This is the first time Shee Yun and Chen Rui are away from us for so long - four weeks. It feels like a preview of what life will be like when we send them for studies away from home. Much less laundry to do; no busying about being chauffeurs; and the house suddenly feels more quiet. Both of us are busy this period, especially Michelle. Also she has a business trip coming up. That's why we had arranged for the children to return to KK earlier. Logistics and practicality. And they get to spend more time with their grandparents too. Before they left, we kept reminding them to do this and that, but I think they forget most of it. Just before they left I started a Fiasco game with them. This is a role playing game (RPG), and it involves constructing a story together. I decided to teach them the game partly because I wanted to get them to learn touch typing. I have wanted to get them to master touch typing for more than a year. They do practise, but only on and off. By getting them to write a story together with me, I can get them to put their touch typing into practical use. I hope real use will help them improve. At school they don't need to type. They write. Unfortunately they don't seem to be very interested. The story barely progressed after they returned to KK. I had taught them to use Skype, Google Drive, Google Docs and iBook, tools that will allow us to play Fiasco despite being far away from one another. Now they are not responsive on Skype. Whatsapp either.
Michelle has asked them to teach Yung Ken maths, and to help with housework around the house. I also reminded them to visit Ba and Ma, and to practise piano. I guess it's normal that children want to play during school holidays. Perhaps I should think of it this way. It is my role to tell them to do all these things which I think they should do, but it is not realistic to expect they will do all of them to the extent I want.
30 Oct 2016. Playing Maori.
We just bought Shee Yun's school books for next year, and her school uniforms. They are expensive. There are so many books! What we bought weren't all. There are a few more books we need to buy later when there is stock available. Sometimes we think about what if Chen Rui doesn't pass the entrance exam when she takes it next year. If that happens, she will continue one more year to complete Primary 6 before going to secondary school. She will end up two years behind Shee Yun. Shee Yun passing the entrance exam means she is skipping one year. We should not automatically assume Chen Rui will also skip one year this way. Chen Rui herself seems to be unconfident. I think she has the capability and she tends to underestimate herself. She does this because she thinks Shee Yun is much stronger than her. I think it is OK even if she doesn't pass the entrance exam next year. Afterall not many students manage to skip Primary 6 to enter Wesley directly from Primary 5.