Here’s a video I captured recently of Emma “reading” Brown Bear, Brown Bear. I use quotes for the word “reading” because we all know that the pictures in this much loved Eric Carle book guides the child all through.
Still…a very good try for my little sweetheart. And just for the record, this was the book that Emma “gave” to Hannah when Emma was born.
Pssst… look out for the part where she reads the page with the “Black Sheep”. Simply precious!!
Sunday May 8 2016 was an important and special day for us as a family, and even more so for Ethan. It was the day he participated in the Sacrament of Holy Communion for the very first time.
Words cannot express my pride for my little boy and the entire celebration touched my heart and soul so very deeply.
The special day also coincided with Mother’s Day this year, so it was a happy celebration all around. Ethan was also selected to give a short speech on behalf of all the first holy communicants, at the end of the celebration. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a clear video of his speech because Emma kept wanting to snatch my phone!
So it has been about a month now that Emma started playschool. We had hesitated starting her off in January because I was not convinced then that she would be okay on her own, what with her skin sensitivities and her itch that could come and go at any time. Plus…she’s still my little baby!!
However as she approached her third birthday, she had shown signs that she was ready for school. She was a very active child, and she was eager to learn and explore. In addition, her skin was under control and she could finally now wear normal toddler clothes. So we decided to start her off in playschool in April.
The first week or so was an orientation week where I could be with her in the class. I was pleasantly surprised that she happily and willingly sat in circle time on her own and ate at snack time on her own from the get go. She was a little bit shy at first but she did not put up a fuss.
She happily played with toys when she had the chance to do so, and even had the opportunity to do some finger painting on the first day itself!
On the third day of school, I told Emma that I would be sitting outside her classroom to wait for her and she was okay with it. From the 5th day onwards, I would walk her to class in the morning and help her settle down, then I would say goodbye with a hug and kiss and she was fine.
Now she greets me with a cheerful happy smile and wave when I pick her up, which is one of my highlights of the day.
The only problem is that she would want to play in the school playground after school every day, and it is SO hard to pry her from the playground! She is also very gungho, and although initially I was very scared and concerned that she would not be able to maneuver the playground equipment on her own, she is proving me wrong.
So yes, I am definitely happy that she is in a loving, wonderful environment for school, and she is learning lots in terms of socialising and being herself. She also recently started singing and saying some stuff in Chinese, without my prompting her!