Open House Oct 2022

As we emerge from the pandemic into the new normal, we are pleased to invite you to an exciting event happening at Alphabet Playhouse this October & November 2022!

At our “The Artist in Me” Open House Event, children can indulge in a morning of fun-filled activities, express their creativity, and develop their own artistic masterpieces using tie-dye patterns, under the expert care and guidance of our nurturing educators!

Event Highlights

 

❤ Activity stations for children to create colourful tie-dye patterns to form their artistic masterpiece!

❤ Children will also get to bring home their personalized framed artwork!

Discover the award-winning curriculum at Alphabet Playhouse, voted as Singapore’s best “Integrated Learning Programme”!

❤ Tour the premises and chat with your passionate team of educators!

Enjoy special fee promotions for 2023 enrolments!

Participating Centres

Alphabet Playhouse @ Somerset
16 Dublin Road (S)239805

Alphabet Playhouse @ East Coast
 440A Upper East Coast Road (S)466497

Somerset

Date: Saturday, 29 October 2022

Time: 9am to 1pm

Date: Saturday, 5 November 2022

Time: 9am to 1pm

Register for the Event Now

 











     

    Award-Winning Curriculum at Alphabet Playhouse

    We are a trusted premium preschool, trusted and loved by parents for since 1995. In 2022, we were recently voted as Singapore’s Best Integrated Learning Programme by Parents World, attesting to the quality of our unique curriculum framework, which is based on the “Growth Mindset” by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck. Our philosophy and belief is that a child’s skills and qualities can be cultivated over time, through consistent effort and perseverance. Through the array of fun and exciting activities at our centres, this mindset will be instilled and reinforced in every Alphabet Playhouse child!

    Unique Teacher Development Framework

    Alphabet Playhouse has a unique professional development programme, RosetteTM, for our preschool educators. This programme seeks to map out clear career progression pathways and boost the knowledge and skills of preschool educators. This helps bolster our educators’ professional development, and equip them with essential skills, knowledge and dispositions needed to lead children on their amazing growth journeys, unleash their potential and grow their courage, confidence, creativity, joy in learning and resilience!

    Quality Preschool For 18 Months To 6 Years Old

    Renowned for its unique adventurous concept, Alphabet Playhouse offers quality programmes for children from 18 months to 6 years old; in the playgroup, nursery and kindergarten levels. Our bilingual curriculum nurtures all aspects of the child’s development, facilitating the transition to primary school.

    Growth Mindset Framework

    Alphabet Playhouse’s holistic curriculum is based on the Growth Mindset Framework, giving focus to Sports, Music and Nature to empower your child’s learning through an array of fun and exciting activities. Children with Growth Mindset believe that intelligence can be nurtured and those with this mindset tend to work harder because they know they can improve themselves.

    Bilingual Integrated Programme

    To nurture our students with a well-balanced curriculum, our curated bilingual integrated programme, World AdventurerTM allows our students to explore the world around them in a multi-disciplinary manner across various themes, projects and stories, alongside numerous signature programmes such as Star Literacy (English), Math Whiz (Mathematics), Little Lotus (Mandarin) and Ready, Set, Grow! (Sports).

    Through our complete & interesting curriculum, it provides children a fun way of learning Languages, Numeracy, Science and the Arts. It cultivates students’ social, emotional and cognitive development during their formative years and lays the groundwork for on-going success in Primary school education and lifelong learning!

     

    Register for the Event

    Chinese Language Lesson

    Our Little LotusTM programme makes Mandarin lessons fun and exciting for every child. Lessons are activity-based with lots of movement and songs. Using the Cajon drum, students learn Chinese in an innovative way through the pounding of the drum to develop the child’s coordination and stimulate brain function. We aim to make children develop a love and appreciation for the Chinese language and culture.

    Japanese Language Lesson

    We provide the best trilingual environment for our Japanese students living in Singapore. Complimentary Japanese classes, conducted by an experienced native Japanese educators, are held twice a week at our Somerset campus.

    Sports & Outdoor Activities

    Alphabet Playhouse preschool is certainly a wonder and a dream come true for every child. Little ones laugh in delight as they frolic and play in a vast area filled with a multitude of slides, climbing walls, monkey bars and more. They scoop, dig, pour and sift in the covered sandpit and then go splashing in the cool outdoor pool for some exciting water play.

