Friday, November 25, 2005

playschool

i realise that altho' i mentioned gitanjali's playschool here, i didn't actually tell you the story behind finding that school.

sham and i searched for months for a playschool where we could place the kids. since we live in brickfields, we felt that bangsar would be the ideal location to place. then we began hunting. good god! believe me, you will never know how difficult it was...

the thing is that they are so young...gitanjali is only 2 years and 4 months old, whereas alysha turns 3 coming monday... i wanted gitanjali to go to playschool b'cos i feel that as an only child, she misses out on playing with other children her age. we only see alysha during the weekends, during which time, G would be trying her level best to either strangle alysha or twist her head off... for me at this age, school should be about having fun, fun and more fun. she's got years of studying ahead of her and i really don't want her to do that now.

so for me, when i went and checked out the schools in bangsar, i really felt that the element of fun was missing... or if it was there, it was only allowed at intervals...

finally sham and i liked a place - it is a montessori kindy (also in bangsar0 and part of a large chain of montessori kindergartens. sham and i placed both of them in for a trial, and i hated it ... god, it was so obvious that the only sessions that G enjoyed was the recess and the before class period, when she was allowed to run around in the playground!!!

the rest of the time they just sat around and did some montessori work. i hated it b'cos it was so rigid and regimented...

sham and i sat and talked and talked about it - and came to the conclusion that this was not was we wanted at all.

then we decided to give the trinity methodist kindy in jalan gasing a try, b'cos we know some kids who go there - and it was amazing.. i walked in and immediately knew that i liked the feel of it. its based within the church premises and has a sprawling playground and proper classrooms. one of the things i hated about the bangsar kindies was the fact that they are all located in bungalows, with cramped classrooms.

well she's been going there for the last couple of weeks, and she loves it - and i love it as well, so Yay!!!

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