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prometheus85
21-08-2008, 11:32 PM
Hi, I'm a working parent with 2 children,
my elder son is 5 and younger is 3.
After school they were like sticking to the TV whole day long.
I wish to send them off to some enrichment center whereby they can learn something rather than watching TV.
Any of you had any good suggestion with a good enrichment center in Taipan please do let me know.

Thanks.

maze79
27-08-2008, 03:45 PM
Hi, Maybe you can try out with YouNMe education center in Taipan. It at the same row of Starbucks cafe.

I heard is quite good. I myself didn't really get the chance to go and visit yet. But maybe you can try out.

Here's the website www.younme.com.my

prometheus85
28-08-2008, 03:48 PM
Hi. Thanks for your suggestion.
I've browse through the webpage, and it seems the center is providing very different kind of education comparing from others, i think i will try to learn more about it. Thanks for the Help.

maze79
28-08-2008, 09:05 PM
No need to mention about it, based on their webpage. I think they are more emphasizing on right brain development.

I don't really know what are the methods they are using just yet. I think is something like "BAO BEI" chinese reading class. But is a good thing that they cover 4 major subjects. BC,BM,BI and Math.

But i heard is quite good.

prometheus85
29-08-2008, 09:31 PM
Hi Maze79

Okay. Well I've also done some of my research based on this center.
It seems like they are using The Bridge method though.
Is something like Shichida method from Japan. But i heard this Shichida method is very expensive.

By the way did you send your children over to this learning center?
Want to know the result......

mamamia
30-08-2008, 08:51 AM
Hei Guys, I'm new here, But not new in Subang.

Regarding the topic you guys are talking, actually there are plenty of centers in Taipan area, regarding what kind of skills you want your child to learn. whether is it academic wise or others.

But so far, i have not came across with younme, i think probably is new in town.

cherrybaby
02-09-2008, 12:31 AM
I did pass by the center that you all mentioned yesterday, was hoping to drop by and take a look of it.
And i think it is most probably Sunday and also is National day. They were closed. :(

But i did manage to pick up some information leaflet. And i don't think they have weekend classes.:)

Did any of you parents send your children there, need some feedbacks regarding this center. :D

Have a Nice Day :cool:

maze79
03-09-2008, 10:57 PM
By the way did you send your children over to this learning center?
Want to know the result......

Hi, actually i didn't send my children over there yet, but i wish to seek for a centre to send my children over.

Just before i made any decision there are a few centre in my list, which is recommended by some of my colleagues.
Vital Years
Bao Bei reading class
YouNMe

Wish to get some of your guys opinion about these 3 centres, if any of you did send your child over.

Thanks :)

SummerEve
10-09-2008, 11:38 AM
I went to the centre, younme, that you guys were talking about. Met the principal there, she is a nice and friendly lady. Must say that I'm impressed with their setup, facilities and teaching method used.

Yes, they are using the bridge method and is mainly focusing on right brain development, something similar to shichida method. Apparently we could join in anytime throughout the year but she advise me to only send in my son next year as he is only turning 2 in coming Dec. They only accept child above 2 year old.

Anyway still looking around, preferbly somewhere near Taipan area. Any suggestion will be most welcome.

mamamia
13-09-2008, 09:07 PM
Hi SummerEve,
I did pay a visit to the place, but unfortunately they were closed, If i may ask, what hour you visit to their place, because me and my hubby are working,so the only available time for us to visit is after 7pm.

By the way did you need to make any appointment for dropping by?

SummerEve
15-09-2008, 01:14 PM
Hi Mamamia,

I went there in the morning while their class was on. Managed to met the principal without any appointment.

Well, if you want to pay them a visit, I think it's better to call first as she told me that she sometimes does get involved during the lessons too.

And don't forget to ask her for free trial class.

waltan
10-10-2008, 10:33 AM
I've browse thru their website, looks quite interesting and something new to me. Anybody have sent their child there? I would appreciate your feedback. Thanks.

rachel sj
30-10-2008, 09:57 AM
Does anyone have recommendation for play school or enrichment center for toddler of 2 plus around USJ/subang Jaya areas ? many thanks

SummerEve
30-10-2008, 11:08 PM
Does anyone have recommendation for play school or enrichment center for toddler of 2 plus around USJ/subang Jaya areas ? many thanks
I'll be sending my 2 y.o. son to younme next Jan. Just called the principal to book a place for me and I'll be go there next week to make the necessary payment.

