Kids’ Corner: Dominic’s Kindergarten Year (Kinder I) at Minds That Matter

Just this morning I attended the orientation meeting for parents conducted by the school directress of Minds that Matter, Teacher Amy. It’s my son, Dominic’s 3rd year in preparatory in Minds that Matter. 1 more year he will be in his elementary years.

Last year I posted Dominic’s Nursery Life at Minds that Matter, now, I will relate to you what happened to Dom in his Kindergarten year (Kinder I). School year 2014-2015 has been a tough year for our son. He was introduced into new and challenging experience like speaking in front of the crowd, delivering his memorized poem. At the early age of 4, he was tasked to deliver a very long poem entitled ‘The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly’. At first glance, I was a bit nervous on how will our son manage to memorize a very long poem for a beginner. Perhaps, I understated my son’s capabilities, although he didn’t emerged as the winner, at least he finished the poem which is an achievement for a newbie in poetry recital.

Dominic’s Poetry Recital

Last year Minds celebrated their 10th anniversary. And as part of the celebration and Buwan Ng Wika celebration, the kids were dressed up into their favorite children costumes. And they were applauded for their magnificent presentations. I also made a write-up regarding that, Kids’ Corner: Helping Kids Conquer Stage Fright. We dressed up Dom as Rusell from the Disney movie Up. We were very pleased of our co-parents praises that the costume did match Dominic’s personality.

Dominic’s Rusell Costume

In academics, my husband and I were very happy that our son garnered an average of 89 to 90 for last school year, thus making him one of the Outstanding pupil in their class. So last graduation day, we had our chance to experience receiving an award for our son’s hardwork. Well done Dom!

Dominic’s Kinder I graduation

So far, our son is reading simple stories. He can also add numbers and is starting to master subtraction. He is only 5 years old, and I am very grateful to Minds for all the learnings and experiences he got. It will be a big bonus for our son’s educational journey to spend another year with Minds. I am pretty sure that when he enters grade school, he will be very equipped and ready to face a new chapter in his life. Thank you Minds that Matter and More power! Together, let’s make Dominic’s and the kids’ school year 2015-2016 a wonderful and fruitful one.

Kids’ Corner: Helping Kids Conquer Stage Fright

December 18, 2014, Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines. Colorful, amazing costumes were displayed during the parade of cute little kids and teeners as part of Minds that Matter’s 10th Year Celebration. Of course, we dressed up our chubby cutie Dominic as Russell in the Disney movie Up, which some say, he really nailed the character. See his cute picture below (pardon my bragging for I am his proud mom..chuckles)..

Dominic as Russell

Do you know what makes us again really proud of our son and his school? It is that sense of acceptance, that whatever your child looks like, how good or not he acts, dances, sings on stage, do not matter. Minds that Matter let their every student perform, they let each student shine, that is the most important. Just to stand in front of the crowd needs a lot of confidence. So, hurray to all the students for a job well done. And to all the teachers who gave their best performance for the said event.

Dominic with Teacher Amy

Dominic with his Teacher Jaster

Dominic with his classmates and Teacher Mia

I have nothing against with other school, it’s just that I am proud of what our son becomes in the short span of almost 2 years in Minds that Matter. He gains confidence, conquers stage fright and learns how to deal with his co-performers with courtesy.

Up on stage

Even in out of school events like parties and the like, we don’t have to force Dominic to join in games. Just recently he made an impromptu performance with a mob of dancers from SM City Naga. We were so happy to see him danced with great dancers of SM City Naga.

We are thankful to Minds for giving proper and balanced education to our son. Happy 10th year Minds that Matter! May you have more successful years to come. 😉

Dominic’s Nursery Life at Minds that Matter

April 9, 2013 when our son, Dominic, entered the door of our chosen pre-school, the Minds that Matter Tutorial and Pre-school. Being our only child, my husband and I were really afraid then that our son will be facing a new chapter in his life, his Nursery Life. I could not stand the scene during Dominic’s first day in school, too see tears rolling down his cheeks and begging us not to leave him there. Good thing that the crying only happen on the first day. Brave little Dominic, came to school everyday so that he won’t miss any lesson. In fact he’s near a hundred percent perfect attendance. Minds as Minds that Matter is fondly called, taught the basic things a child should know. What is important is that a student of Minds should learn to read and write by heart and everything that needs to learn in life will follow. Children with little steps at first will have big leaps in the future with the right and proper foundation in the beginning.

