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Children learn in many different ways. They take in the information: through their ears (auditory), through their eyes (visual), through touch (tactile) and through body movements (kinaesthetic). While some do best with information they hear. Others may find it easier to learn by seeing something. In multisensory learning, children engage with the material using all of their senses: touching, seeing, hearing and movement. If a child learns something using more than one sense, the information is more likely to stay with him. Multisensory learning helps children tap into their learning strengths to make connections and form memories. In addition, it allows them to use a wider range of ways to show what they’ve learned. And by providing multiple ways to learn, multisensory learning gives every child a chance to succeed.

Occupational therapy is a profession that specialise in sensory integration technique. This parenting talk will explore the various sensory systems and explain the important roles they play in children’s learning. Through this talk, you will gain a better idea of how our senses work and how this information is organized and interpreted.


Parents who are keen to participate in their children's growth,you are cordially invited to attend our Parenting Talk.

Talk is complimentary.

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Frobel Preschool Singapore Write-up

Friedrich Frobel believed that humans are essentially productive and creative – and fulfilment comes through developing these in harmony with God and the world. As a result, Froebel sought to encourage the creation of educational environments that involved practical work and the direct use of materials. Through engaging with the world, understanding unfolds. Hence the significance of play – it is both a creative activity and through it children become aware of their place in the world. 
The Frobel Gifts are educational materials developed for Friedrich Froebel's original Kindergarten. Perhaps the world's most intricately conceived playthings, these materials appear deceptively simple, but represent a sophisticated approach to child development. The Gifts are arguably the first educational toys.

Frobel Curriculum Philosophy

The Gifted Mind Frobel Gifts – Enhancing Children’s IQ

Frobel gifts is an excellent medium used to enhance children’s awareness of geometry in the areas of share size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space. The CPA approach helps children learn new ideas and build on their existing knowledge by introducing abstract concepts in a more familiar and tangible way. The approach is so established in Singapore math teaching, that the Ministry of Education will not approve any teaching materials which do not use the CPA approach.

Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) is a three-step instructional approach that has been found to be highly effective in teaching math concepts. The Concrete stage is known as the “doing” stage and involves physically manipulating objects to solve a math problem. For example, when learning about a square, the teacher will get the child to hold, touch and feel a square puzzle found in Frobel Gift 7. 

The Pictorial stage is the “seeing” stage and involves using images to represent objects to solve a math problem. The final step in this approach is called the abstract stage. For example, the child will look at a picture of a square and use sticks to form the outline of a square. 

The Abstract stage is known as the “symbolic” stage and involves using only numbers and symbols to solve a math problem. CPA is a gradual systematic approach. Each stage builds on to the previous stage and therefore must be taught in sequence. For example, when a child is asked how many sides does a cube have. 

THE RESILIENT HEART  

Increasing Awareness on Social and Global Issues   

Frobel preschool Singapore adopts the Thematic Approach to educate children on environmental and cultural awareness. As a 21st century child, the child needs to be exposed to a variety of general and environmental knowledge to cultivate sensitivity towards diversity. Global awareness is not just a knowledge of geography, speaking another language and having travelled the world. Skills such as patience and the ability to wait and watch before rushing to conclusions or decisions have clear links to global success, and are among top skills identified by many researchers as being crucial to a global mindset. 

Curiosity and the ability to question ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ things work as the most essential disposition needed for developing a global mindset. This makes intuitive sense: a child has to be curious and interested in the world before being motivated to learn about it. The ability to carefully listen and observe is essential for learning new information, as well as being able to understand and relate to people around you. Having these skills leads to empathy and flexibility, two more critical soft skills identified as important to a global mindset. In order to develop competency in our 21st century child, we strongly believe in fostering resilience so that children can overcome adversity with courage and skills.