Why don't you have a look at this place? They are in the same row with Starbucks Cafe in Taipan.

mamamia
02-11-2008, 03:16 AM
Hi Guys,

I did also drop by at the place, you guys mentioned. Their setup is indeed impressing. The teachers there are also very nice too. Love the environment very much.
And also their method of teaching is very different comparing others. I've also decided to send my child over next year.
And SummerEve did mention regarding the Emotional section, they really emphasize on it.

Actually I personally feel very lucky to have such a nice center around in the neighborhood. And I'm very glad and impressed what these wonderful teachers are doing for the children.

prometheus85
02-11-2008, 03:41 AM
Thanks for all the helpful information.
I've visited the center and i'm very happy with it. The principal and the teachers there are very nice.

My children like the place very much too. I'm sending my children to join next year. They can't hardly wait to start schooling there already. :p

In anyway, before that happen. I'll be also sending them for the holiday program that younme is having for this coming december.:cool:

Did any of you sign up your children for any holiday program yet? well, if not, why not check out from this center? :)

maze79
02-11-2008, 03:40 PM
Hi there prometheus85.

Yes, regarding the Holiday program, It seems that the holiday program that younme education center offering had limited places.

That day i did called up to ask to enquire for the holiday program, the lady there told me, the places are limited, so my advise is - if you want to enroll your children into that holiday program you have to make booking.

Well if any of you are interested you can go through their website. They even include a one day outing for the children too. It looks quite promising.

kwchang
07-11-2008, 02:10 AM
Please beware of the comments posted here - you have read from different nicks (all are now banned) but they were all posted by the same person. This is explained in detail in my post (#13) in the thread 2008 Holiday Camp for Children (http://www.usj.com.my/bulletin/upload/showthread.php?p=328185#post328185)

Mrs A Tham
09-11-2008, 01:42 AM
Hi Maze79


Okay. Well I've also done some of my research based on this center.
It seems like they are using The Bridge method though.
Is something like Shichida method from Japan. But i heard this Shichida method is very expensive.

By the way did you send your children over to this learning center?
Want to know the result......



Yup, I sent my son to Shichida Methods when he was 1 1/2...Well their method is really fun and works. It develops the whole brain. It teaches children the learn by play method. Not a bit stressful. Infact I think if any parent can afford it, they should at least send their kid to Shichida for 2 semesters or so for the child to get use to this kind of fun teachings as well as the parents can at the same time learn the methods. Later on can try doing it at home. My child actually joined for about 7 months until he is 2 then I caught up with the ways they conduct and did it myself at home.
Well really no regret at all regarding $$ fees as it really works and its truely simple. BTW the fees are RM400 - 500 monthly (depending on which days) and the session is 1 hour one week. For the parents, we take it as also paying to learn lah!!

Children at Shichida mostly have very good memory as well as artistic. Their brain can be develop in such a way they will turn out to be quite fast learners. Well, dunno about others, but it surely is great on my son.
He is 3 + now, he's good at the lap top as I did subscribe in some kinda flash card learning system (similar to fliptec) and he really enjoys it. Learned faster than conventional kindys. His English is good and his understanding when watching an adult drama is tremendous. He ons and off the pc accordingly and can find his own programme to study. He recognises the icons and basic funstional keys. Other than that he can recognise a place after about 2 - 3 visits. He is very systematic with his toys and such and character is good when visit friends house in which he respect the place and do not jump and run and shout around. Shichida teaches by encouraging and children likes that. They use very optimistic approach. Well can't tell you everything here or I think I can go on and on till tomorrow.... :) :)

The main thing is not to preassure the kid as many parents do. I see my sis-in-laws kids age 8, 9 and 11...Prepares for school real early in the mornings. Then after school, its tuition mostly 3 - 4 days a week. After tuition when reaches home, its homework time till diner time. Sometimes drags until after dinner. by the time they finishes homework, it's time to prepare for bed.
Wow!! Almost no fun activities...they based mostly on academic...to me its kinda lobsided. The kids are getting real fed-up with their school studies.
Nowadays parents develop some kinda "if you don't understand, go tuition" kinda attitude! I felt the effort in nurturing and tutoring a kid starts from as young as a few months old, not when they start school. SOme parents don't even feel its important looking for the right kindy/nursery...so long they are taught to read and write OK! They younger they can read or write, the better! It's like competing amongst friends.

