When we revisited Lake Garden, we also squeezed in a visit to the Butterfly Park. Since the 120 species of butterflies and the rambling garden are much described, I will tell you about the less well known ‘attractions’ of the park.
It has a very large (at least by my gues-timation) collection of preserved bugs, beetles, butterflies and moths. Bern was morbidly fascinated and kept dragging me off to look at ‘that spotted beetle’ and his ‘favourite beetle’ and the ‘coolest ever beetle’, while Katelin spent ages deliberating over which was the most beautiful butterfly. She decided that the iridescent South American Morpho butterflies were the most attractive. Cian was delighted to be allowed to hold his very first ‘own’ Ribena. We figured it would be OK for him to spill the stuff, plus he was already filthy from the playground.
It is here that I admit that I passed many educational opportunities to broaden their knowledge of these fascinating creatures: but I was so creeped out by the bugs and beetles. And they were dead! It made me remember the time Jon took me to the Natural History Museum in London. I almost passed out at all the displays. I still cannot decide what confused me more, the ‘life-likeness’ of the dead animals or the ‘deadness’ the glass eyes looking back at me.
Once you find the entrance, (which is inadvertantly small and missable) the place is easy to navigate. However, don’t bother with your pushchair as there are lots and lots of stairs. There are toilets but I cannot comment on the quality of them as we didn’t need them (to my surprise). We paid RM24 for two adults and two children, which is pretty fair. There was an additional fee for the camera but I forget how much.
As many of you already know, Bern will stop going to Kindiecare in a few short weeks. While I admit some trepidation, I know this is the right decision. Of late, he has shown reluctance to go to school because he finds it frustrating to have to read. While he is all for practising writing, reading is something he struggles with. This in turn has resulted in his reluctance to look at books in his free time; something he used to spend hours doing. While he still wants us to read to him, he doesn’t want to explore them alone. It’s like a love story gone wrong.
When he stops school, we’ve decided he will start the Yamaha Junior Music Course and gymnastics. My intention is to hone and develop his gross motors skills and to give him chance to build his confidence in his physical abilities. I feel that being able to use his body will help settle his energy and hone his concentration. When he turns six, he wants to take up fencing too. If he s still keen, 8 months down the line, then Jon and I are all for it.
The intention is to keep him busy with lots of physical, manual and tactile activites while continuing to read stories and poetry to him. We’re also encourging his artistic impulses.
In case you’re still guessing, we’re taking the delayed approach (created by the late Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore) with him. The Moore formula states:
- Study everyday, from a few minutes to hours.
- Manual work, at least as much as study.
- Home and/or community service, an hour or so per day.
They also offer the following advise, “Focus on kid’s interests and needs, be an example in consistency, curiousity and patience. Live with them! Worry less about tests.”
Here are some resources that explain the rationale behind it. Obviously we don’t intend to do this for Katelin, but this is the wonder of homeschool. You do what is right for each child.