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Friday, January 14, 2011

Two Weeks After School Started

While doing his homework last night, my CNN satelite news reporter a.k.a. my boy suddenly paused and said he had some bad news to tell me.

Ian: Mommy, I have a bad news. (pause while waiting for me to respond)
Mommy: What's that?
Ian: XX, YY, ZZ and some others got rotan strokes on their palms today.
Mommy: Huh? Were you one of them?
Ian: No, I got my Ejaan all correct but those who get one wrong will get one stroke, two wrong two strokes.....Teacher says it will be like that from now on.. must get all correct..
Mommy: mumbling.. my dreamy boy.. soon your turn will come..
Mommy: Was it painful and did anyone of cry?
Ian: I don't think so.. XX says not painful at all and YY says a little bit of pain..
Mommy: Anyone cried?
Ian: We are in std 2 already and we don't cry.
Mommy: ......

This year, his class gets a very strict and efficient BM teacher, unlike last year's one who hardly marked their work and only rushed to cover the topics when exam was near.  This one teaches at lightning speed.

Being in the smart class, the teachers expect a lot from the 8 year olds.  I was told that only good teachers or must I say strict and fierce ones, were assigned to these 2 classes.  My boy's science teacher is the assistant headmistress.  Since the first day school started, he has been bringing home 3-6 homeworks everyday with at least 2 pages each.  The first week of school he brought back homework to build sentences in both BM and Chinese not to mention "Ting Xie" in Chinese, Moral and Science and "Ejaan" in BM every other day.

One thing about my boy that drives me up the wall is that he likes dilly dallying while doing his homework.  One night on the first week of school, as usual, in between doing his homework, he would make room for "many short breaks" doing unnecessary things like making an aeroplane out of his ruler and rubber, bla bla bla...  When I went to check his homework, I realised he had copied them all wrong and that's the time he threw his monsterly temper tantrum as it was way past 10.30pm and he was getting exhausted from the long day. 

His bad behaviour really pissed me off and I was blown up.  I threatened him and he was given two options. First: If he didn't redo it now, then there'll no TV tomorrow which was a Saturday.  Saturday is the only day where he gets to do whatever he wants to do.. PSP, TV, computer games, comics... In his own words, his day.. Second: He can do it tomorrow but his privilege will be scrapped and I marched back to my room after throwing him those words.  So bad huh.. this mommy when she turns into a monster.. but this boy of mine must really teach him a lesson..

He chose the first option which was to finish his work on the night itself.  An hour later, he came knocking on my door and politely told me homework was done.  This boy, really "gik sei ngor" sometimes.

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Blogger Sheoh Yan said...

My girl got rotan also this week by her teacher. Same thing happened to her when come to homework. Pull a long dark face when asking to complete the homework on the day itself. Sigh...

January 14, 2011 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger mumsgather said...

Funny, my boy too likes to play with his stationary, make aeroplanese with this rubber and ruler etc. :)

January 14, 2011 at 9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch out! The temper outburst may be the result of pressure - not necessarily from you, may be from the teachers, the peers...or even himself in his eagerness to do well and please everybody else. Many students are like walking tomb bombs with very short fuses, ready to explode anytime...

January 15, 2011 at 7:15 AM  
Blogger Inspired Momx1 said...

Yan: My boy also got rotan twice last year by the discipline teacher for running around during recess. He told me not painful, so thick skin, you see. *slap forehead*

MG: Hahaha.. guess boys are like that, cannot sit still.

stp: I am a bit concerned and I'll pull him out if I see any signs of distress. Poor boy..

January 15, 2011 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Oliveoylz said...

Hello, was blog hopping and just discovered our boys are both in primary 2. I thought Primary 1 homework was a LOT...Hard to believe in the first week of Primary 2, homework was full swing edi. He even came back with 11 pages of home work one fine day during his 1st week. On top of that, ejaan, ting xie and what kidding! We're in the same boat here.

January 16, 2011 at 11:10 PM  

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