Sunday, January 7, 2018

H is in Standard Six This Year!

It's the New Year, and hoping 2018 will be a positive and blessed one for everybody. I'm looking forward to being more organised and doing more with my time. There are a lot more things on my plate especially with H's schedule this year.

H is in Standard 6 this year, so yes, it's UPSR year or rather PPSR now it's called. Every single year since H was in Standard 1, the Education Ministry has 'tweaked' the system. I'm being kind when i say tweak. First year was no exams, then there were exams in the second year. If I'm not mistaken, the third year was when they had the teachers note down what the student did in class and had it submitted online.

In the fourth year, some parents fought to have their kids in the Dual Language Program class even though they only chose the top two classes to do it. Luckily for us, H managed to get in. It was a bumpy ride at first with no textbook or practice books. I translated his textbooks myself so he would have some notes. The teachers and parents in school got together to cobble up some notes and exercises in English for Science and Maths. Thank God, the kids got into the groove and are all doing fairly well.

Apart from the DLP, in year five, the Ministry decided to have more Higher Order Thinking Skills or HOTS questions for the kids. Basically, it's getting the kids to use their common sense coupled with their knowledge to answer more analytical questions. Now in year six, they've decided there has been to much emphasis on getting As, so now they'll be looking at extra curricular activities and sports participation to develop a more well rounded student. I'm all for being a well-rounded student, but there is such a thing as doing it gradually. After all that, I've learned to just roll with it and try to help and support H as much as I can.

So far, he's got Bahasa Malaysia, Mathematics and Science tuition. He's also got Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Swimming, Robotics and Coding on his schedule as well. It's quite heavy, but I'm hoping the sports and hobbies will balance out the studying. He's already on the right track (I hope!), he just has to put in the work. Good luck to both me and him!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Exam week!

Wow, it's been four years since my last blog. Little H is not so little anymore. He's just turned 11 and has exams this week. Unfortunately for me, it means Mommy is stressed too! Revision, driving him to extra classes and making sure he sleeps early, I honestly can't wait for the exams to end. Luckily for us, it's Deepavali holidays next week and schools get a week off.

So next week, I can catch up on some reading (hopefully) and start clearing his books away. It's UPSR next year. It's a major exam for 12 year olds in Malaysia before they move on to secondary school. It's more important for kids that intend to apply for boarding schools and high performing school as these school require excellent results. Being an only child, there is no way I'm sending him off to boarding school.

There are plenty of good schools in our area, so he can take his pick. His priority however, is that the school must have good food. Yes, my son is more worried about the food rather than the school itself. His favourite food in school now is the fried chicken and keropok lekor (fish crackers)

I can still remember some of the food I used to eat in school. In primary school, the Sardine Puff was the best I've ever tasted, I used to have it almost every day. In secondary school it was the Kung Fu Noodles, which we used to rush for every recess time because there was always a long queue. Food choices in schools are much better than they were during my time. It's healthier and they don't sell as much junk food. Though buying junk food was one of the highlights of going to school, apart from buying numerous erasers from the Book Shop.