I still can’t believe it’s already the second half of the year. Konti nalang, -ber months na! Christmas na! Hahaha super advanced.
I also can’t believe we’ve been going to regular school for nearly a month now. I thought it would be harder, but really, I think we’re coping just fine. Yuri is still in love with going to school (so far!) and I adapted quite easily. A big reason, I think, is the lack of homework. When we get home, all we need to do is rest and recharge. I hope it goes this smoothly the rest of the school year!
Kindergarten is actually very new to me because I didn’t go to kindergarten myself. There are things that surprise me. For example, last Friday, the children attended a seminar with the guidance counsellor. I was pleasantly surprised because the seminar was meaty, and Yuri learned a lot e.g. bad touch vs. good touch and how to act around strangers and people they don’t know.
We’re easing into our system quite well, at least I think. Like what I mentioned in a previous post, they don’t bring their books and notebooks home. Because Yuri rarely shares complete details of what happened in school, I usually don’t have an idea of what they did or what he learned. Again, there’s no homework, too, so I just don’t sweat it. All Yuri does when he’s home is play and eat and rest.
On Fridays, when we bring the books and notebooks home, I check everything to be updated. First thing I check is the #3 notebook (I don’t really know what it’s called! There’s just a big #3 written on the cover.). This is where Teacher Loraine, Yuri’s teacher, posts notes and reminders. Usually there’s a reminder to study for an upcoming weekly quiz with a list of pointers.
Then, I print worksheets for Yuri to answer over the weekend. There’s no pressure; he can answer it whenever he wants (within the weekend) but I do remind him that the sooner it’s over, the sooner he can go out and play or do whatever he wants. So, like today, he finished almost all of the worksheets as soon as I finished printing. That’s our system and so far it’s working quite well.
Baon Ideas – Help!
If there’s one chore I look forward to doing every morning, it’s preparing Yuri’s baon. I enjoy it so much! And contrary to popular opinion, it doesn’t take a lot of time to do it pala. I get done in 15-20 minutes tops. The baon I do is nowhere near a real bento; however, I like it and it works. It’s very easy to assemble and Yuri likes how his food looks. Win-win.
On a normal day, if there’s no bread available for sandwiches, I make either of Yuri’s favourites: plain pancakes (wouldn’t touch the chocolate-chip version I made) or tuna-cheese quesadillas. Then I just add a block of cheese and some cookies or wafers.
Yuri loooves tuna-cheese quesadillas, and I like how it provides him with much needed protein. But there’s a problem. Apparently, by the time Yuri opens his lunch box at school, his classmates can smell the tuna. It didn’t occur to both Yuri and me because we are so used to the smell of tuna (the smell of kimchi doesn’t faze us), but one of his classmates mentioned it. I’m thinking of replacing it with chicken or ham; hopefully Yuri likes them as much as he likes tuna.
Also, please help because a girl can only have so many baon ideas. What are your go-to snack recipes that are nutritious and substantial and also easy to make? Help a mommy in need! 😀