Friday, June 17, 2011

Juan Or at UCSI-CDC June School Holiday Programme

Mommy enrolled Juan Or again for the school holiday programme held at the kindergarten section of UCSI University, called UCSI-CDC. Mommy liked the previous one that Juan Or joined in last March, so Mommy is sending him again for this since he has not officially started kindergarten yet. This time, Mommy enrolled him for 10 classes (costs RM250 altogether), i.e., 5 scattered days of classes with each day having two different classes.

Day 1 (30th May 2011)

Juan Or was still sleeping in the car when we reached the Northwing parking lot. So Mommy fed him milk when he finally woke up.

Here he was at the kindy - no fuss and no crying, probably because he was mentally prepared about it. Mommy also noted a few improvements in how he carried himself there compared to last time:

  • he allowed the teacher to pin the name tag on him (Last time, he won't allow any unfamiliar people to touch him!)

  • he entered the classroom readily and did not fuss or cry at all even though he knows Mommy would be leaving the place. He even smiled readily when he realized Mommy was snapping his photo from outside the classroom. (Last time, he would cry frantically when he knows Mommy is leaving him with the teacher.)

The first class for the day was 'Kinder Cooking 1'. Here is Juan Or's yield from the class: a tuna patty bun, mashed potatoes and Honey Lime Melon fruit mix.

Here's a closer look at Juan Or's DIY (but of course with assistance from the teacher!!) foodies.....

See him digging through the bun? That's because he refused to eat the tuna patty, lettuce and tomato slice. So Mommy ate them while Juan Or ate the bread bun - that also was after he asked Mommy to lick away the butter coating on the bun! As what Mommy mentioned previously, this boy likes to eat things plain and not all the butter could be licked away, so Mommy passed the bread bun back to him to which he was hesitant to eat (just because a little bit of the butter was still there!). The solution? Mommy turned the bun upside down so that he sees only the brown bottom of the bun and not the inside part. Then only was he willing to eat it. After finishing the bun, he ended with a "Yummy, sedaaap (tasty)!" Can you believe it!? *Shake head*

 As for the mashed potato and Honey Lime Melon, Juan Or blatantly refused to touch them at all, so Mommy walloped all his rejected food! ^_^

The second class for the day was 'Cool Science 1'. There were 3 experiments done: pepper and water science magic trick, layer liquid and marbleized paper. After finishing all 3 experiments, the teacher rewarded each of the students with a pack of Power Rangers stickers!

As a reward for being a good  and cooperative boy, Mommy took him to Econsave Cheras for a quick outing-cum-shopping and kiddy ride before sending him back to the babysitter (while Mommy went back to office).

Back in the car, he kept on holding and flashing his new Power Rangers stickers! ^_^

Day 2 (1st June 2011)

Juan Or was not so cooperative on Day 2 as he was feeling unwell (gassy stomach) and kept on complaining of stomachache and wanting to vomit. So when Mommy left him there with the teacher, he cried. Anyway, he still went on with the classes and only had one incidence of small vomit.

The first class was 'Learning to Draw', in which all the drawing activities were compiled into a book.

The first drawing session was to place a string freestyle on a glued surface of sugarpaper. This is Juan Or's yield.

The second drawing session was to draw specific kinds of lines according to instructions and after that followed by freestyle lines, to which Juan Or drew his favourite - circles!

The final drawing session was to colour a picture drawn by the teacher. Actually Mommy was surprised Juan Or was able to colour within the space provided, but don't know whether it was because he did it with the teacher's guidance and supervision OR was it because he tends to be more compliant when taught by people unfamiliar to him! Way back home, Mommy had taught him to do his colouring before but somehow he just wouldn't comply and instead went on a scribbling frenzy! *Shake head*

The second class for the day was 'Batik Painting'. The picture with waxed outline was already pre-drawn by the teacher. He only had to colour the picture with the batik paint provided, but of course with guidance, otherwise the colour scheme would have been a disaster! Here is Juan Or's batik yield:

Day 3 (6th June 2011)

For that day, the kindy was opened a bit late (usually it would already have opened by 8am), so Mommy had no choice but to leave him there with some teachers who were already waiting there as Mommy had to quickly drive down to UCSI Southwing and start a lecture at 8.20am. That day, Juan Or showed eagerness to attend kindy, so there was no fussing nor crying.

