Safari Boo is a Merry Not Scary Halloween for Kids

  1. If you are thinking of soaking up the atmosphere this Halloween but afraid that your child is not able to take scary event like the USS Halloween Night. Then dress your child up and head down to River Safari’s Safari Boo this Halloween.

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There are plenty of activities to keep your child occupied. We bought the 8pm to 10pm tickets as the earlier tickets were all sold out. Due to that, we were not able to complete all the activities in the park. You definitely need more than 2 hours if you plan to cover all the games and activities.

Remember to pick up the goodie bag at the entrance. The bag is useful for all the treats collected along the way.

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Do bring along your camera or ensure that your camera phone are fully charged as there will be lots of opportunity to take photographs with the characters.

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There is also a show that runs at 7pm ,8pm and 9pm. We missed that as Lauren took a long time at the games and activities session.

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We also missed the face painting and hair colouring corner as they were closed by the time we walked there. We spent some time queuing to take pictures with the animals.

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Lauren enjoyed herself very much. Asking if she can be here again next year.

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If you are planning to visit Safari Boo, you still have 2 more days before the end of this event. The last day for Safari Boo is on the 1st Nov. Children below 12 enter free and ticket for adult is at $20.  Safari Boo is open from 6pm to 10pm

Do get your tickets online to avoid disappointment.

 

 

 

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Alexis at Sparkanauts Baby Cadet Class

After trying Medley Toddler, I decided to give Sparkanauts next door a try. Sparkanaut has a more holistic approach. It is also a 60min, once a week program.

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Alexis tried the Baby Cadet, a program tailored for babies 5 to 12 months.  According to the school, Baby Cadet class builds the foundation for your child’s future learning.  It helps to stimulate visual and auditory senses to prepare for reading and writing. It also strengthens the body for confidence and train for nimble movements. The program is a combination of gym, flash cards, music & movement, play and story telling all in one.

The teachers will introduce a new theme every week. They will have flash cards where they will sing and flash the cards to the child individually. The child will also get to play with some instruments like tambourin or bells to expose them to sounds and coordination.

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Each week the teacher introduces an alphabet to the child. The alphabet is printed on a flash card in a textured material. The teacher will encourage the child to trace the alphabet and show the child an object related to the alphabet.

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In Sparkanauts Baby Cadet class, there is a trapeze session where the child will be asked to hold on to the handle bar of the trapeze for 30 sec.  The child would then be swung towards the parent. Alexis loves this part. This, according to the teacher, is to train the child’s arm and also to let them know when to hold and when to let go.

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Then comes the gym time; children are encouraged to crawl around through the obstacles to build their strength and awareness of the surroundings. I personally find that the baby gym had helped Alexis to develop her crawling skills better. Prior to that, she was always doing the leopard crawl. After the trial, Alexis went home crawling. 🙂 I think it is due to peer influence as she saw all the other babies crawling in class.

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One part of Sparkanauts Baby Cadet class is a mat time where the children are placed on their back and the parents would lift and drop the colourful parachute. Alexis enjoys this and always sits up at this time. Who would want to lie down when there are so many activities around.

 

I find this program very interactive for the child. Parent would need to be prepared that there will be a parent & child gym session during the class where you will have to swing, lift and hop with the child. It is pretty tiring but a good bonding session with your child.

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The school will email parents the class materials after every lesson. Parent are supposed to go back and reiterate the learning through revision of the materials.  Hard copy can be purchased at $60 for 10 sets or $10 per set.

 

The only part that would probably deter me from signing up again is the feeling I have that the school is not keeping to the standard of hygiene. I felt that they do not clean the toys or materials after the class. When asked, they told me they clean once a week which I find not acceptable.

 

The cost for Baby Cadet class is higher than Medley Toddler at $698 for 10 lessons. If you are a SAFRA member you get 1 additional lesson for free.

Appended is the class time table:

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Sparkanauts is located at:

SAFRA Toa Payoh
293 Toa Payoh Lorong 6, #02-01
Singapore 319387

+65 62590307

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Alexis trying out Medley Toddler class

Papa says we got to be fair. Lauren got to attend many fun classes when she was below 1 year old. Alexis, on the other hand has not attended any class.

