Supporting a Holistic Learning Experience with the SMILES Methodology

September 30, 2021

Did you know that the first five years of your child’s life are crucial in developing their full potential?   Research shows that the foundation of how a child learns is laid during these early years, when your child’s brain forms more than 1 million new neural connections every second. That’s right, every second!

In fact, research also shows that the optimal preschool environment and curriculum will equip children with good socio-emotional competencies, values and dispositions. Complemented with early academic knowledge and skills, this will get them all set for lifelong learning.

When it comes to choosing the right preschool for your child in Singapore, it is critical that they have the optimal environment and curriculum to accommodate your child’s needs and provide a supportive environment for their holistic development.

Why is Holistic Development Important for a Child?

A holistic learning approach essentially pays attention to other areas of their growth outside of the classroom. This teaching method can encourage your child to think out of the box, supporting their overall development in the best way possible. Also referred to as S.M.I.L.E.S.™ methodology at MindChamps, our holistic learning approach covers the following areas:

1. Sensory

For starters, children learn best when their learning is connected to sensorial and hands-on experiences. From infancy to early childhood, sensory play activities can facilitate the way your child sees the world. Through the use of sensory bins and paint, this can expose your child to various learning experiences that involve any of the senses: sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste.

2. Motor

From learning to eat on their own to carrying their favourite book over to you, the vital motor skills can enable your child to do more things independently. This comes in handy to prepare your child for more advanced tasks like writing and balancing on one foot. Here at MindChamps, movement is incorporated into daily activities like feather tip salt tray writing and letter formation using shaving foam to build your child’s physical strength and coordination.

3. Intellectual

To spark your child’s curiosity, intellectual or cognitive development will play a key part in this exploration process to strengthen their problem-solving skills and more. Here, your child can stretch his or her creativity during lessons. A play-based curriculum can contribute significantly to a child’s early cognitive development on top of the other areas of holistic development.

4. Linguistic

Linguistic skills are another integral aspect of your child’s life. At preschooler age, your child will be hearing – and in turn – using new words that he or she has learnt. He or she will become more familiar with the sounds that make up words. MindChamps can support your child’s language development with the right strategies, fostering him or her to become confident communicators.

5. Emotional and Social

At the end of the day, as parents, we want to see our children actively making friends and enjoying their time in school. Social and emotional development goes beyond just expressing emotions. They come hand in hand to help your child establish lasting relationships and cope in different situations. Social-emotional activities such as social skills building games and Emoji feeling faces can shape their relationships with the people around them.

The complete holistic learning experience can ultimately set a strong foundation for our Champs to realise their full potential. Explore the countless opportunities for growth and development for your child with MindChamps. Book a visit to learn more today.