    The great outdoors is where the magic of learning truly happens as they explore and discover the abundant and lush flora that grows all around the school. With such a huge play area, the little tots are spoilt for choice as they choose their favourite mode of conveyance, from tricycles to kick-scooters, and zoom around exploring with their friends.

    Register for the Event

     

    Hear What Our Happy Parents Say

     

    “We would like to extend our gratitude to Ms. Renee and Yang Laoshi for being such wonderful educators to our twin boys, Charlie and Henry.

    Both educators have made our two boys’ time at Alphabet Playhouse really enjoyable. Thanks to the educators, the boys were introduced to music and art, both of which are strong interests of our kids today. And at times, when they were crying when entering school, Yang Laoshi was concerned and found ways to empathise with them and calm them down.

    Thanks to Miss Lily as well – she has showered our boys with so much love and we’re incredibly grateful for her.

    Lastly, Miss Zhen has been great at coordinating and managing everything else!

    Thank you Alphabet Playhouse!”

    – Marcus & Marie, parents of Charlie and Henry, East Coast 

     

    “Without each and every one of you, Zachary would not be able to turn from a cry baby to an independent boy! All of you definitely made a difference in his life! Thank you!”

    – Choo See Yin, parent of Zachary Teh, East Coast 

     

    “Dear Educators, only with your help, patience and daily perseverance can we turn these little souls, into capable individuals with a value system strong enough to sustain them for the great challenges that lie ahead of all of us. Thank you for your continued support!”

    – Ayako and Alex, parents to Matias and Stefan Parev, East Coast 

     

    “It is encouraging to see the same faces over time – how nice for the children that they can be surrounded by familiar, friendly faces. I am impressed by their genuine care for the kids and by their familiarity with each individual child. I feel very good about our child being cared for and taught at Alphabet Playhouse. The educators make a strong, positive impression on Quentin because at home his favourite imaginative play is being a educator. He imitates the encouraging words he hears from his educators, such as, “Now you join in!””

    – Catherine Law, parent of Quentin Law, Alphabet Playhouse @ Somerset 

     

    “My child tells us every day at home that he has fun with his educators at school. We think they always take care of him and us and we can leave him with confidence.”

    – Kanae Yamashita, parent of Tomoki Yamashita, Alphabet Playhouse @ Somerset 

    Attend our Upcoming Open House Event & Enquire About Our Programmes

    Want to find out more about our award-winning curriculum? Visit us at the Open House Event and secure your child’s future with Alphabet Playhouse!

    Register for the Event

     

    Teachers’ Day Appreciation 2022

    Teachers play important roles in guiding each child’s learning and development. They inspire the mind, ignite the imagination, and instill a love for learning in our little ones!  

    This Teacher’s Day, we invite you to show appreciation and applaud our teachers for their dedication and hard work!
    Kindly share your words of encouragement! We welcome photographs and video snippets too!

    Your words will mean the world to them!

    To enter your messages, click the “+” icon on the bottom right hand side of the padlet screen.

    We would appreciate if you could include:

    ✔️ Your child’s name
    ✔️ Your name
    ✔️ The name of the teacher(s) you would like to show appreciation to and your child’s centre

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    Exclusive Enrolment Promotions

    At Alphabet Playhouse, we offer an innovative and inspiring preschool programmes and the core pedagogy of our curriculum is based on the well-known “Growth Mindset” Framework by Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck.

    Book a School Tour now to find out how Alphabet Playhouse seeks to uncover every child’s potential through our unique curriculum and array of fun and exciting programmes!

    Exclusive Enrolment Promotions

    Alphabet Playhouse @ East Coast
    440A Upper East Coast Road (S)466497

    Alphabet Playhouse @ Somerset
    16 Dublin Road (S)239805

    ❤ Enjoy $200 off school fees for 6 months* (Total: $1,200)

    ❤ Waiver of Registration Fees

    ❤ Enjoy Welcome Vouchers Worth $300!*

    ❤ Waiver of Registration Fees

    * T&Cs apply.

