Enrichment Activities

ArtEffect

Kids love to paint, draw, splash, shape and cut. Various colors, shapes, textures, sounds and smells delight their senses and they love the feeling of being in command of a medium which can be manipulated to their intentions. For them, this independence opens up a whole new world of self-expression and creativity.

ArtEffect is Posso’s proprietary art & craft programme which combines various traditional and innovative art lessons specially designed to give your child a fun, comprehensive and enriching arts experience.

Benefits

  • Motor Skills – many motions involved in making art, such as scribbling a crayon, are essential to the growth of fine motor skills
  • Visual Learning – Children learn a lot through graphic sources. Art teaches children how to interpret, criticize, and use visual information
  • Resourcefulness and Inventiveness – Art encourages the process of seeking new ways and making things better
  • Improved Academic Performance – arts develops a number of skills which transfers over to academic life

Clay Modelling

As Michelangelo gave life to David from a piece of marble, so will your children learn to give life to different types of clay.

While other kids may be familiar with play dough, children in this course will experience the nuances of polymer clay, air-dry clay, sculpey clay and many other types of the supple earthen material.

Clay asks to be poked, pinched, twisted, rolled and as children handle it, they develop motor skills and realise their manipulation has an effect on the material.

Being in command of the clay also gives children the confidence of attempting any projects which opens doors to greater levels of self-expression and imagination.

Quilling

How much can you do with strips of paper, you say? Well, let your children show you. With paper, a pair of scissors and some creativity, witness them fashion beautiful works of 3 dimensional art from the simplest of materials.

Quilling is easy to learn and once a child masters the fundamental strategies of rolling, coiling, crimping, and fringing paper strips, they will be making various masterpieces in no time. The possibilities are endless!

Quilling not only develops a child’s fine motor skills, it also encourages patience and improves concentration and imagination!

Go Green Art

Our Go Green Art programme offers an elegant solution to these concerns. Turn unwanted objects into useful items such as toys, containers or beautiful decorations.

Resourcefulness is an important life skill and what better way to instill the value of making do using limited resources than our Go Green Art courses? Your child will also learn the value of recycling and saving the Earth’s precious resources!

Multimedia Cartoon

Kids love cartoons. Now they can learn to make them too! Children can learn to draw the cartoon characters in a story, narrate it with their own voices and combine it into a storytelling slideshow of their own! A young cartoon director in the making!

Kids Can Cook

Conducted in a fully functional child-sized kitchen, Kids Can Cook offers cooking classes to our little chefs in a safe environment that encourages discovery and creativity. Cookies! Cupcakes! Muffins! Just some of the treats that your kids can bring home after a day at Kids can Cook. Let your kids have fun while learning how to cook. Nurture their creativity by mixing and decorating their own masterpieces.

Why Cooking Classes for Kids?

While whipping up batches of fun in the kitchen, our little chefs at Kids Can Cook learn real lessons in science, math, language and many other valuable skills. And most importantly, cooking is an important life skill!

  • Science – Isn’t cooking all about cause and effect? What happens when you mix all the ingredients together and then put them in the oven? Cooking encourages scientific curiosity.
  • Math – Our little chefs learn to measure ingredients in baking, building up their knowledge about fractions, temperature, and other simple mathematical concepts. It does wonders for time management as well!
  • Reading – What skills do you need to follow a recipe? Reading of course! Reading in a real life context helps kids understand what they are reading better. For the younger kids, reading recipes aloud is a fun way to enrich vocabulary!
  • Problem Solving – Made a mistake? No need to panic! Just stop for a moment and think about how you can solve that problem. Maybe there is a creative way to save those cookies!
  • Visual Spatial Perceptual Skills – How can you cut the maximum number of cookies from a flat piece of dough without too much waste? How can you fit them all on the tray after? Cooking improves visual spatial perceptual skills.

  • Coordination Skills – Sifting flour, rolling balls of dough or rolling out biscuit dough with a rolling pin boosts bilateral coordination which is vital for many areas of a child’s life.
  • Understanding Time – Time is a challenging concept for little ones to grasp, but each time they experience you setting a timer and waiting for it to alert them when food is done cooking, helps to form an understanding of something very abstract.
  • Develop Patience – Follow the recipe step by step, and wait for the results. Baking teaches kids that the best things are worth waiting for!
  • Confidence and Self-Esteem – Children love opportunities to accomplish things on their own. Simple tasks like mixing flour and sugar to more complicated ones like baking cookies all help to boost their confidence and self-esteem and gives them a sense of accomplishment.
  • Kitchen Safety and Hygiene – Kids learn the basic rules of kitchen safety and hygiene to create a careful, clean and fun kitchen.

