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Looking for a good Chinese school in Markham for my 3 year old

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Apr 13, 2012
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Looking for a good Chinese school in Markham for my 3 year old

I was thinking about sending my son to Chinese (Cantonese)school in the markham area. Do u know of any good ones. I live close to markville but willing to drive. Can u give me a good idea about pricing, location and if you think 3 years old is too young. We speak a bit of Cantonese at home but English more often. But would really like home to learn more. I would love for him to learn mandarin but is it worth sending him if we don't even speak mandarin?

Thanks!
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Honestly what's the point? Unless your kid is going to be practicing all the time he will not retain most of it. Look at how French immersion schools are. Kids are only allowed to speak in French at all times. So unless you will in force that with your child it's a long climb uphill. I speak from experience as a kid that went to Chinese school and friends with the same situation as you are in with negligible change.
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It is always good to learn heritage language. I grew up going to Chinese (cantonese) school, but stopped going when I reached high school. After I became an adult, I regretted the choice to stop going to chinese school, as you do not pick up languages as quickly, when you are younger.

What is most important for a child, is to expose them to chinese, whether it be TV shows or songs. Back in the 70s/80s, it was not as easy to watch chinese TV here in Toronto. I found that as an adult, I picked up a lot of my comprehension of chinese from watching TV shows.

So we made a choice to send our daughter to chinese school, so she at least has a basis for understanding cantonese. There are several schools in York Region, but we settled upon Victoria Education Centre (http://victoriaeducationcenter.com/). It is expensive, compared to the public school system classes, but so far our daughter likes the classes and the teacher/student ratio is not as high.
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fenomenon wrote:
Oct 6th, 2014 10:52 am
Here are two in Markham.

Mon Sheong Chinese School at Pierre Elliot Trudeau High school - http://www.monsheongcs.com/admission/
Yip's Chinese School (Brimley and 14th) - http://www.yips.com/chi

I think school board ones don't start until 4 years old. York Catholic Board starts at age 4 and York Public Board starts at age 5.
I hear good things about Mon Sheong
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Crinkle_cut wrote:
Oct 7th, 2014 11:51 am
I hear good things about Mon Sheong
Like most things regarding education, it depends on the teacher. Last year, my son's Mon Sheong teacher didn't even learn the kids' names and focused too much on writing assignments. It took forever to do the homework and my kid just tuned out and even had to redo the final exam. This was only grade 2 level!

This year, he went to the public board's program at PET and ended up with a teacher that he liked and the homework hasn't been just sheets and sheets of character grids. Plus it is cheaper than Mon Sheong! It's only like $20.
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What is the procedure in getting into the public school board's program at PET? My son is in private school and is currently in Mon Sheong at PET, but I wouldn't mind switching to the public school board if I can. After all my taxes to go to public schools.
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dayna wrote:
Oct 8th, 2014 8:57 pm
What is the procedure in getting into the public school board's program at PET? My son is in private school and is currently in Mon Sheong at PET, but I wouldn't mind switching to the public school board if I can. After all my taxes to go to public schools.
We are in the same situation, so I know you don't have to be attending the board's day school to do Chinese school. They have a signup day every year where you just go register and pay. It says you can even register during class hours.

Here was the info for the current year (next year will probably be similar):

http://www.yrdsb.ca/Programs/ConEd/Docu ... tional.pdf
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shopper_of_things wrote:
Oct 10th, 2014 11:30 am
We are in the same situation, so I know you don't have to be attending the board's day school to do Chinese school. They have a signup day every year where you just go register and pay. It says you can even register during class hours.

Here was the info for the current year (next year will probably be similar):

http://www.yrdsb.ca/Programs/ConEd/Docu ... tional.pdf
Thanks...just taking a look at it. Timing wise, I think I would rather pay more and go on a Saturday (PET location). It's very tiring for a kid to go to school then go to Chinese right after.
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Oct 25, 2014
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why learn cantonese, when mandarin is the official language. if its for family communication, then yes learn Cantonese. but it's for future education, the priority should be mandarin.
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Kwyt88 wrote:
Oct 4th, 2014 4:54 am
I was thinking about sending my son to Chinese (Cantonese)school in the markham area. Do u know of any good ones. I live close to markville but willing to drive. Can u give me a good idea about pricing, location and if you think 3 years old is too young. We speak a bit of Cantonese at home but English more often. But would really like home to learn more. I would love for him to learn mandarin but is it worth sending him if we don't even speak mandarin?
Cantonese versus Mandarin, it's a complex debate - we ended up sending ours to Mandarin school. Resistance is futile, plus your child can learn Cantonese at home.

You can check http://www.monsheongcs.com/admission/

They have both Mandarin and Cantonese classes.
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dayna wrote:
Oct 10th, 2014 3:22 pm
Thanks...just taking a look at it. Timing wise, I think I would rather pay more and go on a Saturday (PET location). It's very tiring for a kid to go to school then go to Chinese right after.
The YRDSG language programs have both Cantonese and Mandarin on Saturdays but your child must be 5 during that school year. At 3, I didn't know there are places that offers language class. Wow.
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The Mon Sheung one looks interesting, and the $330 fee works out to $10 per class...not bad.

I know this is a thread for Markham, but the TDSB also has one for $20 per term (12 classes)...which is $1.67 per class. Not sure what the quality of the teachers would be like.
http://www.tdsb.on.ca/ElementarySchool/ ... itage.aspx

Also, has anyone heard anything about Toronto Mandarin School? They are much more expensive than Mon Sheung though. $950+50 registration fee = $1000 for 35 classes = $28.50 per class. Ouch.
http://torontomandarinschool.com/index. ... 75&lang=en
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attending weekend for Chinese school is useless...

does anyone know if Toronto has Chinese immersion school? something like the French immersion..
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Get your child to learn a traditional Chinese instrument. Encourage the child to communicate with the teacher in Chinese.

Your child is in school 5 days a week already.

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