     

    School Tour Sessions

     

    Mondays – Fridays
    9.30 AM – 11.30 AM / 3.00 PM – 4.30 PM

    Saturdays
    9.30 AM – 11.30 AM

    (Excluding Sundays & Public Holidays)

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      Why Alphabet Playhouse?

      We are a trusted premium preschool with over 27 years of experience. In 2021, we are pleased to announce an enhanced curriculum framework. The core pedagogy of our enhanced curriculum framework is based on a popular concept by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck called the “Growth Mindset” – the belief that a child’s skills and qualities can be cultivated through effort and perseverance. Through the array of fun and exciting activities at our centres, this mindset will be instilled and reinforced in every Alphabet Playhouse child!

      Apart from the Growth Mindset, our curriculum framework also includes a bilingual Integrated Programme called World AdventurerTM, where children explore the world around them in a multi-disciplinary manner across various themes, projects and stories, alongside numerous signature programmes!

      Professional Development of Educators

      Our preschool educators are dedicated and highly experienced in early childhood education and possess specialised skills required to teach the children at the centre.

      Alphabet Playhouse has a set of professional development programme, RosetteTM, for its preschool educators. This programme seeks to map out clear career progression pathways and boost the knowledge and skills of preschool educators.

      In line with the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA)’s announcement to review preschool educators’ professional development, this initiative supports our belief that alongside our unique holistic programme, our preschool educators play an important role. At Alphabet Playhouse, our educators will need to lead children, unleash their potential and grow their courage, confidence, creativity, joy for learning and resilience.

      Quality Preschool For 18 Months To 6 Years Old

      Renowned for its unique adventurous concept, Alphabet Playhouse offers learning and enrichment programmes for children from 18 months to 6 years old; in the playgroup, nursery and kindergarten levels. Our bilingual curriculum nurtures all aspects of the child’s development, facilitating the transition to primary school.

      Growth Mindset Framework

      Alphabet Playhouse’s holistic curriculum is based on the Growth Mindset Framework, giving focus to Sports, Music and Nature to empower your child’s learning through an array of fun and exciting activities. Children with Growth Mindset believe that intelligence can be nurtured and those with this mindset tend to work harder because they know they can improve themselves.

      Bilingual Integrated Programme

      To nurture our students with a well-balanced curriculum, our curated bilingual integrated programme, World AdventurerTM allows our students to explore the world around them in a multi-disciplinary manner across various themes, projects and stories, alongside numerous signature programmes such as Star Literacy (English), Math Whiz (Mathematics), Little Lotus (Mandarin) and Ready, Set, Grow! (Sports).

      Through our complete & interesting curriculum, it provides children a fun way of learning Languages, Numeracy, Science and the Arts. It cultivates students’ social, emotional and cognitive development during their formative years and lays the groundwork for on-going success in Primary school education and lifelong learning!

       

      Contact Us To Learn More About Our Pedagogy

      Chinese Language Lesson

      Our Little LotusTM programme makes Mandarin lessons fun and exciting for every child. Lessons are activity-based with lots of movement and songs. Using the Cajon drum, students learn Chinese in an innovative way through the pounding of the drum to develop the child’s coordination and stimulate brain function. We aim to make children develop a love and appreciation for the Chinese language and culture.

      Japanese Language Lesson

      We provide the best trilingual environment for our Japanese students living in Singapore. Complimentary Japanese classes, conducted by an experienced native Japanese educators, are held twice a week.

      Sports & Outdoor Activities

      Alphabet Playhouse preschool is certainly a wonder and a dream come true for every child. Little ones laugh in delight as they frolic and play in a vast area filled with a multitude of slides, climbing walls, monkey bars and more. They scoop, dig, pour and sift in the covered sandpit and then go splashing in the cool outdoor pool for some exciting water play.

      The great outdoors is where the magic of learning truly happens as they explore and discover the abundant and lush flora that grows all around the school. With such a huge play area, the little tots are spoilt for choice as they choose their favourite mode of conveyance, from tricycles to kick-scooters, and zoom around exploring with their friends.

