Aiman Haris and Dual Language Program (Standard 1 DLP)

AIMAN HARIS. AFTER ONE YEAR OF DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAM

(Entry mainly based on personal experience, saya bukan Cikgu, bukan jugak parent yang bersungguh-sungguh push anak. Teachers maybe boleh provide better explanation here).

Dalam seminggu lepas, ada few friends whatsapp kita, tanya macam mana Aiman dengan DLP dia. Maybe ramai yang anak nak masuk darjah satu 2018 and dah pergi buat ujian saringan kan? Test untuk placing class tuuu. Or maybe test kepada nak tahu budak mana boleh membaca, boleh menulis, kenal huruf and whatnot.

Pemerhatian:
Banyak parents suka skip test ni. Entah kenapa. Nanti masa orientation tak puas hati pulak bila anak tak dapat kelas yang diharapkan (read: kelas pertama). Dah kalau semua nak kelas pertama, siapa nak duk kelas dua tiga empat lima haha. Go for the test. Senang cikgu nak evaluate, komplen-komplen di hari orientasi tak membantu apa pun, even if you bring results 5 stars 100% anak masa tadika.

Kita orang masa bawa Aiman amik test tu, sempat la intai tepi tingkap (dekat nak habis waktu ujian), and ternampaklah soalan yang RASANYA lah, image rumah, bola and apetah. And rasanya jugak, murid kena tulis perkataan tu, kita orang tengok Aiman tulis maigoddddd panjang perkataan dia hahaha. So instead of BALL, dia macam AQYTRSQOAELLL something like that.


Amak redho lah anak apa pun jawapan muuu. Sebab masa tu, Aiman boleh tulis huruf perfectly from A to Z, tapi Aiman tak pandai mengeja dan membaca. BM paling kong, English certain words dia reti la. Math dia ok (addition & substraction) tapi dia tak pandai baca, so macamana dia nak faham arahan.

Aiman from Brainy Bunch. Not sure dia belajar apa, tapi Aiman ni pun kuat ponteng tadika haha. Sebab dia memang menangis macam kena dera everytime nak pergi tadika. Dia taknak sekolah. Nak duk rumah dengan Mummy. So kalau dia tak pickup as much as other kids did, tak salah sekolah sangat, dah dia pun selalu skip school hehe.


Bila results kedudukan kelas darjah 1 keluar, Aiman dapat kelas 1 Bijak (of course not the front one haha) dah jawab pun macam mambang tanah mambang air bagai. Takpe, no problem. Yakinlah pada cikgu Aiman nanti, maybe they have better skill to teach him later.

Then standard one kids ni ada another LINUS test kot, dalam seminggu pertama lepas masuk sekolah. Masa ni baru sekolah short listed children yang layak masuk Dual Language Program (Math Science in English). And Aiman dapat surat tu. Kita orang macam, "ehhh cikgu ni salah Aiman ke apa haha". Tapi pergi jugaklah briefing tu, dengar apa Guru Besar explain secara detail. Then I pergi jumpa Cikgu Kelas dia. Tanya, on what basis Aiman being selected? Cikgu dia cakap, "ohhhh Aiman ni results dia ngam-ngam pass je, tapi kita perhati dia boleh bertutur Bahasa Inggeris dengan baik. Tanya full sentence, jawab balik pun full sentence". (TQ Brainy Bunch for this hahaha sebab mother tongue di rumah ialah BAHASA KEDAH hahah).

The only problem masa tu, kita kena decide ON THE SPOT lepas briefing tu, setuju atau tak anak kita masuk kelas DLP. Ok, actually lepas Aiman bagi surat taklimat and tawaran tu, kita ada dalam 2-3 hari untuk decide. Tapi sebelum decide, mesti nak dengar dulu taklimat, apa benda DLP ni and macam mana masa depan program ni. Maklumlah, sistem pendidikan Malaysia ni kan ala-ala tak tetap pendirian sikit hehehe. 

So ini yang kita dapat fikir masa tu, the good and the not so good part of it lah.

