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The Final Stretch

I’m heading into the final five weeks of my class time and I cannot begin to explain how excited I am! No more studying! No more weekly exams! No more 45 page assignments!

My days are completely crazy with the amount of studying I have to do to get through these final weeks, plus trying to manage the house, be super-mom, wife, daughter, and everything else in between. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Busy is good; keeps my brain from wandering into unnecessary crap.

So, I might be a bit inconsistent (as usual, sorry) with posting but I just need to get this final part done and then I can focus back on my writing. Plus, I still have to tell you all about this solo trip at the end of October! Stay tuned. I’ll try to post as I can and wish me luck on my final stretch!

~Tamana

Mom-In-Training: Learning Difficulties

image2It’s mid-term report card time and Nid’s teacher has notified me that she will be getting C’s and D’s in language. But her math is extremely good. I’m so disappointed that she is not grasping the French language. However, I don’t think it’s a matter of her not understanding. I truly believe she isn’t picking up the language because she isn’t focusing.

I’ve tried speaking to her on numerous accounts about why she isn’t focusing and her only excuse is that she is bored with the routines of daily school life. Now, someone please tell me what do you say to a six year old already bored of school life?

Don’t get me wrong, this little cookie of mine is so intelligent when it comes to general knowledge. She has a creative eye and is always eager to learn new things and frequently surprises me with the things she learned or discovered.

However, she’s bored with school (already)! What do I do? I’ve told her that she needs to go to school because unless she learns to read and write, all the general knowledge she has won’t be as relevant and she won’t be able show the world her talents and knowledge.

We’re blessed with an amazing teacher, who is working extremely hard with her and me to get her to understand the language and work hard to succeed. He has so much faith and confidence in her and continues to guide her and coach her one-on-one to ensure she succeeds.

But I am stressed to the point that I cannot get this little cookie to focus long enough to understand what is being expected of her or taught to her.

Do you think she could have symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Have any of you dealt with this condition with your children or experience a similar scenario that I am facing with Nid?

I think, I am going to begin reading up on the conditions of ADHD and see if this might be a reason why she’s struggling.

Your stressed mama ~ Tamana

Quick Update Plus Diwali and Thanksgiving Pictures 

Monday was the last day of my clinical. It’s been an exhausting part of my studies but I’m finished. The next portion is less physically straining and allowing more interactions with the residents. 

During my community work; which began on Tuesday, I have been assisting staff with feeding, doing activities and walking with the residents. This is a very good chance to get to know the residents and learn their experiences. Although, it’s a much slower paced part of my education, I am enjoy it. 

I completely forgot to upload photos of thanksgiving and Diwali and so decided to include them in this post. Thanksgiving was fantastic and dinner turned into lunch due to a miscommunication between my husband and I. Nevertheless, lunch was enjoyed by all and we were so full afterwards, that everyone decided to nap right after. Here are some pictures of Thanksgiving lunch:

Lamb chops with pasta, scalloped potatoes and stuffing
My Thanksgiving dining table
French vanilla custard cake
Puff pastry fruit and chocolate tea snacks
Egg, spinach and cheese puffs for breakfast
Garlic pull-apart cheesy bread

As for Diwali, my darling husband surprised me and Nid by showing up earlier than expected. Nid and I were just getting dressed and beginning to light candles and diyas when he burst through the front door. I have to say I was overjoyed because I felt terrible that we were celebrating without him. 

Later that evening, when all of us were dressed and ready to pray, my brother joined us and stayed for the prayer and dinner. Nid completely adores my brother and was overwhelmed with excitement. Here are some of the pictures of our Diwali prayer and lighting of the diyas: 

Rangoli made with chalk and turmeric

Quick Update: School & Me

I’ve been extremely busy these days as my course is becoming more intense. I’ve had numerous tests, assignments and exams over the past few weeks; which has left little time for anything else. So the time I do have available is spent with my munchkin and hubby or with my parents and doing chores. 

But I will tell you that I’m enjoying my course and everyday that I learn something new, I become more interested and confident about my choice of course. I’ve recently received my overall average (96.4%) and I am quite satisfied and impressed with how well I am doing. 

