Identifying With the Right Preschool

Identifying With the Right Preschool

The idea of enrolling your kid in a preschool is actually a great one. But does that put you in a position where you have to accept any type of preschool. Preschools differ in their sizes, objectives and in the way they render their services. So when you are ready to get your child enrolled into one, you should make sure you are identifying with the right fit.

If this is the case, then how can you know the preschool that will be best for your kid? How can you be 100% sure you are taken them to right place? I’m pretty sure you have your opinion, but it’ll be better if the experts handled this.

Preschool or childcare in Singapore can be a confusing affair, but if you can narrow down what your preferences are, you will find that Chiltern House Childcare Centre Singapore fits most of the criteria for an excellent child care center in Singapore. Check out their site here today.

Looking For a Preschool?

The authors at expatliving.sg have listed and highlighted a couple of preschools that can be of great help to your kid. If you are currently in Singapore, you can have a read and decide on any one of them.

Choosing a preschool can be a challenging (and stressful!) task for parents, particularly for those who are still adjusting to life in Singapore. There are so many preschools in Singapore, each offering different curriculums, facilities, experiences and activities. To make your decision a little easier, we hear from these families about what they love…Read more here!

Although this sounds like a tricky task because there are many of them existing out there, if you know what you want you wouldn’t be so confused. The author has mentioned so many of them as well as why they stand out from others. Cross-examine those qualities and if they align with your goal for your child, then you can give it a try.

Never be in a hurry to send your kid to a preschool without verifying if they’ve got what you want. It is important for you take your time and do the necessary assessment before taking your kid over for registration. Well, apart from this, people also have trouble knowing whether their kids are eligible or not for preschool.

 

The Right Time For Preschool?

I have got to be honest with you – there is no straightforward answer to this question. There are, however, some pointers that can help you determine if your kid is ready for preschool or not. Babycenter.com tells us what we need to know:

Is your child fairly independent?

Preschool requires children to have certain basic skills. Most preschools will want your child to be potty-trained, for instance. Your child should also be able to take care of some other basic needs, like washing his hands after painting, eating his lunch without…Read more here!

This is critical to how your child will react in such an environment. If you had brought up your kid in a way that he or she is only comfortable around you, then I think you may need to undo that. If your child cannot exist without the parents, then it is going to take a while for that child to cope with preschool.

Your child should be able to play and have fun in your absence. It depends on the upbringing. But if you’ve got that out of the way already, then you can proceed with the necessary preschool preparation. But if otherwise, like stated earlier, then deal with it as soon as you can.

 

Preschool Against Other Options

Have you ever wondered about ditching the idea of preschool for other options? It happens a lot when parents are not so sure if preschool is needed for their kids to undergo the sort of development they wish. This article was written by ourkids.net, and it will be helping you lay those thoughts to rest.

Preschool is sometimes called daycare or childcare. It’s also sometimes referred to as nursery school or even kindergarten. And it sometimes has a similar approach to these other options. Yet there are often differences between these alternatives. Read more here!

To some it could be just daycare, to others it could be referred to as kindergarten, while some do call it preschool. If you seek my opinion, the point is not the type of name. What’s important is that they are dishing out early education methods that can help grow the child into a better and enhanced learner for their next academic pursuit.

Hence, many of the other options you may be preferring to preschools still offer the same services. The point we have been able to arrive at with the help of the preceding link is that preschools are necessary for the all-round growth of any child. As such, utilizing any of the above institutions can be a way to boost their learning abilities.

How to choose between Daycare, Preschool and Nanny?

How to choose between Daycare, Preschool and Nanny?

The issue of childcare often brings a lot of stress to the parents. It is said that the first three years should be spent at home. Infants need to be taken care of as they can experience less illness, fewer behavioral issues and less stress. Although most of the parents would prefer home-based settings, it is not always feasible for working mothers to cater to their young ones with sheer dedication. After the age of three, you should enroll your kid into a daycare.

There are many preschools in Singapore like Chiltern House. So how do you choose one that is the best for your child? You should look at curriculum, quality of teachers and most importantly, the general ‘feel’ of the centre which you should get for yourself by going down to the centre. Check out one such preschool, Chiltern House here today: https://www.chilternhouse.com.sg/

The following article by Dona Mathews on psychologytoday helps you make the decision.

