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is there a kindergarten for gifted kids in singapore?

Postby Janicetan0 » Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:24 pm

My child finds k1 boring and according to her teachers, are very distracted in class. My daughter has been coming home complaining of her boredom and that she has no friends in school. I took this lightly and had been cajoling her to enjoy school. However, the complaints continued. I then started to talk to her teachers who told me she knows her schoolwork, but does not want to do it. Instead she walks around the class and observes everyone else.

It was then that I took her seriously and sent her to a psychologist. It was then that we found out that my child's iq was very above average. And apparently the reason why she has no friends is because of her more evolved maturity level. I am concerned fory daughters well being in school and especially do not want her to become disengaged because everything is so easy for her.

I have just started her on one class of math enrichment and tried doing some activity books with her at home. However, this appears to be trying process due to the class schedules anf her sleep time. Prior to this, I had never sent her for enrichment, nor have I do any schoolwork with her at home. I am now hoping to find a kindergarten that can keep her boredom at bay but not stress her with on the academic side of things.

Is there a kindergarten in Singapore or anywhere in the world that caters for such kids? Rather than her feeling bored in kindergarten, would it be advisable just to send her to enrichment classes so that she has more play time and sleep time? Anyone with some advice or who has a similar problem with a solution to share?

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is there a kindergarten for gifted or more advanced kids?

Postby Janicetan0 » Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:24 pm

My child finds k1 boring and according to her teachers, are very distracted in class. My daughter has been coming home complaining of her boredom and that she has no friends in school. I took this lightly and had been cajoling her to enjoy school. However, the complaints continued. I then started to talk to her teachers who told me she knows her schoolwork, but does not want to do it. Instead she walks around the class and observes everyone else.

It was then that I took her seriously and sent her to a psychologist. We found out then that my child's iq was very above average. And apparently the reason why she has no friends is because of her more evolved maturity level. I am concerned for my daughter's well being in school and especially do not want her to become disengaged because everything is so easy for her. I am beginning to actually think that my child is quite bright, looking back at all the things she has done and the kind of humor she wields. Used to think she was just defiant or that things were just a coincidence.

I have just started her on one class of math enrichment and tried doing some activity books with her at home. However, this appears to be trying process due to the class schedules and her afternoon sleep time. Prior to this, I had never sent her for any enrichment, nor have I done any schoolwork with her at home. I am now hoping to find a kindergarten that can keep her boredom at bay but not stress her on the academic side of things, so that she can have the play and sleep time.

Is there a kindergarten in Singapore or anywhere in the world that caters for such kids? Rather than her feeling bored in kindergarten, would it be advisable just to send her to enrichment classes so that she has more play time and sleep time? Anyone with some advice or who has a similar problem with a solution to share?
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Re: is there a kindergarten for gifted kids in singapore?

Postby phtthp » Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:28 pm

Send her to a Montessori kindergarten, instead of those usual normal kindergarten.

Montessori will teach, according to the child's ability.
If she is an advanced kid, teacher will give her more stuff, to stretch her.
So if all her peers are doing k1 work, if she is really advanced child, teacher may stretch her, by let her attempt k2, or p1, or p2 work accordingly.
This way, she will be "challenged". She will be assessed first, see which level to kickstart her off, for eng, Maths, Chinese.

Yr child still need to attend a kindergarten.
Because us not just academic matter, but also behavior wise.
She still need to go to Kindy daily, to learn to interact socially with other kids, as well. Like learn how to share toys with others, how to be caring, responsible, etc. is not just academic matter alone, even though yr child may show signs of giftedness. As a parent, I believe you want yr child to grow up all rounded, not just only in academic issue.
Anyway, when yr child go primary school, it is a much bigger social setting.
There are more classes, compared to a kindergarten setting.
At every pmt (parents meet tr) session -
Yr child's form tr will feedback to you 2 things :-
Her social behavior in school, plus her academic progress report.

But if you send her to those normal kindergarten, yes, she will feel bored.
Because then, she will be restricted to a pre-defined curriculum set.
K1 : you must learn this, this, this.
K2 : you can only learn that.

Also when you say yr child is gifted :-
Need to be specific. Gifted in what ?
Gifted in languages (English or mother tongue), or gifted in numeracy, puzzles, patterns like Maths ?
Or gifted in all 3 subjects ?
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Re: is there a kindergarten for gifted or more advanced kids

Postby Janicetan0 » Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:42 pm

Thank you for that. Any good Montessori in the southwest that you or anyone can recommend? I am a working mum and would have to rely on the school bus to ferry her to and from school.

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Re: is there a kindergarten for gifted or more advanced kids

Postby Janicetan0 » Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:43 pm

Thank you for that. Any good Montessori in the southwest that you or anyone can recommend? I am a working mum and would have to rely on the school bus to ferry her to and from school.

