Happy New Year
I am making tang yuan
With help from Big Yee Yee, Small Jiu Jiu and Christine Jie Jie
It’s serious business.
Don’t play play ……
OK, I probably play a bit but I help a lot!
I roll and roll
But it somehow became flat
Jiu Jiu, can this still be used
for the caterpillar?
I have fun making tang yuan
It’s the school holiday now but for Samuel’s kindergarten, they re-open their new semester this month.
Mommy couldn’t recall if his school organized something similar last year but this year, they are having a Fun Camp for a whole month before starting their classes next year.
The theme of the camp is Einstein. Everyday all the children will be exposed to endless fun of playing and learning something related to science; volcano, magnet, dinosaurs, solar…. (Ok. They are hardly Einstein stuff but play along will ’ya?)
The month’s line-up includes 2 excursions and a Christmas Party.
The first excursion took place last week; a Magic Show by Professional Magician at Masyarakat Penyayang. The children were ferried by busses from their schools to the venue under the teachers’ care. Parents were not allowed to tag along in busses nor enter the main hall where the event took place. But of course again, parents were welcomed to observe from afar.
Mommy did ponder for awhile if we are ready to let Samuel go for this excursion alone under only his teachers’ care. The teacher’s assurance was very convincing but the thing was, Samuel said he’d be more comfortable if we were around to check his back and to fetch him back.
So yup, risking of being an annoying parent again, we insisted that we would pick Samuel up ourselves. Samuel followed the bus to the show though.
It was near to the end of the show when Mommy arrived. The crowd was big, there must be more than a thousand children there :O.
The teachers did a very good job in handling them. From getting them to listen to the emcee, to participate in the show, to grouping them together and getting them to their busses accordingly.
Their job was made harder by the bad weather. It was raining quite heavily then.
But the teachers were still calm and organized, so were the children.
They all looked very happy and very much enjoyed themselves.
Samuel was awe too. He did not imitate any of the Magician’s tricks. He did, however told us some that he likes.
The School Potluck Christmas Party was held yesterday.
This year, on top of the usual small gift prepared by the school to all the children, the school arranged with all the parents to prepare a surprise gift for their children as well.
A gift that their children have longed for and a gift that their children have no idea they will be getting…… ideally. In reality, there’s no way we could hide this present and pass it to Samuel’s teacher without his knowing.
As planned, Samuel was super excited yesterday.
With the macaroni and cheese that Mommy prepared for the potluck,
Samuel was all geared for the party.
He had loads of fun.
And the fun continued at home when he unwrapped his present.
Cue to the eye …
See the different?
Although Samuel has not read the Rapunzel story or watch any version of the show yet then, Samuel is already quite familiar with this name, courtesy of the title list he has at the back of all his Ladybird story books.
He can read all the books on his own fairly well now.
We would rate his reading as good to advance. More about that later.
Now, about this show. We went to watch the Rapunzel, A Tangled Tale last Sunday. It had been a busy week for us and we did not manage to get the ticket upfront.
The couple seats were all sold out by the time we went to the cinema. Daddy decided then it’s time for Samuel to sit solo.
He was a bit alarmed when we told him he would be sitting on his own seat thinking that he'd have to watch the show alone. But went cool again after knowing that’s not the case.
In fact we think he’s glad that he’s finally graduating from having to share the seats with us.
Looks like we can consider the mall nearby for our cinema outings onwards since couple seats is no longer a requirement : )
We find the show alright. It’s good that the story is not too Rapunzel centered, else the show would be too princess-ey for our boy.
Besides Rapunzel, Samuel likes the man and the horse characters. Their name does not register to him. He only remembers Rapunzel. He calls Flynt, ‘the man’ and Maximus, ‘the horse’.
He also has no idea what that green little tail that does not look like a chameleon is.
So we playfully debated with him a bit; Is it a frog? Is it an iguana?
or a lizard?
or a dragon?
Lets just call Pascal a green little thing, shall we?