I love meeting with the kids’ teachers. Although this gives me hard time because I need to converse in German, I love hearing praises and even criticisms and observations on my kids. I’m just glad knowing everything that my kids have been doing that I don’t see.
We had our appointment yesterday with the kids’ teachers. We went to Zyrch’s first. It was set at 1pm. His teacher was all praises with him. She said that he is very friendly, the other kids like him. He knows his role in the class and he is helpful to other kids. With regards to school work, she said he’s neat and orderly with his things. He’s diligent and hardworking. His teacher was all praises on him. She showed his works and some tests and they were all good. He still needs improvement in the language, though but he’s already attending a language program in school so I know eventually he’ll have no problems on that aspect.
What surprised me a bit is that she said he has a “partner”! Haha! Actually I already have an idea about this because Ryz told me about it already and they always mention the girl’s name here at home. I could still remember what Ryz said, “Kuya ist verliebt” or Kuya is in love. I said, “whaaat??!!” Kids… what do they know about love? Haha! Anyway, this was confirmed by his teacher and she told me that the girl likes him, too. Waaaaah!!!! They were inseparable according to her. When he says to the girl to sit beside him, she sits!
We waited for about 30mins before we talked to Ryz’s teacher. Just the same, her teacher was also all praises on her. She is also diligent, neat and orderly. She is also helpful not only to her classmates but also to the teacher. She said she is so sweet. I have observed this once when I brought the kids to school, I saw how she greeted the teacher and was just surprised. I didn’t know Ryz could be like that. I’ve seen her in Kindergarten as a little timid. According to her, Ryz was a little shy during the first weeks in school. She normally didn’t express what she feels but she had overcome it. She also showed me some of her works and she told me she was amazed how Ryz made a story out of a picture. Other kids didn’t do as that. However, she also has the same weakness as Zyc, the language. Well, they are both attending the language program and surely will overcome this eventually.
Before going to these meetings I have already prepared some questions I wanted to ask to their teachers. Most are my concerns and fears for my kids; their self confidence, concentration and how they get along with other kids. I am happy with what I heard, the issue on Zyc’s self confidence (which was our primary concern when he was still in Kindergarten and was the reason for him not to go straight to the big school) will not anymore be one of my concerns. His teacher attested that he has this and he carries himself well. I should not worry about it. I was surprised actually when Ryz’s teacher agreed with me when I brought up the self confidence issue. She told me a story when Ryz actually won’t do a seatwork because she said she can’t do it though she (the teacher) knows she can. I’ve known Ryz of having a strong character and high self esteem. I’ve seen this since she was 2 y/0 when she started going to pre-school and wanted to be independent. I know in time she’ll overcome this and I hope we’ll have no regrets in letting her go straight to the big school despite the advises of some teachers to let her stay for 1 year in a Präventiv Klass.
When the kids were still in the Kindergarten they were not allowed to go home on their own until they reach the age of 6. I wanted Zyc to learn that time but since they were still both in Kindergarten I can not allow it because Ryz hasn’t reached the required age. Zyc did it while he was in the Präventiv Klasse but only just a few times. He would always ask for me to pick him up. I guess he was still scared to be on his own that time. When Ryz turned 6 I still picked her up but what I did was walk ahead of her for her to learn how to cross the street. Actually I also did this when they were still together in Kindergarten.
Now that they are in the 1st grade I told them that it’s really high time for them to learn to walk home on their own. Their school is just a 15-20 minute walk and I thought this will also be an exercise for them. Thankfully, I heard no objection from both of them. During their first week I still had to pick them up and guide them. I showed them where to pass and pointed out important reminders like looking to their left, right and left again before crossing, and using most importantly the pedestrian lane when crossing.
The way to school is also student-friendly; pedestrian crossing and pedestrian signal are available. When there’s no pedestrian signal but there’s the lane, cars and buses go to a halt and let the people cross first. I’m really glad we live in a place where drivers respect the pedestrians.
