Archive for February, 2016

A New School

February 26, 2016

Calvin started school this week. The administrative portion was surprisingly efficient. We got the school assignment one day after I turned in the paper work, on Saturday morning. He seems to be comfortable at school. He has declared, on the first day, that his teacher, Miss C, is the best teacher he ever had. Even better than his old K teacher, Miss M, who is in turn better than his preschool teacher, Miss P. (I really like his preschool teacher, but I guess kids think differently). Coincidentally, they also rank the same way in terms of age – his current teacher being the youngest and his preschool teacher the oldest. Perhaps a connection there?

He has made a couple of friends so far and has been joining in the boys’ running around, secret base tag game. They would also start piling up on the spiral slide and the playground teacher had to “give them a break”. Calvin melted down from that, in a rather uncharacteristic manner. He would usually get upset but today was unusually angry and combative (taking about taking revenge etc). It might be just tiredness combined with the stress of adjusting to a new school, making new friends and learning new routines. After he calmed down and I explained the need for safety rules, he kinda accepted it and we had fun with the playground all to ourselves.

He does seem pretty anxious about unexpected events in school. For example. he got worried about the mustache day that is happening tomorrow. We assured him that he doesn’t have to do it if he doesn’t want to. But let’s make some anyway in case he changes his mind. And then he was bemoaning that they need to do skip rope for PE on Friday and he doesn’t know how. I taught him the basics of swinging the rope and then jumping over it while it is stationary. I guess with practice that will help him get into the rhythm of doing a proper skip. When I was younger, I actually could not skip with two feet. I would do the running style of skipping and at first end up moving forward way too much because I couldn’t even run in place while skipping >_< I am so not athletic, so I understand his feelings of fear and frustration all too well.

All in all, it was a pretty good first week for him. I’m getting some extra workout too from walking to school to meet him while he takes the school bus.

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Trust me dad, I’m your son

February 20, 2016

So father and son plans a massive attack on the unsuspecting mum, who was at that moment preparing lunch.

Dad: Are you sure she will still give us yummies if we punish her?

Son: She’s our mum, even if we punish her, she will still give us yummies.

Dad: Are you sure?

Son: Trust me dad, I’m your son.

I’m glad to hear that my son feels so secure in my love for him. I’m not sure what to think of the subsequent attacks that followed…

Settling In Seattle

February 16, 2016

We’ve had our fair share of trouble getting all the administrative stuff done – we ordered a modem that the mailman did not deliver because he thought our house  was vacant. We requested for redelivery but the mailman just pooh poohed it and didn’t even pick it up for delivery because he thought it was vacant. We thought we lost the title of our car and couldn’t register our car. Later, we found it untouched, in the original envelope, since the day it was made. We actually house hunted for the first time to find our apartment. We had wanted a house with a small yard but the ones within our budget were too far so we decided to settle for an apartment instead. Our current apartment actually has a small strip of yard which the landlord said we could dig up if we wanted. It’s also on the ground floor so we can stomp around with impunity. The area seemed safe enough and close to grocery stores and is located in a good school area. It seems petty perfect for our needs. We have officially spent our first 6 days here so we will see how it goes.

On the other hand, unpacking has made me realize that Calvin indeed has too many toys. Most of the boxes seem to have toys in it. At least Calvin was pretty cooperative and volunteered quite a number of his toys for donation / selling off.  Of course, before we even got the old stuff out of the house, we have picked up more new toys from thr thrift store today…. Uh oh, mummy is bad at decluttering…

I still  haven’t gotten round to registering Calvin for school here . His school is predominantly white so him being a minority kid joining mid year makes me feel a little apprehensive.  At any rate, it seems that kindergarten is not compulsory here in our state so I am happily enjoying his company for a little longer. We have also been working on academic skills – chinese, english literacy, math sense etc. It’s much harder to do writing and chinese when he was in school previously. There just wasn’t enough time for him to relax and play.

He has been watching this chinese show  巧虎 every morning, which improved his spoken chinese. I’ve totally slacked off on speaking Chinese to him. The libraries here are great, so we’ve been enjoying a lot of reading time.  They even have chinese books that I can place on hold at my nearest library. We are constantly at the 50 book limit. I think I might have to get my own library card so we can have even more books at home… Calvin’s reading is improving, he can confidently read one fish, two fish to us fluently and with expression. I am enjoying time listening to him read too.

At any rate, his kindergarten will likely be half day. The full day kindergarten costs about 300 extra, so I am not sure if it is worth the money especially if he doesn’t have many friends. He has been talking about being a ‘wanderer’ again and just going around doing things by himself. I don’t really want to imagine him doing that for all 3 recesses.