One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.
When we learn a second language we acquire a new culture. And as we learn more about other cultures, it opens up a world of possibilities. It brings us closer to others, helping us to develop empathy, compassion, gratitude. We realise our connections as opposed to our differences. And when we do that, we create a more positive environment for everyone. As we support our children on their lifelong journey, helping them grow up bilingual is one of the best advantages we can give them.
Studies have shown that children who experience two languages from a very young age have a much higher chance of becoming effectively bilingual. And the earlier a child is exposed to other languages the better. Immersing your child within a fully Chinese environment during their preschool years will help them absorb Mandarin naturally. ‘Language is caught not taught’ has always been our philosophy throughout Julia Gabriel Education. But the advantage of a Chengzhu Mandarin Kindergarten education is that your child will receive the best of all worlds: a holistic preschool education in addition to dedicated language learning.
As parents, are you and your spouse conversing with your child mainly in English at home with little or no exposure to Mandarin?
Are you clueless about getting your child started in Mandarin because of your own limitations in the language?
No matter what language you predominantly use at home within your family, you can feel confident that at Chengzhu Mandarin Kindergarten, your child will receive the best possible foundation in Mandarin and in life.
We welcome you to come and visit us to learn more about our approach and our curriculum.
Enjoy a personalised tour of Chengzhu Mandarin Kindergarten
Enjoy a personalised tour of
Chengzhu Mandarin Kindergarten
Your child’s early education will determine their future, and we understand that choosing the right preschool is not easy. To help you make the best decision, we invite you and your child to our centre for a bespoke guided tour.
Experience the Chengzhu difference
At Chengzhu Mandarin Kindergarten every child is immersed within an engaging and vibrant Chinese environment conducive to naturally acquiring effective language skills while simultaneously developing competent social, cognitive and physical skills through an expertly designed preschool programme.
An established Mandarin nursery and kindergarten programme based on nearly three decades experience running a bilingual programme at Chiltern House Preschool.
A curriculum derived from early childhood education expertise combined with listening to what parents want for their children.
Applying the same renowned and unique teaching methodology of EduDrama® that engages children through active learning in a positive and creative environment
Top 3 Common Myths that Impede your
Child’s Ability to Master Mandarin
Top 3 Common Myths that Impede your Child’s Ability to Master Mandarin
Myth #1: There is no need for my child to learn Mandarin so early as they will learn it later during formal education.
The Truth: It is true that your child will learn Mandarin as a second language upon entering primary school. However, the difference lies in their ability to grasp the language effectively, as lessons will be more academically focused after preschool. This often puts stress on the child which can hinder their interest and focus. Also, if your child does not achieve the grades expected, this is very likely to affect their self-esteem, lead to a lack of confidence and a complete lack of interest in the language. This is the last thing anyone wants!
Myth #2: The curriculum used for teaching is not important and does not impact my child’s ability to learn Mandarin.
The Truth: This cannot be further from the truth! The curriculum, along with the teacher’s ability to engage and motivate their students, are major factors in determining the success of your child’s ability to master Mandarin. Children learn when they are happy, secure, motivated, encouraged and engaged.
At Chengzhu Mandarin Kindergarten, we focus on providing an immersive Chinese environment, engaging students in stimulating, creative and fully interactive activities, including for example, drama, music and cultural arts, such as Chinese calligraphy and poetry. The curriculum and how it is imparted therefore is pivotal to cultivating a genuine and lasting interest in your child to learn Mandarin.
Myth #3: Learning Mandarin is most effective through a rote-learning method, i.e. memorisation.
The Truth: When children are young they learn best through meaningful activities they are actively involved in. Rote learning does not develop understanding. This traditional method of learning a language ignores the importance of ensuring that language is contextual, relevant and experiential. Children simply will not feel confident enough to use a language they do not understand.
At Chengzhu Mandarin Kindergarten, every child learns in a natural way by listening to and speaking with strong language role models. When able to articulate thoughts orally with confidence and expression, strong reading and writing skills follow with greater ease.
