Read about immersive bilingual curriculum at My First Skool and why parents, teachers, AND children just love it!
“Mummy I don’t like to do my Chinese homework!”
“I don’t want to go for Chinese class Ma!”
In today’s day and age, it can be hard for your child to pick up another language. From speaking at home, to television, to social media, practically everything is in English. How can we ensure that our children stay engaged and interested in learning Chinese? We speak to My First Skool to find out.
Why is learning Chinese important?
“For children who are ethnically Chinese, it is not just important to learn the language but the ethnicity and history, culture and art,” says Yu Kwong, one of the teachers at the Blk 197 Boon Lay branch of My First Skool.
“As for non-ethnically Chinese students – with globalisation, it is good to pick up other languages as it opens up new doors. In addition, there is a shared understanding of Asian values, which can be taught through learning about culture through the language.”
The Chinese curriculum also places emphasis on character building. Pre-school is an ideal time to instil core values. The character building curriculum focuses on helping children develop their inner selves – knowing right from wrong, behaving in ways that are fair and just, and working with others.
At My First Skool, the team also believes that children need to learn how to take responsibility for themselves as well as their family, country and even the world. The programme, for children aged four to six years old, helps them cultivate the right set of values and attitude. Teachers apply a “3E” strategy (Example, Environment and Experience) in teaching and children focus on learning the “why” and “how” instead of just “what”, to facilitate learning and internalising skills and values through action.
For instance, children are involved in community-wide projects such as the event held in conjunction with the ECDA Innovation Guidance Project – STEMnovation: Kitchen Science. The children learnt more about their cultural heritage by making local food such as rice balls, roti kirai and dumplings. Moreover, in line with inculcating the value of compassion and a spirit of giving, My First Skool set up a donation drive for the children to sell the hand-made food to raise funds for selected charities and old folks’ homes.
Find out why it is important to get them started early on page 2!