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Nursery or not?

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    hi gabriel,

    how is the quantity of homework? is there any homework for k1?

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    Like Little ONster I am a pro -preschool mom, although part of the reason is that I work full time and I believe my son's time at school would be of better quality than if he was so stay at home. I think the socialising he gets with other kids is great, and his lanaguage skills has certainly developed quite a bit. Kids also come out more independant,and this is important for me as a working parent, because I know at home with the helper he gets things done for him.

    He gets bored at home if there is no school, and he looks forward to going out of the house each day. he's not fully conversant yet so I can't really ask him how he feels about school but I truly think he is happy there. His school did a great job with separatio, and whilst there were a few days of crying , they do get used to it quite soon. he's just 26 months and now does 3 hours each morning by himself 5 days a week. For some kids who take the schoo bus, they do it alone without helper/mommy on the bus too - its pretty amazing how adaptive kids can be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reei View Post
    hi gabriel,

    how is the quantity of homework? is there any homework for k1?
    My child has 2 homeworks and 2 readings per week. One reading is selected by teacher and then we have to complete the worksheet. One week is English book and another week is Chinese book. Also, my child will select his favorite book. The reading scheme is very well planned. :swoman

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    my son gets a little bit of writing homework every day. usually only one of the bracketed list he must write (numbers, letters, chinese characters).

    he occasionally gets a simple worksheet. matching, colouring, circling etc.

    they have a parent & child read together programme, but don't expect the kids to be reading independently yet. (my son is K2)

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    Our son just turned 2 and he'll start nursery school at the beginning of January. Initially I was quite anti-nursery school because I was thinking that it was too soon for my son to "go off to school" and it would force him to transition from being a baby too quickly.

    But, over the past 6 months or so a lot of things have really made me think differently about the entire situation. I guess my hesitation to do a lot of things comes from the fact that I always compare things to how things are in my home country.. In my home country, for example, it's absolutely ridiculous to think that a child would go to kindergarten at 3-years-old. If children are going to go to pre-school (what is called nursery school here) they start when they're usually 3.5-4-years-old but kindergarten isn't until 5-6-years-old.

    But there are also a lot of other differences that I wasn't really considering that make comparing things where I'm originally from to here really hard.

    For example, where I'm from everyone drives a car and so their mobility is different. It's so easy just to load your child and things up in a car and go visit friends. There's also a lot of free activities available to involve your children in. It's easy to visit people in their homes and have impromptu playgroups because there is more space and the culture is more open to opening one's home to others. Also, there isn't any competition when it comes to education. If you want your child to go to a certain school, you don't have to get on a waiting list and then pass an interview. It's really a different world!

    Here, we don't have a car. There aren't many free activities to get a toddler involved in. It's not common to just drop in on friends and make an afternoon of it at their house.

    So, with my son's outgoing personality and his high level of curiosity, we felt it was good to put him in nursery school. Honestly, we don't care if he "learns" anything at all, as long as he's able to interact with other children in a positive and safe environment on a regular basis. I guess we don't take it all that seriously. And instead of making ourselves stressed by running him from activity to activity all over Hong Kong, trying to fill up his day, it's better to just set a block of time for him to be at nursery school on a daily basis.

    But, I'll report back on how things go when he has actually started. The school runs from 9 am to 4 pm but we told the school that we didn't want him there all day (they nap for 3 hours in the afternoon anyway) so we'll just go and pick him up around 1 pm. I think it will be a nice balance of away from home and at home.

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    besides the reasons stated here, other reason to send your kids to pre nursery would be for .. getting a higher chance of sending your kids to a good kindergarten. because sending them to pre nursery at 2 means they have adapt to the kindergarten lifestyle , hence will cry less.. and easier to take care when they go k1. so , higher chance of getting in to the kindergartens that you want.
    like thanka2, i tend to compare how things are done with my home country.. and i am just not ready for her to go to school when she turns 2. i feel she'll have to wake up early for 5 days a week, or have a routine life,, for the rest of her life, going to kindergarten, primary school , high school, university , working.. why start so early? let her enjoy 1 more year of non routine lifestyle.. bonding with her grandmother,, ..she does have her own routine now, just not determined by the school. i dont know, i am just not ready yet..
    how can i decide one year ahead, whether she is ready to go to school at 2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by reei View Post
    besides the reasons stated here, other reason to send your kids to pre nursery would be for .. getting a higher chance of sending your kids to a good kindergarten. because sending them to pre nursery at 2 means they have adapt to the kindergarten lifestyle , hence will cry less.. and easier to take care when they go k1. so , higher chance of getting in to the kindergartens that you want.
    like thanka2, i tend to compare how things are done with my home country.. and i am just not ready for her to go to school when she turns 2. i feel she'll have to wake up early for 5 days a week, or have a routine life,, for the rest of her life, going to kindergarten, primary school , high school, university , working.. why start so early? let her enjoy 1 more year of non routine lifestyle.. bonding with her grandmother,, ..she does have her own routine now, just not determined by the school. i dont know, i am just not ready yet..
    how can i decide one year ahead, whether she is ready to go to school at 2?
    We didn't have to really decide when my son was 1-years-old if we were going to put him in nursery school. In fact, back in October-November of this year (right before he turned 2-years-old) we just spent an entire afternoon visiting 8 different nursery schools and then just chose one. It was a lot simpler than I thought it would be. We chose one that has a good reputation as an organization and therefore if we wanted him to attend their kindergarten later that option would probably be open for us.

    About waking up early, yes, I do agree that it's going to make my son have to wake up earlier. But, my thinking is that he already wakes up pretty early (we're always trying to "trick" him into sleeping in longer--especially on the weekends) and him waking up an extra hour earlier won't hurt anything--he'll just probably be more willing to take a good nap and maybe get to bed a bit earlier. And I think it really depends on where you live and how far you have to travel to get your kid to whatever activity/nursery school they're attending.

    A year ago when my son was 1-year-old, however, I definitely was still anti-nursery school but as he's become more independent--especially from 18-months on and holds his own very well, even with children several years older than him, I guess that has made me also more comfortable with him going out into the "big wide world" of education a bit sooner. I see it more like an adventure for him now than an obligation.

    And I always think that our options are open and that just gives me more peace overall.

    But, yes it is totally an individual thing. But, for me, it was a big day when I woke up and was like: "Wow! HK is not the same as my home place and I can stop holding myself to the standard of my home place now and start developing my own views based on the circumstances." Big day indeed!

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    my son, as i've stated already, started when he was 3yr 7m. my daughter will be the same. this was because we are using the gov't voucher. in order to use it, they have to be 2yr8m by September 1 (if memory serves me correctly). both of my kids are/were only 2yr7m at the start of the school year. as such, they've had to wait until the following year.

    my son LOVES going to school. when he's very naughty, i threaten him with not going to school and he immediately says he'll behave himself. my daughter has spent the past year and a half going to drop him off and pick him up at school. she's so ready to be going herself.

    for the first year, my son only went for 1/2 day. for k2 we decided to up it to a full day. he has a "nap" for 1.5 hours in the afternoon. sometimes, he sleeps, sometimes he doesn't. doesn't matter to me. eating his lunch at school (provided by the school) has become something he loves to do. he tries and likes things that i would never have made for him (congee! YUCK!) and he has become less picky about what he eats, which is a very good thing.

    my daughter will start school next september. she will start in a full day immediately. it is just too complicated to do otherwise (we live far from the school and there is no school bus to where we live!).

    my son (turning 5 in feb) is now learning to read and write chinese, how to speak chinese and how to get on with others. i'm VERY happy with it all in general.

    as thanka says, it all comes down to circumstances.

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