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New choices, amazing discoveries & celebration of friendships

December 25, 2010

When I began 2010, I was very sure I’d be blogging more than I did the year before. However as  the year progressed, I started to write lesser and lesser.

The irony was, in the same year, I found myself making decisions which I never thought I would. Like homeschooling.

 

Our decision to homeschool has changed the family's dynamics to a whole new level

Since I have been absent from my own blog for the most part of the year, I decided to come up with the highlights of our activities.

In other words this is an attempt for me to make up for all the months I didn’t update asknorlin.

As I chose the photos, I came to realise what a huge amount of time we’d spent exploring the outdoors . Probably the most we’ve done by far!

I do wish however that I’ve taken more pictures during some of our trips. Now, if only I had remembered the camera!

 

Apparently the Kuala Lumpur Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) is one of the two places in the world which offers this view.

This year, I’m so happy to say that my children and I made a lot of new friends. We also hooked up with some amazing home/un-schoolers.

On top of it all, we also managed to catch up with some friends whom we haven’t seen in years!

 

Aditya & Jasmine first saw each other when they were just babies.

The following four posts are on our 2010 highlights.

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April-June, 2010

December 25, 2010

We made a visit to the butterfly park in April. When we got home, the kids decided to make their own wings.

For that whole week, our activities were centered around butterfly.

Ishra & Aditya making butterfly and dragonfly wings!

After a one-month-break from school routine, in May, we decided to pick up on Maths.

Ishra doing Math exercise using some shells she picked up from the beach

In the same month,I accompanied Ishra to the Selangor Amateur Gymnastics Association (SAGA) competition.

Ishra who’s passionate about rhythmic gymnastics wanted to be there for her friends and experience the vibes.

Sarina's Rhythmic Gymnastics Club members are always there for each other!

During June school holiday, Ishra & Aditya joined other friends in cupcake baking & decorating class at Mamamin, Damansara Mutiara.

Yummy cupkaces!

Aditya's design

July-Sep, 2010

December 25, 2010

I started noticing how much Aditya enjoyed drawing, in July. He also enjoyed creating things from recyclable items.

Aditya's drawing of a boy

This one tells a story

We spent a large part of August doing arts. The kids’ favorite show is BBC’s Mr Marker. Whenever they see something right up their alley, they’d insist on doing it at home.

Corn flour was the main ingredient used to produce this piece of art

We went to Bali for a holiday in September, two days after the Hari Raya celebration.

Waka Gangga, Tabanan was a prefect getaway for us


In Ubud, Ishra took up the Balinese Welcome Dance. She had been planning for this for some time. 

Ishra's teacher, Made is a dancer herself.

Ishra in Balinese traditional dance costume. Picture taken by Ivy Soon

Ishra ended her class with a dance performance with two other girls around her age.

 

Oct-Dec, 2010

December 23, 2010

We took a trip to Malacca in October with our friends from Sydney, Australia. The last time we saw them was more than 3 years ago.

We spent two nights there and did the touristy things.

Malacca River Cruise

Ishra, Aditya & Jasmine at their tea party at home

In November, Ishra took part in Sarina’s Rhythmic Gymnastic Club 3rd classification competition. She had been looking forward for the event which was to be her first club competition.

Ishra performing ball routine in the little gymnast (pre-competitive) category.

Ishra and her medals

We took a trip to the MAHA expo the next day. The kids had huge fun looking at the farm animals and the exhibitions.

Kids at MAHA in Serdang, Selangor

In December, we took our friends to the Elephant Sanctuary in Kuala Gandah, just before they left for Sydney, Australia. But we missed the elephants bath time. This was the third time we missed the bath time!

A visit to the elephant santuary

Ishra also helped raised funds for LASsie (Langkawi Animals Shelter) in the same month. She is very passionate about music and animals.

Ishra basking at Arts for Grabs.

Christmas train display

December 22, 2010

The Christmas train display at PJ Hilton has got to be our top most favourite December holiday activity! It was missing last year after several consecutive years.

The train display will be on til January 10, next year.

Why I’m homeschooling

March 7, 2010

Cooking/baking will definitely be part of our homeschool activities

Next week will be Ishra’s last week of school. We are homeschooling therefater. I am very excited about it and so is Ishra for she’s been talking about the things that she wants to learn more about. She’s also looking forward to spending more time reading rather than doing homework which sometimes served as copying exercises.

