Four Basic Lessons your Child needs before Preschool

Before your child starts preschool in Singapore, you need to be sure that he or she is ready for it. Don’t misunderstand “ready” for “willing.” Most children won’t know what to expect from preschool, which is where you come in. Your duty as a parent doesn’t end with choosing the right preschool for your little one. You have to do a little schooling yourself before your son or daughter is all set to go.

One such preschool that can provide such an environment is Mulberry Learning Preschool Singapore. Check their website out here: http://mulberrylearning.com

Here are four basic lessons your little one needs before they start Singapore preschool.

Potty skills

Young children rarely have complete bladder control, resulting in accidents. And these can make your child feel anxious and uncomfortable in class. Children often misunderstand or fail to recognize signals from their bladders, which can sometimes appear all of a sudden. Young children can also become so absorbed in what they’re doing that they often ignore these signs from their bladder.

As a parent, it’s important that you help your little one recognize these signs and learn to act on them. Teach them to go to the bathroom at least twice in a span of five hours. Also teach them to undo their clothes quickly and easily.

Social skills

Your child will definitely be uncertain about preschools and have several questions for you. Explain that the first day of preschool will be awkward for every little kid in class. Try explaining how awkward your first day at school or college was. You could also take your little one on playdates to help fine tune his or her social skills like taking turns or sharing.

Eating and dining skills

When your child is eating without you around, he or she can feel anxious because they are used to you monitoring and helping them during meals. Sometimes, even opening the lid of a plastic container can be a tedious task, leaving them frustrated and uninterested in eating. Practice school lunches at home. You can pretend to be a fellow student and ease your child into becoming more comfortable with the idea of eating at school.

Understand bus basics

Your child is familiar only with the vehicle you drive, so a giant yellow bus can appear very intimidating to a tiny human. Before school starts, take walks with your child and show them what bus stops are and how school buses work. You can even get a willing bus driver to take him or her on a test drive.

These skills are very basic, but they can help your kid enjoy their classes better and make friends easily. Make sure your child is skilled in these areas before they start their preschool in Singapore.

Welcome to my blog! I am a preschool educator and I enjoy working with young children. They are not only adorable, they are inquisitive and kind. Over the years, I’ve learnt about the importance of childhood education, in order to nurture a healthy – physically and emotionally – child, there are many areas to take note. I hope my sharing on this platform will benefit you!

Importance of arts and crafts education for children

Art is considered to be a fundamental need, a need to express our innermost emotions where words and articulation may fail us. It is something that comes naturally to most children since they are considered to be more in touch with themselves. There is something very unpretentious and pure in children pursuing artistic activities. The mind gets access to its subconscious state when engaged in artistic activity and beautiful things are produced as a result. There is a deep association with children and art, one can see it in the pencil boxes they carry or the way they decorate their files.

a-childcare-centre-afpfileroslan-rahman-525941In physiological terms, it is understood that there are two hemispheres of the brain – right and left. While the left hemisphere deals with more conventional forms of learning such as math, science and other logical studies, it is the right hemisphere that is linked with the more creative aspects such as arts. Conventionally, our education system trains the left hemisphere to a greater degree than the right. Through research it is found that the more gifted children, when applying themselves in their fields of excellence show increased electrical activity in both hemispheres of the brain. This means that in order to tap the full potential of the mind, children should have both hemispheres of the brain adequately developed, making art education just as important as math or science for children.

Apart from this, children develop motor co-ordination while practicing art and craft activities such as drawing, colouring, cutting patterns and more. Most art and craft activities demand waiting – for example, paint to dry, glue to hold, attaching shapes piece by piece to a model and all this teaches children to have patience and self control. In a study conducted by Americans for Arts, it was found that children who practice art regularly (up to 3 hours a day, 3 days a week for one year) had 4 times more probability of being recognized for intellectual achievement, taking part in a science fair or being awarded for writing or composing poetry than children who did not.

In recent times, child care centres in Singapore have taken notice of the importance of art education for children, and most of these centres do offer some form of activities for those enrolled in them. There is also an awareness on the part of the parents who want child care centres in Singapore to include art and craft education for their children.

Welcome to my blog! I am a preschool educator and I enjoy working with young children. They are not only adorable, they are inquisitive and kind. Over the years, I’ve learnt about the importance of childhood education, in order to nurture a healthy – physically and emotionally – child, there are many areas to take note. I hope my sharing on this platform will benefit you!