Thank you, Teachers

As you all know, M, our youngest daughter, started schooling just this year. I “home-schooled” her last year as I felt she was not yet ready to be in a formal school. We were successful at learning the colors, shapes and alphabet to name a few. But before we achieved that stage, M and I went through a lot. She is a very playful kid with very short attention span like any other kid. I, it is my first time to kick-start a child’s “formal” learning process. We did not go through such with A, our eldest, as she attended school at 2.8 years-old. So yeah, I always get “I am not yet done playing” when I tell her that it is study time, until maybe after six months.

Thankfully, my sister Toni, who is a pre-school teacher, is always there. She was the one who keeps on coaching me what to do and how to do it. She does so until now, on the sideline of her own classroom. Now, M, can already read CV syllables.

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Recently, I read a Facebook post about what teachers do and how little they make. I was so teary-eyed while reading that post and just remembering it now makes my eyes cloudy. That post hit a spot. How can the people who give so much #husayatmalasakit be so neglected specially in this country?

Our teachers give their all each day as they enter their classrooms; exactly why they are called our children’s mom in school. They do not only teach our children academics, more importantly, they teach our children how to be good people, and I believe, they do so because they have so much malasakit and love for our children like we parents do. Have you ever seen a teacher who neglects a kid’s misbehavior? I have not. Have you seen a parent who ignores a child’s misbehavior? I have, many times, in varying cases. Actually, in this generation, there are a lot of instances when children behave better in school than when they are home.

I am so thankful to all the teachers out there for choosing their profession. For choosing to shape young minds and make a difference, in exchange of bright smiles, happy giggles, hugs and kisses.

Toni, like all the teachers I know, is my unsung hero. Because of her, I strive to be more patient when teaching A and M. She exercises patience when dealing with her students. How can I not do the same when I only have 2. I strive to be more understanding that lessons will not be learned when taught just once. I have to keep repeating until the lesson has been learned and I cannot give up, just like what teachers do. I strive to make learning fun in every way, giving all my creativity to it, just like what the teachers do, to make learning a positive memorable experience. Because of the teachers who strive to inculcate different values to our children, I as a parent, also strive to exercise those values for my children to see.

I really wish that teachers and the teaching profession will be given more attention because they have so much responsibility in their hands, specially here in the Philippines. Without them, who will help us shape young minds?

Proverbs 22:6 | Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Too Advanced

That is what I feel with regards to the lessons being taught to my first grader.

Alex has this on and off colds due to the unpredictable weather that we have been experiencing. The chocolate stock that we have does not help because my girls have a sweet tooth (just like mom) and they take a bit of those every after meal, aggravating the colds a little. Oh, plus the busy weekends that we have.

The colds took a toll on her last Monday and I decided not to send her to school. I thought she will not miss much on a Monday since there is a school rule that exams on a Monday is a no-no as Friday is a no assignment day. There were really no exams. But I forgot that there can be seatworks. To my surprise, they tackled multiplication tables 6 and 7 last Monday. Yesterday, they tacked tables 8 and 9. Today, there was a quiz on tables 6 and 7 plus a long test in Reading. Tomorrow there is a long test in Language. I am hyperventilating.

I was not able to review Alex because 1)I do not know how the teacher taught the lesson to them and I do not want to teach another technique which might confuse Alex. Being absent, she does not know the way it was taught either. 2)I went to the wake of our friend priest, who presided our wedding ceremony and was so stressed out by the commute from south to north.

I may be over-reacting but I just feel that these Math lessons are waaaaaaaay too advanced for a six-year-old kid. In my time, I studied these things when I was in grade 3, if my memory serves me right. But that is the way it is. Whether I like it or not, I have to help my daughter with this Math lesson as it will be included in their 2nd periodical exams next week. Yes, next week! That means stress-week again!

Oh God, please shower me with lotsa patience and time!

CDSL Foundation Week 2012: Playdate

Such a busy week this is. Thanks for a one day rest, I have time to take care of my blogs.

Colegio de San Lorenzo (CDSL), Quezon City, is celebrating its 25th year. In celebration of this milestone, there are many activities lined up for students and parents.

I was really curious at how things will run. I have been to a big school and foundation week is a blast for everyone. While CDSL is a big school, the space it has is really limited. The parking alone can break your day when there are school-wide activities.

There was a huge inflatable slide that even a grade six enjoyed. There was the HIT flying swing (similar to Enchanted Kindom’s flying fiesta, only smaller). There were a handful of stalls that offer games much like in a town fair. There was an area where make-shift bump cars can be used. Then there was a stall that sells figurines made from plaster of paris which can be painted.

Students were given a letter about the ticket, priced at PhP130 each. It was not mandatory but you would not want your kid to miss the experience with the rest of his/her classmates, right? The tickets are valid for three rides and 1 play in the town fair stalls. The rides available are: make-shift bump car, flying swing and inflatable slide.

Here are the girls waiting for their turn in the inflatable slide, our first stop. L-R: Alex, Anika, Hannah

Finally! Ang bagal nga lang umakyat ni Alex, mukhang inip na yung iba sa likod.

There was no rule where to go next so we decided to go for the flying swing. For our kids to be able to ride, there should be 24 kids in the line as the operator cannot mix the small kids with the bigger ones. Magkaiba kasi sila ng intensity sabi ng operator.

Anika, Alex and Hannah in the flying swing. Super excited si Alex habang ako kinakabahan kasi hindi pwedeng basta itigil ang pag-ikot porket ayaw na nia dahil nahihilo xa or whatsoever.

Gelo, Anika’s baby brother, also enjoyed the ride. Visitors can also use the rides provided they have a ticket. Kung alam ko lang andun si Gelo, isinama ko si Maxyn!

Surprisingly, Alex enjoyed the flying swing so much! Nagrereklamo pa xa kasi ang bilis daw matapos!

I brought her to the make-shift bump car and she did not like it. She asked if she can use the remaining ticket in the flying swing. She did not want to go back to the inflatable slide because she kind of injured herself. Bigla xang tumaob tapos natukod nia yung right arm nia. Buti hindi napilay.

So we went back to flying swing for a second round. Na enjoy nia talaga!

Hindi naman halatang sobrang excited at enjoy ka, anak.

After we used up all our tickets, everyone was free to go home. No classes that day, just play.

Sabi nga ni Mama Fe ko, the perks of enrolling Alex to a big school.