Mischa’s 9th

I cannot believe she is 9! No matter how I ask time to slow down, there is no stopping that growth spurt, and all things that go with it. Give it another six months or so, and I think she’ll outgrow me vertically. Ayayay!

I didn’t get to spend the whole day with her since I had work but we had a rare family dinner with both sets of families around. Hooray! (We are currently staying at my brother’s house). Also, she got her dream gifts – phone, hamster and her favorite books from Thea Stilton. She is one happy kid.

We love you much, anak! I pray for nothing but the best, good health and constant happiness for you and your sister. I will celebrate your life for as long as I live.

Day camp

Mischa’s school held a Day Camp for some of their grade schoolers, which she joined. This was not required but the big girl insisted she wanted to join so we arranged our very tight schedule to accommodate her request. It was after all, a bonding activity for parent and child. And thank God we did go (at last the Dad did) with her for it was fun and educational. An independent group facilitated the activities, such as making fires, learning different kinds of knots, and learning other life-saving and survival skills.

The kids who participated were grouped, and came from varying grades and sections, so it was an opportunity for them to meet other school mates. Good thing too that Mischa’s team won, hooray!

Eye Level

Now, we have to admit that our darling Ate needs help with her academics. Like me, Math seems to be her waterloo. I hope I did not pass on that horrible gene to her, but she’s having a difficult time with it. Through her primary years, she’s managed to cling on, albeit precariously, with her fingers. But alarm bells started sounding off this term when she failed several quizzes and even a long test. Add to that are working parents’ woes that we are not able to really sit down with her and review her school work, resulting to those measly performances. We thought maybe aside from lack of time, that we’re providing her with the wrong strategy that’s why she “couldn’t get it”.

So we deemed it high time to get her some help. We’ve decided to enrol her in a supplemental program that focuses specifically on Mathematics. Since there is one near us, we chose Eye Level. I will reserve on whether their program is effective. Based on their website and social media sites, they had me at “self-directed learning”, which we really hope to imbibe in Mischa since she’s already in grade school. They have individualized programs based on the needs of each child. Aside from mastering the basics, the program promises to encourage critical thinking, which I think is more important.

When we had Mischa assessed over the weekend, they provided us her strong and weak areas in Math, and from there, we discussed the kind of tutoring she will undergo. Of course we were okay with it as the assessment jives with what we’ve observed at home. She had her first session right there and then. Then she brought home some worksheets that she can answer at her own pace at home. Ideally, there should be two 45-minute sessions per week but we’ve negotiated with one 1.5-hour session weekly because we can only bring her to the center on weekends. Sad but true, but parents do what they gotta do.

Really praying that this would be a great deal help to her (and to us).

Girl stuff

My girl is starting a bit earlier than me in the going out department. At 8! I think started hanging around with friends outside of school when I was 12. Oh well, this is chaperoned anyway. And we know her friend’s family since they were preschoolers. Plus they live one block away from us. It is only now that they reconnected during 3rd grade. I hope they will be in for the long haul, and wish them true friendship that is very rare nowadays. I couldn’t wish for a better friend at this point because I know her family and they way she and her siblings are being raised. They’re the kind that I hope Mischa would hang around with.

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to our big baby girl for receiving the Sacrament of the Eucharist! I love how pretty the first communicants were!

I may not be the preachy type because I totally believe that holding your faith close to you and treating others well, but I do hope, anak, that you truly live the Christian life. Be the best daughter for the Holy Father, and you will go a long way. Never treat others badly for they are part of who you are, no matter how terrible they may treat you sometimes.