he can be using things around him. At the same time, he could be building on his problem solving and cognitive skills too. I pretty much believe in learning through play. Before two, Darian was able to identify colours using his toy cars. Nope I didn’t invest much in picture cards(except for alphabet and number) which I obviously don’t find a need to. Why do you need picture cards when teaching aids are actually everywhere around us. Take for example: using his toys, we could talk about the colour, texture, size and details. On the road, we could talk about the different vehicles, their colours, sizes, number of wheels and more. At the Zoo, the animals would be the best ‘picture cards’ for sure. Basically we could use our surrounding as teaching aids to enrich children’s learning by talking to them. Children learn best when parents are actively involve in the learning process. With enough scaffolding and exploration, I believe they will learn even better.

Papa Yap and I certainly like him to continue with such play as that could save us quite a lot of moolah! Haha! Seriously you would know why if you were to see his toys back at home. 😉 Once a while he would tell me that he wants to go back to Singapore, go back Punggol, go back home. Mainly because he misses his playroom and toys! Well as much as kids have good memory of promises and their favourite stuff, they also tend to forget things real fast when they find something else to do or play. So It wasn’t hard to stop his whines at all! You just need a trick or two! Heehee 😉

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Storybooks

I have been going around, searching for readers to start Darian with his reading journey. His storybooks that we sent over from Singapore along with Papa Yap’s stuff did not arrive at our doorstep. It was really frustrating, especially with the thought of spending hundreds on the two packages! Argh… Apparently they would be redirected back to Singapore and there was no way to retrieve them! Angry to max! Anyway Papa Yap will handle this. So back to the subject. Since Darian is not attending any kindergarten school here, I would want to do more reading and writing exercises with him so as to prepare him for K1 next year.

We managed to find a second hand storybooks shop nearby our place. I had chosen some simple titles for him and they looked relatively new. Most importantly the books were really cheap. The cheapest I got was a dollar, the rest was two and one at three dollars. Nice! I suppose we will be going back to the shop pretty soon! 🙂

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Papa yap bought one for himself too! 🙂

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