Impressive First Term

It’s already the second week of October and like most students nowadays, our children are already looking forward to their sem break. But first, they have to prepare for their finals  next week. They have been doing well so far and have been getting good grades.

Our eldest is adjusting well in his new school and has been included in the shortlist of students on the dean’s list. If he is able to maintain his good grades and do well in his finals, he will be eligible for a scholarship next semester. We are glad that he continues to excel at school particularly in his major subjects (he has actually been named programmer of the week for four consecutive weeks, if I’m not mistaken). Our youngest is also doing well, he is the top 3 student in his class.  His teacher said that she is impressed by how well our son is able to balance his studies and his extra curricular activities. She also acknowledged his leadership abilities. As parents, we’re very thankful that our children remain focused on their studies. We can only continue to guide them and pray for them so that they continue to excel in whatever they do.

This early though, we are already thinking of what to give them for Christmas. We want to give them something special. We want something that they could really appreciate and something that they could use. We are considering a number of things – like a guitar or a compact digital camera. We still have time to look around for appropriate gifts and of course, enough time to save for them …haha. I have actually been looking at different shopping websites to see the latest gift items (I am also looking at Christmas decors at this site). Hopefully, we can find what we want just in time for the holidays.

Getting Ready for the Start of Another School Year

It’s the last weekend before another school year officially starts for the kids and although they are excited about seeing their classmates again, they also said they will try to make the most of their weekend (this means they will playing with their gadgets and xbox). Our youngest will start 9th grade on Wednesday while our eldest (who’s in college already) will have their orientation on Tuesday (regular classes for them will start on the 16th of June though). They also get to use the computer for an hour each day; which they usually spend on facebook or browsing on sites that interest them such as those on basketball, soccer and even sites like where they get to see dog treats that Ginny (our pet dog) may like. Anyway, we are also making sure that they go to bed early so that they can get used to getting up early again since they have to wake up at 5:30 a.m. when school starts again next week. I just hope that everything goes well next week, that there wouldn’t be any major adjustments for them.

Preparations for the Next Term

After a busy finals week and a brief one week break from school, our eldest has started school again this week for their second term. Their one week break was actually spent mostly online, trying to see whether their final grades have been released. We wanted to apply for a scholarship this term and we wanted to make sure that his grades are able to meet the threshold that the scholarship committee has set. Good thing, his grades are more than enough to make him eligible for the scholarship. He has already been through two interviews and he’s currently waiting for his final interview. We’re still waiting for the schedule of his final interview for now. he’s excited about starting second term this week and although he won’t be having the same schedule as some of his previous classmates, he still looks forward to his new classes and to making new friends. Our youngest, meanwhile is still doing well in school. The results of his last exams were actually better than the past month. Both are making sure that they are prepared for the next term.

Speaking of preparations, my brother is having our family home renovated. It has been our home since we were little and it desperately needs to be be renovated. Since he is abroad working, our eldest brother is the one who is overseeing the renovations. They wanted to make sure that everything goes well during the whole process so that they wouldn’t be wasting their resources on things that they don’t need for the house. It’s a good thing my brother is able to find a reputable Reid Supply hardware store nearby that could provide them all the construction materials they need at the most affordable price. I can’t wait to see the house when it’s finished. It’s been awhile since we visited them and it’s a great opportunity to see the house as well.

Extra Classes

It has been raining non-stop for over two days now and because of this, classes have also been suspended since Monday. We are fortunate that our area has been spared from any severe flooding, unlike most of the other areas here that have been submerged in flood waters since yesterday. The suspension has initially made the kids excited about not having to go to school but after awhile, they have become restless and bored. I told them to make use of their time wisely and since they are supposed to have their examinations this week, they can take advantage of the opportunity to review their lessons. This has been their schedule since yesterday – they will have at least an hour of review before lunch time, then rest/recreation after lunch (watch TV or use their mobile phones to chat with their friends), they can take a nap in the afternoon and then squeeze in another time of studying before dinner. They can resume their studying after dinner and then bedtime by 10p.m.

Aside from their regular classes, the kids have also taken advantage of the extra lessons that their school offers. Our eldest is taking a computer programming class that is being given by their school’s IT organization. He said that this will help him a lot since this will allow him to understand their programming course better. The lessons are given for free, every Wednesday afternoon. Our youngest is taking a Math course every Saturday afternoon. Although there is a fee of 200pesos, we allowed him to take the course since he will benefit a lot from it. The kids were the ones who told us about taking the extra classes and since it will not have any conflict with their regular classes and that, more importantly, they will benefit greatly from them, we agreed to it. We are glad that they have remained enthusiastic about their studies and in learning new skills. They have actually talked about taking classes next summer. Our youngest is thinking of taking piano lessons. We have a keyboard here at home and he would usually look for a tutorial online and would learn how to play a particular song just by following it. We still have to buy a keyboard stand though since the original one has been damaged a few years ago. We might have to look for a new one from an online store so that we will have an idea of how much one costs. It’s a good thing that there are reputable online shopping sites that offer not just musical instruments but also accessories such as guitar picks, yamaha snare carrier at wwbw, keyboard stand and speakers. We may have to wait until next summer before buying one since it’s not really a priority right now.