How to help your inquisitive preschooler prepare for primary school
Find out how the curriculum at My First Skool nurtures your little one's natural curiosity and thirst for learning, while preparing them for the challenges of Primary School and beyond.
As parents of a preschooler, you know just how energetic he or she is. You would also have noticed how your child likes exploring and enjoying new experiences.
But you can’t help wonder how your child would make the transition to primary school one day or if he or she could handle the social and academic challenges that lie ahead.
You’ll be happy to know that research shows children between the ages of four to six learn best through engaging in experiences, active exploration of their environment and interaction with both adults and peers.
This type of learning known as “inquiry-led learning” is ideal for nurturing your preschoolers’ natural curiosity as well as their interest in absorbing and processing new information. It also sets a strong foundation for success in children’s future learning endeavours, and prepares them to tackle a range of academic challenges.
Inquiry-led learning: Helping children get school-ready
If you are looking for a preschool that will help ease your child into primary school, encourage his or her thirst for knowledge, discovery and love of new experiences, then you might consider exploring My First Skool.
As part of its inquiry-led approach, My First Skool’s Skool-Ready© Curriculum – especially designed with four- to six-year-olds in mind — includes lessons based on a particular theme as well as a project on a topic of children’s interest and choice. Your child and his classmates will be asked to come up with questions on this subject and also find the answers.
Projects encourage children to observe, come up with explanations and descriptions on living and non-living things, as well as places and events. What all this does is to encourage your child’s resourcefulness and natural curiosity — skills that will prepare him or her for primary school and beyond.
The curriculum also comprises a set of core lessons in both English and Chinese for each term (from Nursery to Kindergarten 2).
Focus on language
My First Skool’s thematic lessons include language literacy development. Other than numerous activities to enhance children’s language skills, children will also take part in fun show-and-tell sessions and class discussions, further developing their verbal skills.
My First Skool also recognises the importance of bilingualism and fosters an early interest in mother tongue learning through its interesting and innovative Bilingual Immersion Programme.
The Skool-aCe© curriculum focuses on story-telling, songs and recitation of rhymes to cultivate preschoolers’ interest in the Chinese language. Children will also learn poetry from both reading and listening, pronunciation will be developed through fun games introduced in the curriculum.
Numeracy and creativity
While having fun through activities such as sorting shapes, counting money, weighing fruit and learning how to tell the time, your child will be learning essential numeracy skills that will carry through to primary school.
The child’s creativity and fine motor skills will be nurtured as well through origami, drawing, painting, clay modelling, writing and other activities.
Your child will also be encouraged to express his or her feelings and ideas through music and movement – and we all know just how much children enjoy singing and dancing!
Outdoor play for active children
While outdoor play might be loads of fun, it is also crucial for the development of children’s locomotor skills (e.g. running and jumping). This is why outdoor play features strongly in My First Skool’s programme, with plenty of playtime during the week and field trips once a term.
Paving the way for primary school
My First Skool’s Primary School Preparatory Program helps develop children’s key knowledge, skills and dispositions for school readiness at the end of K2, helping to build a strong learning foundation for your child.
What’s more, your child will be exposed to real experiences in classroom settings. For example, a dramatic corner simulates a Primary School canteen, where children have the opportunity to take on different roles such as cashier, cook or customer. This activity will also help their numeracy and literacy skills, as it allows children to grasp concepts of selling and buying, calculation of money and teamwork.
K2 aged children are also taken on outings to a primary school which will help them become familiar with a new learning environment, as well as daily routines found in primary schools, such as recess time.
Your child’s social and emotional development isn’t forgotten either. Teachers will help children learn about ways to make new friends and how to deal with bullies and strangers if such situations arise. These skills will be especially useful in primary school.
Parents and children love My First Skool!
There’s no better way to find out about a preschool than via other parents whose children go there.
Here’s what some parents have to say about My First Skool:
We enrolled our girls at My First Skool in 2013, Roxanne in K1 and Jeanne in N2. The teachers who taught them were very patient and supportive, taking very good care of them, providing a safe and warm learning environment for them to grow and learn.
We remembered vividly how the teachers helped Jeanne and Roxanne to adjust to the new environment. Their dedication gave us confidence and peace of mind because we knew that our girls were well taken care of.
Both Roxanne and Jeanne enjoyed their time at My First Skool. Although they have graduated from My First Skool and have moved on to a new stage of primary school life, they still miss My First Skool and all the teachers. — Ric & June
I would like to thank teacher Sha from My First Skool. When my son joined in 2015, he did not know how to read and write. He was very playful, had short attention span and tends to walk around during lessons.
Teacher Sha updates me regularly on his behaviour so I know his progress and what we can do to work together.
Previously Kayden attended other childcare centres and I was only updated on his progress twice a year. None of those schools has shown the type of commitment My First Skool has for my child’s progress. Thank you Teacher Sha and My First Skool! — Mrs Chua
Contact My First Skool today and see for yourself how it is the perfect learning environment for your preschooler.
Visit www.myfirstskool.com or call +65 6509-7887.