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P1 Checklist

As Z would be heading off to Primary School soon, I took note of these tips when I saw them on a forum and advice from friends. Seeing how overwhelming the tips were and how much information overload could occur, we broke down the steps for Z and ourselves.

In splitting up the activities into 5 distinct steps, I hoped to reduce the stress for Z on the first day of school and at the same time, ensured that the basics were covered.

Activities

Part 1: Pre-administration day – Mid Oct

  1. Purchased School uniforms
    1. Shirt – size 12
    2. Shorts – size 24
    3. PE Tee – pre-order size 13
    4. PE Shorts – size 22
    5. Pre-order name badge
  2. Purchased School shoes
    1. Size 13 & 13.5
    2. Practice shoelace tying

Part 2: Administration Day – end Oct

  1. Dental consent form
  2. Particulars form
  3. Giro for monthly payment
  4. Book list, Bus services form & student care form

Part 3: Orientation Day – Early Nov

  1. Making friends
    1. Self-introduction
    2. Namecards
    3. Tokens
  2. Touring the Canteen & Bookshop
    1. Buy books (or order online)
    2. Check on school’s recess procedure (Buddy up with a P5 for 2 weeks)
    3. Buy School tie
  3. Tour school facilities
    1. Toilets
    2. Assembly area
    3. Classroom

Part 4: Before school starts

  1. Packing schoolbag
    1. Based on handbook
  2. Checking the School Diary
  3. Going through the MOE activity book
  4. Laying out school attire & socks
  5. Labelling of items
  6. Preparing a telephone card with several contacts for his wallet, file and bag
  7. Establishing the pocket money procedure
  8. Organizing a playdate with new classmates* if we have the contacts

Part 5: First day of school

  1. Making Friends
  2. Buying food
    1. Counting Money
    2. Type of wallet
    3. Speed of eating


Logistics:

  1. Uniforms
    1. 2 sets of uniforms
    2. 3 sets of PE attire
    3. 2 pairs of school socks with school emblem
    4. Embroidered name badge x 8 (to be sewn onto shirts & tees)
    5. 1 school tie (to buy from school)
    6. 2 pairs of school shoes
  2. Book list
  3. Essentials
    1. Schoolbag (to buy after book list)
    2. Water bottle with strap
    3. Wallet strap to attach to existing wallet
    4. Watch (remind him never to remove)
    5. New keychain (buy from Japan)
  4. Key stationeries
    1. Big pencil case
    2. Colour pencils
    3. Clear folders
    4. Multi-pocket file
    5. Plastic wrap for books
    6. Small Notebook
  5. Labels
    1. Iron-on dots for uniforms (existing stocks)
    2. Big sticker labels with contact information
    3. Medium sticker labels (existing stocks)
    4. Small sticker labels
    5. Shoe stickers
    6. Blank labels for files
    7. Name rubber stamp
    8. Fabric marker (recommended but I didn’t like how it would look, this would be my last option)

*Name stamp & simple stickers were ordered from Qoo10 seller (Luv Simplicity) at $11 and $2.90 for 50 large stickers respectively.

**Premium labels & Clothing stickers were ordered from MuaKids & utilized balance stocks from Stuck On You respectively. 

P1 logistics’ prep weekend

We decided to pick up Z’s school uniform before the orientation. X and I cooked fried rice before Z came home from soccer. With the unpredictable hazy weather, we had not been able to send him for class weekly.

My little helper
After lunch, we went to buy the uniforms. It was $9 for shirt, $10 for a pair of shorts, $7 for PE Tshirt and $7 for a pair of PE shorts. We also had to order his name badge.

X waited patiently and pensively while Z tried his sizes


After the uniform buying trip, we took both boys to Ice Cream Chef at Thomson road.


Featuring Kenyan Roast, Honey Green tea, peach and chocolate Hershey’s

It was such a hot day but the boys insisted on going to the playground outside Ice Cream Chef.

We wrapped up the day with sending Z to his art class and shopping at City Square.

On the hazy Sunday, we played tennis and hanged out at Westgate.

Featuring my bolster coolies

Funny 3D art  

X had a penchant for hats

Z loved his soghurt

So did X…

We popped over to the Royal Sporting House opposite Soghurt and got Z new school shoes.

I believed the shoes would only be this white BEFORE he entered school.

Promotion in store

With more shopping at Isetan, we headed home for an evening nap. I never knew shopping could be so tiring. On hindsight, it was a good thing we did not sign up for Z’s swimming this term. The haze turned horrid that afternoon and hit 180.

