I read from articles previously that it is good for children as young as a few months old to be exposed to as many languages should you want them to learn these languages in future. In our household, we speak some English, Chinese, Cantonese and some Malay (with the maid). We tend to speak to the kids in English, hence Thaddeus understands mostly what we tell him when it’s in English. Not exactly ideal since we have to be at least bilingual to survive in Singapore.
So when D asked if I’m interested to let Thaddeus go for the trial class at PerchingKids to experience how learning Chinese can be fun and engaging at the same time, I was very excited at the opportunity! For one, I’ve been meaning to look for some classes to let Thaddeus attend ‘cos he needs more variety of activities to let him learn more things and keep him entertained. Plus it’s learning Chinese – something we can’t teach quite well now!
PerchingKids focuses on enlivening the Chinese language by making it lively and fun for children. Instead of memorizing characters through the conventional classroom setting of language learning, the process is enlivened through play. The children are engaged in dance, music, painting and mathematics, and these activities are conducted wholly in Chinese.
For children aged 0-2, the “Know Myself” program is designed to immerse them in the language by getting them involved in highly-targeted, fun-filled activities. They are able to learn more about themselves and good Mandarin is instilled in the process.
The older children aged 2-6 will be able to explore their creativity with the “I’m Creative!” program. Through a variety of fun activities, they are encouraged to express themselves artistically without any inhibitions. In the process they are introduced to Mandarin naturally, with simple instructions and open-ended questions.
In order not to overwhelm Thaddeus, the staff brought Thaddeus to a play area to familiarize him with the new environment first. Here, he got to play with toys as the teachers shared with him the names of these objects in Chinese. Then we proceeded to the classroom for the trial class of the “Know Myself” program.
Throughout the entire session of play activities, the teachers interacted with Thaddeus in Chinese. The husb and I were really impressed at how they managed to make Mr-Taking-Forever-To-Warm-Up to get interested and participated in the activities!
Both the husb and I realized our Chinese language standard is pretty sad now when we gave each other a “OOOOH!!” look whenever we picked up a new vocabulary from the teachers. Guess that means our kids will require the subject matter experts to guide them in future!
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