It’s the time of the month again when we will be busy buying and rceiving Christmas gifts! Honestly, it’s just now that this thought is coming to me after picking up a name for our office ‘Kris Kringle’. The thought of receiving gifts excites me but on the other hand, the thought of buying Christmas gifts and going from store to store tires me. We don’t have much time for Christmas shopping and much less budget.. hahaha! Anyways, it can be done since nothing also replaces the joy of giving, right? As for the budget, there are great gifts that we can buy that not overly expensive. I’m not sure if lucille guitar at musiciansfriend.com can be in that category but there are a lot of quality shops which sells gift items at an affordable price. So, Christmas shopping will have to start soon, but first let me make my list.
” I want to learn how to play the drums”, my daughter blurted out last week. Oh, I didn’t expect that. Because a few years ago she was interested to learn how to play the guitar and now she wants to learn to play the drums. Guitar, I can handle, we can save up a bit to buy her a proper guitar, but how to get a set of drums for her to practice or where to we get someone to teach her? Anyways, our daughter sounded serious and she’s actually musically inclined, it’s just that she didn’t have a lot of opportunities to learn when we were in Thailand. Now, that we’re in Malaysia, I guess it’ll be easier for us to look for a teacher for her. Maybe we can ask around while we check out instruments or lx 18 at the music stores.
After searching far and wide for our kids homeschool learning center, we finally found the best one for them. You see, we have to consider things like price, curriculum and distance when we choosing it. We were almost settled to one homeschool center that wasn’t the ‘best’ for me in terms of price and distance but that was the best choice we had so far. But thankfully, through a friend, we were introduced to a center that was just so near my office and not to mention they had cheaper tuition fees too. When we went and visited the place, the kids just loved it. They had so many facilities like a swimming pool and other sports facilities. The only thing that didn’t have was a music room with different musical instruments like drums, piano or G&L Bass . But for music classes, maybe I can just send them on my own. But, I am very satisfied with where my kids are now and they are also very happy with their new school.
I miss doing our homeschool field trips in the Philippines. When I asked my kids what they missed most during our time in the Philippines, they mentioned ‘going for field trips’. You see, while we were there, I really didn’t make so much a fuss about finishin up work and such, we didn’t do ‘serious’ homeschool but it was more like a laid back kind of homeschool. We tried to go for a field trip every week, which we later found out to be impractical since it becomes so expensive to go out every week. But we did have it quite regularly, like twice a month or so.
Now, that we’re here in Malaysia and the kids are in a Homeschool Learning Centre, I think it’ll be a different story. But even then, I think we will have to continue doing family field trips not just for their ‘learning expererience’ but for family bonding as well. There are so many places we can visit here, even a trip to the radio station with dj mixing board can be a great learning experience for the kids. Anyways, I will have to start listing out the places we can go for Field Trips. Hmm,..this is going to be exciting!
It’s the summer holidays now and even if I’m homeschooling our kids the whole year, I still try to make use of the summer by letting my kids join summer workshops. Just last month, they joined the Mega sportscamp by CCF and they also did the Mcdonald’s Kiddie Crew.
I’ve always wanted them to do an art workshop but our time and budget doesn’t permit. So, when I saw that Trend Micro is sponsoring an art workshop at the Crafters Marketplace in Shangrila Mall, I immediately took the opportunity.
So, last Monday was the schedule for the workshop and my kids and I went there. It was indeed a great experience for them to meet new friends and at the same time learn a thing or two in drawing and coloring. Since it’s a sponsored 2 hour workshop, they mainly focus on the theme, internet safety ( as Trend Micro is a company of an internet security software). Their art teacher gave them some tips on drawing and coloring and they were asked to do an artwork on the said theme. It was a fun 2 hour workshop for the kids, while I busied myself with the grocery and some ‘me time’. Thanks to Trend Micro and Crafters Marketplace!