Preschool,  nanny, parental care, daycare? What’s best?

“Overall, the NICHD findings showed that what matters most is not the kind of care a child receives—whether nanny, parent, daycare, preschool, or other—but rather the nature of their home experience. No matter the form of early childhood care, optimal outcomes are experienced by children who experience warmth, responsiveness, and the right kinds of stimulation at home.” Read More Here!

The studies show that kids who are cared for at home are known to be less aggressive. Ideally, those who have maternal care are known to be calmer and more cooperative. The kind of environment you choose for your kid does not matter. It could be a nanny taking care of your kid; it could be parental care, or even preschool. The end result should be that they need to experience warmth. Ensuring that the kid is under the supervision of a well-trained should suffice. Pre-schools have a highly professional environment for kids. They help kids in developing essential skills like cognitive skills and motor skills. The following article by Susannah Birch on wehavekids.com talks about the amazing benefits of sending your kid to preschool.

Should I Send my Child or Baby to Daycare?

Choosing to send your child to daycare and return to work is another big decision. For some mothers it’s a painful experiment in hopes of helping an only child get some more social interaction. Other mothers rush back to work for a few days a week just so they can have some sanity in an otherwise nappy and bottle filled life. Whatever your reason for returning to work or sending your baby to daycare, you need to remember that it’s yours alone and only you know the circumstances. Read More Here!

It is important to know the needs and routine of your child before you send him/her to a preschool. If you are someone that breastfeeds the child then you certainly have to take it into consideration before sending them to daycare. It is also crucial to check what age is the best. Make sure that you are at peace with your decision of sending your little one to the preschool. You may choose to return to work right away or spend some time with the young one and then resume. It should be noted that you certainly do not have to be worried as the daycare has all necessary facilities to help your child learn. The following article on starschildcaregroup.com highlights the benefits of outdoor play in a daycare.

Benefits of outdoor play and activities for preschool children

Children above the age of one require 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day. The biggest source of vitamin D during March and September can be found outside. This means that while playing outdoors, your child can absorb all the nutrients they need from direct sunlight. Additionally, outdoor play is proven to improve mental health and encourage children to exercise more freely in a non-restrictive way. Read More Here!

Outdoor play has been emphasized over the years for kid’s development. It also has several health benefits and helps children in getting the much need vitamin D. Kids are more focused and energized as well as creative when they are exposed to outdoor play. When exposed to the outside world, kids tend to learn better and develop their active, kinetic and motor skills. Needless to say, outdoor play is fun and kids can easily be exposed to passive learning rather than forcing them to learn via giving tough instructions. A little bit of fun and play really goes a long way.

Thus, you can make an informed decision whether you wish to send your little one to daycare, preschool or keep a nanny. Regardless of your choice, just ensure that the kids get enough attention and care and are encouraged to learn new things.

Making a Choice Between International Baccalaureate and A-levels

Making a Choice Between International Baccalaureate and A-levels

Choosing the right education system for your child may be a little overwhelming. Before making a choice, it is essential to understand the differences and significance of both education systems. International Baccalaureate (IB) has a comprehensive approach to the wholesome development of a child. Your child will be exposed to a system where his or her curiosity will be given a chance to grow. IB encourages children to ask questions in a bid to understand their environment. Children also get to study several subjects, depending on their age and program. The A-level is more focused on the subjects and exams. Your child’s academic capability will determine if he or she will be an Arts or Science student.

If you are looking for an International High School Singapore to enroll your child for the IB program into, check out GESS Singapore’s website here today.

In this article, Nalika Unantenne discusses the merits of IB and A-levels, and what these education systems mean to your child.

The relationship between International Baccalaureate and A-levels Scores

“The international A-levels has been considered by many experts in the field of education to be the “gold standard” of examinations for a very long time…until now. A recent story in thedailymail.co.uk reports that the credibility of A-levels is under scrutiny after it was observed that the International Baccalaureate (IB) qualification is possibly academically superior, making it the new gold standard…” read more here

Universities such as Oxford and Cambridge seek to maintain their high standards when admitting students. Institutions of Higher learning consider both IB and A-levels. Whichever system your child opts for, he or she will have a fair shot at getting admission to any of the institutions of higher learning. The maximum score an IB student can get is 45 points. A student who has a score of 38 is equal to an A-level student who has five A grades.

