COURSES

The Tots' Classroom Courses

Our courses form a system that can be tailored towards your child’s learning needs. Your child should enroll in courses that are appropriate for their stage of development. By participating in personalized stage-appropriate coaching offered by the Alpha-Lambda system, your child will hone their skills and abilities that help them develop into a well-rounded young person. The skills we cover are those needed to participate in formal schooling.

Our child-friendly courses help your child learn by playing. Your child will have fun while they learn. The activities help improve your child’s skills in language, numbers, art, physical coordination, movement, social interaction and thinking.

courses

The Physical Child

Children learn through play. They start with physical play. The Physical Child course aims to enhance your child’s physical abilities and coordination. Having better physical abilities enables your child to better explore their world, to have more “adventures”. Strong physical skill is the foundation your child needs to build on to learn other skills.

Space, time and motion

Coordination, motor skills, locomotor skills and fine motor skills

Safe vs. dangerous activities

The Physical Child Know More

Class Size

The teacher-student ratio is 1:4. We have a high teacher to student ratio as two teachers will conduct each lesson. Each class can have up to 8 child-parent pairs.

Parental Involvement

We strongly encourage parents to participate by attending lessons with your child. This helps you learn activities and teaching methods that can be used at home to enhance your child’s development.

Lesson Format

The lessons cover music and movement, hands-on activities, craft work and circle time. These encourage learning through exploration, manipulation and interaction. Each lesson lasts for one hour and thirty minutes (90 minutes). There are 18 lessons each term (9 weeks). The Physical Child course lasts for four terms.

Course Admission

Your child can join The Physical Child course at the beginning of each term. Mid-term admissions are subject to availability in ongoing classes. You are encouraged to attend a free trial class with your child before starting lessons.

Learning Outcomes

Children should:

improve in their self-confidence;

learn about their own space;

learn to respect others space;

improve on their ability to control physical outbursts;

learn to channel energy into acceptable and productive physical activities.

This course prepares your child for the next developmental stage that is covered by The Sociable Child course.

Age Limit

(15 months* to 3 years old)

Child must be able to walk on his/her own to enroll into The Physical Child

The Sociable Child

The Sociable Child course offers activities to help children improve their social and emotional skills. This improves their ability to engage with others. A young child socializes mainly with other children and with family members. Up to age three, children will model (learn) behavior from close family members. Between three and six, they will gradually learn more of their behavior from friends of their own age.

Gardening and rearing class pets like fish to help sensitize your child to show care, concern and empathy. This encourages awareness of nature and responsibility to care for pets, their belongings and care towards other children. This also helps your child grasp the concept of sharing and togetherness.

Lessons to develop a knowledge and acceptance of different cultures.

Learning etiquette and manners through role-plays. Your child develops socially acceptable behavior (e.g., greetings and table manners).

The SOCIABLE CHILD Know More

Intro

Lessons and progress in this course will be matched your child’s expected social and emotional development milestones. To facilitate the learning of desired behaviors, The Sociable Child course uses games (group and individual) to encourage social interaction.

Older and younger children are encouraged to mix in class. This gives younger children the chance to learn from older children in supervised activities. Older children get to experience the older brother/sister relationship with younger children. This build’s your child’s self-confidence in social situations.

Parental Involvement

We strongly encourage parents to participate by attending lessons with your child. This helps you learn activities and teaching methods that can be used at home to facilitate your child’s development.  While we strongly encourage parental attendance, you may drop-off your child for The Sociable Child lessons. If the latter option is chosen, our teachers will provide updates of your child’s progress.

Lesson Format

The lessons include:

music and movement

emotion-building activities

social activities

circle time

These encourage learning through exploration, team-work, manipulation of objects and interaction.

Each lesson lasts for one hour and thirty minutes (90 minutes). There are 18 lessons each term (9 weeks). The Sociable Child course lasts for four terms.

Class Size

The teacher-student ratio is 1:4. We have a high teacher to student ratio as two teachers will conduct each lesson. Each class can have up to 8 child-parent pairs.

