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  • “Singapore’s Bilingual Journey is the story of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s 50-year struggle to transform Singapore from a polyglot former British colony to a united nation where everyone, while knowing English, knows also at least one other language, his own mother tongue.”

    From the Book “My Lifelong Challenge: Singapore’s Bilingual Journey”

    By Lee Kuan Yew, founding Prime Minister of Singapore

    With 1.4 billion population, China will overtake the U.S. as world’s largest economy before 2030. That’s the world our children will face when they grow up. Chinese will be no doubt one of the most important languages in the world. As parents, we should make sure our children be well prepared for future challenges.

    The mad rush to learn both languages

    Children in the USA are furiously cracking their brains to learn Chinese, and kids in China are forcing themselves to take up English lessons – all in an attempt to make sure that they can communicate in both countries in the future.

    Singapore is unique

    In Singapore, we already have a bilingual advantage over both countries, standing as a bridge between both the East & the West.

    Question is, can your child take advantage of this bilingualism? We are talking about tapping into an additional 1.3billion population in China that, by 2030, the GDP will become the biggest economy in the world. Without bilinguals, Singapore will be no different from other countries.

    The toddler’s advantage 

    The best time to learn Mandarin is when your child is still young. Research have shown that true bilinguals are more creative, can better recognize mistakes in syntax and can multitask skillfully.

    It has been scientifically proven that when they are young, they use just a single brain tissue to develop the ability to converse in both languages. However, as they grow up, they would need to use other parts of the brain to learn a new language – significantly slowing down the process of language mastery.

    When your toddler grows up, he can easily beat the massive flood of people who are then trying to master both languages.

    Spoiling the whole effect altogether 

    Parents are spoiling the entire effect that Singapore has over the two powerhouses in the world – by speaking English at home. With over 70% of the families speaking only English at home, there is not enough time for your child to simply be exposed to Mandarin – to the extent where he/she can speak, read & write fluently.

    The shocking fact is that this subtle course of action might just kill the future of your child altogether, or at least damage it. Singaporean families usually allocate only a small portion of their time to converse in Mandarin. When we hit Polytechnics & Universities, the ratio starts to come close to 100% in English.

    To put it quite simply, this is not the solution.

    In search for a solution

    As a parent myself, I have tried finding many pre-schools that could truly provide a bilingual education for my child. No matter how hard I try – I could not find a satisfactory one. How can I, then, groom my child to become the toddler that could gain Jack Ma’s trust one day?

    Our children need to be exposed to Mandarin around 80% of their time in school during the early years, to compensate for the English speaking family time back at home – so that we can truly achieve a 50-50 balance in the child’s development.

    The solution? Simple (actually not really): Start a preschool.

    The weird idea that works out perfectly 

    Starting Singapore’s first Mandarin immersion centre for preschool kids is not something for the faint hearted. It might sound a little strange at first if you are not exposed to it, but it simply works.

    By making sure that the kids in our pre-school know how to communicate & recognize words in mandarin, we instill a Chinese side to an otherwise English speaking toddler struggling to learn Mandarin.

    Our uniqueness 

    What makes us so special as compared to other pre-schools? There are a variety of features.

    • The Special Theme playroom
    • Sensory Integration Programmes 
    • Outdoor Playground & Garden 
    • Mandarin Immersion Montessori Program 
    • Calligraphy / Chinese Painting 
    • Amazing environment  
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