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Cl13
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Re: Creative O

Post by Cl13 » Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:34 pm

Hi Han Seo,
Thank you for the sharing. I can hear that you are truly impressed with Miss Tan's leadership. I'm very interested to meet her and learn more about the school from her. Fingers crossed that this is the school for my Son. We have some bad experiences in the other school so having good, kind , loving and fun Teachers is truly important to us. He is so against the idea of going to school now. haiz.. thus, I'm concerned about our next step.

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Re: Creative O

Post by Sky_Blue » Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:27 am

This is an article about the school, I guess. The only pre school bring kids to St. John's island..... So, believe it is Creative O although no school name is mentioned.

http://www.zaobao.com.sg/zlifestyle/col ... 017-803361

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Re: Creative O

Post by alwaysbuzymum » Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:33 am

alwaysbuzymum wrote:My eldest son graduated from CreativeO and my 2nd son currently in CreativeO. Just to share with you a bit of my experience with CreativeO.

First of all, I would like to say thanks to Li LaoShi who taught my eldest son. She is a super dedicated teacher and well respected by parents. CreativeO has many dedicated and experienced teachers. Sadly say, a few good one incl Li LaoShi have left the school.

CreativeO does not emphasise on academic. It focuses a lot on project learning and character building. No homework, no hypy was taught and not much spelling.

My eldest son is attending one of the top primary schools. The transition to primary school was a painful one for my eldest son, from an unconventional to classroom environment. He was struggling at first (in P1) to catch up school syllabus. His peers were far advanced than him in terms of Chinese writing, hypy, times table etc. He always place at "hot seat" in front of teacher because of fidgeting. To survive in highly pressurised primary schools, we have to “stress” him a bit to make sure he is not too far behind. He does not have the “competitive” mindset. But sadly say we live in Singapore.

Having said that, my son is doing fine at school (can be better in the eye of KS parent). He is a fast learner especially enjoys studying Math and Science but not language subjects. He is curious, good in problem solving and strong in logic thinking. Attending CreativeO does help him in terms of character building, boost his curiosity and observation.

For my 2nd son, I am struggling whether should I transfer him to a more academic focused preschool to give him a good headstart. I have not done so because I am in the paradox of good result versus happy childhood, psle versus long term.

If you are KS parent yet like CreativeO learning style, be prepare to help your child during transition or sent them for extra enrichments.
My 2nd son finally graduated in 2017. Although his brother had painful P1 transition, I am glad that I still put didi in CreativeO. My 2nd son has built up very strong characters - very confident, curious, never give up and view learning as self challenge/ fulfillment. He is doing well in P1 and I never regret to put both boys in Creative O.

I see and feel the quality, characters and values built in CreativeO. My boys will volunteer doing house chores, tell me to save environment, they hand make their own toys, do various experiments themselves. “The mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates, the great teacher inspires” . I think CreativeO teachers somehow have instilled something and made them so adorable.

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Re: Creative O

Post by kay_liz » Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:53 pm

Hi all, just to share that my child is also studying in Creative O and I have nothing but praises for the school, principal and teachers!

My child was from one of the top preschools. However, she is a slightly slow learner and in that previous school, she was not able to keep up with her peers.
Even her teacher at that time was not very encouraging and only kept stressing us on what she could not do compared with the rest of her classmates.
After a series of unhappy incidents, we decided to switch to Creative O.

Prior to enrolling her, we visited the school and I must admit that my first impression of the school was that it is a bit old and messy. However, now as I think about it, it really isn't that bad.
At least the school is kept clean, kids also have ample space to move around and display their art work.

Changes that I saw in my child in previous school vs. Creative O:
My child was never able to write independently -> Able to write her name, copy simple words.
Unable to speak Mother Tongue -> Able to converse with us (not fluent, but still can be understood)
Refused to eat school food (she could go without food the whole day) -> Eats everything during lunch
Never spoke in class -> Can play happily with teachers and classmates

Although there is no spelling, difficult homework, but I do not find it a problem.
For parents who want their child to be very advanced in academic, I think is either you send them to a academic based preschool or bring them for enrichment lessons.

To me, what matters most is she is enjoying her childhood while receiving education. They have so many years of stressful education after preschool. I know my child's potential, so I will only guide her as she grows, rather than to shape her into my expectations.

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Re: Creative O

Post by transient » Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:46 am

Just to share my review about this school.
What I feel to be one of the best preschool in the West of Singapore.

