|Event:||Virtual reality (VR) world at the National Museum of Singapore|
|Centre:||ChildFirst @ Tampines|
Twenty-five years ago, the words social media and search engines did not exist. Mobile phones were only used by businessmen and public pay phones were easily sighted outside shops and along sidewalks. Computers then were bulky and mainly used in offices and higher institutions.
Today, social media, smart phones and portable devices are part and parcel of daily lives. Many of us would not have imagined the world to be what it is today, much less be prepared for it.
At ChildFirst, we believe that it is important for us to understand and envision what the world will be like in the next twenty-five years so that we can equip your child with the necessary skills for their future.
One of the key skills is to be trilingual in English, Chinese and Coding. English is an undisputable essential language that is widely used internationally and locally. In your child’s lifetime, China’s position as the world’s top superpower will be enhanced so being fluent in Chinese language and knowledgeable in Chinese culture will give your child an advantage. Artificial intelligence (AI) and robots are also fast replacing humans in many jobs. Knowing coding will help your child to shape a human future with AI.
The world is too competitive. Just having a good education is necessary but not sufficient for success. Our Plus Multiple Intelligences curriculum will help to realise your child’s unique talents.
During the half-day Chinese immersion, only Chinese will be spoken. Each class has a Chinese teacher and an assistant Chinese teacher.
Our Chinese curriculum follows the natural language development sequence of listening, speaking, reading and then writing.
Listening and Speaking From Pre-nursery (18 months) to N1 (3 years old), our focus is on listening and speaking. Speech and drama is a good way of building up their verbal communication skills and confidence.
Listening and Speaking
From Pre-nursery (18 months) to N1 (3 years old), our focus is on listening and speaking. Speech and drama is a good way of building up their verbal communication skills and confidence.
Reading and Writing
Starting from N2 (4 years old), your child will be exposed to Chinese word recognition and reading. We take a two prong approach, rapid word recognition through animated rhymes and early reading through graded Chinese readers. Unlike English which is a phonetic language, Chinese is a pictorial language.
At ChildFirst, we make recognising Chinese characters fun so that your child can remember them. Do you recognise these two characters “炎” and “灭” , if you were shown an animation that “灭” is formed by adding “火” (fire) on top of “火” and it means extremely hot, would you remember it better? What about an animation that shows water being doused on “火” to form “灭” which means extinguish? Would you recognise “灭” next time?
Once your child recognises Chinese words, they progress to Chinese Step Readers to help build up Chinese reading skills with confidence.
A Part of Daily Life Rather than a Subject
When Chinese is taught as a subject, it will be forgotten outside the classroom. At ChildFirst, your child will be exposed to more than 750 hours of Chinese every year. Chinese will inevitable become a part of your child’s daily life, a language that he/she uses for communication, playing, eating and daily routine activities.
To truly appreciate a language, one needs to understand its culture. At ChildFirst, we infuse culture into our Chinese curriculum by having themes that celebrate Chinese culture such as Chinese New Year and Mooncake Festival.
|Centre:||ChildFirst @ King Albert Park|
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