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My sister in law Maricar invited us to join them for a Free 1-day Trial School in the School for Creative Beginners because cousin Ahya EJ will have a summer class there. Since Dindin is only 13 months old, she and Meimei joined the play circle for toddlers.

We were quite excited to go. This is Dindin’s first taste of going to school in a real classroom. She and Meimei were classmates. There were 6 of them in the class–3 boys, 3 girls.

As soon as I took off Dindin’s shoes and placed them in the cubbyhole, she was on her feet and in four very fast steps, she was already beside the teacher. She then sat down beside Teacher Summer and began playing with the toys. She was at home in the classroom. She played for a while and then picked up a book to read. Then she roamed around and around and around, saying Papa, A-ma, EJ all the time. She was making a roll call of family members that were not around.

They sang and danced. Dindin enjoyed the activities, however I could not let her stay in one place. Maricar said she is a kinesthetic learner. She was absorbing things but she just could not sit down. Then it was time for art. The teacher wrote their names on a paper plate and allowed them to color it. Dindin sat down on the chair and placed her arms on the desk while we waited for the teacher. We colored the plate for awhile until she finally decided that she wanted to move around again.

When snack time came, Dindin ate by herself. The teacher gave them plates and glasses on place mats and Dindin enjoyed the new system. She would hold the biscuit and bite them little by little then put them back on her plate. She would hold the glass (though it was empty) and simulated drinking from it. She was fun to look at.

I just could not let her follow the songs and dances but I just try to engage her. By the end of the class, she also put her name plate in the basket and got a star drawing on her hand. The problem came when we had to say goodbye–she did not want to leave!

On her first day, she experienced many things, including being hit and thrown a toy at by a bigger boy. Thankfully, his attacks missed Dindin. We spent the rest of the session avoiding him. She also had a nice experience when another boy shared his Skyflakes with her, which she happily took and ate. She signed “thank you” to the boy.

So it was on her first day.

We think that Dindin is ready for play school like that. However, we have budget and time constraints. It may be best to send her to summer classes like this when is ready to comprehend more things, like when she will be 3 years old. After all, I play with her and teach her while at home. She also gets interaction from her cousins. Additionally, we will be attending the DVBS at Trinity Christian Fellowship next week and the DVBS of Bacolod Trinity Church in May. So that will be her source of classroom interactions this summer. She may also be ready to go with her Koko every Sunday morning to attend Sunday school maybe mid May. At least they don’t cost much. These activities just need some effort.

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Sigrid - Bacolod Blogger
Sigrid is a work at home mom and Bacolod blogger who tries to juggle taking care of the kids, homeschooling in Bacolod, covering events, designing, writing, and blogging. After finishing her degree in Mass Communications from the University of St. La Salle, she went on to become a news reporter/writer for a local daily and eventually pursued a career in advertising as a copywriter and graphics designer. After her stint in the corporate world, she became a freelance writer, contributing to national and international publications covering a variety of topics. She was a contributing food writer to COOK Magazine before she became a food and mommy blogger. She blogs at:
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5 Comments

  1. Isis says:

    i love how Dindin learns 🙂 yes, i agree with Maricar, she is a kinesthetic learner and i love kinesthetic learners for i was/am one myself. Josh is one too. we do learn better or a whole lot better when brought outside to experience how the world is… to touch the sticky candy, to feel the grains of the sand, to taste the cool water that runs through the tongue, to let her hand enjoy the feeling of pricky, throny trees, to let feet dance on stoney ground 😉 yes, that is how we learn best. And i think that is just awesome. we learn better outside of the box/outside of the classroom 🙂 so let her explore the world and let her discover using her 5 senses. she’ll love it!

  2. Awww, too cute! Toddler play groups are fun things to do for summer at Dindin’s age.

  3. admin says:

    thanks for ur comments. actually, it was maricar who put a word to it. but even before, i have already decided to become an interactive parent, giving her different experiences every day. even the toys that she uses everyday are different because she grows tried of them very quickly. we do follow a routine like mealtimes, but her activities are different. i try to keep up with her as much as i can. next week, we have dvbs! yipeee!!!

  4. Inah says:

    Hi mommy!

    I don’t know if you still remember me…Teacher Inah. Anyway, I’m very happy to have bumped into your blog here on the net while I was doing my research on the school. Anyway, thanks so much for spending the day with us. We are quite pleased to know that Dindin had fun during her first school experience 🙂 and Kuddos to you for being a hands-on parent to her! Whatever your decision may be, SCB is just here…Our doors are open anytime for you and Dindin. Thanks for the visit! Thank you also to Mommy Maricar for sharing the school with you. 🙂

    1. admin says:

      hello teacher inah! yeah i remember you. i have good reviews about the school and people have also asked me after they have learned that Dindin went on trial school there. and I really made recommendations. one of our friends’ daughters is already enrolled there. the last name is Ortega.

      Anyway, sending Dindin in your summer classes is already part of our plan, but i guess it will have to come later. for now, we are exposing her to a variety of experiences everyday. i am staying at home but still working so I need flexibility.

      thank you for visiting my blog. God bless you! 😀

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