We had dinner at a nearby mall and were pleasantly surprised with the $2 Zoo Moove rides. My kids loved this, so did I actually!

   
 We also chanced upon this Retro Party “mini carnival” at the mall.

   
    
   
  
We played Donkey/Old Maid with the kids, alongside with the free Muah Chee given at the event.

     
 

Second last PTM for Z

It was a mid-year K2 review for Z. Sadly, it would be the second last time he would have his ptm in this school.

The feedback was pretty close to what we heard 6 months’ earlier.

The teachers sang praises of his progress, his maturity and his likability.

For English & Math, he had done everything pretty well and his reading had further improved by leaps and bounds. For Chinese, he had been consistent too. They would be moving on to Hanyu Pin Yin, so his chinese teacher reminded us to be careful when he joined Primary 1 because there was hardly any chinese writing in the first 6 months.

He had played well in sports at school and had a tendency to lead the games and took initiative to direct his friends, a sign of being a playmaker. Even if he fell during the games, he would pick himself up and assured his teachers that he was fine to proceed.

He was also great at asking questions, displayed high level of comprehension with the questions he asked and was generally outspoken as well as opinionated.

His teachers also commended him for having a positive spirit when it came to do school assignments. He would readily pick up the worksheets without a single complaint and work on them. Trust me, this was an end result of my eccentric ‘work hard, play harder’ motto.

Generally, I was not surprised with the feedback because many of which were honed by us. If anything, I had to say I was pretty damn proud of ourselves because we had done a great job in teaching him. Hahaha…

The only area for improvement would be to fidget less and to play more gently with the girls.

Leaders in school

Z and his friends had been rostering the role of leader in school.  We did not know about this arrangement until Z brought it up.

However, this little boy had been feeling out of sorts.  He told us that he had only been made leader once while some of his friends had gotten to lead the class (like the role of a monitor) more than once.  He was not alone in his predicament and had even discussed with the affected classmate.

This revelation alone made me realise how old he was growing up to be.  He was not even 4.5 years’ old yet!

I suggested to him to talk to his teachers because he seemed so forlorn about it.  It disturbed him so much that I had to step in to talk to his teachers, only to find out that he might have missed out on his turn when he did not attend school on some days.  The teachers had not realised that the little ones had taken so much heart and attention to it.

Well, neither did we, so we all learnt.

Class spirit

One of the happiest things we loved about Z’s preschool was the mix of awesome classmates that he had.  The small group of them had been classmates since playgroup, nursery and now Kindergarten 1.  It was quite amazing how they had grown up together and transformed into such independent little beings.

They were also blessed with caring teachers who followed them through the years.  Teachers who would come to school earlier or stay back later so that they had more time to practise academic work with the children.  I was really impressed with the level of dedication from the teachers.

In fact, the teachers were the ones who had taught Z to pedal before he even turned 3 years old.  The teachers were the ones who encouraged and taught Z to speak so well after barely crossing his 2 years’ old birthday.

I also loved how more than half the class would show up in strength for each other’s birthday parties, a clear indication of how awesome all the parents were too.  With such wonderful teachers and classmates, I could only wish the same for X and also when Z reached primary school too.

 

Co-ownership & poor behavior

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Z had been tasked to write the names for his invitation cards meant for the classmates. It was a little old school but I thought it would be meaningful for him to do so, especially since I had settled most of the invitations via Facebook event.

While Z was writing the names, he exclaimed when he came across one of the names which had 9 letters, “Why so long???”

Well, it would have been fun to get him to distribute in school this week. Unfortunately, I wondered if any of them would be unhappy with him.

The usual sweet boy of ours had been a bully recently. It seemed like the attention on X had taken a toll on Z. He was reported to be playing rough in school. He was pushing and hitting his classmates.

How should we resolve this disciplinary problem on hand? He had been told firmly that it was a wrong thing to do but he still went against what we told him. In the immediate term, he had been dealt with. In the long run? Time to hit the books.

My shopping, your shopping

While driving past DFS @ Scotts road, Z pointed and said, “Mummy, this is your shopping.”

“Then where is your shopping?”

Z,”It is Toys’r’us at United Square.”

This boy really got all his mall bearings right.

As the exclusive chauffeur to sending and fetching him from school, we had chatted about everything under the sun from COE to his class trip to the radio station and Philatelic museum. Z also took the opportunity to learn how to buckle his seatbelt.

I really loved how Z would initiate learning things.

All buckled

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I would consider him a hassle-free passenger now since all I needed to do now was to help him open the door during alighting.