Friday, March 12, 2010

Poor Attendance

CE has been back to school for 2 weeks now. After the CNY break, it was like starting from square one coz he's only attended 5 days of school in January (due to HFMD) and skipped the whole of February. We let him skip the whole month because we need to travel a lot during CNY and I wanted him to have as much rest as possible. Also to avoid any infection from school. Based on XY's track record when she first started kindy, I knew that was a critical month. So to be on the safe side, I kept him at home. And I'm really glad I did coz he was in 'good' condition throughout the whole month.

I was worried about how he'll adapt after being absent for so long but luckily he's doing fine in school. He doesn't resist going to school but it's quite hard to wake him up in the mornings. He'll usually say "I want to sleep" and today he said "I want to go kai kai". :-| Some mornings, he'll cry. But I think it's getting better as I threaten that he won't get to play games (Wii or computer) after lunch if he cries. And I really mean it. If he cried that morning, I won't let him play those games no matter how he fussed/cried/protested. And I keep reminding him why he doesn't get to play.

As he was away in Feb, I asked the teachers to pass me some worksheets so that I can guide him at home. I don't want him to be left too far behind compared to his classmates. He eventually learnt how to hold the pencil the correct way. I was trying so hard to teach him last year but he just refused to follow. But once he started kindy, he's learnt to grip correctly. He can't control very well though. So his tracing and writing are quite horrible and his colouring is really messy (way out of the line). Anyway, I'm not worried. It takes time and lots of practice.

~ he's learnt to grip the pencil properly since end of January ~

It was difficult to get him to do his "homework" during the self-declared holidays (in Feb). He can tell me the correct answers (which is taller/which is more) but he doesn't want to follow the instructions. He was supposed to circle the answer but he only wanted to colour them. He just coloured whichever objects that he fancied. And I let him be, as long as he's interested in those worksheets. :-) Luckily we still managed to complete all the "homework" in time.

He's wet his pants a few times in school. He hasn't mastered the art of peeing into the toilet bowl by himself. He tells me he goes to the toilet himself, without the teacher's help. He probably didn't pull his pants down properly before aiming. But last Friday, his teacher told me he peed in his pants, inside the classroom. Haiyo... When he's too engrossed in something, he has a tendency to pee in his pants. I guess it's normal, at this age.

Oh by the way, jie jie's ulcer at her chin has almost fully recovered already. Thanks everyone, for your concern. The cream the doctor gave was very effective. Within 2 days, I can see results (drying) already. Now she has some light marks, which hopefully will disappear eventually.

25 comments:

Anggie's Journal said...

no worry abt this .... i m sure he will catch up later . With ur guide at home ... .. Jeremy also didint learn much ... play time more in school :P But health is important, i get wory when i see Jeremy fall sick almost every week ... :( now he slowly getting better ....
haha ... Jeremy also pee in the early time in school, when he too concentrate doing something .... normal !!!!
What cream r u using for jie jie, izit Elomet ????

yatie said...

no worry too much. kids are very fast learner

andrewjune said...

yeah, dont worry much about CE...it takes time to adapt and soon, he will be following the footsteps of XY :)

i thk i will also skipped 1 mth fr preschool if there's any viruses in the nursery as well!

glad to know XY's ulcers are fully recovered!

reanaclaire said...

he is still young.. sure can catch up, kids minds arte very absorbent one.. hahaha.. glad to hear that yr girl has recovered.. :)

BoeyJoey said...

I agree with your approach of not forcing them, as long as they are interested :-)

Lemonjude said...

He was having the real short of schooling day out of these 2 months...anyway, hope he can build up the immune system by now...

About the homework, no rush for them la..still pre-sch, as long as he willling to do...his way of gripping the pencil is quite good and colour with strength...Terry still having many pattern..

For pee, have him to pee in the toilet bowl too at home, like that he will master it..Terry only know stand to pee aft attend school..

Glad that hear that XY's skin is recovering.

Alice Law said...

My girl also didn't feel well for the last few weeks, she has been absent from school for 3 days... glad that your kids are recovering!

Have a pleasant weekend!

Mummy Gwen said...

I think CE is doing very well. He learnt to hold the pencil in such a short time. Keep it up. Yeah..let him learn at his own pace. I scold Gwen too much sometimes (about homework). I need to control myself. *sigh*

Glad to know XY is recovering well.

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

CE has lost some weight is it?
Glad that he is recovering.

Angeline said...

Hooray for the recovery!
My sis who found your blog through mine said the photos gave her heartpain ....

jazzmint said...

Glad to hear that he's better already. I'm sure he can catch up in school

MeRy said...

Glad to noe that CE is recovering now..Takecare.

eugene said...

Every child is different in every aspect, just be patient to see the child's talent,, dont worry about learning slow,

take care now and have a great week ahead

BabyBooned said...

aww. gibran's like that too.. just wont colour within the lines. well.. gotta give them time and have faith, i suppose, huh? ;D

chanelwong said...

He will catch soon , no worries..
Give him some time...

wen said...

better staying at home than catching up with the disease..
he is only in kindy so no worries...
he will catch up... unlike jie jie in std 1, like my son, i try not to let him miss school!

Oliveoylz said...

U did the right thing for CE. Mummy know's BEST! Don't think he missed much la...It's only kindy level :)

reanaclaire said...

hi mdm Saw, right? can u email me at this addy.. reanact(at)gmail(dot)com? thanks!

Hazel said...

he is only a kid, i think it will be OK soon. Happy holidays

Denesa said...

Hope your little boy is feeling better by now.

Talking about peeing, my younger boy also pee on his pants while in school a few weeks ago. He told me that it was not deliberate. He was smart enough to go to the General Admin office to borrow their shorts.

Rose Belle said...

From my experience, kids learn at their pace. I homeschool my 4-year old. She'll be starting kindy this August. Last year, she didn't want to learn, and was lazy to learn. But this year, my gosh, she zipped right through her alphabets, shapes, colors, and can count to 100. I know how stressful it can be...was there myself a couple months ago. Just try to take it easy.

sting said...

oh good that the kids have recovered.. am sure CE's being playful and will catch up real fast soon :-)

slavemom said...

Anggie, I dunno the name of the cream as the nurse didn't want to disclose the info.

Judy, now we train him to pee himself into the adult toilet bowl. Previously, he was also standing, but pee into the small potty we hold for him. And after much practice, he's much better edi.

Joanne, lost weight? Dun think so wor. I dun c any difference but my SIL said his face is a bit rounder now. :)

Rose, thx for dropping by!

JO-N said...

I think he's going to be just fine.

You know, it's always difficult to "really mean it" when we tell our kids what we would do but this is an important aspect, very important indeed in parenting and thumbs up for you for being able to do it.

zmm said...

Mine likes to draw, but doesn't like to do 'homework'. :(

Good that your daughter's rashes are gone now.