Cass is growing up too fast. With 2 older tween sisters who are currently into pop music and novels that teenagers read, Cass is following her sisters’ foot steps too.
Yesterday, Cass started to read Charlie And The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and got hooked on it. Her 2 older sisters are currently reading Roald Dahl’s books.
Cass is able to read and pronounce most of the words but I doubt she understands some of the words, which are too advanced for her age.
At breakfast this morning, Cass was still reading Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
Cassandra at 6.5 years old.
It was a glitzy affair and made to look like a university graduation! The graduation ceremony was held at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre (SPCC) on Sunday, 21 September 2014. Yes at a convention centre – don’t play play! My beloved parents were there to witness Cass’ graduation too. We reached Sunway Pyramid at 2:30pm and left the mall at 10pm. With an entire day spent at the SPCC and then at the Sunway Pyramid mall with all her loved ones, I am sure this memorable day will be etched in Cass’ memory forever.
The pre-schoolers walked down the red carpet to the front of the stage.
The entire hall was filled with parents, teachers and 6-year olds from all the branches of this kindergarten chain. In the mad crowd, I managed to snap a picture of my baby girl walking down the red carpet! Like celebrity only haha!!
While the kids went to another hall to wear their gown and mortar board, the parents went to another hall to attend a parental seminar *yawnnnnn*!
A graduation made to look like a university graduation of some well-known universities with all the big fanfare. And the VIPs were only a bunch of 6-year olds 😀
The management staff of the kindergarten chain wore their rope and mortar board and were seated on the stage during the certificate-giving ceremony.
From a distance and with shaky hands, I managed to snapped a picture of Cass receiving her scroll on the stage.
In 15 years’ time, my baby girl will be up on a grand stage again and this time, she will be receiving her Degree. I can’t wait for the day to come!
Today Cass gave me a very very BIG SURPRISE!
When I picked her up from school today, she told me that she scored 100% for her Math test! I could not believe my ears. I know that she is Math craze and can spend hours doing Math sums while waiting for her turn to see the doctor in the hospital. While waiting for our food to arrive when we eat out, she would also crunch on pages of Math sums from the workbooks that she puts in her little backpack.
To add icing to the cake today, she told me that she was the only one in her class to get a 100% for her Math! And she beat Ethan (who scored 92%), the top student in the class! Her class teacher asked all her classmates to clap for her! And she told me that she felt really shy LOL!
Actually I was not confident that Cass would even get 90% and above for her Math as I only did less than an hour of revision with her on the eve of her exam. We were out shopping at Mid Valley Megamall *guilt stricken*!!
When Cass told me that she was unsure of how to sum up money and panicked on the night before her Math test, I fished out my purse and did what I used to do with Alycia and Sherilyn, by using real notes and coins to teach her. De ja vu! I had gone through my nightmarish days of teaching her 2 older sisters money and hidden numbers sums and now it is Cass’ turn!
If you are struggling to teach your pre-schooler money, i.e. how to add up Ringgit and Sen, I suggest that you use real money to teach. It really does make a big difference when your child can see the real money and touch it. And she/he will find it very fun to be touching and counting 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 Ringgit notes and coins.
Fortunately, my Math lover girl grasped pretty quickly. When I needed a break, Sherilyn took over and guided Cass.
Wawavooooom!! I am so proud of you baby girl! Keep up the good work and I can only hope that your interest in Math will never wane even when the tough gets going.
Today while I was helping Cass to shower, she suddenly remembered something that transpired in kindy in the morning during English lesson.
Cass – mummy, do you know teacher A gave me a STAR and a “VERY GOOD” in my reading today!?
Me – really? *with face all perked up though I was almost going to doze off in the bathroom* LOL!
Cass – I can read the whole of Chapter 1. Are you glad? *and gives me a cheeky and smug smile*
Me – yes of course! I am very glad! *I could not help but grin proudly*
Cass – last year I could not read, now I can read all the words. Are you glad to hear this?
Me – yes of course. You see, practice makes perfect, so you have to read more ok?
Cass – Adam could not read, but I can read the whole of Chapter 1 and 2. Ethan can read very well too.
Me – you can beat Ethan you know? You just have to practise reading more. (Ethan is the top student in Cass’ class)
Cass – yes I know.
And then she went on and on telling me how well she could read these days. And that was my moment of glory hehe…
Cassandra at 5 years 9 months
My parents have just returned to Ipoh. I am sure going to miss them a lot after having them with us for almost 2 weeks.
