As a closet anarchist of sorts, I strongly prefer to avoid organised, packaged entertainment like theme parks and party games. So when the homeschoolers proposed a Kidzania outing, I secretly contemplated feigning a sprained ankle while signing up.
In the end however, we went. We arrived at 9 and were ushered into the then brand spanking new theme park where the kids got to pretend to be adults; get jobs, earn money and save or spend it. For all my wanting my kids to break free from the system and therefore opting to homeschool, my kids were perversely overjoyed by the entire concept. One was a definite big spender, one was so miserly I think he will be the first Kidzania millionaire and the last a total sheep, veering from copying one sibling’s nonchalance to wishing he had more to deposit in the bank.
My jaded cynicism aside, it is all in all an interesting and fun experience for the kids. I guess its a good thing to realise that you work lots to earn not much to buy even less. The uniforms and costumes are terribly cute and even I was impressed by the scope of the place.
A word of warning : Parents be ready to spend a lot of time on your feet. And to eat warm, coloured cardboard. The food is one step from inedible.
Have I ever mentioned how much the kids adore their grandparents? My in laws try to visit twice a year and because we homeschool, the kids get to spend huge amounts of time with them.
They love my parents too of course, seeing them almost daily but that they have such an amazing relationship with people that live several thousand kilometers away is another benefit of the flexibility afforded by homeschool
It’s been such a busy year and I suddenly realised not only that I have barely been posting, but also that it has been such a long time since I posted regularly. Like most muma, my stuff often falls to the bottom of the priority list. I’d like to say I’m hard done to but most likely, I just get away with being slack because there isn’t really anyone to tell me off 🙂
So what have we been up to?
All three now attend gymnastics class in Damansara Perdana. I love how firm the coaches are. And how tired the kids are after class. I was also pleasantly surprised to meet yet more homeschoolers.
They also have piano lessons with the loveliest young lady. She is so good at what she does the kids cannot wait to get home to practiSE. While I do have to remind them, they always practise willingly. Pop me an email if you want her details.
Art class goes on with Mr Chan once a week. He is so patient and the kids abilities have developed nicely. They have explored pastels and poster paints in great depth and with much enthusiasm. Some of their creations are so joyful and honest I can’t help but smile.
We also visited the Craft Complex in Conlay several times to immerse ourselves in local craft during the Hari Kraf Kebangsaan 2012 Fair. There was the expected rubbish but we found some real gems such as the Orang Asli weavings, batik stamps and old style cookie cutters and moulds.
Old school cookie cutters
Batik stamps made from recycled oil tins
Orang Asli Handwoven Mats
More updates soon if we are not too busy living and learning!