Arnold’s First Day Of School
Back-to-school season is in full swing! Both mummies and tots are all prepping for the big day!
I’ve been prepping Arnold for his first day of school and this day finally arrived. Last night as we packed his school bag, I felt as if it was my first day of school! I was more excited than he is! I made sure he had a fresh set of clothes to change, a bag of diapers, a towel, two milk canisters, milk bottle, water bottle, hanky, pillow, blanket, and a sweater to keep him nice and warm. I was so keyed up!
That night, everyone went to bed early except me. I couldn’t sleep! My girl is going on N2 and my boy is finally going to school! I was exceptionally emotional. How did they both grow up so quickly? They were so little, I could wrap them in one arm, and with a blink of an eye, they ‘spouted’! I had mixed feelings about this whole saga. I know, I know, I’m kinda a drama mama but I can’t help it! I want them to grow up and not grow up, all at the same time!
Little Miss Contrary Mrs Contrary.
So this morning, as soon as I got Sonia and Arnold changed, I grabbed my camera and decided to capture this special moment in pictures. I want to have something to look back and say “See, they’re my children’s first day of school. Boy, time flies! Back in 2016, Sonia just went on to N2 and Arnold finally joined his sister at Learning Vision! How cute they look in their school uniforms! Those days………”
The minute I started snapping pictures, I couldn’t stop and couldn’t decide which pictures were prettier so I’m about to show you those that I painstakingly picked. Even the blurred pictures has so much “feel”! Both of them were so natural. I didn’t ask for poses because I wanted to capture candid shots. I wanted to capture them being them and was pleasantly happy with how they all turned out!
I will remember this day dearly in my heart and I’m glad I took many pictures to relive good memories!
ARNOLD’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Many asked which school Arnold went to and why I chose that school. My answer was simple and short, “Because Sonia was in Learning Vision so I sent her little brother there too!”. Then came the next set of questions, “Why did you send Sonia to Learning Vision, what’s the curriculum like, what time they finish school, are the teachers good?” and the list goes on.
Instead of telling you stories about my children’s school in words, I thought you might be more interested in taking a peek at what’s school is like for Arnold. Just so you know, he’s turning two in a month and his class houses kids between 18 months young and 35 months old. The year they turn three, they will be promoted to N1 classes.
And if you would like to know why I sent my kids to school and what I look for when looking for a school, read here.
We left home at 8am. Now with two kids schooling, we took a little longer to leave home, get up the car and check-in school. Arnold wasn’t foreign to the school procedures. He saw jiejie doing her routines almost everyday; in fact he was excited to be part of the routine. And jiejie was super super super excited to teach him all about school!
First, they check-in school via this program called Little Lives. For the school, Little Lives assists them in running administrator’s work more efficiently in a paperless way, to keep track of attendance, reports, fees, and what not. For us (parents), it keeps us updated about our kids’ progress in school! I am the kind of parent who wants to know every little thing about my children in school. I want to know if they adapt well, if they eat well, if they finished their milk, if they pooed in school, if they enjoyed classes, if they read a book, if they learned a new song, etc. Well, Little Lives can’t tell me everything but it’s an awesome platform for teachers to share my kids’ progress with me. They show me pictures of my kids engaging in activities so I know what they are doing in school. And when they are home, we can talk about the things they learned in class. Everything else, I speak to their teachers and I’m really liking their school so much! I’ll let you know why along the way…
After checking-in on the iPad, the school does daily checks on the kids before entering school to prevent HFMD or any other similar outbreaks. I like how discipline they are on kids’ health matters. My experience with Learning Vision for Sonia was nothing but awesome and I hope it will be the same for Arnold, if not better!
When it was Arnold’s turn, he knew exactly what to do. He opened his mouth, opened his palms, pulled up his shirt to show his tummy, then turned around and lift his feet. All’s done.
They kept their shoes on their shoe cubbies and headed in to wash their hands. Very good hygiene routines, I thought. Well, I don’t have pictures of every single activities in school because looking after their well being was my top priority but whenever I can, I snap pictures and more pictures!
At about 9am, the kids had their breakfast! Today they had cornflakes on the menu and I see everyone finished every bit on their bowls. Some even asked for second serving! Very happy kids with good appetite!
They may be young but very independent. All of them were able to feed themselves without assistance. Mess? Sure, there were mess but nothing major.
So far, so good. No cries, no bawls. He finished his breakfast and joined his friends at the play corner while waiting for the rest to finish their food.
Once everyone was done with breakfast, the teachers gathered them at the table for water session. Yes, water session (like water parade)! They really keep the kids hydrated, all day. I like!
The kids will collect their water bottles from the tray, get seated, and drink!
Arnold was getting a little bossy. He kept asking his friend to drink water. He made sure everyone was drinking because teacher said so -_-
And he forced his classmate to do a “cheers” before drinking. Boy, he brought his habits from home to school. Opss!
I think this is a mummy’s thingy. All mummies think their kid is the best. I find him so charming even when he’s drinking water, and took 50 pictures of him just drinking water! LOL!
Don’t worry, I won’t bored you with 50 pictures of him drinking water. Just two. Haha…
After breakfast, the kids went to wash their hands and headed to the music room. The music room is like a multi-function room with lots of toys, blocks, balls, cones, and instruments. They held their Parent’s Day and all other festive celebrations there too!