      Book A School Tour Now

       

      Hear What Our Happy Parents Say

       

      “We would like to extend our gratitude to Ms. Renee and Yang Laoshi for being such wonderful educators to our twin boys, Charlie and Henry.

      Both educators have made our two boys’ time at Alphabet Playhouse really enjoyable. Thanks to the educators, the boys were introduced to music and art, both of which are strong interests of our kids today. And at times, when they were crying when entering school, Yang Laoshi was concerned and found ways to empathise with them and calm them down.

      Thanks to Miss Lily as well – she has showered our boys with so much love and we’re incredibly grateful for her.

      Lastly, Miss Zhen has been great at coordinating and managing everything else!

      Thank you Alphabet Playhouse!”

      – Marcus & Marie, parents of Charlie and Henry, East Coast 

       

      “Without each and every one of you, Zachary would not be able to turn from a cry baby to an independent boy! All of you definitely made a difference in his life! Thank you!”

      – Choo See Yin, parent of Zachary Teh, East Coast 

       

      “Dear Educators, only with your help, patience and daily perseverance can we turn these little souls, into capable individuals with a value system strong enough to sustain them for the great challenges that lie ahead of all of us. Thank you for your continued support!”

      – Ayako and Alex, parents to Matias and Stefan Parev, East Coast 

       

      “It is encouraging to see the same faces over time – how nice for the children that they can be surrounded by familiar, friendly faces. I am impressed by their genuine care for the kids and by their familiarity with each individual child. I feel very good about our child being cared for and taught at Alphabet Playhouse. The educators make a strong, positive impression on Quentin because at home his favourite imaginative play is being a educator. He imitates the encouraging words he hears from his educators, such as, “Now you join in!””

      – Catherine Law, parent of Quentin Law, Alphabet Playhouse @ Somerset 

       

      “My child tells us every day at home that he has fun with his educators at school. We think they always take care of him and us and we can leave him with confidence.”

      – Kanae Yamashita, parent of Tomoki Yamashita, Alphabet Playhouse @ Somerset 

       

      Benefits of our School Tour

       

      • Talk to our friendly and passionate educators in real-time.

      • Learn more about our unique pedagogy.

      • View of our facilities and learning spaces.

      • Find out about the fees, subsidies and secure the Enrolment Promotions.

      Book A School Tour & Ask Us About Our Programmes

      Want to find out more about our preschools and exactly what your child will be learning in our classes? Book your School Tour today.

      Book a 30-minute School Tour Now

       

      Terms & Conditions:

      • Enrolment Promotions are only applicable for Full Day Childcare.

       

      Encouraging Positive Behaviours in Children

      Ever wondered how is it possible for a friend’s child to eat quietly or behave appropriately in social situations? Wished that your child could exhibit more positive behaviours in the classrooms or at home?

      At Alphabet Playhouse, our preschool teachers are trained by our in-house behaviour expert, Ms Tracy Yang, Singapore’s first Behaviour Analyst (QBA), who is also a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA), to teach them how they can encourage positive behaviours in our preschoolers and foster an inclusive learning environment.

       

      Did you know?

      Behaviour analysts specialise in generating, implementing, assessing, and supervising a plethora of programmes and interventions to boost positive behaviours in young children.

       

      As part of Alphabet Playhouse’s RosetteTM Teacher Growth Model to raise the competencies of preschool teachers, a 4-part teacher training series on managing behaviour commenced in April 2021. The training aims to provide a toolbox of strategies to help teachers manage and encourage positive behaviours in children. Doing so, it further enhances communication, strengthens teacher-child relationship and creates a more inclusive environment for all children at Alphabet Playhouse.

       

      Enhancing Communication and Strengthening Teacher-Child Relationship

      One of the aims of the training is to help teachers be more attuned to children’s ways of conveying their feelings and thoughts and to teach children better ways to communicate. Especially for children who are still too young to talk, our behaviour analyst, Ms Yang, imparts several tips and strategies to Alphabet Playhouse’s teachers to aid children in picking up gestures to communicate with their peers, teachers, parents and caregivers.

       

      Working in partnership with parents

      At Alphabet Playhouse, we seek to nurture the child holistically and teachers are encouraged to share strategies that are relevant and helpful to the learning and development of the children. Working in partnership with parents to carry out similar strategies to encourage positive behaviours at home and at the Childcare centre would definitely be more effective and helpful to the child.