kwchang
09-11-2008, 06:08 PM
...BTW the fees are RM400 - 500 monthly (depending on which days) and the session is 1 hour one week.... That is extremely expensive ... I hope this isn't another push for the system ;)


...Prepares for school real early in the mornings. Then after school, its tuition mostly 3 - 4 days a week. After tuition when reaches home, its homework time till diner time. Sometimes drags until after dinner. by the time they finishes homework, it's time to prepare for bed.. This is a lot of 3rd-party story. Not true. In general, this is a myth.

Why? Because I sent my kids to the then famous cram school Lick Hung. My daughter was in Std6 last year. As far as I can see, she had a very easy time - she had all the time to sleep, less homework than 3 years ago (the school must have changed their tough system). We do send her to tuition classes mainly because we do not use Mandarin at home but it wasn't stressing them out.

Mrs A Tham
11-11-2008, 02:28 PM
That is extremely expensive ... I hope this isn't another push for the system ;)

This is a lot of 3rd-party story. Not true. In general, this is a myth.

Why? Because I sent my kids to the then famous cram school Lick Hung. My daughter was in Std6 last year. As far as I can see, she had a very easy time - she had all the time to sleep, less homework than 3 years ago (the school must have changed their tough system). We do send her to tuition classes mainly because we do not use Mandarin at home but it wasn't stressing them out.

I am just a parent and not attach to any centres. Well, I am not saying that all kids suffers from too stressful timetable set by parents/tuition centres. But indeed a majority does. You are lucky your girl takes it so well. Not all kids are like her. As to my reply about these children being so stressed out, well they are not myth. It happened to some of my personal friends as well as my own sis-in-laws whom children I see growing up.
Besides sending kids to good schools, parents involvement in their daily undertakings are extremely important too. Perhaps she just leaves everything to a grandmother and a maid. Bringing ups like character building plays a big part whether your kids will turn out more systematic in their approach to studies.

FYI my nephews and nieces goes to LHung ss19 too now.
When they were preschooler, they were sent to very academic nurseries. They excel and was top 5's in the classrooms but when reaches the age of 9 / 10 their results dropped drastically. Their parents then took measures in sending them to very good tuition centres paying a hefty lot. Yes their results did improve but the lifestyle is cramp like I had mentioned before.

Every child is a special individual with different learning pace that's why it is our duty to tap on their ability and interest and proceed from there instead of pushing them to be what we want them to be. I always feel that a person who takes up their hobby/wishes as a career is a happier individual who can excel more..

Mrs A Tham
15-11-2008, 01:02 AM
Anyone send their kids to Kumon?
What's the development results?
How old can a kid starts Kumon?
Will is be too preassure for young kids to attend Kumon?
What's the fees like and what's the session duration?
I heard kids are attending Kumon from as young as 4yrs ++......

SunwayK
16-11-2008, 09:26 PM
Anyone send their kids to Kumon?...........

Sichide emphasis on right brain training whereas Kumon is leaning towards left. The folks in Sichida should be able to tell you that. Messing with both the right brain and the left brain concurrently would usually result in a TKO for the right.

Mrs A Tham
17-11-2008, 02:46 AM
Sichide emphasis on right brain training whereas Kumon is leaning towards left. The folks in Sichida should be able to tell you that. Messing with both the right brain and the left brain concurrently would usually result in a TKO for the right.


Shichida actually emphasies on whole brain development...
TKO for the right meaning??? :rolleyes:

rachel sj
17-11-2008, 12:09 PM
Please beware of the comments posted here - you have read from different nicks (all are now banned) but they were all posted by the same person. This is explained in detail in my post (#13) in the thread 2008 Holiday Camp for Children (http://www.usj.com.my/bulletin/upload/showthread.php?p=328185#post328185)

Yes Chang, any person of right mind reading all the repeated posts praising that particular center will immediately feel that they are advertising that place...

Mrs A Tham
17-11-2008, 05:21 PM
I found Qdees in USJ18 is a place worth looking into.. their syllabus is good and offers not only fun learning but also extra curriculum activities like gym, swimming...within the school as tey have a swimming pool there. :cool: Multimedia teaching methods are use and no preassure learning as they develop on individual pace... were there last Saturday for the opening for intake.

