The dolly starts Kindergarten 2 (K2) this year. Her last 12 months before she starts Primary One.
Being the year-end baby, she is barely 5-year-old. Hence she is one of the shortest in her class. Looks like she will continue to be one of the shortest for many years to come, until she hits puberty.
Academically, I know she is more than ready for Primary One in 2018, which is also why I considered briefly recently to withdraw her from kindergarten this year.
She finds the school work very boring, especially the English and Math lessons. And I can understand why.
She is already reading Roald Dahl books such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the BFG and Matilda (supposedly meant for age 8 - 12) by herself. In fact, she has read nearly all the Roald Dahl books we own, except for James and the Giant Peach.
Right now, she is reading Pinocchio (Puffin Classics) by Carlo Collodi, a 272-pages book meant for age 10 and above, and actually understanding what she is reading! There are occasional words that she may not know, but she will always ask and seems to remember once we explain.
However, the English lessons in school are still teaching the kids to read the one-line-per-page readers and she is required to sit through the sessions. Though I do not expect the teachers to make exceptions for her, but I wish they know how to stretch every child's ability instead of just following the curriculum.
During their free reading time in school, she is also not allowed to bring books of her own to read, but has to read the books that the school provides in the classroom library and she told me she has read all the books in the classroom library many times because every page contains very few words. So I totally get her frustration.
The saving grace is at least she thinks she is learning something from the Chinese lesson. And she will miss her friends too much if she does not go to school. Hence, it is status quo for now.
Luckily, she will get all the stimulation and stretch she needs from the weekly Bright Minds Lapbooking class that she attends, in which she will get weekly opportunities for team work, discussions, presentations and creative writing activities etc.
In the meantime, I have also resumed our Chinese learning at home. Instead of reinventing the wheel, I am just going to use the same curriculum that I used for the boys when they were in K1 and K2. It was effective enough to lay the foundation for lower Primary Chinese, saving them the need to attend Chinese enrichment or tuition.
One new area that I will introduce to Dolly soon is Lapbooking in Chinese! The focus will be on oral communication, listening comprehension and word recognition. I cannot wait to begin with her and I know she will enjoy this as much as she enjoys her weekly lapbooking class.