      Since young children spend a large portion of their day at the preschools, when teachers can foster an environment that encourages more positive behaviour, it will help parents with their child’s behaviour at home.

       

      About Ms. Tracy Yang

      Behaviour Analyst in Childcare

      Ms. Tracy Yang holds a Master in Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and is both a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and Singapore’s first Qualified Behaviour Analyst (QBA). She has experience working in multidisciplinary settings with psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists alongside teachers and parents to help children cope with their behaviours in a holistic manner. Since 2015, she has worked with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities in United Kingdom, Dubai and Singapore and has provided numerous training sessions to teachers, parents and therapists.

      As Alphabet Playhouse’s very own in-house Behaviour Analyst, she supports our early childhood educators in helping them to better manage and care for children, and in turn nurture curious thinkers, resilient champions, caring citizens and in short, confident explorers!

      About Alphabet Playhouse

      Alphabet Playhouse – A trusted premium preschool with over 20 years of experience, catering to the international community. With a keen emphasis on uncovering every child’s potential through the cultivation of the “Growth Mindset”, Alphabet Playhouse sends students on a journey of knowledge, letting children discover more about the world around them. Aided by its unique World AdventurerTM bilingual integrated programme which incorporates sports, music, and creative arts, as well as top-of-the-line facilities, Alphabet Playhouse ensures top-notch education that cultivates a confident explorer who is a curious thinker, a resilient champion and a caring citizen.

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      Revamped Professional Development Programme

      Alphabet Playhouse Launches Revamped Professional Development Programme for its Preschool Teachers

      Alphabet Playhouse’s Rosette Programme seeks to map out clear career progression pathways and boost the knowledge and skills of preschool educators.

      On 28 November 2020, Alphabet Playhouse launched a revamped professional development programme for its preschool teachers. In line with the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA)’s announcement to review preschool teachers’ professional development, this initiative supports our belief that alongside our sports and music-based curriculum, our preschool educators play an important role. At Alphabet Playhouse, our teachers will need to lead children, unleash their potential and grow their courage, confidence, creativity, joy for learning and resilience.

      “Like the fluffy dandelions that glow in the Sun, with each fruit flying to greater heights in the wind, and then growing anew and flourishing into yellow blooms, our teachers embody GRACE – gentleness, resilience, affection, calmness, and exuberance in their teaching dispositions,” said Mdm Susan Sim, Head of Research and Development (Training & Curriculum) of Global Eduhub.

      Mapping out Clear Advancement Pathways

      Alphabet Playhouse Preschool TeachersAlphabet Playhouse values our educators and we wish to support their professional growth. To give our preschool teachers a clearer understanding of the expectations, knowledge and skills they need at each job grade, the Rosette programme with roll out role profiles to define the competencies, training programmes, and career pathways for teachers. Through this, they will then know what they need to do to improve themselves to progress in their careers.

      We also recognise that every teacher has different strengths and preferences. As such, early childhood educators at Alphabet Playhouse can select between the curriculum track or the administration track when advancing their careers.

      Mdm Sim, who was previously from Singapore’s Ministry of Education as a Gifted Education Programme teacher, a Head of Department (Science) and her last post as a Head of Department (School Staff Developer), began helming the Research and Development Team in August, added that, “we believe strongly in building their career, providing clear career advancement structure that defines the opportunities, rewards, career pathways and the training required for them to progress.”

      Boosting Educators’ Competencies

      Alphabet Playhouse Preschool Teachers

      Alphabet Playhouse’s Teacher Growth Model envisions each teacher in her full radiance, blooming, and then catching the wind to take flight. It seeks to develop teachers to be Competent Professionals, Collaborative Learners, and Community Builders who embody the core values of Passion, Integrity, Innovation, Excellence and Empathy and the teaching dispositions of GRACE (Gentle, Resilient, Affectionate, Calm, Exuberant).

      While teachers carefully nurture children to help them grow and bloom to their fullest, they need to continuously upskill too!

