Regural readers by now would know that am having trouble getting her to school everyday.I am extremely upset today because of her behaviour,she cried and cried long enough to throw up and rest in home.One morning she prayed,” Ummachi,enakku schoolu.kku poga vendam,aathuleye naan samatha padikkannum” ( I should not go to school,i should learn from home itself).Home schooling is there a option for me here ? If yes i would happily go for that,if she can learn to be social outside home.

Her school as i know has wonderful staff and kids too are close to her,she was normal and going to school happily,suddenly she refuses,i accepted it on the day when i was off,but today if she is happy to stay in home than to go to school,is something wrong in school ? I did asked her teachers if she is crying or fighting or any issues in class,they said ‘No’,so where my diagnosis leading me to ?

And in evening she is says her current school is the best one as i tell her in April she could be going to BIG school.Or is she simply trying to avoid going to school,i am tired.

With the given situation, she will be moving to big school in april,an Indian one at that.Last year when i joined her in the current school,i was planning to continue preparatory classes there,it is british syllabus and best suited for kids moving to British school for further education.It is not very ideal for her to have prep classes here if she moves into Indian school for first standard as she will never know a bit of Hindi. 

I wanted to avoid British school mainly because,

1. Those schools are pricey, we may be able to afford,provided she remains single kid and we both earn.Check here and here.

2.She could feel left out amidst affluent,non desi kids.Certainly we cannot drop her in Audi or Porsche or Lamborghini.

3.What when we go back to India,where will she fit ?

Am not a strong believer in conventional CBSE or Indian system,but here i have only two options either to go to British or India.Certain schools claim to be American but i learned from an expert that most of them are not accredited and their diplomas are not accepted,only one proves to be genuine,but am sure we may not be able to make it.There is one more choueifat,but am not sure on this system.No montessori or other options.British schools moved out of choice,but i yearned to consider them as soon as i learnt that Indian schools ask UKG kids to write one to fifteen in Hindi in words.So considering the limited choices, we chose Indian,as most of the kids known to her are joining Indian school.Out of all available Indian school we chose that one which has no competitive/formal exams until 5th standard(atleast) and a activity based education,they do maths activity of taking up a theory and researching it, so far it sounds good,the only thing i would hate is introducing computers as early as first standard,am quiet not happy about it.I strongly believe set of crayons,poster colors are far better than MS paint to trigger imagination and creativity in Kids.

Now,there comes the tough part,for admission in april,they issued admission forms today,DD wanted to go in Morning and collect it,but because of throwing up drama we both were late to office and by the time he went interview date ran out and we got Interview date on Jan 12th.Now she has transformed into a very shy kid and will not even talk to interview board i believe,quiet scary if i miss admission here,because there is another school which would want to stand in line the previous night itself to secure a admission form.I pray and wish that she gets into this school. I took a calendar explained that we are now in january,whizzed past pages of Feruary and march and landed in April and told her she will going to XYZ school in April.And afterwhile she says ‘Amma i want to go to school’ and i ask which school,she replies ‘April school’.

On New year day,2011 certainly has not been good,for the world and for our family.

January was a sick month for self,February and March political turmoil and  insecure months,April Ambuli had major illness and was hospitalized for almost a week,May i changed jobs,entire June in India,July and August  demanding work months,September took a relaxing break for 3 weeks,October amma was her and DD was away,November we went on a trip,December again Ambuli was ill hospitalized,husband was ill hospitalized,amma was ill hospitalized,first half of december was extremely worst,second half of december we had her birthday celebrations,much better and relaxing.

Looking forward for 2012 with much better hope and wishing you all health and happiness in 2012.

Was planning to do a post and this popular blogger posted the same thing.What did i read in 2011,nothing great or inspiring,most are light reads and time pass few chetan bhagat’s,sujatha’s and 2 mills and boon(oh,don’t give that look,got it from her school’s jumble sale).Only one interesting read is ‘ The lost world'(Sequel of Jurassic park),it did introduced a love of paleontology.