Good: 

  • Science & Math in English. Hang masuk Uni nanti pun English jugak Haaaa berpandangan jauh sampai Uni gitu hehe. Of course la, I'm a mother. Mak kena visual yang elok-elok untuk anak, jadinya nanti doa yang elok juga. Slow macam mana anak tu, visual and doa jugak yang elok. Some kids are just late bloomer tau.
  • Competitive la sikit nanti, tak la melenggang kangkung ja Aiman tu. Sebab mesti kids dengan certain kelayakan yang terpilih, so Aiman nanti mesti nak berusaha catch up sama dengan kawan-kawan (part ni kita kena kenal pasti juga perangai anak, cepat give up ke, malas nak try ke macam mana ke).
Not so good:


  • Tak boleh switch class dah. No turning back katanya. Let say along the way rasa macam dia tak boleh catch up, TAK BOLEH TUKAR KELAS aliran biasa. Nak tukar jugak? KENA TUKAR SEKOLAH. Ok this one, I taktau kenapa. Mungkin tak dengar masa Guru Besar explain, tapi macam tu lah keadaan dia.

  • Standard 1 DLP, sampai habis sekolah menengah lah DLP. So kena make sure ada sekolah menengah area rumah kita yang offer DLP jugak. Otherwise, sila lah ulang alik ke sekolah yang lebih jauh.

  • Kalau nak pindah kawasan, pun kena cari sekolah baru yang offer DLP jugak. Ini sedikit parah. Tapi benda tak jadi, toksah dok pikiaq buat teruk. Pikiaq hat dok ada depan mata dulu.
  • Possibility of terms lebih susah bila in English especially bila dia move to upper primary and apatah lagi secondary school. But honestly, bila tengok buku Adam Haris darjah 1 dalam Bahasa Melayu, things already so complicated. Takda beza, so hadap je lah.
  • Kemampuan parents untuk bantu anak dalam pembelajaran nanti. I've met few parents yang terpaksa tolak DLP sebab "saya tak pandai BI, nanti macam mana saya nak ajar anak saya." Point to consider as well.

  • And ada parents yang doubt jugak kemampuan cikgu-cikgu. Guru Besar cakap, takde new teachers yang akan datang untuk handle DLP class. Still the same teachers yang ada dalam sekolah, cuma they will arrange for teachers yang lebih experience untuk ajar DLP class. Itu lah bahasa mudah dia. Maksudnya, takde la anak kita ni kelas DLP, tiba-tiba dapat cikgu baru Math Science dari Harvard, Oxford ke apa hehehe. Tapi kita orang takde masalah part ni. Bukan semua terletak atas cikgu, kalau mak pak pun malas tengok pelajaran anak, jangan la nak komplen-komplen memanjang. Kena sama-sama.

WHAT WE DID?


Eii. Ingat senang nak decide lepas briefing tu? Masa depan anak kita kot. Dia jugak nanti yang nak kena belajar. So lepas dah observed Aiman habis-habis, Aiman lebih mudah faham arahan in English. Kalau Bahasa Melayu baku, dia lambat sikit. Berbekalkan keyakinan dia boleh bertutur BI tu (walaupun ada grammar dia langgarkan aje haha), Inshaallah dia boleh faham la apa cikgu ajar nanti (Math and Science) dalam Bahasa Inggeris. Sebab masa tu takda beza pun mengeja membaca BM or BI sebab both pun dia tak berapa boleh.



And kita orang bagi dia DUA SET SOALAN preschool. Ala level tadika tu je. Both in BM & BI. Suruh dia buat, tengok yang mana dia lebih cepat faham and nak jawab. Walaupun some soalan dia tikam hahah. Then dia prefer BI. Lepas dah consider Aiman lebih cenderung nak faham Math and terms Science in English, and rasanya Inshaallah support circle dia strong jugak untuk ajar dia (read: Maktok cikgu BI hahaha) so kami setuju nak masukkan dalam kelas DLP. 

Tapi, sebab ni first batch, so nak cari buku revision amatlah susah. Which last sekali I beli from MPH ONLINE. Isk, kalau tau dari awal, takde la susah payah pusing sana sini. Sebab bila call bookshop tanya stock, some macam tak familiar je dengan buku DLP ni isk isk. Kita orang beli buku Sasbadi. Good one, boleh beli online. Takyah nak susah bazir minyak petrol yang mahal zaman sekarang ni, pusing-pusing cari buku. Online je. Now dah ada from Pelangi as well. So untuk standard one DLP 2018 tak susah dah, sebab dah ada few sets revision books. Sama je structure soalan, cuma beza bahasa.




