Tuesday, September 06, 2005

The end of the pre school search

Finally, I have decided where to enroll her and am actually doing it tomorrow.

If one recalls the some time ago search for pre schools one would also remember my decision not to go for it yet. But now its time. Baby is due in January and giving my mom and the maid a break in the morning, where they have the baby to care for is only fair I feel. When Alysha is back by 1pm, she will need her lunch, nap and can have playtime with everyone at home after she is up. This arrangement sounds ideal to me. I spoke to my mom about it and she agrees wholeheartedly. I cant be so selfish and expect them to run around both the kids at the same throughout the day while I am at work.

Also, Aysha is so much more ready now. Its amazing what 6 months can do. She was so much less clingi when I took her for the trial and she enjoyed it a lot more as well.

I will be sending her to Taska Jaunty Montessori in Bangsar. I personally prefer their other branch in Damansara due to the larger space but this is so much more convenient for all of us in terms of logistics.

Of course everyone wants the best for thier kids and this may not be considered the best if one compares it to the likes of the Children's House in Bukit Damansara but the fee is what we can afford and I like the teachers in her class. The teacher in the Damansara branch looks like someone who is more highly educated with a better command of language. But really after much thought thats not the criteria I am looking for in the teacher, not for a 3 year old, at least.

Many take the view that pre schools are the foundation for your children and so make sure its the best one you can provide. And maybe thats the reason that I have been doing the scouting around for such a long time. Of course I can go for Child Playworks, Sunbeam and even Children House if I really wanted to but really will that really make a difference to the kind of person she is going to grow up to be. She will learn more?, faster? maybe but is that really that important?

After all that scouting, I realised that most places ar really not that different. All kids will eventually learn to read and write, some earlier than the other. I am in no hurry to rush her given that she is already quite advance for her age.

What is important to me at this point of time is really teachers that are compasionate and who allow her to do things at her own pace. I want her to play, be able to interact with other kids, learn to share, learn empathy, some social skills.

The foundation will always be her home/her granny's home and of course I have to keep reminding myself that I cannot hand over the responsibility to teach, play, guide my child to the teachers at the school. If she does learn and gets guidance from them all the better but I will still be her primary teacher/guide.

But for a kid, its always fun to play with other kids and do things together. They learn better that way sometimes. And for now thats a good reason for me to send her to a pre school.

So I am all set to register her tomorrow and then there is the first few days where she will surely want me/hubby to be around. Lets see how it goes.


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At 6:32 AM, Anonymous Big BoK said...

I think i will do the same too.. when my brat is like 3.. 3 is a good age.. because they kinda know things.. and know how to report back.. if anything is not right.
I feel more comfy waiting for abit.. before sending her to nursery school here.
Good luck with the new school.. and new baby. :)
Good thing .. you have a maid and mother to help out.. you are very lucky..!

At 1:50 PM, Blogger Shamira said...

Thanks Mrs T,

I know I am truly lucky. I really dunno what I'd do without my mom and the maid.

I think 3 is a good age too. They are quite ready at that age.

At 4:16 PM, Blogger Mama22Beas said...

Hey Shamira...so how are things now, can't wait to hear the story of Alysha in school.

At 12:54 PM, Blogger Prithi Shetty said...

Ah Shamira, good to see you back ! Need to catch up with your updates :)

At 1:24 PM, Blogger Belacan said...

little one already singing nursery ryhmes now? pitter patter pitter patter pitter patter pooooh. ;)

At 5:18 PM, Blogger ninuk said...

Uhhhh chosing pre school - my headache . Anyway after all the physical and financial consideration, trust your motherly instinct !

Hope all will go well.

At 11:11 AM, Blogger shri said...

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At 11:02 PM, Blogger Lian said...

Hi Shamira,
It's me Ai Lian. Found your blog listed on someone else's blog and thought how wonderful as we have not been in touch for yonkers. You're PREGGY??? How wonderful. You will find that 2 is actually easier to handle coz' they will have each other to keep company. My two kiddos will play together and that gives me breathing room. Anyway, I wish you and Alyssa all the best when she starts kindy. Just wrote a blog about preschool homework not too long ago. Yeah, please come to my blog.
I will add you to my blogroll and will check in often. Till then, glad to have found you.

At 12:39 AM, Blogger Lian said...

Hi Shamira,
Sorry, it's me again. I got tagged by Min to write a meme on 5 childhood memories related to food. And then tag 5 other people to write the meme. I would like to hear your memories so you're on my list of 5.

Ai Lian

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Anyway, let us know how Alysha is doing at her school. I've been thinking of sending Dania also, but maybe next year. Right now, it's just weekly doses of Tumble Tots.

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At 9:22 PM, Anonymous A.Whittingham said...

Hi Shamira,
Bumped into your website while browsing to read about preschools in Bangsar. I have a 2.5 yr old boy who is going to Kizsport now. Would love to know how your daughter gets along in Jaunty.

At 3:43 PM, Blogger Shamira said...


I thought I did update my blog to inform that I decided against jaunty. After a few observation sessions I thought their approach to the Montessori method was too restrictive.

Alysha now goes to Trinity Methodist kindergarten which is just behind the EPF building in PJ. She loooooves the school and so do I. You should check it out.

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