So we hit another milestone… my pre-schooler has moved up and in June, I will have a 1st grader. But before the school hunting begins, let me share to you Gwen’s Moving Up and Recognition Day and a little something about her school, and why I love it.
Gwen went to Little Brother’s Keeper Learning Center, a church-based progressive school. They accept Nursery, Kinder, and Pre-school. Gwen’s cousins, Ely and Erhyne also went here. When Gwen was 4 years old, hindi ko pa pinasok dito. She went to a different school, sabi ng isang school near Caloocan City Hall, Montessori-based daw sila pero hindi naman. Turned out that they area a traditional school and most of the time, nakaupo lang yung mga students at nakikinig sa mga teachers. I know this because nasa loob ako ng room kasi nga Gwen had separation anxiety before.
So for Prep, balik LBKLC na kami. I love this school because as explained by Teacher Angie Andres, the school’s directress, 1 hour lang daw talaga yung lesson time nila. They understand that you can’t let kids sit still for 3 to 4 hours. That’s why they have circle time, stories, and lots of art activities to make the kids interested with the lessons. They promote learning through play. This is just a small school, they only have 8 pre-schoolers kaya mas natututukan yung mga students. During recess or playtime, they get to play with the Nursery and Kinder students, so they learn how to interact with others. They are like a small family. I can really tell that Gwen is loving her school by the stories she tells us every time she goes home. Sayang lang kasi until pre-school lang sila, but the school is now under construction to accommodate more students and soon, they will accept grade school students.
Now, for their Moving Up and Recognition Day, it was held in Max’s Restaurant. The kids wore what they want to be when they grow up. Gwen wanted to be a Veterinarian. Some of her classmates dressed up as doctors, chefs, nurse, policeman, and businessman.
These are Gwen’s closest friends. Ako yata ang mas naiyak knowing that they won’t see each other everyday in school again. Tapos lilipat pa kami ng Cavite so there’s no way that they will go to the same school :(.
She is Teacher Angie Uy-Andres, tapos na po ang bigayan ng report cards so hindi po ako sumisipsip lang ha :p. But she’s a great teacher and I’m thankful for her and Pastor Jojo for putting up a progressive school in our neighborhood. All of the teachers including Teacher Joy, Teacher Dolor, and Teacher Marlyn, they know how to handle students. And since it’s a neighborhood school na magkakakilala naman in the area, they treat your child as their own. Minsan pa nga, kids can stay in the school after class to play since malapit lang naman sa bahay. My pamangkins, Ely and Erhyne, kahit graduate na from Little Brother’s, sa kanila pa rin nagpapatutor. I really wish that their school will reach out to more students in the future.
They don’t have rankings in their Moving Up day, lahat sila may award because the school believes that every kid is special. I like their philosophy, kasi for me, ano bang alam ng mga bata sa ranking ranking na yan. As long as my kid learned something and she enjoyed her school, mission accomplished na ako.
Gwen got the Academic Excellence, Outstanding Student, and Most Inquisitive. Pinaka-cute ang Most Inquisitive, sabi ni Teacher Angie, hindi raw kasi matapos-tapos ang tanong nya. :p
If you’re in the area of Kaunlaran Village and is looking for a school for your kids, consider Little Brother’s, talk to the teachers. You’ll love them as much as I and Gwen did <3.