Physiotherapist recommends: Physical activity of 2-6 years old children

Physiotherapist recommends: Physical activity of 2-6 years old children

Preschool education is important for developing children mind and body. Teachers and parents have to pay attention to physical activity because it will define children’s development in future. Physiotherapists make research, which covers around 1500 children at preschool age. The aim of the study is to show what the level of physical activity in preschool activities is, is it enough, and how to improve it. But first, let’s see how much time kids spend in preschool. The average time one kid spends in preschool is around 7 hours and 45 minutes. Most of it, children play, sleep or eat. Sounds like they have some physical activity but lets found out what physiotherapists in Singapore find out.

What the level of physical activity is in preschools?

Educational methods include mostly sedentary behaviour. For people, who are not familiar with this term we will explain that it means the child is sitting while playing or studying. Children stay in the classroom and play on the floor with almost no physical activity. They pay in large groups where space and movements are limited. In some preschool running indoors is forbidden because there is a higher risk of traumas. In addition, children spend at least 2 hours in bed and half an hour in eating which is also sedentary activities.

If we pay attention to the outdoor activities – the size of the yard matters. It is proven that sandbox, water and construction toys are decreasing the level of physical activity.

Asian schoolgirl reading a book in a park sedentary behaviour

Why physical activity is so important for children between 2-6 years?

This is the age where children gain physical and emotional experience. If you limit the activity of one child he literally won’t be able to explore and learn. Studies show how the levels of activity are important about obesity, cardiometabolic system and bone density. In addition, children, who are fit have a better ability to learn and remember new things. In this age, remembering is extremely important.

Every physiotherapist in Singapore in Physioactive knows the term MVPA which means a higher level of activity – moderate to vigorous. Children are considered to have mean MVPA if they have only 16 minutes per day jumping, running or other similar activities. Special research finds out they need between 60 and 120 minutes every day in order to have maximum development and good bone mineralization.

If we dig into the data, we will find out that boys have few points higher MVPA than girls but it is still not enough.

kids playing games

What does physiotherapist recommend in this case?

Sedentary behaviour should be limited as much as possible. Handling activities are important but not more important than running and jumping. Preschools should have a bigger internal environment and a bigger playground outside. Rules and routines are also good for children education but knowing that they sometimes do not apply is also extremely important. In the indoor premises, physiotherapist recommends to have pushing and pulling equipment. Along with portable slides and jumping trampolines, they will make a perfect environment for higher MVPA. Racing, jumping and scaling should be a daily plan, not a one-time experience. A study shows that children play more actively with fixed equipment than with a portable one. For example, they prefer marking on the floor than portable waterslides. They burn more energy and increase the level of MVPA easily.

In conclusion, physiotherapists claim that static toys should be limited and preschools should pay more attention to what part of their activities are sedentary. Having more area for jumping and running will give the children a sense of happiness and will help their bone structure develops properly.

What are fees in international schools in Singapore?

What are fees in international schools in Singapore?

International schools are something that is created to help people who move in Singapore recently and looking for a school for their children. At least, that is what most people know about international schools. In fact, these schools offer a great education on an international level. Every family who seeks a great place where children will receive a good education and care should check international schools in Singapore. It is true, that a lot of people move with their whole families in Singapore and the new environment can be stressful but that is why exactly international schools are the best. Educators who work in them are prepared to be in assistance of child and his family if they have troubles adapting to the new city. The school isn’t only for art classes or phonics for example. However, if you already have checked few of them you have noticed that international school fees can be challenging.

What are international school fees in different schools in Singapore?

The average amount is between $15,000 and $35,000 per year. As you may see, it is a big investment and every parent should consider it carefully. Some schools have an application fee, which can be different depending on the school. Some of them are non-refundable so you should ask specifically. For example, Global Indian International school doesn’t have application fee while Dulwich college has almost $1,000. International Community School, Integrated International School, and GEMS have higher application fees, too. Another fee you should have in mind is the admission one. One World International Nanyang, Middleton International School, and Australian International School don’t have one. There are different fees but one you probably don’t expect is building/facility fee.

It is not a surprise that international schools have one of the best buildings and learning environment. This is extremely important for children attitude to learning and knowledge. For example, GEMS international school fees are one of the best in Singapore. That real “gem in education” in Singapore has many playgrounds, several libraries and thematic rooms, like music and science room. Knowing this, some international schools have a building fee, which is a significant part of the annual fee. However, GEMS don’t have a facility fee. The biggest facility fees have Singapore American School, Stamford American International School, and UWC South East Asia – more than $5,000.

The range of international school fees is broad even if you have a limited budget. The cheapest schools fees started from $17,000 for Invictus International School and Global Indian International School. However, the average price for one year in Singapore in International School is $30,000. More schools have summarized all their fees between $30,000 and $35,000.

 

 

Additional fees in International Schools in Singapore

Some fees are not in official price list because they can vary a lot. For example, if you live far away from the school the price for a school bus can be between $1,000 and $6,000. This can be challenging, too. Before filling the application for a certain school, try to determine the price for transport services. Have in mind, that this will cost you more money and time, too. Another additional fee is school canteen. You can expect to give around $1,000 for food. The last thing you shouldn’t forget is the price of uniforms.

