Chatting over Dinner

Ramadhan is a lot of things, but to me it's also family time. We breakfast and break our fast together and it's been really nice to sit with the entire family, chatting. Being able to be home ahead of breaking fast time, and not being rushed, means everyone is relaxed and wound down and everyone can be in a pleasant mood. My kids also realise their mom is a comedienne as I make fun of them or relate a funny story (or make the story funny). Ha ha. Tinggal tak join rajalawak je.

Dad is also at home more since fasting begun (ok ok baru 3 hari so we shall see) and I hope the trend continues. He seems tired and perhaps this is due to the sudden stop of coffee (1 cup instead of 6 a day~!) or perhaps its work or perhaps he's burnt out or what but whatever it is I'm just grateful that he seems to be enjoying spending time with the family and me. Spending time with us is paramount to me at whatever the cost, even if it means loss of income! he he he

So lastnight we talked about HOMESCHOOLING for Sara and perhaps Sophia. Homeschooling in my mind is when you keep your child at home and try to teach him yourself. But apparently now there's homeschooling where it's more like TUTION - about 10 kids with teachers teaching them physics, science etc etc. The students will all sit for O levels and you basically commit to this path and give up on the local syllabus lar basically. Ie,you decide NOW that the kids will not get (government) scholarship or others where being in proper school is required. But the kids study like 2 days a week. Other days you have to find other ways to fill in their time. There are teachers for Islamic studies and hafazan as well.

So I thought maybe Sara will do better under this way of teaching. She and Sophia. Macam tak do so well je in the current school cause they don't really push them to excell. They are doing ok (I just read wanshana's blog and shana! Your kids are amazing!! I am such a bad mom cause my kids are soooo not like your kids!) With the exeption of perhaps my eldest who is going to be Head Girl in the school (Woot !! Well done!!) my other kids are doing ok. Not failing, still in the top 5 but not excellently excellent.

So the kids loved this homeschooling idea! (No proper school?? What's not to love?) -

Nadine the HeadPrefect to be and the (Unofficial) Defender of Hogswart/Adni is against the idea, arguing (semenjak dah jadi debater ni ashik argueeeee je) that school is not just about the subjects but also things like community, qiyam, extra curricular activities. I countered by saying we can join outside club.

Then Nadine said - but you won't get to be prefects if you are homeschooled!!

And there is the catch. And Sara wants to be a prefect for such a long time. And she should be, and she deserves to be.

So how now?? hehehehehe

Oh well, husband is of course of the opinion that PMR and UPSR and SPM is good enough for us it will be good enough for our kids. Hehehehhehe

So how???


Comments

Anonymous said…
Wow Shila..Nadine is awesome! I have to agree with Nadine lah..school is not just about studies...

Jah
It's hard for the other sisters to follow! Yeah, thats a very big part of school- having a community to be a part of...
MrsNordin said…
Hey, doing ok... still in top 5... that's not GOOD ENOUGH for you?? I think your kids will be fine in Adni. You just have to monitor them more closely and push them to work harder. Home school to me is not really a good option coz you know how it is when they are at home... nak tengok TV lah, nak minum air lah.. it's hard to focus.

Your kids ARE OK, OK? Kalau nak home schooling, you should have started them since Day 1. Not now..
J- there's only 18 kids in the class lar...

homeschooling nowadays tak buat kat rumah- kat tution centre...

but tu lah the prefecthood that Sara has been idam idam kan...
Sara said…
I don't mind not being prefect mommy... i just got the probation for now anyway :)
Nadine said…
Mommy i only said 'might be head'. Anyway there isn't any head girl. Just a head prefect then a vice head.
Sara- no lah. enjoy being a prefect first. But push yourself lah sikit....
Nadine- might in my mind dah ok lah hehehe whatever it is do remember to STUDY. Your school banyakna extra curicular activities lar

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