Fast forward. Aiman punya performance now is beyond expectation. He entered standard one dengan tak reti mengeja dan membaca, then improve sikit-sikit then tadaaaa performed quite well masa final exam baru ni. WELL untuk piawai kami Mummy Ayah dia haha. Kita orang pun tak pulun sangat sebab malam sebelum exam kami anak beranak dok bergolek depan TV main Monopoly aahhahaha.

Tapi dalam kami dok rasa "Aiman Tak Kisahhhhh" rupanya dia kisah jugak. Dia kata, ala, dapat semua A pun, ada kawan-kawan lain dapat banyak 100. I swear. Kita orang tak pernah pun suruh dia score certain marks ke apa. Asalkan ada improvement, baru darjah 1 je kot, apa nak stress teruk. Apapun, memang berterima kasih sangat dekat cikgu-cikgu Aiman, from zero to hero in just few months, magis betul kuasa mengajar guru sekolah rendah ni. And sabar too I must say. Thank you, thank you. Siapa pun Aiman selepas ni, it started with his std 1 teachers yang ajar dia membaca dulu.

Not to make him feel bad, sebab dapat number 12 baru ni, Mummy raikan jugak. Makan Scampi Shrimp Pasta. Dia ni tau makan je haha. Belanja sama Abang dengan Adik, equal value. Takda sapa lebih, takda sapa kurang. Sama-sama pun good job. Sebab kalau Abang belajar Adik pun belajar. Bila Abang main game, Adik lagi sama naik main game.


So to DLP or not to, sama-sama bergantung kepada anak and parents. Push your kids excessively tapi parents taknak chip in, tak jadi apa. Jadi stress. Lagi stress kalau dok bising dalam group Whatsapp kelas anak. (Syukur group whatsapp parents kelas Adam and Aiman all ok, takde yang merepek-repek cerewet, all very helpful too).


Little Monster Playtime

Last week Adam, Aiman, Alana ada Little Monster Playtime dengan cousins. Since Halloween pun just around the corner, so senangla dapat costume and props hehe.


Here my Monster Pumpkin. Sebulat labu manis rupa dia hehe. Redho je Alana dengan baju labu tu. 🤣



And here the rest of us. Mummy jadi Hantu Bibik. See? I only need that kain lampin and place it on my shoulder terus dah jadi rupa bibik haha. 


Maktok2 join sekali sebab layankan cucu. We have Hantu Pokok there, can you spot one? Hehe.

Aiman couldn't be bother with this monster play, dia lebih focus kepada KFC atas meja tu. Konsepnya makan first, play later. 



Lepas tu kita orang main Treasure Hunt. Maybe more of Veggies Fruits Hunt. Kena cari Pumpkins, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Dragon Fruits and few others around the house. Homegrown buah and sayur gitu, memang dekat pokok. Bagus, dah macam playschool pulak. 


Ni cuti sekolah dah dekat. Mummy dah pening nak arrange activities for them. Sebulan lebih cuti huuuu, takkan siang malam nak bagi Xbox je. 🤣 Kalau korang ada activity nak suggest, mohon la letak dekat comment. Yang ada dalam list now Xbox, swimming, slime. Haha baru 3. Cuti sekolah punya lama. Adam Aiman ni kalau takde activity, dia punya bising boring tu nanti jenuh dengar.


Alana Admitted to Pantai Hospital Bangsar

RSV leads to Pneumonia.

It started with normal batuk, tak ada demam and later stuffy nose. So kami pi je klinik biasa. 2 clinics. Both clinics cakap, "biasa je ni takde apa". Fine. One week still tak ada improvement, bunyi phlegm dah makin sakan.

Then she started to develop fever, mula2 mild fever 37.5 and later on 38-38.5. Eh takleh jadi ni. Hingus pun dah sikit2 greenish.

