S'pore flavour at MOE-run pre-schools

S'pore flavour at MOE-run pre-schools

SINGAPORE - Children enrolled in five new kindergartens run by the Ministry of Education (MOE) will learn through stories, songs and dances with a distinct Singapore flavour.

They will spend about an hour a day on their mother tongue languages. There will be no spelling tests, and those learning Chinese will not learn hanyu pinyin.

Learning through play figures strongly in the curriculum, revealed on Saturday to about 150 parents at an information session held at Punggol View Primary, where one kindergarten will be located. The five centres open in January.

Education Ministry officers explained the concept of learning through play, where activities are planned to achieve certain learning outcomes and teachers make sure the children take part.

For example, the classroom may be turned into a restaurant, for the children to practise their language skills as they design the menu or role-play being in a restaurant.

Teaching resources include big picture books in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil, with stories referring to Singapore culture and local neighbourhood settings.

Dr Elizabeth Pang, programme director for literacy development at the ministry, said the distinct Singapore flavour of the curriculum - which will be unique to the ministry-run kindergartens - will allow children to learn through things and places familiar to them.

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