Enrichment class for a K1 kid

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Enrichment class for a K1 kid

Postby Lingbel » Sat May 15, 2010 10:34 pm

Hi
Is it OK to sign up my girl for many enrichment classes before she attend primary school. Am i too KS.

She is now in ChildCare (K1) and during evening, I let her attend 1 - 2 hrs of enrichment class daily (start from 7pm - 9pm), plus every weekend morning. am I too KS?

Weekday evening :
Mon - Phonics
Tues - Abacus
Wed - Chinese
Thursday - Music
Friday - Abacus

Weekend morning ;
Sat - Swimming
Sun - Right Brain Stimulation Program

:oops:

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Postby Guest » Sat May 15, 2010 10:49 pm

Maybe you should find a childcare that provides some of these enrichment so that your child need not do extended hours of enrichment in the evening.

Since young my child sleeps early so class until 9pm is not within view for us. If we are out after 9pm, that would be an exception than a norm. In fact, I find it a common sight to see preschool children out on the streets after 9pm. Also at this age, children are still prone to sickness as they have not built up resistance yet. So if you end up missing classes, you will never have time to do any make-up class if the schedule is so packed.

Your concerns about picking some of the academic skills listed are valid eg. Chinese, Phonics, Abacus but you need to pace it at the right pace for your child.

A tired child will make your investment in all these learning counter-productive.
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Postby auntieM » Sat May 15, 2010 11:21 pm

:!: No offence, but your list is pretty scary indeed?
Perhaps you can consider granting her an off day.. ..
I'm sure you want a happy and healthy kiddo :wink:

Juz me 2 cents

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Postby cnimed » Sat May 15, 2010 11:38 pm

Er, what about time with family?
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Postby minnie2004 » Sat May 15, 2010 11:41 pm

I think daily enrichment class from 7-9pm is too much. If I were you, I'd cut the phonics (which will be taught in school anyway) and 1 session of abacus. Also, is she in full-day childcare? If that's the case, the schedule seems too tiring for her. If it's only half day, then it's better to move the enrichment classes to daytime. As ksi mentioned, it's not healthy for the kids to go to bed so late.

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Postby auntieM » Sat May 15, 2010 11:56 pm

My friend did this to her DS and had home tutor almost daily since N2.. ..
You wouldn't want to know how the poor boy turn out in detail.. ..totally hates school and all! He is P4 this year and daddy is planning his education overseas liao :( .

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Postby Lingbel » Sun May 16, 2010 10:15 pm

Hi All
Dun worry, how would I get offended. Even the parents claim themselves KS, says this is scary, this must really be scary. Thank U all for the advise :D

At present my girl program is as follow :
Monday - Phonics (7pm - 8pm)
Wednesday - Chinese (7.30pm - 9pm)
Sun (Right Brain Stimulaton program (9am - 10am)

Music
My girl had been telling me she really wanted to learn Piano like her friend, and because she is never explore to Music B4, thats why I wanted to let her try.
Abacus
my mum keep telling me Abacus is very good for children and the school that her friend recomend (CMA), the teacher had strongly recomended 2 times a week for her 1st timer young students.
Swimming
I feel my girl need some lungs excercise that why i thought I as well start her early with swimming lesson, the swimming pool, which is just 10min drive away from my house offer swimming lesson for 2 years old as well, thats why I am think to let my son (didi) start play with water together with jie jie.

With the above feedback, what do U think if I delay the swimming and cut down just once Abacus. Do U all think its OK with the schedule below;

Monday - Phonics (7pm - 8pm)
Wednesday - Chinese (7.30pm - 9pm)
Friday - Music (7pm - 8pm)
Sat - Abacus (9.30am - 11am)
Sun (Right Brain Stimulaton program (9am - 10am)- I actually wanted to stop, but my girl she really like this as one of her best friend is in this class and she always like to stick with this little girl), if 1 day the girl stop going to the school, I may stop bringing her there :oops:

I hope the above schedule is OK for her? Please let me know what U think. Feel free to comments

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Postby titank » Sun May 16, 2010 10:34 pm

Dear Madam,

Just my 2 cents worth of opinion. If for me, I would put the phonics & chinese on a weekend. Music remain to continue on Friday & then scrap off the abacus & right brain stimulation program.

Imagine your child had an exhausted day in CC & have to proceed on with enrichment from 7pm which I wonder whether can the child have the energy to absorb?

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Postby sleepy » Sun May 16, 2010 10:45 pm

Lingbel wrote:Monday - Phonics (7pm - 8pm)
Wednesday - Chinese (7.30pm - 9pm)
Friday - Music (7pm - 8pm)
Sat - Abacus (9.30am - 11am)
Sun (Right Brain Stimulaton program (9am - 10am)-
I hope the above schedule is OK for her? Please let me know what U think. Feel free to comments



My dd used to attend many enrichments. Started her in Chinese /gymnastics at 3yo, abacus at 3.5yo, arts/phonics at 4yo, piano/ballet at 5yo.

However, she's not attending any preschool between age 3 to 4 yo. Hence having so having so many enrichments is fine for her since the enrichment hours are relatively short and only once a week for each type of enrichment. She started kindergarten in K1. Only 3 hours so her afternoons are quite idle. There's absolutely no classes in the evenings.

By the way, I scaled down her enrichments by end of K1 since she's sufficiently prepared. From K2 onwards, she's only attending arts & piano. Introduce hanyu pinyin recently, a temporary arrangement since it's not taught in her kindergarten

Personally, I prefer enrichments because each center is specialised in its subject area. If you wish to continue with so many enrichments, perhaps you should consider switching her to a 3 hours kindergarten instead. Not so tiring

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Postby kids_r_innocent » Sun May 16, 2010 11:53 pm

Lingbel wrote:With the above feedback, what do U think if I delay the swimming and cut down just once Abacus. Do U all think its OK with the schedule below;

Monday - Phonics (7pm - 8pm)
Wednesday - Chinese (7.30pm - 9pm)
Friday - Music (7pm - 8pm)
Sat - Abacus (9.30am - 11am)
Sun (Right Brain Stimulaton program (9am - 10am)- I actually wanted to stop, but my girl she really like this as one of her best friend is in this class and she always like to stick with this little girl), if 1 day the girl stop going to the school, I may stop bringing her there :oops:

I hope the above schedule is OK for her? Please let me know what U think. Feel free to comments


Wow... in my opinion, the schedule seems packed.

For my K1 gal, she has abt 3 enrichment lessons, and she is oreadi tinking tats too many for her. Did you discuss with your gal on the classes? Normally a K1 kid would be able to voice her likes and dislikes. :wink:

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