Parent of Ashlyn
My daughter cried every day in her previous school and when she started at Rosebrook, she stopped crying almost immediately as if a magical spell had been cast upon her.
Right from the moment you arrive in the morning, you’ll know why Rosebrook is indeed an enchanting haven. The welcoming smiles and songs that greet you, the cheers of facilitators and children basking in the sun, laughter of those enjoying the specially designed obstacle course that enables the children to move their body to ready themselves for the day and the wonderful intimate setting where everybody knows everybody. Unlike other programmes where children report to a specific class, sit on chairs or platform to listen to their teacher or watch educational videos from the computer, and where outdoor playtime is limited, Rosebrook is quite the opposite and more. I love the fact that children move around different stations throughout the day, interact with all children and staff at the start and end of day, get involved with learning through a hands-on approach, and that there’s always outdoor sessions. But the real magic is the root of Rosebrook’s foundation and belief where they focus on EQ, satisfying the sensory needs of children, and to put it simply, the team leads with their heart; the sincerity and love they have for what they do shines through.
The groups of children are not placed by ages, but rather by their abilities. It’s an inclusive community so multi-sensory teaching techniques are used, sign language is taught and most of all it reduces the stigma for special needs kids in the long run, and allows for children to build and foster friendships with anyone and everyone regardless of abilities.
Rosebrook is on horse grounds, so part of the curriculum involves being with horses! I mean, in Singapore, who would have thought that’s possible? It’s not a class pet they have, it’s the stable of horses located on the next block! They feed the horses daily, clean their stables, walk with them, ride on them, and love and care for them.
You see, I don’t need my daughter to achieve milestones such as learning to read by four, knowing multiplication and hanyu pinyin by five, reciting poetry by six … etc. But seeing her being so joyful and confident makes me happy. Seeing her caring and helping others makes me happier.
I’ll share this story that still warms my heart to this day. A year ago when my daughter had been at Rosebrook for two months, I asked her a series of questions such as which kid in Rosebrook was the happiest, funniest, naughtiest, most shy … etc. When I asked her who the most beautiful boy or girl was there, I expected her response to be her own self. She surprised me by saying it was this girl because she was so very pretty and she had a very very kind heart. I didn’t know who the girl was but I found out the next day it was a girl with Down syndrome.