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Bob12345

At what age did your kids start school and why?

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Curious at what age you all started sending your kids to school here in Thailand, and most importantly, why you started at that age?

 

I've twin boys who are now 2.5 years old, and unlike many other kids in our moobaan they are not going to school yet (some start the day they turn 2 or even a bit earlier - wow).

We plan on going to see some schools shortly, but my wife and I are thinking to wait till they are 3.5-4 years old before sending them there... or maybe even later.

We do go to swimming classes weekly and they can play with kids in the neighborhood when they want, so the social aspect should be covered for now.

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Kindergarten in Thailand can go for 3 years. I recall my son going from 2 /or 3 until 5 years old. I don't know if all schools are the same. Many kids can read and write even before they go to primary school. Those in an EP can also converse in English at the same time. International schools are probably different. 

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The quicker they go the quicker you pay in your case x2 my lad went last year at 4 I think to soon but I was over ruled 🤔

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They actually think it will make them better, along with the after schooling hrs

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8 hours ago, Bob12345 said:

Curious at what age you all started sending your kids to school here in Thailand, and most importantly, why you started at that age?

 

I've twin boys who are now 2.5 years old, and unlike many other kids in our moobaan they are not going to school yet (some start the day they turn 2 or even a bit earlier - wow).

We plan on going to see some schools shortly, but my wife and I are thinking to wait till they are 3.5-4 years old before sending them there... or maybe even later.

We do go to swimming classes weekly and they can play with kids in the neighborhood when they want, so the social aspect should be covered for now.

 

It seems you have the basics covered...  Swimming classes, playing with other kids in the neighborhood and recognition of the advantages of your boys socializing with others outside of the home.

 

3.5 to 4 years is also a good time to start school, starting at 2 could be too early for some kids whereas for others it works very well for them. 

 

 

Someone may try to point out that the best education system in the world is Finland and they start school at 7 years old. Which is true, but they don't classify Nursery and Kindergarten as school (which it isn't really) as the focus is more on play, socializing etc and a few of the basics as they approach Y1 (which is age 5.5 to 6.5 for my Son). 

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10 hours ago, naboo said:

My daughter started in a rather modern Thai nursery at 2 and stayed nearly a year. I wanted her to play and socialise which kind of happened, but there was one hell of a lot of wasted time rote learning both English and Thai alphabets. We did this out of necessity. She'd been getting irritable, not wanting to go to nursery, and when I went in one morning I saw why, kids sat on their spots, repeating after the teacher. I pulled her out and she went to the UK for a couple of months to work on her English. Thankfully my mother is great with kids and this time back in a family environment was really positive.

 

From 3-5 she then went to an international kindergarten where the focus was on social interactions, play and allowing the children to explore their interests. I think the  stimulation in those two years really pushed her on more than we could have offered at home. If I had the time and resources to organise it at home, I would have, but again, necessity.

 

She progressed to a good international school in Bangkok for the start of Primary (British system, so starts at 5) and, though she was behind others at the start of school in her reading, she's caught up.

 

I had a friend who kept his son home until 6 and then sent him to a Thai school. First day he had homework to learn some spellings for the week. This kid didn't know the alphabet, had spent his whole time running around and playing at home. In my ideal world, my daughter would have run around chasing chickens for the first 6 years of her life. Trouble is, kids here are pushed academically at a young age and starting school that late leaves you so far behind you might never catch up.

Very sad to hear the experience your kid went through at Thai nursery. I see the same happening with a Thai couple here in the moobaan sending their 3 year old daughter to Thai school. She went from being super smiley and playful to being much quieter and acting more "adult like" (which I see as negative for a 3-year old - like coming across as tired and having too much on her mind). When someone asked her if she liked going to school she put her head down a bit, shook her head a bit, and quietly said "no". I can understand as she is 3 and already gets homework. 

 

And very valid comment at the end, it is becoming a rat race. You need to get your kid in school at age 2 and start doing homework and as soon as everybody does that, you need to start even earlier and push even more homework onto them to get an advantage. I do think kids can make up if they start later, given you send them to international school. For Thai school they will be too far behind quickly and at the speed they keep going it is hard to catch up. In the end, when they graduate university, it wont matter anymore if they knew the alphabet at age 3 or 6, or if they started reading at 3 or 10. By then other things matter and thats where many Thai lack. 

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keep them home as long as you can, or they will end up like most thai ZOMBIES

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Parents dump their kids at nursery school here to get rid of them - not to get a jump on learning....

 

my kid went 3 years of kindergarten - in hindsight one year too many....maybe even two...

 

started at 3; could have waited until 5

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My children started public school in Grade 1 when they were five. My wife and I never sent them to kindergarten of pre-kindergarten. 

    Reason we kept them out of kindergarten and pre-kindergarten was for me to teach them how to read fluently before they entered Grade 1.

        I was seriously against the way they taught reading in the public schools in Ontario, Canada. 

   My wife and I were tremendously pleased with the results, even though we were criticized by others when we started, including relatives. They told me I couldn’t teach them because I was not a teacher. They told me that we hire teachers to do that job and you have to be trained and it takes years to learn. The local public school reading teachers were totally against the way I taught our kids to read.  Bullshit! 

    I would do the same again in a heartbeat. It was perhaps the greatest thing I have ever done and will ever do. To teach my own kids how to read with fluency, to enjoy the printed word...reading for pleasure, and open up the world of knowledge to them.

      There wasn’t a kid in the neighborhood their age and even several years older who could touch my kids in reading. 

    So very happy with the decision my wife and I made. 😃

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in our village they start abt 3 or so and just for a few hours a day... it is a baby sit play time as well as some socializing w other kids and they dont need to go every day... no fee. 

 

if something like that is available it is quite flexible.. try your local wat

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My son started at 3, he had very limited speech to the extent we took him too a Speech Therapist/Behavioural Doctor as we thought he had a problem, dyslexic. She wanted too continue with Speech Therapy at 4000 Baht a session, his Mother said no even though I was prepared too pay. After a few months at school and a very patient caring teacher he started too talk. Now a year later his speech, Thai and English is not a problem so sending him too school was an excellent idea. 

 

I do think the hours are long, 8 till 4, he could finish at 3 but staying till 4 means he does his homework at school. I also think in my opinion it’s too much work at his age, addition /subtraction and English but he appears to be coping fine. It is also good that he is mixing/communicating with kids his own age.

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