This entry is based on my personal experience and opinion. You have the right to disagree…afterall kan ni Negara demokrasi…hihi . I just want to share my first hand experience that going to those playgym is not merely ‘playing’ but it is indeed an enrichment programme.
Yup, I would like to do an entry bout my kids and their playgym class. We started enrolling hArith and athirAh to the Little Crawlers Programmer by the Kidzports when they were 6 months young. Naturally, the reaction we received from others would be “budak 6 bulan paham ape anta gi class???” Yup, most people find it ridiculous when we said we send our babies for the class. But mind you, NEVER underestimate you babies’ capabilities.
There were this small when they first enrolled…
When we decided to enroll them, our first concern (or rather intention) was to enable them to be exposed to various activities so they could catch up with their age development cause they were born premature. We first went for the trial class, we found that the activities were just simple movement and musics. But I told myself, I’m sure they have done a proper research before they came out with the syllabus for the babies. So our naked eyes might think it’s just simple activities, but I’m sure it does help stimulate our babies. Unfortunately, when I took my Developmental Psychology course, I had a I-could-get-away-with-anything-lecturer, thus I didn’t pay much attention in class or else I should still be able to know all the development stage from birth till adulthood ke orang tua nyanyuk…hihi
hArith enjoying the obstacle course…
Oh we also wanted to let our kids developed social skills cause they don’t go to nursery / day care since I’m a Stay-At-Home-Mom, taknk lar anak jadi jakun biler jumper other of their age group.
Nway, after few classes, syauQi became bored with the classes cause it was mostly repetition. But this was something I know for sure…babies love something they are familiar with. Thus a repetition is actually good for them. In fact, they would actually know what’s the next activity in stored for them. I remember a 12 months old gal actually cried when the teacher skip one of the usual activity (due to time constraint). She could detect that, things are not going accordingly. Like I said, never underestimate them! No doubt it is only an hour a week class, but they do learn a thing or two in that precious 60 minutes!
athirAh enjoying the bubble…
Well, after months sending hArith and athirAh we knew there are of cause benefits sending them but we didn’t like really go into it to see how much it has helped them. But because I gave birth to uZAir, we need to take a break since syauQi wouldn’t be able to bring both alone. So campur raya and all, they had 4 months of break from the class. This month we decided to continue with the classes. And oh boy, only now we realize what the classes have helped them previously.
After months without classes, my babies’ attention span has become shorter. They don’t want to sit in a circle for long and they don’t take instruction properly. In fact I remembered, there was one time we didn’t attend classes for 3 weeks cause babies’ had flue, after skipping 3 lessons their attention span reduce what more after 4 months break! So we hope, with the continuation of the lesson from now on, it would train them to be able to listen to instruction well and also capable to concentrate longer during activities. It was only their second lesson after a long break…so hopefully after more lesson, they would get back on track =)
ni pulak, gambar latest. Dah besar…bleh diri sendiri tuk tangkap bubbles…
hArith tgh nk complete kan his obstacle course.
(ni secara tak langsung, ajar diorang tuk listen to instructions)
And I was also told by the teacher that it has proven that those who started attending classes at a young age, they concentrate better when they enter kindergarten. I guess this is very true cause secara tak langsung the classes have given them an early start for their attention span.
Like I said, you have every right to say it is ridiculous sending a 6 months young to a class, but if you can spend hundreds on their clothing and all…why can’t you spend an amount for them to have fun (if you still think it is ridiculous that they could learn in this 60 minutes of class)
yang ni both suka, teacher tonggeng2 kan diorang
pApa lak tonggeng2 kn athirAh
*chop bukan nak kutuk bangsa sendiri yer…tapi kenapa bangsa lain especially c*na always put their children education/development as number 1 priority tapi bukan bangsa kita? Kat class, bleh kira berapa jer melayu…
**oh mati lar, sure ade yang nk condem my entry ni kan
well…follow your motherly instinct, if u think it doesn’t bring good for your kids….then takyah lar anta