Parent Visit Day at Kindergarten


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After 運動会 (undokai -> sports festival) and 園外保育 (engai hoiku -> spending one day for going out of the school) last month, in November we have two important things to do as kindergartener’s parents: #保育参観 (hoiku sankan -> observing kid at school) and 個人面談 (kojin mendan -> personal interview). … TODAY (11/5) was the hoiku sankan day. To make it simple, let’s called it “parent visit” instead 😆 I happened to see #musaromas’ recent works on the wall. … Kunjungan orang tua ke sekolah ini fokus utamanya agar ortu tahu bagaimana perilaku anaknya dalam berinteraksi dengan guru dan temannya, makanya di form yg dikasih (gbr no. 2) ada checklist sikap apa yg benar saat: ★ berada di kelas mendengarkan instruksi guru ★ bermain bebas dengan teman (mau pinjam mainan atau minjemin mainan) ★ mendapat kesulitan atau selesai mengerjakan sesuatu .. Misalnya, sikap duduk manis ala Jepang harusnya kedua tangan diletakkan di atas lutut (paha sih sebenarnya), punggung harus tegak, dan nggak boleh naruh siku di meja. Nah, itu ortu disuruh amatin, anaknya udah bener belum 😆 .. Untuk kelas nensho (nol kecil) hari ini jadwal main di halaman sekolah, jadi para ortu diminta ke lantai atas dulu sambil lihat anaknya. Musa main ayunan mau nunggu temannya beres, gambar di tanah sm guru, dan mobil-mobilan dmn anak-anak gede ngerubung doi minta ganti setir tapi doi lempeng tak bergeming, pantes pernah berantem di situ (spot favorit anak cowok) 😅. .. Ketika masuk kelas, terjadilah drama. Musa berpikir emaknya bakal nemenin + ngobrol sm doi, pdhl aturannya kan hanya “mengamati”, nggak boleh bantu jg saat mereka beraktivitas di kelas. Sesi opening (nyanyi, absensi, salam pagi) masih oke, AMAZED sendiri lihat Musa bisa ngikutin (dulu kan cupu bgt br awal masuk TK). Habis itulah doi nengok2 ke belakang tempat para mama berdiri. “I wanna go to Mama” – nyeletuk pake English! Wkwk. Setelah itu, anaknya mewek terus nggak mau ngerjain tugas dr sensei smp Mama pulang. Sensei-nya bilang “kenapa Musa? kan biasanya senyum terus?”. Kirain justru happy ada Mama di kelas.. duh, pengennya kan bangga krn anakku pinter aku tuh, malah melempem 😂 … Pulang sekolah kaya nggak ada apa-apa, bento-nya jg habis 🤣

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Welcome to the World, Baby M!


#ea5512 Please welcome baby M to the world and pray for God’s blessings in his life:

★ Musa Ajyadi Romas ★

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA – May 8, 2015 2.26 AM – 6lb 4.3oz (2.8 kg) 20″6′ (52.4 cm)

The first name “Musa” was founded Sept 21, 2012 on the way to Hokkaido, Japan where we had our first honeymoon. It’s inspired from the word “musashi” (武蔵 –> 武 –> 武者 = warrior). It’s also a Messenger’s name of Islam, Moses (Musa is spelling in Arabic / Bahasa Indonesia) who had important role in saving mankind from arrogant Pharaoh of Egypt. We love this name because of simplicity and strong representation of bravery. We hope baby M grows up to be a brave man in the way of righteousness just like warrior or Prophet Moses.

MUSA as combination of “Michigan” and “USA” is also nice to remember anyway :))

The last name “Romas” is determining since our wedding May 5, 2012. Taken from Aisar’s last name, passed down from generation to generation for male descendants in his family, we hope this given name inspires baby M to make big impact for the society like his great-grandparents (ROMlah-ASyari), who have successfully built a family social business on Islamic education.

The middle name “Ajyadi” was decided just few minutes after baby M’s birth. It’s taken from one of the gates name in Masjid Al-Haram, the holiest worship place for Muslim. We had favorite spot to pray nearby “Ajyad gate” during hajj journey in Oct 2013 where we tirelessly asked for God to give us this baby boy 🙂 In Arabic, “ajyad” can be variant names of “ajiad” which means noble or from the word “jayyid” which means good. We hope baby M lives his life as that way, not only good but also noble.

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Another #ea5512 story.. I cannot stop thinking about what my husband’s supervisor said yesterday. In our journey of pursuing graduate study, I think both of us are lucky to have professors who really care and understand about our life as a family. Three years ago, when I was about to start writing my thesis and opening new academic year, I had to go home country for preparing my wedding. It was hard to say to my professor that I need err.. two months, including a month off of my lectures and lab meetings with him 😀 He was surprised at the beginning when I was telling him my plan, but then he supported and permitted me to present my thesis progress every week via Skype during my stay in Indonesia. I felt so relieved and was very thankful to be his student. When I went back to Japan after my wedding, he and another professor in the same lab even gave me a lovely wedding gift and big congratulation. Yesterday was Aisar’s turn to be kindly treated by his professor. We have known him as a nice person indeed, even before coming to Ann Arbor. He’s the one who helped Aisar got his application to UM goal. He offered another job to Aisar for internship during summer vacation, but he asked first when Aisar will be able to begin the work since he knows that we are going to have baby soon. Aisar said one month after our baby is born will be okay (means mid of June). However, I’m sure Aisar didn’t expect that he would say: “Is there any of your family coming to help you and your wife?” (the answer is none, of course) “Oh, no.. no.. you’ll be busy FOR MONTHS! I think you’re underestimating the home works as a new parent.” Hahaha.. Slap! I’m really happy Aisar’s professor implicitly ‘taught’ fatherhood to him in such way 😛 Thanks, Sir! *photo: preparing homemade baby mobile*
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