Learning takes many forms and you can always find opportunities to teach your children topics that interest them – find out how.
When you are out and about with your children and they ask you about a particular subject, take the chance to indulge their curiosity and build up their knowledge. This is one of the best ways for them to learn as well as develop the confidence to ask questions. At The Little Skool-House, the teachers are always looking for such moments, turning them into learning opportunities.
During a recent community walk, for example, a fighter plane flew overhead and the children were astounded by the loud noise it made. They wondered what it was and asked their teacher about it. Leveraging on the opportunity, the teacher invited a parent who works in the air force to talk about airplanes with the children. During his presentation, the parent spoke about different types of planes and explained how they work. The kids even got to ask him about the plane he flew and whether he’d ever fought in a war.
When looking for opportunities to teach your children new topics, even conflict is useful in imparting valuable lessons. For instance, does your child often complain when his friend snatches his toy? We asked the educators at The Little Skool-House how to handle such a “complaint”.
“Take the opportunity to teach the children about sharing and respect,” they explained. “When their friend snatches their toy, you can ask your child to tell their friend how they feel and remind their friend to ask for permission. Through this, they will learn that if they want something, they should ask instead of snatch.”
Another common situation parents face is disagreements between their kids when they are playing. Whenever you see your children quarrelling, it’s always an excellent opportunity to teach them about respect and teamwork. The educators at The Little Skool-House recommend that you remind your children to discuss the problem and come up with a solution together. Give them support, like asking them questions, to initiate the problem-solving process.
When conflicts arise in class, the educators also read books with the children that talk about how to resolve problems. This literacy-based approach was recently applied to a project that The Little Skool-House children worked on. The kids had to work in teams to make a robot: Since each child had different ideas about what the robot would look like, doing the project together meant that they had to cooperate with one another, learn how to respect one another’s opinions, compromise and solve any problems that came up.
These are just some of the ways that The Little Skool-House is different from other preschools or childcare centres. Thanks to a literacy-based curriculum that nurtures learning and a unique environment that fosters a sense of belonging, it has transformed the lives of thousands of children, inspiring them to be thinkers, innovators, leaders, inquirers, explorers, risk-takers and communicators.
In addition, the literacy-based programme uses an extensive range of meaningful books and stories. The Little Skool-House educators believe that stories help shape how children see the world, and this literacy-based approach does a great job at encouraging the kids to read and ask questions. The educators also encourage reading to inculcate important life values in the children.
But it is The Little Skool-House’s educators that make the biggest difference. Skilful and dedicated, they facilitate learning by asking the children all the right questions so that the children are motivated to think of the answers on their own.
The Little Skool-House has a number of centres islandwide.
Schedule a visit to The Little Skool-House before Dec 28, 2018 and receive a free wet bag worth $29.90. This promotion is valid only for visits to The Little Skool-House At-The-Hub (tel: 6853-8131) and The Little Skool-House At-Downtown-East (tel: 6585-5292). For more information, visit www.littleskoolhouse.com.
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