The Kicking Worm

“Worms fly,” Rockstar, then aged under 3, once declared. Because birds eat (them).

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Jumping Turning Kick (And yes he is now a blue belt… More on that someday…)

There are mums who really freak out and spend a lot of their time keeping their boys from scrapping about in their rowdier moments. That has a lot to do with what their kids are like, what they know their kids to be like. This is my Proud Mum Pic because of what I know my kid to have been like.

Used to be, physical contact from any little push or shove could really bother younger Rockstar. Add to that the temper and fusspot-ness and we were looking at that oldies flashback in the opening credits of Phua Chu Kang where skinny, bespectacled little Phua Chu Beng huffs after them yelling “Hey! That’s my ball!” as the rest of the not-so-fussed boys chase after the soccer ball.

Back then I even worried that putting Phua Chu Beng Rockstar in one of the sports camps affiliated to his school would affect the rest of his attitude to school, IF it went badly. (He’d dropped out of an external swimming class in our development previously and to this day I haven’t been able to get him back into one so it’s not like this is totally out of the realm of possibility, though now he loves PE in school which includes swimming.) He was also starting primary school (i.e. new big school) at the same time the Miss was born.

That was why we tentatively tried an external taekwondo class. And then we kept coming back. We’ve never looked back.

Glory Hallelujah, now we have a Flying Turning Kicking Worm.

ps: Contact only with protective sparring gear on, of course ;)

pps: It can be a misconception that martial arts has much at all to do with aggression – a large part of Rockstar’s last sparring session was about learning to correctly dodge and defend an attack. They spent some time on which way to step or turn depending which side an attacker was kicking from. Blindly attacking is actually much, much easier than defending or practicing restraint - martial arts is a lot about discipline and self control – you are supposed to be able to stop fighting/attacking the moment they say stop. And you can’t do that if you’ve lost your temper…

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Kennedy School Year 3 End Of Learning Unit Exhibits

Rockstar earnestly trying to rapidfire-explain a ton of his school artwork, poetry, costume design, clay making, something they made on the computers, etc etc etc etc etc etc etc in the one session

Rockstar earnestly trying to rapidfire-explain a ton of his school artwork, poetry, costume design, clay making, something they made on the computers, etc etc etc etc etc etc etc in the one session

Rockstar’s year had turned their classrooms into galleries that were open  for a total of 45 minutes on a week day for the rest of the school to view. Before they need all their tables and chairs and exhibit boards and things back to get on with “regular” school/class activities, I suppose. (As in, the whole This No Biggie attitude gave me the impression this level of effort is business as usual – which is what pretty much blew me away because of the level of effort that I see to have gone in to this. To Me This Is Biggie :D)

Rockstar’s is a big school and there always seems to be something going on, each year and class have little shows – including in Putonghua, concerts, bake sales, assemblies, science experiments, units of inquiry, field trips, sports and games and music and ICT…… which means a dynamic constantly moving, changing, growing melting pot of activities, stimulation, interaction, recycling and sharing opportunities of resources available, ample appreciative audiences among fellow Kennedy kids of different years and classes…..

One nice touch is that as the different years and classes mill around the exhibits, they are given post-its to leave encouragements and appreciative comments on other kids’ exhibits of their choosing… Rockstar had 2 or 3 like most other kids, and you can j-ust see one of the notes on the left of the pic above, but I think the erm, exhibiting artists keep up their precious notes quite fast :D

Y’know, in various places of Cyberport and what-not you see all these quiet exhibits of kids’ work or even adults’ fashion designs for graduating shows out of design school – they’re there for weeks on end, and…… I don’t know, there’s way, way less to see. I really could barely look at any other child’s work except in our immediate vicinity in the last 2 minutes or something (yes I rushed the Miss home by cab halfway, but then we’d got there right on the dot when they opened the class)

They're watching video footage of Rockstar and his classmates expressing themselves through free dance moves... After a choreographer teaches them some basics, I think Rockstar came home one day and said...

They’re watching video footage of Rockstar and his classmates expressing themselves through free dance moves… After a choreographer teaches them some basics, I think Rockstar came home one day and said…

(If I recall correctly these paper men things were about proportions and measurements - they use different sizes from the full to half and quarter sizes...)

(If I recall correctly these paper men things were about proportions and measurements – they use different sizes from full to half and quarter sizes to get some number sense I think it was…)

Note the proud little hand holding Rockstar's hand

“That’s my Ko-ko”: Note the proud little hand holding Rockstar’s hand

Proud Little Hand's claim to fame...

