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5 Reasons Why You Should Enroll Your Child in Gymboree Preschool

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Before my eldest started schooling, we hopped from one school to another to find out what school is best for her. We were supposed to enroll her in Gingerbread (read my review here) and changed our mind after. Thereafter, we decided that Gymboree is our best option so we enrolled her the last minute – and I’m glad we did. 

You might associate Gymboree with their Play and Learn classes. When walking around the mall, you might even think that this is just a daycare center slash play area where you can leave your kids so you can do some errands. Apparently, Gymboree is more than just a play area for your little one. In fact, it is also a haven for preschoolers who treated Gymboree as an extension of their homes – and even my daughter doesn’t want to transfer anywhere. Gymboree 5In case you are looking for a preschool, here are five reasons why you should consider Gymboree Preschool: 

1. Small class size. The maximum class size per section is eight, which for me is ideal. Considering the age of the kids, having a small class makes it easier for the teacher to focus on the students and address their needs individually. Plus, they are easier to handle. 

2. Great, caring teachers. They say the teachers are your child’s parents outside home. That’s true. What I like about Gymboree teachers is that they treat their students as their own. My daughter also developed a certain kind of attachment with her teachers and even extend the classroom rules at home because “Teacher will be sad.”  

3. Child-centered. Gymboree is a progressive school, hence child-centered. Being a progressive school, there is participation and discussion among the teacher and students, which means the teachers are not the only experts in the room. During the first two weeks of school, I sat in with my daughter (she had separation anxiety and here are tips on how we were able to get over it) and observed how the class was handled. The lessons and activities were patterned according to the child, thereby creating better retention. 

4. Loaded with activities throughout the year. Literally. Gymboree Preschool never ran out of activities for the entire 10 months. Aside from the field trip, other activities lined up for the school year include:

  • Buwan ng Wika 
  • Walking Trip in relation to getting to know the community helpers
  • Pumpkin Patch Party (Halloween)
  • Christmas Party Gymboree 1
  • Family Day / GPS Sweetheart Party (Valentine’s Day)  Gymboree 3
  • Umbrella Day  Gymboree 2
  • Moving Up Day (Graduation) Gymboree 4

Aside from these activities, teachers also come up with themes to relate and culminate their lessons every quarter. In my daughter’s class, they had a Pajama party in relation to letter P, “What I want to be when I grow up” for their community helpers theme, and even quick walking trips outside to identify living things. 

5. Tuition fee is worth it. Okay, fine. Tuition fee for 2015-2016 school year was P93,000.00 per student. For this school year, it’s P97,000.00 (though we paid at early bird rate). Before you react, you should know that throughout the school year, I didn’t pay for anything anymore. The tuition fee includes learning materials, uniform, and field trip (with plus one). The snacks and giveaways for the Pumpkin Patch and Family Day were also included in the tuition fee, although we were asked to bring food to share for additional food.

Overall, we made a right choice in enrolling our eldest in Gymboree Preschool. She is excited to go to school and we’ve seen a huge improvement on her. 

In case you’re still on the lookout for preschool, consider Gymboree. It is worth it.  

Ayi

A former law student turned stay-at-home mom of two. Join me and read my adventures as I go through this crazy world called parenting and mommy-hood.

14 Comments

  1. Michelle Solee (@michisolee)

    I heard a lot of good feedback about Gymboree and they also say na worth it nga ang tuition. Gymboree is far from where I live but we were able to try the play area. (may naggift kasi ng GC)

    10 . Jun . 2016
  2. Marie

    I think you made the right choice for child sis. Mahal man, it’s an investment for your child’s future.

    10 . Jun . 2016
  3. Jerzee Benavente

    I’m glad that you are happy with Gymboree. I once saw it featured on Kris TV. Ang mahal din ng tuition fee. Parang college na. Hahaha. But, if there’s a big progress. Then, it’s really worth every cent.

    10 . Jun . 2016
  4. May De Jesus-Palacpac

    If my children were not homeschooled, they would be in progressive schools. Educational institutions need to update themselves, not only with curriculum but with the lifestyle of the incoming generation.

    11 . Jun . 2016
  5. Nilyn_ECM

    Wow, we definitely have to start preparing for our son’s schooling already, it sure is expensive, pero if it’s worth all the penny, then that sounds really good!

    11 . Jun . 2016
  6. mamaspeaksagain

    Good education is priceless. I dont mind paying as much knowing my child gets the best education I can give.

    11 . Jun . 2016
  7. Arge Roque-Valencia

    I’ve been wanting to try Gymboree for my boy but I didn’t know that it was that expensive. It’s like sending a child to college! Thanks for this feature. I was able to have a concrete knowledge of what it is to enroll a child at Gymboree. They may be expensive but they do have a good curriculum for younger kids.

    11 . Jun . 2016
  8. Kim Reyes

    If there is a Gymboree branch near our place, I would have chosen them for my son’s preschool. Both of my kids went there for their play and learn classes and we’re very happy with the results. πŸ™‚

    13 . Jun . 2016
  9. Arlene Tingson

    Which Gymboree is this Mommy? I called the branch in GB5 and it’s a bit more expensive than the rate you mentioned here. After some serious hunt and several trial classes, I finally enrolled my toddler somewhere in Makati, with almost the same rate and inclusion. So far, im happy. I find that there are other cheaper schools but really, I witnessed the quality comes hand in hand with the tuition fee.

    13 . Jun . 2016
    • Ayi

      This one’s outside Makati πŸ™‚ I didn’t know that the rate varies per branch pala. The branches here in QC have the same rates actually πŸ™‚

      13 . Jun . 2016
  10. Michelle D.A.

    I’ve been hearing a lot of good reviews about Gymboree. πŸ™‚ though it’s quite expensive, but I would love to have my son enrolled in Gymboree, too. Given the chance and finance,bee definitely would. πŸ™‚

    13 . Jun . 2016
  11. Maria Teresa Figuerres

    It’s so expensive to send our kids to school these days. That’s why us parents should choose wisely where to enroll our children. Glad you found the preschool that suits the needs of your daughter.

    13 . Jun . 2016
  12. queenofthebangs

    I also thought Gymboree is just a play area where we can leave kids to explore on their own. Didn’t know they also offer classes. Medyo costly nga but as mentioned above, great education is priceless naman.

    15 . Jun . 2016
  13. Rhoda Fajardo | Manila Female Photographer

    I’d love to send my second daughter here. I checked their website and the programs. It appears my Lowi will love it here. I’m currently school hunting for her coz she’s out of school right now coz her teachers suspected her for having ADHD. Talk about discrimination. =)

    19 . Jun . 2016

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