To Pantai Hospital we went. Eh tak. Dome breakfast dulu lepas tu Mothercare sale haha demi sleepsuits 40% + 10% katanyaaa. 😂



Bila paed dia check, dia kata, "I'm not going to let her go this time. Bunyi teruk!". Sebab Alana sebelum ni 2 kali nak pernah kena tahan tapi Mummy biasalah cuba membuat alasan untuk take ubat orally at home. 😆 This time tak lepas heheh.

So bermula lah edisi percutian di Pantai. Dengan pemandangan nothing of beach but Menara TM tempat kerja lama Mummy. 🤣🤣



Still here in PHKL but progressing well. Ubat all taken orally, antibiotic satu makan and satu lagi jab DAILY. Hari-hari kena cucuk drumstick. Huh, tak kelakar betul. 😭 I tanya doctor kenapa tak set iv line, dia kata sebab baby and susah nak jaga and sebab dia chubby haha. Nasib baik labu manis ni makan ubat walaupun ada struggle dia.

Remember I cerita masa pregnant, I letak wallpaper Syrian Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini? Because I want my daughter to be just as strong as Yusra Mardini? I think she is. Everyday ada 4 ubat orally, nasal spray, neb (ok ni tak sakit, dia suka je), physio, SUCTION, antibiotic jab, yet she still so chirpy like nothing happen. Isk. Kita yang adults ni, kalau sakit kepala sikit pun rasa nak lempang orang dah. 



I'm not going to elaborate further on the reasons why, I think everyone knows but please keep your hands clean dengan small baby. Smoker kalau dekat baby, even dah basuh tangan pun, particles asap rokok tetap ada di baju. Parents with school-age kids, kalau anak batuk teruk jangan la bagi anak pergi sekolah. Lagi-lagi kalau anak tu tak vaccine. Eh. Eh. 🙄 

Aiman started the batuk episode dulu. Vaccine schedule dia complete tapi tu la, terjebak juga lalu handover dekat Alana Si Labu Manis. 

Alana is due for her Pneumococcal jab this week sepatutnya, tapi dah kena serang dulu before amik additional vaccine. But maybe dia breastfed baby, so progresss nak sembuh tu cepat sikit.

Lagi satu nak pesan, young/first time parents terutamanya, AMIK INSURANCE. Selalu first timer ni, barang baby kebabom, insurance takmo amik. Jangan begitu ok. Walaupun kerja company cover, amik je. Alana kami amik one month before dia lahir, so bila lahir je terus boleh jalan "grace period" tu. Rasanya ni, bil lagi tinggi dari amount premium yang baru 6-7 bulan kami bayar. Worth ke tak worth tu? (Tak jual insurance, cuma pesanan khidmat masyarakat).

Sekianlah. Mummy is bored. And. Kenapa Najib tak buat rokok harga RM50 sekotak? Asyik naik harga minyak buat apa. Isk. (Jangan dia reply "Amboi" pulak kang hahahhaah).


April Baby Coming Soon!

Lamanya tak update blog. Cerita memang macam-macam ada dalam kepala, tapi masa sangatlah limited. Selalunya tak ada masa nak sort photos (resize and filter) hehe, sebab macam tak syok kalau tulis entry without supporting photos.

Tapi hari ni ada check-up dengan doctor, 36 weeks. New baby coming soon. Rasanya macam tak cerita sangat about pregnancy number 4 ni (doctor counted as #4 sebab #3 miscarriage), eh ke memang tak pernah cerita? Kesian baby ni. :P Unlike Abang Adam, almost every day (if possible) nak tulis pregnancy journey tu hehe, biasalah first timer, semua nak record. Aiman 2nd child, record jugak sikit-sikit, yang ni langsung record tidak dapat dikesan.

Anyway, after 7 years, this round rasa macam first time jugak. Macam-macam benda rasa blur. The early stages lagilah rasa takut tu macam-macam, sebab first trimester kan fragile. Nak makan, nak buat kerja semua hati-hati, tapi bila masuk 2nd trimester haha terus meligat sakan. Moving to 3rd trimester, merasa la jugak minum air gas hehehe, tak tahan la oihhh F&N Strawberry dengan ice penuh, sedapnyaaa.

