Friday, March 11, 2011


Actually it should be TGIEOT! No that's not a swear word, it's for: Thank God its end of Term.

I feel so tired from this first term of school that I am really looking forward to the break.

I am not sure if it's because of the new schedule, or the 6 week break in November/December, or if it is because I have aged. Likely it's a combination of all, that this term has seen me totally worn out!

But is it really a break we are having? Not actually coz D has 45 math problems, spelling and ting xie (Chinese spelling) to do/ prepare for during the hols,and all will be due as soon as school re-opens.

As for my son, the teachers have been revving up on the supplementary lessons - which has been 3 days a week for the past few weeks, and lots of homework on top of all that. In addition he has a chess tournament during the school hols!

For my eldest, she will be having her exams after the hols with many projects due as soon as school re-opens! So I guess, she wont have much time to relax too!

What's with the schools nowadays? Heavy workload during the school term, and just as much work to be done during the so-called holidays! Are the children supposed to have no down time at all? Will that not lead to a burn-out? I feel as burnt out as the tires on my car!

The Minister of Education really needs to re-look the school syllabus, coz I feel that the children are expected to know too much, and that leads to too much cramming of the work in school (and out of school) and that about takes the fun out of learning.

With life expectancy much longer now, the children should be given more time to learn at a comfortable pace, no need for this rush, rush, rush. We must also teach our children to relax and to stop and smell the roses.

Anyway, Have a great weekend ahead.

BTW - D is due for another Bone Mineral Density test during the hols. Please pray for her to achieve the necessary numbers so that she doesnt have to go for those dreaded infusions!


iml said...

It has been a hectic term indeed! Even more hectic one week holiday for my youngest! It's holiday work and more holiday work for her on top of band camp & practise for the coming SYF!

doc said...

perhaps the education system inflicts distress on the parents as much as the students. my daughter has been dropping hints, ever so subtle, that she may not want to continue to A-levels.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
(prov 3:7,8)

bp said...

Pray D's BMD test will get high high marks so she'll be off those infusions for good!

TGIF, and you have a great and productive school hol coming up with so much to cheer your children on! I hope you'll somehow squeeze in some downtime with them and for them also!

Have you heard from Stardust? I don't know which part she lives in, and pray she n her family are safe and sound from the quake and tsunami. Do let me know if u hear from her, n i'll do the same. Thanks.

stay-at-home mum said...

bp - have not heard from Stardust yet, but did drop her a note regarding her well being to which she has not replied. Have told her to make a post or drop a note so we all know she is well.

bp said...

Noted, thanks. I emailed her 10+ hours ago, Vern said the comma may be down, cd be why she has not replied.

NomadicMom said...

Too much is no good. No homework also no good. My kids doesn't seem to have homework one leh. With everything, there should always be balance.

Good luck with the BMD test.