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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Breathe A Sigh Of Relief

My boy's school returned all of the exam papers last week.  He scored 95% and above in all papers except Chinese which he got 92%, losing marks to missing strokes here and there. *slaps head*  I was pleasantly surprised that he managed to score full mark in his BM paper, not a single careless and writing mistake this time.  Way to go, boy! 

I can see that he is starting to take his exams more seriously and making some effort to check his work though he still lost 3 marks in his English paper, supposedly the easiest paper  to careless mistakes such as small letters being written as capital letters and vice versa.

We are proud of him for doing well in the exams despite not going to any tuition except Han Yu Pin Yin class.  There's only one and only reason as to why we send him to a Chinese school.  We want him to be able to read, write and converse in Mandarin.  Simple right, thus we don't set high expectations that he must be a high achiever in school though it will be a bonus if he does.  He is only expected to pull himself through with reasonably  good grades throughout his 6 years of primary education.   We sent him to an English medium kindy and it would only be fair not to set too high expectation in the first place, furthermore, none in the family speak Mandarin except the mommy who speaks "cacat" Mandarin. :)

After three exams, I can now breathe a sigh of relief knowing that he will survive in a Chinese school .  The rest of the family members, my father in-law in particular, who initially doubted my decision and worried sick that his only grandson would eventually drop out and have to transfer to a kebangsaan school  can now breathe a sigh of relief.. There's a reputable kebangsaan school within walking distance from where we live but I'd rather send him to a Chinese school  which is 10-15 minutes drive away for obvious reasons.

Both hubby and I went to Kebangsaan school and hubby was sent to Mandarin tuition but things did not work out.  As for myself, I can read Chinese papers and novels without much problems but when it comes to conversing and writing, I still get the sound and sequence of strokes messed up. :( Instead of saying I coach my son in his Chinese subject, I think it's more appropriate to say that we learn Chinese together, hand in hand. :P

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Blogger Montessorimum said...

Well done to your boy. That's very good results he is getting.

Indeed , we learned along with our fact they taught us more than learning from us. :)

August 17, 2010 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Hayley said...

Well done! 95% is good enough lo.. your boy sure made you proud!

August 17, 2010 at 3:20 PM  
Blogger michelle@mybabybay said...

Bravo Boy!

August 17, 2010 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Annie Q said...

Well done Ian!! Mummy also did a good job! :)

August 17, 2010 at 4:18 PM  
Blogger Sheoh Yan said...

Well done to Ian, well said to Mummy. I like what ever thing you said in this post.

August 17, 2010 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger MeRy said...

well done..

August 17, 2010 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger Mummy Gwen said...

Well done, Ian! can read Chinese..sai lei. I can't even speak Mandarin and don't talk about reading Chinese..haha.

August 17, 2010 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger ~LiLHypPo's mUMmy~ said...

Very well done!! And yes, I foresee myself learning chinese together with my girl in the future ;)

August 18, 2010 at 1:53 AM  
Anonymous mommy to chumsy said...

good job :) mine is also going to a chinese school in 2 years time. every week there is Chinese spelling test in her kindy and i would be the one who is pretty stress...hehehehehe

August 18, 2010 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger eugene said...

Bravo to the boy and kudos to the mom for nursing and coaching, well done

August 18, 2010 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Irene said...

well done! i think that's very good marks somemore in chinese school! and well done to mommy for her guidance too, i can't imagine when my turn comes, how i am gonna handle or survive...

August 18, 2010 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger slavemom said...

Excellent results... well done, Ian! Wow... u're from Keb sch n u can read Chn vy well. Really good!

August 18, 2010 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger Shenny's mommy said...

Kudos to Ian, have so remarkable results.

August 19, 2010 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger Adrine said...

What great results. Good job!

Eh, I think it's a little unusual that you can read chinese newspapers/books but not converse in chinese. Cos normally it's the other way!

August 19, 2010 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Inspired Momx1 said...

Adrine: Unusual huh..:P Most of my friends speak Mandarin like a pro but when it comes to reading, tak boleh wan.

I come from a Cantonese speaking family and all in my family went to Chinese school except me loh. The only daily newspaper we had was in Chinese, song albums that my brothers bought were all in Mandarin, books lying around at home was all in Chinese. I think I got the influence from them but when it comes to speaking, cacat loh 'cos lack of practice mah..

How I wish they're here to give my boy some influence but they are all in Sabah.. How I wish..

August 19, 2010 at 11:51 AM  
Anonymous suituapui said...

It's good to learn as many languages and dialects that one can cope with...but in the Malaysian system, priority should be given to BM and English. Very sad to see students hardly conversant in these two despite being able to score straight As in exams - they are not going to get very far, I'm afraid.

August 19, 2010 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Health Freak Mommy said...

Kudos to your Boy! I can feel your relief and happiness. I thought Alycia would not survive in a Chinese school too but thank God, she is surviving and hopefully she will continue to survive and sail through school.

August 22, 2010 at 7:59 PM  

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