Friday, September 25, 2015

New kindy vs previous kindy: The saga continues..

I have received A LOT of PMs from mommies on my decision to change Khaira to a new kindy. Seems like a lot of mommies having dilemma like me; whether to change or not and have been contemplating the way I did.

If people were to ask me whether I would recommend their kids to Khaira's previous kindy or not; the answer would be yes and no. It differs cases to cases. I refused to write down the name of K's previous kindy here, but I guess you could easily browse through my blog to find out. So I would tell the pros and cons of the new kindy and the old kindy here.

Khaira's previous kindy

Pros

  1. A very systematic syllabus
    • The syllabus was so advanced that Khaira was able to recognize phonics as early as 2 weeks in the school and can read since month 1. FYI, I never taught K alphabets before kindy, I only taught her hijaiyah.
    • Recited a lot of doas, surahs, zikirs, translation
    • Everything is related back to Islamic; the story telling, the arts and crafts, the songs.
    • The books used were excellent.
  2. Friendly teachers
    • Apart from dealing with Khaira's cases, overall the teachers were friendly and motherly
  3. Not a classroom based learning
    • No tables and chairs for 4yo class. The students are taught personally and free to jump around freely during class time to avoid them from boredom.
    • A lot of role playing, sometimes they turn the classroom to market or hajj and asked the kids to perform pilgrimage
  4. More value for money
    • Half day 8.30 to 12.30noon for RM260
    • Full day 8.30 to 6.30pm for RM390
    • Can send as early as 7.30am
Cons (for K)

  1. At one point, they learned too much that Khaira got bored of reading, and teacher did not able to catch back her interest there. 
  2. Somehow, Khaira did not really get along with these friendly teachers which according to her was garang in kindy. 
  3. Surprisingly, I thought Khaira would be more happy in this environment but she seems to enjoy the usual classroom based better.
  4. I don't feel secure leaving her there
    • For a start, Khaira was hit on her first day and later when we were about to stop her there
    • Anybody can pick up your kids, not a big deal for them
    • No anti slip mat in the toilet, K fell down a couple of times there
  5. Carpet all over the place causes K's allergy
  6. Serves sausage bun for tea every week. Ok ni gediks.. but come on! Healthy food tolonglah.. even in home she did not eat sausages :(
  7. She couldn't get along with her friends here; which later I realized that although she is quite lasak, in school her friends are all princessy and proper.


Khaira's new kindy

Pros


  1. First class facility
    • Classroom based; yet still have one to one mentoring
    • Anti slip mat toilet
    • Playground inside
    • Small bed for each student for full day; so they don't sleep on mattresses only.
  2. Super clean
  3. More Montessori based learning; they learned more survival skills and street smart rather than book smart
  4. Tip top security, in shaa Allah
  5. Somehow all the kids in her class are soooo Khaira. I don't know.. too many resemblance, hence they got along really well. 

Cons

  1. Quite pricey
    • Half day: 8.30 to 11.30am for RM290
    • Full day for RM600
    • Can start sending at 7.45am
  2. Teachers didn't seem friendly but somehow Khaira likes them a lot
  3. I think the syllabus is quite slow
  4. Not too much relating back to Islam; story telling and song as usual
  5. No role play of all sorts

So if you asked me, would I recommend your kids to go to K's previous kindy but in a different branch, I would totally recommend.

The same branch, I would ask you to really think about it. Because every kids are different, perhaps yours suits K's previous kindy's style better.

For me, I am still super happy we decided to change Khaira to Genius Aulad.

And if you asked me, what makes me have that will, drive and strength to change her to a new kindy.. I would give you the question that my mentor told me when I asked her recently.

"What does your heart tells you when you leave your kid to school everyday?"

And that shall give you the motivations.

All the best in deciding mommies, istikharah and istiqamah ya :)

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