      In the revamped professional development programme, the appraisal framework will go beyond an evaluation of a staff’s performance to prioritise the holistic development of a teacher, guided by the 3 teacher outcomes. Senior colleagues will mentor junior colleagues as they participate in reflective practice. Teachers will also be given opportunities for professional dialogue with their fellow colleagues during weekly time-table professional learning.

      To support this cause, Alphabet Playhouse will put in place plans to build up a more robust pool of support staff. With additional manpower, our preschool educators can then be offloaded from their duties for such collaborative learning and mentoring. Doing so enables early childhood educators to identify their learning needs in a timely fashion, seek out the necessary resources and gather peer-support, as well as attend relevant bite-sized, byte-sized, and progressive training courses to upgrade their knowledge, skills, and competencies.

      Alphabet Playhouse Preschool TeachersApart from the mandatory courses, Alphabet Playhouse’s educators can also opt to participate in courses that may not be work-related but nurture their interest or as a way to unwind. For instance, teachers who are interested in honing their skills in terrarium-making can go for classes, which they can apply for through the new Learning Management System.

      Overall, the revamped professional development framework seeks to nourish and protect our educators as the rosette protects the dandelion until it is ready to bloom and soar higher in their knowledge and skills of early childhood teaching and learning, sharpening their skillsets and developing themselves to become competent professionals in the art and science of teaching that will truly enable children’s imagination to take flight!

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      About Alphabet Playhouse

      Alphabet Playhouse – A trusted premium preschool with over 20 years of experience, catering to the international community. With a keen emphasis on uncovering every child’s potential through fun and adventurous learning, Alphabet Playhouse sends students on a journey of knowledge, letting children discover more about the world around them. Aided by a strong set of curricular materials focusing on what is important for children, as well as top of the line facilities, Alphabet Playhouse ensures top-notch education for all of its students, who come from many countries like Japan, France, UK, Australia, India and the USA.

      10 Benefits of Play for Children

      It’s been said that play is the work of children. It’s so important that the United Nations has listed it as one of the basic rights of every child. Play is critical for children’s development because it provides time and space for them to explore, learn and gain skills needed for adult life.

      With homework and extracurricular activities vying for attention, it can be easy to forget about play. But there are plenty of important reasons why you should make sure your child gets to play every day. Read on to learn why kids need to play.

       

      How to Care for Your Child’s Cold and Flu?

      The flu season in Singapore is upon us and it tends to occur during the cooler months from May to July, and from December to February. Flu or influenza is caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat or sinuses and cause the inflammation of mucus membranes in adults and children. Unlike bacterial infections which can be managed with antibiotics, there is no cure for the highly contagious flu virus.

      Children, especially very young ones, tend to have weaker immune systems making them more susceptible to flu infections. In Singapore, children are recommended to take the flu vaccination when they reach 6 months old. It is also recommended that children aged between 6 months to 5 years get vaccinated every year to protect them against ever-evolving flu viruses.

       

      What are the Causes and Risk Factors?

      Influenza is caused by the flu virus which has 3 different types – Type A, Type B and Type C.

      Types A and B are viruses commonly circulating globally and in communities and are responsible for seasonal outbreaks and epidemics. Between these two types, Type A causes more severe cases and complications like pneumonia especially in the elderly, the very young (5 years and below) and those with chronic conditions.

      Type C is associated with mild sporadic illness and occurs less frequently. It does not have the severe impact that types A and B does.

       

      What are the Symptoms of Flu?

      While these are common indicators of the flu, you may or may not have all the symptoms below:

      • Cough
      • Fever
      • Sore throat
      • Headaches
      • Body aches
      • Runny or stuffy nose
      • Tiredness
      • Loss of appetite

       

      Is there a Difference Between a Cold and the Flu?

      These terms are often used interchangeably but it is important to note that they are caused by separate viruses and have different health implications. Colds tend to last for days, whereas the flu can run into weeks.

      Compared to the cold virus, flu virus strikes more quickly, and it makes people feel worse. Children with cold usually have the energy to play and keep up with their daily routines. However, children with the flu are usually in bed due to fever, coughing and body aches.

