我們遇到的挑戰-哪個教育系統適合我的孩子？ Challenges we face - finding the right education system
-華德福教育 （Waldorf Education）
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When our first child was born here in Taipei, one question occurred in my mind:"What school will he attend here in Taipei?"
Education plays an important part in my life and I want my children to get a good-quality education than us. I attended traditional Chinese/Asian schools when I was child. It was tough, honestly. It was too hard. Now when I look back on what I have learned, I cannot recall anything. My husband attended traditional German school systems. He told me that he played all the time in the kindergarten. They went to the forest; they learnt about trees and insects; they learned how to cross the streets etc. It just sounds fantastic to me. But I do not want to send my children to the German kindergarten, at least not now, because I want to take the chance to let my children experience different cultures. So the searching journey for the education system in Taiwan started..
Summary of my initial search about education system here in Taipei:
- Montessori education
- Waldorf education
- Public school education system
- English bilingual education system
- Other experiential education system
❖ Montessori Education: Independent work; child-development phases are emphasized, so for toddlers, a lot of movement learnings are involved; teachers act as observers; mixed age classroom; It seems like Montessori kids are very independent and also think very critically (some describe "pain in the ass").
❖ Waldorf Education: Waldorf Education was originally from Stuttgart, Germany, where we lived back in Germany. I met some Waldorf kids before. They are very talented and artistic. Because we know this education system relatively well, and we know that it is not our parenting style nor our educational style, so I stopped my search here.
❖ Public School Education System: I personally went through the public school system in Asia, and I do not want my children to follow that.
❖ English Bilingual Education System: Languages are important, and I personally believe that you can still learn them when you are a bit older if you have the inner drives. I speak 4 languages: Cantonese is my mother tongue; I learnt Mandarin, English and German when I was 6, 11, and 32. Of course the older I am; the more difficult it is to learn a language, but there is a way. Honestly, I want my children to learn more about practical life and the skills related with the development of their own age.
I wanted to study more about Montessori, so the journey starts... We were lucky that we enrolled in the Montessori Parent-Child Learning Center when my elder son was 5 months old. I learned a lot as a parent and it was definitely a fit for my parenting style. It just opened my eyes. Later I decided to take the Montessori Infant & Toddler Training offered by AMS in order to learn more about Montessori Education. My elder son went to Montessori daycare when he was 15 months; and soon I was pregnant with my younger son. He was called "Montessori Baby" because I started applying my Montessori learning to raise him and now he is also attending the Montessori Parent-Child Learning Center since he was 6 months old. Every day I could not be more happier to see how they develop.
Education is a very personal choice. It should be fit with your child's personality, parenting style, and your family plan (financial plan etc.,). There is no right or wrong, just follow your child and the genuine self.