Here he was, sitting obediently next to the teacher to wait for the kindy door to open. This is a great improvement compared to last time whereby he won't even allow any unfamiliar people to sit right next to him! 

The first class of the day was 'Cool Science 2'. As usual, there were three experiments conducted. The first was the 'Bouncing Egg' experiment whereby comparison was made between an egg placed in water versus an egg placed in vinegar. The students were allowed to take their eggs in vinegar home for further obsrvation for seven days to which it will become like a bouncy rubber ball.

The second experiment was 'Red Cabbage Rules' whereby the students were taught to make a simple pH tester by using boiled red cabbage water. They were then supplied with various solutions (e.g. Dettol, milk, lemon juice, sugar, etc.) to be dripped slowly into separate cups of boiled red cabbage water and then observe for colour change. A pH colour comparison chart was also provided in the booklet to let them compare the colour changes observed. Juan Or was also guided to make pH testers to take home to try by dipping cotton buds into the red cabbage water and leaving them to dry. So Mommy saw Juan Or's cotton buds placed in a small plastic pocket in his science booklet.

The third experiment was 'Invisible Ink' whereby students were taught to make make invisible ink from lemon juice mixed with water. The invisible ink can only be seen after heating up the paper. Attached in the science booklet was a secret message in envelope from Juan Or to Papa and Mommy. All Mommy had to do was to iron the paper. What did it say? "I (heart shape) U!" *Kiss-kiss from Mommy!*

The second class of the day was 'Art & Craft 2' in which Juan Or worked on painting a recycle bag which already had a fish picture drawn on it. Again, Mommy was surprised to see Juan Or's painting because Mommy can imagine a whole lot of disaster (spilt paint, dirty water dripped everywhere on the floor, etc.)  if Mommy is to do this with him at home.

Day 4 (7th June 2011)

It was a Tuesday whereby Mommy did not have to conduct any lecture, so Mommy decided to park the car at Southwing, let him loiter a while in Mommy's office and then quickly catch the UCSI shuttlebus to Northwing. So for Juan Or, it was a bus ride adventure day!

The first class was 'Drama: Lights, Camera, Action!' whereby the students were guided to act out characters of a story and the second class was 'Outdoor Sports Games'. Among the games played by Juan Or were football and golf. The teacher, Ms. Lenny Pang, also complained to Mommy that Juan Or was very possessive of his water bottle so much so that when she offered to put his water bottle in a storage cabinet while the students were out for games, Juan Or refused to give her his bottle and insisted on it hanging on his neck while he runs around playing the games!

Day 5 (8th June 2011)

That day, Mommy had lecture only in the late morning, so Mommy decided to do the same like yesterday, that is to accompany him to take the bus ride adventure to Northwing for his classes.As usual, Juan Or smuggled some snacks from Mommy's office first before hopping on the shuttlebus.

His first class for the day was 'Art & Craft 1'. There were two activities done. The first was to make a collage board on the word "KITCHEN" using assorted beans and a cinnamon stick for the letter 'I'. Mommy managed to stay on just a little longer to snap a photo of him doing the collage before leaving for office.

Mommy was very happy to note too that this time, he entered the class readily without any hesitation even though he knew that Mommy was still hanging around nearby. Notice his water bottle hanging on his neck? There he went as usual - possessive about his water bottle and not wanting to place it on the table. Here's his artwork which Papa has hanged in the kitchen.

His other artwork or craft for the day was making and decorating a photo frame with seashells and ribbon-shaped pasta.

The second and also the last class for his holiday class season was 'Baking & Decorating'.

So what did Juan Or bake for the day? It was bread and then he was guided to decorate his bread to look like a sports car!

As expected, Juan Or gave all the zucchini slices, frankfurter end and mayonnaised mashed hard-boiled egg to Mommy and kept the bread for his own eating.

