Frequently Asked Questions (Kindergarten)

How many students are there in a class?

As we believe in the effectiveness of small group teaching, a maximum of 6 students and 1 make-up student is allowed.

What is the goal of Kinder Writer Classes?

The goal of our Kinder Writer classes is to equip the children with a strong foundation in the English Language and to help them develop an interest for writing early on. Our fun and captivating lessons are also geared towards enabling a smooth transition into the primary school curriculum.

Is a 1.5 hour lesson too long for my child considering that younger children have a shorter attention span?

Every lesson is conducted using the multi-sensory approach. This keeps the children engaged throughout the session.

What is the multi-sensory approach?

The multi-sensory approach incorporates usage of the various senses into the learning process. This simultaneously activates different parts of the brain which will help to enhance memory retention and learning.

Every lesson is also activity-based. Children can expect to participate in activities such as whiteboard writing, story-telling, forming of story trains, manipulating cut-outs or making crafts etc. These will help to reinforce the literacy skills taught in class.

What makes us different from the other centers?

Our comprehensive curriculum that adopts the multi-sensory approach, small class size and dedicated teachers.

Do the Kinder Writer Classes focus on Writing only?

No, our curriculum comprises a wide range of skill-developments.

What does your curriculum cover? What is the difference between the K1 and K2 levels?

K1K2
Phonics & PenmanshipSpelling
Letter, word and sentence formationSentence extension and varied sentence structure
Simple grammar and vocabularyReading, story-telling and comprehension
Reading and story-tellingStory-mapping and writing
Simple picture descriptionMore advanced grammar and vocabulary
Story booklet writing and makingPreparation for P1

Is it too early for a kindergartener to learn how to write?

Learning to write is definitely not too early for kindergarteners. Providing positive experiences in writing during their early years is crucial for their literary development.

Writing is also a powerful tool to communicate ideas, knowledge and emotions. Being able to write well will enable the children to develop their motor skills, too.

Additionally, beginning at a young age will help to build the children’s stamina in writing. Our patient and dedicated teachers will encourage them to persevere through their initial difficulties and our classes allow them the time and space to grow at their own pace. This will also help to develop, in the children, a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset, as well.

If you are interested to find out more about the growth mindset vs. fixed mindset, here is an interesting video and a research article:

Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUWn_TJTrnU

Research Article:

https://www.learning-theories.com/mindset-theory-fixed-vs-growth-mindset-dweck.html

How do I know if my child is suitable for the class?

Your child is suitable if he/she is 5 years old (K1), and is able to recognize most of the alphabets and their associated letter sounds.

K1 children should be able to grasp writing instruments as they will need to trace and write different letter shapes.

K2 children should be able to write and copy down words independently.

Your child can join us any time throughout the year!

Will this programme be suitable for my child if he/she is unfamiliar with Phonics?

If your child is in K1, yes, the programme is suitable. Building on his/her Phonics is a key component of our K1 curriculum.

However, if your child is in K2, it is recommended that he/she has prior exposure to phonics as our K2 curriculum does not emphasize on this area.

How soon will I be able to see improvement in my child’s literacy skills?

It differs from child to child. Each child has a different learning style and pace. However, our small teacher-to-student ratio will be beneficial in picking out your child’s strengths and weaknesses. From there, specific goals will be set during class; ones which are catered towards their individual potential and abilities

At the same time, we would also strongly encourage parents to revisit the lesson materials with your child by allow him/her to share with you what they learnt in class. It helps in memory retention.

Will there be any homework?

K2 children will be given a spelling worksheet from time to time. This will test them on new vocabulary learnt in class (3-6 words) and will help in your child’s memory retention and learning.

Activities sheets from the recent lesson will be slot inside the homework slot. Children are encouraged to revisit the activity sheet and practice the skills learnt with the activities.

My child does not enjoy writing. He/she finds writing too tedious. Why?

Children might not enjoy writing due to a number of reasons, such as:

  1.  Not having positive experiences when they first learnt to write or when they first used a writing instrument
  1. Their fine motor skills not being well-developed yet

In this case, writing might seem overwhelming to them as their hand muscles are unable to coordinate well with their thoughts. This might lead to frustration and disinterest.

Is there a free trial class?

Yes. Your child may attend one free trial class before deciding if our programme is suitable for him/her.

Will there be lessons on Public Holidays?

No, there are no lessons on Public Holidays.

What if my child is unable to make it for one lesson due to school activities (or other reasons)?

Make-up classes can be arranged in the same week. We run our weekly lessons from Wednesday to Saturday.

If you are going to miss your class on Saturday, you will need to let us know in advance so we can arrange for a make-up class. Students will not be able to attend a make-up class on Week 9 for a Week 8 lesson.

For valid reasons (school activities/unwell), we will credit the fees you have paid to the following month (maximum twice a term), with a photo of supporting documents. There will be no refund of fees. Emergency reasons are reviewed on a case by case basis.

Will there be lessons on Public Holidays?

No, there are no lessons on Public Holidays.