Hearing your child utter a ‘lah’ or ‘lor’ at the end of their sentences can be pretty shocking, especially if your child has picked up these terms in the early years! While it is understandable for you to frown and worry that their language development has been affected, here’s what professionals have to say about Singlish. Is Singlish teaching young kids to speak in broken English? Continue reading “Should I Be Worried That My PYP Child Is Speaking Singlish?”
Staying ahead in this multicultural world means having to master more than one language. To provide your PYP child with a head start, consider letting them pick up Chinese – one of the leading languages in the world. Here’s how more and more IB schools are including Chinese in their bilingual programmes and all with good reason!
‘Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.’ (Joseph Addison) Needless to say, reading has endless perks in stimulating our minds! And as with any other habit, it’s always best to kick-start a reading habit when we are younger. With that, use these tips to begin or elevate your child’s reading programme.
Ever passed your child a digital screen just to pacify them? Well, fret not, because many parents have done the same! While digital devices have been taking the lead in learning and play opportunities, there is a fine line between the two. Learn how IB Primary Schools view screen time and how best to promote digital wellness today.
Keeping indoors doesn’t mean that your little ones have to stop moving! Especially at a young age, movement is more than fitness fun – it’s key to boosting their motor skills, gain strength and flexibility. Here’s a look at why it’s crucial to get children on their feet and some exercises they can do in the comforts of your home.
Collaboration, communication and problem-solving are some of the key proficiencies that are sought after in the modern workplace. In recent years, several reports and research papers, such as the World Economic Forum’s 2016 report New Vision for Education: Unlocking the Potential of Technology, have identified these skills – as well as foundational literacy, critical thinking and character development – as important 21st-century competencies.
In this increasingly diverse world, understanding other cultures has become more and more crucial. But, it’s hardly possible to learn a culture from textbooks – it has to be experienced. It is for this reason that international schools in Singapore have been put cultural diversity as the centre. Here is a glimpse at how these schools promote cultural diversity, allowing your child to be future-ready!
Digital literacy. We’ve all heard about it but what does it really mean? According to the American Library Association (ALA), digital literacy is “the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information.”
In other words, it’s more than being able to navigate social media platforms or find information via search engines; it’s acquiring the technical and cognitive skills to “find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information in a wide variety of formats”. In return, it entails using these transferable skills in the workplace and contributing to a “vibrant, informed and engaged community.”
As savvy parents, we want the best for our children. In an increasingly competitive and globalised world, this means investing in a suitable educational programme that will help them gain valuable 21st century skills. One such programme is bilingual education.
Teachers’ Day is a precious time for your young ones to show their love and appreciation for the ones who have kept a close eye on them in school! During this day, students often gift their teachers a gift that is useful or sentimental, or sometimes both.
While teachers will indeed appreciate a box full of red pens or a lovely rose bought from the nearest flower shop, it would be nice to let your child’s gift speak deeper, and from the heart! For the teachers that continue to inspire us despite the pandemic, let these gift ideas guide even your youngest PYP child in showing their gratitude.