Alycia and Sherilyn’s final exam ended yesterday but Alycia would have to sit for the Science and Math test papers in English on Monday. Cass’ final exam is also starting on Monday. Yep, the pre-school that Alycia and Sherilyn attended and now Cass is attending, has twice-yearly exams for 5-year olds and 6-year olds.
Monkey see monkey do. I am mega proud of Cass. She is doing revision on her own by writing out almost everything from her school books onto her own exercise book. I will then ask her to read to me what she has written. Her reading skill is improving by the day.
After a short revision with Cass, I did some exercises with her on the trampoline, as well as some pelvic floor exercises and gripping exercises to strengthen her sphincters in the hope of countering her bladder issues. I have to do this with her twice a day and I hope that I can steal more time to do more sets with her.
Alycia is in school the whole of today for a camp and Sherilyn is now at the ballet school, after which she will have a birthday party to attend. In about 5 minutes, I will resume my driver duties again.
Have a great weekend friends!
Monkey see monkey do. Alycia and Sherilyn are required to write a daily journal. This is part of my efforts to help them to improve their writing skill, both in BM and English. Every evening at around 7ish pm, reminders of “Have you written your daily journal?” resonates in the house, without fail. Alycia has to write her journal in BM and Sherilyn has to do hers in English.
Yesterday evening whilst I was busy washing up in the kitchen, Cass came running back and forth to me, asking me the spelling of some words. I did not ask her why she needed to ask me as she is very fond of writing cards for her grandparents and classmates.
After I’d finished my chores in the kitchen, I saw this written journal by Cass. She said “this is my daily journal”! After I praised her sky high, she told me that she also wanted to write a daily journal, just like her 2 sisters. Well, I shall see how disciplined she is…
Check out the exclamation mark and heart sign after the word ‘mum’. I broke out laughing seeing it. It shows that this rascal knows the usage of punctuation marks. She has definitely been listening whenever I teach her 2 sisters! ♥
Cassandra’s first written journal, at 5 years 5 months. Her corrections are in red ink.
Cass came home from kindy last week telling me that her teacher had instructed the kids from her 5YO class to practise playing around with Microsoft Paint on the computer! This is what pre-schoolers are taught in this high technology day and age. Now, what did we learn in kindy as 5 year olds back then? I only remember vaguely that I played with play dough (and fought with one Tracy who was a Caucasian girl with a play knife over some play doughs LOL!), sang nursery rhymes and bible songs and recited A to Z and 1 to 100, that’s it LOL!
So after lunch, this rascal took out the laptop from the laptop bag and hooked up everything herself and with very little guidance from me, she was having fun drawing and coloring shapes in Microsoft Paint.
Check out the contents of her kindy’s Science text book…
I doubt she knew how to read all the words and understood the meaning of everything but she definitely is very adept with using the laptop and iPad since she was a little over 3 years old
It’s the most dreaded time of the year again. This time, I have 3 times the amount of stress as Cass is in her 2nd last year of kindy and has to sit for the twice-yearly exam as well. Today, I spent my morning doing revision with Cass. It is a kindy holiday for Cass as Saturday was their sports day, thus they get today off.
Fortunately, it ain’t that stressful revising with her. I remember those hair-pulling moments spent with Aly and Sherilyn each time I did revision with them in Math. Cass is pretty good with her Math and numbers. After this stressful week, I can’t wait for the school holidays to start so that I can get away from this exam pressure and enjoy our 2-week holiday, yipeeeee!!
Testing Cass on smallest number, biggest number, ascending, descending, money, time, etc.! Thank God, she has no problems mastering them. These days, a 5-year old kid has to know all these and even more!
At 4 years 9 months, my baby girl finally attended her first swimming lesson. She did pretty well, was very excited and was totally not afraid of the water. She’s a born water baby
The very first practice that the swimming instructor taught her was to submerge her head in the water in the baby pool, which she did pretty well.
Next, she was brought to the adults’ pool and taught to float and submerge her head in her water. She can’t wait to attend her next swimming lesson!
My baby girl loves Math more than reading. She never fails to bug me for Math sums whenever she is bored waiting for something, like when we are waiting for our food to arrive or when we are in a car ride. At 4.8 years old, she can solve 2-number additions up to 20+.
5 + 12… 12 is bigger so put that in my head and take out 5 fingers. After 12 is 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. Answer is 17! That’s how I’ve taught her to do addition.