I wrote about the first meeting here.
It has been a while since my last meeting with Isa’s caregivers. The last one was when Isa was only 9 months old. There must have been a lot of things to report to us parents meanwhile, especially now that the child is showing more of his personality and individuality than ever.
So I truly welcomed the second “parents-teacher” meeting. We chose last Monday, thinking that my husband would be able to make it (it was conducted during lunch time), unfortunately he was not able to attend. I was eager to know what happens at Isa’s crèche. Though both parents and the caregivers communicate on daily basis through the communication book and occasional chit-chat, a one-to-one session will be able to provide better insights.
This time around Isa’s favourite caregiver brought together a file of his artworks – and a checklist of his development milestones.
Some comments and remarks from his ‘auntie’ – that is how we call them:
- Isa is a good child, not giving much trouble in terms of behaviour.
- He enjoys all the activities thoroughly, especially pasting. I haven’t tried this activity at home but once. He loves drawing and colouring and always asks for more ‘nak lagi nak lagi‘.
- He is a chatterbox – I already know this of course. He can hold conversations and can answer questions ask properly.
- He can understand instructions and able to co-operate in group activities – better than his peers. Alhamdulillah!
- He loves certain songs, and always attempts to imitate you singing or reciting Quranic verses or supplication. I asked the caregiver to write the titles of songs they do at school, so I can check them up on Youtube and sing with him at home. One of those he likes is the children song ‘Erti Al-Fatihah‘ i.e. ‘The meaning of al Fatihah’ (a chapter in the Quran) – I didn’t know they are quite advance!
- He likes physical activities and loves his morning exercise.
- The caregiver thinks Isa is brilliant for his age and loves learning, and we both prayed he will keep it that way!
- Whenever asked whether he’d like a little sister or brother, his consistent answer will be NO. How funny, Isa. We will give you one no matter (God willing) 😛
- There is only one box unticked by the caregiver- ‘not sharing toys with others’. Which means Isa is able to share toys with his friends, as his caregiver always observed. I take it as a good sign, that perhaps he has passed the phase where he’d like everything for himself only. Hopefully he has started the empathy phase.
- He just could not be patient with a few things – like waiting in line to shower, or to has his bottle replenished that he’ll grow restless. Somebody needs to be taught on patience, obviously!
- The caregiver informed me of some remarks from other parents about Isa – and they would love to know what we parents do with Isa that he becomes that talkative – to which I responded: really I think it is just nature over nurture, but we do facilitate wherever we could. It has become a routine for me to ask him what he did everyday while he puts his shoes on whenever we are leaving at the end of the day, even at the earlier phase where the only answer I could get is basically nothing. Keep the conversation going. These days the answer I’d get is a lengthy description on who did what…
- The caregivers commented on how independent Isa is, as she puts it ‘pandai bawa diri‘ i.e. knows how to bring himself. Now that’s my boy Alhamdulillah!
- All the caregivers are amazed with Isa’s ability to remember names – be it the caregivers (all 15 of them) and his friends, including those from different groups i.e. older than him, he can easily call them by their names. To this I am truly speechless, because I am one who is really bad at memorising names, this is so from my genetics!
By now I may sound like a ‘kiasu’ mom to you, but I truly thank Allah for Isa’s (miraculous) development. There has not been a day that passes by without myself being filled with amazement about how much capacity God has created a human being with, and how I do things in my life affect my son’s behaviour and development.
May Allah make it easier for me to be a good parent and fulfill Isa’s rights. Amin.