More and more research studies show that children who are bilingual have more flexible brains with added resources for multi-tasking and problem-solving. In particular, they have a more efficient cognitive system that allows them to attend to important information and ignore the less important. Ellen Bialystok, a Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at York University, has discovered that bilingual people show symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease five or six years later than monolinguals. In other words, bilingual brains tend to age slower and cope with cognitive deterioration better.
In Singapore, parents are often very concerned about the academic outcomes of learning Mandarin. Will my child be able to cope with Chinese in primary school? Will he/she do well enough in the Primary School Leaving Examination (or PSLE) eventually?
At Wee Care, we want to challenge these ideas and say that becoming bilingual is more than just good grades in an examination. It is about a way of thinking and a way of expressing one’s self. To this end, our new Chinese Speech & Drama programme has the following objectives:
*To equip children with the necessary listening and speaking skills to become good communicators in Mandarin;
*To cultivate an interest in and love for the Chinese language and culture;
*To encourage the children to become more confident socially as they recognize that they are able to interact with teachers (and people) from a different cultural and linguistic heritage;
*To develop a more flexible way of thinking and talking, especially when this contributes to learning how to focus on important information, multi-task and solve problems.
ADMISSION and FEES
Children are admitted into the Chinese Speech & Drama programme at the start of each term. Mid-term admissions are possible only when there are vacancies.
A one-time trial session may be requested for S$39.50.
Programme fees (incl. of GST) and the corresponding deposit (excl. of GST) are as follows:
Deposits are refunded according to the terms and conditions of registration.
After ascertaining from our School Administrator that vacancies are available, please:
- Register your child using the prescribed Registration Form that is available at each of our centres.
- Pay a Registration Fee of $220.00 (including GST with effect from January 2011) and an Insurance Fee of $3.00 upon registration. These fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
- Pay a Deposit upon registration to guarantee your child’s place at Wee Care. The Deposit amount is based on the programme chosen and is refundable according to the terms and conditions of cancellations and withdrawals.
- Submit the Registration Form and the requisite fees in person at our centre or by post. We accept payments by cash, NETS and cheques.
We regret that we cannot set aside places in our centre for registrations that are submitted by post without an accompanying cheque for the appropriate amount.