       

      Caring for Your Child’s Cold or Flu

      The best you can do for your child is to ensure that they are comfortable. Besides getting enough rest, it is important to ensure that their fluid intake is sufficient as well. Here are some ways you can ease their symptoms:

      Runny or Stuffy Noses

      • Nose drops or sprays – Use salt water (saline) nose drops (1 to 2 drops in each opening of the nose (nostril)) or spray (1 to 2 sprays in each opening of the nose (nostril)). For infants, use a rubber suction bulb to suck out the extra drops or spray. When using the suction bulb, remember that before you put the bulb on the nose, you should first squeeze the bulb part of the syringe first. Then gently stick the rubber tip into one nostril, and then slowly let go of the bulb. This slight amount of suction will pull the clogged mucus out of the nose and should help her breathe and suck at the same time once again. You’ll find that this works best when your baby is under 6 months of age. As your baby gets older, he or she will fight the bulb, making it difficult to suck out the mucus, but the saline drops will still help.

       

      • Humidifier – Put a cool-mist humidifier (also called a vaporizer) in your child’s room to help the liquid that is making her nose stuffy thinner, so it is easier for your child to breathe. Put it close to your child (but safely out of your child’s reach) because the humidifier makes the area closest to it the moistest. Be sure to carefully clean and dry the humidifier each day to stop bacteria or mold from growing; bacteria and mold can make your child sick. Hot-water vaporizers should not be used, because the hot water can burn your child.

       

      Coughing and sore throat

      • Cough drops or lozenges – Consider cough drops or lozenges for children 4 and older. Do not give cough drops or lozenges to a child younger than 4 years because he could choke on them. Also, do not give your child more cough drops than what the instructions on the package say.

       

      • Honey – Drinking warm water mixed with honey is a time-honored method to soothe a sore throat and taking honey on its own may also be an effective cough suppressant. (IMPORTANT: Please note that honey should not be given to babies under a year old as it is unsafe for them.)

       

      • Mentholated rubs – For children ages 2 years and older, rub a thick layer on the top of the skin of their chest and on the throat area. The body’s warmth helps the medication go into the air slowly over time and it helps soothe a cough when they breathe it in, helping them sleep better. (IMPORTANT: Please remember to only apply mentholated rubs on the skin and not on any mucus membranes.)

       

      Fever and body aches

      • If your child has a fever and is very uncomfortable, give them medication with just one ingredient – either acetaminophen OR ibuprofen. Always consult your pediatrician before giving ANY medicine to a child and seek a doctor right away if your child under 3 months of age has a fever.
      • Do not give your child aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), which has been linked with Reye syndrome, a rare but very serious illness that affects the liver and brain.

       

      Always Remember to Consult a Certified Medical Professional

      Colds and flu should not be taken lightly as the symptoms could cause much discomfort in the child. Do not give over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medications to children younger than 6 years old unless prescribed by the doctor and always be vary of the correct dosages. The above is just a guide to ease the symptoms and you should always seek proper advice and treatment by consulting a certified medical professional.

       

      Sources:

      https://www.moh.gov.sg/diseases-updates/influenza

      https://www.healthhub.sg/a-z/diseases-and-conditions/103/topics_influenza

      https://www.gleneagles.com.sg/healthplus/article/flu-prevention-tips

      https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/medication-safety/Pages/How-to-Manage-Colds-and-Flu.aspx

      Learning Chinese Made Fun with Cajon Drums

      The Chinese language is now considered as one of the most important languages to master. In a world where the largest multi-national corporations and employers are Chinese, having Chinese literacy capabilities will certainly give your child the potential to succeed and remain competitive in the future.

      The formative years are the best time for a child to pick up new languages and hone bilingual competency. Research has shown that bilingual children have better concentration, analytical and multitasking skills, which results in better academic performance. They also tend to have a better sense of self-worth, identity and belonging in society.

      In line with this, Alphabet Playhouse has developed a unique programme of teaching the Chinese language that is both fun and exciting. By incorporating Cajon drums into the Chinese lessons, the children are better able to learn the various rhythmic intonations and remember it better. This programme is known as “Learning Chinese Through the Cajon Drums”.

       

      What Are Cajon Drums?