Chengzhu Mandarin Kindergarten’s curriculum has been specially designed to provide your child with a quality preschool education, conducted by highly qualified and experienced Standard Mandarin speaking early childhood educators.
Our approach provides children with ample opportunities to explore and discover the world around them, allowing them to develop their talents and strengths in the following areas:
Chinese Cultural Arts
With specialist educators facilitating the discovery and enjoyment of a host of interactive traditional Chinese art forms, including calligraphy, paper-cutting, dance, poetry, brush painting (水墨画) and Chinese cuisine, your child will develop a natural appreciation for Chinese culture and language.
Our quality literacy programme is designed to immerse children in a language-rich environment. Through speech and drama, songs, games, stories and engaging conversation, students feel drawn into every activity, as their curiosity is sparked, helping them absorb language. A systematic yet enjoyable literacy scheme develops comprehension as well as reading and writing skills, enabling children to communicate confidently in all forms.
Our maths programme meets all the learning outcomes stipulated by the Ministry of Education, and provides plenty of opportunities for your child to practise, problem-solve and consolidate ideas and concepts.
At Chengzhu Mandarin Kindergarten, we also take time to explore the five strands of mathematical development that progressively increase in complexity as children move through their preschool years. These five strands are:
- Numbers and Operations
- Shapes and Space
- Pattern and Function
- Measurement and Data Handling
Our curriculum developers have structured each module along the same format as the Chiltern House Mathematics programme; a programme which has proven extremely successful in building our students’ knowledge and skills in the most engaging and enjoyable way.
This programme also includes Abacus and Mental Arithmetic, since both have strong cultural significance in Chinese mathematics.
A quality physical education programme benefits children in many ways besides improving general fitness, agility and co-ordination. In addition to developing fine and gross motor skills, our students learn to problem solve, build listening skills and comprehension through active participation and collaboration. Whilst enjoying a wide variety of activities, children develop peer appreciation and learn about the importance of team work.
In line with the Ministry of Education’s requirements for Chinese preschools, our students in K1 and K2 receive daily sessions in the English language. Our English programme, designed by curriculum specialists from Chiltern House Preschool, involves a variety of activities that focus on building excellent speaking and listening skills, effective vocabulary, and strong reading and writing skills. Our aim is to ensure that every child successfully develops the required literacy skills to succeed smoothly in Primary One.
Why Choose Chengzhu Mandarin Kindergarten?
Each member of our teaching team from Singapore, China and Taiwan, is qualified in early childhood education and trained to use our EduDrama® methodology in the most effective way. Combining our specialist programmes with the team’s dedication and talents, and by focusing on your child’s strengths, we help them develop confidence, creativity and strong communication skills.
Small Teacher-to-Child Ratio
With 2 teachers to 12 children for N1 and N2, and 2 teachers to 14 children for K1 and K2, we can ensure that every child receives ample attention and guidance from their teachers. What’s more, a small teacher-to-child class ratio allows time and space for our educators to go that extra mile; surrounding your child with warmth and care - just like at home.
Strong Parent Partnerships
Your child’s success is our success - that’s why working hand-in-hand with our parents is important to us. We strive to form close bonds with parents as much as we do with students. We involve parents every step of the way, including them in classroom activities, field trips and by establishing effective and open communication channels from the start.
The minute you step into Chengzhu Mandarin Kindergarten we know you will feel right at home! And that sense of safety, warmth and security is absolutely vital to the positive emotional, social, and cognitive development of each child.
As your child learns and grows in awareness in our school’s bright, stimulating - and spotlessly clean - environment, surrounded by excellent Mandarin language role models, you too can feel safe and secure, confident of your child’s future success.
We believe that every child is special and deserves the best head start towards their future academic success and achievements in life.
When you give your child the gift of learning another language in the most enjoyable way, you gift them lasting memories and the most positive impact in their early years.
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Chengzhu Mandarin Centre
35 Rochester Drive
#03-01 Rochester Mall
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