Coping with learning Mandarin: 5 challenges Singapore parents face

“I thought that my days of learning Mandarin were far behind me, but then I became a mum and I found myself thrust back into a world of Chinese characters and hanyu pinyin,” shared Mdm Tan, mum of a Primary 2 daughter, candidly. “The only difference is that the stakes feel higher than before because it now involves my child, and which parent doesn't want their child to succeed?” added Mdm...

Building A Strong Foundation for Lifelong Learning

With contributions from Rani Sidhu, Director of Pedagogy, EtonHouse International Education Group

Photo: EtonHouse International School Broadrick 

Early Years education cultivates a joy of learning in children from a young age and has proven to have a positive impact on lifelong education. Inquiry-based learning complements a child’s innate curiosity and helps them develop confidence in their...

Literacy In The Early Years – Do Worksheets And Spelling Lists Help?

The literacy goals and outcomes for toddlers and preschoolers have changed dramatically over the years. The emphasis is definitely on pushing the literacy outcomes associated with formal schooling down to the early years. To hothouse children into becoming ‘literate’, we have seen over the years the emergence of flash cards for babies, spelling lists for preschoolers and the expectation to...

Is Your Child Ready For Primary School?

“Mummy, where does water come from?”

“The tap.”

“But where does tap water come from?”

“The reservoir.”

“What is a reservoir?”

“It’s a place that collects a big supply of treated water for our use.”

"And where does that water come from?”

“Well… From the rain…”

How often have you been stumped by your child’s endless questions? At times, you wonder how a three-year-old can be so imaginative and...

How Can You Support Your Preschooler In Developing Literacy Skills?

Photo: EtonHouse International Pre-School, Hong Kong 

Literacy derives itself from oral skills as much as from reading and writing. The ability to communicate using language and articulate one’s thoughts and feelings lays the foundation for oral language skills. Through a variety of interactions like small and large group discussions, peer-to-peer conversations, retelling and recounting...

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