Cupcakes fun

Mummy always wanted to try make some cupcakes and have fun with me. So slowly started to buy ingredients and decided to make today.

Unfortunately our vanilla essence is spoilt so there was no vanilla taste so we improvised and put half od the cupcakes with milo taste.

While waiting for mummy to whisk the mixture, i add my pressed bento breakfast.

Once all is done, we start design the cupcakes with color icing and all sorts of color rice and sm figurines.

It was so much fun that i design 8 cupcakes.

We shd try again next time.....

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Mummy bento hobby

Lately mummy is into bento making as i am required to bring lunch box to school so she wants to make my lunch as attractive and cute as possible.

As time goes by her accumulation gets bigger and bigger and this is her current stuffs she have. But still hope to get more and hopefully make even more full use with them.

This was done last year -fried rice and its definately not as attractive as the pros but we will try again next time.

Finding a School-- Part 2

Going through all the changes for Alicia’s preschool education was tiring but when you see results coming from her. The effort becomes all worthwhile. I have a friend whose child is already Primary 6 (Currently is the A class) tells me, a child education starts from the very beginning. If you give her a good base or a good environment, she will nurture better if she chooses to. You cannot help her to study or learn but you can give her a good environment where opportunities will present to her. Then once you think you have gave her your very best, it is up to them to choose to learn as much as they can or neglect whatever it is going on. This is where self discipline comes in. If you observe Alicia now, you will see that she is very enthusiastic going to school participating the activities and if you are observant, you will see that she can grab the skills very fast through Multimedia learning and Learn thru Play. Currently is her prime time to absorb as much as possible thus if we can give as much as we can, she will learn more.

Within ½ year since she started at 3 years old, she starts to write ABCs, know all her 26 phonics letter sounds, spell her name, write her name, recognize around 10 Chinese characters, write 1,2,3 in Chinese, read out loud/sing Chinese poems all results coming from classes which I have very good impression on. Of course, we should never take for granted just throwing them into classes expecting them to do results. I make every effort or time whenever possible to revise with her and when she returns to classes, she has no problem remembering them.

There are people who tells me when we were young, not much emphasis was put on education, everybody goes to P*P and grows up well but now out there , there are so many better private ones which can educate and provide the children more. I am not against to P*P but my focus is on the curriculum which is very important to me and how the teacher’s can guide the children or show a good example. Having changes to so many schools and visiting almost all the childcare/preschool near my home allows me to see the differences and style how they handle children or if the teacher is out to wait for time to pass by or a eager passion to pass down her knowledge to children.

I shall state an example how I feel of a good teacher can give good results. I have experience coming from the same school 2 different personality teachers. In the first trial was taught by a bubbly happy teacher, dancing around with children, reading aloud, very caring, sweet, and while the children are doing the hands on paper, she will make every effort to see the teacher are doing it right. Just 1 lesson, she can remember Alicia’s name when she is not at school when we saw her somewhere else. However as the time was not very convenient, we choose to put her on another timing with a different teacher, this teacher is a very quiet teacher, not much dancing, read aloud was involved ( I like to peep at them how the teachers teach), the teacher was fidgeting at her nails waiting for children to finish the hands- on. The children were at their own doing the paper. Lesson was finish in less than the promised time and I was so pissed, the children were playing toys at the mid of the lesson. The teacher was walking in circles waiting for the time to pass. Seriously my head was fuming; I pay so much for you to accompany my daughter to play toys. I never employ a nanny for goodness sake! My house has dozens of toys to play. My first instinct was to change back to the other teacher. So far the bubbly happy teacher was the best teacher Alicia have encountered and she has so much good Aura around her that you will feel happy too talking to her. You can feel there is a passion to teach and you can see Alicia really enjoys her lesson when she is teaching jumping around, reading aloud. The end results in 3 months, she can memorize 2 poems from her school’s file, recognize 天,上,下,大,小,水,妈妈,爸爸,花,草 and etc.. When you read a simple Chinese book with this letter she can help you to read too. She understands Chinese better and we hope she can improve with more to come.

Next it’s a preschool for Alicia, attending the weekend Phonics class let us realize she can absorb very well in Multimedia learning, it attracts her full attention as she wishes to participate where they have a hands on pen to touch the screen. The software they used are very colorful and attracting and just Letterland itself has allow her to learn the essential alphabet, the phonic sound and how it is written. It basically covers English on what she needs to learn. Mainly the attractive point of this preschool is the multimedia learning and the constant updates and details what they will be teaching the children, they tried to make sure they speak proper English to the children and the curriculum is very enriching as it focus on the basic things she requires in the future especially English and Math. Going one big round of changing schools and visiting, we decided this is the only place where she loves and allow her to learn to her maximum. Although my savings may start to grow lesser and I will not be able to enjoy or spend using the additional cash I left in my salary, I believe it’s all worthwhile and I can be at a peace of mind that she is at a good preschool which I do not worry throwing away the money.