Mrs A Tham
17-11-2008, 06:01 PM
Yes Chang, any person of right mind reading all the repeated posts praising that particular center will immediately feel that they are advertising that place...


Wouldn't you want to know?
I checked the profiles of new members who asked about and recommended children camps in this thread. Guess what I found?...

Checked out the issue on scams advertising and see why you are so sensitive on one of my posting as I did mentioned about a centre Shi....
Well, as mentioned b4, I am truely a homemaker looking for a preschool enrichment centre for my 3 1/2 y.o. and came across one question asked about this place. I replied the thread and did mentioned alot about the centre but I had no idea that by mentioning things like this gets me into being a suspect..or being told that my opinions and experiences are myths. :confused:

And thanks to those who really did this on purpose, I don't even know now that I am communicating with a real parent in need of recommendation/opinion.

Anyway Chang, you are doing your job here...huh? Last but not least, I am really a homemaker and has benefitted and enjoyed as a member of the forum. Please do not put me in the same plantation with these culprits!! :D

kwchang
17-11-2008, 06:14 PM
...came across one question asked about this place. I replied the thread and did mentioned alot about the centre but I had no idea that by mentioning things like this gets me into being a suspect..
Not to worry, as you see, you were not included in the ban list. I do check out the details before I send people off to the plantation and I try my best not to implicate the innocent participants who get sucked into the conspiracy at that time. :D

To be fair, the specific child enrichment centre is probably OK. please do not get me wrong, I am not discrediting that establishment. It is unfortunate the operator of that place tried to do some creative advertising and shot himself in the foot. It just shows that the person who did that is naive and thought he could hide his multiple identities. It should not mean that you, the residents, cannot consider that centre as one of the places to enrol your kids. Things must be put into perspective

Mrs A Tham
17-11-2008, 06:34 PM
I try my best not to implicate the innocent participants who get sucked into the conspiracy at that time. :D........Things must be put into perspective

At least they could have done like Ms Loh of Kinderland....huh? She did it straight to the point telling all she's from the centre and put in no(s) for us to call.. I did check out the place after seeing the post!. :)

And like myself, I do not really know whether I can let people know I am offering kindy transport service using this site in which i did. Pls advice...

kwchang
17-11-2008, 06:38 PM
...I do not really know whether I can let people know I am offering kindy transport service using this site in which i did. Pls advice... Depends on how you do it - if you make it a car-pooling suggestion and not a money-making interest, then it can be accepted as a community service. I thought you were doing that ... weren't you?

Mrs A Tham
17-11-2008, 09:48 PM
Depends on how you do it - if you make it a car-pooling suggestion and not a money-making interest, then it can be accepted as a community service. I thought you were doing that ... weren't you?
Well, I did that ......initially was trying to find out the average pricing for for private transport service to fetch kids to kindies, due to getting many feedbacks and got to know most of the transporters doesn't really put safety at 1st priority as they send as many kids they can cramp into the car and without proper seatbelts/childseat measures, I am quite disturb of putting my trust in them sending my own kid.! Then only I come to decide getting a 2nd car and fetching my son myself at the same time could do it at a cost for others but as I am not really doing it as a main business, I do not intend to fetch that many kids at one go......Anyway Chang, thks for advice. Do remind me if you may find some of my threads to sway :D :D

SunwayK
26-11-2008, 07:30 PM
Shichida actually emphasies on whole brain development... :rolleyes:

A picture tells a different story.
If that is your belief, then, either, your investment was a waste or their advertisement is rather misleading.

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/lkcourt/17112008054.jpghttp://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/lkcourt/17112008055.jpg

Mrs A Tham
28-11-2008, 02:13 PM
A picture tells a different story.
If that is your belief, then, either, your investment was a waste or their advertisement is rather misleading.

