Kindergarten School

Farewell, Kindergarten + What I Learned About Schooling

It’s been a full 9 days since Yuri’s Moving Up ceremony, and I still can’t believe the school year is finally over! It’s been an awesome first year of regular schooling and we’ve made a lot of new friends. I also saw my son develop good study habits and self-discipline. But the highlight of the year, for me, was probably seeing Yuri do things on his own, meet people — both kids and adults — on his own, get along with everyone, and realising that he will do just fine.

As for me, I’m amazed that I’ve been able to keep up with preparing a healthy baon everyday. Yes, it’s a big deal for me! They were not as bongga as the ones I made from scratch and lovingly arranged in his container in June, but at least there were still fruits, cheese, and the occasional homemade food. It’s still an achievement for me, but that doesn’t mean I’ll stop striving for better.

Going back to the Moving Up ceremony, Yuri got three awards: With Honors, Star Reader, and Enthusiastic Learner. I mentioned quite discreetly in my last post that we were involved in a little drama in the days leading to the ceremony; it had something to do with the awards I mentioned above. I don’t think about it anymore and I’m just hoping it wouldn’t happen again. After all, it’s already been resolved so move on na!

Yuri’s Learning Style

No one in his class got an award higher than With Honors because of the school’s grading system. It’s not a big issue as long as the educators fairly assess each child as a unique individual. You see, Yuri doesn’t struggle with academics but he’s timid and is not a performer. He performs when needed (e.g. when he was made Joseph in their Christmas play) but he’s not as comfortable in the spotlight as other kids are. He prefers being in the back or being in the corner, quietly doing his own thing. Which is okay!

He certainly didn’t inherit this trait from me because I am epal lol but I relish in Yuri’s uniqueness. He is a doer and whatever he puts his heart into doing, he tries his best to do well. Unfortunately, this can mean being pitted against the performers, the speakers, and those who just shine effortlessly — which I try to understand because there’s more than 30 kids in his class and comparison is unavoidable. Good thing he aces his examinations, even the on-the-spot Stanine academic assessment done by the school.

Yeah, I am fully aware that this is a strong argument for homeschooling, but Yuri’s gonna be kawawa if I push on homeschooling since I really do not have the time it takes to be a full-time educator huhu. Because formal schooling is our best option, I’m just hoping and pushing for the “reserved” kids to also be recognised fairly. 🙂

Moving Up Ceremony

Anyway, here are more pictures of Yuri’s Kindergarten Moving Up ceremony! Theirs is very special because they are the first batch of kids ever to use the school’s newly built auditorium. As in they were still finishing it less than two weeks before the ceremony. It was exciting to see the kids sing and dance. After all those rehearsals, I could only imagine the relief their teachers felt — they can finally breathe now!

Before the program started, with his friend Christopher

From the school’s official Facebook page (my sister insisted on going upstage, too, because she’ll never have the chance again haha – she’s graduating, too, but they’re not going to use the auditorium)

From the school’s official Facebook page

From the school’s official Facebook page

With his classmates (right) Jhia and Isabella, and AM batchmate (left) Zoe

With his classmate, Carl

With his classmate, Toffy

And with his best friend (“bro,” he corrected me), Antoine

With Tita Angel, their teacher aide

With Teacher Han, their substitute teacher

With Teacher Lorraine, their adviser who just gave birth in December, and Isabella

With Teacher Dinah (left), their Christian Living teacher, and Teacher Grace, their prefect of discipline

The ceremony ended early in the afternoon, and after taking pictures with virtually everyone we see inside the auditorium, it was time to go. We’re scheduled to have a more formal graduation + birthday celebration next week so we just ate an early dinner at Bistro Selera.

And the boy was treated to a giant cotton candy!

It was a very fulfilling year, and while I’m feeling a bit nostalgic, I am glad that kindergarten year ended on a high note. I am looking forward to another fun-filled and learning-filled year. First grade, here we come!

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  • Reply Michi March 30, 2018 at 3:55 am

    Congrats to both of you. Wow, grade-schooler na next school year. In our school din, no award basta hindi mo nareach yung grade per subject or average (like no grade below 92), dapat both mo maachieve, so pag mahina ka sa isang subject like Math or Filipino, mahirapan ka.

    • Reply Maan March 30, 2018 at 6:57 pm

      Thank you! Oo, it’s very competitive but I really like how the new system encourages you to compete against yourself, not against your classmates. ^_^

  • Reply Mommy Rockin' In Style March 30, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    WOw congrats sis! My son just finished his Jr Nursery naman and we are happy sa improvement niya. He started when he was 2.5yrs old and so far he knows the basic shapes and alphabets and sanay na siya sa maraming tao. Same as you, we gained friends din from school, masaya din palang makachikahan yung mga nanay outside social media heheh.

    • Reply Maan March 30, 2018 at 6:59 pm

      Galing-galing! Bilib ako sa parents who are able to get their kids started at a young age. I waited until required na talaga ang schooling (which is Kinder 2) because I wanted to take my time haha!

  • Reply Ramona Jessica March 30, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Congratulations sis! i can’t wait na magaral na rin ang anak ko. I am actually impressed sa school ng little one mo sis, lahat sila may honor. For me, ang importante may natutunan 🙂

    • Reply Maan March 30, 2018 at 6:55 pm

      Ay no, everyone naman got awards but not everyone graduated With Honors. Thanks!

  • Reply Nerisa April 2, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    time flies really fast. Parang kelan lang, baby pa, ngayon, maggrade 1 na. Congrats sis! nakapagpatapos ka na! hehehe

  • Reply Melisa Sanchez April 3, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Congrats Yuri! Parang kaylan lang nag home-school ka tapos next pasukan grade school kana! Another milestone na naman. Congrats also sis masarap ay masaya sa pakiramdam na nakikita natin ang anak natin na nakapagtapos sa isang level at mag step up na naman sa another level.

  • Reply Berlin | Momi Berlin April 3, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Congratulations, Yuri. You look so happy and you are always smiling in all your photos. And as for the proud mom, so great that you still opted for the healthy baon. Your son will remember those things and will give importance to his nutrition because you started and promote it.

  • Reply Nilyn Matugas April 4, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Yaaay! Congrats Yuri and Maan! ♥
    I can imagine the mixed emotions! Yung makita nimo nga OK na sya sa ubang tao. Si Nate karon kay grabe pa muhilak pag di ko makita, haha! So I’m not going to rush sending him to school pud. Last year na namo nga ako ra ang iyang life. huhuhaha!

  • Reply May Palacpac April 5, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Awww he’s so much like our Lukas. Lukas is not really a frontman. He’s more quiet and prefers working in the sidelines and is excellent at that. And yes, it’s perfectly okay to embrace them for their uniqueness. It’s what makes them special.

  • Reply Erika Ann April 12, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Its so nice to read how you reflect on your son’s capabilities. You remind me of my mom who never pressured me to do what to smart kid can do but be proud of what I can do. Congratulations to you and your son!

  • Reply Dewmaine Sales-Ladaga April 15, 2018 at 11:16 am

    CONGRATULATIONS to your little boy!!! May he continue to love learning and may he be presented with plenty of opportunities to hone his talents and enjoy doing what he loves! 🙂 Tama, academics is one thing, but it’s only one thing. 🙂

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