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At what age do you apply for schools?

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    Thanks Spockey & Neha!

    Had a browse in your blog Spockey - very interesting, really like your writing style - are you a professional writer? - I personally think sometimes you allude something to being Asian or Western when reallly its not :yeah2

    Anyway back to the subject on hand - I'm feeling more confident today!

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    Hi Spockey

    I saw your post about enrolling your boy in a school with small class sizes and felt I had to share my own experiences. Please excuse the writing, I normally only read, never post.

    I had so much trouble finding the "right" school for my girl. I visited "tons" of schools but just did not feel right about any of them. You know that feeling you get when you walk into a school and everything looks nice and teachers are friendly but you just don't feel right? Anyway long story short. I met a lovely little boy on the bus, with his Mum. She told me about a small school in Tuen Mun, called JingJing International Kindergarten. I went down there and absolutely loved the place. I enrolled my daughter immediately!

    There are only 8 children per class maximum! That is fantastic!! Most of the schools I looked at had 2 teachers per 20+ kids and that is not the same. What I really loved is the children get to "do" things. Touch, feel, experience things not just "sit down and do work"!!

    She has only been there for a few weeks now but she loves it. I had a parent/teacher meeting yesterday and it was wonderful to walk into the classroom and see artwork that she had done hanging on the walls and photos of her doing various activities. Best part was after speaking with the teacher, I felt she really "got" my daughter. I think that comes with the small class sizes. The children can get individual attention.

    I have to say as well that my daughters confidence has grown tenfold in such a short time. She was a little timid starting out, which is only natural I suppose. Now she comes home singing songs, chatting happily and talks about school all the time.

    I am ecstatic!!

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    Hi Mamma3! Great to see your first post at geobaby is for a kindergarten you are very happy about. Unfortunately we dont live in Tuen Mun so it's not really applicable. However I'm very happy for you that your daughter is happy.

    Just came back from the Education Expo at Convention Centre - not really what I was looking for but still interesting to look around.

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    I would also recommend Jing Jing. Like Mama3 I went and looked at several Kindergartens in my area earlier in the year. All claiming to be International (or at least with English speaking teachers)
    What grabs you when you go into Jing Jing Kindergarten is the friendliness of everyone and their openness to share information on what the children will be doing. They even gave me copies of planning and explained all about the curriculum. Its a real family atmosphere. I s'pose that comes from the small classes. The teachers all seem to know what they are talking about and look at the children as individuals. When I visited all the children were busy doing stuff that was not only fun but practical (making fruit salad-they were looking at whole, quarter and half!)I have been into visit a couple of times now, one of them unannounced and I was welcomed in to spend time in the classrooms.I can't wait for my little one to start.

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    Anpan

    My bub has been attending Baby Buddies at Tuen Mun. Claire, the teacher there is fantastic! They have a branch in Tin Hau if I'm not mistaken. BB is great for getting bub ready for a structured school day. When he turns 2, he'll be attending Step 2.

    And, at the GC, he attends Glitterbugs & Music Together run by Just Juniors at our clubhouse.

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    Thanks spockey!!

    My baby has just started his Music Together Class last Friday. It was fun and I guess he needs time to "fit in". He spent the first half of the class observing and becomes so so active only after getting home...

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    Preschools in Kowloon

    Could someone also share some English, and Chinese preferably, preschools on Kowloon side?

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    Hi Somebodyfamous.

    Thanks for the compliment. I'm not a professional writer just a common as you come English teacher ;-)

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