It has been a month, since the summer holidays had begun for my kids. They were just waiting for the holidays while at school, preparing for exams, and shuttling between school, other classes and home. I was worrying as to how to engage them during the two month period.
One thing is that everyday they have to travel to their maternal grandparents’ house at Tambaram Sanatorium in the morning and later in the evening, travel back home to Kodambakkam.
Their day starts at 5:00 a.m.!!(Romba too much, to wake them up at that odd morning hours!!). But, their cricket coaching class begins at 5:50 a.m. So, we are justified to wake up at 5:00 to get ready for the class. The class ends around 8:20 a.m. and I would be there at some random time between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. to pick them up. Most of the days, their breakfast would be the routine mummy-made idlis/dosas/alu parathas/sandwiches. Karthik would be the one who rebels against home-cooked food, and somehow convince me to take them to the near by Data Udupi Hotel, at least once a week. We then drive to Tambaram Sanatorium.
The kids reach there, take bath, go for their Hindi class. It was my idea that they should attend Hindi classes during this vacation, because Vignesh will be having a three language formula from June, when he goes for his sixth standard class, and heard that the portions are heavier. Since, they do not know the language, I thought, he will feel at ease, at school, if he attends the Basic Hindi class during holidays.
Around 12 noon they are back from class, and have a leisurely lunch cooked by their dear Paati. During the course of the lunch session itself, their friends nearby turn up looking out for Vignesh and Karthik. Inspite of my father yelling at them to finish their lunch, Karthik would somehow hurriedly finish lunch and leave with friends to play cricket in the hot sun. They play for an hour or two.
They have their evening classes either Keyboard for Vignesh or Mridangam for Karthik, followed by drawing class for both of them. This routine is on only Tuesdays and Thursdays. So, we rush back to their classes and then head towards home. Again, back at our flat complex, they would have a different set of friends, and will continue to play for sometime.
Back home, I will be behind them until they start their routine ritual of doing Sandhyavandanam. Karthik will play with his paternal grandfather, a series of Chinese checkers games, and Vignesh would while away his time, by having a chit-chat with his paternal grandmother or watch TV.
Dinner at 8 or 8:30 p.m. followed by Airtel Super Singer Junior Two, and a final round of eating mangoes, the kids are off to sleep around 10:00 or 10:30 p.m. so that they can wake up early the next morning!!!
Holidays are hectic than their school days!!!
Hey, forgot to mention the list of homework for my elder one, who graduates from fifth to sixth standard:
- A booklet on UNO and its functioning
- A mini pocket dictionary with at least 10 words for each alphabet
- A scrap book on Aquatic Animals (A-Z)
- A booklet on India – important cities, culture, heritage, and places of interest
- Math Ready reckoner for area and perimeter of certain shapes
- Multiplication tables upto 20
Vignesh, is yet to start his holiday homework. Hope he completes at least half of what is said!!!