THE AGILE BODY  

Integrating Montessori Practical Life Skills & Physical Activities   

Montessori Practical Life activities are the activities of everyday life that is integrated into our Frobel curriculum to help the child gain control in the coordination of his movement, and gain independence. The purpose and aim of integrating Montessori Practical Life Skill is because Practical Life Exercises aid the growth and development of the child’s intellect and concentration to help the child develop an orderly way of thinking. The child observes these activities in the environment and gains knowledge through the real experience of how to accomplish life skills in a purposeful way. Hence, Practical Life Skills is essential in developing children’s fine motor skills when preparing children, a strong foundation for writing and mathematical concepts. 

As sports plays an important role in improving the physical and mental health of children, Frobel Preschool provides a wide variety of movement activities in preparing children for an active and enriching lifestyle. Broad categories of possible activities include physical fitness, basic motor skills, dance and music, individual and group activities, and cooperative games. Physical fitness may involve simple stretching, bending, twisting, and other body movements. Some imaginative activities such as bear walking or other animal walks can encourage movements created by the child.


Buttercups Montessori Kindergarten Singapore Write-up

Founded in 2000, Buttercups Montessori Kindergarten is a Ministry of Education registered kindergarten that provides preschool education for children from 18months to 6 years old. The three Buttercups Kindergarten centres at Namly Place, Pasir Panjang and Rochester Mall are a subsidy of the Frobel Preschool Group.


Buttercups Montessori aims to develop and maximize each child's individual potential while building a strong foundation for the child’s learning journey. Buttercups Montessori adhere to the Montessori philosophy which offers a broad vision of education as an aid to life. Children who have been through our program are confident, independent, and adaptable to new environments.

MONTESSORI STARTERS 

This class offers the child an excellent introductory Montessori program which focuses on the total development of the child.

The focus of this class is on social and emotional development, where the child will learn basic Montessori principles including grace and courtesy, independence, and responsibility to the self and the environment. Practical life activities are prepared with the purpose of developing their gross and fine motor skills, and the child will also be given lessons in the sensorial, language and Mathematics areas. Mandarin classes are conducted in the class. Teachers help the child to adapt by providing a loving, secure and orderly environment. This class is also designed to give the child individualized skill training which will equip every child with a positive transition to school.

It is anticipated that children with the Starters class, will continue their Montessori education with Montessori Kindergarten programme.

MONTESSORI KINDERGARTEN 

The prepared environment of the kindergarten programmes creates an atmosphere which enables children to be free to learn through his own activity in peaceful and orderly surroundings adapted to the child's size and interests. It aims to nurture the children's independence, self-esteem and self-discipline while introducing children to the basics of academics.

Buttercups Montessori Programme 

The kindergarten environment has 8 distinct areas:

Practical life - Children perform exercises which teach them to care for themselves and their environment. In addition, grace and courtesy lessons help them to function in a social environment.

Sensorial -Children learn to organize their environment through sensorial activities that enhance their abilities to discriminate, refine and sharpen their senses.

Language - Preparation for reading and writing begins through the phonetic introduction of the sandpaper letters. Word building and preliminary reading exercises take place through a natural progression depending on a child's personal readiness.

Mathematics - Basic concepts of Mathematics are introduced in a concrete manner, which builds a strong foundation for the understanding and application of Mathematical principles.

Culture - Children learn about the world and the living things within it. The preschool environment offers the child studies in Geography, History, Art and the Sciences.

Mandarin - Daily classes aim to help the child build a solid foundation in Mandarin. Reading will be taught through character recognition with accurate pronunciation. The child will learn to write by mastering character strokes and sentence construction.

Outdoor play - The child get to play outdoors regularly. Their gross motor skills are developed while playing with various playground equipment and organized games. The Starters children also will enjoy water play sessions. Social development is enhanced during these activities as children learn to play, take turns, share and have fun with their friends.

Music and Movement - Our curriculum also includes music and movement sessions during which the children participate in singing, dancing, playing instruments, and dramatic play.