We are nearing the end of the school term. This marks the end of Ben's K1 year and Esther's first year of "childcare", which she started in Jul/Aug 2012.
Recently, we attended Ben's year-end kindergarten concert. It was a fairly simple affair, albeit in a rather large & prominent location--Singapore Concert Hall. Ben wore a strawberry costume, which he loves, and his class did a plucking strawberries dance. Ben is in the Chinese immersion class at Gracefields, and I noticed that those classes did dances that were more "innocent" and "sweet". The English immersion classes, on the other hand, were singing and dancing to techno pop songs like "I Am A Gummy Bear"! It was probably just a coincidence.
Esther's teachers have all remarked what a joyful and intelligent girl she is. However, we periodically still have trouble dropping her off at childcare, and she still whimpers or even wails on occasion. The teachers reassure us that she stops crying and becomes very secure & confident throughout the three hours she's there. But it is a bit mystifying why she keeps crying on and off. We can only hope and pray that when she starts N1 next year, things will stabilise.
As for Ben, I've noticed that one difference between him and Daniel is that Ben has made good friends with both girls and boys in his class. At this age, Daniel was hanging out exclusively with the boys, and couldn't really remember the girls' names in his class. Ben on the other hand has 2 good boy friends and several good girl friends.
The other thing that has emerged this year is Ben's love for chess! He started becoming really good at it, probably around July this year. Now, his chess enrichment teacher (at Gracefields) is encouraging him to take part in a holiday competition organised by the Singapore Chess Federation. We shall see how that goes...
All in all, I'm quite pleased with Gracefields this year. I really appreciate that the Principal leads the Bible story and devotion every Friday, and Ben comes home singing a litany of Christian songs he has learnt. Esther has also started singing lots of songs--my favourite is "The Wheels on the Bus"--she does a very dramatic version of it when she gets to the lines, "The babies on the bus go wah wah wah!", and there's also a funny song about seeing a crocodile and screaming, which comes with appropriate sound effects!
Thank God for good schools!