I must say am more into reading/following kids literature/publications.We read so much this year, two trips to india means i lunge books as much as i can.The only negative thing about this place is, it lacks library,absolutely not one,after long time search i did managed to find only one in the kingdom,which is closed most of the time due to local kids causing trouble and they don’t lend.But the library was quiet state of art with a glass roof reading room and a wide range of books,i so wanted to take away most Enid Blyton’s work lying(dusting) there for myself.So the result is,i literally has to buy each and every book,but as the husband asks, how much can i pile here,tomorrow if we decide to come back for good,what will i do? still i buy at least most preferred books,typically i order the whole set in my mind,review and rework based on budget.move some into wish list and currently my wish list in flipkart contains 50+items and the one in my mind has at least 20+. I hope and wish that her school(big school coming in April) library is equipped and they lend to us.

This year we had a blast in reading,she is old enough to understand many things and here is what we read,

1. We all went on a safari (Tops  her list of fav reads)

2. My granny went to the market (Tops  her list of fav reads)

3.Penguins can’t fly

4.Krishna lifts Govardhana

5.Flotsam ( I must we are blown away by that book,quiet above her age group but still i explained to her,yes a complete book,No wonder it is a caldecott medal winner)

6.No more Monsters for me

7.Dinosaur time

8.A research guide to dinosaur by Magic tree house publishing

9.Monkey puzzle

10.The smartest giant in town

11.Room on the broom

12.Mama do you love me

13.Babies on the go

14.Green eggs and Hams

15.One fish,two fish

16.Marvin.k.mooney, will you please go now?

17.Katie and the Monalisa (very very lovely book)

18.Looking closely in the rainforest (we both loved this book and she  found 4 items correctly,she was close to most,worth the money spent)

19.The mixed up chameleon (A lovely introduction of animals to kids)

20.The cat in the hat. (Funny phrases and hilarious,a Seuss style)

21.Hidden hippo (This book was fun for our hippo fan)

22.Lai-lai the baby elephant (Wonderful book with wonderful photos,classic book @ affordable price,needless to say she loved it)

23.I am aan (Very informative book on elephants)

24.The veena player ( I found no.17 and this had the base in common)

25.The lizard’s tail.

26.No david.

27.Sleepy dog.

28.Mickey mouse adventures.

29. Free mountain

30.Over in the jungle ( Fab book,especially illustrations)

31.Eyes on the peacock’s tail.

32.Little teddy cannot sleep alone

33.Whats your name

34.A chair for my mother (Some touchy book in the recent past)

35.I had trouble in getting to Sollasollew

And the list continues,am stopping here not to bore further.We did read few tamil titles from Tulika and Karadi tales,she loved ‘Brahmavin pattampuchi’ the most.I have some interesting titles to open and read including kangaroos have joeys,almost gone,barefoot hussain,Harold and the purple crayon.The reason still i have unopened books are we read and read and read over the same thing,we both(DD n me) would have read no.1 and 2 almost 50 times each.She is on no.32 right now and DD is reading to her daily for lunch the same book.

Do share what you read this year and what you aim to read in coming year.Happy reading to all out there in coming 2012.

When most kids of her age and more than her age are glued and dancing for this popular ‘Why this kolaveri’?,She is least interested in Kolaveri and is more than fond of this song and sings complete song.Actually Ammamma is someone who used to sing this one for her bed time daily and i started singing this for her.One day DD searched for this song in YouTube and we found this song was from Movie Meera,released in year 1947.

But i must say this is such a sweet and melodious song for bedtime.

One more favorite which she loves to watch is this.

 

What could be her first stage performance after all,am not going to dig deeper into it as DD already have sulked so much for his mistake,did i tell he is the culprit ?

Two weeks back,we had Ambuli’s school christmas celebration in British club.DD even got the passes for it.Post Bali and Singapore trip,a very hectic one at that,we all had a sickness spell and recovered only 10 days post arrival in bahrain and obviously she did not go to school.So i was under an impression that she is not participating in anything(as she has not attended school almost for a month),but i felt we must show her all those.

As norm in this house hold,we(read it as them,dad and daughter) went late to the party(in spite me waking up early and finishing everything on time) when the older kids from Prep class started dancing(Ambuli is in nursery).It was pretty lovely to see kids dancing without a cry or fuss.I did felt for ambuli having missed the fun,but she did enjoyed watching akkas and annas dancing.Myself and ambuli went rested a while he was away for a coffee break,the class teacher came straight to me and asked ‘why are late today,i have informed your husband that she is in a russian folk dance and wanted you to come early?”. It was very missing feel,i must tell you.

