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Enrichment classes with 2 year old and 6 month old

Postby Mumtoaandl » Wed, 20 Jan 2010 6:37 am

Hi, we're thinking of moving to Singapore and have a 2 year old and 6 month old. We want our 2 year old to continue the classes she does here in the UK like Ballet, gym and art&craft, and our 6 month old usually spends the class in my arms or watches in her seat. Does anyone know if the classes in Singapore generally allow younger siblings to sit in as I read on the Gymboree website that they don't. Thanks for any replies

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Enrichment for 6 mths and 2 yo.

Postby smartcasual » Wed, 20 Jan 2010 11:41 am

Once a child is 18 mths in Singapore, she will be able to enrol in various enrichment or playgroup program. For a start, some of the playgroup allows 1 parent to accompany the child throughout the session. After a while, after the child has adapted to the environment, most adults are advised to leave the child to the playgroup to conduct the lessons. As this is the common preschool practice. Note that if you choose to homeschool and engage a private tutor to get your child acclimatized to the current school system.If you are keen on above classes, please feel free to msg me.

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Postby scarbowl » Wed, 20 Jan 2010 8:40 pm

a 2 year old should be home with his/her mother or father - not taking "enrichment" classes. I understand the Brits are keen on reading at a very early age but being with mum/dad, being read to, and played with are much more valuable than learning ballet or music.

The idea of a 2 year old taking dance makes me nauseous.

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Postby Mumtoaandl » Thu, 21 Jan 2010 4:22 am

Smartcasual, thanks for your reply but the type of classes I'm looking for involve parent participation and last for up to an hour.

Scarbowl, I think our definitions of 'enrichment classes' are poles apart. In the UK my 2 year old takes part in one half hour ballet class with myself other 2 year olds and their mums (and us mums participate the whole time) which involves pretenting to be a soldier and 'marching' and jumping about like a frog to accompanying music etc. Activities which are not pressurised, are age appropriate and fun. She spends the majority of the week playing and reading with us. Similarly art and craft classes are for and hour a week and a chance to free paint, play with play do and so simple craft activities related to a story (all of which are completed with the accompanying parent). My daughter loves these activities and would be bored if she spent all day just playing with toys. I beleive that 2 year olds do need stimulation as long as it is unpressurised and fun.

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Postby Ryan Sng » Mon, 25 Jan 2010 8:53 pm

Hi Mumtoaandl,

You should check this website www.genius-space.com
This enrichment centre encompasses the holistic being of a child. I just enrolled my child a week ago and my daughter love it very much. You can accompany your kid in the program. Its more western oriented as I am from Australia and my daughter transition in Singapore is very much settled. You can check it out or call them.
Cheers!

Mumtoaandl wrote:Smartcasual, thanks for your reply but the type of classes I'm looking for involve parent participation and last for up to an hour.

Scarbowl, I think our definitions of 'enrichment classes' are poles apart. In the UK my 2 year old takes part in one half hour ballet class with myself other 2 year olds and their mums (and us mums participate the whole time) which involves pretenting to be a soldier and 'marching' and jumping about like a frog to accompanying music etc. Activities which are not pressurised, are age appropriate and fun. She spends the majority of the week playing and reading with us. Similarly art and craft classes are for and hour a week and a chance to free paint, play with play do and so simple craft activities related to a story (all of which are completed with the accompanying parent). My daughter loves these activities and would be bored if she spent all day just playing with toys. I beleive that 2 year olds do need stimulation as long as it is unpressurised and fun.

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Postby Angelina Smith » Tue, 09 Feb 2010 2:59 pm

Hi Mumtoaandl,

You should check out http://stageandsuch.com

They do accompanied classes for speech & drama, yoga & water play for children as young as 6 months old!

A group of friends & I organized a session at our condo and we had a blast!

A little pricey ($25 - $30 per session) which is why we don't call them as often as we would like to but really freindly teachers!

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music appreciation

Postby musikbox » Mon, 29 Mar 2010 1:31 pm

Hi,
Check out http://www.musikbox.com.sg

Sorry, can't help but to reply when I see your need.

Am hoping to provide a homely environment where parents and children can learn and interact. I have a one-classroom place at Turf City.
Small but I hope to make it cosy.
I write from the viewpoint of a mother and a teacher. My lessons are designed to have a rich content with elements of fun. What I had and would do with my own children. Why! I think parents should attend lessons with their preschoolers and the interaction will surely bring parent-child closer! Be it a trip to the supermarket, to a playgroup or to an "enrichment".

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Postby Karen Teo » Sat, 12 Jun 2010 11:43 am

I heard of this place called "Math Monkey" at East Coast Road from a fren of mine. My fren's daughter attended the Math Program there and heard from her that it is pretty unique as the children play games while learning Math. Also, they have math programs for children as young as 2 and half years old. Have not been there myself but you may wish to check it out.

cheers,

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French learning playgroup for 20 - 24 mtgs toddler

Postby Karendonnez » Fri, 29 Oct 2010 1:53 pm

Hi, I have a 20 month toddler and tring to find another 3 or 4 toddler that age group to join French learning play group around bukit timah. Anyone keen? Karendonnez@gmail.com


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