When Kinderland was first established in 1978, it only had one school at Marine Parade Centre with 13 children enrolled.
But in time, many parents were impressed by the school’s customer-oriented service and innovative curriculum, and the number of students grew.
One of the first in SG to incorporate keyboard music and creative writing skills into the curriculum, Kinderland offers a Children’s Music Programme.
“The programme is a group-oriented one,” says Elvia Hussein, an in-house music specialist at Kinderland (see right), noting that Kinderland’s approach differs from those conducted on a one-on-one basis. “It uses a lot of solfege singing (pitch and sightsinging) before playing, because we want children to develop a good ear before playing.”
The school’s passion for music is backed by a study conducted by Dr. Carol Loy, Kinderland’s director of curriculum and professional development, which found that music “contributes to preschool-age children’s awakening” and shows that music can be used as an efficient educational approach” to help develop a child’s word-recognition abilities.
Kinderland recently introduced its Infant and Toddler care programme to the Marine Parade Centre in a specially designed environment that utilises colours, play tools, textures and sounds. The centre will also have a self-help kitchenette, which will allow children to self-serve and self-feed so they can learn to develop independence earlier.
Not only will children enjoy activities that help develop gross and fine-motor skills, toddlers can enjoy the fun climbing structure, express themselves at an art atelier or mingle and bond with their friends at the Piazza meeting place.
In-house Music Specialist Elvia Husein explains why music is so important at Kinderland.
What She Loves about Teaching
“I’ve been with Kinderland for six years, and it still excites me to see a child’s music-learning journey. I believe in one rule: Teach well, have faith in children and all will fall into place.”
The Question She Gets Asked Often
“I have to constantly remind prospective parents that Kinderland’s CMP is more than just learning how to play the keyboard. During ensemble play, children learn to make music together, developing team spirit, turn-taking and concentration skills that help prepare them for school.”
Her Favourite Career Moment
“It was when the children performed in our Stage Ensemble in 2016. It was challenging, but when they performed on stage, it was simply euphoria.”
Kinderland Preschool & Infant
Tel: 6881 8818
From The Finder Kids, Vol. 25, November 2018
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