Today marked the last day of ChengZhu. It’s not only Ewan’s graduation day but mine too. I have learnt a lot of new words from these classes and I’d like to give mandarin a go in writing. It’s going to be a tough one with me hating the language to the core!
I remember how tough the first week of ChengZhu was. Bouncing Ewan up and down, chasing after him and keeping up with the class took a toll on me (on my under-exercised body). I lamented about how I’d get through 20 classes when I can’t even get past the first. Then again, today, I couldn’t bear to leave. We stayed at the playground a little longer after class and played together. No more blue slides and yellow tunnels for the next few months. Ewan loved his bubbles, handiwork and those little pillows in class. While I loved taking pictures of him and keeping track of his milestones.
In today’s lesson, the toddlers didn’t have any art to craft on. Instead, the teachers had a go with their art. They started drawing on our little babies’ faces and made them look so adorable! There were rabbits, dragons and tigers in the room. I have requested for a rainbow, a sun and a cloud for Ewan instead – befitting the theme of this week which is the colours of a rainbow.
Oh yes! Not only does Ewan loves to play, he loves his food! We had a party in class today. Each parent is to bring a little something from the list below and we have chosen biscuits. Right after the little ones have their hands washed, they returned to their little chairs and waited to be served. I was surprised how patient they all were, unlike previous weeks. Especially mine who would have hollered and demanded for his snack. Well of course, the adults had some fun digging into popcorns, muffins and chicken wings as well. It was a party for everyone in the house after all!
After 20 classes, Ewan learnt to say Thank You, Love You, Teacher, Biscuit, Goodbye, Bubbles and Beautiful. As for myself, I’ve learnt many new words and songs too. Not only did we bag away with a wider vocabulary bank, I got the opportunity to observe Ewan’s behaviour, personality, likes and dislikes. I understood him more as a mother and that’s really something isn’t it. I am also a bit more confident about using Mandarin now which is great! I am actually bursting with pride that I have written an entry in mandarin. *hahah*
The language is very important. Especially so when we are Chinese. It is a pity that Meyer and I never enjoyed studying Mandarin in school and couldn’t wait to throw all our books away after O levels. In fact, I didn’t even want to enter a Junior College because I had to study More Mandarin. English is our main conversing language at home and I am not able to deny that. We put our thoughts across much better than in Mandarin. However, I would like to cultivate a love for our mother tongue in this family. To do that, it is best to learn together and have fun as a whole. That is my goal.
Thank you teachers for your guidance, patience and love for the children (and for the adults). The best judges are the children. I saw Ewan giving Teacher Chen a hug last lesson and he hugged her for 10 seconds without letting her go. I was taken aback by that sight and at the same time, deeply moved.
The graduation piece the teachers have put up for each child is also very special. It consists of a series of art pieces made by the children themselves over the term. A very beautiful momento and especially for emotional mums like myself, I love it to the core!
During the course of this term, we had a relief teacher take took over one class. Teacher Chen, I’d like to thank her for her sincerity and genuine attempt to remember all the children in our class. She didn’t have to because she was just substituting one lesson. Yet, when we saw each other at the playground or corridor, she never fails to stop and speak to Ewan. Most amazingly, she remembered his name.
Till the next time we meet, take care and Happy Teacher’s Day. We hope to join the last 4 weeks of PlayNest’s Term 4 when we return from Europe. That should be in Novemeber! Hope there will be one last slot for Ewan!