Helen and David Yang chat with HoneyKids on why they love Blue House's educational philosophy and so much more...
When you know, you know. That’s exactly the mentality Helen and David Yang had the moment they toured Blue House International Preschool. Not only did the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy at Blue House follow their style of parenting, it also helped them — and their daughters, Leneh and Neleh — make the transition to their new life in Singapore a whole lot easier. Here’s what else they had to say…
Hi Helen and David! Tell us what helped you seal the deal with Blue House
It was important for us to pick us a school that would be understanding of the transition from being at home in L.A., to moving to a new country, meeting new friends, and attending a new school. Prior to picking Blue House, we toured many schools but knew in our hearts we wanted a Reggio Emilia-inspired school. We think the philosophy aligns with our parenting style! And so far, it’s met all of our expectations and more.
That’s awesome! Could you tell us more about your experience?
Starting school is always a nerve-wracking time, not only for the children but also for us parents. For some, it is the first time we will be separated from our children and it’s important to pick a school that understands this transition. Blue House helped us every step of the way by letting us visit the classrooms. It also started out with shorter school days and provided detailed email updates of our children’s progress. This helps parents see what happens in the classrooms as well as special moments.
How did the school make your daughters feel welcome?
My younger daughter Leneh cried a lot in the beginning. As her parents, it’s always hard to see. We were happy to know the teachers always tended to her by talking her through her feelings and they always came from such an understanding and heartfelt place. If she was having a really hard time they would take her on walks to go see Brownie the bunny, and it is because of their care and attention she loves school now.
Has Blue House met your expectations?
Yes! Our older daughter Neleh has grown to be so outspoken and confident which has been something we have been working on with her since she could speak. It was always a concern of ours because she would never speak up for herself, but half a year later, she’s found her voice! As parents we are so proud of her and so thankful to Blue House for their support.
Do you have any advice for parents looking for a new school?
Pick a school that aligns with your parenting style! We prefer programmes that are child-led and research-based, especially at this age. We think that children learn emotional intelligence through play, develop confidence and learn problem-solving skills. It also teaches them how to cooperate with other kids and stimulates creativity. Children learn so much through play and when they learn based on their interests, they truly excel.
Thank you Helen and David!
You’re invited: learn more about the various programmes offered, meet educators, and get answers to all your questions about Blue House International Preschool at the Weekend Tour on 30 October. Slots are limited so book a spot now!
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