I started thinking about alternatives to the 5-day week schooling system when I realised classroom environment doesn’t suit my 4-year-old son, Aditya. At about the same time Ishra started displaying more interests in rhythmic gymnastics and music. Her passions, which she won’t be able to spend much time on, if she continues going to school.

I know I can’t continue sending Ishra to school expecting the institution caters to her interests and potential. Local public schools are generally academic-oriented. The curriculum was not designed with the aim of encouraging students to think for themselves . On top of that the examination system encourages children to regurgitate what they’ve learned. Developing one’s own opinions doesn’t seems to be part of the deal.

My observation is, if a student excels in a non-academic subject like sports or arts he or she is still expected to follow the same curriculum. Let’s take the Bukit Jalil National Sports School for example, athletes are expected to learn the same subjects as their contemporary in public schools. Interestingly though, for a shorter period. Yet, they are expected to spend a huge chunk of time on sports training.

Personally I think, education is about  allowing children to excel in what they are naturally good at. I believe homeschooling allows me the freedom to  teach my kids to think for themselves, to be free from fear and judgement and not let others dictate what they can learn and be good at, not matter what age they are at.

I also think that education should not be confined within the four walls of the classroom. Furthermore, I refuse to be a victim, who complains about the education system, the school, the government or even the teacher, yet do nothing about it.

Frankly, I can’t imagine anyone else, who’d put my kids interests and growth above everything else. Plus, as a parent, I have no interest in politicising my children’s education.

Simple volcano experiment

February 22, 2010

Today, the kids decided that they wanted to make a volcano, after watching an experiment on TV. To be honest, I was more than happy to let them do it.

After all I believe that education is about developing one’s interests and potential. It should not be confined to a rigid curriculum and within the four walls of a classroom.

This is a very simple experiment. All we needed was baking soda, vinegar (we used apple cider vinegar as that was the only option available), dishwashing liquid and red colouring.

We also used a plastic bottle and made a hole in the lid;

Bottle lid

Once the kids put on their aprons,

Ishra pours the ingredients into the plastic bottle.

This is how the “volcano” looks like when it erupted.

Caution: It’s an experiment you’d want to do outside the house as it’s quite messy.

And, off course, you can make the experiment more fun by adding props or toys. Enjoy!

For the record, we ended up washing the front porch after that, which is great cause that’s an extra activity to keep the kids occupied for the day. Plus it’s also afun way to teach them responsibilities.

Cheers to our happy hour!

February 1, 2010

Happy hour starts early in the Kamiso household today. Well, we’re not exactly drinking alcoholic beverages, if you are wondering. I just wanted to make it sound exciting!

This morning, Aditya who just turned four last month, said he wanted smoothie. He let me know the ingredients he wanted to put, in what he called a “shame.” I think he wanted to say shake (when I knew he meant smoothie).

It’s so easy peasy. We basically chuck the stuff below into our blender:

Some ice, milk, a banana, 2 strawberries, a bit of molases, honey and voila!

Off course we get to choose our own glasses. Mine in a martini glass and Aditya’s, a milk glass!

He loved it so much we had to make some more!

Consciously working on my top 2010 goal

January 7, 2010

I spent half of my day today, struggling to get things done. This is my first day at work since 2010 began. I took a few days’ break to take care of my daughter as school reopened on Monday.

Even though I am a work-at-home mum, I found that getting back into the swing of this thing called work, a little challenging. It wasn’t until noon that I realise, that my struggle had to do with me not being present. I had work, at the back of my mind from the moment I woke up.

Today was not the first time I caught myself distracted. I had the same experience last week. It is so energy sapping to let my body be controlled by the voices in my head, as opposed to be operating from my consciousness. I find that when I am aware, I tend to be organised and focused and whatever I do brings me joy.

So, my main goal this year is to operate from my consciousness in every little thing I do. If you have any experience that you think can be useful towards me reaching this goal, please share your story with me. I’d be very grateful.

WWW, an employer that doesn’t judge

January 2, 2010

I found this fascinating quote today:

Finally, an employer that doesn’t wonder whether we’ll take maternity leave or quit after two years to get married.  The world wide web doesn’t look down its nose at us ‘Mommy Bloggers’ in our spit-up stained sweatshirts and unpainted faces or raise on eyebrow at the BlogHers who may or may not be burning their brassieres.  Equal opportunity employer has a new meaning when it comes to those of us employed by the web, or facets thereof.socialmediamom.com, WWW: Woman’s World Web, Dec 2009

You should read the whole article.