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Ethan officially started school today. Not a kindie but more of an enrichment centre kind of thing, Vital Years to be exact. I did not start teaching there as expected but was there to see if Ethan will be alright.

The moment we entered, Ethan was ushered into the classroom by Aunty Mei a.k.a da Boss. He did not cry nor did he ask for me. He was extremely SILENT! He sat there all by himself, refusing to open his mouth (except to drink from his water bottle)! And he remained SILENT the whole one hour there. Every facilitator tried to warm up to him but to no avail. All he did was to colour a picture of a cat. Finally, after his hour was up, he was permitted to leave the room.

Once out of that room, upon seeing me, he ran to me and hugged me so tight. When I started to talk to the facilitators, only THEN did Ethan start talking to them too. My bad! I forgot to introduce him to them in the first place. He went into the classroom not knowing who they were so he kept quiet all by himself!

So we extended another hour for him and happily he read to ME while the facilitators watched. He was fast-tracked into mid of Stage 2.

No photos this time as I refrained from entering the classroom during his lesson. I wanted him to be independent and now I know he can survive without me being there.

What have I come out with today? He will go for his lessons in the mornings, 3 times a week without me. I will teach there, twice a week in the evenings and he will tag along, not to learn but to play. Good deal? I think so too :D

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    he is a good boy and I am sure he is able to survive!! :D BRAVO!

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    Very good deal!! He is such a good boy..can tag along everywhere you go. I'm sure he will do very well in school coz he's a smart little guy. :D

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    Well done, Ethan!! You did a great job!! And Mummy, you just landed yourself a very good deal indeed ;)

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    good to expose him to the school environment.

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    good deal? deal good! a win win situation..u get your pay, ethan gets his cup of knowledge.. carry on teaching, mama!

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    Haha. Poor Ethan had to be silent for one hour. Must be not easy for him. But he is good boy. Didn't cry for mama. Well done, Ethan! Hope he will like the place.

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    Sounds like Ethan did really well with his first day in school…no tears at all…BRAVO!!

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    Bravo Ethan!! I'm sure he will do well in school :)

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    Ethan is a good boy! I think if I were Ethan, I would cry already. Haha!

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    SO you also teach there? Not bad lah, like reanaclaire said, win win : )

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    GREAT news. my SIL very pandai oh. genius! good news for mommy yeah, can work now too ;)

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    Maybe coz Mommy taught him too well not to speak to strangers :p. Very good boy wor. Though in a strange enviroment, he didnt cry.

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    oh…my kid also joined Vital Years when he was 2 yrs old. We actually bring him there before school starts to 'warm up' first and yeah, the teachers are great, they played with him. On the first day, my wife waited outside in case he's not ok and he was fine throughout, though at some days he dun feel like attending school which is normal.

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    Great deal!

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    Chrisau – The days that he doesn't want to attend school has got to be when he was in Stage 3. That is the 'hell' stage where many kids will drop out. I know coz I taught there before :D Ethan is in Stg 2 now and very soon will be in Stg 3 and I hope he will not drop out then.. pls pls pls..

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    Save petrol, save time & save energy no need to chauffeur Ethan here and there.

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    So it was your fault lar. You should have introduce Ethan to them 1st mah. But this goes to show how obedient and observing Ethan was. :)

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    He was like me. Didn't cry first day at school…but I kept very quiet. Eventually, some of the other boys started talking to me…and that was when the fun started! LOL!!! Good luck to Ethan…

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    Wehh….. submerryn… u ni kan… lost betul… =.= mana ur contact? Yerrr….Drop me an email…[email protected] yea… you need to into kids to those ppl first, else they will chicken out lah! Aiyohh!

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    wow Ethan goes there for his schooling and mummy teaches there part time too! That sounds so great! Goodluck and enjoy! Happy New Year to you and your family!!

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    hey dotter,Tell Ethan that kong kong is very proud of me,, perasan betul uncle ini.and to you, please dont stress in the kindie,ok,, chill among the boys and the girls.take care now

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    Thumb up for Ethan!! He is a good and brave boy. Keep up the good work.And Merryn, all the best in your work!

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    Ethan is into "operasi bohsia" so have to be SILENT haha. Nowadays children are starting 'kindie' so much younger. Those days when I sent my daughter to kindie at age 2+ all my friends & relatives said I was out of my mind. I may be crazy but I'm glad I made the right choice.:P

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    that's very nice of u.. u working there and at the same time ur kids study there… at least u can watch him always….BTW .. well done ethan… his 1st day no crying.like mine both not crying just in the morning..not willing to wake up. back home, they telling me many kids crying at school..

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    he is doing just fine…no worries mama…btw, can u email me ur address..

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    You are talking about "drop out" in an enrichment class? My, my… Ethan is such a good boy. Being silent is better than crying. I'm sure he'll be the most outstanding pupil there :-)

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    well done Ethan :) He is a very indepedent and smart boy :) how's work for you?

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    At least he didn't cry.Good luck in your new job!

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    What a good boy! And have fun teaching ya! :)

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    A great deal. You are a good mom and Ethan is so lucky to have you!hugsshakira

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    hot-wallpapersalqi g & io 06

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    wow… mummy must had taught him "not talking to strangers before" :)If strangers give my girl a sweets, she will immediately take it… Must learn a lot from Ethan.New Year New page design… NICE! I thought I made a wrong click.. haha

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    Very good deal :)

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