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Question: Is it too early for my K1 boy to start Math Enrichment?

rosydaisy

Question: Is it too early to start my K1 boy for academic enrichment such as Math? Should I start early or only when he is not doing well in his subjects in primary school?Answer:It is never too early...

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The Expert:

Sue Lynn Lee

Academic Director for Early Years Programme

The Learning Lab

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Question: Is it too early to start science enrichment or tuition for my P3 boy?

sarahxx

Question: I heard P3 science is easy, do I need to start exposing my P3 child to the subjectAnswer:The science syllabus from Primary 3 to Primary 6 is a carefully designed one that focuses on the grad...

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The Expert:

Karen Lau

Lead Head of Science

The Learning Lab

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Question: My child mixes English and Mandarin when he speaks. Should I correct him?

luverene

Question: My 4 YO child has a habit of mixing both English and Chinese in a sentence, will it affect his language abilities? what should I do to help him?Answer:What your 4-year old does is called co...

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The Expert:

Iris Lim

Principal

Chiltern House

General

Question: What is the difference between speech and drama and pretend play?

superdad

Question: What is the difference between speech and drama and pretend play?Answer:Pretend play is sometimes called dramatic play or role play and is usually a part of a speech and drama class.To an ad...

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The Expert:

Sumathi Jayaram

Principal 

Julia Gabriel Centre

General

Question: Will enrolling in speech and drama programmes help my son learn to speak up?

kindmom

Question: My 3 YO is very quiet and doesn’t talk much, will enrolling in speech and drama programmes help him learn to speak up?Answer:Enrolling your child in Speech and Drama classes will give ...

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The Expert:

Sumathi Jayaram

Principal

Julia Gabriel Centre

Primary School Enrichment

Question: How can I encourage my child to communicate in Mandarin?

Curiousmom

Question: My child refuses to communicate in Mandarin! How can I encourage her to speak?Answer:Parents often ask me, “What is the best way to encourage my child to speak Mandarin?” My resp...

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The Expert:

Huang Ying

Principal

Chengzhu Mandarin Centre

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Question: How to improve my child's communication skills, reading and writing?

KeenDadTan

Question: I wish for my child to improve in her communication skills, reading and writing. Is speech and drama a better option or should I send her to a reading and writing programme? Answer:This depe...

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The Expert:

Sumathi Jayaram

Principal 

Julia Gabriel Centre

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Question: Which is the right programme for children with dyslexia?

Concernedparenttt

Question: My child has dyslexia and often mix up with the vowels when it comes to writing, how do I know which is the right programme to send her to? Answer:Dyslexia is a learning difference that crea...

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The Expert:

Sumathi Jayaram

Principal

Julia Gabriel Centre

General

Question: How do I determine the most suitable preschool for my child?

Strongmomzzz

Question: How do I determine which is the most suitable preschool for my child? What sets the priority – teachers, environment, curriculum, brand name or fees?Answer: First, all preschools oper...

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The Expert:

Dr Carol Loy 

Director of Curriculum and Professional Development

Kinderland Preschool & Infant Care

General

Question: What is the difference between a child care centre and a kindergarten?

Jayleeseeee

Question: What is the difference between a child care centre and a kindergarten? Which is more beneficial for the child? Answer: According to ECDA’s definition: Kindergartens provide pre-schoo...

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The Expert:

Dr Carol Loy

Director of Curriculum and Professional Development

Kinderland Preschool & Infant Care

Pre-school and Childcare Full Day

Question: How To Raise Capable, Independent Learners

Mommyknowz

Question: How can I raise my child to be a capable and independent learner?Answer: Nurturing capable children is the foundation for self-reliance and self-sufficiency, which is key to what children sh...

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The Expert:

Dr Carol Loy and Ms Charlotte Wong

Director of Curriculum and Professional Development & Infant & Curriculum Specialist

Kinderland International Education

Chinese Language

Question: A group class or a private tuition would suit my shy boy better?

MikayLeE

Question: My child has difficulty learning Chinese and he is a very shy and quiet boy. How do I know if a group class or a private tuition would suit him better?Answer: Today we have a new understandi...

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The Expert:

Huang Ying

Principal of Chengzhu

Chengzhu

Pre-school and Childcare Full Day

Question: Is a half-day childcare or a full-day childcare better?

Stepphy

Question: Is it better to send my child to a half-day childcare or full-day childcare? What is the difference?Answer: When deciding whether to send your child to a half-day or full-day childcare centr...

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The Expert:

Iris Lim

Principal of Chiltern House

Chiltern House
General
General

Question: Can my child really learn at home during Covid-19 with home-based learning?

Ardala

Question:Can my child really learn at home during Covid-19 with home-based learning? I am worried that home-based learning may not be effective for him.Answer:In an unprecedented move to combat the CO...

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The Expert:

The Learning Lab

General
General

Question: How can I work efficiently with my child at home during Covid-19?

Lyyynda

Question:How can I work efficiently with my child at home during Covid-19? Due to the situation, I need to WFH and my child has HBL as well, how can I do my work but also allow my child to learn at th...

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The Expert:

The Learning Lab

General
General

Question: How can I stop my child procrastinating?

Tami

Question:How can I stop my child procrastinating? She takes hours to complete homework given by her teacher. Answer:Managing your child’s procrastination can be very stressful and hard to come t...

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The Expert:

The Learning Lab

General
General

Question: How can I help my child to become an independent learner?

JamesJ

Question:How can I help my child to become an independent learner? I've noticed that she is not as engaged in class as her peers are.Answer:1. Help Your Child Find Lessons in Failures“Succes...

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The Expert:

The Learning Lab

School
Pre-school and Childcare Full Day

Question: Should I be bothered by the turnover of teachers or focus on the curriculum that the preschool offers?

Katie85

Questions: The turnover of teachers in my child's childcare centre is very high. Notice this high staff turnover issue at many preschools too. Should I be bothered or focus on the curriculum that ...

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The Expert:

Iris Lim

Principal

Chiltern House Preschool

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