Guess what she's doing?
We were at the parents-teachers meeting in her school this morning, sitting at the table opposite her English and Chinese teachers, talking about her while she deliberately looked away.
She knew we were talking about her and was trying her best to hide her smile.
Her teachers said they've never seen her behaving like this before. 😂
See her arhm-chio face.
We wanted to learn more about her self confidence and self control, and I added "speaking in Mandarin" even though we were asked to pick only two areas we wanted to focus on.
Her teachers said she doesn't talk much to them, but with her peers she'd initiate play and share her experiences.
For example, they've seen her asking her friends to play in the kitchen and she'd start the ball rolling by pretending to clean and telling her friends, "I'm cleaning my house!"
To them it's a sign of confidence, because she's certain that her friends would join her when she asks.
She also follows instructions very well and tries all means to do things on her own.
So even though she doesn't proactively talk to her teachers, they think it's more because she's shy and less familiar with them as compared to her peers who are her "old friends" from playgroup.
On self control, they found that she has incredible control for her age.
They said that kids her age tend to snatch toys from others, but she's never done that and would always patiently wait for her turn.
At the school's playground they'd called out boundaries for the smaller kids, where certain areas are meant only for the bigger boys and girls.
Her friends would run all over the place anyway, but she'd keep to the designated areas and play only in those areas.
She tries her best to do things on her own, but sometimes she struggles with her bag because it's too small. 😅
Even so she'd try all means to take her stuff out, and does not seek help from her teachers.
Sometimes her friends would come and help her.
I guess that's her being part shy, part cautious, part prideful. 😅
Sounds a little familiar. 😂
She takes part in all activities, and is particularly interested in singing and dancing, as well as story telling.
Compared to her peers, she is less 'active' and more reserved when it comes to physical activities such as running.
She doesn't speak much Mandarin in school either, but she definitely understands the language. She can count from one to 10 in Chinese!
Her teachers asked us if she talks a lot at home and we said yes she could talk up a storm.
They laughed and said it's definitely a different side of her.
Speaking of Mandarin, this morning she was playing with my keys and kept telling Daddy:
I want the Salty!
Her Daddy didn't know what she was referring to and kept asking her, "Who is Shorty?" 😅
So she kept repeating herself, "It's Salty, I'm looking for Salty!"
Confused Daddy was confused, "What is Salty?"
I was listening to their exchange from the dressing table and suddenly it clicked.
So I walked out and said to the hubs, "Dear, Salty means 锁匙 (suo-shi, keys)."
The hubs looked at me, bewildered.
"She can't pronounce Chinese words ending with 'i' properly. She says 猴子 is hou-di, remember?"
And then it clicked and he laughed hysterically. 😂😅
She can't say suo-shi properly so it became sau-ti.
Anyway he tried to correct her.
👦: Clarissa, it's SUO SHI.
Hahaha sorry I digressed.
Here's the detailed progress report!
Her drawing of herself.
Her Chinese teacher said it's good because she's got the basics right.
Oval shaped face, two eyes, one mouth.
I guess abstract art starts from young. 😅😁
The photo of her so chummy with her friend is 😍😍😍.
I love this picture of her eating. 😍
Thinking and communication self.
Similar to what her English teacher says, but I'm posting because of this photo of her roaring like a tiger. 😁
On motor skills.
Love the story about her exchanging toys with her friend.
Quite an action packed day today.
After the PTM, we walked home in the sweltering heat, showered her and gave her lunch.
Which she ate without putting up a fuss, because we told her we were going to meet Auntie O and Auntie L.
She was happily playing with the toys Auntie O got for her, and let us all eat our lunch properly, but was evidently tired by the time we finished.
When we were about to reach home, she said to me, "Mummy I want to sleep."
And then she turned her head to face the window and closed her eyes. 😂
We frantically tried to keep her awake until we got home, to avoid a meltdown later on.
She napped for about two hours before we headed out again.
This time to Marina Square to collect the hubs' race pack.
We ate at a random BKT place (because no queue) and she ate quite well!
I gave her half my rice and we ordered fish for her.
She finished everything but kept some rice for supper. 😂😁
She was quite funny when we were driving.
Sometimes we'd start singing along to the song playing on the radio and she'd say to us, "Hey let me sing!" 😅
She doesn't know the song lor. 😂
Or she'd be telling her Daddy, "Hey Daddy don't sing when you are driving."
We asked her if she's a policegirl.
She said to us, "No! I'm Clarissa."