Finally, the much awaited day, when Pari is done with her annual exams is here. Annual exams for a five-year-old shouldn’t mean too much, but given that she had a painful spell of illness just before the exams, the past month has been tough on her.
This reminded me that I am yet to record the hits and misses of Pari’s academic year in my School Diary (which I just noted hasn’t been updated for almost a year. Oh dear!)
Talking about the annual review exams in kindergarten, I am aware that there are many CBSE schools across the country that do not have these tests until grade two. My nephew and niece study in one such school and this makes my kid feel as if she’s been unduly burdened despite being a sincere kid.
Having sat for such exams as a child, honestly speaking, I see no harm in them. On the contrary, I loved watching Pari work hard to perform well in the exams. Though I frequently meet parents who can’t stop complaining how much syllabus is covered even in kindergarten classes, I somehow feel, it was quite the same when I was a kid.
With the exams done with and the result still, a good week away, lets’ focus on all that I have been up to while preparing for the 20-day school break that commenced yesterday.
I love buying book sets for Pari instead of picking single titles for the sheer convenience of having a treasure of books ready to be picked without delay. Plus the added joy of massive savings when I buy the entire series together is often too good to miss.
The Amar Chitra Katha Collection along with the set of gems by Julia Donaldson have been keeping my child busy for almost 3 years now. Pari is a huge fan of these books, having had them read and re-read over twenty times, she has now graduated to reading them on her own.
In the meantime, the over-enthusiastic books hoarder mother in me has already bought the Enid Blyton Star Read Series and Roald Dahl’s Scrumdidlyumptious Story Collection for her child who is just beginning to read the paragraphs. Though Pari yet can’t read these on her own, I’m having a good time reading them myself and to her.
I recently chanced upon a newly released book set that has been delivered at my doorstep just an hour ago. I’m planning to talk about it at length in a separate post (as it contains 15+ books) because it isn’t all about story books but also has a variety of activity books too. I’m hoping this set shall keep Pari occupied enough to give me time to work at peace.
The severe gastrointestinal infection that had left Pari in agony might have been cured, but the dietary restrictions on what she can eat and what not, still continue. This is as much a pain for me as my child because my picky five-year-old has grown fussier than ever before.
The irony being, she enjoys eating the food served in school mess more than the food I serve at home, simply cause she doesn’t note what she’s eating when she’s eating with her friends. As the school serves healthy and nutritious snacks and lunch, it’s a blessing in disguise.
Though feeding Pari the greens haven’t been much of an issue, what I have really been struggling with is getting her to consume her daily portion of milk. Though (miraculously), things have changed on that front recently. You can read about it here.
Thankfully the scanty, unexpected rain showers in the last fortnight tempted the parting winter to stay a while longer. While I have been doing well on my resolution of staying well-hydrated all day, I have been struggling to inspire Pari to do the same. This is why, these school holidays, we are aiming at drinking at least 6 glasses of water (through the day) daily, in a competition.
Finally, after much speculation and dilly-dallying the idea of reading e-books, I have successfully read my first, 300+ page e-book. Though, how this came about to be, is rather interesting.
I had the book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King on my to-read list for over two years. One fine day, I spotted a rather tempting deal on the book sitting on my Amazon wish list. The paperback was available at a whopping 55% off. Without a second thought, I ordered it.
The book arrived on my doorstep within two days and as I was about to open its cellophane packaging I noticed something disturbing. The book that I had bought at an irresistible deal for Rs. 425 had a publisher label (dated 30 days ago) stating the MRP of the book was Rs. 300.
My heart sank. On first instinct, I wanted to shoo away any thoughts of reporting this incident to Amazon India and start reading the book immediately. However, I decided otherwise. Long story short, nothing came out of my getting in touch with Amazon India and I decided to return the book, which thankfully, yet had an intact cellophane packaging. Though I received an instant refund on returning the book, this brought me back to square one.
I was left without reading the book I desperately wanted to read which was no-where available at Rs. 300 and was unavailable in my small town. A few days later, I noted that the Kindle edition of the book was available for Rs. 272. I hesitated, worrying if I’ll be able to read a book with 300+ pages on the kindle app. Thankfully, the indecision didn’t last longer than 10 minutes and in the 11th minute, I was busy reading the book on my iPad.
E-books are definitely an effective way of cutting down the cost of reading, especially when you don’t have an access to a good library, like yours truly.
I’m happy to report that while I am loving this new-found way of reading books, I am still toying with the idea of investing in a Kindle. Don’t get me wrong, though I love everything about the Kindle, I cannot make myself overlook the possibility of gazing at a screen for long hours.
As I have been consciously working at reducing my screen time, buying a Kindle simply doesn’t seem right. Moreover, I don’t want Pari to be diverted from her new-found love of reading paper books. Till the dilemma lasts, the kindle app is going to help explore the various aspects of reading books on screen, most impressive being an easy access to the dictionary and Wikipedia and highlighting my favorite parts of the book without actually ruining it.
This year, I have decided against taking up the April A to Z Challenge but I have something else (an experiment that’ll force me to step out of my comfort zone) planned for the rest of the year. This time, I am going to hold back from making any announcements till I actually implement my plan on the blog.
And lastly, my sleepless nights are back. I sleep on my scheduled time but somewhere around 2 to 3 am, I wake up with a burning desire to write or to read. Initially, I tried resisting the urge to wake up so early, but these days, when the muse pays me a visit, I just write or read as the case may be.
I tried but couldn’t squeeze in all I wanted to say in this post. Looks like it’s time to get all the posts with further details written before I lose the motivation or my train of thoughts.
While I write, I’d love to know what have you been up to and if you’ve got young children, what are your plans for upcoming school holidays.
The song on my mind: Ye raatein nayi purani ~ Julie (1975)