Saturday, October 24, 2009

Extracurricular Activities

Yay! XY has finished her exam already. Thank you all for your good luck wishes. I think she'll get very good results this round. Wah... this mommy so confident ah? You know why? Coz she told me when she passed up her papers, her teachers pointed out her mistakes and she changed the answers. I think one teacher even told her the answer. :-| I guess exam at kindy level is just a formality. Not with the intention to measure the children academically, which is fine with me. I think the important thing is to find out if they understand what's being taught in class.

She has quit her ballet lessons already. She told me last month that she doesn't want to learn ballet anymore. Her reason -- it's not fun anymore. I spoke to her teacher and she said XY's doing fine in class. She can follow the instructions and lessons. But maybe because she's now in Primary level, the exercises are tougher and the class is more serious. Not like in Pre-primary where they have story-telling and pretend-play.

As we have a month's deposit with the centre, I let her continue this month (October), with the hope that she'll change her mind. But she's just looking forward to finish the 4 classes. So we decided to let her skip the last 2 classes. Don't see a point in sending her there just because we've paid for it. It's a pity she's stopping now (and a waste of money too) but it's pointless to force her if she's lost interest in it. Anyway, she can continue later if she develops the interest again.

She'll be attending a trial class for I-Clay (something like play dough) this afternoon. If she wants to continue (I think she'll love this), we'll enrol her in this class. And I'm also thinking of sending her for swimming lessons. At least some activities to look forward to during the coming long school break.

20 comments:

Rose said...

I paid my little gal's next year school fee (1st term). I also enrol her in dancing class which I believe she would enjoy it as she loves dancing. They also have English and Chinese extra classes but I dont think it is necessary for time being. I dont want to pressure her too much and for now, I let her enjoy her dancing class.

Anggie's Journal said...

u say I-clay ??? near our place.?lastime i been thinking to learn lei ... ME learning not jeremy k .... hahhaha... now no time to go liau ... i even got the contach lei ... hahahha... am i too childish to go to this ar ??? LOL
But i guess is really fun lor if able to make those cute cute cartoon... i think is cool ... good choice mummy !!! somemore girl is more suitable to learn this compare to boy !!! ....

Anggie's Journal said...

btw, do u mind email me some of the i-clay info ..(fees and location) who know i entrol myself if i got time ... hahhaha
(SERIOUS)

Oliveoylz said...

How nice, Slavemom, exams are over edi. Am really envious. It's now my turn. 2 weeks time...Can't wait for it to be over.

Aiyo, why suddenly dun like ballet? The teacher step on her little toes? Nvm la. Expose her in a variety of activities. Let them try what they like. Swimming is good...and i-clay sounds like great fun. Holiday mood edi right?

LittleLamb said...

Huh? The i-clay also need lessons meh? Just a korean product like play dough. probably the centre teaches students how to mould characters or animals gua???? i find Jumping Clay **the brand** better..also korean.

To anggie: adult also can learn la. in fact, i use a lot of clay in my work to fun purposes...hahahaha

wenn said...

wow..interesting activities..

Mummy Gwen said...

Exam is finally over and XY did well in her exam too huh..what a relief. :) Wow...this I-Clay sounds like fun. I'm sure she will enjoy it.

Irene said...

wah, goin to learn claying. *imagine the scene from GHOST*... were they clay-ing? hahahha... swimming class is good. better lo, if not like this auntie here, duno how to swim. blek!

JO-N said...

I know what you mean when you mention about kindy exam. Got the same experience too.

The clay lesson sounds fun and swimming would be good too. If she likes dancing, you can opt for other children dance like jazz, hip hop, etc.

jacss said...

-emmm...it's ok to take it lightly with exam at kindy level lar!

-but i thot what a waste that she's not interested in ballet anymore :(

-how abt piano...not yet??

-sorry but for me art/craft is a waste of time/$$ for me thou i know kids would enjoy d fun, blek!

-swimming is definitely a good choice...we must enrol our boys too, hopefully not just talking this time, blek!!

Cheffie-Mom said...

Woo hoo on being finished with exams!! I-Clay sounds like so much fun!!

HN said...

When I read that your girl give up ballet because of no fun.. I recalled back the reason that I gave my mum last time: " I don't like my ballet teacher (coz they changed it), the male teacher looked so weird in his ballet outfit!" Hahaha! Now, I do feel regret that I quit because of that reason :P

2ma said...

you have a list of classes to enrol XY? *hehe*

Dora said...

So you can take a breath & relax now... yeah get XY enrolled into some activities is good for her so that she won't feel boring in the long school break!

andrewjune said...

yeah i bet she did GREAT in her exams...she is one smart girl!

ohhh why did she quit ballet? i always hv this dream to be a ballerina...but couldn't afford to go for ballet classes during my childhood days...and i was so looking forward to send my daughter but hubby not to keen...

anyway, if she is not interested then perhaps no point sending her to the classes anymore...

i thk she will get hooked to swimming soon :-)

Health Freak Mommy said...

Yes, no point forcing her to learn something that she has no interest in anymore. The same with Alycia. Alycia now loves her swimming lessons. It's been a few months already and she's still loving every moment of it. She now tells me that she wants to be a competitive swimmer when she grows up!

Angeline said...

Way to Go Mommy!
Listening to your child's wishes is THE right thing to do!!
*wink*
'cos 'forcing' will never reap happiness and growth....

Contentedmom said...

seems that she has quite a number of enrichment classes...well, as long as she enjoys them and does not find it a chore

Fussy mum said...

yeah, XY would be very busy this coming school holidays :) How's her trial class for I-clay...hope she likes it.

Swimming is another good activity for kids. I'm sure XY will enjoy it.

slavemom said...

Rachel, yeah, they learn to make basic shapes, then put them together to make something. I think jes let her learn the basics, then can do on her own (at home) coz it's all abt creativity.

Irene, not that kind of clay lah. :D This is like play dough.

Jo, for now, she doesn't want to learn any other dance wor. Sigh... my "5-min hot" type girl.

Jac, she doesn't wanna learn piano leh. And yup, that's the same reason y we send her for i-Clay class. :p

Contentedmom, at the moment, oni 1. If later she takes up swimming, then 2. Yeah... oni if she enjoys them n dun feel too tired with the activities.