I am so excited for my boys – Ryan will be joining Sean in Primary School (Sean will be in P4 and Ryan in P1) and Jordan will be moving on to K1 on his own for the first time!
There has been lots of frantic behind-the-scenes preparations leading up to this day. The buying and labeling of school books, uniforms, school shoes, school bags and stationery. The throwing out/packing up of last year’s books to make way. The sorting out of school buses. Teaching Ryan how to count money (he is still not very good at this). Phew, I can’t imagine what it will be like when all 3 boys are in primary school!
Thankfully, Jordan was only starting school on 07Jan19 so we could focus on Ryan on the first day.
How cute do the boys look in their school uniforms? There were some minor hiccups on our first morning – boys had trouble waking up (after all the sleeping in during the hols), Ryan’s new watch was not working, Sean’s new pants were too loose, Ryan’s hand-me-down pants were too tight – so I made them swap (!). Sean’s tie magically unraveled itself. We did get them out of the door eventually and to school on time.
While Ryan joined his class, we attended a parents’ briefing by the principal and all the Heads of Departments. Nothing new or exciting since it’s our second time 😉 Then we got to meet his form teacher and Chinese teacher to his classroom – he has really good teachers this year so I am very thankful. They were really good at answering the parents’ questions (of which there were many).
Ryan would be getting a buddy to accompany him for a week. He was very anxious about a lot of things (and Sean really wasn’t of much help) – he did not know where to go, he didn’t know how to buy things from the school bookshop, he couldn’t recognize his classmates or remember their names, etc. I just tried my best to assure him and spend time with him every night to answer all his questions. He did pretty well for his first week and was able to write down notes in his diary and report back to me. I am not too worried about him.
As for Sean, I think he is off to a good start in P4. He is in the same class as most of his classmates from last year. He is very settled in school finally having made fast friends with a few boys so I am not too worried about him. He still doesn’t have a phone (though he has not stopped asking for one) but he got a new iPad for school this year. Urgh, I think it is so extravagant and unnecessary to use digital teaching aids for school at such a young age. Ah well, at least they are not allowed to download apps. I just don’t know how to stop him from surfing the net and watching YouTube videos (so much crap online). Will have to monitor his usage closely.
Jo starts K1 this year. He was in a special Chinese enrichment class for the past 2 years of nursery, though he shockingly still refuses to converse with anyone in Mandarin!
This year, he will re-integrate back to the mainstream and learn everything in English which shouldn’t be a problem for him. I would love to see him slowly learn to be able to read words this year. Of course, he will carry on his Berries enrichment because I cannot afford to have his Chinese standard deteriorate too much before P1!
This year, I hope to keep closer tabs on the boys and spend more time with them to master their schoolwork. Oops, I haven’t even bought assessment books yet, haha. In particular, I would like to focus on Science and English for Sean (lots of room for improvement) and both Math and English for Ryan (he compares himself to Sean a lot and somehow has very little confidence in himself when it comes to schoolwork). It’s really hard to find the time when you are working but I will try my best.
Here’s to putting our best feet forward for 2019!