Learning Outcomes

This course develops your child’s ability to interact socially. The activities offer parents and children opportunities to practice being confident when interacting socially, to practice ways to control emotions and to understand how to work through tantrums and meltdowns.

The course will increase your child’s confidence and comfort in daily social interactions and friendships. Your child will learn different ways to interact with important adults like teachers. Activities in lessons help a child become more aware of social dangers – for example, strangers, on the internet, dangerous situations and materials.

Your child will learn with children from different cultures/backgrounds. This is an important developmental step that helps children get along better with others when they enter formal schooling.

The Social Child course prepares your child for the next developmental stage. This next stage is covered in The Communicating Child programme.

Course Admission

Your child can join The Sociable Child course at the beginning of each term. Mid-term admissions are subject to availability in ongoing classes. You are encouraged to attend a free trial class with your child before starting lessons.

Age Limit

Suggested for children from 2.5 years old

The Communicating Child

The Communicating Child course helps your child to develop and improve their language and expressive skills. Course activities help them learn skills and models that can be used to communicate their thoughts in coherent and structured ways. They will learn systems that help them to listen better, speak more clearly, begin to write and learn to communicate through arts like music and drawing. This builds on skills your child has learned in the The Sociable Child course.

Age four is a critical time to help children learn to communicate better. Around this age, children have a communication growth spurt as many areas of their brain have developed enough to synthesize the different aspects of language; most of a child’s language foundations develop in the first five years of their life, and at age four, they have enough control over their tantrums and emotions and have developed enough fine motor skills to pronounce words well. Their vocabulary is growing very quickly.

To take advantage of this opportunity, The Communicating Child course provides direction, coaching and practice to foster good linguistic foundations. Advancing your child’s ability to express themselves better helps them to learn higher-order skills as they continue to grow.

The Communicating Child course offers activities to help your child synthesize different areas of communication. These combine listening and observation to help your child come up with stories and ideas. They are coached on how to speak about these ideas systematically and clearly. They learn about the rules and structure of a language through verbalizing the language. The ability to say a language correctly helps them begin to read. As such, The Communicating Child course places a large emphasis on helping your child link the spoken to the written word. Giving the child a link between speaking and reading makes reading easier. Making reading easier increases the probability that your child will like reading, and will want to improve their reading skills. Reading skills are a cornerstone to success in school work.

Art is a form of communication. Expression through drawing, acting, singing and signing are ways your child will begin to communicate abstract ideas. By encouraging and enhancing this type of communication, we build a strong foundation to move your child’s learning to higher forms of communication that uses speech and text. Art also requires the use of imagination and abstract thought. These activities serve as foundations for the next stage of development that is covered in The Thinking Child course.

The COMMUNICATING CHILD Know More

Class Size

The teacher-student ratio is 1:4. We have a high teacher to student ratio as two teachers will conduct each lesson.

Parental Involvement

We strongly encourage parents to participate by attending lessons with your child. This helps parents learn activities and teaching methods that can be used at home to help in your child develop more fully.  While we strongly encourage parental attendance, you may drop-off your child for The Communicating Child lessons. Our teachers will prepare updates of your child’s progress if you do not regularly participate in lessons.

Learning Outcomes

This course develops your childs ability to communicate.

They will learn to communicate in a structured and coherent manner.

Children will learn show and tell (presentation), be able to articulate and express themselves verbally, through art, writing and song.

These encourage learning through exploration, team-work, manipulation of objects and interaction.

Lesson Format

The lessons include story time, sentence structure activities, phonics and pronunciation and expressive activities. These encourage learning through interaction, understanding of a language and communication.

Each lesson lasts for one hour and thirty minutes (90 minutes). There are 18 lessons each term (9 weeks). The Communicating Child course lasts for four terms.

Course Admission

Your child can join The Communicating Child course at the beginning of each term.  Mid-term admissions are subject to availability in ongoing classes. You are encouraged to attend a free trial class with your child before starting lessons.

Age Limit

Suggested for children from 4 years old

The Thinking Child

The Thinking Child course helps your child to improve their cognitive skills. Activities in the lessons seek to use your child’s natural curiosity to make learning fun. Teachers will guide them to think in these activities using learning structures from mathematics, imagination and science.

