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Postby chixchix » Thu Oct 14, 2010 10:00 pm

Hii all ,my boy is 5 plus now and he has been in PCF Hongka since this year in K1.

My older boy who is in P1 now spent 2 years in MMI.

Now there's been a few things that I am not liking in PC,their syllabus.firstly
their syllabus is way toooo slow,and the Chinese and Malay kids only get to see each other maybe the first 2 -3 hours after which they are split up.
Comparing syllabus, I felt that my older boy was taught much more things in MMI.

I want to pull out my younger one from PCF, and put him in Montessori for K2. My hubby feels that what I am going to do is wrong.

But I feel that it will be beneficial for my son.

Please advise parents what should I do.

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Postby jce » Thu Oct 14, 2010 10:53 pm

chixchix, was your boy ok adapting to P1? I know of some who attended Montessori kindergartens who found it difficult to adapt. As for PCF, I think they will step up the teaching at some point as they are known to prepare kids academically for primary school. I think what is more important here is, the teachers. Whether opting for a montessori or traditional kindergarten, teachers who carry out the programme is important. A good programme given to a mediocre teacher will turn out mediocre, but a mediocre programme given to a good teacher will turn out good, that's my take.

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Postby jedamum » Fri Oct 15, 2010 11:53 am

Hm...why would you have chosen PCF in the first place after your ds1 went to MMI and you have no complaints? my ds1 was in PCF (BukitBatok), and i send my ds2 to a church kindie - weak syllabus is one of my concern. is PCF Hongkah a Childcare or regular kindergarten?

As K1 is already coming to an end, your ds2 will have to spend next year finding new friends and be familiarize with the surroundings and then the following year, P1 another big change; so many changes for a little boy, you have to assess if he is flexible to such changes. Since pcf fees is substantially cheaper than MMI, you may want to use that 'difference' to top up with external enrichment. then you can use your experience with ds1 and teach ds2 if you have the time to bridge the 'learning gap'.

MHO.

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Postby chixchix » Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:04 pm

HI thanks for the reply. My older boy couldnt get used to P1 life early this year. Its only now that he seems settled.

The younger one was going to MMI initially with hs brother but always cried and refused to go, cos he didnt like the teacher and she seemed to be hitting the kids at times. I guess he got afraid.

When I pulled him out and put to PCF, then he loves going to school. Since his school is in the afternoon, I send him to Maths Enrichment at MMI on saturdays. On fridays he goes for Grammar lessons.


I guess I will just leave him alone then.

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Postby jedamum » Fri Oct 15, 2010 9:32 pm

chixchix wrote:HI thanks for the reply. My older boy couldnt get used to P1 life early this year. Its only now that he seems settled.

The younger one was going to MMI initially with hs brother but always cried and refused to go, cos he didnt like the teacher and she seemed to be hitting the kids at times. I guess he got afraid.

When I pulled him out and put to PCF, then he loves going to school. Since his school is in the afternoon, I send him to Maths Enrichment at MMI on saturdays. On fridays he goes for Grammar lessons.


I guess I will just leave him alone then.

chix chix,
your ds2 is like my ds1 previously. my ds1 was going to MMI twice weekly workgroup initially, but always cried and refused to go; he was scared of the teacher who threatened to lock kids in the store room with the rats. :roll:
he loved going to his pcf. i sent him for MMI math enrichment on weekends and berries too to supplement his pcf's weak curriculum. he also attended pcf's phonics enrichment with external vendor (cheap but i find the standard so-so only).
good thing for you is that you have ds1's experience so more or less you know when ds2 should learn what before P1. :wink:
all the best. :)

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Postby Hifive » Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:27 am

Hi jedamum

sorry to tap on this thread for the following:

The child is in nursery (3-hr programme)in a kindy, however his parents felt that the kindy is not covering sufficiently in terms of academic. Fee is $200+ per month (which is not consider cheap). And the kindy is focusing too much on their year end concert that they spent quite a lot of time during this last term lesson time for practises and rehearsals.

However, the child enjoys going to school because the kindy is spacious and has their own playground.

So in this case, what should this parent do?

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Postby jedamum » Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:57 pm

Hifive wrote:Hi jedamum

sorry to tap on this thread for the following:

The child is in nursery (3-hr programme)in a kindy, however his parents felt that the kindy is not covering sufficiently in terms of academic. Fee is $200+ per month (which is not consider cheap). And the kindy is focusing too much on their year end concert that they spent quite a lot of time during this last term lesson time for practises and rehearsals.

However, the child enjoys going to school because the kindy is spacious and has their own playground.

So in this case, what should this parent do?

Hi Hifive,
some parents (who prefers playbased learning) may not agree with me (who prefers academic-driven school), but if i am in that parents' shoes, i will switch kindy only if i have find a better alternative. and i have to do it fast. once the kid goes on to end of K1, it will be pretty disruptive to have a change of environment.
but then again, the parents have to first find out if the curriculum is really that weak or that the sch lets the Nursery students spend more time on Concert while the Kindergarten level students focus more on academic.
JMHO.

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Postby Hifive » Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:12 pm

Hi jedamum

Thanks for your advice!
Actually my friend recently discussed this issue with me and my advice was also for her to change her child's kindy, reason being that her child has 2 more years to go and K1 and K2 are very important for the child to build foundation academically before P1.
Will let my friend know about your advice and thanks again for your help.

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Postby jedamum » Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:28 pm

lolz. not advice la. :oops: JMHO nia. :wink:
it will be good for your friend to speak to some of the parents with kids from K1/K2 level; they may be able to give a better insight about the curriculum at kindergarten level as some preschools feel that prenursery and nursery level only needs to learn how to socialise (if the preschool has been around for quite some time, the curriculum is pretty much set).
MHOA. :wink:

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Postby Piggy_mummy » Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:34 pm

hi,

i have my concern, my boy PN1, 3yo is w church kindy 3hr, but i fd he din learn much. so shortlisted MMI or MRC, but both very academic :)

do u think at such age 3yo, shd olay more(church) or academic? i went to MRC, if my son is k1,i may put him there, table sitting, academic, high standard.

MM1--at vista point, i heard many comment that mont kid cant get use to p1, y huh? coz the mmi at vista point that i went, very academic leh..the teacher ensure me that their student well prepared ti p2, and my ex neighbor gal w mmi, he said very high standard.in that case, y cant get use to p1 leh?



need ur advise, thanks

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