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November 2018

4 Steps to Get Your Child School Ready


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Primary school preparation isn’t just stressful for parents; it may be even more stressful for our 6-year-olds.  Imagine how overwhelmed they must feel transitioning from a small cosy classroom to a formal classroom setting; all that whilst still trying to make sense of the world around them.  

While the ability to read and write is important, instilling in them the joy and curiosity for learning are equally important. This value is important as we strive for our young ones to be lifelong learners. This was also the message that echoed strongly in the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) “Learn for Life” campaign.  

Here, we bring you 4 tips on how you can get your child ready for Primary 1 - where a new adventure begins
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1. HAVE A TALK WITH YOUR CHILD Have a chat. Share with them what they can expect to experience and discover at school. Knowing ahead of time the environment and daily routines of life in primary school will make him aware and more at ease. Share your own experiences of school life and most memorable experiences - the friends you made, your favourite teachers and subjects, the games you played during recess, the school camps. Encourage them to talk about their feelings and their concerns about the changes. Conversations like these help them look forward to the new school experience rather than fear or dread it. Remember to consistently assure them of your support.  

2. FAMILIARISE YOUR CHILD WITH THE NEW SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT
The sheer size of a primary school’s compound and the number of students can be intimidating for your child. School orientations are a good start for your child to feel more at ease.
Before the orientation, visit the school website to get your child excited about the facilities and activities it offers. At school orientations, schools will conduct tours of the compound and briefings to parents on what to expect. Walk around the school campus and familiarise your child with important areas like toilets, canteen, and classrooms.

3. GROOMING THEM TO BE INDEPENDENT

The moment your child steps into the school on the first day, the need to be independent will hit him hard as parents are restricted from entering the compound. Preparing your child to be independent will help ease their transition. When having a meal outside, encourage your child to buy his own food or send him on an errand to buy grocery items for example. This will expose him to interact and communicate his needs to other adults. At the same time, such activities are excellent opportunities for your child to learn to account for his expenditure. When visiting the library, let them choose, borrow and return their own library books. As a daily habit, let them pack their own school bags, to inculcate a sense of responsibility for their own belongings. This way, it makes them think through what they need the next day. There are many more activities and daily routines that you can use to develop independence in your child. What else can you think of?

4. DEVELOPING A ROUTINE AT HOME

 

Develop a routine at home a month before school starts to get them adjusted to the new school routine. Routines such as going to bed early and waking up early every day are important habits to develop. At home, allocate time for homework, rest and play, meal times and screen time to get them adjusted to the school timetable. Give them basic tasks like washing their own dishes or making their own bed. As parents, manage your own expectations and emotions first so that you do not put too much pressure on your children. The next six years of schooling and beyond will be a time of learning new things. Expose them to new experiences and spend quality time with them. Record their experiences, share in their delight, highs and lows as they embark on this journey of learning and discovery.

Wishing the best start to our Primary 1 students and parents in 2019!



Things for You(ths) to Do in December


One more month of school holidays and still clueluess on how to spend your holidays? Not to worry! We’ve compiled a list of productive ways for you to still salvage your holiday.


PICK UP NEW SKILLS AT OUR LIBRARIES


PIXEL Labs @ NLB

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PIXEL Labs encourages innnovative thinking and tinkering. Have a hand at making your own prototypes with the latest technology and applications such as 3D printing, programming and microcontrollers. You can also join organised sessions held in the studios here.

There is also a multimedia filming space equipped with a camera and a green screen. The facility is free. To use it, simply register at the information counter!


Locations: Tampines Regional Library, Jurong Regional Library


Learning Pods


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As part of their recent facelift, Yishun Public Library was re-launched with 7 Learning Pods as one of its swanking new facilities.Each Learning Pod is equipped with a touchscreen eLearning - LyndaLibrary - an online library with over 5,000 video tutorials covering topics ranging from business, creative design and technology. These range from Microsoft Excel weekly tips, Mobile Photography, and even Video Editing.

  

Best part of it? It’s free! Click here to find out how to sign up: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/Main/Help/LyndaLibrary


Location: Yishun Public Library

Smart Work Centres

 

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If you’re a freelancer or a budding entrepreneur, and you’re looking for your own workspace near your home, Smart Work Centres is the answer to your prayers. Launched in 2014, SWCs is equipped with printers, photocopy machines, video conference facilities and WiFi. There are private cubicles and common tables to fit your needs. Prices range from $20/day for a desk to $399/month for a cubicle.


Locations: Jurong Regional Library, Geylang East Public Library and Toa Payoh Public Library


MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS


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Volunteering sometimes recounts memories of secondary school days where we were made to awkwardly stand at random locations, holding tin cans. You’d be happy to know that’s not the only form of volunteering. To begin with, volunteering has to start with you wanting to do it.


The great thing about volunteering? You get to widen your social circle, pick up new skills, and earn a badge of satisfaction from making someone’s day. Here are some of our upcoming volunteering opportunities:

KelasMateMatika (KMM) Trainer / Facilitator

KelasMateMatika (KMM) trainers and facilitators play an important role in educating parents with different learning approaches through effective interaction and engaging children in exploring early numeracy concepts. Join us in making a difference in our children's education. Click here to be a KMM trainer or facilitator!


Be a Mentor!

Want to be a big brother or sister to youths? Passionate about building character and values in our future generation? Then mentoring is for you! Interviews will be conducted in December before the programme kicks off in February. Click here to register your interest as a role model!


8 Dec: Volunteer Orientation

Join our volunteering fam and join our initiatives! From reading programmes, to engaging children and youths, there's something for everyone who wants to give back. Meet the faces behind our volunteer team, get to know our programmes and grab the opportunity to ask any questions about contributing back. Register here!


2 Jan: Primary 1 Orientation @ Juying Primary School

As a volunteer, you are MENDAKI's ambassadors. During the P1 Orientation period, it's always a great opportunity to share with parents on MENDAKI's programmes and services. Register here!



HAVE A BALL OF A TIME AT THE NEWLY OPENED SUPERPARK


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You would have heard by now of the highly raved SuperPark, a mega indoor activity park that promises unstoppable fun for people of all ages.


Hailing from Finland, SuperPark Singapore opened its first branch at Suntec City on 17 November. Featuring  20 heart-pumping activity stations, the inspiration behind SuperPark was sparked by Taneli Sutinen, a Finnish father who had a challenging time navigating an indoor activity park with his daughter. Essentially, SuperPark was born from the simple idea that families could get active and have fun together indoors.


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But this SuperPark is not just families. To ensure it caters to everyone, it’s divided into 3 zones - Adventure Area, Game Arena, and Freestyle Hall. Adventure Area caters for the younger ones, with activities like Kid’s Gym, a Freestyle Area complete with trampolines, foam pit and climbing walls, and a Tube Slide. Game Arena is for team sports featuring baseball, basketball, superball and the likes.


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Finally, the Freestyle Hall for those who’d like a challenge. Featuring an Augmented Climbing Wall, a rock-climbing wall that uses games to increase the challenge, a Skate and Scoot World, and a Gymnastic Area.


Location: Suntec City (North Wing) 3, Temasek Boulevard, Tower 1, #02-477

Entrance fees: Mon-Fri: From $22 / Sat-Sun: from $28


For more details visit: https://www.superpark.com.sg