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Reflections on Starting the 2 Year Old in Nursery School


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rainymike

After discussing it over with her network, my partner thought it'd be a good idea to start the two-year old in nursery school. At first I didn't think that would be such a good idea. I did not see much point in paying for babysitting services. My view at the time was that nursery school would be pretty much sitting around all day and playing with blocks. I had gone to nursery school at age 4 and that was my experience. Well, it turns out I was wrong and my partner's network was right.

 

Here's what's happened so far this year. And I was pleasantly surprised. Our daughter's language development has really accelerated. She's not quite three yet, but has picked up well on saying and identifying the alphabet, numbers, shapes, colors, etc. Part of that is due to her skills with the cell phone and watching a lot of youtube videos. But the school has really provided some structure for that.

 

Her physical skills are improving as well. She still colors like Picasso, but I can see that her skills have improved. She does a good job at tracing the alphabet as well. Social skills need work, but she doesn't seem to pick on classmates the way she bosses around everyone at home. The teachers are helping us instill some level of discipline and understanding of appropriate behavior (but still a ways to go yet).

 

Her speaking skills are also improving rapidly - includes English and Tagalog. Reading skills are at the beginning stages. When we're at the mall now, she points to signs and spells out the words. The school is starting the phonics, and I think she'll develop elementary reading abilities before the term is over.

 

Spatial and dexterity skills are also developing. She's getting good at lego block building. Still not good enough to play a piano but getting there. And she's capable of eating with utensils herself although she likes to wipe her hand on her friends clothes afterwards.

 

Class size is 4 students and 2 teachers. That probably helps a lot. Upfront registration and book costs were about 10K. And about 2K monthly. Prices vary around town for similar schools.

 

A lot of this would probably have happened anyway, but I think the school has helped all of these things along nicely. Gives me some quiet in the morning ... lol. And my partner sits around with the other parents during the class session - so she gets a breather and some socializing as well.

 

So far, no complaints and a solid thumbs up from me.

 

 

 

 

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cebubird

Sure wish we had a place like that around here. Our boy is almost 4 and in his 2nd year of nursery and he does all that also. Thing is, too many kids, too noisy.

I would be glad to pay that much. We pay about 900 a month to send our kid.

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Laurence

This thread is bang on subject for me.

 

We have a child just turned 3 and my wife's Filipino friends have been asking for the last six to ten months : "so is he in playschool now ?" Even some of my native friends here (Ireland) have started asking now. It seems everyone thinks my son should become part of the rat race at age two to three. This is bizarre to me but no one that I know agrees with me that he should go to pre-school in the year before starting elementary school.

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jtmwatchbiz

 

 

she's capable of eating with utensils herself although she likes to wipe her hand on her friends clothes afterwards.

 

 

that's a habit i still find hard to break.

 

 

seriously tho, i'm glad the schooling at such an early age is working out for you but i'm with laurence on the age thing. unless child care is desperately needed due to work duties i prefer to wait until 4 yrs old before starting school. i'm a worry-wart and even tho ours is 6yrs old i'm still nervous about her being away from home and out of our sight and care.

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Laurence

Everyone tells me about socialising "skills" for three year old children. He has no problem with other kids. He chats on skype with his cousin in Cebu who he met 11 months ago. He will do preschool (3hours per day) when he is four years old and start elementary school when he is five. I am putting my foot down about this .

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Majorsco

I sent my son to nursery school here while my daughter did it in the US before we moved here. The private school my kids attend is nursery up through college. So the started and have gone to the save school for all their schooling here. It really does help. In addition to the other positive aspects, the kids also learn how to respond to teachers in a classroom setting.

 

My rural bgy in Mindanao has a public nursery school with about 8 kids in it. When I walk by, they're so cute with their activities.

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Laurence

 

 

My rural bgy in Mindanao has a public nursery school with about 8 kids in it. When I walk by, they're so cute with their activities.

 

That sounds like the kind of place that I would like to send a child. But not here in an Anglophone European culture. Sorry, this is a forum about living in Cebu, so I won't stray off topic.

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Mike, that sounds pretty much like our experience with nursery here. Our daughter was still 2 when she started the school year, but she turned three a couple of days ago. My wife (who is an elementary teacher) and I have been working with her on educational skills since before she was one year old, so she already had a lot of the skills they are teaching, but having her in nursery has given us a better focus on what to teach. Her class has 17 kids to a nun (a Catholic school) and two other teachers...so it is less than a 6 to 1 ratio, which is pretty good. In addition to her two hours a day in school, my wife tutors her for another hour (at least) every day.

 

She already knew her alphabet, numbers up to 20 and all of her body parts going in, but her coloring skills (staying in the lines) and writing skills have improved dramatically since she's been in nursery school. The teachers' stated goal is that every child in the nursery class will be able to read by the end of the school year. One of the reasons why we sent her to nursery is so she can improve her social skills, and it has been like watching a caterpillar transform into a butterfly. She has learned the concept of sharing with other children and helping other children in class, which are difficult concepts to teach an only child at home.

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Chris24

My own two kids went to nursery school and pre-k, and I think it helped them a lot to be around other kids their age.  It was especially helpful in getting them ready for kindergarten, they were already used to a school structure and being away from family during the day without being anxious.

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bulldoggy26_cute

Not sure if it matters, but which nursery school are you speaking here? Is it in Cebu and do you know if they are following the same program/methodology?

 

Ps; I can't think yet to leave my princess at 2 years old (in a year time) but I know that all benefits are for her.

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rainymike

Not sure if it matters, but which nursery school are you speaking here? Is it in Cebu and do you know if they are following the same program/methodology?

 

Ps; I can't think yet to leave my princess at 2 years old (in a year time) but I know that all benefits are for her.

 

Sorry. I'm in Davao and a bit on the outskirts of the city. It is only a nursery school and has no other grade levels, and also has separate dancing and music classes. I'm guessing that all schools here are regulated by the Education Department. Several of the other posters seem to indicate that the curriculum is pretty much set. I'm guessing in Cebu there must be many such schools. There are many here in Davao. We chose this one because it's across the street from where our two boys go to school.

 

My girl was actually a little over 2.5 years when she started. Mom takes her to school and stays till it's over (about 3 hours), then home. I would not trust my girl to a yaya or anyone else. But the parents must stay outside and out of sight and not interact with the kids. We actually moved so that we could be close to the kids.

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Not sure if it matters, but which nursery school are you speaking here? Is it in Cebu and do you know if they are following the same program/methodology?

 

Ps; I can't think yet to leave my princess at 2 years old (in a year time) but I know that all benefits are for her.

 

The nursery where my daughter goes is at The Dominican School in Consolacion. The normal age there for nursery is three years old, but they will allow younger if the child is advanced. There are schools that will take children even younger (Playground in Banilad), but that isn't very convenient for us. Next year for Kinder 1, we will likely transfer her to SHS Ateneo de Cebu. For nursery, we figured this would be OK. My main goals for nursery were that she learn to share and learn patience...and how to sit still. Regardless of what else they teach, the social skills have to be most important at three years old.

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My kids went to Cambridge Child Development Centre at that age. It's in Lahug, at the bottom of the hill. Very nice, family environment and they did well there. They have added a school too - Sage - although we had left by the time they hit that stage.

 

I would recommend.

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bulldoggy26_cute

Thanks for the extra information, very useful!

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