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/lkcourt/17112008054.jpghttp://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/lkcourt/17112008055.jpg

Well dunno about the T-shirts as I know shichida has many types of T-shirts and its the parents that chooses which to buy. As for my kid, FYI its not a belief I adopted, we had personal experience and I have no regrets paying for the 7 months of his activities there as well as mine (to learn some of their technics and to teach him myself at home thereafter). There are many centres around that offers good whole brain or right brain or heavy academic developments and its up to individual's preference to choose which they like. Unless we had a bad or a good personal experience to share, it is rather unethical to downgrade certain centres. My son doesn't attend Tumbeltots but a friend's does and through what I found out from her, its rather interesting too...and so is MusikHaus. Well we can't measure by the fees involved, some good centres are very reasonable and some are very $$!! But it all depends on the approach and how an individual child takes it.
To me my child of 3 1/2 and had not attended any nursery/kindy experience yet can sing, dance, tells and recreate stories, watercolors, loves swimming and sports activites, can hold the pen and draw shapes, join dotted pictures, good at jigsaw puzzles, recognised simple words, excellent speech and reasonings, counts from 1 - 20's, uses the stensils, operates a laptop accordingly searching for his own programmes, considerate towards others, loving towards parents, caring towards animals, fully toilet trained by 2 yrs, loves assembling robot toys, helps around in the house and with a wonderful memory. Well I shall say he had been developing well his IQs and EQs and if that's not whole brain development, do correct me.

SunwayK
28-11-2008, 10:55 PM
...... Well I shall say he had been developing well his IQs and EQs and if that's not whole brain development, do correct me.
Excuse me...I am talking about the Shichida Method. Your kid's development and what other centres does is irrelevant to my point. I am clearing the misconception that you made in this thread on what it does. The Shichida's method, like the message it promotes in the T-shirt is right brain development, period.

kwchang
29-11-2008, 01:01 AM
OK la SunwayK, we see your point. I guess it is for the child centre to answer yr question as they should be the best one to defend themselves, not a customer like MrsTham.

By the way, MrsTham, I wouldn't give too much credit to the enrichment centre - I do not think creativity or brain development can be enhanced by any teaching methodology. It could accelerate your child a bit into the right direction but the main effort comes from the God-given ability your child is so lucky to have. Perhaps it is inherited or due to expression of certain genes that enabled him to be so developed. The bottom line is you have a smart kid, I don't think the centre made him smarter.

There is always the debate about nature vs nurture. Both are probably important but we cannot deny that Nature is the base from which nurture would assist. This is a sensitive arguement because if taken negatively, it would mean saying that some kids are born challenged (politically correct way to say "stupid").

My point is simply that unless there are sound statistical and scientific studies, we are unable to attribute mental development entirely to all these techniques. We cannot deny that such enrichment centres would showcase the best kids to advertise the fact that their methods are effective ... have you checked how many kids that were enrolled in the same programme but failed to develop?

annice
01-12-2008, 05:14 PM
I'll be sending my 2 y.o. son to younme next Jan. Just called the principal to book a place for me and I'll be go there next week to make the necessary payment.

Why don't you have a look at this place? They are in the same row with Starbucks Cafe in Taipan.
May i know what is the pricing scheme like? My son will only be 2 next year, can still regieter for Jan ?

Mrs A Tham
05-12-2008, 09:56 AM
There is always the debate about nature vs nurture. Both are probably important but we cannot deny that Nature is the base from which nurture would assist. This is a sensitive arguement because if taken negatively, it would mean saying that some kids are born challenged (politically correct way to say "stupid")......

Hi Chang, agreed totally! Through what I had experienced, there are parents who enrol kids into many such centres, then without putting any effort themselves hoping that the kid can become a genius! I see maids going to classes with the kids! In the event many such cases does not turn out as expected. There are also those who can't afford such things but with lots of patience. love and good nurturing at home in which children turns out beyond expectation.
Well, to me Nature & Nurture are both equally important..

LMei
05-12-2008, 05:45 PM
There are also those who can't afford such things but with lots of patience. love and good nurturing at home in which children turns out beyond expectation.
Well, to me Nature & Nurture are both equally important..
Hi Mrs Tham, totally agree. I also believe, every kid if you spend time to do that, they can develop pretty well without the help of expensive classes. Unfortunately many parents these days lack the time and sometimes the patience to do this.

In my case, my 2 1/2 year old son who also had not attended any nursery/kindy experience yet can sing, dance, tells stories (in his version), colors, loves swimming, sing the whole abc song (though pronunciation not so accurate), counts from 1 - 10, fully toilet trained by 1.5 yrs (including going to shopping center without diapers), and can tell his left hand/leg from right.

I believe all kids have fantastic memory. :D