      A Cajon drum is a box-shaped percussion instrument that originates from Peru and is made from thin plywood. The player sits astride the box and plays it by tapping and slapping the front, side or rear surfaces with the hand, fingers or sometimes sticks and mallets.

       

      The Peruvian Cajon in its purist form is a six-sided instrument, with a sound hole cut into the back panel. The front panel is made from thin wood for resonance, leaving the other five sides to provide the structure. The sound is dry, the root tone is bass, and its primary role is as an accompaniment instrument. It traditionally didn’t have or need the bells and whistles, buzzes and snares that have been added to it over the years.

      “A Brief History Of The Cajon” – Drum Magazine

       

      “Learning Chinese Through the Cajon Drum” Programme @ Alphabet Playhouse

      This programme provides the children at Alphabet Playhouse with the platform to learn Chinese through the medium of music. With the Cajon drum, they enjoy a musical experience with songs, develop rhythm and intonation through poetry, master hand coordination by practising movements, tell compelling stories with the drumming sound, and conduct performances by cooperating with their fellow friends.

      When a child plays the Cajon drum, it helps them to develop cerebral function by improving intelligence and promoting the development of the left and right brain. While tapping the drum, which is what they naturally enjoy doing, their sense of rhythm is trained and developed. It also helps them better manage anxiety and improve their memory.

      By incorporating the Cajon drum into the Chinese curriculum, the children are able to learn the language in a quicker and effective manner, at the same time improving their reading and speaking skills.

       

      Example of a Cajon Drum Lesson by the N2 Students

      This is a lesson where the children learn 大鼓和小鼓 or “Big Drum & Small Drum”. They begin by familiarizing themselves with the three main sounds of the Cajon drum which is “咚 dong”, “哒 da” and “次 ci”.

      A song sheet is provided, and the song is played for the children to listen and sing to. Then they are taught the rhythm and beat on the Cajon drum.

       

      Lastly, they gradually incorporate the singing and drumming into a song performance.

       

       

      In Conclusion

      The “Learning Chinese Through the Cajon Drums” programme is indeed a delightful and effective method of learning the language for the children. Come and visit Alphabet Playhouse to find out more and to see the children in action with the Cajon drums!

       

      Play and Learning: Need they be two different things?

      Many parents today face the challenge of raising critical and creative thinkers, all whilst maintaining a healthy work-play balance.

      However, given today’s increased emphasis on academics, it is no surprise, then, that according to psychologist David Elkind in 20081, children today play eight hours less a week on average than their counterparts did two decades ago. This is even though play has been shown to have positive effects on a child’s learning experience.

      In fact, it has been suggested that play, especially in the form of memory games, helps children develop their brains, adapt to unpredictable situations, and improve their problem-solving and creative thinking skills.

      “Play is how children begin to understand and process their world,” suggests Angie Rupan, Program Coordinator for Child Development Centre in San Francisco, California2

      A twenty-year study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania3 supports this, indicating that cognitive stimulation through play at ages four and under (a child’s formative period) aids in the development of a child’s cortex, or his/her grey matter, further on in his/her teens.

      Sessions of play have also displayed the potential to release BNDF4, a chemical essential in brain cell growth and development.

      Recent developments in preschool pedagogies and teaching styles have also shown that play does not need to be the direct opposite of study and classroom activity at all, especially at the preschool level- perfect news for parents worried about managing their child’s work-play balance.


      In play-based programmes such as the preschool programme offered by Alphabet Playhouse, children are exposed to flash cards and memory games to introduce and reinforce various  Mother Tongue Language (MTL) skills, such as character/word and play using such tools and toys, helping children to both have fun and learn at the same time.

      Play-learning can also occur outside of the classroom. Parents can also reap the positive rewards of play and these memory games on their own- a variety of free online resources, such as the ones offered by sites such as www.learninggamesforkids.com, will also allow your child to learn, develop his/her memory, and have lots of fun.

      References:

      1 The Power of Play

      2 Play in Preschool: Why it Matters

      3 Childhood Stimulation Key to Brain Development, Study Finds

      4 The Cognitive Benefits of Play: Effects On the Learning Brain

      Other Sources:

      Pretend Play Is Important But Its Role in Learning is Complex

      How Important is Play in Preschool

       

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