How do you develop your child in a holistic manner and encourage independence?
At Kinderland, children are encouraged to learn life skills such as self-help and care for others. Not only does this help them prepare for independence, it also teaches them about good decision-making in everyday situations.
Here’s how you can help, too.
According to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development of Victoria, Australia, allowing children to be responsible for feeding themselves is a great way to teach them gross and fine motor skills as well as gain confidence and build self-esteem.
This technique is practiced at Kinderland through the Self-Help Kitchenette. The school’s cafeteria was specially revamped to include a buffet-style serving counter. Children between the ages of 5 and 6 independently serve themselves at meal time, while two children are assigned each day to help out with small tasks like setting up the dining area for their peers. Children are encouraged to clean their tables and return their trays to the collection station.
This type of experience focuses on developing a child’s independence and life skills, enhancing their cognitive abilities and physical dexterity.
Learning beyond the classroom contributes to the development of a child’s physical ability, eye and hand coordination.
Kinderland’s Naturescape Play Area at its Yio Chu Kang campus recreates unique outdoor classrooms that offer research-based, nature-rich learning. It aims to inspire hands-on learning, creativity, play and features interactive elements made from natural, recyclable materials, allowing children to develop their gross motor skills and increase self-confidence through exploration.
Studies show that critical-thinking skills helps children develop problem-solving and effective communication skills.
Kinderland supports the development of critical thinking in the learning process, which is why it recently introduced its STREAM Through Nature programme. Combining STEM subjects with Reading, Writing and the Arts, the programme challenges children to make predictions, generate explanations, create prototypes and perform construction and assembly work through a series of six hands-on projects that are performed in small groups. This helps them think critically and analytically.
STREAM Through Nature promotes teamwork and also encourages children to share what they have learned and how they went about planning and executing the projects.
Kinderland’s curriculum integrates the best education approaches and methodologies from the West and the values of morality and interpersonal relationships of the East. Its success over the past four decades has led to an extensive regional preschool network of over 60 centres across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, China and Cambodia, which nurture more than 20,000 children annually. Find out more here.
From The Finder (Issue 280), February 2017
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