Children are naturally exquisite and observant. It is in their nature to be curious of everything they see and watch. Children are excited to learn new basic daily skills that they witness their parents or society doing on every day basis. They are interested in reading the instructions for toy assembling, running errands, and being given trust upon them to do purchases with bills and coins. Preschools help children prepare themselves for life hacks and academic demands in the future by offering activities and games to slowly train them to acquire necessary skills as well as social skills.
Curriculum Guidelines Provided by Government
Parents indeed should know what to expect when they have decided to send their children off to Singapore preschools. Introduced by Singapore’s Mininstry of Education (MoE) is A Curriculum for Kindergartens in Singapore – Nurturing Early Learners (NEL). The NEL Curriculum supports early childhood educators in creating quality learning experiences for children aged 4 to 6. The curriculum focuses in nurturing learning dispositions which are positive behaviors and attitudes when it comes to learning. Teachers will also add values of culture, language and community so that children will grasp the importance of them all.
Children should be able to showcase understanding in creativity, language and literacy, motor skills development, social skills and many other skills after learning session ends. More emphasis is to put in order to produce culturally aware and appreciative young generations towards their heritage.
As the curriculum focuses more on purposeful play, teachers too are encouraged to be more involved in the integrated learning session for children to really feel the joy and passion in learning. Therefore, more outdoor class activities are to be conducted such as field trips in order to stimulate their brains to new environment and new things.
Importance of Physical Environment
Based on the newly revised NEL curriculum on 2012, another aspect being accentuated is the vitality of physical environment to children. Holistic development is influenced heavily by the surroundings and environment children are in. Changes in their learning environment can trigger their minds positively to make them more excited and interested in learning. Research has found that children are more inclined to be focused and eager to learn when learning in different environments. Also, the environments should consist of at least things that may interest or attract them in order to captive their attention.
Parents Role in Early Childhood Education
The NEL curriculum also emphasizes on the importance of parents role in children’s early childhood education. When picking them up from school, parents are encouraged to calmly ask them about their day. During night time, when it’s revision time, parents should be by their children’s sides and engage into the lesson together. Lastly, parents need to ask questions to the children to help them develop the sense of reflectivity of whatever they have learnt.
In conclusion, the revised NEL curriculum is what parents should expect being implemented in their children’s preschool educational system. Not only educators play a vital role in producing a holistic-minded person, but parents too have the same fair share in this matter.