This is a discussion on Anyone tried Growing Up Gifted Programmes within the Toddlers and Preschoolers (1-5 years old) forum, part of the Singapore Kiasu Parents Forum category; Hi, Has anyone brought their baby or thought to attend class hold by Growing Up Gifted (GUG)? I am currently ...
Has anyone brought their baby or thought to attend class hold by Growing Up Gifted (GUG)?
I am currently looking for some enrichment class for my 18th month old son. Pls give me your advice.
Hi Jan, GUG is a good sch. My friend send her children. I did not cos of the cost, too high for me...
but if you can afford it, then GUG is definitely a good choice.
Hi Yakii, thanks for the info. Found the thread and read it.
Hi January84, I have signed up for the trial class. But my main purpose is to build my son social skills plus to make him enjoy in the class. My hubby and I will let him join the actual class in Jun 09 when the new term starts and we will keep him there for half a yr and see how his progress. We will most likely switch him to Shicida next yr when he is much older.
No choice... just got to cut down my shopping spree to save money for his education and his benefits.
Since you found the previous threads on GUG & Shichida, you'd probably have read my 2 cents' worth on both issues.Originally Posted by Jan
Anyway, specifically on your considerations, I have the following to say:
1) My Seamus has been attending GUG pre-school in Suntec City every Mon & Fri morning since Jan this year. The only positive thing we get is the exclusive exposure & training on ZooPhonics ... other than that, I feel there isn't much value-add, especially the Chinese component.
2) As for socialising, I feel that it will be tough on your kiddo ... simply becoz you are letting him join in a class of friends already well-mixed, on top of the fact that it will be his first exposure to such a social setting. So, do be prepared mentally ... & persevere.
3) My Seamus has also embarked on the Shichida program every Sun afternoon since Apr this year ... classes are more interesting & even more intensive, so much so that Seamus is focused throughout the class but falls asleep shortly after he's been settled into the car seat.
4) I am also intending to switch him over to Shichida Kindergarten ... once he's 4 years old in 2011, but I'm still quite lost as in whether to let him continue with GUG until then. But then again, that's my own problem ... for you, I'd like to recommend that you let your kiddo try out the Shichida program first, before you swicth him over to Shichida Kindergarten.
As for your GUG trial class, where & when have you signed up for?
Hi VroomVroom Boys,
Thanks for your advice.
My boy, Jonas, attended the trial class yesterday. I have decided to out him into the new class in June 09 when they start their new term. I am also planning to send him to a daily playgroup class in Jul 09.
His attention span is indeed very short, he is someone pretty active and will run about during the class. As for Shicida, we will enrol him to join the class next yr. My initial plan was to join this year. However, my hubby's aunty who had both her kids attended the lesson, find it really too young for my boy go.
You mean you are only sending him to GUG for the weekend enrichment class but to another pre-school for the "daily playgroup class"?Originally Posted by Jan
If that's the case, may I know which other pre-school you are sending to?
I am also of the opinion that the Shichida Program should not be forced upon a child who is too young ...Originally Posted by Jan
However, seeing that your boy is already 18 months, I dont think it's early anymore ... based on the following:
1) the closer the child is to 3 years of age, the likelier the child is from starting formal education ... in other words, the higher the probability the child is at being trained to use only his/her left brain
2) in contrast to others who are younger, your boy would be able to express his dislike or reluctance for the program ... similarly, it is easier for you to talk him into paying attention in class too
Lastly, have you actually registered your interests with Shichida yet?
I ask this becoz there is a typical 6-month wait before you get enrolled in the class ... same for my Seamus: I decided to let him start with their program when he was 18 months old, but becoz of this waiting queue, my Seamus only get to be part of a new class which started when he was exactly 24 months old.
I signed up a parent & thought for my dear son.. 18 months, once a week on sat at 1 hour/session.
cover singing/dancing, art & craft, phonics, - MMI near my house.
intend to let him learn some things, make some friends, and slowly let him get used to it... play and learn at the same time...
That's what I'm still finding out ... they've been quite secretive so far.Originally Posted by January84
I'm still trying to know how much of their curriculum is linked to the actual Shichida Method ... which means I can drop the Sunday class (which my Seamus is now attending) & pool that money towards the fees for the pre-school instead.
My main concern is how intensive would the pre-school classes be ... bearing in mind that my Seamus is "brain-dead" after his Sunday class most of the time, after full concentration for that 1.5 hours.
I just went with my dear son to "our" first enrichment class ytd. He had so much fun dancing and playing around and repeated the same actions for the whole of yesterday... happy baby.. hahaha...
This enrichment class can join for as long as we want, so just let him enjoy and get a little use to it first.. anyway, most of the schools only accept from 3yo onwards so see how then..
looking out for those helo 3X/wk lessons though...
This may not apply to your kid ... but I see this phenomenon amongst a couple of Seamus's classmates in GUG, including Seamus.Originally Posted by January84
All were enthusiastic at the beginning ... but when things get settled, that enthusiasm seems to waver slightly ... as weeks turn to months, they can even get totally disinterested.
On my part, I'm looking at spicing up his program ... thus, the intention to switch from GUG to Shichida next Jan (min entry age).