My husband and I once talked to a psychiatric pediatrician and she told us that since kids are starting at early age during these years, we should find a school where kids will enjoy their stay and at the same time learn the basics in life. And there, we found Minds that Matter, and Dominic’s journey to Nursery Life began.

August 2013. The kids had two activities last August. They had the ‘Pagsungko ni Ina’ and their ‘Buwan ng Wika Celebration’. During the Pagsungko ni Ina, even though Minds is not a Catholic School, still the importance of religion matters to them. Our Lady of Penafrancia, Patroness of Bicolandia or simply ‘Ina’, visited the school. Children offered something during the mass held at the Immaculate Conception Parish. The Grade School students lead the vigil. And since we already introduced ‘Ina’ to Dominic at an early age of 1 where he used to wave his white bib or hanky every time he sees ‘Ina’, he enjoyed the activity because with limited knowledge of ‘Ina’, he is adoring her. Dominic even managed to walk just to join the procession. Another activity was the Buwan ng Wika. Dominic’s experience on Buwan ng Wika celebration is really a fresh start. We got to see that our son can perform on crowds. They danced and sang their hearts out showcasing some Filipino songs that they hardly memorized at first but in the end, they managed to perform it very well. My husband and I became his number 1 fans and indeed certified proud parents.

December 2013. Dominic experienced his first-ever Christmas Party. He got the chance to mingle with his classmates. He told us that they danced, sang, played games, ate their snacks and exchanged their gifts. He really enjoyed that party but after he asked me, why is it that it is not the same gift that he gave and what happened to it? Hahaha..

 They also had their Christmas presentation. Five performances composed of singing, dancing and poem recital were done by the nursery class. And luckily, Dominic played as Santa so we dressed him like one. That was one memorable event for us, we got to see what talents he has and what he is good at. The songs that they memorized for the said event were still repeatedly sang by Dominic until now even if Christmas is over.

January 2014. The kids had two activities. The first one is their 1st Educational City Tour. They visited the Raul Roco Library, the Naga City Science Centrum and the Chin Po Tong Fire Station. The kids had a lot of fun especially when they reached the fire station where they were requested to do a fire drill and demonstrate how to oust a fire in the body. I’m so glad that Dominic participated and volunteered to do the demo. Another activity is the NCERIES. During classes, the solar system were introduced unto them what more if they had the chance of seeing vivid images of the outer space, that amazed our son. When they entered the inflated dome, mixed emotions were seen but surely the kids where all in awe to see the wonders of outer space. And as expected, after that activity, I can’t stop my son from telling us his wonderful experience.

March 2014. To be exact, March 15, 2014, when our son graduated from Nursery. Like their other activities, the kids offered songs for everyone in attendance but what we truly liked to witness during that day is when they had in their hands their framed certificate of completion and taking a vow in front of everyone in the hall. That simple gestures that they rehearsed and perfectly executed by our son makes us truly proud because still in the end, he followed every instructions that his teachers taught him and with that he deserves to receive that certificate. Truly Minds that Matter will be an indelible part of him.

Thank you Minds that Matter. See you next school year. 🙂

Kids’ Corner: Entrusting Our Son’s Early Education at Minds That Matter

When our son turned 3 years old, we eventually look for possible schools where he can spend his early education. And it was really a tough decision because a child’s first years in school is a very crucial stage. Good thing that our friends introduced to us Minds that Matter. Actually we already heard of the school years before but it is better to learn it more from those who experienced what kind of teaching methods do they have. And with the stories gathered from our friends, we later chose Minds that Matter.

And like most kids, our son was hesitant to enter the classroom because as he said, he’s shy and afraid. We are glad that after two days, our son is very much willing to go to school. And until now, he would usually remind us that he doesn’t want to be transferred to other school because he’s enjoying his stay at Minds that Matter.

He spent one summer on them, and we noticed a positive development on him. That’s our reason why we are entrusting our child’s early education at Minds that Matter.

For inquiries visit their facebook page at Minds that Matter Tutorial and Preschool.