Before any games, they had some sing-a-long session and introduced new students to the rest of the class, all using songs and more songs!
After warming up, the kids got ‘high’ with bubbles!
Not difficult to guess which is Arnold, right? The one standing in the middle with the shortest short.
After the bubble craze, they played with balls…
And walked on beams…
At about five to eleven, they went back to class for “water parade” again. Basically, the kids drink water in between every activity, so I need not worry if my kids are hydrated or not. They are always drinking water.
It was play time until lunch was served. Before food, everyone went to wash their hands again. Good habits! I like!
At about 11.15am, the school’s cook (whom the kids so endearingly calls auntie auntie) serves lunch! I guess Arnold was really hungry. He kept asking for rice and stood right in front of his teacher, waiting impatiently for his meal.
Today, the kids had bee hoon soup with chicken, tofu and carrot. I tasted the food – it nicely flavoured yet not too salty, with meat and vegetable all in one bowl. And trust me, the food tasted better than it looked. Most kids, especially the boys, had two servings of bee hoon!
Initially, Arnold was hesitant. After all he’s new to school, and everything in it, including food.
But after one mouthful, he went on and on.
And stuffed whatever left behind into his mouth. Opss, not very glam, uh!
When he’s done, he asked for more!
“Tee-cher, rice rice!”
Someone needs to brush up on his pronunciation!
Learning Vision has two toilets of which consist of 3 to 4 cubical each and a sizeable shower area. At each given time, one toilet can hold one class of students, so they take turn to shower.
I like how they organise shower sessions and how they give priority to younger kids, so the tots get to shower first and take their naps. I didn’t “like” how they work just because my son is in a toddler class; don’t forget, I have a daughter in N2 too! It just made sense for younger kids to shower first because they needed to nap more than the older kids. Anyway, I’m impressed with the way Learning Vision upkeep their toilets. I’ve been to many preschools and none has a toilet this clean (no pictures though, because the kids were bathing and it was inappropriate to be taking pictures then).
I’ve seen how the auntie washed the toilet. She removed all safety mats, scrubbed every inch, and put the mats back in place. More importantly, the staff in Learning Vision carries a positive attitude toward their work, even the cleaners. They were all so helpful, diligent, thoughtful, kind and cheerful! They love their job. They love the kids. I’ve never seen such a strong and happy team like this before! Ms. Cheryl (the Principal) must have done something right!
After their shower, the tots gathered in class to keep their shower bags and took turns to blow dry their hair.
The teachers will help the kids to make the bed, then prepare milk for them all.
Again, Arnold was first to scream “hungry”! He kept asking for milk and was the only one standing before the desk, waiting for his milk to be ready. He’s always hungry…. LOL!
Soon after, the kids fell asleep and the teachers could finally take a break. It wasn’t easy being a preschool teacher and I really appreciate them a lot, especially Teacher Naz, Teacher Fasha, Teacher Syu, Teacher Sze Ying, Teacher Gwen, and Teacher Hwee Ling! These teachers are patient, caring, attentive, loving, thoughtful, considerate, energetic, cheerful and inspiring. It takes a great heart to help shape little minds!
Arnold slept for only 1.5 hours and later went to play with balls while waiting for the rest to wake up! This boy hasdso much energy!!! Too much energy!!!
Soon after, the teachers turned on the lights and kids started rolling off their mattress. Rise and shine! Again, they had water parade and headed to the toilet in an orderly manner with their diaper bags.
At about 4.40pm, the kids had high tea! Again, Arnold was first to scream “hungry, milk, milk!” -_-
After high tea, lessons officially ends. Kids will engage in play, reading or singing while they wait for their parents to arrive. Technically, lessons haven’t started yet. This week is a warm-up kind of week. It’s for the teachers and students to better know each other better, form a bond and have common understandings. When lessons officially starts next week, they will have painting, crafting, show and tell, gym works and what not! School is so much fun! I don’t remember having this much activities in school when I was a tot!
At 5.10pm, I decided to call it a day and told Arnold to grab his bag, which he gladly did so. He had been wanting to find jiejie! These two are almost inseparable. In fact, Arnold is more familiar with Sonia’s classmates than his own classmates. After all, he knew them since he was an infant.
I hope my little one will settle in school soon and enjoy what Learning Vision has to offer. To me, schools with happy kids are good schools (that’s why I spent so much time and effort looking for the right school). A branded school does not necessary be a good school. But a school with a group of dedicated teachers and staff who holds a positive attitude IS A GOOD SCHOOL. Good teachers breed good students! Our priority is to raise happy children, not geniuses (of course if they have exceptional intellectual, I’d be delighted).
Finally, after 10 minutes of goodbyes (yes, Sonia love schooling very much and has made a group of super awesome friends along the way, AND goodbyes take forever), we finally made our way to the check-out table.
Arnold’s first day in school has been wondrous and I hope it’ll be the same when he’s on his own. Sure, it will take some time for him to get use to and adjust to a new routine, but I’m certain he will make it there! What’s there not to love about schooling. I can’t thank the teachers enough. They had been wonderful!
I’m glad I’ve made the right decision to entrust my children with Learning Vision. Two years had passed and I hope Sonia and Arnold will continue to make memories in this beautiful school!
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