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Teaching English to a playful child

“Focus please.”

“Focus on your work…”

“Stop playing with your stationery!”

Many parents know the pain of teaching a child that doesn’t like to read or study at the desk.

To an active and playful child, having to sit and read or do page after page of English homework is a chore. Assessment books become dreaded mental torture devices; It is hard not to imagine anything else being an easy distraction to that child.

Yet, we know that to learn English effectively, students need to be immersed in an environment that is supportive of learning. This is because the best (and painless) kinds of learning happen when we are not even conscious of it).

But for parents, due to the stress of ever-impending exams and constant lack of time, resort to assignments and printed work.

But good news - it’s the holidays! With the benefit of time, parents can take this time to instil the love for learning and create an environment that is most conducive for learning.

This is why, in this article, we are presenting fun and useful methods you can create a supportive environment that makes learning English easy for your child. We want to show that learning English (or any language) can be easy and fun.

1. A Game of Competitive Scrabble

The gift of play is the greatest gift you can give to a child.

Scrabble, one of many classic board games, is not an antiquated game played by your generation or those that came before you.

The Scrabble app is popular on the Android and IOS market. ‘Words with Friends 2’ (named differently for trademark reasons) is a popular take on the classic game, has more than 250 million downloads, and more than 57 million games being played at any given moment.

More importantly, it gives you the opportunity to play a game of scrabble with your child and stay connected.

If you teach Scrabble to your children, you are teaching them a game which builds vocabulary and word skills. When children become more interested in the words being used around them, it helps to build their language skills.

When we're talking about beginning level Scrabble games, we aren't talking about learning long lists of arcane words. We're talking about using words that are largely in the everyday vocabulary. Children will see these words being used and learn something about them.

Kick it up a notch and offer a challenge reward if your child can beat you at the game. Without knowing it, your child will be looking at the dictionary and paying attention spelling.

2. Create your own Escape Room at home!

An escape room, also known as an "escape game", is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms.

Escape rooms teach valuable life skills that are highly applicable to education. A student needs to practice teamwork, time management, problem-solving, focus under pressure, and respect. Escape rooms encourage all these valuable traits.

In Singapore, there are various entertainment venues that offer a range of themed rooms.

But there is no reason why you cannot plan and create a series of tasks for your kids to escape from. This will take a high level of research and creativity, but the outcome will be extremely rewarding for your kids.

This can be played as a solo game or with friends during Christmas or birthday parties, creating a really unique (and educational) experience.

3. Recreate various segments of a non-English film in English

Challenge your kids to recreate a popular non-English film with a smartphone or camera!

This is an activity that will challenge your child to transcribe, translate, and act. In each of these activities, they can use available tools such as dual language dictionary and google translator.

Give them the tools to translate tough dialogue. Translation is an important skill and it also challenges the translator to consider similar words that carry different meanings. Through understanding nuances, your child will be a better student of English.

And those are 3 fun ways you can get your child to start learning English in fun and exciting ways! Do you know of other fun learning methods parents or teachers can implement at home or in the classroom? Do tell us on our social media!


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Building soft-skills at a young age PART 2

For the second part of “Building soft-skills at a young age”, we are going to introduce you something special and that is…

LEGO ROBOTICS CLASSES!

A newcomer in the scene of enrichment classes, it has proved its popularity and relevance by the rapid increase in classes and sign-ups. It is apparent from the numbers that many parents have started to realise the importance of alternative enrichments that prove to be beneficial to a child’s younger formative years.  

So… What is Lego Robotics?

As the name suggests, classes are conducted with the use of everybody’s favourite LEGO toys. However, more than just assembling LEGO pieces, your child will have the opportunity to investigate, build and experiment models with other kids as they work together to programme and bring their robots to life!

Through these fun and hands-on activities, your child will be introduced to the basics of robotics as well as learn important programming concepts such as sequential execution and decision making.

Okay… Why are Lego Robotics classes so popular then?

Compared to the usual academic curriculum of sciences, Lego Robotics provides a more exciting and enjoyable exposure to maths, science, and engineering.

From the very first step of brainstorming to the successful running of the model, your child would be directly involved in every step of the mini STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) project. He would have to learn, understand and think about the various concepts behind building a robotic model, utilise their creative juice in the idea generation process as well as trial and improve from the errors along the way.

