Photo taken on 12 Nov 2012 (Ashley at 7y 5m)
It’s been awhile since I wrote a post on Ashley’s development milestones but thought I’d write about it in this post.
What can I say? Ashley’s a tough cookie. She survived Std 1 in a chinese primary school. Yes I know, thousands of others did too. With her though, at least for now, I know that she’d be able to survive in a chinese school for the next 1-2 years. We’ve heard lots of horror stories about how the teachers were in a perpetual state of PMS but thankfully, her class teacher is a very nice lady, strict at times but very reasonable.
Ashley doesn’t let anyone boss her around (except for me ). Truth be told, she is the one who bosses everyone around and I can’t help but to think that she inherited this bossiness from me
She’s independent, stubborn as a mule at times and really knows what she wants and when she sets her mind on something, nothing or no one can get in her way.
She’s feisty and will put up a fight when she is at a disadvantage.
She loves speaking in Mandarin. In fact, she’s much better at it compared to me. At times, she’d insist that we converse in Mandarin. It’s like our thing – A mother-daughter thing because Aidan doesn’t know how to speak in Mandarin (although he has started learning the language).
She’s becoming more self sufficient in carrying out her daily routines with less supervision but rather more guidance and reminders. I noticed also that she dislikes us making telling her what to do. She’d rather make her own decisions and we let her as long as it’s within her boundaries.
She is able to read independently which has opened up a whole new world for her. Although she can read on her own, she still likes to snuggle next to us during bedtime and have us read to her.
I also encourage the kids to pen down their thoughts as often as possible and Ashley has been doing just that. She’s able to write a short paragraph of her activities of the day.
She started cycling without her trainer wheels a couple of month’s back and she has felt liberated since then.
She loves to try out new food. She challenges herself to have some curry each time it’s served on the table.
She loves to play dress up at home! (She reminds me of myself when I was her age!)
She loves her brother to bits although she may not want to admit it.
She has an active imagination – always engaging in pretend plays with Aidan. One moment they are playing teacher-teacher and the next, they’d pretend to be on a bus going on an excursion and the next moment, they’d be on a safari.
8 of her milk teeth have come out. Her two front teeth are huge and I call her Bugsy - short for Bugs Bunny
She loves sweets.
She dislikes chocolates.
She loves her Barbie Dolls.
..And she still believe in tooth fairies.
Can I press the pause button already???