29.3.09

Academic Summer Class, Yes or No?

The school year is over here in the Philippines and as teachers, we have the privilege to have our 60-day rest with pay. Isn't that great? However, I am not one of them because I am still not in a permanent position but it's okay.

A number of parents asked me if I am going to open summer classes for kindergarten and I vehemently said no not because I am lazy to teach but I do not think summer classes for 2-5 year olds are necessary. Some parents insisted that I should conduct summer classes but I advised them to enroll their kids on a more productive class that enhances their skills like swimming, art, or music. Children will eventually learn how to read and write, I don't see any reason why parents are rushing their kids to be brilliant and smart. Listen, these qualities are genetically made up and all you have to do as parents is supply your children books and foster their love for reading. Toddlers do not need to undergo academic summer classes because I personally believe that it further strains their young brains and it makes them feel forced to study their lessons whereas their contemporaries are always playing with kites and bikes.

Like I always say, they are kids, let them enjoy their childhood.

3 comments:

NovaS said...

hello i've notice that your from cotabato... i was from gensan before.

the one thing that i would like in a teacher is when during classes are over, they have incentives like 30 days vacation with fee...


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math challenge said...

i agree with you.

Jena Isle said...

Hello,

Very well said. Kids should not be 'forced" to go to school prematurely. This does not really turn them into geniuses. Thanks for sharing.