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Expert Series - Raising Bilingual Children: What does science say?

Raising bilingual children can be incredibly rewarding. Bilingual children have access to new cultural horizons and a wealth of new experiences on account of knowing more than one language. However, building bilingual proficiency can be challenging. Parents often wonder what works and what does not work. Fortunately, childhood bilingualism is a very active area of scientific research both in our laboratory at NUS and in laboratories around the world. So, what does the science tell us? 1. Motivated learners are successful learners One of the most significant challenges in building up our children’s proficiency in another languages is building up their motivation to learn another language. It is important for families to make each language equally engaging, relevant and useful...

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Expert Series: Five things parents should teach their kids to stay safe online

Contributed by Google, Summarised by BYKidO Just like we teach our kids how to drive before handing our kids the keys to the car, it’s helpful to teach younger kids the basics of online safety and citizenship before handing them a device. According to a 2019 survey by Google, children in Singapore as young as eight years old are coming online to play, learn and socialise. However, this exposes them to risks that even adults fall prey to. As our kids start to grow up in a digital world (that even we are not familiar with), its important to try cover the gaps of our knowledge and ensure our children's safety online. Here are some top tips recommended by Google for...

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Expert Series: Why We Should Not Raise an Indoor Generation

Written by Cai Lin Ng On my first weekend back in Singapore, I saw a continuous stream of cars stopping at a lobby of a building at Marine Parade. Children were being dropped off one by one. I turned to my mother, “Why are there so many children?” I asked. After all this building was nondescript, it did not look like there was anything fun going on inside. “Enrichment lah!” She said, clearly surprised at my question. It didn’t end there While hunting for a preschool for my daughter, I realised that outdoor play was not prioritised here. During school tours, principals would talk about their academic curriculum first, before anything else. It does not help that many preschools are...

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Expert Series: Ramadan Survival Tips - The Savvy Parent

Contrary to popular belief, fasting may involve no eating during the day however it does not necessarily mean one ends up spending smartly in terms of food and drinks in the evening. Most of the times excessive spending occurs when families visit the popular Ramadan bazaars and markets – often tempted by the mouth-watering dishes. With the fasting month of Ramadan coming up soon, Cuponation Singapore shares some handy tips and tricks for parents and kids to enjoy the fasting month all the while spending smartly. *This article was contributed by Atiqah Khamurudin 1. Set a daily Iftar Budget Photo credits Softnade For parents who have just started training their young ones how to fast, it is perfectly understandable how children...

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Expert Series: Swimming Certification for Your Little Ones – Is It Necessary?

Everyone should learn how to swim, we strongly believe it is a basic life skill to master from young. However, learning to swim and attaining a swimming certification are not the same. So, is a swimming certification really necessary for your little ones? Before we can answer that question, let’s take a look at the types of certifications available for your child. This article is prepared with support from SAFRA FINS Swim School. SwimSafer SwimSafer Programme is the National Water Safety Program launched in 2010, and with a new syllabus (SwimSafer 2.0) introduced in 2018. SwimSafer 2.0 progressively teaches kids about swimming and water safety, awarding them upon completion of each stage, thus motivating them to continue learning and improving...

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