Find out more!

Kids Can Cook offers a wide range of fun baking classes conducted in English and Mandarin. Each visit is a new experience with fresh termly themes and new recipes each week. Now, turn off those television sets, ditch those video games, bring them to our child-sized kitchen and cook up memories that you’ll never forget!

Posso Phonics

Posso Phonics is an integrated set of materials that comprehensively covers a wide range of phoneme-grapheme (sound-graphic) relationships. For young learners to become competent, independent and confident readers, they need to master three major cue systems that can help them to identify unknown words.

  • The semantic cue system allows readers to identify a word, even if they have never seen it before, because it makes sense within the context.
  • The syntactic cue system assists readers who are familiar with common patterns of English to identify an unfamiliar word because it sounds right within the context.
  • The graphophonic cue system aids readers guess an unfamiliar word because it looks right and can be sounded out. This is sometimes referred to as using sound-symbol relationships to decode words.

In English there is no direct one-to-one correspondence between sounds and the 26 letters of the alphabet. In fact, the 26 letters can represent 44 different sounds. The fact that some of these sounds can be represented by more than one letter combination makes the task of learning to read even more complicated.

Our curriculum writers have combined the unique strengths of multiple phonetic programmes into one seamless package that can be started as early as age 2.

We believe a learner should be extensively supported with enriching resources and engaging activities, yet present children with opportunities to inculcate independent learning. Our unique phonics programme is combined with the use of InfoComm Technology (ICT) which promotes hands-on experience for learners to construct their own learning, reinforce these lessons and scaffold their understanding.

Processes

Learners will get both visual and kinesthetic (physical) impression of each letter.

Learners will identify the sounds represented in graphical form and learn the correct writing directions of the letter shapes.

Learners use the attached magnetic pen to guide the ball along the lines and curves of each letter and develop early printing skills.

Snap together colour-coded pieces to build uppercase and lowercase letters plus fine motor skills. Practice letter recognition and pre-writing.

Interactive learning sharpens critical thinking skills, which are fundamental to the development of analytic reasoning.

Reinforce what learners have learnt through crafts.

Creatively designed to help learners learn phonics in a fun and innovative way through the latest infocomm teachnology (ICT).

Learning Objectives

Introductory (Below 3)

  • Naming letters A to Z
  • Listening to identify sounds in the environment
  • Learn words with the same beginning sound

Basic (3 years)

  • Matching letters A to Z to sounds
  • Listening to sounds for sequencing
  • Identifying the beginning sound in words

Intermediate (4 years old)

  • Producing sounds to match letters A to Z
  • Listening to determine if a specific sound is in a word
  • Hearing and identifying syllables and phonemes in words
  • Producing words with the same beginning sound as cue

Advanced (5 years old)

  • Recognizing text moves left to right and top to bottom
  • Hearing and identifying rhyming words
  • Identifying words with the same ending sound
  • Identifying the middle sound in words
  • Blending CV with C to create words
  • Adding and deleting beginning and ending phonemes from words to create new words

Competenet (6 years old)

  • Producing rhyming words
  • Identifying the ending sound in words
  • Producing words with the same middle sound as cue
  • Blending 2, 3, 4 phonemes to create words
  • Manipulating beginning, ending and middle sounds to create new words
  • Read independently

My Little Lab

Children are naturally curious. To them, everything is new and mysterious. Connections are not formed yet, the “whole” is not seen – only parts that don’t seem to connect. It is no wonder why children use “magical thinking” to make sense of their surroundings. Our unique science programme at My Little Lab is designed to captivate the curious nature of children whereby children learn through discovery.

Children learn and understand best from what they can see, touch, feel, and manipulate. Through series of fun, interactive and engaging experiments, My Little Labcreates environments that engage the senses of young children, nurturing their natural desire to investigate, helping them to develop scientific minds. The benefits of Science for children are enormous. Not only does Science nurtures children’s natural curiosity, it lays the foundation for life-long learning and provides children with valuable skills.