Some international school fees are too high while some are affordable but you still have to ask if there are additional taxes included. The education they offered worth the money. Students who have been in International Schools, showed better results on annual exams, compared to the average student results in Singapore. School is extremely important for every child’s development so the investment is important, too.

Art projects for kids at home

Art projects for kids at home

People constantly repeat that art classes can improve your child’s behavior. In addition, art will encourage your child to become a better learner. Usually, art classes include a lot of fun games and projects. We decided to gather some art projects that your kids can make at home. Of course, they will need some basic tools like a paintbrush, paper, and paint brushes. Art projects are developing children’s individuality and expedition. For example, toddlers become really good at holding brush which will be helpful for their writing in the future.

Although art classes, like Muzart, can’t be copied at home because teachers who educate children are highly experienced you can make with your children some art projects at home. Don’t forget that art is in the heart not in the brain so if you don’t have some tool or you want to change the paint with pastels, do it. There are a lot of different kinds of art and all of them will help your children to become better people.

Draw me a cartoon character

Most cartoon characters are really complex for drawing. Specialists work on their design for months so we can enjoy the final result. If your kid has his favorite cartoon character, find some colorful picture with bright contours. You will need a paper, too. Be extremely careful, because paper should be slightly transparent. Apply the paper to the picture and teach your child how to repeat the lines. This method is extremely interesting for small kids. When the picture is done, they will be proud of their success. It is almost like they draw it by themselves. However, if you want to increase the challenge, teach your child how to repeat the drawing, only by looking the original one or the copy (if it is a good copy). When the drawing is finished you can hang it up on the fridge and choose another one more complicated.

 

 

Draw me a season

Ask your child which is his favorite season. There are certain things that are typical for a certain season. Ask your children to tell you which are these things, for example, autumn falling leaves, hot summer sand and etc. When your child tells you things he or she links to a certain season, go and find them outside. If you want to create an autumn, you should find some leaves. Our advice is to choose red and yellow leaves instead of brown ones. If your child thinks that autumn is muddy, get some mud from outside. When you are ready, go back home and stick all these things on a paper. If there are some things that should be drawn, ask your child to fill up the blanks.

Can you imagine how many things your child will learn during this art project?

First, he or she will learn to link season with some of its characteristics. Second, he or she will learn that art can include real objects not only painted ones. Third, he will be proud with the result that he/she has created something unique. If only one art project can teach your children so many things, imagine how useful art classes are. Not only they are led by professional educators but all projects like this are encouraging children’s curiosity and individuality. Art classes in Singapore are very well situated so it will be easy to you to lead your child there. Usually, one class contains 5, 6 children because educator has to be able to pay attention to all of them. Quality art education is not only painting and drawing, it is taking care for children’s ideas and encourage their fearless creativity.

Phonics classes games at home with parents

Phonics classes games at home with parents

Learning phonics is extremely important for every child.

What about lessons are not enough at school and you don’t have enough time or resources to book your child to a phonics class. Phonics classes are really successful because kids become proficient in pronouncing words that they haven’t seen before. Sounds and letters in the English language are not an equal number so mastering them will ensure your child’s success at school. Reading and pronunciation should not be neglected. There are plenty of studies that prove that reading and writing lessons can determine how auspicious one person will be in the future. However, we have collected several games that you can practice at home with your children. Most of them are used in phonics Singapore so reading abilities of your children will be improved.

Phonic classes and reading words

Write some words on a paper and make your child read them slowly. Prepare some lists with words and include all that you have written on the paper before and one more. Read them to your child and ask him which one is missing. This exercise is really useful because it develops kid’s focus and attention, don’t forget they are not teens yet! Of course, if you need more challenge, read them faster or add more words.

Phonics Classes The Bingo Game

This is really fun Bingo game for at least 3 children. You should write on a paper some sounds and ask the children to write down their own sounds. While you are reading your written sounds, children should compare theirs and who have guessed all of yours is winning. Of course, you can choose how many sounds you will write but don’t include more than 15 because there is a chance kids to feel bored. In My English School in Singapore children are divided into small classes and games are played by 5,6 children only.

Sound game

Sounds distinction is really important for phonics awareness. Write down 2 words that have similar sounds and then read a list of words with the same sounds. Your children should divide the words according to their sounds in one of the groups. Groups depend on first two words you have written down. For example, pen and Ben will be in one group. This is extremely fun game if you have a really big list of words and read it fast. The children have to memorize some words if they don’t manage to write them down fast enough.

Position of the sound

As you may notice, phonics classes in Singapore are providing a lot of listening exercises. You should explain to your children to divide one page into three parts and add headings to every part — Beginning, Middle, and End. Then you should give them one sound that they should remember. The next step is you reading a list of words and children write down where the sound is positioned in the word. Have in mind that you should read slowly in order to have the best pronunciation and kids to be able to write down the word.

Phonics games at home are as much fun as all other games.

There are plenty songs that you can teach your children, too. However, if your child needs more than home activity, it will be a better idea to sign him for a phonics class where experienced teachers will help him improve his speaking, listening, and reading. Phonics classes in Singapore are not a rarity so you will have the opportunity to choose the most qualified educators. This is important because if educators are really good, your child can have improvement in weeks.