Shining Glory kindergarten was quite a discovery for Kiddy123. We had already driven along a few rows of not-so-interesting shophouses and had thought of turning back, but when we rounded a bend, there was this cheerful, yellow-and-gold kindergarten shining brightly in a quiet corner of Lestari Perdana, Seri Kembangan!
Spread over three double-storey shop lots, i.e. six floors, Shining Glory is huge. Its students, who are from 3+ to 6 years old, enjoy a big indoor playground plus a shaded outdoor area on the ground floor verandah for the messy activities such as waterplay and sandplay; its spacious library is well-stocked with colourful and imaginatively designed books and tempts even the most reluctant child to read.
In its tenth year as a user of the Fungates System, Shining Glory has all the Fungates features such as a Science Centre, a Computer Centre, an Innovation Centre (which combines a Maths Whiz Centre, Language Centre and Super Fun Development Centre), a specially designed kitchen for the children to bake and cook, and a large activity room for their weekly Power Fun Time (games, music & movement, etc.) and to practise their dancing and music for the annual concerts.
“Our students love coming to school because they have so much fun learning,” said one of Shining Glory’s teachers. Looking at their various centres, especially the Innovation Centre and the allocated shelves filled with specially designed apparatus for Maths, language, and educational games, we can understand why. There are so many fun and interesting things to do in this kindergarten! The whole colourful environment was so beautifully coordinated that we felt all our senses being stimulated, while every piece of apparatus was so attractive and appealing that we wished we could play with them ourselves!
Mr HK Yap, the owner of Shining Glory, said, “We invest a lot in these innovative apparatuses because they provide a stimulating learning experience for the children. All the apparatuses are specially selected and imported by Fungates, while our textbooks and workbooks are written and published by their own curriculum and publishing departments.”
Mr Yap, who has been involved in the field of education for 35 years (including 15 years as an advisor to the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland for their admission of students), had found the Fungates system to be the most innovative one for preschool education. He chose the system for his first kindergarten 18 years ago, and today, in addition to Shining Glory, he has two centres in Pandan Perdana and one centre in Segar Perdana in Cheras using the system.
According to Mr Yap, the Fungates System was developed more than 20 years ago by Ms Clarine Chun, an educationist and author of kindergarten textbooks and books for preschool teachers. He explained, “Ms Clarine sets high standards of excellence in early child development and therefore Fungates is consistently upgrading and innovating. In fact, it was among the first to emphasise the importance of fun in learning, the first to introduce a Science Centre and thematic shelves in its preschools, and the first to use state-of-the-art apparatus such as the interactive multimedia whiteboard (SMART board).”
A key advantage of Fungates is its compulsory annual training programmes. All Fungates teachers must attend annual training sessions conducted personally by Ms Clarine. Added Mr Yap, “Because of this training, our students benefit from the latest teaching methods and innovations in preschool education that have proven to be successful in developed countries. As we are a user of the FunGates System, parents can be assured that our kindergartens are supported by professionals who are serious educators and who strive to create the best environment for their child to be well-nurtured academically, socially and spiritually.”
All that we have seen at Shining Glory certainly testifies to that!
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