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PARENT'S ANSWERED QUESTIONS (BY EXPERTS):

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    Chinese Language
    Question: How do we teach our child to appreciate the Chinese culture here and speak mandarin fluently?
    Asked by: Wei Ling
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    Question: Although we are Chinese by ethnicity, both my husband and I are native English speakers who are more comfortable speaking English in everyday situations. In our hectic schedules, how do we ...

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    Question: How do I reinforce the bedtime routine for my 5 years old?
    Asked by: Janice Wu
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    Question: I’m finding it harder to keep to my 5 -year-old daughter's bedtime nowadays. She'll often bargain for 30 minutes more, whether it is to watch TV, or to just play with her toys...

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    Reading/ Phonics/ Writing/ English
    Question: How to spend quality time with our daughter that is both fruitful and beneficial?
    Asked by: Celest Chong
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    Question: As both my husband and I work, we have very little time to spend with our daughter. How do you suggest we spend quality time together with her that is both fruitful and beneficial?Answer:The...

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    Question: Time-outs are not working as well as before. What should I do?
    Asked by: Irene Ng
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    Question: Time-outs are not working as well as before on my kids, are there any options I can consider when disciplining my children?Answer:There is nothing wrong with ‘Time-Out’ per se. ...

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    Maths/ Abacus/ Mental Arithmetics
    Question: Is there an ideal methodology to learning Math for a pre-schooler?
    Asked by: Katherine
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    Question:Is there an ideal methodology to learning Math for a pre-schooler that can prepare him/ her well for primary school? Any guidelines on what they should have already grasped at N2, K1 and K2?A...

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    Reading/ Phonics/ Writing/ English
    Question: What is a good age to start on proper English training?
    Asked by: Caroline
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    Question: Is a pre-schooler too young to start on any serious academic (eg. English) enrichment programme as some parents believe we should only start stressing them in primary school? What is a good ...

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    Pre-school and Childcare Full Day
    Question: What should we look for in deciding which pre-school to send my child to?
    Asked by: Berlyn
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    Question: My son is turning 3 next year and we are considering sending him to pre-school. What should we look out for in deciding which pre-school to send him to?Answer:As you embark on the journey ...

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    Reading/ Phonics/ Writing/ English
    Question: When should a pre-schooler to be able to read independently on their own?
    Asked by: Rina
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    Question: What should be the appropriate age for a pre-schooler to be able to read independently? Is it advisable to use gadget/ video for teaching them the language?Answer:There really is no defini...

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    Pre-school and Childcare Full Day
    Question: Is it 'safe' for my child to only focus on 1 language in a school that offers full Chinese curriculum?
    Asked by: Sherlin
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    Question: There are schools that advocate full Chinese curriculum. But is it 'safe' to only focus on 1 language in their early years? How do we ensure that the kids are not lacking behind ...

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    Pre-school and Childcare Full Day
    Question: I understand there are different approaches adopted by preschools. Which is the best for my child?
    Asked by: SoniaBaby
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    Many parents may have heard of approaches like Montessori or Reggio Emilia. While both approaches advocate holistic well-rounded education for children in the critical foundation years, let’s e...

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    Chinese Language
    Question: How can we inject fun and cultivate interest for Mandarin learning and speaking in young children? My 3 year old insists on replying me in English eve...
    Asked by: Jleong
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    Use it in play and other daily activitiesChildren are born linguistic geniuses and are naturally curious. This perfect combination means that the best way is to expose them constantly to Mandarin usag...

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    Maths/ Abacus/ Mental Arithmetics
    Question: What is Vedic Math? What are the advantages of a child who has gone through Vedic Math teaching compared to one that does not?
    Asked by: Jessie Lim
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    Vedic Mathematics is the collective name given to a set of sixteen sutras (formulas) from the Vedic period in India from 1500 to 800 B.C. These sutras were originally written in Sanskrit and were buil...

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    Musical Instrument
    Question: How do I determine which musical instrument should my child pick up? For example, if my child claims he is more keen in learning drum but i prefer him...
    Asked by: Eunice
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    Children below the age of 8 can be fickle-minded about almost everything, simply because this is the exploratory stage and everything in the world before them can be fascinating. Being an Asian parent...

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    Question: My soon-to-be 3 yr old daughter on terrible twos phase is throwing tantrums and crying every morning.
    Asked by: JoannaFaith
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    Question: I have a soon-to-be 3 yr old daughter who has been really difficult to manage recently. I understand she might be going through the terrible twos phase and there will be tantrums and crying...

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    Music & Movement
    Question: Is it too early to start my <2 years old to music and movement classes? Is there any benefit to exposure babies or toddlers so early or should I wait ...
    Asked by: Parent Lim
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    It is not too early to start Early Childhood Music and Movement classes for your child, who is under two.“Your child’s brain is a work in progress with trillions of neurons waiting to be w...

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    Playgroup
    Question: What is the appropriate age for me to send my child to a adult-accompanied playgroup? Is it just mainly play and not really learning anything?
    Asked by: MummySe
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    Starting from the age of 6 months old, infants start to become very curious about their surroundings and very attentive to details. They learn about their environment by keenly exploring through touch...

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    Right Brain Training
    Question: What is right-brain training? How can it benefit a child's early development? Is it a must to practise at home after lessons and if I don’t have tim...
    Asked by: Josephine
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    What is right-brain training?You have probably heard or read about left or right-brained dominance, where each side of the brain controls different types of thinking.Left BrainThe left brain is the &l...

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    Sports
    Question: What are the benefits for introducing various sports early to young toddlers?
    Asked by: Mrs Kat
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    There are many benefits to introducing a variety of sports to young children but the 2 main ones I believe are: It promotes holistic development that is key for the foundation of motor skills and fur...

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