Cool enrichment classes for preschoolers

By Stephanie Yeo   — April 28, 2015
  • Bibinogs and Berries World of Learning School
    1 / 8 Bibinogs and Berries World of Learning School

    BIBNOGS
    There is no rote learning at its English and pure-Mandarin enrichment courses (pictured). Kids pick up language naturally while having fun. Lessons begin with free play as the children settle into the classroom, followed by circle time and lessons with sensory activities, hands-on explorations, craft activities, music and movement, skill-based reading, writing and math exercises.

    Parents can also opt for bilingual classes. The centres have classes for kids aged six months to seven years old. Visit www.bibinogs.com, or e-mail playlearning@bibinogs.com to schedule a trial lesson.

    BERRIES WORLD OF LEARNING SCHOOL
    It offers a variety of weekly enrichment courses for kids from ages three to 12, using creative and colourful teaching materials, music, songs and games to add fun to learning. Lessons start from learning basic strokes and Chinese character writing and recognition, before progressing to building vocabulary and conversation skills. 

    Classes for primary school-aged pupils include composition writing, reading comprehension, and oral practice. The school also has a dedicated P1 Preparatory Course for K2 kids with an emphasis on idioms, hanyu pinyin, and language and comprehension exercises to help to improve their understanding and answering abilities. Visit www.berriesworld.com.

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  • The British Council
    2 / 8 The British Council

    It has a fun way to teach preschoolers English through the popular Shaun the Sheep and Timmy Time animations. Lessons are enhanced with multi-sensory activities including arts and crafts, and kinaesthetic activities for motor skills, and teachers will use a unique curriculum to expose kids to essential elements of phonics, handwriting and literacy. 

    The programme also boasts exclusive Timmy Time episodes specially adapted for the British Council. Featuring fully resourced, themed, theatre-styled classrooms, as well as themed activity booklets, puppets, stickers, cut-outs and digital resources.

    Learning Time with Shaun and Timmy programme is offered exclusively at the British Council’s new branch at 112 Katong. Classes are suited for children in N1 to K1. Visit www.britishcouncil.sg/learningwithtimmy or call 6653-6092.

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  • Chengzhu Mandarin Centre
    3 / 8 Chengzhu Mandarin Centre

    It has parent-accompanied classes for babies as young as six months, as well as language and cultural arts courses for children preschool-aged and up. The Little Pandas programme for N1 to K2 kids also include subject-based lessons like maths, science, speech and drama, music, arts and crafts, and cookery. Its language-immersion programmes are taught by native Mandarin speakers, and the teacher-pupil ratio ranges from one to five, to one to 14.

    The centre has a 280-sqft Story House with over 2,000 books and sitting nooks for kids to curl up and read in. They are also encouraged to borrow the books. Trial courses are available. Visit www.chengzhu.net.

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  • Crestar Learning Centre
    4 / 8 Crestar Learning Centre

    This enrichment school offers dance, art, abacus and mental arithmetic, maths, and Chinese language enrichment courses. Dance classes accept children from age 2½, and range from ballet to Chinese dance, modern jazz and modern theatre. 

    Its academic courses are suitable for ages four and up and follow a proprietary Developmental Assessment System to identify the kids’ learning strengths and weaknesses. This helps teachers create a customised coaching strategy for your child. Classes run for three-month terms and meet weekly, and its centres also offer short holiday programmes in March, June, September and December. Visit www.crestar.com.sg.

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  • Da Little School
    5 / 8 Da Little School

    It hosts a range of arts enrichment classes for those as young as 18 months old. Infants in the Little Doodlers class explore materials and their own senses by feeling gooey paint or handing other materials, while those in the Master Artists class (for kids aged seven and up) create 3-D pieces using recycled materials, and learn about art history and culture. 

    The developmental programmes are designed to foster creativity, imagination and self-confidence for kids to express themselves, and the school also offers theatre and language classes. Courses run for 10-week terms and meet for an hour each week, and you can also opt for short holiday programmes. Visit www.dalittleschool.com.sg.

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  • Eye Level and Happy Train
    6 / 8 Eye Level and Happy Train

    EYE LEVEL
    This chain of
     enrichment centres (pictured) offer maths and English courses for children from age three to 14, using a self-directed learning method in which pupils move through the material at their own pace. 

    Teachers move around the classroom spending one-on-one time with each student, ensuring that the kids not only get individual help but also learn how to be independent and confident in their studies. The school also offers a Chinese Junior programme for non-native Chinese speakers. Visit www.myeyelevel.com.

    HAPPY TRAIN
    It offers brain-training lessons to help your little one develop a strong linguistic foundation, concentration skills, memory, observation, problem-solving skills (IQ), socio-emotional skills (EQ), creativity and visualisation skills.

    Lessons include imaginative or pretend-play activities, as well as self-expression through art and songs. Courses cater to babies as young as three months old, and span the preschool years until age six.

    You can opt for lessons in Japanese, bilingual in English and Chinese, or in all three languages. Its classes are capped at six pupils and parents are required to be present. Paid trial courses are available. Visit www.happytrain.com.sg.

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  • Julia Gabriel Centre
    7 / 8 Julia Gabriel Centre

    This enrichment brand helps your young one build up confidence and communication skills and offers language enrichment courses for children from as young as six months old.

    In parent-accompanied classes, little ones from six months to three years old pick up pre-writing, pre-reading and pre-number skills. Stories, speech and language games, and interactive puppet shows are also incorporated into lessons. In the Speech and Drama programme, children learn to speak confidently, listen attentively, and practise turn-taking skills while strengthening literacy skills through drama and improvisation techniques.

    The Readers and Writers programme, on the other hand, hones reading and comprehension skills and helps kids become more confident and conscious writers. Trial lessons depend on availability of space in a class. Visit www.juliagabriel.com

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  • Mindchamps
    8 / 8 Mindchamps

    Its Reading and Writing Enrichment Programme helps kids who needs additional support in the English language. Targetted at children aged three to seven years old, it teaches phonics and more. Its proprietary e-book collection uses engaging stories, catchy songs, an interactive reading/listening experience and integrated phonics activities. 

    To boost writing skills, sign Junior up for the Ultimate A* Tool-box to Learning English for K2 to P2 pupils, which covers composition aspects such as language construction, composition planning and structure, and story-building. Visit www.mindchampsreading.com or call 6828-2661.

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