Wednesday, December 13, 2006

the cost of raising kids in KL

Went to Atfal yesterday morning. Picked up Kakak's report card and discussed about her emotional and intellectual development. For a person who missed 36days of schooling, I'd say her results were quite good. If only she attended all.. But then it's all written in Qada' and Qadar and I am accepting this wholeheartedly. I just hope she'll be healthier so that her pre-schooling would not be interrupted too much. The relief was that her teacher is confident she'll somewhat land among the top (in her tadika, at least) and she expects Kakak will not have major problem starting her Standard 1 in 2008. To her, Kakak posseses good self confidence from the way she socializes. She asks questions in class. She shows interest in what others do. She participates. Her concentration span has improved tremendously (she still daydreams tho, but much lesser). As for Iman, he's matured where socialising is concerned. He'd wait for abang2 and kakak2 transit then he can mingle around with them, looking at their books or busybody-ing with their homeworks. He, like I expect, throws less tantrum there. If he does, he'd attack Nor (poor.. poor... Nor) and runs amok to her.

We were also given list of fees for 2007, which left us checking all balances in all our saving accounts. True, to us the middle income parents, the sum costs a bomb (by our standard lahh). But alhamdulillah, we can still afford it. Tho not in 'graceful' way - which means cutting down expenses somewhere else to accomodate this. I'm not boasting but I'd like to give some kind of idea, financially, to parents who have kids about the same age like mine. So, if you're sending your kids to tadika in 2008, start saving from now! (note ~ nasihat kpd mereka yang bergaji seperti kami. mereka-mereka yang dapat gaji sorang satu 5-angka tak payahlah kot!) As for Iman, he'll be 3 next year (sebenarnya baru 2tahun sebulan, sbb dia lahir hujung tahun) so he'll have activities also. Among which - waterplay. Kecutlah anak kuu!! Anyway, I think once Kakak starts her primary, bulk of the expenses will be gone. Provided that we don't send her to private school.

the fees we're gonna have to fork out. Iman's yellow, Kakak's blue.


Anyway, presenting Nurul Athirah's aquarium project..

taraaaaaa.....

14 comments:

CT said...

ummi,
i think we can't compromise when it comes to our kid's education, izzit?
nway, masa kecik2 nih dah nak start kena prepare for all the fees ye...emmm... looking at myself, i have another 3 yrs b4 my son reach 4 yrs and dah nak start pre-school... skarang nih ok la sket sbb ada maid which i think actually lower the burden on paying to nursery. nursery sometimes do charge unreasonable price...

ummi said...

ct ~ rasanya cam tu lah. kena prepare awal2. tambah2 lagi kami ni dalam proses nak ambik maid. kos lagi tu.

kunci said...

mahalnya fees...walla.

I like the aquarium project. so clever!

mawar said...

waaahhh..giler mahal..serious ke nih?RM1K for a year? or a sem? akak hantar tadika biasa ke or yg standard Q-dees or Montessory?

Bayangkan fees dia for next 4 yrs?Nampak gaya kena saving separuh dari gaji le nampaknya nih..uhukss

ummi said...

kunci ~ dia cuma kaler and arrange things in her aquarium tu. 'template'ikan semua cikgu bagi. she's more towards drawing actually.

mawar ~ campurkan semua2 fee sem1,2 dan 3 tu, tulah untuk setahun! dia pegi ATFAL. takdelah nama QDees ke, montessori ke. It's a registered islamic tadika and they have proper silibus, exams, activities and whatnots. in fact cuti dia pun ikut cuti sekolah. fee tu standard sekarang tu, nanti in future tataulah camne. so far, akak puas hatilah the way diorang ajar and jaga budak. kakak pun dah faham lots of english word (kat rumah cakap BM manjang, dengan loghat pahang+terengganu pulak tu!) and can speak sikit-sikit.

The Singa said...

ATFAL ni nama penuhnya apa kak ummi..?

aktif jugak kakak kat sekolah yek..cantik aquarium dia..pandai dia susun..
iman prefer main ngan budak besar ker..?

Ajzie said...

Comel the aquarium project..ajzie pun suka..

ummi said...

mama_singa ~ iman? dgn sesapa je dia main. dia suka mingle around ke sana sini. ATFAL tu mmg nama penuhnya. I think it's an arabic word (tak tau maknanya tho). It has 2 houses - satu ATFAL EXCEL (preschool) and the other ATFAL SAYANG (nursery).

ajzie ~ now her aquarium takes place on top of our sideboard, among other displays. kena lah tunjuk penghargaan kan. barulah she feels good about herself. in fact I'm keeping her drawings as well as whatever project she does in ATFAL.

mawar said...

kak..tlg tanya kan kat ATFAL tu ada cawangan lain x?Mana tau ada cawangan area shah alam..mawar duk intai jugak islamic nursery for alisa..tapi so far jumpa yg kurang berkualiti..kalau ada yg islamic subjects + speaking london session pun ok gak..heee

ummi said...

mawar ~ sadly, so far ATFAL operates only in Cheras area.

kakZ said...

kalau nak yang trbaik mesti keluarkan yang terbaik. cam tu situasi yang akak hadapi sekarang. kena berkorban untuk mendapatkan yang terbaik untuk anak-anak.

Syikin said...

salam,

ummi, nak tolong jawablah soalan berkaitan ATFAL tu. ATFAL ni arabic, maknanya anak2 (plural term) dan singularnya, TIFLUN, anak.

Suka ngan project aquariumnya.

mmg mahal tadika yg ada proper silibus

selamat berhoneymoonlah..

psl maid tu samalah ngan saya, tkut ilang privacy

Nero ...... said...

Wooo dahsyat jugak fee nye..saya pun plan nak masuk thaqif tadika islam mcm kakak n iman..nampaknye kena menyimpan dr sekarang lg ( thaqif blm setahun pun )saya dah survey tadika islam kat kota damansara..nampak menarik..kakak mmg kreatif kan..

Anonymous said...

atfal di BTHO??

OooowWooooooo.. what a 'nightmare'

-a couple of years ago...

Now? WalLLLaahua'lam.
Kalau 'macam dulu' lagi... x tahulah nk kata apa pada parents yg berhempas-pulas membayar fees semahal itu =)

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p/s: skali-skala tu buatlah 'lawatan mengejut' ke dua2 premise tu - tadika & nursery =P