I enrolled my kids into this hidden gem (yes, hidden gem.. it came highly recommended only by word of mouth by a relative who worked in the early childhood industry) when I had to go back to work and was looking for a full-time childcare. They take in students from 3year onwards (year of birth). Loved the school so much with my first born that I ensured my second born is transferred to this school once he is eligible to enrol.
Seriously, who has heard of this school? Tucked in the IBP. It's been around for 20years and nary anybody has talked about it online except this thread, only recently then they exposed themselves on social media. Or maybe all the parents are just happy to keep it "hidden" so that it doesn't have an explosive waitlist for all their friends' and neighbours' children...

Most parents would send their children to the brand name "franchises" childcare..

Like many "kiasu parents", I have done a lot of research, and also visited many preschools ranging from PCF to top end international ones. I like some top end privately run preschools (large, outdoorsy etc) but cost is a problem. Then I found Creative O that practically marked all the ticks on my checklist.

Initial impression or first visit - may sound "noisy" depending on what time of the day you are visiting, look "cluttered" and "old" to some...
BUT, the "noise" in the morning before main activity starts or end of the day comes from very happy children talking or sharing to each other about their day etc. Things are well sorted in the classrooms and shelved, with plenty of arts and recycled materials available for students to use for their school work. The school is clean, and occasional outbreaks such as HFMD if any, are very well controlled, and has minimal impact, due to teachers and aunties' dedication to cleanliness.

The school has dedicated experienced administrative personnel, and is helmed by a very dedicated principal Ms Tan (also ECDA fellow) who has operated the school for 20yrs.

One important thing to note is the school is operated non profit. Wherein other schools charge extra for "enrichment" etc, there is absolutely no extra charges for the creative movement, visual arts class, speech and drama, floor exercise, K2 drama camp and workshop incorporated into curriculum; and they are all taught by professional Arts practicioners who have taught year after year in this same school. There is the optional CCA (wushu and Chinese dance) for K1 and up, and is also, run at affordable rates.

Staff - you can't get better value than this here for the school fees one pay. Where some schools sell their outlook or fancy program, they have very junior teachers and low staff retention rate.
The credentials of the teachers here are impressive (ok la.. to me. Some have masters degree hor, don't play play). Many teachers have taught here for over 5yrs and some as long as 15yrs. They are highly experienced and this is so very important in early childhood... Why ah? You may ask..
I have seen first hand how inclusive this school is. The teachers are able to handle difficult students (at this stage of life, some kids may present symptoms of ADHD, autism but yet may not actually have the condition, while some may have been diagnosed and is able to integrate well) and students with physical disabilities, with love and care. They don't simply go up to the parent and just coldly ask the parents to change school, get kids assessed or say the kid has a problem and shrug off.
Because of the very strong parent- teacher collaboration in this school, the teachers will feedback to parents on behavior, that they are working on it, and how parents can work with teachers to reinforce positive behaviors at home etc. I get near daily verbal updates on my children even without asking. Some schools are just fetch and go.

Curriculum - emergent, play based (coz children learn better from play), very developmentally appropriate and focused, researched and developed with collaboration with a Taiwanese professor (detail from website).. it doesn't overly focus on academic (coz I don't want smart brats or self centered, low EQ intellects) but offers a very well rounded education, from character building, to social, environmental awareness (beach cleaning, recycling, monthly visits to elder Care etc), whilst building up confidence and readiness for primary school's academic rigours. It's effectively bilingual.
Somehow.. the word of mouth for this school is very strong among the Chinese community (PRC and Taiwanese..) and we know how KS they are due to their strong competition at home.. but happy to have my children learn native Chinese from their children here.

The school has visiting children from other schools, e.g. malay students during Hari Raya celebration for example. Yearly, it also play host to many teachers-in-training (attachment stints), some from as far as Taiwan or locally from SUSS..

Food wise - the children loves the food the aunties cook here inhouse. For birthday celebrations, they advocate meaningful celebrations. They respectfully request no cream cakes (healthier), preferably no goodie bags (not to attach materialistic values or expectations). Healthy eating habits (and that means little to no sweets, yay!!) Is promoted in this school.

The school sometimes has free parenting talks (some are external invited speakers), collaborative events, and a private library of parenting books that parents have access to.

Not forgetting.. the highlighted 3D2N camp to an external island. The children will be well prepared for life, learning first aid, climbing trees, cooking over campfire...etc

Hope the school can continue its mission, and continue to push early childhood education to Pinnacle of excellence... :imcool:


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