Playgroups are the vital bridging course between a young child’s academic life and social life. When a child is between the 1 – 3 year old age-group, he is not entirely ready and prepared to enter pre-school. The child is not equipped with the required skills to get absorbed into the academic system. Playgroups are a manner in which parents can enroll their children into a system and allow them to get used to the process of academics. Playgroups in Singapore are abundant, and are very effective in testing and developing the initial learning and development skills of a child.
Playgroups implement a range of activities for children to carry out and practice so they may learn the required skills. The learning process of playgroups is not to impart actual knowledge of the subject matter, but to allow the child to develop subject interests and aptitude. It is also a place where a child is taught to develop the specific skill set that he may use in order to solve problems of many subject areas. The actual knowledge process begins at a kindergarten level.
Surveys have shown that there are various types of intelligence, and playgroups work at eliciting the various forms of intelligence in a child. Here are some of the activities that allow the growth and development of various children in Singapore.
Art and Creativity
This aspect of the training focuses on the creative art function of a child. The creative part of the child’s brain is often overlooked as an unimportant aspect of intelligence and child development. However, recent studies have shown that it is extremely important for a child to be creative in this form which could strengthen the child’s chances to problem solve.
Language intelligence is also one of the main forms of intelligence that has been studied. Some children have an ingrained flair for languages, and the activities done in this curriculum allows children to express and hone their language skills. Activities of this kind allow children to be bilingual and even multi-lingual.
Musical intelligence is also a commonly overlooked form of intelligence, however, it is one of the most important forms of intelligence in order to understand and derive many other theories in life. Music is not only a means to allow a child an exposure to music in order to discover and pursue a musical career, but also aims at developing the creative part of the child’s brain which makes it more adept to solve problems.