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On a Saturday morning, while children were happily playing chasing game in a room, a mother was standing at the door smiling as she looked at her tall slim daughter who was wearing a black blouse and pants, her name is Yili (Pseudonym).
This year, Yili is standard 4, she had been attending Love Companionship Class for three years, her older sister is also student of Love Companionship Class. They are raised by single parent, their mother works as a saleswoman, she doesn’t have a fix income. Few years ago, the mother moved from another place to Puchong together with her daughters, she applied for school transferred. When the teacher at the new school found out about their family condition, she introduced them to Love Companionship Class. Thus, both of them joined Companionship Class. However, Yili was very reluctant …
“When she just joined us, she often threw tantrum, she would get upset from morning till almost lunch time.” Love Companionship Class main teacher in-charge Sis. Siew Mei Ling shared openly. During the early period when Yili just joined Companionship Class, many people felt uncomfortable and disturbed due to her bad temper. When things did not go according to her ways, she would immediately give you a “sour face”, screaming and threw tantrum in class, or she would cry quietly at a corner. However, she would be ignored by the teachers because there were other students who they need to attend to. She would always end up with Ps. Evelyn Ting leading her out of the classroom to calm her down. Fortunately, Yili’s temper “comes like the wind, and goes like the wind too”. When she calmed down, she would quickly put those unhappy thoughts behind her.
The mother explained, actually Yili would only showed her temper, when she is at Companionship Class or with people that is close to her. “When this child comes to Companionship class, she felt that she found a place to release her emotion, because she is not afraid of the teachers here, so she would show her temper. This is something very natural. When she is at home, she always shows her temper at us.” Companionship Class teachers and Yili’s mother realized that looking at her present condition, they can’t be hard on her, they resorted not to use physical punishment on her. Yili’s mother shared that usually she would wait until Yili is calmer, then only she would talk to her.
Other than bad temper, Yili always chooses to avoid dealing with things, she would refuse to go for classes. Yili’s grade is above average, yet she couldn’t go beyond that point, especially in her very common “zero marks” spelling result. This caused Yili who has strong self-esteem to become very guilty, it had become a tremendous stress to her, this has been the reason that she refused to deal with the issues. She refused to attend school, the mother got worried and sent her for tuition, because of their financial limitation and Yili’s grade was not so bad, so she just put it aside.
When Yili joined Companionship Class, the teachers taught her how to control her negative emotions, she gradually decreased her number of temper outburst. Teacher Mei Ling felt relieved, as the duration of Yili’s temper outburst has gradually reduced, she could settle down her negative emotion in 15 minutes’ and then continue to do her homework.
Besides this, the Companionship Class’s teacher found a suitable way for her to learn; her spelling grade finally broke the “zero marks” record. Once her spelling improved, she became more keen to learn, and now she loves schooling, sometimes, she could even score up to 100 marks. Being an active child with strong social skills, now she can mingle well with the students in the Companionship Class, and makes lots of friends.
Yili loves to attend Companionship Class, she would always share with her mother happenings in the Companionship Class.
Other than the weekdays from Monday to Friday, she also attends their Saturday “Grow Up Happily Class” where she learns drawings. On Sunday, she will attend the Sunday School.
Witnessing how Yili has grew and transformed, her mother felt grateful towards the Companionship Class for providing room for her to grow. She knows that Yili still has a lot of rooms for improvement, and she wishes that she can continue to breakthrough in every area of her life.