I believe every child should know the basics when it comes to crossing the street, even the child who grew up riding in cars. They need to have courage and be independent.
We just celebrated Zyc’s 8th birthday. We originally thought of having a birthday party on the day itself. My Filipina friends and I were thinking of having a Christmas party and I thought it would also be nice to do it at the same time. But Zyc requested another way to have his birthday celebration. What’s more fun way for the little man to celebrate than give in to his request, a revisit to his favorite museums; the Mercedes Benz and the Porsche museums. Despite having his new favorite addictions; Minecraft and Skylanders games in PS3, I guess his love for cars will not just die down. He still longed for that thrill of seeing these cars.
Hubby is on vacation from work for the whole Christmas break so it was really a good time for us to spend it together and go to places where we want to. Our first stop was the Porsche Museum since it’s farther than MB Museum. But before that we took first our lunch in KFC (our favorite place to eat when we go to Stuttgart).
I don’t mind seeing the cars again as long as my son is enjoying it.
After the Porsche Museum, we headed to MB Museum. I still remember the time we first went there… we forgot to bring a camera so we settled with our camera phones. Now, we enjoyed taking shots with our DSLR.
Honestly I like MB Museum more than the Porsche Museum. Maybe because of its richer past since MB was established earlier than the Porsche. Another thing is visitors get to explore more and “interact”. They allow visitors especially the kids to discover and learn new things
After our trip we went straight to the supermarket and bought groceries. Of course we didn’t forget his favorite, cheesecake. I’m just glad Zyc isn’t choosy when it comes to this. Instants work for him. Hehe..
There is no need to be anxious when teaching your child how to ride a bicycle. Simple steps can make the whole process a fun learning experience for your child and soon the whole family can enjoy leisurely rides along shady winding smooth bikepaths. You can start lessons off in the safety of your own house or yard and then progress to safe outdoor areas with slight gradients. Off with the training wheels and away you go!
It is very important that you have the correct size bike for your child. Choose a bike that can be turned into a runbike.
Remove any training wheels and pedals from their bike. Then lower the seat until the child can sit comfortably on the seat with both feet flat on the ground. Your child can then easily walk while seated on the bike. This is a great way for children to learn about balance. Once they are confident doing this, increase the walking pace into a scooting pace where both feet scoot forwards and backwards, rather than going through a walking motion. When capable of doing this, raise feet off the ground to gently coast along.
If the bicycle is fitted with handbrakes, once they have become confident at scooting, this is the perfect time to introduce handbrake lessons. If the bike has no handbrakes, be vigilant with supervision.
Mark out a short straight course with visible markers, such as large foam blocks, placed at intervals along the course. The bike will easily run over the blocks if your child goes off course and will not make your child fall off the bike or damage the bike in any way. Start off with the runbike; walking through the course steering from left and right and gradually building up to scooting through the course.
Now is the time to replace the pedals on the bike. Check the thread on the pedals to ensure you put the correct pedals on the correct side. Give your child physical support by gently holding their shoulder. Place the pedals in the start position. Encourage your child to push the right pedal down and start pedalling. Always teach these new skills on a flat smooth surface. They can also commence to use any braking techniques they have learnt.
Make sure to give your child plenty of opportunity to practice in a wide open area. When your child feels confident, they can accompany you on bike rides in an open area before negotiating more built up areas strewn with day to day obstacles. Always make sure you child is properly fitted for safety gear such as helmets and shoes. 99 Bikes Australia has a wide range of accessories and clothing suitable for all age groups. Local Councils also have information on dedicated bikepaths where it is safe to take the beginner cyclist.