I know down the road, it’s going to be a lot of work once I graduate begin working, however, I truly believe that the reward will be much greater than the effort. I do hope that the people’s lives I touch will be enriched and they’ll take some goodness and happiness from me. 

So that’s where I am right now with school. I’ll keep you all updated as I further progress. Have a blessed weekend and week ahead. Xoxo

Quick Update: Week 1 Complete

I’ve just finished my first week of school and am happy to say that I have enjoyed it. It’s a cramped course; which will be completed in eight months, so there’s a lot of information to process. However, I think I’ve done good so far. 

I’m taking lots of notes and writing every detail down which may be useful. In addition, I plan to review my notes and highlight my textbook with important points this weekend. 

This past week has given me the opportunity to understand how hard PSW’s and nurses work. It’s also shown me how much support some people will need as they age; making me reflect on my own aging parents and loved ones. I’m glad I decided to take this course. It will enable me to treat and care for my aging parents in a manner that will make their upcoming old-age slightly more comfortable.

This morning as I was getting ready to leave for school, I couldn’t help but wonder if my parents would come stay with me when they’re old and unable to fend for themselves. I would be the perfect caregiver for them because by the time they will be that old, I would be well-trained and hopefully working in my profession for a few years. I can only hope that they would give me the honour to repay them for the years of love, care and compassion they’ve given me all these years and allow me to care for them in their time of need. Time shall tell. 

Anyway, that was my first week in review. I’ll keep you guys and gals posted on how I progress over the next several weeks. Until then, my lovelies, enjoy your weekend and stay safe and blessed.

Xoxo ~ Tamana 

Dearest Kindergarten Teachers

Dearest Kindergarten Teachers:

I don’t know how to begin my note as my heart is sore and eyes wet from seeing my little kiddo crying as she’s being pulled away from me at the gates of the kindergarten entrance. I know you have many other children to look after and your job is one of the toughest in the world. You take care of, nurture and teach our children many of the things they will need in their lifetime. I also know, some of you are overwhelmed with the amount of children you have in your class as the numbers increase year after year.

But I only have the one and she is my life, my happiness, my love and the reason for me being who I am. I would hope that when I come to drop her off and when she doesn’t so easily let go of my hand and tears pour out of her eyes, that you would show a little compassion for the two of us. I too try very hard every day to push back my tears as you or your assistant pull her away from me. I would hope that you could give me a minute to calm her down and reassure her that everything will be alright and that school is where she needs to be at this time. 

I know you’ve done this a hundred times or more before. But me and my child have not and we are still adjusting. Please show some compassion and let me give my little one another hug before you take her away. 

Thanks.

Kicking Off My First New Year’s Resolution

I’ve enrolled with the Independent Learning Centre for my first course! I’m super excited to be starting it in the next couple of weeks. I’m taking English – University Prep. I think it’s going to be a bit weird taking English and writing essays and assignments after all these years. But I’m excited and anxious and have enough faith in myself and I know I won’t let myself down. After all, this is something I have wanted to do for a very long time and now that I have the time (being on mat-leave and all), I’m really hoping that while Ni’s asleep I’ll be able to get it done.

Apparently, there are four units per course and in order to move onto the next unit, you have to complete the first and get your marks by submitting your assignments online. After reading the FAQs online, it appears that it generally takes a couple of weeks to complete each unit. Of course, that also depends on the amount of time you allocate per unit. The good thing is that you get one full year to complete each course. I’m hoping it won’t take me a full year to complete this first course, especially so that I can take a second course before my mat-leave is over.

Also, I found out that I can enroll in my second course as soon as my first unit of the first course is marked and sent back to me. I’m hoping I can handle taking two courses at one time. But I’ll have to see how much the workload of the first course is before I take on a second one. Plus, I have Ni to look after too and most of my day goes by taking care of her. But D has offered to help with her as much as he can so that I can get my assignments done.

I’m really anxious to get this started. I’ll let you all know once the course material arrives and I begin the course. I’m just so happy that I finally submitted the application and will begin it soon!

Until then, have a fabulous weekend. Xoxo