In this article, Tracy Tristram discusses the impact International Baccalaureate has on students.

Benefits of International Baccalaureate to students

“We’ll be honest, all the acronyms and information surrounding the different curriculums at schools in Singapore does baffle us. Which is why we’ve made it our mission to decipher one of the most popular programmes of all: International Baccalaureate, otherwise known as IB. We’ve been taking a look, with some advice from some of the international schools in the IB-know, at unravelling….” read more here

The IB system is designed to make a child understand themselves and the world around them. From the age of three years, students are encouraged to ask questions. Who are they? What are their expectations in life? How does the world work? How do they express themselves? The education system is not just about meeting the academic needs of the children, but to guide them into being wholesome individuals ready to conquer any challenges they encounter in life. Teaching them who they are enables children to grow into confident adults who communicate with anyone comfortably since they have a clear understanding of their personality.

In this article, Sassy Mama explains the IB curriculum and its benefits.

 

 

The features that make International Baccalaureate unique

 “We hear you mama: with so many education philosophies and curricula out there, it’s hard to keep them all straight. One that seems to dominate on the international school scene (with good reason!), is the International Baccalaureate. We get down to the real nitty gritty to let you know what sets IB apart, its unique features, and whether it is a good fit for your child. Let’s break it down!” read more here

The IB system is preparing students for the global market. It is essential for students to learn and appreciate life beyond the boundaries of their nation. The IB system has high academic standards that mean more to students than passing exams. Students are not just taught to respond to the curriculum based on the expected answers, but they are encouraged to analyze their thoughts. This is a skill that will serve as a guide as the child grows. IB also encourages learning of a foreign language to better prepare students as global citizens.

Choosing an education system that is suitable for a child is not an easy thing for parents. Both the IB and the A-level systems are critical for students. It is essential for parents to understand their children’s strengths and weaknesses. Each system could play a crucial role in building a child. If a child needs support to discover who they are to be more confident and well-rounded adults, the IB system has the right set up to serve as a guide.

After Laparoscopy for Endometriosis: Last Decapeptyl Shot or Fertility Treatment Right Away?

One week after my Laparoscopy, we paid our ob-gyne / fertility specialist (Dr. S) a visit last October 11, 2012.

She told us that even though she had successfully removed the chocolate cyst (endometrioma) from my left ovary and scraped some blood clots surrounding it, that didn’t mean that I’m already free from endometriosis. It can recur at any time, especially when my period starts again (my Decapeptyl shots before the procedure stopped my periods for months).

Yes, surgery (i.e. laparoscopy)  is just a way of managing endometriosis. Apparently, no treatment could permanently get rid of it.

She discussed my possible options:

1. Finish the course of Decapeptyl shots
– If I would be able to finish my course of Decapeptyl (one shot remaining), there would be a good chance that my endometriosis wouldn’t recur soon. If I’m going to take my last shot, my periods and ovulation would stop again for two to four months. In short, no chance of getting pregnant within that period.

2. Start with the fertility treatment right away
– According to her, this is possible. But the downside is –  there would be a big chance that my endometriosis would recur soon.

Honestly, I was a little disappointed. Before entering the clinic, I was looking forward to receive new set of prescriptions for my fertility treatment, not for my endometriosis. In the end, my husband and I finally decided to choose the first option – finish my Decapeptyl course.

For the record – I never enjoyed the side effects of Decapeptyl. Aside from stopping my menstrual periods and ovulation, this drug also leads to weight gain and decreases libido.

I just focused myself on the bright side of this option: Taking this drug will only be equivalent to 2-4 months of suffering. But if I wouldn’t take this shot and my endometriosis would recur again, that would possibly be equivalent to years or even a lifetime of suffering from not having a child.

Five months had passed. My period started again during our last day of vacation in Coron, Palawan (March 21, 2013). We paid Dr. S a visit the next day.

My Laparoscopy Procedure for My Severe Endometriosis

To finally remove the large chocolate cyst growing in my left ovary, I was scheduled to have my Laparoscopy last October 4, 2012. The days leading up to my surgery were very stressful. I had to lose weight, a lot of weight, in less than 30 days. From 145 lbs, I managed to lose 29 lbs before the surgery.

