CHINESE (half-day daily)
When language is taught as a subject, it will be forgotten outside the classroom. Our Chinese immersion approach (half-day daily) will make the languages a part of your child’s daily life. Why worry about whether your child can cope with Chinese in school later on when you can give them a solid foundation and more importantly, start them off with an interest in the language now? Learning is painless when you are having fun!
At ChildFirst, we use the thematic approach to help children comprehend the language. In contrast to the English programme, where children use the English language to acquire knowledge about different themes; here children use their knowledge about the themes to learn the Chinese language.
Unlike English, Chinese characters are not phonetic but rather pictorial. Our Chinese Rapid Word Recognition (CRWR-快字通) programme will introduce your child to a new but proven method of recognising Chinese characters effectively. Instead of learning discrete characters one at a time, children learn families of words as a group.
The learning of these groups of words are further enhanced and made more interesting via the use of “Rhyme and Stories”. Each family of words is then knitted together via a short story told in the form of rhymes to help children remember the characters more effectively and efficiently. The rhymes are animated to make learning even more fun. Together with the high frequency words, children can proceed to reading texts and books at a much younger age.
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Language is a skill and like any other skill, it will improve only with constant exposure and sufficient practice. At ChildFirst, your child will be encouraged to use Chinese language through fun-filled activities, speech and drama, songs and rhymes and classroom interactions.
The ultimate goal of word-recognition is reading. Our Chinese Step Readers offers children the opportunity to apply their new-found word-recognition skills to reading stories.
The Chinese Step Readers consists of a collection of lively short stories written in words that children have learnt in the Chinese Rapid Word Recognition (CRWR) programme. For example, Story 10 uses words from CRWR Book 1 to Book 10. More words are gradually introduced with each story. This progressive approach helps to build children’s confidence and cultivate their interest in reading independently.
Each reader has a reference list which indicates the CRWR book where each word is from. This serves as a useful guide to help children recall the words learnt. With improved Chinese reading skills, your child’s interest and self-esteem will flourish and this will help develop your child’s Chinese language to its fullest potential.
|Monday to Friday||FULL DAY||HALF DAY, MORNING||HALF DAY, AFTERNOON|
|Mountbatten (PN & N1)||8:00am to 5:00pm||8:00am to 11:00am||2:00pm to 5:00pm|
|Mountbatten (N2, K1 & K2)||8:00am to 5:00pm||8:00am to 11:30am||1:30pm to 5:00pm|
|King Albert Park (PN & N1)||8:30am to 5:30pm||8:00am to 11:30am||2:30pm to 5:30pm|
|King Albert Park (N2, K1 & K2)||8:30am to 5:30pm||8:30am to 12:00pm||2:00pm to 5:30pm|
|Tampines (PN & N1)||8:00am to 5:00pm||8:00am to 11:00am||2:00pm to 5:00pm|
|Tampines (N2, K1 & K2)||8:00am to 5:00pm||8:00am to 11:30am||1:30pm to 5:00pm|