For most new Singaporean parents, getting a Primary school for their children is one of the most daunting tasks of parenthood.
The following are common steps taken by parents towards this critical milestone in their children's life:
Getting into the best Primary school you can have is only the start of a six year journey of discovery where you will learn to discard all the "old school" learning and teaching methods that you were used to during your time in school, in favor of the latest pedagogical methods instituted by the Ministry of Education to fine-tune education, ostensibly to cater to the projected manpower requirements of future generations of Singaporeans.
As parents, it is necessary that we are well tuned to what our children are expected to learn and know at various levels of their Primary school lives. For parents with pre-school children, this knowledge will also help shape the selection of enrichment programmes for the kids.
Here is the latest Primary school subject syllabus for your reference:
(Charts Updated 6 August 2013)
Here is the consolidated Primary One Registration balloting history of Singapore's Primary Schools, since 2006. This data is useful to parents as an indicator of the difficulty of getting their children into their preferred schools.
This is the guide that all new Singaporean parents cannot do without.
Most new Singaporean parents do not start preparing their children for Primary School education until reality hits them when they have to register their child for Primary One as their child turn six. That leaves them a window of less than 6 months to prepare their children before they start formal education.
Here's a YouTube preview of the TweedleWink Early Childhood Learning Flashcards Right Brain DVD Program.
This set shows 18 flags as an introduction to flags for the child. The flags/countries/places are choosen either because it is more well known from this part of the world or because the colour or pattern of the flag offers variety for this set.
You need to be registered and login to download the PPS file, Alternatively the editable and printable powerpoint file can be downloaded here
It is difficult to prepare flash cards if you don't have time and creative resources. So here are some flash cards which we done ourselves for our own kids that we can share with you. Do drop us a comment if you have a flash card topic that you will love to see here.
How do I download the flash cards?
You will have to be a registered user to download the files which are available in Powerpoint Slideshow format. Once you registered and login using your account you should be able to see the files as shown in the picture below.
More flash cards:
Learning is a life long journey.
For our children, we can instill the desire and teach them the ropes on how best to do so. The earlier we start, the faster they learn, and the easier it is for us to mold them. It might be learning how to concentrate better, learning memory tricks, learning how to relax under stress or simply how best to encourge our kids on the route to learning.
Here are a series of articles, tips and tools that hopefully will help give our kids the foundation to this life long journey.