When i informed him,he was sure that he was not informed and we hd petty arguments as he started sulking too much, definitely  a long time to go and she still very young to get pretty many chances,though i felt a lump in my throat,for not having seen my daughter dancing a russian folk dance.

Only silver lining in amidst all these was,we won a raffle sold,second time in my life to win something in raffles or draws.

And on other note she has started talking so much and has become extremely sensitive,am in a state of confusion to handle her especially in my miffed state.One angry word and she tells you almost in a broken state and pleading voice “Amma enna thitidha amma”(pls don’t scold me amma),that leaves me in a quagmire.

We also had a birthday celebration in school,with a cake and goody bag for kids.We walked into the classroom together,a best friend of her came running but she clambered on me and refused to civil with any of her classmates and made a pool of tears when i left.What could be wrong,almost a year now and still she is not settled,every morning she tells me ‘Amma school poga vendam, nee office pogave koodathu’ (I don’t want to go to school and you should not go to office).lets read some books and play together amma.Am very confused and not sure how will i handle this.

Repeating the same old cliché,it was like the past minute i gave birth to Ambuli,but she has grown up,big enough that she wants to decide her birthday cake.

She has a terrible mom who did not approve of her deign of cake in which Mickey,Minnie and Goofy were in a ranch and Goofy lassoing(from her mickey mouse adventures book),i did got her a Mickey mouse cake and a mickey mouse goody bag attempting to make it a mickey mouse theme party.I feel very ashamed to host such a lousy party when i go aww at some party like this .

We had a miniscule party of 5+ kids and i must say we had fun.I had plans of 4 games and a finger puppet story,but since few kids did not turn up i reduced the games to 2 to fit 5+ kids.We read two books which were not in plan,we read ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ and ‘Room on the broom’,which i must say the kids enjoyed much.Kids are surprised to find the caterpillar turn into cocoon and butterfly later.Room on the broom is a big hit in our household, that i was reading it at least twice everyday and repeating it for bed time most of the days,she simply loves that book,and in the party too it was a hit,i was asked it to read it again.But the pain is to read book which your kid knows by heart,she wants to say it all by herself and was much of a nuisance to an otherwise fine reading session.

I had thought of smiley potatoes as snack and when i brought it to serve,a kid asked me ‘Aunty,is this chicken ?’,i said no,this is ‘smiley potatoes and you can eat,and other kid suddenly vouches ‘its vegetarian and you can eat it’ and points out a kid, ‘Aunty,we are all vegetarians,only he is Chicken,do you know,he is chicken and that’s why they are celebrating Christmas(they are celebrating christmas out of personal interest),and Aunty all chickens will celebrate christmas’. Parental emphasis on food habitat has influenced the kid to pass this verdict.

Then we had played some random songs kids requested and they danced,I had packed a goody back with some snacks and play-doh.It was the smallest b’day party she ever had,but it was most satisfying.I was eyeing on an easel for her and a best friend of ours brought her a 2-in-1 drawing board.magnet and black board on other side,she enjoys it so much,proof below

As seen working on it straight from bed today morning

And she claims this as penguin

The pleasure of doing nothing,that has been my state for the previous month.Just going to office, coming back,reading some book and call it a day,pleasure of having amma around.Husbandlessness(Dont jump into wild imaginations,he is in India) has added to the laziness.The emptiness of having acheived nothing and remaining as a average jane haunts me every now and then,but am not doing anything  about it.

Lil one is having a ball,those tamil titles from last trip to India which were untouched, were dusted by Ammamma and ‘neela nari’ is the current favorite.Once a trip to school and i found her as a very sensitive child,that scares me.Ammaamma took the tour of her classroom as requested by her headmistress and we took some photos with ammamma in school.

Looking back i did skipped the month of July and October with no posts,yes zero posts.Infact i had thought to abandon the blog as such,literally no mojo to continue.I had abandoned so many thing,blog could get added to that list.As always i tell to myself ,blog often,am definitely missing recording too many beautiful moments.

I had not done any tags right from May,will do it in December,once am back from India.Yes,leaving to India this weekend and to a getaway from there, will keep posted.