The school holiday has arrived, and while I’ve often dreaded the idea of leaving our boy at home with TV and iPad, this time, I’m going to plan something for him.
I posted this picture on my Instagram yesterday. He was eating a leisurely breakfast in the garden while hogging on to my iPad. Bad habit, I know, but since it’s just the start of the school holiday, let’s allow him to relax a little bit.
I gotta admit that I don’t send him for any holiday program. Reason is – these holiday programs are usually expensive, I rather save the moolahs to go for a real holiday. *cheapo mode on*
First of all, for this holiday, I want him to start memorizing the multiplication table. In school, he learnt multiplication in Term 4 – just the basic concept of multiplication where he drew the groups of objects and count to find the answers. He’ll definitely need to memorize the multiplication table in P2, so it’s good time to let him start during the holiday.
Secondly, I want him to read one book every day. He isn’t a fan of books, sad to say. He’ll rather play with the iPad or watch TV during his free time. So, I need to give him a lot of encouragement to pick up a book and read for leisure. We went to the Popular bookstore last weekend, and he picked up a few books that he really like. And so, we’ll start from there.
Thirdly, at the end of this month, we’re going for a short holiday. To somewhere that I’ve always wanted to go, and I’m very sure our boy will enjoy himself to the fullest. Will share more after the trip.
Come December, I want him to start his swimming lessons. Yes, I know this is super overdue by Singapore’s standard as most kids already started learning swimming at preschool level.
Truth be told, I originally planned to start it at the beginning of P1. Then, we had this opportunity for him to learn golf (which is something that he’s passionate about). So, we enrolled him for golf lessons instead and postponed the plan for swimming lessons.
Nonetheless, swimming lesson isn’t difficult to start since there are 3 swimming instructors in our apartment that offer swimming lessons almost every day. I just need to get my butt off this weekend and find a schedule with one of them.
In addition, I also want him to learn how to ride a bicycle (two wheels). Again, most kids of his age can already ride a bicycle well. We’ve been too busy to train him on that, so it’s a good time to start this December.
Before the school starts, we will spend a week in Ipoh (Malaysia) with my parents and siblings. Edison is looking forward to this trip; he missed his cousins so much. He already marked the dates on the calendar, and has been counting down the days since then.
Last but not least, we’ll be filling our weekends with outings, trips to the beach, picnics and other fun stuff. I’m sure this holiday will be over in the blink of an eye. And suddenly school will re-open and we’ll talk about Primary 2 soon.
So savour it while it lasts! No matter what your plan is for this school holiday, I hope you’ll have a great time too.