Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
On Wednesday, 15 October 2008, I registered Jordan for school next year at the Tadika Grace Community, Taman S. E. A. 3, Petaling Jaya. The semester will commence on 5 January 2009 (Monday).
(Tadika Grace was established in 1995, with the purpose to develop young children through a holistic approach in education. It aims for academic excellence as well as strong stamina, emotional maturity and physical fitness. Together with other qualified staff, Tadika Grace Community promises a proper, well-balanced child development programme for children's educational requirements.)
Finally, after months of prayers, we have decided to place Jordan at Tadika Grace. Our first choice was King’s Kids at SS Gospel, SS2. Unfortunately, until today (17 October 2008), Jordan is still in the waiting list. I actually made the booking early this year but their waiting list is extremely long. Moreover, later, I found out that King’s Kid do not provide day care which we may need in the near future. So, I had to look for an alternative place.
Initially, we thought of placing Jordan at Q-dees but a Christian based kindergarten is still one of my (not Seng Chor’s) main priorities for the school. (The swimming pool at Q-dees is so tempting.) I desire for Jordan to develop strong Christian values during his formative years.
It was Dolly who popped out this idea of placing Jordan at Tadika Grace. So, I decided to check it out and immediately register Jordan. I was quite anxious because almost everyone that I know, who has a child born in the same year as Jordan has either registered for school or started schooling. It’s October, and I was afraid that Jordan would not have a suitable school to go to.
Thank God that there are still vacancies at Tadika Grace. They have 2 classes for 4 year olds. The first class is already full, and so Jordan is in the second class. The maximum number of children per class is 18.
Though their programme seems academic, it will help prepare Jordan for Chinese primary school as Chinese schools are known for giving students a lot of homework. He will not have homework next year. Children will be given homework and provided with Chinese classes when they are 5 and 6 years old. For 4 year-olds, the focus is to develop their motor skills in writing and colouring. The programme includes Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mathematics, Science, Art & craft, Music & movement and Physical Education.
The time is from 8:30 to 11:30 am. Day care is until 7 pm with an additional charge of RM 200 a month. The school fee is among the lowest as compared to others – RM 180 per month. Miscellaneous fees (insurance, snacks, books, worksheets, exercise books, stationeries, art & craft, library and games) are about RM 80 per month. Overall, we saved about RM2000 (including day care), which according to Selvi, is about the price of a flight ticket to Perth. Hehehe!
Praise the Lord!