Frequently Asked Questions (Kindergarten)

How many students are there in a class?

We run small classes of only 6 students. This promotes higher interaction between the teachers and the students. Our small classes of 6 allow our teachers to give every student close attention and guidance, ensuring effective and focused learning.

What is the goal of the Kindergarten Programme?

Our 2-year Kindergarten Reading & Writing Programme aims to equip our children with important foundational skills to read and write. Our well-structured lessons are also geared towards enabling a smooth transition into the primary school curriculum. Beyond that, we give them a head start for our Primary One Creative Writing Programme.

What kind of approach do we use?

We use a skill-based approach to equip our children with effective reading and writing skills through our well-structured lessons and activities. Mastery is made easy through our PPP model: Present, practice and produce.

What does our curriculum cover? What is the difference between Year 1 and Year 2?

The main focus for our Year 1 programme is to develop children’s ability to read while the main focus for our Year 2 programme is to develop our children’s ability to write.

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, and is able to recognise most of the alphabets and their associated letter sounds.

Children attending our Year 1 programme should be able to grasp writing instruments as they will need to trace and write different letter shapes.

Children attending our Year 2 programme should be able to write and copy down words independently.

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

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

If your child is 5 years old, yes, our Year 1 programme is suitable. Building on his/her phonics skills is a key component of our Year 1 curriculum. However, if your child is is 6 years old and would like to attend our Year 2 writing class, it is recommended that he/she has prior exposure to phonics.

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

Join us for a trial class so we can assess the child’s ability and place them in the suitable programme and class. We do offer catch up sessions for students who join the programme later or students who need more practice.

Is there homework given?

Yes. Weekly homework will be provided for parents to reinforce children’s learning at home. Reinforcing learning at home will result in a higher retention rate when concepts and skills are being rehearsed more than just once a week and across different setting. This is especially important for younger children who require more guidance from adults. Hence, we value and appreciate parents’ commitment and support by ensuring that the homework is completed before the next lesson.

Is there a trial class?

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

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.