  • Patience and Perseverance – In science things do not happen overnight and might not succeed the first time. It develops patience and perseverance!
  • Team Work – Science give children the opportunity to explore in groups. This enhances communication and collaboration skills which are important for their social emotional development.
  • Confidence and Self-Esteem – Children are actively engaged in science activities when asking questions and seeking answers during their observations. This scientific inquiry and problem-solving process builds confidence. Learning to ask questions and solve problems is an essential life skill and vital for school learning.
  • Environmental Awareness – Science is a part of our daily life. Understanding science helps children appreciate and relate to the world around them.
  • Literacy – Involving children in hands-on science activities is also a great way to build oral vocabulary through facilitated discussions.

Empower Your Child Now

Empowering a young child to be a generator of knowledge begins with childhood curiosity. With appropriate guidance at My Little Lab, this natural curiosity and need to make sense of the world become the foundation for beginning to use skills of inquiry to explore basic phenomena of the world surrounding children.

Kids, Camera, Action!

We believe drama is an excellent way to teach the importance of speech, language and communication skills. Our proprietary “Kids, Camera, Action!” speech and drama programme is filled with enchanting stories, rhythmic sounds and lively tunes – ideal for children to explore a wide range of speech and movement to facilitate their early language development. The overall experience is about having fun whilst providing a unique opportunity to develop self-confidence and ignite the imagination inherent in every child.

Dramatotz (Age 3 – 4)

Dramatotz programme introduces the world of stage and drama by immersing children in engaging story-based adventure, jam packed with puppets, song, game, rhyme, fingerplay, props making, instruments and dressing up. Children are encouraged to articulate key phrases, express colourful sentences and perform with the teacher.

Dramakidz (Age 4 – 6)

Children are exposed to an interactive fun-filled journey with more expressive presentations of stories. They will enjoy role play adventures and engage in both individual and group performances. Sessions include acting techniques; improvisation, devising short scenes, script work, characterization and role play in a secure and supportive environment. The children are encouraged to think on the spot and solve problems in a drama setting, work collaboratively, learning to give and accept creative evaluation.

The art of storytelling encourages our students to be more creative, while the memorizing of lines helps to increase their vocabulary and improve levels of concentration. They’ll have a bucket load of fun while you watch their focus and vocabulary improve, their confidence bloom and their imagination soar!

Key highlights

The Kids, Camera, Action! Workshop is a 13-week magical experience with a combination of dance, drama, music and performing arts based around popular children’s stories.

As a parent you’ll see an improvement in your child’s fitness, stamina, co-ordination, balance and spatial awareness as well as being treated to some funky new dance moves.

By the final day, children are ready to put on a fantastic show at our purpose-built children stage for mums, dads and friends where they get to see the children transform into confident young stars! Prepare to be amazed!

Kidnastics

Every parent knows that getting children not to jump on the bed at home is a desperately tiring affair, hopelessly doomed to be repeated over and over and over again.

Well as the old saying goes: “If you can’t beat them, join them!”

Take them to our Kidnastics trampoline park and watch as they jump, flip, bounce and have the time of their lives. It’s safe, fun and most importantly, it’s tremendously beneficial for health!

Interesting facts

Numerous studies have shown that trampoline jumping has many health benefits including improved oxygen circulation, enhanced cardivascular health, stimulation of metabolism, muscle toning and improved sense of balance. In fact, according to a study completed by NASA, 10 minutes of bouncing has the same cardiovascular benefit as 30 minutes of jogging, meaning trampolining is 68% more effective than running and provides greater health benefits in a shorter amount of time.

In his book, Jumping for Health, Dr Morton Walker calls it “the most efficient form of exercise yet devised by man”. In fact, more and more medical practitioners believe that adults should do it as well.

Small wonder that children love to do it so much. It’s almost as if they knew this all along…

The benefits

With each bounce they naturally improve their sense of balance and gross motor skills. Muscles, heart and even muscle layers within arterial walls grow stronger. To top it all off, the movement also helps the lymphatic system flush out toxins making them more resistant to sickness.

Our trampoline facilities

Our indoor trampoline park at Big Box is a sprawling 1,000 sq ft of bouncing pleasure comprising 6 large jumping mats and a central foam ball pit. Designed in accordance with international safety standards, our trampoline facilities provides loads of fun, excitement and exercise in a safe and secure environment.

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