Category: Progress Reports
|April 4, 2013||Posted by Mabel under Just Eva, Progress Reports|
We got our first school evaluation for Eva today. Apparently, they do one in March and will have another done just before she ends her first year in June. I am happy to see that she has adjusted well and has learnt quite a few things at kindy. They adopt a concept that is similar, if not the same, to the Montessori system – open shelves, learning through play/activities/outings, teaching kids life & social skills, etc.
The evaluation is split into a number of different sections – language, comprehension (reading & writing), student life, self-awareness, world knowledge and craft/creativity. Each objective is graded accordingly – (loosely translated) A – Acquired, CN – Correction Needed, IP – In Progress, NA – Not Acquired
Able to relate and include adults and peers – A
Able to speak in front of a group – NA
Pronounces & articulates correctly – CN
Explains an activity after it has ended – A
Understands and executes an instruction – A
French language development
Able to produce a correct sentence/phase – A
Comprehension (reading and writing)
Familiarisation with tools
Shows an interest in tools – books, drawings, graphs, etc – A
Able to pick the correct tools, use, arrange and keep them – A
Listens during storytelling sessions – A
Identifies main characters in the story – A
Able to identify the letters in one’s name – A
Able to identify the letters in other people’s names – NA
Lyric-music listening skills
Able to listen and repeat simple songs with a range of sounds/tones – A
Able to hold a pencil properly – A
Able to write/colour in the designated space – A
Able to trace shapes – A
Able to trace different movements – A
Has respect for others, the rules and community life – A
Able to perform simple tasks – answer when spoken to, dress oneself, put away things, etc – A
Identifies adults and their positions – A
Can remain attention for long periods of time when necessary – A
Able to complete tasks on their own – A
Adapts to changes in the environment – A
Adjusts to group/community rules – A
Able to co-operate with partners – A
Able to express herself through rhythm or sound – A
Roleplays with materials – scarf, small sacs of grains, etc – A
Learns to use every day tools – scissors – A
Learns to work with every day materials – modelling clay, paper, boxes, etc – A
Discovering the body
Able to name the parts of the human body – A
Knows and applies hygiene practices – A
Form & size discovery
Able to recognise and classify the following: form, size and colour – A for form and colour
Able to name simple shapes – square, round, triangle – A
Numbers and counting
Able to compare quantities – A
Memorises numbers up to… – A (11)
Able to count up to 3 – IP
Able to associate the number with its written form – IP
Able to recognize and predict different hours of daily life (morning, afternoon, etc) and days – A
Able to perform activities within a page – A
Able to adapt to different materials and techniques – painting with various tools & materials, tearing, gluework, assembling, etc – A
Plays with one’s voice in terms of tone and volume – A
Able to repeat and reproduce simply tunes – A
Sings along with familiar songs – A
To summarize the evaluation, the teacher’s comment section states that she is attentive, not disruptive and participates quietly in classroom activities. She is good with crafts, can colour/draw/work with pen/pencil and is progressing well with other skills (singing, dance, life skills, hygiene, social interaction, etc).
It would appear that she’s still shy when it comes public speaking (yes, they check that at her age), needs some correction with her articulation and pronunciation, and learning her classmates’ names. She’s also still learning how to count (but can memorise numbers up to 11) and associating the number with its written form.
|January 31, 2012||Posted by Mabel under Just Noah, Progress Reports|
One month later…
Noah is weighing in at a cool 5.38 kg and he’s about 59 cm tall. The paed noticed that he opens his left fist more often than his right and we both wonder if he could be a left-hander (or not). She laughed when he started mimicking me – I went “Hello” and he goes “Awh-hooooo” before bursting out in a string of baby babble! The paed reminded me to continue on breastfeeding – she enjoys how tubby and healthy he looks. I honestly have no intention of stopping.
Then we moved to the jabs – oyvey, two again. This time I didn’t breastfeed him so I was expecting him to cry harder but no. My little man surprised me by just going “Ahhh” five seconds after the first shot and crying just once after the second. He calmed down faster than before which brought a smile from the paed and a comment – “He’s such a big boy now.”
