It’s ok when your child at the age of 2, didn’t even know what is ABC or 123.
At the age of 3, most children in Singapore would have covered ABC & 123.
At the age of 4, if your kids (particularly) living in Singapore and going to grow up in Singapore, do know ABC and 123, parents will definitely starts to panic.
At the age of 5, sadly, if your kids still don’t know, I think it is either your kids have learning problem, you are not teaching, or the school is not doing a good job.
Yesterday, I read an article – Tuition for tots on Sunday Times. In that article, it becomes common for many parents signing up extra lessons for their tots from aged four to six for further reading, writing and maths classes on top of the skills they already pick up at pre-school such as recognising simple words and numbers. In fact I think from as early as 3 mths, parents started to send their children to enrichment classes.
I am not surprise this is happening because which parent won’t have a fear of losing out? Please don’t tell me it is ok that your kid didn’t know about ABC and 123 by the age of 4. 99% I would think you will be lying. Honestly, I would be worry if Yvette didn’t know her ABC and 123 by then.
I will strongly encourage parents to teach their tots themselves rather than outsource this task at tender age. Many feel it is hard to teach their children, I face the same difficulty when I first started out to teach Yvette myself.
Started off with reading book first which I did (Or many of you did). Spend time playing with them. I like parent accompanied enrichment class instead of sending my child to playgroup at 18 mths. I don’t like ABC to be taught before 18 mths that is the reason why I moved from GUG to JGC.
Then slowly move on to small activity. Any activity which involve motor skill, some brain skill from the tots – sorting, puzzle, scooping, playing with water, paint, etc. Then I moved on doing structured program at home at 18 mths. I started to do Starfall with Yvette on 20 mths (and she mastered all their sound and ABC when she turned two. She knows the ABC sequence when she is 25 mths. 5 months of teaching ABC.) and slowly move to more learning activity. At 29 mths, she has a big bank of vocabulary, talk in a long long sentences. (And we are lucky Yvette could learn just by listening especially her speech.)
I have this like-mind thinking. The senior director of pedagogy at EtonHouse Preschools said, “Our children already have opportunities in pre-school to explore many concepts. They need time out for activities such as exploring the outdoors and family bonding to provide balance.”
I feel bonding is so important that is the main reason I stay at home. But D is working, the restructuring exercise had just over, and luckily he was offered again with a job. With that, he need to work at least one or two Sunday per month. So we rather spend time bonding with Yvette rather than to ship her off to class. I hope I will not be pressurised by the external factor when Yvette turns 4!
P/S: I like this mother’s thought on raising an ambition child and not sending her tots to tuition class. Hop over to read her entry!