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Postby Blessedmum » Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:35 pm

Thanks... choosing between BC and MA....

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Postby phankao » Wed Sep 30, 2009 1:58 am

Blessedmum wrote:Dear mummies, does the child needs to sit for diagnostic test in order to get a placing in BC?


no need.

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Postby joconde » Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:02 am

phankao wrote:no need.

There's assessment only if you're enrolling for their P1 programme. Call to make appt, think their assessments are all on sat

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Postby mummyjoyce » Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:05 am

joconde wrote:There's assessment only if you're enrolling for their P1 programme. Call to make appt, think their assessments are all on sat


The registration starts on the 26 Oct. I am also waiting to signup my P6 girl for next year class.

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British Council vs Kumon

Postby JennyP » Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:02 am

Dear all mummies
Good Morning

I would like to seek advice from you that, my son was at kumon from April, he was complainting that he need to do worksheet everyday.
is anybody can tell me is it better i swift him to BC as BC look fun compare to kumon.
He is 6 years old in year 2010 Feb, i need to let him learn Eng as my eng is very poor because i come from malaysia and not afford to speak and teach him good english i think.

Thanks in advance
Jenny

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Postby mrswongtuition » Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:42 pm

Hope you don't mind my humble input.

If you are deciding between the above two, I would say British Council.
Their lessons are more fun and engaging and it'll be more interesting for your 6yo. Learning English at this age should be FUN! You may want to check out phonics classes too. It helps them to read better and also teaches them the correct pronunciation of different words.

Another suggestion I have is that while you send your child for classes at BC, check out adult classes for yourself. Set an example for your child by picking up good English too. You can then practise with him and share the things you learnt in class.

Although it may seem 'trivial' and 'waste of time' to some, by attending classes ourselves, we are creating a healthy impression on our children. In their subconscious minds, they'll have an image that learning is for EVERYONE, regardless of age!

I know I was very inspired by my mum who went on to take her Diploma & Degree when I was Pri/Sec school. She did not have the opportunity to further her studies when she was young due to family situation (many kids, little money). She was (and still is) a FTWM with 3 kids (1 in Sec, 1 in Pri and 1 toddler) when she went to study her part-time courses and she juggled everything very well. And the life-long impression she has left on all 3 of us is tremendous. My brother is starting his career in a field he knows nothing about and he's putting in alot of effort to read up and learn. I constantly seek to upgrade myself by reading and attending workshops/courses. My sis is taking her 'O' Levels this year.

Even my old dad is learning :) He took up computer classes and is now using the computer independantly without having to holler for us all the time.

Show your kids that mummy is still learning and the whole family can learn together :)

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Postby JennyP » Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:02 pm

Dear Mrswongtuition

Thank you for your reply, i appreciated it.
yes, i also think about that too, that is why when he learning english i also learn with him and study together.

Thanks again for your valuable reply.

have a nice day.
Jenny

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Postby MMM » Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:02 pm

Sorry if I seem to be discriminating against Kumon (esp to kumon supporters). Personally, I will not send my kids to Kumon for languages as I feel that it is not their core competence. Their core competence is in arithmetic maths (I am not sure about analytical maths/ creative thinking maths) since Kumon's focus is on becoming better through repetition. This is the outcome of many worksheets.

I think there was an article on sunday times on english learning and how Singapore english teaching has evolved. The school system appear to be moving towards oral, speech & drama, etc... (haha probably after the recent Ms Singapore saga and a wake up call on Singapore's std of spoken english). I doubt Kumon will be able to accomplish this. I've not seen their materials but I assume that kids might be good in grammar, etc...??? due to repetition eg the maths. But what about the other aspect of english learning? Also, note that teaching "doesn't really happen" in kumon.

In the case of BC or other established english programmes, they have native teachers who make english learning fun. Kids learn english through different exposure to the language eg. they are encourage to read through book reviews that they have to do on a weekly basis, they watch shows and try to answer questions pertaining to that, or they hit the computer lab and write poems. My kids are in BC and they enjoy their lessons tremendously. Also, having native speaker reduces the likelihood of teachers speaking singlish to the kids.

Personally, I feel that at this age, they shouldenrol in programs that develop their interest. If your child has expressed the issue on too many worksheets, maybe it's a wake up call if he is enjoying himself. Don't put him off english learning.

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Postby sleepy » Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:26 pm

MMM wrote:In the case of BC or other established english programmes, they have native teachers who make english learning fun. Kids learn english through different exposure to the language eg. they are encourage to read through book reviews that they have to do on a weekly basis, they watch shows and try to answer questions pertaining to that, or they hit the computer lab and write poems. My kids are in BC and they enjoy their lessons tremendously. Also, having native speaker reduces the likelihood of teachers speaking singlish to the kids.


Hi, I'm interested in BC.
Do they cover creative writing every week? Is your child's work being marked?
Thanks!


JennyP wrote:I would like to seek advice from you that, my son was at kumon from April, he was complainting that he need to do worksheet everyday.
is anybody can tell me is it better i swift him to BC as BC look fun compare to kumon


My dd started Kumon Egnlish when she was 3yo. I withdrawn her from Kumon English at end of K1. Overall, Kumon English meets my purpose in introducing early literacy & establishing good reading habits. She reads storybooks everyday. However, her creative writing skills is almost non-existence.

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Postby adafew » Mon Oct 12, 2009 3:11 pm

MMM wrote:Hi,

My son did the preparation for P1 holiday program. Can't remember much on what he did (again some thematic approach). But the teacher gave alot of feedback and observation on the "problem areas" that we should watch for to help him in P1. He did his class at tampines outlet.


The fees for preparation for P1 coming Dec is 555/5days/4hrs lesson

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