Alexis was a preemie. I delivered her at 36weeks and I bed rested from 14 weeks all the way till I deliver. I took many medications and even had a cerclage surgery done at 14 weeks. Many times I asked myself if it is due to the fact that she was a preemie and also all the medications in the system, I find her slow in achieving the milestones. With social media nowadays, we can see what are kids around our child’s age progressing. I hate to admit but I do feel affected and stress certain times when I saw all the babies around Alexis’s age start to crawl and walk while Alexis is still trying very hard to sit on her own. I told myself as long as Alexis is healthy, I am fine to take things slow.

Alexis’s speech is better than her motor skills. She could call “Papa” at 6 months. Now she can say “Papa, Mama, Zei Zei, Apple”. I told myself her progress is different as her speech develops faster than her motor skills.

 

So for Alexis, I decided to let her try some classes. I know she is only 10 months old but like what Papa mentioned.  I need to be fair. Alexis also hardly gets to go out so to have a class will make it like a mandatory outing day for Alexis every week.

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As Lauren is having piano lesson at Medley Music School. I signed Alexis up for a trial class for Medley Toddlers. The class is meant for children aged 6 months to 2.5 years. A range of musical and social concepts are achieved in this programme using the Suzuki method.  Songs, spoken speech patterns and movement are combined with the playing of a variety of percussion instruments. Each activity is presented so that toddlers at various developmental stages can benefit.

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It was quite a full class and the children were all around 12 months to 18 months. Alexis was the youngest in class. 🙂 I felt so Kiasu.

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The class started with parents singing along with the teachers and walking around in circles. The teachers will also use different musical instruments when singing different songs. They will encourage the children to try the musical instruments by asking them to take turns to come to the front.

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Overall the class was alright, it feels like any class with music and movement. It does expose Alexis to music but I want to have a class with more activities.

 

For those who are keen to find out more. Medley is having 40% off for Medley Toddler class.

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Medley Music School is located at

SAFRA Toa Payoh

293 Toa Payoh Lorong 6

#02-02

Singapore 319387

Tel: 6353 4881

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Lauren lost her 1st milk tooth!

It started a week ago when Lauren came to me and told me one of her tooth was really shaky and her adult tooth was coming out.

A closer look, I saw her adult tooth behind her milk tooth. Initially I was a little worried as I heard a mother who told me that if you allow the child to keep playing with the shaky tooth. The socket will become bigger and that will affect the growth of the adult tooth. I went to approach my neighbour who happen to be a dentist. She assured me that it would be fine. The adult tooth will push out the milk tooth. She also assured me that even though the adult tooth seems to be misaligned now, it will gradually move to the front.

I did some googling and found out that most children start to lose their teeth between the age of 5-6. They will generally replace all their milk teeth with adult teeth by the age of 14.

Fast forward to today. The day where my precious Lauren’s milk tooth finally dropped!!! Lauren was very worried prior to that as she saw that her tooth was almost dropping. I told her to just gave it a tuck and pull it out. She did. The next thing, she was jumping around the room telling everyone that her tooth dropped and she pulled it out herself.

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Shortly I asked her did she throw her tooth away?  She led me to her cupboard and told me she kept it there. Hahahaha, I told her why don’t you put in inside an Ang Pow. She chose a cute red packet and told me the tooth fairy will take it tonight.

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10th Oct 2015, the day Lauren dropped her first tooth. 🙂

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Lauren’s Primary 1 Registration

 

This is probably one of the most stressful period every parent will experience. It is Lauren’s turn this year and we will be going in at phase 2B. We are hoping to get into Rosyth School and we know how competitive it will be, base on past years history. I have attached a history of Rosyth’s applicants based on years and phases.

