7 things you need to know about the new curriculum at Cherie Hearts preschool

By Lynn Wee   — February 08, 2017
  • 7 things you need to know about the new curriculum at Cherie Hearts preschool
    1 / 7 7 things you need to know about the new curriculum at Cherie Hearts preschool

    A new curriculum that aims to foster children’s curiosity, creativity, capabilities and sense of entrepreneurship, has been introduced to 26 Cherie Hearts preschools – a subsidiary of G8 Education Singapore.

    Young Parents dropped in at the Depot Close outlet to observe the curriculum in action. 

    The curriculum – SPIRAL Literacies Model was inspired by the New London Group academic theory on Pedagogy of multi-literacies – a concept that enhances children’s learning of early literacy and numeracy.

    Developed in-house, the curriculum was founded in the belief that children should be equipped with critical 21st century skills which will help them adapt to the globalised world that is driven by demographics and technological advancements.

    It is also aligned with the SPARK accreditation of Singapore preschools, and the Ministry of Education’s Framework for Nurturing Early Learners with 21st Century Competencies.

    With that philosophy in mind, the model consists of five key components to help enrich children’s holistic growth.

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  • 1. Critical Literacy
    2 / 7 1. Critical Literacy

    Apart from the essential skills such as reading, counting and writing, children are encouraged to think creatively, learn about problem solving skills as well as understand the different perspectives before making a decision.  

    One example is the use of the School of Fish Computational Thinking (CT) Game Curriculum (refer to the digital literacy slide for more details) where the game Pearly Whirly (pictured above) requires students to think algorithmically as they collect coins by providing directional instructions.

    When Young Parents gave the game a try, we were amazed by how challenging it was – especially at the higher levels.

    There are a myriad of ways to solving the problem and this allows children to think out of the box, helping them to understand that one wrong answer does not mean there is no other way to approach the subject, says a spokesperson from G8 Education Singapore.

    Related: 5 things you need to know about the new science programme at Kinderland preschool

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  • 2. Civic-Social Literacy
    3 / 7 2. Civic-Social Literacy

    The preschool aims to cultivate the little one’s character by instilling in them the right attitude and aptitude to care for others through the Cherie Hearts mascots – Lily Lamb, Ron Racoon and Pam Penguin.

    Each mascot represents two core values, and stories about the characters are published in-house and utilised by teachers to foster such development in the kids.

    In addition, students are encouraged to role play to real life scenarios as well. For example, they were tasked to act out a bus scene where some of them pretended to be a pregnant woman or an elderly man (pictured above).

    As they boarded the “bus”, students were encouraged to give up their seats to those who were in need as they learn how to be compassionate and gracious. 

    Related: 6 signs your toddler is ready for preschool

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  • 3. Financial Literacy
    4 / 7 3. Financial Literacy

    As preschoolers learn about money matters in preparation for primary school, Cherie Hearts’s goal is to introduce money management skills to help children understand the value of money. For example, the definition of savings and how money can help others. 

    One of the activities we witnessed during our visit involved students cutting out pictures from newspapers and sticking them on a paper as they divided them based on two categories – a need or a want (pictured above).

    This helps them to identify the differences as well as understand the value of financial savviness, explains a spokesperson. 

    Topics about prudence and generosity are also covered through their in-house storybooks and kindergarten two students are exposed to entrepreneurship when they organise a carnival from scratch. 

    Tickets are then sold to parents and profits earned are donated to support adopted charities.

    Related: This family set up a bank to teach their kids about money

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  • 4. Environmental Literacy
    5 / 7 4. Environmental Literacy

    The school works closely with the National Parks Board and the National Environment Agency (NEA) with the aim to shape students’ behaviour by promoting a sense of responsibility for the environment. 

    One example is the use of the Environmental Health Educational Kit by NEA. They cover topics on personal hygiene, toilet hygiene and a litter-free community.

    Teachers also teach the kids about mosquito breeding, the importance of co-existence as well as instilling a healthy respect for all living and non-living things.

    Related: Teach your child to care for the environment

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  • 5. Digital Literacy
    6 / 7 5. Digital Literacy

    Cherie Hearts has collaborated with Jules to create an app which will help to promote digital savviness and computational thinking in children.

    Billed as the world’s first Computational Thinking (CT) Curriculum, the School of Fish app teaches kindergarten two students the four key concepts to CT – decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction and algorithmic thinking, through six engaging games. 

    Kids can also select their own interactive learning buddy and personalise their “room” by purchasing items using coins earned at the games. 

    This brings them back to the topic on financial literacy as well. 

    Acknowledging the fact that kids have easy access to technology without knowing the side effects of it, the app was designed to teach them how to act responsibly in the digital world. 

    Students have 20 minutes of screen time each week, and teachers have full control of the kids’ usage as they can pause ongoing games on all screens at any one time with a simple tap on their device. 

    To improve parent engagement, a Jules dashboard was also introduced for parents to monitor their child’s learning progress.

    Related: How much screen time should your child have

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  • Fee structure
    7 / 7 Fee structure

    The fee structure varies depending on the setting of each Cherie Hearts Centre. 

    The full day programme for all levels at the Cherie Hearts DiscoveryLand costs $1,200 per month, and the half-day programme costs $950 per month. The centre is not GST registered and fees are before government subsidy. 

    Find out more: www.cheriehearts.com.sg 

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