Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I Am Sad

XY's having an assessment on 4 subjects today and tomorrow, AGAIN. She just had one last month, before the school holidays. But these assessments are not calculated in the overall results. So I'm trying very hard not to stress her up. :D

She's rather weak in Bahasa Malaysia (BM). She can spell and read, but she doesn't know the meaning of the words. I guess that's normal due to lack of exposure and usage. I heard that reading more BM books will increase her understanding of the language but I've yet to shop for them.

What I've done is to get her to check the words (from the textbook or activity book) in the dictionary, then write down the meaning in English. She's using a cute Pooh notebook for this purpose. I believe she'll remember better when she looks for the words herself and writing it down reinforces the memory. Anyway, I haven't really tested her on the words she's written but so far, I think it's quite helpful.

~ the contents of her notebook ~

The other day I was doing BM revision with her. PIL were at my place then. After testing her on Ejaan (spelling), Ye Ye asked her to use those words to construct sentences. With the word pilu (sad), she constructed this :
Saya pilu kerana ibu sudah mati.
[ meaning : I am sad because my mother is dead. ]

All of us were speechless, then burst out laughing. I guess I should be happy she really understands the meaning of pilu and that she'll be sad when her mother's gone for good. hahaha Then we taught her to substitute ibu with pets like dog, cat or rabbit. Well, in case you're wondering, I'm NOT sad. The title of this post simply refers to XY's 'fantastic' sentence. hehehe

33 comments:

Bryan and Brandon's Mama said...

It's no fun being a kid these days!!! Exams & trials. What is this world becoming to???!!

Anggie's Journal said...

I really thot u r sad by just reading ur blog title ... well , give her sometime and practice more in BM .. perhaps reading more in BM will help !!

reanaclaire said...

hahaa...no wonder the title of the post is Saya Pilu..

mNhL said...

She got very nice handwritting.

Gosh! she make me burst into laughter when I read the sentence she formed. hahaha....*sorry* Kids are just so innocent.

LittleLamb said...

ahhahahahahahahahha is she tricking you???

Mummy Gwen said...

Her handwriting is very neat. Alamak..I'm speechless. :P

Mummy Moon said...

Read this title of the post and then the first paragraph, i tot she is sad for exam time again..hehe
Yes, do read more Bm books, it helps to improves her BM. Using new words she learn to construct sentences is a good !

Priscilla said...

Hahaha... kids are always so frank! They say the first thing that comes to mind! I guess when she was thinking of what could make her so sad, of course it's losing the person she loves the most!!!

chanelwong said...

Her handwritting is sooo neat n nice...

sting said...

i agree with chanel... her writing is so neat :-) yes, do get her some BM books eg story books to improve her BM

michelle@mybabybay said...

I am getting some BM comics for my son to read. Maybe you can get her some.

wenn said...

of course one will be sad when one's mother is gone but mind her, she's too young to understand that.

Irene said...

saya pilu kerana you also pilu. wahseh, veri long din use tiz word oredi leh, sure XY ter-shock see u all burst out laughing at her remarks :)

calivy said...

kids nowadays always beyond our expectation.. like that day, my nephew was eyeing on my sis I-phone, my sis told her the phone doesnt belongs to her one. Want to know what his son answer her?? Nvr mind, when the time u died,the I-phone will become mine. My nephew only 7 yrs old, XY ex-kindymates.

Alice Law said...

Wah~!! Good effort that mommy put to improve XY's malay, 2 thumbs up for XY too for constructing a good sentence (hahaha... I hope you are not "pantang")! It's a sheer joys to see kids show improvement regardless in any aspect, applause!

Please have a nice day!

bp said...

phew, i'm glad u r up, not down as the title went. jiayou, XY and mama also, she's a fast learner, and you're her greatest supporter! she's got such nice and neat handwriting, too!

jazzmint said...

hahaha...when i first read ur title, i thought why u so sad :P.

she got vy nice handwritting!!

Oliveoylz said...

I also find the BM syllabus very tough for a Std 1 student. I never knew what bebendul was until now ;p

MK mummy said...

Glad that she knows the meaning of the word... to improve certain language, reading is the best way and watching tv too.. ;)

HN said...

Hahaha, this post really made me laugh! *sorry*:P

eugene said...

Hahaha, this is so funny. anyway take it easy, learning a language has got to be fun.

There are so many ways to get the children interested in language, i remember when my boys were smaller, i used to teach them new words then i would simply sing out a song using the words thought then i would rapped using the same words,, hahahah.

try it,, it worked for me

Lemonjude said...

Std 1 already study this word, what were we study during our time ha?

Shy to say that I don't know what is 'pilu' if u not translate to English is Sad..agree with others, her handwriting is super neat...can have her to watch BM news it helps a lot...thats how I used to improved my BM and also read BM newspaper..

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Slavemom, I'm sure your daughter will exceed yours and her expectations when she does her exam.
Just motivate her, she'll be fine.
Have fun and keep well, Lee.

giddy tigress said...

That's a very nice notebook she's got there. Well, the important thing is that she has fun while learning! :)

BabyBooned said...

like the others i also thot u were really sad ;p clever girl this XY!

BoeyJoey said...

HQ at kindy for 5 yo also have ting xia, spelling and ejaan every week! realy pit the kids nowadays :-(

XY built a sentence using the malay word correctly... so like you said, should feel happy that she used it correctly :-).

Wonderful Life said...

She's a smart girl la! She'll do well in her exams... :)

andrewjune said...

oh dear, i was thinking why you were sad...*laugh*

she is one smart girl, i know she will excels in all field :)

btw, her handwriting is REALLY fantastic!

jacss said...

hahahaha.....i burst out too d moment i read that sentence!! u r so discipline lar....mine having d same prbm too. can read, spell but dont udrstd :(
we just bot them e-dictionary....but no time, no energy to teach...sad sad

Hazel said...

kids are quite pity nowadays, really don't have any fun..

coffeesncookies said...

i would have laughed too .. and then choy ! choy ! choy ! her.. LOL..
btw.. shouldn't it be ; saya pilu kerana ibu sudah meninggal ?

Health Freak Mommy said...

I was chuckling to myself reading what your girl has constructed. She is one smart girl :D
PS - her handwriting is very neat and nice :)

JO-N said...

and I really thought you were sad! She's smart and you can relax a bit, now that you know she understands.