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Re: is there a kindergarten for gifted or more advanced kids

Postby Janicetan0 » Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:46 pm

She gets along well with older kids and adults but somehow just ignores kids her age or younger. She will perhaps play for a while and gets bored quickly. I am not sure what her gifts are, but the psychologist tested her iq to be above average. Her motor skills appear to be lacking her intellect tho.

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Re: is there a kindergarten for gifted kids in singapore?

Postby sleepy » Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:01 pm

Janicetan0 wrote:My child finds k1 boring and according to her teachers, are very distracted in class. My daughter has been coming home complaining of her boredom and that she has no friends in school. I took this lightly and had been cajoling her to enjoy school. However, the complaints continued. I then started to talk to her teachers who told me she knows her schoolwork, but does not want to do it. Instead she walks around the class and observes everyone else.

Is there a kindergarten in Singapore or anywhere in the world that caters for such kids? Rather than her feeling bored in kindergarten, would it be advisable just to send her to enrichment classes so that she has more play time and sleep time? Anyone with some advice or who has a similar problem with a solution to share?



My dd skipped a year when she was 2 years old. Sent her to a playgroup at a montessori child care center. Teachers decided to transfer her to N1 a couple of months later. She was the youngest in N1 and N2 till I withdrawn her towards end of N2 because I didn't need childcare service anymore. I kept her home for 1 year+ beofre enrolling her in a nearby kindergarten at K1 with kids of same age.

My 2cts, academic pursuit is only one aspect in life. Knowing how to make friends goes a long long way, and is healthy for self esteem.
My dd used to be an introvert when younger so I insisted to send her to a preschool even though she's not learning much. In my opinion, preschool is a wonderful training ground to brush up social skills, to learn how to make friends easily, listen to teachers' instructions, when to keep quiet, when to talk. So it doesn't matter which kindy since I do not rely on kindy to teach her academic stuff.

She does not feel bored at all since there are other activities like crafts work, exercise, storytime, playing & chatting with friends. Those simple stuff taught in kindy, just treat as revision.

I kept her challenged by supplementing with enrichment. Kumon is a good start. It allows a child to progress at own pace rather than confined to age group. My dd was doing fraction in Kumon by 6 years old. I withdrawn her from Kumon at end of k2.

Unless you are successful in applying for level skipping in p1, you will probably face this problem again when your girl started primary school. School teachers won't be too thrilled if she walks around the classroom during lesson time. Best is help your girl to adjust to a classroom environment and teach her how to deal with boredom. Boredom is inevitable as primary school is about mass education.

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Re: is there a kindergarten for gifted kids in singapore?

Postby Janicetan0 » Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:29 am

Yes. I do agree with you. I am not trying to push her academically, but I want her to be sufficiently challenged and not feel like an odd ball in class. The problem with carrying on in this kindy would be that she continues to be distracted and disengaged and would take everything that comes her way too easily. This could be habit forming and limiting. As we are both working parents, we wanted a school that would be able to cater to her needs. We also think that play and sleep time are important to her and thus do not want to squeeze her with too many enrichment classes or home lessons. Whilst I agree that social skills are important, I feel that it may sometimes be overated for a young child. Ultimately as an adult, we choose the company we keep and usually this is based upon shared interest. It may be different if the child was engaged in school projects rather than play time. That way, there is a common thread for all the kids to be engaged. Play time does not equate to social skills, even as adults, we choose the kind of play we engage in. And perhaps for such kids, what they consider play, may not be play at all to others in the same age group.

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Re: is there a kindergarten for gifted kids in singapore?

Postby sleepy » Sun Feb 16, 2014 6:16 pm

You might wanna read up here. Some prior discussions
http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/forum ... &start=920

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Re: is there a kindergarten for gifted kids in singapore?

Postby ammonite » Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:03 pm

Hi Janice,

I do not see kindergarten as a must though opportunities to socialise is a must. Since you are a working mum, you can consider bigger Montessori schools, or a project work or play based school.

I am not sure if you had mentioned that her motor skills are lagging behind. If so, you should consider sending her to a gym class to help her in this area. This is because play and sports is a great meeting place for gifted and non gifted children and help them find friends and acceptance, as well as opportunities to hone their social skills from young. A group of five year olds will have very varied knowledge among them, but whoever can run the fastest will be the one others play with (at least for boys) However she will not enjoy a play based school if she is lagging behind in motor skills. Watch her fine motor skills as well because all these matter as they get older. There is nothing more frustrating than knowing loads but still not be able to keep up.

You may also want to help her with social skills development by hosting play dates etc. At one point I shadowed my son and pointed out all the nonverbal signs of friendship to him - smiling, running to him, giving him little presents etc - and gave him a few pointers e.g speak more slowly and to choose his topic according to the audience.

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