A recipe of daily sensorial and interactive activities mixed with hands-on learning gets kids excited and engaged at Viv’s Schoolhouse
Looking for a school that will really grab your child’s attention and get them excited about learning and experiencing life? Viv’s Schoolhouse is an international preschool for children between 18 months and 6 years old where experiential learning is key. Viv’s Schoolhouse’s Director, Ms. Vivian Lee, says “Children’s learning experiences can only be anchored in firmly if they are truly involved in a hands-on manner.”
What experiences get kids learning at Viv’s Schoolhouse?
The teacher to student ratio is low at Viv’s Schoolhouse (1:5 for 18 months – 3 year olds, 1:8 for 4 year olds and 1:10 for 5- and 6-year-olds) so all kids get a chance to be actively involved in each and every activity. The curriculum is designed with the aim of engaging children’s senses as much as possible; you can expect lessons to be filled with novelty, challenges, creative-thinking, as well as experiments. These are all specially curated to allow children to be fully engaged in their everyday learning, build strong foundations in the different learning domains, and encourage critical thinking when it comes to tackling problems.
Click through the gallery for some of the hands-on activities you can expect, mama!
Activity: Arts and crafts are offered daily through a variety of different mediums – crayons, paints, sticking and cutting, collage and more.
Learning outcome: Children are able to use art as a medium to communicate their feelings, hone creativity, improve fine motor skills, and express their learnings in a more vivid fashion plus confidence is built through creating.
Activity: Water play is a sensorial activity that involves splashing around in the water, pouring liquids, and sharing water toys.
Learning outcome: Kids learn best when they are having fun and water play scores high on the fun scale! Children improve their dexterity, hone their gross motor skills, as well as work on their social skills here.
Activity: There’s a designated gardening space where children are free to plant different types of seeds and watch them grow.
Learning outcome: Gardening engages children’s senses; kids can touch and feel the dirt, observe the variety of colours and smells, and even taste the fruits of their labour. Gardening encourages healthy eating, introduces scientific concepts, teaches responsibility and patience, and even highlights the importance of environmental sustainability!
Activity: Children have daily gym classes both indoors and outdoors for a variety of experiences. The indoor gym features a rock wall that is a favourite amongst the children, plus special shock-absorbent flooring and padded walls to ensure their safety.
Learning outcome: Daily gym classes serve to work on children’s flexibility, gross motor skills, coordination, self-esteem, strength, and discipline.
Activity: Weekly cooking classes at Viv’s Schoolhouse are always filled with lots of fun, laughter, and deliciousness.
Learning outcome: Through cooking, children learn about Science, Math, communication skills, life skills, and the endless possibilities of whipping up healthy yet scrumptious meals (from baking granola to wrapping up dumplings)!
Activity: Viv’s Schoolhouse’s bilingual immersion program offers equal exposure to English and Mandarin throughout the day with co-teachers for each language. This is in addition to designated English and Mandarin classes during core curriculum time.
Learning outcome: Through constant conversations and practice, even non-native speakers soon grasp the respective languages with ease and confidence!
Activity: Weekly swimming is offered at Viv’s Schoolhouse in their own pool under the care of 6 swim coaches (all certified by the Singapore Sport Council, Swimming Teacher’s Association, and Austswim). Swimming classes are split into two different age groups: 18 months to 4 years and 5 to 6 years. For the 18 months to 4 years age group, 2 coaches are assigned to every 5 children and for the 5 to 6 years age group, 1 coach is assigned to every 6 children.
Learning outcome: Children build water confidence, core strength, and see an improvement in stamina.
Activity: Monthly field trips give kids the opportunity to learn outside the classroom.
Learning outcome: From visiting the Singapore Botanic Gardens to understanding more about fishes at our local fish farm, these learning journeys help to bridge the gap between education and hands-on learning. It provides children the opportunities to explore things in authentic settings, creating shared social experiences that are not only memorable, but also insightful!
Viv’s Schoolhouse was awarded the “Experiential Learning Programme” award in the SG Parents’ Choice 2017/2018 campaign organized by Young Parents (SPH Magazine) so it’s clear that their hands on learning vision is resonating with parents too. Keen to know more? Book a tour by emailing [email protected] or by calling Tel: +65 6909 1311 and take advantage of the special Sassy Mama perk waiving enrolment fees below!
Viv’s Schoolhouse will waive the enrolment fee* (worth $250) when you register and quote “SASSY“! *Limited to the first 20 sign-ups
Viv’s Schoolhouse, 12 Queen St, #04-01, Singapore 188553 (4th floor of Hotel Royal @ Queens), Tel: (+65) 6909 1311, www.vivschoolhouse.com