Wednesday, December 10, 2014

LA Madison Open House

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Those who know me, knows that I am very bochup when it comes to pre-school education. The only reason why Steffi, Leroy and Stacci are in pre-school right now is due to practicality. There wouldn’t be anyone to take care of them when both my wife and I are working full time. My mother-in-law have to care of one infant, as well as manage two households and having 3 more kids running around in the house would be way too much. Given a choice, perhaps I would rather the kids enjoy their childhood as much as possible, before having to go through formal education in primary school.

The welcoming play area greets the little ones once they enter the centre.
Well, the first thing that the kids did to break the ice, was playing with sand and water in one of the rooms!
So when I attended a trial class by LA Madison, together with the 3 older kids, I was pleasantly surprised that they were rather enthusiastic with the activities that the teachers were going through with them and even seemed to have gone through some of those before too. So I guess that the childcare that my kids had been going to, must have done its job well. However, they were only responsive during the Chinese class. When it came to the English class, they were not as conversant as we are used to speaking mandarin back at home. Thus they would need some serious help in that aspect.

Getting to know one another when the Chinese class first started. 
The kiddoes listening attentively to the introduction of the sea creatures.
The classrooms are not that big, so I am guessing that the class size should not be too big as well, meaning that the teacher-student ratio would be good. For kids who are home-schooled or are simply being taken care of at home and not attending any pre-school, the 2hr weekend classes at La Madison may be a good option to get the kids started on some socializing skills. They will also be given personal attention by the patient teachers, especially for students who may require more encouragement. Some kids just want to be in the limelight (like my Steffi and Leroy who are the buay paiseh showoff type), while others may be a little more shy or introverted but the teachers did appear to be able to manage both types well during our trial.

How can there not be games? This game requires the kiddos to fish for sea creatures (with alphabets on them) and then to paste their catch to the matching alphabets on the wall. Training their dexterity and familiarizing them to the alphabets as well! 
The kids were also guided to do up their own aquarium / sea side view by drawing, colouring and pasting stickers.
So what exactly is LA Madison? It is an early childhood education provider and their mission statement is as follows – “LA Madison recognizes that each child is an individual; each child is an angel; that all children are creative; that all children need to succeed. Therefore, LA Madison respects the individual needs of children; fosters a caring and creative environment; and emphasizes the social, emotional, physical, intellectual development of each child.” The school caters to toddlers aged 18 months up to 6 year olds, just prior to entering primary school. The school is having an open house really soon and you can approach the teachers to find out more just by registering your interest!
Even Stacci was delighted with her little crab, done with the help of the teachers.
Steffi with her art box full of sea creatures. 
And happy Leroy with his own version of his view under the sea.
LA Madison Open House

Location: 1 Marine Parade Central #04–07 Parkway Centre Building opposite Parkway Parade Shopping Centre, same building where McDonalds is located.
Date: 20 December 2014, Saturday Time: 9.30am to 12.00pm
Event Invite:

Programme talks and programme preview with the Teachers -
  1. 0930 to 1030
  2. 1030 to 1130
  3. 1130 to 1230
RSVP for the programme talks and preview via call 82004052, email or via Eventbrite.

The kiddos clearly enjoyed their time at the trial class and didn't want to go home at all!
The "Perfect" Father Special

Great news for our dear readers, for you get some special rates. Quote The "Perfect" Father blog when you register your child at LA Madison during the Open House and get extra classes for the first month. Sign-up for their daily programme (5 days/week) and get additional 4 Saturdays of free classes or sign up for their 3 days/week programme and get additional 2 Saturdays of classes for free.

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