Homelearning | Community Helpers

I work well with themes. And that applies to my homelearning curriculum. Then again, I don’t really have a curriculum. I facilitate the learning based on the children’s experiences and interests because I do think I’d have a doubly hard time getting information across to them when they have zero knowledge about it. I can introduce of course, but most of the time I see blank faces. However, there are times (not a lot) when they want to know more and that’s when I delve deeper into it.

I’ve been wanting to do the theme on community helpers during the June hols because that’s when we could head out and visit museums, fire stations, etc. Alas, the kids fell ill and such trips were not recommended so we have to wait till July to go through it.

We started off with this box of Educo’s Occupation Project which is available at Liliewoods Social at Katong I12. The kids had to categorise items related to the specific occupation. While it may seem easy to sort them, I find a lot of conversation can be generated as we went through individual item, hence the process took longer than expected. Of course, we need to supply them with the vocabulary for each picture.

We did visit the library to borrow books on the various occupations to complement the lesson. However, it would be really good if we could get hold of books set in the local context. But hey, there’s always the Internet!

In the near future, I would really like to get the girl to write short texts. Let me find the time to do so. 😅

Community Helpers’ 2-piece puzzles. I thought it would be fun to get the toddler to match these puzzles up. Dan did it half-heartedly, as if telling me that I was looking down on him with this task. Hah. I thought it would be good to source for pictures with, well, humans in uniforms for the different occupations. Awesome if it’s in local context. Anyone game to do that and share? 😬

Injecting a bit of fun into learning would be this set of memory matching game. The girl was all enthusiastic about it while the boy was still trying to figure out what we were doing. He’ll get there, one day.

Still on categorising is this Community Helpers Sort and Classify mats. Dan grouped the pictures associated with the occupation. Looks easy to us but it took a bit of effort for him to categorise them. Perhaps , what I should do is to start small, with two to three occupations and asked him to sort as opposed to having him to do all at one go. Again, the kids learnt the vocabulary words here. The girl could sort obviously but the challenge for her is to get her to know and spell all the words. Ok, ok. Maybe not all, but most (of the easier words). The delighted Faith got to use the Xyron sticker maker while the brother used good old glue because we all know the fate of the sticker maker if it landed in the hands of very young kiddos. 😭

His first completed mat. Goodness, it took quite long! I need to remind myself to be patient with him. He’s honing his motor skills after all! And just look the sister. I don’t know what prompted that expression?

That day, we were touching on the postman and I thought we should visit Singapore Post Centre at Paya Lebar. Anyway, I needed to post a parcel. It was a nice place and rather picture-worthy.

I didn’t ask them to pose so hmm, this is the best I could capture. 🙄

My friend suggested that ending the lesson with a field trip to KidZania would be nice, which I agree. Let’s wait till the boy is of the right age to visit then. 😉 Meanwhile, a visit to the fire station, Police Heritage Centre, etc is more feasible.

Just a note.

A few have asked which printer I used after I posted this on IG stories. I’m currently using Canon’s PIXMA TS9170 (on loan for review purposes). I truly love the vibrant colours on the print. It would be especially good for photos.

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Learning about work at Kidzania(SG)

I think we are among the last few people who have not visited Kidzania. It’s not a place that is on my list of places to visit for now because Faith is still so young. What could she learn from the experience? Would she enjoy herself? The entrance fee itself is high and I needed to make sure that we will be spending our $$ wisely. Thankfully, our friend had won passes for the adults and all we needed to spend on was the fee for the girl. So, in the end, we found our way to Kidzania (Sg).

It was the first Saturday of the year-end school holidays and we were expecting great crowd so I had braced myself for such a turnout. Managing expectations is important. Alas, we were taken by surprise that it was not THAT crowded!

It was this empty when we arrived and there was NO queue when we checked in. We were told that there was an event held earlier in the morning and that we should expect the participants to stay on. Okay!

The first thing the kids have to do is to open a bank account so that they could deposit their ‘hard-earned’ money into their account. We have not brought the girl to a bank before and she was clueless as to what to do. (-_Q) I actually found myself shouting to guide her from outside. So unglam.

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Her first job? Post woman! This is a relatively easy task and I think she would enjoy it.

All ready for the job yo! It’s good to visit Kidzania with a friend so that both can help and encourage each other. I suppose if Faith was to come alone, she would take a LONG time to warm up and participate.

Trust me, they had fun.

The next job that she went for was the dentist. It wasn’t her choice, really. We were just looking for the next possible job, one that would not require her to queue for too long. The queue for the dentist was one of the shorter ones because they were ending their previous round and would just need the next round of participants to queue for about 10 minutes which was decent.

So, I’ve learnt that one has to learn to play the waiting game at Kidzania. It’s truly training of patience.

The next job that Faith was willing to queue up for was a doctor in the A & E department. She must really wanted to learn about this role because she waited in line for about 20 minutes then and the whole session would take about 55 minutes. While she was learning about being a doctor, that was the best time for the adults to take a breather and have a bite at the eateries in Kidzania.

Before we could finish our meal, we were alerted that there was an ‘accident’ and had to quickly finish so that we could (ahem) rush to take pictures of our child at work. Faith was just playing the observing doctor throughout and I wasn’t sure what she was thinking about. Was she trying to make sense of the whole thing?

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This was a scene in which a hotel was on fire. And who came to the rescue? Fire fighters! This was interesting but unfortunately, the girl didn’t manage to be one.

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This was at Acting School. We asked Faith to go in since her friend was interested in this and also, it didn’t require us to wait. But, halfway through, she asked to come out because she basically wasn’t interested.

 

She would rather go and play soccer, seriously! In fact, she had requested for this for a few times! I was surprised by her interest!

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Four hours into role-play and I could totally sense the girl’s exhaustion. She had swimming lesson that morning and didn’t get to nap before going for Kidzania and I know she was going to get cranky soon. In the end, she chose a simple activity which was to shop at a supermarket although she wanted to be a cashier (not old enough).

 

The last activity before she got to spend her hard-earned money – kidZos – at the department store was to go on a tour around Kidzania which she needed to pay for. I guess this was a good ending!

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I’m glad we made it for this visit to Kidzania though I wasn’t so keen initially. I feel it is too young for a newly-minted 4YO to understand and fully maximise the time spent in Kidzania. I think it would make more sense for the older kids. Besides, there are other roles that have age and height limits. Nonetheless, it was a good experience. I got to observe how Faith behaved through the various roles and got to know her interests. For her, she learnt dental care from being a dentist (for example) and most importantly, she had fun.

I don’t forsee us going back soon but perhaps once a year? Many of my friends prefer to go to the ones in KL and Bangkok because of the cost. Maybe we could try that option too!

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To understand Kidzania (SG) a little more, I find this guide a comprehensive one.