First Quarter Finished

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August is the exam month for most schools and JGSS isn't an exemption. I'm not the pushy-mommy type but as much as possible, I want my kids to be well-prepared when it comes to their examinations, may it be a long test or a periodical exam.

During my elementary and highschool days, I didn't asked my parents to review me or guide me as I study. We were taught how to be independent and learn things on our own except if it's already hard enough for us to understand (hi Math!). However, I felt that I still need to help my kids with their homeworks and exams especially because they can be easily distracted even if the gadgets and TV are switched off.

Still doing it old school

I can't think of a better way than to create my own reviewer/test paper that my kids can answer. Through these reviewers, I was able to check which lessons are difficult for them to understand. My youngest didn't had much to study since the pointers to review are just letters, patterns, and numbers (sisiw!). What was tiring though were the lessons included for my eldest who is now in Grade 3. I remember those problem solvings and topics in English but they were discussed when we were in Grade 5.

It was as if I was taking a refresher course as I tried to teach my daughter about Math, English, and that very troublesome Filipino. I admit that I really found it difficult to discuss our native language to her since I can't even understand what the words pangatnig, pamatlig, and the likes mean. (sorry sa Filipino teacher namin noon).

At the end of the exam week, I felt fulfilled for a job well-done. They were able to answer their exams the best way they can and I was able to bond with them at the same time. Some of the exam results were already given. Some were pasang-awa for my eldest despite the fact that we tried very hard for her to understand Filipino and Mother Tongue. My youngest on the other hand did very well.

But regardless of their grades, I've seen their efforts and the way they tried to understand the lessons. Best of all, I am thankful of the time well-spent with them. I thank God that I was able to have the patience and the kids enjoyed their time studying with me.

During this time at school, how do handle your children's schedule when studying? Are you also hands-on or you just let them study on their own? I would love to hear some tips from fellow-parents who are, like me, wouldn't mind spending time and effort to make sure that they study well.

xoxo

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Michi
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September 1, 2015 at 5:11 PM delete

Like you, when I was a kid, I studied on my own but with my son I'm very hands-on. I make reviewer too but I also print some free worksheets online. Araling Panlipunan is the least subject that we like, how I wish it will change to Social Studies so it would be easy to understand.

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September 2, 2015 at 5:45 PM delete

i have the same sentiments. LOL. some Filipino words are actually hard for me to understand (and explain) as well. hahaha!

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Dominique Goh
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September 5, 2015 at 5:43 AM delete

I too help my kids revise but here it is easier as we have assessment books for each subject and level which we can buy from the bookshop as revision books for the kids to go through . There are also pass year papers which we can print off the internet for them to practice.

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Chin chin
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September 6, 2015 at 11:18 PM delete

I still review my little ones for their exams. But I don't do that for those in high school. I am not very masipag in writing reviewers. Sometimes I do, but most of the time, I just ask them to review the topics then I ask them questions. The downside is I have to repeat questions several times. For English or Math, sometimes I just look for worksheets or quiz games online and use those for their review.

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theresa
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September 7, 2015 at 7:26 AM delete

Your title was catchy, just because I am a teacher, I can feel you. Haha. I am now finished with the grades, volumes of paperwok and cards out!

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Mommy Maye
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September 7, 2015 at 6:42 PM delete

Even if I am working full time, I make sure I personally teach my son. Good thing he's not hard to teach. His in prep now and so I don't want to pressure him. We just follow the teachers guide on what to read and review. By the way, his second mastery test is coming this week na so I will be busier again.

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September 8, 2015 at 3:57 AM delete

right, i used to do that too for my junior kinder. :)

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September 8, 2015 at 4:02 AM delete

i was talking to my kids' advisers a while ago and they are now going through the same phase as yours. we'll get their cards this saturday :D

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September 8, 2015 at 4:31 AM delete

it's like going to school all over again when our kids started studying too right? :D

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September 8, 2015 at 5:15 AM delete

My cousin who is also a teacher tutors other kids after school. And it is not because the need to but because they wanted to have good grates. Read: receive honors/

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Anna Plaida
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September 9, 2015 at 5:00 PM delete

I am very hands on when it comes to my son's studies lalo na pag exam. I don't have a tutor so ako lahat. For the exam I usually print or do some test for him

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Cym Marzan
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September 10, 2015 at 1:30 AM delete

I also personally tutor my kids. Sometimes naaawa ako sa aking eldest dahil nahihirapan sya sa Filipino, Math, and then there's Chinese pa. It's a contradicting feeling when I want her to do her best and strive for excellence, but at the same time, I don't want her to feel too pressured or burnt out.

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September 10, 2015 at 5:41 PM delete

some parents usually opt for tutors so that their kids will excel. but i'm the type of mom who don't expect high from my kids. as long as they do great in school, they understand the lessons, getting honors is just a plus :)

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September 10, 2015 at 5:42 PM delete

clap clap for you hands-on mom :)

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September 10, 2015 at 5:43 PM delete

ganun ata pag chinese school noh? loaded din ang kids. pero it's worth it naman paglaki nila definitely :) they have the edge compared to other kids, right?

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September 23, 2015 at 8:20 AM delete

Mas madali pala talaga ang school days before.. I studied on my own, walang tutor pero pumapasa at nagkaka-honor pa hehehe.. Naku ngayon katakotakot na assignments na dala ng mga bata everyday.. May tutor, tapos ang nag tututor mga teachers din nila, di kaya negosyo na yan? hehehe

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