Thursday 23 May 2013

8Y4M 6Y8M タカラのスペリング Takara's spelling



Takara didn't even know what he was supposed to do. 何をすればよいのかもわからない状態だった。

After awhile, he started to realise what to do but 1 or 2 out of 10... しばらく経つとようやく1,2問は正解に。



Takara is doing very well this term. 今学期は好調です。




At SCIPS, kids have a spelling test once a week. They are given 10 words at the beginning of the week, and on Friday, they are tested.

When Arata joined the school, I would sit with him and help his study. Of course, he did quite well from the beginning.

However, neither Jason and I had never helped Takara...

In the beginning, Takara didn't even know what he was supposed to do. Gradually he realised the system, but he never got more than 5 out of 10. But we still didn't help him at all! How bad we are!

In the beginning of this term, Takara decided to work hard. On one Thursday, he said, "Can you help my spelling practice, mummy?" I read out the words. Takara didn't get them all and asked me to repeat them. He did it till he remembered every single word. Since then, he's got nearly all full marks.

I wonder whether I put too much pressure on Arata. He might have started to feel he had to study even if we didn't force him to do that. Or it might have never happened to him as he is less comptetitive than Takara. We don't know. But what we caused to Arata is apparently a pressure of study.

A few weeks ago, SCIPS had a spelling contest. The top 3 children in each year were more or less all no-native (non- British, American, Australian..) speakers, such as Malaysian or Asian. Most of the non-native children, including Japanese, have extra tuitions after school as their parents tend to push their children hard. So, the results were not surprising. But at the same time, I felt sorry for these kids. They would feel very bad if they couldn't keep the position, which is already a great pressure for them...

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