When Mommy came to take Juan Or back, Juan Or looked a bit different. Mommy remembered putting on a pair of Kiko brown shorts (with hook and zipper) but now he had a pair of black-and-white-stripe pants on!

So you can guess what probably transpired! Yes, he urinated in his pants! According to the headmistress, usually the teacher will organize a toilet trip for the students but Juan Or had ran to the toilet ahead of the others before the trip was even organized (due to emergency!). And because of wearing a hook and zipper type of shorts, he leaked before he could even figure out how to undo the hook and zipper!

Then at the end of it all, Mommy asked Juan Or whether he would like to go to school again and whether he likes his teachers, he eagerly replied "YES!!" *Smile*


eugene said...

This shall be the money best spent,, and i am sure he will thank you for it,,and this sure better than any electronic gadgets...........

thank you for doing the best for your child...........

have a great weekend Alice

Little Kit Boy said...

RM250 for such good programe is really worth paying cos all their lessons taught are so unique, fun, creative and can really opened up a child creativity not only in terms of crafting but also cooking. Hm..very good.

And Alice, you are such a nice mother, enrolling your boy for such an interesting program plus sending him for classes daily even during school holidays.

Btw, I like Juan Or sport car hot dog bun leh...can make one for me ah?

Oh...CARS are no more in Sunway but heard that they are now in Ikano.

Last by not least, Alice, thanks for adding me into your blogroll and I have added yours too.

Keep in touch.

Alice Phua said...

Eugene, thanks for the kind and encouraging words! Makes me feel a happy mother! Wishing you and family a great weekend too.

Little Kit Boy, thanks! Can, I will ask him to make car buns for you. What car models do you want? I see, thanks for the CARS info. THanks for adding me into your blogroll. :-)

yvonne said...

I like how the kindy organizes variety activities such as cooking, drawing, acting and science. At least not the same old boring reading and writing, ya?

Sheoh Yan said...

Very interesting post. His lessons are so well organized. Bravo to Juan Or too, he improved so much. Praise him more, ok.

Broccoli Ginger said...

great exposure! :) I guess this time he enjoyed much better!

Hayley said...

Way to go Juan Or!
He looks like a big boss in the 1st picture. hehe =)

Shenny's mommy said...

Juan Or is definitely fit to enrol in formal Kindergarten now. He has himself ready already, I think.

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Alice Law said...

LOL, now I so tempted to send Ah Xuan to the holiday camp liao, sound interesting especially the materials thy provided were not cheap!

Wow, I'm impressed too by Juan Or's painting, the strokes are perfect for a 3 yo and I bet he did tht better thn I was 3, lol! Can foresee he will win lots of painting competition in the future if he keep up his good work! Congratz!

cheeyee said...

Very interesting programme! Very good exposure for the children. Erm Can inform me when they have the next holiday camp? :)

Alice Phua said...

Yvonne, yup, that's what I like too.... the reading part I can do with my son at home, but the non-reading activities I think it's better to let others handle it becos I find my son tends not to follow instruction if I'm the one doing it. But if with kindy teachers, he obediently follows instructions woh.

Sheoh Yan, thanks. Yup. :-)

Broccoli Ginger, yup! :-)

Hayley, LOL, little taiko!

Shenny's mommy, yes, he looks ready for formal schooling already but I'll only send him in next year when he's four becos I still need some time to pool my financial resources to finance his kindy fees.

3D Ultrasounds, thanks! :-)

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Alice Law, thanks! :-) If you want I can keep you updated of the coming school holiday programme. Anyway, the 'homeschooling' activities (arts, crafts, baking sessions, science) that you have always been doing with your Little Sprouts at home are also just as good if not better becos it's limitless what you can do at home together with them.

Cheeyee, ok, will do that. Usually UCSI-CDC will start announcing at about 1-2 weeks before the government school holiday starts.

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Alice, that boy of yours has really beautiful eyes. One day those eyes going to melt girl's hearts, ha ha.
Have a nice day. Love the pics.

Alice Phua said...

Uncle Lee, thanks for the compliments! :-) The curled eyelashes comes from me whereas the big eyes and long eyelashes come from his Papa. Have a nice day too!

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