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Preparing for Primary One- [Guest Post] Looking Back at Primary One

Primary 1 series 2012

Looking Back at Primary One

2012 – The year I felt parenthood truly begun!

This is the year my first born entered primary school. I reached a paradigm shift in how I bring up a child.

1. TIME issues

My time is no longer mine to plan. It is no longer “Let’s Go!” Now it’s “What did Mrs Tan say?” You see, Mrs Tan is Nicole’s P1 form teacher. She represents the school.

So other than making my plans fit the School Calendar, I have to consider the Class Calendar (English Spelling every Tuesday, Chinese Spelling every Thursday, and some schools have Math Spelling too!) Every other night is now either going through English Spelling or Chinese Spelling. There is no letting up. The only break I got, we got was the school holidays!

I learnt how important it was to give her a time table after school. And I’ve memorised it too! So that I know what to ask when I call home, I know what to expect when I get home. Lesson Learnt: The time table was too generic. I’ve to add a little more details!


2. MONEY Matters

One big lesson Nicole learnt was to Honour God is everything she does. It started off with her allowances. We give her $1.20 daily. (I tried $1 and it wasn’t enough!) From Day 1, she will set aside 10 cents to God as her tithe, and bring $1.10 to school. When she’s back home, the savings would be kept be put aside. This culminates till the end of the week, and on Sunday, she’ll have her offering to drop in church, and savings to put in the piggy bank.

This is what we used:


3. GOD Factor

And since she started school, God became more real to her. Her prayers are said with much more sincerity especially since she really needs help with those tests and spellings!

Seriously, when she’s in P1, she’s very much on her own. We are now only accessible after school or when she can lay hands on a phone to call us. She learnt consequences (when you forget to bring a Math book), she learnt handling friendships (when Jane doesn’t want to be a friend any longer & Mary stopped talking to her on that same day), and she learnt that she’s not the centre of the universe in that huge primary school she’s in. So reliance on God became a big thing! She’s alone. It’s just she and God.


Looking back now, Nicole grew up quite a bit this year. (She shrunk in size though… skinnier for some strange reason) I grew quite a bit as a parent too. I realised everything I taught Nicole prior 2012 was a platform for her in P1. And everything that I do now when she’s in primary school becomes building blocks to her habits/values/perspective towards school, and shape her ‘worldview’. I’m beginning to see now. It really starts at Primary One.


Jiahui is a brand new mummy of 3, who is learning something new every other day as she works full time. With each experience with her kids, it was clear that she can’t keep mum about the parenting journey. She started the blog Mum’s the Word as living proof that life is different for each child.

Preparing for Primary One- Doggie Boy Style (Physical Preparations)

Primary 1 series 2012


Doggie boy

In the last installment in this series I mentioned about how I was preparing Doggie boy mentally for Primary One next year. In this post I will be touching on how  I prepare him physically. I believe that it is important to preparing him both physically and mentally for the challenges that he will be facing come 2013.

Doggie boy is a rather active boy.  He loves to play in the park and playing at playgrounds. We registered him for swimming lessons since he was 4 yrs old as he loves the water and wanted to go for swimming lessons with his elder brother.

I find swimming a great sport to start him in and it is a life skill which he should know in order to survive as we live on an island surrounded by the seas. Since starting swimming lesson he has been looking forward to his Saturdays mornings as he can go to the pool. We have also started taking him to the pool on Saturday afternoons so that Tiger girl too can enjoy playing in the pool while her brothers go on the water slides and swim together with R in the big pool.

On Sundays we bring the kids bowling and to the playground in the park if the weather permits. We also go cycling and walking on alternative Sundays. I make him take the stairs with me when we are out and he too helps to carry the groceries when we go out shopping.

School bags

Next year he will be carrying his school bag all by himself and it isn’t that light. Even though we have got him an ergo designed Deuter  bag it still would be at least 3-5kg heavy with all the books inside.  Doggie boy has to be physically fit in order to be able to carry the bag himself and bring it from the school bus to the classroom.  On certain days he may have to carry  an art folio bag or additional items to school depending on his timetable. He would certainly need to be able to carry these items without any help and to be able to do so he needs to be physically fit.

Doggie boy will be exposed to a larger number of kids in a primary school as compared to a Kindergarten. There is a higher chance of him falling ill due to the viruses which maybe spreading in the air around him. . Keeping him healthy is one of my main priorities with him.  Keeping him physically active, coupled with a balance diet and enough sleep is my game plan to get him physically prepared for Primary 1.

What is yours?


In the next installation of this series we will be having a guest post from Jiahui from Mum’s the word about her experience of  as a mom of a girl who is currently in Primary 1.

Post in this series

  1. Preparing for Primary One (The 2nd time around)
  2. Preparing for Primary One- Doggie Boy Style (Mental Preparations)
  3. Preparing for Primary One- Doggie Boy Style ( Physical Preparations)
  4. Preparing for Primary One – Looking back at Primary One [ Guest Post]
  5. Preparing for Primary One- Preparing yourself Mentally as a Parent
  6. Preparing for Primary One- A look through The Eyes of a Mom [Guest Post]
  7. Preparing for Primary One- From Teacher Sarah’s Desk [Guest Post]
  8. Preparing for Primary One-Questions and Answer Round Up