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Young Parents Pre-School Guide


Young Parents Preschool Guide is the must have guide for parents who are preparing for their child's preschool years. It contains information on preschool preparation, preschool life & what is beyond preschool. Some key highlights: - How to choose the best preschool for your child - Expert answers to all your preschool problems, from separation anxiety to learning woes - Search for childcare and kindergartens by district – we’ve got the complete listings!

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editor’s note

With over 1,400 childcare centres to choose from in Singapore, picking the right preschool can be a daunting process.You could just rely on friends’ recommendations, but every kid is different, so it’s important to do your homework and find out what kind of curriculum suits your child best.Make it a point to visit your shortlisted schools – more than once, if necessary – so you’re absolutely comfortable with the environment and culture. After all, your little one will be spending up to four years there.Our Young Parents Preschool Guide is here to help you in your search, with articles that demystify the common pedagogies, and practical advice on navigating the challenging preschool years.Don’t forget to follow our Facebook page (www.fb.com/youngparents), too, for the latest parenting news, events and promotions.…

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ready for class?

(PHOTO 123RF.COM) Has my toddler had previous temporary separations from me? The start to preschool may be more difficult for him if he has hardly spent time away from you. You should try to drop him off with Grandma and Grandpa for a few hours, or leave him with one of your trusted friends for an afternoon. Such separations get him used to not having you by his side all the time, and prepares him for preschool. How are his social experiences? It can be quite challenging for little one to mix with others his own age, if he isn’t used to it.That’s why it is helpful to take him to toddler playgroups long before you think about enrolling him in a preschool. Every interaction with his peers…

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get a head start

(PHOTO MASTERFILE) Research has shown that the ability to read and write is tied to everything we do, and kids who are strong readers and writers tend to perform better in school and later in life.On the other hand, kids who fail to develop their literacy skills will lag behind others, and this may continue throughout their school years, says Matthew Scott, head of preschool courses at the British Council.But recognising and blending words as well as deciphering a bunch of squiggles called punctuation don’t just happen naturally. Research has shown that reading and writing are not innate, but acquired, skills, shares Dawn Lim, curriculum advisor at Star Learners chain of childcare centres.So, how can you help your little one get a head start? Here, we ask the experts what…

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6 ways to teach reading and writing

• WORD HUNT Use two identical sets of word cards. Your child looks for the matching ‘lost’ word card that you have hidden around the house. In this way he will have to practise reading the words to match them.• THE WHO-WHAT-WHEN-WHERE-WHY GAME Choose your child’s favourite book. Create a “who”, “what”, “when”, “where” and “why” dice. After reading, have him throw the dice. When it lands on “who”, for example, ask questions related to it, such as “Who are the characters in the story”?• PICTURE WALK WRITING Take pictures of events of an outing. Print and paste the pictures in a scrapbook. Encourage your child to share and write about his day.• PRINT EXPOSURE Introduce him to media such as magazines, brochures and even signs. This helps him…

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when two is better than one

(PHOTOS MASTERFILE & 123RF.COM) Better focus, thinking skills and self-control are some of the many perks of learning more than one language. And that’s not all.“We also know that bilingual children are able to better relate to others from different cultures and backgrounds, as well as display greater empathy. These are vital skills needed in today’s global market,” says Huang Ying, principal of Chengzhu Mandarin Kindergarten. But how do you raise a bilingual child if you speak only one language at home?This is where school comes in. The majority of preschools in Singapore provide some exposure to a second language as part of its curriculum, but an increasing number of schools now offer immersion programmes that allow your child to learn in a Mandarin-rich environment.How do these programmes work, and…

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what is montessori?

(PHOTOS 123RF.COM) When Dr Maria Montessori, the first woman in Italy to become a physician, opened her first school in a low-income district in Rome in 1907, her child-centred educational method was considered radical.But despite going against the grain of conventional education, the Montessori way has churned out numerous movers and shakers in the last century, among them Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos.What’s all the fuss about the Montessori method, and how can parents choose the right school? Here, we get the lowdown on this unique learning approach. How did the Montessori method come about? The child-centric educational approach is based on Montessori’s observation that all children are instinctively curious and constantly use their hands and bodies to connect with the world…