It’s more fun in the second grade

The challenges are getting harder by the minute, and the struggle in our household during study time has become more real. But the rewards are also so worth every hardship. I feel bad whenever we come home late from work, and could only scrape so much time for her studying during weekends in between chores. And as any normal kid would, she’d rather play than pore over her lessons at home.

Still, I am happy with the results. She could do better, sure. But as a family, we could only do so much, and pray to the Lord to guide her.

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Early awards

More than a week ago, I blogged about our family slaving away for Mischa’s first term examinations. We were really concerned about her getting good grades, and of course, understanding her lessons that we spent quite some time reviewing. And we were happy with the results so far. She came home last Monday bearing these:

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Yay for Mischa! We actually got the results of her other subjects and we are truly proud of how she did. She could have done better in other subjects (read: Math), but I keep on telling her it’s okay that she didn’t get everything. The important thing is she did her best. And assured her that her hard work will pay off someday. Keep up the good work, anak!

Reviewing for exams

Over the weekend, our whole living room was in disarray. In a good way, of course. It was Mischa’s upcoming first term examinations, and we were all full throttle in reviewing her. Books, notebooks, results of quizzes and chapter tests, pens, and still, toys were alls strewn in the couches, tables and floor. The hubby and I made mock exams that she willingly took, albeit with a promised reward at the end. I was in-charge of English, Araling Panlipunan or Social Studies, Filipino and Science. I actually didn’t want to stress her far too much, but the husband was all-out in drilling her especially in Math, which was her waterloo. The way he was testing her, you’d think she was taking the UPCAT πŸ™‚ and not merely a term exam or periodical exam as we call it in my day.

Good luck, anak. We are all rooting for you. You can do this.

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Some pre-school difficulties

Mischa has been brought up speaking two languages – English and Filipino. She definitely hears us converse in Filipino (Tagalog) at home but we make it a point to speak to her in English. Most of the shows she watches on TV are English, and I have banned the showing of certain Tagalog shows (read: noontime variety shows where she could pick up a a whole slew of unpleasant language). I have also not read to her any book in Filipino. English is the medium of instruction in her school, which was one of the factors that made me choose the institution. Its high priority in making students feel comfortable speaking in conversational English did the trick for me.

All these are haunting me a little right now. After two whole years of primary education, she is now embarking on a totally foreign (which ironically should not be, right?) subject – Filipino. I must admit that we are struggling at the moment because many of the words (mind you, not the everyday common Tagalog words) are completely alien to Mischa. We are not the sosyal or pasosyal type of family. I just deemed it important that she is fluent in English as the times do call for it. Being able to communicate well, I know, will serve her well in the future.

I can’t believe she had difficulties with these, which we all take a little for granted:

Anong pangalan mo?

Ilang taong gulang ka na?

Saan ka nakatira?

Sino ang nanay at tatay mo?

Seems simple enough, right?

Oh no. I hope this subject will not prove to be her undoing. We need to practice more.

First term progress

We got Mischa’s report of grades for the first term last Saturday (they’re on a trimester basis). The husband also talked to her adviser about her progress. Generally, we are very happy parents when we saw how good she is doing academically. I was a but surprised though that she’s excelling in Math (lol) knowing how poor I am in that aspect haha. But seriously, we are so proud she’s got superior skills in Math, Science and the Languages. An average of 96.14 for a Kinder 1 student is no easy feat. There’s a lot to be said still about her writing (poor kid). It is what brought down her average, together with her conduct (but this I am not so concerned about). She could have gotten a green merit card (the highest) but got a pink one (second) instead.

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The teacher also remarked that she loses focus when doing activities because she has a tendency to look over whatever her classmates are doing, and reporting these to her teacher. In short, mahadera haha. I’m not making excuses for her, and I already said something to her about minding her own work, but I see that she is exhibiting leadership skills this early. Not bad, right?

There’s room for improvement but I am glad she has mastered the basics. I’ll put on more pressure when she’s older. For now, I believe, guidance is just the key.