Children like to know the way things work. Science experiments like growing potato shoots and Mentos Geysers help your child learn about concepts and ideas. Structuring term projects around these scientific projects helps develop your child’s grasp of complex and structured thoughts. These abilities can help them solve complex problems – e.g., mathematics logic problems.

The Thinking Child course helps children develop their own system for learning. This system uses their reflections of past experiences as a foundation to build new knowledge. This process is called formal learning. For example, we use multi-stage science experiments to draw out your child’s knowledge about an idea. To this, we pose a new problem and let them try to solve the new problem. This type of learning provides your child with a framework that augments their inquisitiveness to develop problem solving skills.

Activities in The Thinking Child include having children document their experiences – through diaries, charts and drawing.  They use these to verbally describe their experiences. This helps them reflect on and engage more fully in the lessons. We also encourage more complex writing and graphing by having children keep records. For example, recording daily temperatures.

The THINKING CHILD Know More

Class Size

The teacher-student ratio is 1:4. We have a high teacher to student ratio as two teachers will conduct each lesson.

Parental Involvement

We strongly encourage parents to participate by attending lessons with your child. This helps parents learn activities and teaching methods that can be used at home to facilitate your child’s development.  While we strongly encourage parental attendance, you may drop-off your child for The Thinking Child lessons. Our teachers will prepare updates of your child’s progress if you do not regularly attend lessons with your child.

Lesson Format

The lessons include:

story time

sentence structure activities

phonics and pronunciation activities

expressive activities

These activities aim to encourage learning using experiments. The child devises tests of items and ideas, they propose possible outcomes (hypotheses), and test these hypotheses. In the process. they learn ways to build knowledge.

Each lesson lasts for one hour and thirty minutes (90 minutes). There are 18 lessons each term (9 weeks). The Thinking Child course lasts for four terms.

Learning Outcomes

The Thinking Child course develops your child’s ability to look for, store, process and retrieve information. Over time, the information becomes your child’s knowledge. This is an important early learning step that helps a child attain fundamental learning skills. This is different from other “content driven” or “rote” teaching methods. The course will increase the child’s confidence and comfort levels in getting and using information.

This course will help your child become more prepared for formal schooling.

Course Admission

Your child can join The Thinking Child course at the beginning of each term. Mid-term admissions are subject to availability in ongoing classes. You are encouraged to attend a free trial class your child before starting lessons.

Age Limit

Suggested for children from 5 years old

Weekday Playgroups

If your child would like to attend our classes more frequently, you may wish to have them join our weekday playgroups.

These playgroups are an extension of our enrichment courses and use the same purposeful and directed play teaching methods and materials. This method helps children learn while they play. Playgroup activities are designed to develop and enhance your child’s ability to learn.

As we recommend parents to join us for the playgroups, it is a place where parents and caregivers are able to support each other through sharing of ideas, parenting experiences and help children to grow and transit well to school.

Weekday Playgroups Know More

Class Size

The teacher-student ratio is 1:5. Each class can have up to 10 child-parent pairs.

Parental Involvement

Children can attend the playgroup sessions unaccompanied. However, we strongly encourage parents to participate in the sessions. By participating, you learn the rationale behind the activities and teaching methods.

Lesson Format

The lessons cover music and movement, hands-on activities, craft work and circle time. These encourage learning through exploration, manipulation and interaction with materials. Each playgroup session lasts for 2 hours (120 minutes).

Class Options

2, 3, 4, or 5 days a week. Morning and/or afternoon sessions. Sessions will run when there are a minimum number of students.

Learning Outcomes

Playgroups help children gain confidence and ease them into our formalized learning through fun enrichment programs. This course will help your child become more prepared for formal schooling.

Course Admission

Your child can join The Weekday Playgroup course at the beginning of each term. Mid-term admissions are subject to availability in ongoing classes. You are encouraged to attend a free trial class with your child before starting lessons.

Age Limit

15 to 35 months * The child must be able to walk on his/her own to attend playgroup sessions.

Daily Programme

  • Mon/Thu – Language & Literacy
  • Tue – Social / Role Play
  • Wed/Fri – Physical