Friday, April 22, 2011

Kaylene's first & second stage swimming test

Kay started her swim lessons when she was about 3.5 years old. She stopped the lessons when we had to leave Singapore for half a year. In Sept last year, we started her swimming lessons again and half a year later, she was ready for her first & second stage swimming test, as indicated by her swimming instructor.

So as i found out from some of Kay's swim mates' parents, they had dangled a reward for their kids for passing the test. My Kay was just happy when I told her that her friends will be taking the test together. I was indeed relieved that she was motivated in a non-materialistic way. Furthermore, I'm not that a thoughtful mum in the area of material rewarding and why initiate it when she don't seems to need it!

 9am at our condo's pool. Kaylene and her friends warming up and playing in the pool while waiting for the test to begin. Kaylene was so anxious when she saw so many other kids and parents at the pool

Kay's swimming instructor briefing all the kids on the items for the test.

 The kids' 1st item was to perform a step in to the pool. The pool is 1.2m deep. Kay was second in line in the pic and i think she was the smallest amongst the kids.

 She had finished her 2nd item 'dive in and pick up pebble from the bottom of pool' and relaxing at the side.

For her 3rd test item, she had to put on her pyjamas and swim 25metres. It was the most tiring item but she made it.

All the kids in pyjamas waiting. So cute! My kay was still nervous about the crowd as I noticed she was biting her nails a lot.

They had wearing life jacket and floating skills for the 4th and 5th items subsequently. The above was the 6th and last item, the theory test. Kay was biting her nails again!

I was very proud of her and glad she enjoyed herself during the test. Still, like I said before in my previous posts, I hope she'll grow out of her anxiety soon.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Visit to Sengkang Fire Station

Our Saturday morning : After Kaylene's morning swimming lesson and the showers, we took a stroll to the nearest Fire station, just about a 10min walk away. We have put the visit at the back of our minds and waited for a Saturday when there is no art lesson for kaylene. 

The fire station opens for visits every saturday 9-11am. We were there at about 10.30am and after exchanging our NRIC for a visitor's pass, a friendly fireman greeted us and showed us around the ground level of the station. The kids were given a plastic made fireman's hat as souvenir.

Kaylene was apprehensive in holding the hose when the fireman offered to let her hold but I knew she enjoyed the moment when she held it with daddy.

The fireman warned the kids not to do this at the playground. Exactly what i wanted to tell Kaylene as she has always been attempting to jump up the playground's pole and pretend to slide down, even though she was just maybe 30cm up the pole!

 The water mist spray

Marilyn monroe lookalike dress?
anyway, we were glad the kids get to see different types of fire engines, though they couldn't keep still to listen much to the fireman's description and explanation.

maybe we will visit the fire station again in another 3 yrs time for her.