Did you know that Lego is actually responsible for inspiring many generations of children to pursue careers in math, science, and engineering? Children who have participated in such programs were found to have long-lasting interest in STEM topics and 2x more likely to major in science or engineering once in higher education.

Other than DIY robotics toys that are in the market, few children are being exposed to the topic of STEM at a young age and only get their first exposure by studying about it. We all know how dry STEM subjects can be sometimes. Therefore, encouraging interest in these topics at a young age is always a good start.

What are the benefits?

Throughout the whole process, your child would be challenged in their critical thinking. Not only that, they are free to explore their own ideas and expand their imagination capacity. At the same time, it can develop their spatial reasoning and allow them to learn about structural integrity, design, and a practical sense of geometry.

They are also expected to work with their peers to create stories and solutions for the robots and that would allow them to develop their presentation and interpersonal relationship skills.

Most importantly, your child will be having a fun, exciting yet educational time!

What are you waiting for now?

KRTC’s Lego Robotics Holiday Program is open for registration!

All children from the ages of 5 to 12 are welcome!

If you are interested in the program or want to find out more, contact us at (65) 6684 8444 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today!





Building soft-skills at a young age

When one mentions enrichment classes, most parents would either think of academic classes to boost results or non-academic classes such as piano, music or chess.

However, do you know that there are a lot more non-academic classes being offered in Singapore than the usual few?

More importantly, these non-academic classes are able to develop certain aspects of your child’s abilities that cannot be found through academics studies.

This coming week, we are going to introduce three unique yet beneficial enrichment classes and we’ll start off with…

SPEECH AND DRAMA CLASSES

Yes, there are such classes available for your child!

In KRTC Special Speech and Drama Holiday Program, you can expect your child to be engaged in various activities such as dramatization and role play, songs, poems, and even choral reading.

With the central theme of “African Safari”, your child would be exercising his creative juice to come up with a drama play with the help of his other “friends of the jungle”. Together, they will go on an exciting journey accompanied by songs, poems and jungle drums of the African tribe, and experience the African culture with African sandpaper art and tribal masks as well.

SO IT’S JUST ACTING, RIGHT?

Wrong! Speech and drama classes aren’t just about talking and acting. The primary focus of such classes is actually on the ability to articulate properly and to express themselves better. As we know, good communication skills are one of the top essential skills in the workforce right now.

Language is also extremely hard to teach. Hence, it is good exposure for your child to be in an environment where good language is used and freely expressed.

Not only that, the nature of the lessons will help to build up his vocabulary, enhance confidence, and improve on public speaking skills as well. Many children find it a challenge to speak up in class, or even to present in front of the class. In a safe, fun and relaxed environment such as a speech and drama class, they can then overcome their fear in this aspect and become more confident to do so.

BUILDING SOFT SKILLS

What makes Speech and Drama classes so special from other kinds of performing art classes such as musical instruments is that it nurtures a wide range of soft skills.

Being able to express oneself accurately and act a whole play in front of strangers is not a usual occurrence and can be difficult for adults too as well. Therefore, children in such classes will get to develop a sort of confidence not found anywhere else. They will become more comfortable with opening and speaking up and more importantly, have the self-confidence within them.

As your child is encouraged to cooperate with other children in the class to create a play, speech and drama classes also allow your child to learn how to communicate and work together as a team at a young age. These would slowly become the necessary building blocks of effective communication.

Lastly, your child’s imagination is being utilised and stretched in these classes. Corporates have gradually started to realise how important creativity and imagination are and they are becoming the most sought-after traits too. Being in a speech and drama class will definitely nurture the creativity and put it into good use!

WHAT IF MY CHILD IS SHY?

It is perfectly fine to enrol your child in speech and drama classes even if he is shy! It will probably take a few lessons for her to open up, and as kids, once he sees that the rest of the kids are having fun, he will naturally want to join in as well. Encouraging her to go for these classes, asking her how it goes and rewarding her would be the best steps to embrace the shyness.

KRTC SPEECH AND DRAMA HOLIDAY PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING NOW!

If you are interested in or want to find out more, contact us at (65) 6684 8444 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today!

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