Given that your child will spend almost half of their young life asleep, it’s essential to do everything to make sure they get the best quality sleep possible. Here are a few tips to improve their chances of starting each new day refreshed and rejuvenated:
There are very few children who actually like having to go to bed, so whatever you can do to make it as enticing an offer as possible, the less of a struggle it will be for everyone. Singing to children, or reading a story with them are excellent ways not only to help lull them to sleep, but are a great opportunity to bond with them and let them feel loved and secure. Try to get in the habit of doing it every night, even if only for ten minutes. If your child is old enough, you can each alternate at reading pages to give them some reading practice, but given that you’re trying to help their brain switch off, it’s probably a better idea for you to do the reading.
While you’re reading or singing to them, light a scented oil burner in the room (make sure to blow it out before you leave!). Some smells, especially lavender have a wonderfully soothing effect. Having a pleasant scent in the room also means that they will begin to breath more deeply and slowly, relaxing them and preparing them for sleep. Avoid using washing powders or other cleaning products that have strong, harsh smells, preferably throughout your entire home, but especially in your kid’s bedroom.
Not only a savvy use of vertical space in your child’s bedroom, bunkbeds will be enjoyed for both sleep and play. If your child likes their bed and it is a personalised and fun space for them, going to bed will be a less acrimonious activity. To check out the full range to find something that is right for your space and style, head to www.bunkers.com.au/
It’s as hard to sleep in a hot, stuffy room as it is in a cold, drafty room. Whatever the season, make sure you kids have adequate air flow in their room, and that their bedding is suited to the temperature. Even if it gets desperately cold, there’s no need for electric blankets or to leave heaters on over night. Leaving on either of those overnight are in fact extremely perilous for a child or adult and result in dehydration and over-heating, aside from being a fire hazard.
If your child gets anxious at night, consider using a nightlight. You can find a great range of different shapes and style such as animals or stars which will give your child extra comfort. Another good investment is a touch lamp on their bedside table, so that if they do get scared or have to get up in the night then they won’t have to fiddle around with switches and risk knocking their lamp over.
Some things, like baby clothes, need to be kept. Often baby will hardly even wear clothes before they are outgrown. Similarly toys, cots, prams and other baby bits are often in excellent condition after the baby has moved on to bigger and better things. And the retired baby goods need to be ready and waiting for the next new arrival! Getting rid of your baby gear, unless you are finished family-making, makes no sense.
Many young families have limited storage in their home. This presents something of a problem when needing to store the often large array of baby clothes, furnishings, toys and other trappings. Unless you have a friend or relative who can offer you some storage space, it is worthwhile considering using a storage service. Fort Knox is a reputable storage company with facilities dotted all over Queensland, including Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Gladstone and Fort Knox Ipswich. This company offers a great deal of flexibility around size of storage and also the time period for storage, from short to long term options.
Storage facilities have loads of advantages to consider. They are very safe, with high levels of security provided. They are generally accessible seven days a week and you are the only key holder, so everything remains just as you left it until it is need again. And if packed correctly, everything will be in tip top condition when you need to use it again.
Baby furnishings, toys and clothes are expensive to replace, so it is important to give them a good clean prior to storage. All clothing should be freshly washed before it is packed away. Use a stain remover to soak any badly stained clothes and if they don’t come clean, don’t keep them. Likewise, all furnishings should be wiped down thoroughly to remove dust or grime. If goods are stored without being properly cleaned they will become ruined during storage, with grime turning into irremovable stains, rust or corrosion.
If you child or children are old enough, involve them in the packing. They will love being ‘big’ enough to pack tiny things away for a possible new brother or sister sometime in the future. It is a great opportunity to tell them stories about how they liked a toy or where they wore a particular item of clothing. A pram can carry all sorts of tales: outings that the family enjoyed, daily walks and more. A cot can create opportunities to reminisce about lullabies sung and the funny sleeping habits of the child. Get the grandkids involved too. They will love doting over treasured items as they pack. And they too will have stories to share with youngsters.
Packing baby gear away can be a really treasured and memorable time. And, when the time comes, unpacking can be just as memorable as you revisit the stories told during packing.
So, find yourself a good storage facility, get packing and start making memories! Good luck.
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