We have decided to stick to playgroup for Asher for now but it is a new time slot and classes will only begin end of July. That means… another 3 weeks of no school for the little rascal! I have been cracking my brains for activities to do with the boy and I’m so grateful for the Internet and all these lovely mothers that homeschool their preschoolers. The Internet is full of resources and ideas shared by them.
We decided to do a fruits theme week since it was something simple and yet engaging for an active 20 months old! It was also easy to incorporate most stuff into this theme and the possibilities were endless. Asher had fun playing with the wooden fruits and doing some crafts. When we were at the supermarket, he got excited exploring down at the fruits aisle.
I know some enrichment centers targeting at toddlers do such activities at a premium rate. I’m glad that I have the luxury of time to recreate the same with my boy. Furthermore, sending Asher to say, a mandarin class merely once a week isn’t going to make him an expert at the language. That’s one of the reasons why I did not send him for enrichment classes despite going for a few trials. I might probably consider doing so when he is older but for now, it’s all about fun, fun and more fun!
Asher is turning 18 months this April, that’s the best age to start on enrichment classes (if we intend to) because he can walk now and able to express himself better. We tried a baby class when he was much younger, say 9 months old, but I don’t think he quite understood what was going on. Then again, I wasn’t too impressed with that particular class either and felt that I could do everything the teacher did on my own.
Asher’s favorite part was bubble time
I’m not trying to be a Tiger Mum here. I know some mothers probably have their babies sent to right-brain training and language classes the moment they turn 6 months old. My main purpose of bringing him to such classes is to expose him to other kids of his age group and let him socialize.
This week, we tried 2 parent accompanied classes. One of them was a trial Bilingual Tots lesson at Bibinogs. It runs for 1.5 hours which I felt was slightly too long for Asher. There were parts of it where he got restless but then again it’s his first time so maybe he just wasn’t used to it. The Bilingual Tots lesson consisted of 15 mins of mandarin lessons which included some songs, poems and playtime interaction to promote bilingualism. The rest of the lesson was conducted in English.
Like most toddler classes, it starts with free play. The kids sang songs, read a book together, played some games and were involved in a hands-on activity of painting with lemon juice. There was also a snack break where they served honey stars and the mini wang wang round biscuits. They were also taught a new alphabet each lesson, this round it was the letter L. So this lesson had some phonics incorporated into it.
Overall, I do like the class but I can’t say the same for Asher. Maybe we would try out this other class they have called Mandarin Tots where the lesson is conducted entirely in Mandarin before deciding. I like Bibinogs because the classes focus on Mandarin, our mother tongue which I hardly use at home with him. I think it’s great to expose him to some mandarin before he goes to school.
Trial is at S$45 for weekday lesson and S$55 for weekend lesson. Check out Bibinogs website for more information.