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FELIZ LUCAS

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Where To Go To School

March 16, 2016

 

       Its that time when people have been asking where Caitie goes to school. Ive been considering home schooling but at the back of my mind, ive been thinking if i should try to consider putting her in a toddler school. The search was on, we tried out traditional schools, montessori, progressive.

 

     Cambridge School – We had a 3-day trial with them and saw how Caitie evolved into following instructions and a schedule. More on learning to do routinary things like waiting, folding napkins, packing up, marching, brushing teeth but in terms of lessons, I think this is an area that I felt needs more improvement with. Looking into the cost of around 80k, I thought that i could spare 2 hours and do these with Caitie.

 

     Its that time when people have been asking where Caitie goes to school. Ive been considering home schooling but at the back of my mind, ive been thinking if i should try to consider putting her in a toddler school. The search was on, we tried out traditional schools, montessori, progressive.

 

     Cambridge School – We had a 3-day trial with them and saw how Caitie evolved into following instructions and a schedule.

     More on learning to do routinary things like waiting, folding napkins, packing up, marching, brushing teeth but in terms of lessons, I think this is an area that I felt needs more improvement with. Looking into the cost of around 80k, I thought that i could spare 2 hours and do these with Caitie.

 

     We tried DML Montessori and St Marks. DML had around 25 students per class and i think this was too many. Though I took up Pre K 1 and 2 in DML and had good memories, I still wasnt confident. Price was reasonable with a complete breakdown of the items.

 

   When we arrived St Marks, we were an hour late and didnt see how classes went through. the price is around 40k a year and it did sound good. Caitie was her usual self exploring it. I was also comfortable with the directress. Plus I’ve been having good reviews about this. Though Im not sure if its true that classrooms arent air conditioned. If so, this might be a bad idea for Caitlin. She sweats a lot even with air conditioning.

 

     Then lastly we tried out 9th Avenue. we were 40mins late. Coming from QC to the fort. but given the spare time we saw how much Caitie learned! They had circle time, a guest mom discussing about Canada, Canadian snacks, finger painting, play time, singing and dancing. I just felt that the 2 hours have been well consumed and Caitie would grow much. Though the price is a bit tight. Around 116k for part time or 3 times a week or around 160k+ for regular or 5 times a week. This was too much for me considering she was only a toddler. Plus it was so far from our place.

 

     We really liked how progressive schools work. It was something that I would do myself.

 

     Then I asked about home school details and wondered why it starts at 4 years old.

     Was I giving in to pressure to enrol my 2 year old toddler to school? If I wait till 4 years old, would I have enough things to teach Caitie if I don’t enrol her in a school?

 

     Ive been contemplating about this. Then last Sunday, during the message by Pastor Bong in CCF, interestingly he said the we take too much time thinking about which school our children should go to, what things they need and shouldn’t eat, we put too much stress on these, though they are important, the more important things are being side tracked. God’s voice was so clear that I’ve been giving too much effort on enrolling Catie, yet does she know who Jesus is? How about her heart?

 

     She’s starting to show signs of mild brattiness at times. I remembered Joy’s blog about one of her son’s change of heart when he accepted christ.

 

     How do I start introducing Jesus to Caitie? I think that this is more important that the education (once she starts studying theres no pause or turning back anymore so why so i have to rush her right?)

 

     We went to the bookstore and tried to look for a family devotion centered on kids.

     We’re on our 3rd day and this book is really really good for us. we do it during breakfast and Caitie is excited since its another book! Interestingly the book is good for a 34 days and has activities, talk time so we get to encourage her to talk, express herself, do activities biblically, sing and dance. Plus Jay Jay and I also discuss what God is saying to us through it.

 

     Day 1: We learned about the meaning of God (I am) and Jesus (the Savior) and explained how we got her name (which is part of the activity) Caitlin – Pure and how important it is. plus we practiced to write her name. Explained the water to be pure and that dripping black paint makes it dirty like sin. And that Jesus was the only one to make the dirty water pure again (which in a way is learning science right?)

Our day 1 to 3 activity sheets 🙂

 

     I think Im resolved into waiting until she’s 4 to enter her to a school. For the meantime we’ll focus on her heart and ours. Though not neglecting things she needs to learn, Im thankful that this devotional has activities. Finally deciding on this releases me from the tension to teach so much to Caitlin at this age and just relax. Yes, to be intentional in teaching her with the toys, schedule and practical habits but at least I don’t have to be to strict about what she should be learning already.

 

     Once we finish the Big green book, we’ll do this.

 

     I have so many questions and I still am not sure if im making the right decision. Its just so timely that CCF is having a parent’s conference!

 

     I’m really excited about the Counterflow parents conference this coming Oct 25 and learn how to be a parent in this modern generation. Im pretty sure the conference will shed light and give me a better perspective in my decisions for parenting, disciplining, education and socialization issues.

 

     I believe the tickets are priced at 350/each for group, 400/each for early bird and 500/each for regular but its flying by fast. For those who may have the same concerns as I, hope you could also invest in this conference. We dont have parenting courses or bachelors degree but i dont also want to do a “trial and error” type. Its better to learn from those who have gone through it and are wiser than me. Looking at how they raised their children and how they are now, Im quite confident that their words would be a good lesson to learn.

 

 

     Hope you can get you tickets now. check www.ccf.org

 

     Im really excited to get wisdom from this Parenting Conference!!!!

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