“That’s How I Inspire My Ko-ko” :D Proud Little Hand’s claim to fame… :P

(Remember Rockstar’s little homework assignment which was a tiny part of this entire thing:)

So for e.g. this is kept in Rockstar's folio... Yes they have whole separate folios, not counting all the regular reading/ writing and math and chinese etc...

So for e.g. this is kept in Rockstar’s folio… Yes they have whole separate folios, not counting all the regular reading/ writing and math and chinese etc…

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The kids explored expressing themselves via various mediums – a range of materials, costume design (what’s practical tempering the creative in this case), a range of emotions and the colors, words, sounds, lines and shapes, among others, that are used to portray them or even magnify their effect…

Clay sculpture and word portrait (Rockstar's sculpture is - wonder of wonders - to do with Minecraft weaponry)

Clay sculpture and word portrait (Rockstar’s sculpture is – wonder of wonders – to do with Minecraft weaponry)

Rockstar says he and his friends would select a couple emotions to portray (his were anger and confidence – unfortunately, his friends then act out the emotions for him which means I would end up putting other kids’ pictures up without permission, so I had to omit… A real pity because Rockstar’s 3 friends who acted out “confidence” for his piece looked really cool with the poses and facial expressions…

So unfortunately I have to post an e.g. with Rockstar’s standard “happy” face (which I can tell is different from his genuinely happy face; his put-on happy face we like to dub The Happy Puppy :D):

Yes that's his face, but that's not his poem...

He’s acting out the emotion “Happy” for his friend’s poem…

How do you explain colour to a blind person?

Read the words – pretty good, right? How we express say, Happiness – “happy colours” enhanced by the other senses (your favourite tastes, smells, and touch sensations – and for “Confidence” they did more body language)… I took this e.g. cos it’s one with Rockstar’s face… The words however are not written by him; his friend who wrote it I understand is at least trilingual (also not uncommon – for e.g. they might study English and Chinese in school, and then also say, speak Korean or Japanese or French or etc at home… I mention because I can imagine how much work goes into learning everything…)

(And btw any misspellings are corrected  separately, in the actual writing books… )

30 kids to a class, 5 classes a year (someone correct me if I'm wrong) - every child has an exhibit like this ok

30 kids to a class, 5 classes a year (someone correct me if I’m wrong) – every child has an exhibit like this ok

So you get to your child’s classroom, other toddler child in tow because she has music class in 20 minutes, and….. yup, we’re not making it to music class today. Then out of the throng of Kennedy kids milling about comes Rockstar’s various buddies (most of whom also have siblings) who are all “Oh! Little kid! So cute so cute” and Rockstar proudly introduces his star-struck sister as being able to sing Months of the Year and I don’t know how many new faces and recitals 15 minutes later she crashes.

This is her on the short cab ride back - and she stayed that way without waking for another 2 hours (like, she hasn't done that in absolutely ages - most days she doesn't even nap, now)

This is her KO-ing on the short cab ride back

So I rush now-unconscious Miss home and rush back to catch as much more of this as I can.. Rockstar carries on his rapid-fire narrations like I never left… In same Post-it Appreciation Leaving vein, Rockstar would zero in on various friends’ exhibits and why he especially liked their work. It’s another nice thing that I hope I describe well enough, re their learning community – amongst themselves, the kids would have been encouraged to well, encourage one another and acknowledge their friends’ good work. Which is kinda nice :)

ps: Upon reaching home later, we discover the Miss, normally a fairly light sleeper,  never stirred for 2 hours (she hasn’t done that in absolutely ages – most days she doesn’t even nap, now…)

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Rockstarism #362 – The Benefits Of Adoption.

#362

Recently…

Rockstar: So, is the Miss nuts or not???

Me: Well dude, are you? Cos you two are kinda related, you know…

Rockstar: Nooooooooo you are, cos you two are kinda related, you know…

Me: What about you then, did you think you were adopted?

Rockstar: Yes, but I’m not ok (as in, he’s nuts). I mean no, I know I’m not adopted.

Me: Which leads us back to your original question about your sister: is she nuts? We’re all “kinda related”, and you’ve decided you’re nuts……………. (Rockstar laughs)

Photographic proof…..

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(Yes, they are taking turns wearing a fishbowl on their heads and dumping water on each other. Awhile ago the fish bowl was a space helmet btw…)

 

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