Yes, my little man is growing up and all too quickly.
Can you believe that he’s going to be 3 mths old (adjusted) soon?
|January 19, 2012||Posted by Mabel under Just Noah, Progress Reports|
Age: 4 mths & 2 weeks
Adjusted age: 2 mths & 2 weeks
- Raises head when lying on stomach
- Stretches legs out and kicks when lying on stomach or back
- Opens and shuts hands although fists are still in clenched position most of the time
- Pushes down on legs when feet are placed on a firm surface
- Brings hand to mouth
- Blows bubbles when he’s bored.
Visual & Hearing Development
- Watches faces intently.
- Turns head toward direction of sound.
- Tracks moving objects.
- Smiles when he hears me.
- Babbles a lot – he tries to immitate words like “Hello”, his own name and will even attempt to mimic sounds like “Ohhh”, “Ooo”, “Ahhh”, etc.
- His cries are more distinct and he uses different sounds as well as volume to get across his message. If he’s afraid, he’ll squeal like a little bird, etc.
- Smiles at people he loves to look at (plus a “Eee wohhhh” – I swear it sounds like hello!) or cries at things/people he doesn’t like.
- Discovered that if he moves his hand towards and object and touches it or shakes the crib like mad (we had a faulty mobile where it would stop halfway and only shaking would move it), it’ll move!
Other noteworthy things
He’s starting to sleep through the night – yay! – but I still dream feed him at least once. Is also going to bed earlier than before – yay! – but of lately, he’s showing signs of going for shorter nap times in the morning and afternoon (gets up at 330pm and then goes back to sleep at 430pm). Aiks, can’t win them all!
|December 20, 2011||Posted by Mabel under Progress Reports|
Noah turned 3 months a week ago and his adjusted age now is 5 weeks.
We went in for our 2nd check-up at the hospital with the same paed for the usual jabs and development tracking. There was no stock of the Infarix vaccine at the pharmacy so we gave him Prevenar first with his usual local patch to help take the edge off the pain. I breastfed him, he wailed (face went all red like a beetroot) for one minute for the whole world to hear, frowned and continued nursing.
He now weighs in at 4.68 kg and is 55 cm tall which puts her nicely in the graph but around the same spot as before (below average). Considering that he’s a premie and a mix baby, the paed was happy to see his progress and even remarked that he is in fact quite a tubby baby with spare tyres everywhere!!!! We referred to his thighs as Christmas hams. Hahahaha.
She did the usual checks – flipped him on his tummy (which he doesn’t quite like), made him sit up, stand up supported, checked his tracking and listening abilities plus on top of that, Noah decided to coo once. She remarked that he calms down easily and noticed that he also self-soothes (by sucking on his fist) which is good. (Hurrah to all that babywearing!!!!) On that note, he is doing more babytalk and even broke into his first non-reflexive smile TWICE yesterday!
We still have problems getting him to fall asleep comfortably but I’m taking it one day at a time. We took to lining the crib again with a sleeping bag on top of making a womb-like support/barrier, lining the half of the bag with one of my T-shirts and giving him his rabbit (a security blanket). We also decided to bundle him up with an extra layer since it’s winter and getting quite cold.
O’well, I reckon we’ll have good days and bad days so taking it slowly is definitely the way to go. One good thing about the vaccine was that he slept very well in his crib except for the 12am period when he had a bit of problem falling asleep after nursing. When I tried to give him the pacifier, he spat it out and screamed even more. Turned out he wanted to tank up before hitting the sack and the pacifier was, well, a fake. Tsk.
