You've probably seen a few articles on why playgroups are beneficial, or you might believe that your toddler is doing fine with a few playmates, but did you know that having your child in a professionally-led sensory playgroup is actually important? Here are 3 reasons why it is high time to look for a playgroup near you:
Positive sensory stimulation
Touching is a toddler’s way of understanding the world, such as drinking and splashing water to understand how water feels and flows! Although sensory experiences like these are typically a splashing good time and are important for learning, toddlers sometimes exhibit intolerance towards certain tactile media. As Busy Tables playgroups constantly seeks to open our little participants up to a world of wonderful sensory stimuli, we are proud to say that parents have shared with us how their toddlers have become receptive to tactile experiences, where they had earlier been vehement towards it.
Exposure to the use of good language
Did you know that toddlers experience rapid language development in their early years? In a playgroup’s language-rich environment, toddlers are building a rock solid foundation to reach their fullest potential in speaking and writing during their later years. Additionally, playgroups motivate babies to speak and vocalise, which stimulates them to understand the value of communication in their daily dealings--especially with their mommy and daddy. This is why every Busy Tables teacher upholds our core belief of exhibiting good language in our playgroups!
Excellent social habits
Being newbies to the world, toddlers have much to learn about coexisting with other toddlers and fellow humans! Being able to socialise well with their peers promotes self-confidence, positive play experiences and teaches them to negotiate through tricky situations. This can start from things as small as saying “please”, “thank you” and asking for their turn during playtime. The communal setting of playgroups exposes your child to such situations where such positive social habits can be developed and reinforced. Receiving a “thank you” from a child always brings a smile to our teachers’ faces, and it is something that they make sure the child is praised for!
Ready for your child to reap these benefits? Click here for information on our October playgroups!
Which of these 3 things do you think your baby is the strongest in? Let us know in the comments!
Click here to view our October playgroups schedules and booking info.For you and your babies whose energy is ever-insatiable--have you found new things to do in Singapore this October? Halloween is the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind, and if you are looking to throw a kids’ party that’s enriching and clear of sugary cavities, yet engrossing for your little guests,click here to find out how:However, we know that Halloween isn’t everyone’s thing. So, for this October, we’ve designed 3 different themed playgroups for toddlers and babies that your child can join.
1. Counting Apples
Ignite your child’s interest in numbers as they engage in sensory play activities that are designed to boost their pre-numeracy development, amongst other things. They will even get to try their hand at a make-believe apple tree harvesting experience!*
2. Alphabet Fun
With paint, brushes, rhymes, magnets and scoopfuls of colourful beans, we’ve gotten ready a stimulating play environment for your child to learn about letters.*
3. Colours with Brown Bear
There are preschool activities about colours, there are preschool activities about animals, and then there are sensory playgroups combining both. That is, this playgroup is where your kids will learn about colours with the accompaniment of Brown Bear.*
*Curriculum is subject to minor changes.
All of our playgroups this October are timed from 10am to 11am, and are designed and led by teachers trained in early childhood development to expand your child’s cognitive skills development. Click here to view our October playgroups: http://bit.ly/busytablesoct !
If October seems a little far ahead and you’re still struggling to look for things for your toddler to do this month, check out our last September playgroup that will be happening this weekend! Click here to see: https://bit.ly/busytablessep.
Have you got any events lined up with your family this coming October? Let us know!
Which age-ranged playgroups can my baby engage in?
All of our playgroups are suitable for babies aged between 15-30 months. However, if your child falls just slightly outside of this range and you believe that they would enjoy and benefit from the playgroup--they are more than welcome to join!
How long is each session?
We prepare for each playgroup to last for 1 hour. This usually consists of 45 mins of structured sensory play learning, with an additional 15 minutes freeplay.
What kind of activities will my baby engage in?
Although activities vary between sessions, they include things such as art and craft, feeling sensory materials, and gamified story-telling etc. All activities in each session will combine to create a holistic sensory play learning experience that follows through the theme of the day.What do I need to bring/prepare for each session?Bring a spare change of clothes and/or have your child dressed in clothes that you don't mind them getting messy in--things can get excitingly messy!
There doesn't seem to be any 'teaching' going on? How do I know my child is benefitting?Most of our playgroup participants are aged 15-30 months, and at this age, they are super curious about the world--exploring anything and everything that spark their interest!
To best fit this nature of the toddler, our early childhood specialist ensures that our playgroups are loosely structured so that our busy explorers have the space to explore materials in their own capacity. Coupled with the way we have designed our materials and activities, it guarantees that your child will be having fun and thus fully engaged in the lesson, so that they can maximise the benefits of sensory play learning!
Curious about how activities for kids can achieve sensory play benefits?Designed and led by our teachers with an expertise in early childhood development, Busy Tables’ playgroups offer a way for your child to boost their IQ, cognitive skills training and social skills--all through sensory play learning!
The Tuition Industry
Tuition in Singapore is a billion dollar industry. Is this an indication that our education system is inadequate? Or are our children simply incapable of coping with the demands of the system? Whatever your thoughts are on the relevance of tuition, tuition is here to stay, but how should we approach it?
Who benefits from Tuition?
There are generally 3 types of students tutors come across.
Student type Objectives Outcome Performer: Understands concepts taught in class
- Wants to gain extra knowledge outside the scope of what's taught in the curriculum.
- To get a head-start by starting on topics before the school does, so when they approach these topics in school, it becomes revision and further deepens their understanding.
- The tutor's role is also to provide more challenging questions so the student can be prepared for exams papers of any difficulty level.
Students have strong grasp of concepts and are familiar with tricky questions and context based questions, they will outperform typical students during exams. Average: Understands some of the concepts taught in class
- Clarify doubts from school.
- For tutor to summarise concepts taught in school and present to student in a way he/she can best understand.
- They also require the tutor's help in getting exam tips.
These students are normally not interested to learn beyond the syllabus as they are already struggling to cope with the schoolwork. Objectives of tuition tend to be more exam-focused. Distracted: Barely understands concepts taught in class
- Unable to catch up with the school teacher due to poor foundations.
- Usually weak in language and are unable to put ideas into words.
- Have poor math foundation and tend to be insensitive to numbers.
- Tutors have to reteach from the basics, sometimes even concepts from previous years.
- Tend to hold many misconceptions and tutors have to seek out the individual misconceptions and clear one by one.
These students are so busy playing catch-up. While others are revising exam questions, they are still spending time going through the basics. They lack time to work on essential examination skills like process skills and comprehension. Hence, they tend to be able to answer recall questions which require no applications. Exams nowadays tend to be focused on context based questions which require applications of concepts in multiple ways.
In all 3 scenarios above, there is a need for tuition, however the role of the tutor in each case is vastly different, how do you think each of them will fare?
Should I hit the panic button?
First and foremost, the purpose of this post is not about seeking more or better tuition. It is about adjusting the mindset/mentality to that of a performer student. This is definitely possible, and does not involve sending him/her for excessive enrichment or prep classes.
Below are some qualities which set performer students apart:
- Can focus better
- Has an intrinsic motivation to learn
- Questions when in doubt
- Does not take everything at face value
- Is humble
None of the above characteristics require a high IQ, nor hours of math drilling. They are all soft skills which we can cultivate from young.
How can Busy Tables help?
Our upcoming Experiential Learning classes are designed specifically to introduce these learning habits to young learners aged 3 - 4 years old. With each session lasting 90 minutes, learners get to explore topics in depth, with teachers providing the scaffolding to help them achieve their learning goals.
Do get in touch with us to arrange for a trial class, or drop by for a chat to find out how we can help!