Two days before the surgery were the most painful of all. I was told to be in a “liquid diet” – only soups, fruit juices, water, etc. One day before the surgery, I had to take Dulcolax so I could poop before the surgery and Evening Primrose Oil (as vaginal suppository) to “soften” my cervix and prepare it for the operation.

The “Laparoscopy Day”

Everything went smoothly as planned. I wasn’t allowed to eat anything so we went straight to the hospital to prepare myself early for the laparoscopy. 2 kinds of Enema and a skin test were done before lunch time. At exactly 1:00 pm, they finally took me to the operating room. I was very nervous. I was begging everyone to help save my left ovary. After a few minutes, a nurse came to me and injected something in my IV. That was my last memory.
I woke up while they’re taking me to another room. I was very dizzy, maybe because of the anesthesia. I felt my wounds and stitches, and they were like burning my skin inside and out. There was also an odd pain in my throat that I couldn’t speak clearly. That was when I realized that the laparoscopy was done.
I immediately looked for my sister (since she’s also a doctor and a former classmate of the owner of the hospital, she was able to assist me inside the operating room). I asked her about my left ovary. It was saved! Although the cyst was already in its “critical size”, they were able to remove it without removing my left ovary as well. The procedure took 5 to 6 hours.
I was discharged the next day. Dr. S positively told me that we can start “trying” again after two to three weeks. I was also instructed to visit her again after seven days so she can check the stitches.
Despite the fact that I couldn’t move because of my fresh wounds, I was very happy. I already started imagining myself pregnant. What clothes should I wear? When should I start shopping for baby stuff? I knew from that moment that this time, nothing would stop us anymore from having a baby.
What happened next? Find out on my next post.

My Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and My First Fertility Treatment

As I had mentioned on my About Me page, my husband and I were already trying to have a baby since 2005 – with no luck. I had a total of 2 miscarriages – the first one happened in 2006 and the second one in 2010 (I had no idea that I was pregnant since I always have irregular periods).

Our first fertility treatment started on 2007 after consulting an ob-gyne (let’s just call her Dr. D for now) for my continuous vaginal bleeding. She did a transvaginal sonogram and she found out that I had Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). The worse thing about it was that both ovaries were affected. I was devastated, especially when she told us that there’s a large possibility that my condition might be the reason why we’re still childless. She also conducted a sperm analysis on my husband and everything’s normal (lucky him!).

Dr. D immediately prescribed me with Duphaston to stop my bleeding. Had to take it for five (or ten?) days and on the third day of my period, she prescribed me with Clomiphene (Clomid) – a fertility drug. I was also instructed to take a pregnancy test the following month.

My first month of fertility treatment failed. They were wondering why I couldn’t produce eggs despite the fact that I’m taking Clomid. Dr. D increased its dosage and told me to take Metformin once a day everyday (for my PCOS) during my second month of treatment. Everything failed again. Same thing with third and fourth month.

She started to introduce a procedure called Tubal Cannulation, wherein she would be able to flush my fallopian tubes to check if there’s a blockage or something. That procedure was worth P7,000 at that time and since we were not yet ready to gamble our “itsy-bitsy” savings, we decided to take a rest and try again without the help of any fertility treatments.

3 years had passed and my womb’s still empty. Out of desperation, I tried to self medicate with the drugs Dr. D prescribed me during our treatments without my husband’s knowledge. After two months, I had my “Year 2010 Miscarriage”.  I had no idea that I was pregnant since my periods are always irregular.

We went back to Dr. D with the palm-sized lump of blood that came out during (what I thought was) my 6-hour dysmenorrhea attack. She then confirmed that it was indeed a miscarriage, and the probable cause might be my hormonal imbalance (hormonal imbalance and PCOS are sisters). She instructed me to continue taking Metformin everyday.

Was I able to cure my PCOS with Metformin? Did I finally get pregnant after this? Find out on my next post.

Friendly Reminder:
Do not try to self medicate with the drugs mentioned in my post. Treatment for PCOS depends on the severity of the condition. It is always important to consult your doctor first before taking anything.