First two pregnancies dulu, tak ada langsung morning sickness. This one, first trimester ada sikit-sikit, and paling tak boleh kalau perut kosong. Foods tu memang kena sedia ada. The moment rasa macam lapar or perut kosong, memang terus nak muntah jadi dia. Different pregnancy journey different story gitu. I was crazy lazy in the beginning; malas masak, malas kemas rumah, malas lipat baju, malas kerja, malas practically everything hehe.

Dah 25th weeks baru kehidupan back on track, in fact macam terlajak rajin towards the end ni. These last few weeks, baking memang back to back, in between uruskan Adam Aiman sekolah, kadang-kadang pergi tengok dia orang waktu rehat, then manage Gloria Jean's (at KPJ Selangor, Shah Alam, jemputlah datang hihi) and balik malam selalunya uruskan hal-hal rumah lagi. Don't know where the energy came from, tapi memang lain macam kerajinan dia.


Semalam, I was busy the whole day doing laundry (6 loads washer+dryer) plus 2 rounds hand-wash baju baby. And lepas tu settle lipat, kemas, sangkut and all. Sempat jugak lari pergi cafe dekat Shah Alam, kemas master bedroom, before finally 'kong' at 1am haha. Tidur awal pun bukan lena sekarang, macam insomnia pun ada kadang-kadang. Pusing sana, pusing sini, tinggikan bantal semua serba tak kena, last sekali bangun tengah malam vacuum rumah. 

Nanti confinement dekat rumah my mom, so ada few things dekat our house kena settle dulu. Laundry basket kena empty, mountains of bajus nak kena fold and sangkut, Mat Kown's shirts nak kena iron dulu banyak-banyak (at least for two weeks usage), dapur kena lap berkilat, lantai nak mop and paling penting toilet nak kena cuci bersih dulu. Then ok, baru tenang to leave the house. Sebab balik nanti lepas pantang kan dah ada baby, don't know what the routine will be like, so baiklah settle rumah cantik-cantik dulu.


This round pun agak independent dah berbanding zaman Adam & Aiman dulu. Dah tak harap Kown teman serba serbi. Maybe umur pun dah berapa, anak-anak dah besar, Kown pun kerja banyak and busy, and since I am very mobile, lebih senang buat sendiri. Checkup pun banyak pergi sendiri je. Sebab lama sangat nak tunggu, bawak Kown pun buang masa dia je, baik biar je dia kerja haha. At least dia kerja boleh jugak duit masuk, satgi yang nak mintak serba macam sisthurrrr jugak :P

Still driving at 36 weeks, walaupun jarak dari stereng tu agak jauh dah, sebab perut very pointy this time. Thank you Allah for my height, at least masih boleh nampak jalan raya walaupun duduk jauh sikit dari stereng kereta hehe. Hari tu I jatuh, eh tak hari tu sangatlah, last few days. Jatuh dekat parking, sebab masa tu baru lepas hujan, so the parking area was wet. Luckily time tu both hands kiri kanan pegang Adam Aiman, so jatuh tu tak la terduduk sangat. Tak panic nak pergi clinic pun masa tu sebab masa 24 weeks dulu pun jatuh jugak haha. Tapi doctor kata wait for 24 hours, monitor baby movement, or severe pain or ada bleeding ke apa. Since baby gerak ok, active as usual, I relax je.


Sekali bila bagitau Kown kita jatuh, dia freak out lah, lalu chase me to go to hospital. He was not around that time, tu la kot dia yang over panicked padahal I duk kat rumah tengah chillex makan cupcakes Wondermilk (my staple foods this pregnancy, apa la nak jadi ni). So I left my two kids dekat rumah my parents, lalu drive pergi emergency Pantai Bangsar. Sampai dekat labor room (close to 11pm), nurse tanya, "husband mana? mak ke?" I jawab takde, I drive je datang ni hah. Terjojol mata dia tengok Shilashower haha. Told them my husband outstation, mak I jaga my kids, and I am completely fine to drive, so no need to wheel me. Sebab dia paksa suruh duduk atas wheelchair and I refused. :P Masuklah labor room kejap for monitoring, baby heartbeat ok, actively moving walaupun dah midnight and no contractions, so boleh balik. Told them, jangan surprise kalau nak bersalin pun I drive sendiri pergi hospital haha (ok joking, don't take this seriously). Eh tapi kalau takleh fikir time tu mana tau, tiba-tiba waterbag pop dekat Bangsar Village ke apa ha gituuu. 

