For the first time in a long while, I actually had little to bring up. I was too surprised by too many things in a positive way to respond, especially the last PTM session half a year ago.
To begin with, there was a 130-page progress report which detailed the activities Z got up to in school. Technology worked wonders. Next, what the teachers said surprised me.
They were beaming with pride as they shared how Z had picked up reading and phonics, fared well in Math and was rather strong in Mandarin too. He had to work on his Chinese writing. The teachers encouraged doing more handicrafts to assist in his brain development.
His teachers commented that he had shown a marked improvement in paying attention in class, had a good learning attitude and he would always complete the given tasks in a patient manner without rushing to play. For instance, if they gave out 2 books to ask the children to read, some children would hastily flip through but he would always read each page. During the course of reading, if there was a word which he didn’t know, he would always repeat the full statement with the newly learnt word.
His teachers commented that if he would be ready for primary school if he continued to maintain the same learning attitude. His Chinese teacher who has taught him for the last 3 years would go on to accompany for graduation. Similarly, his English teacher for K1 would teach him for K2. This was probably the best arrangement we could ever imagine.
His Chinese teacher seemed rather teary as she recapped how Z had grown through the years. He was always considered the baby in the class because his birthday was in end December and his developmental milestones were usually a tad slower than his classmates. She was really proud that Z had become such a fine child.
As usual, his social skills ranked very high. He was very expressive and asked many good leading questions.
Above all, we were proud parents that he had been learning well. He had done well with the help of his school teachers, a little injection from us and most importantly, his own mindset to learn. By 5, he was reading well, counting well and enjoyed Chinese language, without going to any form of enrichment classes such as phonics, reading, math, Chinese or more.
We hoped to be able to inspire him to learn better in the years to come. His independent learning attitude ruled above all.
In the same period, I came across this article.
I definitely hoped that most parents would choose the hands-on approach and guide your child as opposed to palming off to preschool tuition and enrichment classes.
To date, I believed we had contributed to the pool which debunked the myth that preschoolers needed enrichment classes. The next challenge for us would be when he had to go primary school in a year’s time.
Meanwhile, K2 looked to be an exciting year because of the graduation concert. We had been alerted not to go for too many holidays prior to the concert and to start looking for the graduation attire.
I could barely believe that this little chub of ours had become such a fine boy.