Am I atat or what?
I have been checking out potential preschools for Aki. I am not rushing him to learn how to read and write. Just want him to socialize with kids his age. There are a lot of kids in our village but most of them are older, like 4 or 5 years old. Aki likes being around kids but I noticed that kids in our area are more interested in playing with Aki’s toys than playing with my son. I guess Aki does not make a good playmate yet for older kids since he does not understand the game rules and can’t talk yet. As manang said, Aki’s non-family playmates are mostly our neighbor’s drivers and helpers.
Anywoo, I decided to check out the two schools closest to us. First up was Kidsville which is within the village. Yey!
My visit was unscheduled but the principal was nice enough to accommodate me.
Here is what I learned and noticed about this school.
– Teacher student ratio is about 1:15. The less students in a class, the better so the teacher can focus on each student.
– Their method is progressive.
– Since I am a stage mummy, I asked where they hold their graduations and other events like Christmas presentations. It is not a dealbreaker. I just hope the venue is spacious so I don’t need to fight with other parents to get good shots when Aki plays the role of Joseph in his Christmas play. Apparently, they hold their major events at the auditorium of Insular Building in Alabang.
– The playground, if I am not mistaken has about 5 or 6 swing/slide sets. Most of them are from Little Tykes. The ground is covered with cement which means kids who accidentally fall could get hurt. Also, not so much space for kids to run around. Another thing that is bothering me about this playground is that in my 1 year and a half stay in this village, I never saw a kid play here. Weird. I asked the the principal if kids are allowed to play outside and she said yes. However kids are asked to come inside as soon as they arrive and are asked to stay inside while waiting for their sundo. So, in a way, kids are not allowed to play in the playground.
– And the big question. How much is the tuition fee? Drum rolls please. Sixty thousand pesosesoses! That is six followed by four zeros. I know that preschool education is expensive nowadays but I have no idea of what is the standard. (;..,k000 ji90io ,m.97u —>this is Aki’s first time to type! Yey! I wont erase this for memory’s sake).
– Minimum age. This is the sad part. For their toddler class, they only accept kids who are at least 2 and half years old. We can only enroll Aki come 2012.
Next time I check out a school, I will make sure I prepare a list of questions for the principals. Aside from preparing a list, I also need to research on the following:
– pro’s and con’s of different teaching method. There is the progressive and there is the traditional approach. The name of the later kinda turns me off though. hehe
– going rate of tuition fees
– ideal teacher to student ratio
Hmmm what else do I need to ask and research on?