At age 3, Geoff is at his curious, restless and awkward stage. Curious about a lot of things, he often asks “what’s this, what’s that?”. Restless because he knows his alphabet and numbers but refuses the next step if it was me who teaches him; And awkward because he spent his 3 years without a playmate, thus, he does not know how to interact (make friends) with other kids his age.
When we came to Malaysia, one of the things that me and Babe made sure of is that he will start school before his 4th birthday. True enough, through a recommendation of a Filipino acquaintance, we enrolled him at a Smart Reader Kids center.
Tuition is affordable, and based on the developments we see from Geoff so far, I think his progressing quite well. Our goals are the following:
- For Geoff to learn how to read. He has a lot of books at home, and I would really love to raise a good reader if not a bookworm. He is showing interests in his storybooks, so the best way to go about it is for him to learn how to read.
- To be sociable. Since Geoff is an only child, he does not have any regular playmates at home. He is reluctant to make friends when at the playground because he does not know how. Socializing and having classmates as part of his routine will help him break his shell.
- To satisfy Geoff’s curious mind with the discipline coming from a real teacher. He loves doing worksheets. He loves it when we do activities at home, but in all honesty, it brings out the beast in me all because he thinks he can do away with everything. Discipline with a parent is one thing, discipline coming from a teacher is another.
As of today, Geoff already advanced to learning the suku kata, or the abakada equivalent in the Philippines. It is still a work in progress but I am positive that he will be able to read by the end of this year. He is getting better at tracing, his handle with the pencil and crayons is improving. He is also now able to write his name on his own, and the letters and numbers with ease. Slowly, we are also working on his logic skills, with me giving lesser instructions compared to before he started school.
It is only February, and I am looking forward to December, when his preschool year ends. 🙂