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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Wanted : Private Tutor?

We recently received the good news that our daughter will be skipping Senior Casa and has been accelerated to Grade 1. Of course The Hubby and I (the grannies and aunts too!) are very proud that despite her age she'd be starting elementary education this coming school year.

her last class picture as a, I thought she'd have one as
Senior Casa too, but we're certainly not complaining!

But as a mother, it doesn't end with just being happy and proud for my child. I am also concerned now of her readiness physically and emotionally for the sudden leap. For sure her school hours will be longer and she needs to be more diligent with school work. Modesty aside, we never had problems with Eone doing her homework and other take-home lessons as she likes to 'study' more as soon as she gets home (although towards the end of the school year she seemed to got tired of it and wants more TV time).

Honestly, what worries me more is actually ME not having enough time to assist her during the transition period come June. We have a new baby coming who would need a pretty good chunk of time feeding, changing nappies and putting to sleep. It will be grueling for me sleep-wise so I wonder how will I manage with tutoring my little girl. Admittedly, we haven't been really serious with reviewing her for quizzes and mastery tests before. The Hubby and I didn't want to put too much pressure on her for fear she might get tired of school early and quit - 'It's just pre school, anyway' is what we often said.

A few friends suggested getting the services of private tutors and I am seriously considering the option. I did not have any tutor when I was in school so I am not sure what qualities to look for. My mom was a former teacher and did her stint as private tutor so I am certain she'd be offering her two-cents worth on this topic. Darling Sister too, had done some tutoring jobs in the past so maybe I'll ask her inputs too.

My concerns about home or private tutoring are more like matching the tutor with my daughter. Eone typically follows a person with authority but it may not be the case when she's at the comfort of our home. The tutor needs to have truckloads of patience and a bag full of answers to 'where did that come from?' questions.  Can I demand for a tutor with a knack for art, baking and story-telling too? Someone who likes cartoons and Disney Princess would be a bonus too. Preparation-wise, we would need to set aside a quiet place for studying, away from distractions (from TV and the internet!) and definitely from her playful brother.

Anyway, we still have 2 months to scout for that perfect private tutor, if ever we will hire one. Otherwise, the toll will be on me and I better prepare myself for the inevitable screaming and threatening and toy-deprivation tactics. May God help me.


Lamielyn said...

Hi! I am looking for a school for my daughter who will be in Prep next year. Is morning dew okay? How much is the tuition for gradeschool? Thank you!

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Emma Jasmine said...

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