Playgroups Can Do More

Stay at home moms might not see the importance of sending their child to a playgroup since she can be with them 24/7. Reading, counting and good manners can be taught at home and there is no doubt of achieving this mile at our own households. However, playgroups do not actually offer free time to the parents but a developmental curriculum for the children, more importantly, their social skills. They will be playing and interacting to each other the whole time at the same time completing development process as a child.

With that being said, it is important that our toddlers are attending a playgroup that prioritizes his well-being as well as his peers. Being careful and critical with the community that we plan to bond our child with is a must. We should assess the competencies of imparting good conducts both at home and at a playgroup. While we are most likely to send our child to playgroups to let us have extra time for other duties, monitoring their performance and behavior can say a lot about the playgroup they are attending.

If you are looking for a good playgroup in Singapore to start your child in, do consider Mulberry Learning Centre in Singapore. They carry the Reggio Emilia framework and Habits of Mind curriculum which are both excellent programs for your child. As a top notch preschool centre, you should check them out here.

To guide us in ensuring the quality of the playgroup we are planning to send our child to, we have an article from Maanasi Radhakrishnan.

5 Advantages and Disadvantages of Sending Your Child to Preschool

Are you thinking of admitting your child in a preschool before he or she joins kindergarten?

Pre-schools often have specialized curriculum and approach to education and also offer a lot of advantages, especially to working moms. On the other hand, your toddler can benefit from staying at home during these developmental years. Read more here

Enrolling our children to a playgroup means giving him more chances of having fun, interacting with children in the same age, and learning to develop independency. A good 2-3 hours of non-stop playing, singing, dancing, and arts learning basic fundamental knowledge is enough for parents to imagine what would their child be in future; which field he excels and which one does he need to practice more. However, all of these activities are fairly implemented to every child and it is their own ability that will determine their talent.

Anyhow, a child who is not trained according to what his brain and body needs will compromise his potential and we don’t want to do that to our kids. Parents and teachers are the best people to help them respond to their requirements and be the best that they can be. As they move to primary school until they pick up what passion is, the core activities from their playgroup years will be contributors. Letting them do what they should help them shape their dreams and aspirations as they grow older.

This article from Tracy Tristam will give us examples of activities can be helpful for our child and to parents, as well.

Playgroups in Singapore for under-fives: music, dancing, sensory play and more

If your nursery rhyme repertoire needs some new material or you’ve exhausted your art and craft stash, these organised playgroups offer loads of fun that will help tots improve their motor skills, introduce them to music, art and craft, and help them build their social skills – all of which will help kids settle into school when they’re ready for the next big leap! Read more here

Kids have their own strengths, abilities, talents, and their own pace for learning. Some might seem slower than the others or we think that there are kids who are too advanced for their age. Disregarding this, we have to remember that there is a certain time for every kid to show signs of intelligence in a given field—whether in academics, music, arts and crafts and more. The role of playgroups and parents in this case is to guide them as they discover what they can do.

Along with that are kids who are taking their time to socialize with others and they have a different method of doing so. Kids with autism have this kind of different socializing and learning ability and they are in need of extra attention from the adults. Their activities and tasks should be crafted carefully and is guided as they do it. Having this special behaviors compared to others does not mean that they should be filtered out from the crowd. Rather, help them blend in by teaching children with typical learning ability to accept what might seem strange and foreign to them.

This special and moving article from Autism Speaks will show us how playgroups have helped children with autism.

Program encourages children with autism to engage in imaginative play with others their age, with minimal adult interference

The researchers designed their study to measure the benefits of a program called Integrated Play Groups. Developed over the last decade by study co-author Pamela Wolfberg, the program encourages children with autism and their typically developing peers to engage in creative play of mutual interest. Read more here

In general, playgroups aim to help a child develop skills and sense of independency and for the parents to either have extra time for themselves or spend time with their child learning when they go to playgroups with them.  The advantages and disadvantages of a playgroup depend on how it is facilitated and the curriculum that is put into practice. Since the children are the main priority, the programs are carefully measured if it is helpful or will just tire the kids out from them.

In a deeper sense, a playgroup is one way of a doing humanitarian service and is not only designed to let the kids play, laugh and do their thing. Teaching them to socialize, see the uniqueness among everyone do not only prepare them for school but for the future. Whatever happens after preschool years depends on the child and their parents but the learning, merely reading alphabets and counting numbers will stick to them through the years.