Dear DMK school teachers and all,
I’m Lia’s mother and I’d like to share the wonderful experience Lia and I have with DMK. Lia joined the Discovery Mind playgroup when she was 1 and a half old, at that time she was still wearing diper and not knowing very well vocabulary. Time flies, 4 years after, last Saturday was Lia’s K3 grudarion ceremony. She participated the performance and played a role as teacher, she was so confident to play the role and read the scripts in both English and Chinese in front of over 100 audience without sweating, and I can see the children at the class bonding to each other well and they helped and coordinate with each other.
It is amazed to see how she has developed as a confident and happy child, can speak, read and write both English and Chinese, there isn’t a single day I heard she doesn’t want to go to school, she also shared with me what she learnt from school, like being a responsible person, save the environment, how to grow a plant, things about volcano and rocket. She enjoyed doing the homework, it only takes her 15 – 30 mins to finish, longer time it needs cos she wants to draw and color the homework. Although the amount of homework is minimal, she has been learning and understanding things more than just vocabulary.
It is also a delightful and memorable experience the school let the parents to do volunteer work. I read books with the children of the class Lia is in at K3, I saw them improving week by week, from no idea of how phonic works to reading words and then sentences, I was so amazed how the school and the class teachers have done, that the children have such a big improvement in just a few months. it’s also so beautiful to see the children are helping each other out, I remember a child who’s new to the school and she was quite shy, and English was not her major language before joining DMK, another classmate helped her to translate and the other took her hand and lead her to the area where we read books together. I was so touched to see the bonding, care and love they have to each other. To be honest, there are time they argue or upset about one and other, but from those incidents they also learn how to deal with another person, apologies, forgiveness as they grow.
I need to say a big thank you to Ms Michelle. I remember the first day I went to the playgroup, she paid attention to all the parents and children, she remembers all our names and spent time to talk to us genuinely. At times I have difficulties about the pick up arrangements, she sincerely talked with me to understand and found ways to help us out. At DMK, you feel it is a big family, a community, it’s close and its sincere, also you feel safe and comfortable of how they treat the children.
I also remember the K3 graduation ceremony, the class teacher Ms Marilyn, Ms Sunny and other staff working at the school were so touched with the children of how they become, some even had tears for the whole ceremony. It surprised me how much they care and love they have for the children. Even Ms Michelle has been with the school for years witnesses so many children to grow, she still have a big heart and care of every child, tears in her eyes when she talks about the children, how proud she is for them.
When I talked with other parents, most of them are so glad to send their children to DMK and some even wished they could join the kindergarten earlier.
I can say words are never enough to express my gratitude to the DMK, to all the staff, from class teacher, the admin. Staff, the aunties for their love and care to my child, we were at the good hands of you all and it means so much to the future to us and especially my child who has built a strong foundation at DMK not only academic but about being a good, responsible, love, caring and confident person.
I am sad and a bit nervous about the day we finish the kindergarten after these 4 years and need to move on but as Ms Michelle always said, it is not the end, we will always see each other and the school welcomes the parents or children to come back and catch up anytime.
I wish the kindergarten all the best and keep their value of how to grow the children.
See you all soon