P1 Registration

Year Vacancy Phase 1 Phase 2A Phase 2A2 Phase 2B Phase 2C No of pupils living withing 1kn took part in Phase 2c Balloting Remarks
2002 480 226 4 58 65 127 262 Balloting at Phase 2C
2003 440 224 9 54 66 88 221 BAlloting at Phase 2C
2004 420 190 9 44 48 129 191 Balloting at Phase 2C
2005 390 164 7 70 54 95 194 Balloting at Phase 2C
2006 390 234 11 62 42 41 181 Balloting at Phase 2B and 2C
2007 360 188 12 59 50 51 169 Balloting at Phase 2B and 2C
2008 360 156 14 74 56 58 153 Balloting at Phase 2C
2009 330 131 5 60 53 81 173 Balloting at Phase 2C
2010 330 137 14 66 57 56 163 Phase 2C
2011 300 168 13 70 25 24 108 Balloting at Phase 2B and 2C
2012 300 145 23 46 43 43 113 Balloting at Phase 2C and total applicants for Phase 2B=47
2013 300 144 27 67 31 31 120 Balloting at Phase 2B and 2C
2014 300 156 25 62 28 29 95 Balloting at Phase 2B and 2C

 

Monitoring the seats left daily since 2nd July (Phase 1), counting my chance. There were 37 seats left for phase 2B in Rosyth.  I had many sleepless nights.  Kelvin told me to relax as we had done all we could. Easier said than done, I called MOE up to check on what other options I have if my Plan A fails. I decided that if we cannot get a seat at phase 2B for Rosyth, we will not try phase 2C as it is crazy. Not lucky at 2B, I guess will be even harder to be lucky at 2C. We will try Paya Lebar Methodist Girls for 2C if we fail to secure a seat at Rosyth.

If you are not aware who is eligible for each phase, I have attached a table below for your reference.

Eligibility Primary One Registration Phase Remarks
For children who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents Phase 1 For a child who has a sibling studying in the primary school of choice
For children who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents Phase 2A(1) (a) For a child whose parent is a former student of the primary school and who has joined the alumni association as a member not later than 30 June 2014.  (b) For a child whose parent is a member of the School Advisory / Management Committee
For children who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents Phase 2A(2) (a) For a child whose parent or sibling has studied in the primary school of choice.  (b) For a child whose parent is a staff member of the primary school of choice
For children who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents Phase 2B (a) For a child whose parent has joined the primary school as a parent volunteer not later than 1 July 2014 and has given at least 40 hours of voluntary service to the school by 30 June 2015. (b) For a child whose parent is a member endorsed by the church/clan directly connected with the primary school. (c) For a child whose parent is endorsed as an active community leader
For children who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents Phase 2C For all children who are eligible for Primary One in the following year and are not yet registered in a primary school
For children who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents Phase 2C Supplementary For a child who is not yet registered in a primary school after Phase 2C
For children who are not Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents Phase 3 For a child who is neither a Singapore Citizen nor a Singapore Permanent Resident

On the fateful day, 20th July, We sent Lauren to school as usual and set off to Roysth School. We reached at 9am and the security guards guided us to the Band Room. The walk to the Band Room gave us a little time to have a look at the school compound. Once we reached the Band Room, to our horror already 27 registered! We still have till 21st July 4.30pm.  Oh dear.. Looks like we will have to ballot for a seat. 🙁  It was really embarrassing as at that moment, every parent who walked into the room, we gave each other that “oh… you are my competitor” look. We can all understand this because we all know with each additional applicant, the success percentage of our child securing a seat becomes lower. I do not want to be so selfish, all of us in this phase put in a lot of time and effort. I do hope everyone gets in. I prayed hard that there will only be 37 applicants. Kelvin was even joking that maybe we should place a “Fully Taken Up” sign at the gate of Rosyth. LOL.

The next 2 days was really torturing, I refreshed the MOE website so often that my phone signalled a “Data Limit reached” reminder.  1st day of registration, 33 applicants. I know it is hard to expect only 4 applicants only for the 2nd day, I told Kelvin to be prepared that we may need to ballot for this phase. To my surprise, the 2nd day result came back with only 6 applicants! A total of 39 applicants for 2 days. Lauren has a good chance!

 

I called Rosyth the next morning and was informed that Lauren secured a seat without the need to ballot!!! I screamed with joy and the teacher who informed me laughed it off. I immediately sat down and cried. It was tears of relief and joy.. My concerned colleague thought I did not manage to secure a seat. LOL. So drama..

I called Kelvin to share the good news. We are both very thankful as we know how lucky we were. That evening, we shared the news with Lauren. She was ecstatic. We told her Papa and Mummy tried our best to help her into Rosyth, it will be up to her now to help herself.  Fighting Lauren!!! We believe in you.

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