Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Kinder Garden..

I honestly don't understand where 'childhood' is going in this country.. My 4 1/2 years old hates school.. She is coming home, and saying things like ' I don't want to do my homework. Just leave me alone, I wanna be stupid.' I was guilty of falling into the trap this 'childhood system of Malaysia'. Thinking 'Shit, is my child really that stupid?'

Honestly... my daughter is coming home with homework of a 7 years old. Where they want her to re-arrange sentences. HELLO~~~ She knows her alphabet, but she still can't read the words yet! SO..

  1. They either me to do her homework for her. (which goes against 'the books') OR
  2. My daughter is slow.. other kids her age in school must know how to do this!!??????
They are learning 'ATOM' and 'Molecules' in school at 4 1/2. She comes home with at least 3 books of homework everyday!

I thought childhood and kindergarten are supposed to be fun! Where a child learns their social skills and blossoms! NOT a place where if she is not an Einstein, she is considered slow or stupid. Why should anyone care if she is colouring over the line?!? Thinking within a box!? Did Einstein or any other genius out there that we know of do that??


Simple American said...

That is sad. What happened to just doing a sketch of your hand and cutting it out for your mum?

Hope you can find a way to encourage her.

Anonymous said...

I hear you! I went through the same thing with my eldest daughter. It was driving me nuts.

Try looking into other kindergartens and check on their teaching method. I found one that has great approach and my child loved going to that school.

-KJ Miller-

Azlin said...

You guys are scaring me.
In 2 years, I'll be that mother with a 4 yrs old kid.

MonkeyWong said...

That's why kids nowadays dun like school at all, something is not right about our educational system, goes off track?

Chiwi said...

SA : Yeah and what about painting your face and trace it on the paper kind of fun!! hehehe

KJ : thanks for visiting my blog! Have new hope, am going to send her to my old kindergarten, my old teachers are still there, and they've been overseas and their syllabus is a lot less demanding!!! thank goodness.

Azlin: by then you would either be overseas, or can afford to send him to international schools!!

MW: totally agree!! sad isn't it??

mommy of 2 angels said...

whoa this is really asking for too much from a 4 1/2 years old...eh...have u ever thot of changing school ah...just a thot la.

aida said...


but i am a member of a forum, apparently now got tuition for 5 years old too...kindergarten age!!!

i dont think i colour within the line till i was like 7 or 8 leh.

Blur Mommy said...

wow, kindergarten also got homework?? That's scary! Are all the kindergarten like that nowadays?

Chiwi said...

Mommy of 2 angels : We've finally found one that has green grass and trees for kids. And I made a point to look through their books. Looks good.. Will see what the little missy say about it by end of this week! Bit far from the house thou, but it's worth it!

Aida : yes, it's definitely a serious problem!! "Happy Childhood = Happy Adults" Right?? Tuition are for as young as 3 babe!!

Blur Mommy : With the new school that we are sending Missy to, the teacher was telling us that they use to have 6 classrooms full of students, but a lot of parents have now pulled their kids out becoz they are not academic enough and NOT enough homework!! They now only have 3 classrooms.

WMD: Wife, Mother, Daughter said...

Scary right how our education system is robbing our children of their childhood. I dread the day my son has to step into formal education or even now, I am dreading next year when he turns 5 and joins K1. Help....

Chiwi said...

WMD : it is truely sad that our school system has come to this, I was hoping that I would have my kids brought up here, learn the culture and my mother tongue. Looks like gonna have to move back to NZ sooner than I thought. At least Penang has more choices right??

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