Preparation barang baby this time agak nak pengsan, macam anak first jugak gaya dia. Sebab semua barang tak ada. Only left with stroller and breastpump je. Itu punnnn, service balik and tukar parts Freestyle, dekat 700-800rm. Boleh beli Swing kot. Service dah RM75, then beli charger, tukar connectors parts, tubing and corong tu, so melayanglah RM tu. Itu pun nanti tengok later baru beli battery baru, sebab tu pun ala-ala nak kong jugak, tapi battery Freestyle harga 400+ ahhaahaha nangis. So tak beli. Guna plug point je la dulu, after all I tak kerja office dah macam dulu, so harap ok lah.



Akhir kata, doakan for a smooth delivery and baby ni keluar 14 ke 15 April haha so next year I boleh buat kek 4 tingkat. :P And harap normal delivery la hendaknya, sebab this time dah tak ada PM Care untuk berkhidmat macam zaman kerja TM dulu heehhe, sekarang PM Kown je hadoooo. Jangan botak terus suami sis sudeh lerrr.



Perth Day 1 - Caversham Wildlife Park

First activity kami dekat Perth ialah melawat Caversham Wildlife Park. Sebab trip ada kanak-kanak, so kena beli jiwa dia orang dulu haha. Yang shopping and merayau dalam CBD tu kita push towards the end, awal-awal ni semua activity yang sesuai untuk kids.



Caversham Wildlife Park is more than just a zoo. But in comparison to Phillip Island Wildlife Park, of course PIWP lagi best, but fret not, once you arrived at the Whiteman Park entrance, the scenery will leave you in awe! The route towards the park was very scenic, lots of native trees and plants and we even spotted few wild kangaroos from afar. 30 minutes drive from the city, guna Google Maps Inshaallah sampai hehe. Plenty free parking around the park, don't worry :)




Weather was hot, like crazy hot, maybe akan lebih enjoy the place if weather a bit breezy. TIPS: Don't forget to apply sunscreen and bring along a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. Plenty of shady spots to sit under if needed, but still panaih rasa dia :P




Zoo entry fee is reasonable (Latest - Adult: AUD28 and Child: AUD12.50), good variety of native Australian animals, knowledgeable zoo keepers (helpful too; most of them rajin tolong take photos), farm show was amusing (please check on sessions timing to avoid disappointment), great park layout and directions around the park quite clear (Inshallah tak sesat hehe).  





Two famous attractions are Wombat & Friends enclosure (meet the super fat wombat, interact with snake) and Kangaroo enclosure; where you can touch, interact and feed the kangaroos (selfie also cannn). However, I rasa the Kangaroos look a little lazy or maybe overfed as the food are freely available. As for Koala, we can only see but not allowed to hug or cuddle, slightly stroke their fur boleh lah. Anyhow, just don't forget to take the mandatory selfie with Koala (walaupun they barely open their eyes, quite sleepy when we went in) hehe.










There's a small cafe there (near the entrance) but not sure on Halal status tho (said to be Halal, boleh check on website kot). Clean washrooms and ada souvenir shop too, just in case nak cari seketul dua barang kenangan. Overall, the place is well kept and maintained, even the animals are sufficiently fed too. The park is definitely as good as most reviews mentioned, fun for both adults and kids. 




For more info, visit the website if you are planning your trip here . :) Caversham Wildlife Park.

After spending the earlier part of the day here, then kita keluar picnic lunch and solat at one of the playgrounds around the park (still within Whiteman area)




TIPS: Bring your own food, we even angkut the rice cooker haha and utilize the excellent picnic facilities. We then had a quick tour to the Motor Museum (perfect for boys) and Train station. Ada waterpark jugak, unfortunately we were running out of time, sebab nak pergi Margaret River pulak.

















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