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Holistic Education through the ARTS (heARTS)To advocate the impact and value of an arts education at pre-school level, My First Skool has partnered with the National Arts Council to nurture creativity in children. The programme offers varied opportunities for learning through the arts, with lesson plans co-developed by teaching artists and preschool teachers. The preschools feature workshops spaces, courtyards and galleries to showcase children’s artworks, creating inspiring environments for free thinking and creativity. This programme also reaches out to engage parents in their children’s learning journey through workshops for both parents and children.
Bilingualism & cultural intelligence
Excellence for Bilingualism and Cultural IntelligenceIn conjunction with the Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre (CBRC), Chinese University Hong Kong and NTU’s Early Cognition Lab, we have designed learning environments and classrooms that provide cues to children in terms of what they should do and how they should behave (including language use) in that space. Our children get to play games that require them to switch between English and Chinese, and are taught basic greetings in the four official languages. They also get to engage with other cultures through puppet theatres, technological tools and current affairs.
Shaping Character, Shaping DestiniesCore values such as respect, responsibility, honesty and care are the basic building blocks of a socially responsible person. Our character building programme (conducted in Chinese) uses a three-pronged approach: Engagement - Children learn values such as care, honesty, good judgement, responsibility and respect for others who come from different cultural and racial backgrounds — through role-play and fun rhymes. Critical thinking - Using pictorial scenarios as a teaching aid, children are engaged in discussions and share what they understand to be morally right or wrong. Action - Daily activities such as independent attendance marking, queuing up to wash hands and being tasked to look after little bonsais help to reinforce aspects of character development like responsibility. AIt is through hands-on experiences that concepts become internalised and children construct an understanding of how the world works. The programme engages parents in shared activities which can take place at home.
Every Singaporean a NaturalistThrough a partnership with the Nature Society of Singapore (NSS), the centre’s children will be able to learn and appreciate nature. The ‘Every Singaporean a Naturalist’ (ESN) programme equips children and teachers with the knowledge of local plants and animals. This is the first such educational initiative by a preschool operator in Singapore with NSS. Through the ESN programme, teachers and children gradually learn more about the vast biodiversity of wildlife in Zhenghua Nature Park and the surrounding Nature Reserve. We have also developed a specially customised learning kit together with NSS to introduce young children and members of the public to the monitoring of wildlife and the natural environment around My First Skool at the 6 Segar Road centre. Currently, 97% of our preschool centres have developed Community in Bloom (CIB) programmes with input from the National Parks Board (NParks); and MFS plans to set up a CIB garden at all of its preschool centres.