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!