Her less than 40sec moment of fame....Twinkle2 little star....tadaaaa ;)
She has progressed quite a bit with the violin. There was a point when I had my doubts. Especially when she first started last year. Even the teacher thought she should change instrument. Maybe piano would be easier to master. I am so glad we persist and pursue. The problem with her at school is there are too many students taking up violin. And naturally, Emily will withdraw and drift away and get left behind. And I don't think she clicked so well with the 1st tutor. She only showed progress (as in I saw her practising more at home) when she started having lesson with Ms Yeoh. So I was quite upset when we cannot afford to continue with Ms Yeoh this year as her fees has gone up 3x to match her qualifications. (I can still remember Onn rolling his eyes with an adamant NOoooooo!! ;P)
But we have been very lucky. "We" as in me n her. Although moi can't play any instrument, and read any single musical notes...I am really pushing for this coz I want Emily to find her strength in something. My theory is once she find her strength in something, her confidence will improve, and of course this will eventually spill over to her academic performance. But it's a long shot. And not easy for me to convince my Finance Minister. Onn is more reluctant due to the expenses. But what the heck lah kaaannnnnn??
Okay back to the lucky story. Lucky she chose, and stick to violin instead of other instruments. Coz with violin she can perform. It gives her a platform. And it let her shine on her own, out from Luq, Hajar and Medina's shadows. Which is a herculean task for her. When she won the competition last year, I was so shocked...though it's only beginner's level, but I never expect she will win anything. And she's so proud of herself...much to the ire of the elder sister ;) But it also makes me realize I have underestimated her capabilities. I was so overwhelmed with her dyslexia that I didn't realize I can push her to get the best out of her.
And she is very lucky to go to a school that acknowledge she learn differently. This was her year end school concert last year. See how happy she is?? :-)
Today she came back from school and told me she got 52% for BM. Whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!! That was EXCELLENT for me n her okayyyy. Usually she will never pass anything...coz she usually submit almost an empty test paper. But thanks to Amy Chua...hahaha...I have been drilling her a bit last week to prepare for the exam this week. And walllaaaa...the result seems to concur with the tiger mommy kan?? kannn??? hahaha....but seriously it's so painful. There is so much work to do coz u literally have to teach her everything again, and again, and againnnn. I realized that for me to help increase her self esteem and confidence is for her to succeed. And for her to succeed she have to be ahead of the class....coz she takes longer time to understand stuffs.....no last minute studying. She will just shut down. Just pray I have the patience, and enough will power to continue. Who says being a mother is easy right? Happy weekend ;-)