|March 29, 2011||Posted by Mabel under Just Eva, Progress Reports|
Looking back at all her baby pictures, it’s hard to believe that she’s going to be two years old! Unlike her first birthday where we didn’t do anything, this time, we are rather tempted to throw a little bash for our drama queen here! But that’s for another entry. To date, it would seem that Eva is hitting more of her emotional and linguistic milestones than her physical ones. Since a month to two months back, she has been doing word association – animals with their sound and tackling harder words like fish, bicycle, tractor and so forth. Common things you hear from her today:
- Ah Ma (Grandma)
- Yuck (=.=)
- Please/Thank You
- Baba (her sheep toy)
- Fini (finish, French)
- Pasteque (watermelon, French)
- Tartin (toast, French)
- Oy oy (sleep)
- Tete (head, French)
- Mum mum (food)
In terms of games, she likes to role play (pretend feeding and cooking is her favourite), hide and seek – although at the moment, it’s more “seek” than “hide” – spinning and dance. She enjoys swimming and walks as well so Nil and I make it a point to take her out on walks as often as we can. Walks are particularly good for her because we get to teach her about the environment, let her pick up flowers and walk on grass, etc.
Food-wise, she is now completely on three meals a day and one to two snacks, depending on her nap time (twice a day is the best). We have been on fresh milk for nearly a year now – on weekends, she takes anywhere from zero to 250ml of milk. No issues with her nutrition or health so far. She weighs in slightly below average but is otherwise healthy and active. We have started her on nuts and shellfish, and are pleased to observe that she has no allergic reactions to either. Her favourite are still fruits and vegetables. With any luck, I hope to move her onto self-feeding with a spoon. She is starting to show signs of independence by feeding herself (most of the time, it’s pretend play and hit-and-miss) but it’s still a messy affair. No problems with the fork though.
On the physical front, if given the chance, she can break into a sprint and walks pretty steadily on her own, although because of her slight inward turning feet, she tends to trip. It’s getting better though. Inward turning feet are affected by how toddlers sit and sleep. Ideally, they should be sitting cross legged and sleeping in a non-fetal position. Eva, on the other hand, has a nasty habit of sitting with her legs in such that they form a W. It used to be worse months back but I have since started getting her into the habit of sitting properly – either crossed legged or with her legs stick out to form a V. I’m hoping to see things improve over the coming months – the paed did tell me that her case isn’t that bad and is still correctable so she should get better in the coming months.
Yes, she has definitely come a long way from when she was a baby…
|January 29, 2011||Posted by Mabel under Just Eva, Progress Reports|
We went to the paed today for a booster check and got a development screening as well. Eva is now 1.5 years old and stands at 81.5 cm tall which is slightly above the average here in Singapore. She’s 10 kg – still slightly below average – but my paed is quick to add that 1) she’s a little on the small side so he doesn’t anticipate her to break the scales any time soon and 2) she looks just nice to him – has a little tummy so can’t be skinny (especially with chubby cheeks).
We talked a little about her development skills and at her age, she should be
- Start to break out into runs and brisk walks – If I let her loose, yes to the brisk walk and semi-yes to the run!!!!
- Should say more words other than Mummy and Papa/Daddy – At last count, words I hear often are mum-mum, doggie, kitty, cat, bird, walk, train, lollipop, Baba…she also has a few expressions like wahhhh, oh, and oooooo.
- Should be able to point to her body parts – At the moment, just the belly button and tummy so we are encourage to start teaching her about her body parts like nose, eyes, mouth, etc.
I was given the green light to introduce just about anything minus choking hazards like whole nuts. Yes, that means seafood like prawns, peanut butter and even spicy food – just for taste and to see if she likes it. My paed asked – since I mentioned that she poos thrice a day – if I was giving her any meat particularly red meat. He attributes her pooping frequency to the fruits and veg that she’s eating and was happy to hear that she was eating just about anything. He reminded me to give her some red meat on top of the fruits and veg and I know that it’s to bulk up Eva’s iron intake. No mention about milk this time and I didn’t really bother asking. After all, he asked about eating and not drinking so I assume that he’s not talking about milk.
All in all, it’s a good visit. Eva made the biggest booboo by turning to look when he gave her the booster jab which resulted in tears. But that was quickly soothe away by her pink cow – my weapon of choice when it comes to resolving tantrums and frustrations – and some chewy gummy treats – the paed’s weapon. Heheheh. We’ll be back again next month for her pneumococcal jab and I hope by then, we’ll have more to report back on the development front!