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A Month of Kindergarten: Discoveries, Adjustments, and Baon Ideas (Help!)

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!

Stuck in traffic! Dili unta ma-late! 💪🏻

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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.

Good touch!

Our System

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.

Rough play with classmates BEFORE class starts. Boys!

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.

Results for the first quiz are in. Yay Yuri! ❤️

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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.

Chocolate chip pancakes, apples, and cheese

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.

Tuna & cheese quesadillas, wafers, grapes, and a chicken nugget

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! 😀

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  • Reply cheekeegirl July 10, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    how to make the quesadillas?

    • Reply Maan July 12, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Buy tortillas (I buy mine sa frozen section ng SM Lanang grocery – the whole wheat kind), tapos put whatever filling you like, cheese, fold, tapos fry 😀

  • Reply Celerhina Aubrey July 12, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Problema ko din ang baon ideas! Ang sarap magpabaon nung mga cookies at mga nabibili lang sa grocery na ready made pero nakaka guilty din. Madalas kasi puro matatamis lang sila. Sa ngayon naka Eye-Level palang kami. So easyhan palang. Next year, malamang yan na din ang issue ko sa buhay!

    • Reply Maan July 12, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      Buti ka pa! When Yuri was at Eye Level, totally wala syang baon! I just bring a snack for him then he eats pag natapos na session nya.

  • Reply Berlin | Momi Berlin July 13, 2017 at 6:03 am

    I like it that you have a study system and your son has the option when to do them. Sometimes with my boys, I could be real strict and demand they finish everything on a friday so their weekend could be spent the way they like it. I also love the idea that you do print worksheets for your litle guy. I used to do it with my boys before but perhaps having a baby to look after and with all the plates to wash and food to cook, I lost interest or time.

  • Reply Michi July 13, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Your school is like my son’s former school. I only see their books every exam which is thrice a year only. Every Friday lang din may assignment so I really have no idea kung ano ginagawa nila pag Mon to Thurs. So it was a little bit hard when we transferred him to traditional school, super adjust kami kasi every day assign na.

  • Reply Mommy Rockin In Style July 13, 2017 at 10:04 am

    I appreciate that they have a seminar on how to deal with strangers. Sana may ganun din sa ibang school. My son also started his school as a Junior Nursery. So far he is enjoying it and he loves to play with his classmates kahit siya yung youngest, he is 2.5 years old hehehe. Ang galing ng baon tips mo mommy, sakin more on tinapay palang since 2 hours lang baby ko sa school. Pero I would love to try your ideas kapag lumaki laki na siya. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Michelle July 14, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Reading your post made me become excited about the thought of sending my first born at school in a year or two from now. Parang nakaka-excite nga yung magprepare ng baon every morning. Good for you and Yuri na hindi tinatambakan ng homework ang mga students sa school nya. Para rin yang sa ating adults diba, don’t bring your work at home. Parang the moment you get outside of the office, kakalimutan mo na dapat ang trabaho to be able to live a balanced life daw. I don’t know nga lang in our case as mommas who work at home. I guess, we got used to this set up and everything’s going well naman diba? Haha

  • Reply Janice July 14, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Good to know that you’re adjusting well with Yuri being in big school. I used to hate baon preparation because I always had to prepare two lunch boxes for my two girls. Plus, aside from just snacks, I also had to prepare lunch for them. So, it really was time consuming. Easy to eat fruits are always a win. You can also prepare cheese sticks and lumpiang shanghai ahead of time and just fry them when you need them. 🙂

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