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Necessary to send daughter to nursery?

Postby maglee » Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:19 am

Hi,

I spend a good half-day in the morning with my daughter and I believe strongly in parental teaching.

She's currently 2.5 yrs old and only attends shichida and music class. She's a bright child and learns things very quickly. In fact, I enjoy teaching her and likewise, I believe she has a great time with me, through reading, craft work, play etc...

I'm wondering if I should enrol her in nursery in Jan 2011 when she's 3++ or enrol her only in Jan 2012 for K1?

Any advise will be good.

thanks so much

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Postby tankee » Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:42 am

IMO, nursery is optional, only kindergarden is a must.

And since you are teaching her and she is attending some enrichment classes, it should be ok.

In my case, we also teaches our DS from young. We started him from PN, but for a different reason. As he is the only child, we wanted him to spend time mixing with other children in his age group, to learn interaction and other social skills. And to a limited extent, I want my little "prince" be "bullied" by other "princes" and "princesses".

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Re: Necessary to send daughter to nursery?

Postby toddles » Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:21 am

maglee wrote:Hi,

I spend a good half-day in the morning with my daughter and I believe strongly in parental teaching.

She's currently 2.5 yrs old and only attends shichida and music class. She's a bright child and learns things very quickly. In fact, I enjoy teaching her and likewise, I believe she has a great time with me, through reading, craft work, play etc...

I'm wondering if I should enrol her in nursery in Jan 2011 when she's 3++ or enrol her only in Jan 2012 for K1?

Any advise will be good.

thanks so much


who is her caregiver in the afternoons? I guess it also depends on that. If you have a trusted caregiver then I'd say it's probably not necessary for nursery. If not, then perhaps nursery would be a better way of spending those hours.

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Postby foreverj » Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:26 am

hi i think its a good way to pass the time in the afternoons as nursery classes usually start teaching them how to write and provide some tracing, cutting exercises already? plus she would have social interaction with peers and storytelling and exposure to both english and mandarin etc. in my opinion, more fun way to pass time for her :)

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Re: Necessary to send daughter to nursery?

Postby jedamum » Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:30 am

maglee wrote:I'm wondering if I should enrol her in nursery in Jan 2011 when she's 3++ or enrol her only in Jan 2012 for K1?


I would think that if health is not a concern (bearing in mind that starting sch will mean risk of spread of flu/cough among kid etc), there is no harm starting nursery. Let the kid have fun mixing with his peers before learning starts in K1. For those kids who need extra time to warm up to environment, starting nursery is a good way of settling the kid before learning begins in K1. For kids like mine who need extra attention from teachers, starting nursery is a good way for the kid to settle into school routine, knows about school's expectations, for us to observe and network with the teachers/principal and understand's school's expectations, before learning begins in K1. Starting nursery is also a good way to for parents to gauge how much they like the school; ie if they don't like, they can always search for other schools without much disruption academically as compared to if the kid had started K1 (cos nursery is mostly social activities).
JMHO.

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Postby luvmum » Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:06 pm

Would think you should even though you may have been coaching her at home all these while. Exposing her to playgroup or kindergarten is to let her pick up social skill, self help skill and of course they pick up more things in school with the school resources and teacher's expertise. Spending 2-3 hrs is sufficient at her level.

There will be a difference, you can tell child who has been to school versus not. :celebrate:

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Afternoon sessions for nursery level

Postby maglee » Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:57 pm

thanks for the wonderful comments.

It's really useful in helping me sort out my thoughts.

I agree that the socialisation part is the most important. It's really more for the social aspect rather than the learning aspect.

i'll like my gal to learn to share and play with other children.

Can anyone recommend nurseries/kindergartens around AMK, Yio Chu Kang, Thomson, Bishan, Toa Payoh that have afternoon sessions?

Thanks again!

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Re: Afternoon sessions for nursery level

Postby foreverj » Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:50 pm

maglee wrote:thanks for the wonderful comments.

It's really useful in helping me sort out my thoughts.

I agree that the socialisation part is the most important. It's really more for the social aspect rather than the learning aspect.

i'll like my gal to learn to share and play with other children.

Can anyone recommend nurseries/kindergartens around AMK, Yio Chu Kang, Thomson, Bishan, Toa Payoh that have afternoon sessions?

Thanks again!


OFF MY HEAD, a lot of church kindergartens in these areas. marymount? thomson rd baptist church kindy?

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Postby maglee » Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:31 pm

thanks everyone for your comments. Really appreciate it.

I've decided to enrol her for nursery in 2011 and have just registered her to Marymount Convent Kindergarten.

It seems like a lovely place.

now, I'll have to figure out how to prepare her for school as well as going back on the school bus.

any comments on preparing your child for nursery will be most welcomed.

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