Bridging the GAP

Bridging the GAP
Bridging the GAP

 

Moving from Kindergarten to Primary school, Lower primary to Upper primary and  beyond has always has it’s challenges.

The expectation differ as a child progresses from one stage to another.  It is never easy adapting to the different standards and being able to meet up to your peers especially if you are in a new environment.

The  study engine has to be re-started after being on  vacations for 6-7 weeks and it does take a while to get back in gear. There are  so many new things to learn and  with the start of a new school year it can get overwhelming for the child.

In this series I will be touching on how I help to bridge the gaps for my kids as they progress from one level to another.

Tiger girl from Nursery to Kindergarten

Doggie boy from Lower Primary to Upper Primary ( P2 to P3)

Monkey boy from Primary 4 to Primary 5

It is a big difference for them and they are still adjusting to the new workload and pace of learning.  There  are different expectations placed on them as they face an accelerated pace of learning.

Growth is expected of them both in academic wise and maturity and this has been a struggle for all.

As they age and progress up the academic ladder monitoring and guiding them along the way only grows in importance.

Childhood is only a small window of time  for them to learn and develop skills and abilities which will see them through the rest of their lives.

Getting the right foothold is essential for the child to be able to cope with this increase workload and responsibility.  As a parent I am trying my best to equip my children with the right shoes to be able to do this.

Monkey Boy posing with his lunch
Monkey Boy posing with his lunch

I’ll be kicking on this series with Monkey boy as I share with you what I have been doing with him to get him up to speed now that he is in Primary 5.

I will be touching on the challenges that he currently faces and  what I have done and will be doing with him to make his transition smoother.

Stay tuned :)

 

 

 

 

Highlights of February 2015

 

Pink Tulips
Pink Tulips

February was certainly a really short and busy month for me.  I went away on a short trip to Taiwan  to spend a weekend with R.

Space Age Chocolate Exhibits
Space Age Chocolate Exhibits

It was a really visual feast me as I had the opportunity to visit a few different places during my 4 day trip. Last week I shared about our visit to the Chocolate Wonderland  and I have yet to share pictures about the Fisherman Wharf where it was located!!

I took nearly 700+ pictures that weekend and have yet to share the photos I took at the seaside, rose garden, tulip garden and lantern festival. I guess that you have to be contented with some snippets that I’ve included in this post. :)

Cherry Blossoms
Cherry Blossoms

It was nearly the end of the Sakura season but I was lucky to spot some of these blooms at a private grove that we visited.  Looking at flowers always cheer me up. Do they do the same for you?

Waterfall at Shi Fen
Waterfall at Shi Fen

Looking at the cascading waters of a waterfall feels me with awe. The wonder of nature hidden in pockets in the valley in a national park. Taiwan certainly has lots of nice trails and places to visit.

Rock formation at  Heping Island near Keelong Habor, Taipei, Taiwan
Rock formation at Heping Island near Keelong Habor, Taipei, Taiwan

If the mountainside isn’t for you then head to the seaside and you be amazed by the unique rock formations that can be viewed.

R and me at Dan Shui
R and me at Dan Shui

February was certainly a month to celebrate love. It was a time for me to celebrate the love of my life  in a post all dedicated to him.  Even though we still have our differences but there is nothing that can’t be work out if we try our best to communicate in our relationship with each other.

A Hama Bead Ice-cream Sundae
A Hama Bead Ice-cream Sundae

Besides focusing on romantic love I also shared a love with this new obsession that the kids have with hama beads . Tiger girl and I have been crafting nearly everyday since I introduced this craft to them this year. It’s one of the ways that I enjoy bonding with her when she’s home after school.

Tiger Girl with her Mask
Tiger Girl with her Mask

I managed to get some reading done in February and reviewed  these two books

The Art of Having it All

Thinking New: Harnessing the Power of Belief

These motivational books have  help me refocus and realign my thinking and strategies towards reaching my goals. I will be trying out the suggestions in  the 2nd book explicitly to enhance my ability in reaching my weight lost goals.

How was your February? 

 
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