With the current daily preschool covering well English and Math, and Tien Hsia covering Chinese, I do not need to worry her education for a short while till I find better ones.

Ps: All this are my personal opinion for Alicia and it does not apply to other children or parent’s opinion or concepts to upbringing their children. Please do not get offended in any way as I just want to blog in her blog as part of her childhood life.

School choosing...

To me, a good education means very important to me. I strongly believe a good teacher which can motivate you will encourage u to study better. I personally encounter very good teachers in the past where they motivate me to learn better and love the subject. Thus I emphasize a lot on giving the best I can to Alicia even if it means sacrificing my own pocket money or even savings to provide her a better education.

Last time when she was with kidzone, my emphasis to the childcare was she enjoy staying in there and feel happy. No stress as she was too young to understand thus a happy place to be in is my concern. Indeed the teachers over there are caring and she like her friends over there but the expense of her constantly sick lead us to withdrawing out for a year. She stayed home during her nursery 1 days.

When she hits 3 years old there were subjects where she is old enuff to attend so we enrol her to phonics. Over there she is exposed to Letterland where she masters all the phonics sounds in 3 months. This makes me realise her potential to absorb like a sponge right now with the right teaching and opportunity, she can learn them like a flash.

Its very encouraging to me whenever i see results coming from her that the effort of putting her a good school is worthwhile. Not necessary a branded school but one which can attract her and teach her well.
When 2011 draws near her time to return back to school is important as her potential to absorb daily will help her to learn more. We as parents are so tempted to put her to letterland school which she can learn more over there but its even more expensive than a full time childcare thus we decided to put her to P*P which was the initial plan 1/2 year ago.

As a parent, i often like to observe how a teacher teach, whether she can capture one's attention and motivate them to remember. Sometimes those good ones will also teach me how to teach her at home thus helping her to remember better. Going to her P*P for the first 2 days gave me a rough idea how the teacher will teach.

The children was buried with toys without any schedule or plan what to do next. The teachers speaks broken english language u wont expect in a school but more like from a conversation chit chat. There isnt any plans what to do that few days although the timetable was properly scheduled. This prompt me to find another preschool for her, I cannot accept a teacher teaching her like some auntie where I can teach better than her. Sorry to be rude but imagine that bad! Coincidently 1st school call me that a two year waiting list finally reach my turn. Imagine how lucky we felt coincidently at this timing. We decided to enrol her bac to a CC. Qiqi stayed at P*P for 2 months, during her last months for no reasons she started to hate going to P*P, and says she hate the teacher. So we put a sound recorder inside her bag and found that they did not follow the timetable and they will playing for an entire 1 hour which I was pretty pissed for not teaching.Next we found that she was in a malay class which prompt us to terminate her notice period immediately. Reason why she could be inside was she was serving her notice period and the rest of the chinese children has moved to morning sessipn. Till now,she have phobia of the word P*P and school.

Next at 1st school, our first day was dissapointing once more. Alicia nursery 2 has a capacity of 36 students. Although it is said to be 3 teachers taking care, many of the times there will only 2 teachers, the CC is like a market. Constantly the teachers have to shout at students for doing other things as I felt there were too many children to take care. The kids have to rotate the class to different parts and the kids will loose concentration and do other things or go other corners. And when sometimes the crowd is too big, they gave up and dont bother and carry on the lesson. Looking closely at their timetable, they are very pro thematic learning which they have very little exposure to the alphabets or numbers which is essential in pri 1. When they r suppose to learn the alphabets, the teacher ended up singing songs which leave me wondering the only time they have to learn the important stuffs they will singing songs, the curriculam was worse than kidzone.

On the very day, she had some fish allergy and the remarks from the form teacher was they cant do much as there is fish 2-3 x a week and she wont be able to avoid. She wasnt even interested to try to help me think of an alternate solution which leaves me very dissapointed with the school. 2nd day of school, qiqi came bac with swollen eyes and she was ask to go home. We suspect could be she cried in the morning unable to wake up or due to a fish allergy but they cant accept her till we get clearance from a doctor.It was very dissapointing experience that we terminate on the 3rd day and didnt return.

Ok.... Will continue on the next post on our final decision for her final school.... Which everyone is happy with it and can foresee to stay on for some time....

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Pizza time

Decided to create an activity for the whole family to participate, have fun and dig out all the creativity mummy decided to buy lots of pizza ingredients and a pack of pita for the whole family to make their own pizzas.

With all the ingredients in hand, we put on our thinking hats and cooking hands and design our own pizzas.

We had so much fun and daddy in fact couldnt stop and run out of pitas

So we used bread and made really a lot.below is just 30% of it.

Once all are done we were really hungry and dig in. Next time we should do it again!

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