I love to read her notebook. So far she has written things like....
"Mummy, Daddy, today the naughty boy use the ruler to hit the girl's face."
"Mummy, Daddy, every Tuesday got Ejaan, Every Wednesday got "Ting Seah" and every Friday got Spelling."
"Mummy, Daddy, today I got 100% in Ting Seah. Yeah!" (And she drew a big heart at the bottom and gave herself some stars. :) )
"Mummy, Daddy, today teacher say I must bring 5cm more of newspaper."
And lots more. She uses them to record everyday things of significance to her that she wants to remember to tell me and shows it to me when she gets back from school.
Yesterday, I sneaked a "I Love You" message decorated with hearts, flowers and stars just the way she likes it, into her notebook. She was happy with that surprise. Hehe.
When I asked her "What is the second best thing you like about school today?" (Since the best thing she likes about school is "Going Home" I had to ask what is the next best thing) Her answer is "Writing message to mummy." She has always loved to draw and write so I think this is another good way for her to communicate to me as well.
One day, I saw that she had drawn pictures into her notebook. In one picture, she drew her school and colored it. In another, she drew a field with some birds, clouds and the sun and colored those as well. The pictures look cheery (I hope that means that she feels better about school now). I praised her pictures and asked her how come she has so much time to draw those.
She says that the English teacher had come in and did not do anything. Just asked "those who never finish homework can do now" (From what I've heard so far, everytime the English teacher who also teaches Science in English is missing from the class or doesn't do anything in class. Hmmm...... Its almost going to be the end of term soon and he hasn't taught much of anything at all. Just Greetings like "Good Morning." "Good Afternoon". "Hello" etc. Hmmmm... I digress).
I asked her what the other kids did and she said some of them read books, some talked etc. So I suggested to her that the next time she has free time like that in school, she can start doing some of her homework so that when she gets back she will have more time to do the things that she likes, like play computer game for example (bad mommy).
The next day, she came home and proudly showed me her completed homework. She said she had done them in between lessons when teacher walked in and out of the classes etc. Then she added...."Mummy, I didn't pay attention to Math lesson." When I asked her why she replied "Because I was doing my homework." *Slaps Forehead* lol. I had to remind her that homework is only to be done "in between" lessons not "during" lessons. I had learned from other seasoned parents that this is how they got their kids to lessen their homework burden at home.