Monday, May 30, 2016

P1 Parenting: First Parent-Teacher Meeting for Sem 1

Last Saturday was our first Parent-Teacher Meeting {PTM} in Lil Pumpkin's primary school!! Oh goodness.. has half a year really passed by since she started Primary 1??? It seems like just yesterday when we had her orientation...

In her school, the PTM is called 3-C Dialogue Session where it is a time for parents, teachers and even the students to connect, communicate and celebrate the learning of the students.

I like that the kids were involved too and the teachers got the students to reflect on their schooling journey for the past semester, to think about what they did well, and areas which they can improve too. Then during the PTM, the students presented on their reflection to the parents (∩_∩)

For Lil Pumpkin, she told us that she enjoys learning new things in school and playing with her classmates. However, she needs to work on being able to give the speaker her full attention and to be able to listen wholeheartedly without interruption. We were told that sometimes she gets so excited by what she hears that she immediately wants to respond with something.. but if she's not called upon to speak, she would just turn to her friends and tell them! (≧▽≦) Oh dear!

Our appointment was at 9am and we arrived about 15 minutes before that. While waiting, her teachers got the parents to write a word of encouragement to the kids, and for the kids to write a thank-you note to the parents. After which we can display it on the classroom whiteboard when we entered. Such a thoughtful initiative!

As usual, the boy and I weren't really worried about Lil Pumpkin's academic progress. Well, not yet anyway. From the school work she brings home and from the results of whatever mini assessments she has {not many, really}, we know that she is able to cope relatively well.

This was confirmed by her teachers as well who were quite impressed with her Maths and English language & writing skills. Her form teacher showed us some of her English writing work and I must say, I was pretty impressed too! I didn't know that they started writing in paragraphs haha..

For Mandarin, her written skill is strong but speaking still needs more work.. well, no surprise there and something we really, really need to work on (ᗒᗨᗕ)

What the boy and I were most concerned about was how she was doing socially in school. Is she interacting well with her friends? Any relationship problems we should be aware of? Lil Pumpkin is a very sociable person and is someone who treasures friendship very much. However, sometimes she will come home crying about this friend or that. It hurts me to see her like that.

Her teachers have noted that Lil Pumpkin has a "sensitive soul" {exact words used} but there's no friendship problems we should be worried about now. In situations where Lil Pumpkin may have been upset with her friends, it's because they picked up undesirable behaviour or words from older siblings or people they interact with outside of school which they used on their classmates, but the teachers are aware of it and have addressed it with the relevant parents too.

Overall, Lil Pumpkin has adapted very well to her new school life and her teachers are very pleased with that. From our perspective as parents, we can see that too - although Lil Pumpkin wakes up rather groggily most mornings, she doesn't cry and is always happy to attend class and talk about what goes on in school.

This semester the boy helped to give an occupation talk to the Primary One cohort on his job as a vet {oops I haven't written about that yet!!} and we told the teachers as well that if time allows, we'd be happy to volunteer in other areas if they need us too.

I'm pretty excited to see what Semester 2 will bring! But for now, we're just going to have fun this June holidays together as a family and let Lil Pumpkin rest and do what she enjoys most... playing haha.

I did ask her teachers if there was anything we needed to work on at home during the holidays and they said no... the kids have done a lot during school time. It is time to let them relax..

True that. ヽ(ヅ)ノ

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Susan said...

Half a year just flew by so quickly for our girls. Glad to hear that Lil Pumpkin has adapted well in school and that the teachers are not advocating any homework for her this holidays. Any plans for the June holidays?

Unknown said...

I was pleasantly surprised by how nurturing my girl's primary school was when she first started last year. They also have the practice of having the teacher write an encouragement on a "Star card" for the child, with a space for parents to do the same!
The only consistent 'homework' my child gets every holidays is a "chore card", to finish 5 10 min chores within the hols. Luvvit!!

3wheelingtots said...

Crudos to Lil Pumpkin and parents too. Can feel from your post that she is enjoying school and adapting it well! Keep it Up!

Cherry said...

Time surely flies! Gosh, i felt like I have graduated from this P1 thingy but soon it's G's turn! *panic attack*

Glad to know that Lil Pumpkin is coping very well in Primary school. Don't worry too much, Mummy Ai, I think she's got your great personality and intelligence too.

Unknown said...

Good to hear Lil Pumpkin is thriving in primary school. We had our first PTM last week for my girl in nursery too. It's quite an eye-opener to see your child from another person (teachers)'s point of view.

Michelle @ The Chill Mom

Lup Wai said...

Can tell that your little one enjoys her school very much, that's the most important thing! Now is time to enjoy holiday and spend time together :)

An Apel a Day said...

It sounds like she's doing great! I've had a few nephews that have had issues with talking in class. It happens. It's better that Little Pumpkin is excited about things, then to think school is boring.

Hello, Mrs Tan said...

Reading about Lil Pumpkin's first year in primary school makes me excited yet feeling the jitters for my boy who would be going in the next THREE years LOLOL! I think the standards of education is quite high now.. in the past, we would be writing like 5 sentences for our compo, but now.. P1s are expected to write in paragraphs! :O

Theresa Mahoney said...

Sounds like Little Pumpkin is doing quite well! Keep up the good work!

Unknown said...

I love the meaningful activity where parents are encouraged to pen notes for their kids and vice versa. Well done to Lil Pumpkin for excelling in the first half of P1!

Anonymous said...

Wow, the primary school very good. Encourage parents to give words of encouragement. =)

mail4rosey said...

Ah my son has a sensitive soul too. Everyone tells me I need to toughen him up, but he's not a crybaby or anything like that, and I like that he has empathy and compassion. :)

The school year is def. flying by! Glad things are going so well.

Shub said...

It must be exciting for you all to attend the PTM. I have learnt a few new things about my kids from teachers actually.

Stacy said...

Overall a very satisfying report haha. Good that lil pumpkin has strong writing skills in Chinese. My girl is only in kindy and I can't even keep up with the Chinese.

Indah Nuria Savitri said...

I always enjoy Parents-teachers meeting. I love coming to the class and see the kids' works. It's very inspiring indeed

mail4rosey said...

How fun that you both did the same kind of training!! I love that you're grabbing the fitness bar with gusto! Very inspiring and admirable.