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Let’s learn to count: Part 1 - Understand the concept of counting

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Let’s learn to count: Part 1 - Understand the concept of counting

My friend was trying to teach her toddler to count that day as they were going up the stairs together. The little one was trying very hard to be a ‘big boy’, so he told his mum “I big boy! I count! 1,2,4,5,8,8,10!” Sounds familiar to anyone? Young children initially learn to “count” 1-10 by rote memory. They may not really understand the concept of counting yet, they may skip around as they count (as in the above example). Don’t worry about his mistake, he’s trying to learn the correct names of the numbers as he recites them. As they...

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The importance of Non-Structured Play

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The importance of Non-Structured Play

In my previous post, I talked about how structured play is one of the two types of play that affects children’s development. In this post, let’s look at the other type of play: non-structured play. What is non-structured Play? Non-structure play doesn’t have a specific learning goal. It is more spontaneous than structure play, thus allowing children to freely organise their own actions. Some examples of unstructured play include: Pretending to cook and playing with vehicles.   Let’s use the MASFE VEGETABLE Chart for example. For Non-structured play, play becomes more imaginative. E.g. Let’s pretend to make vegetable soup. Use...

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The importance of Structured Play

Hoo Heng Heng Learning

The importance of Structured Play

Many parents and educators agree that children NEED play. This is backed up by much research evidence which indicate that children’s development (both short and long term) is very much affected by their exposure to play. There are two types of play which are equally important to your child: Structured and Non-Structured play.  Let’s discuss the first type of play first. What is Structured play? Structured play is a systematic way of learning a particular skill. E.g. learning new words and concepts like alphabets  Let’s use the MASFE ABC Chart for example. For very young children, use the softies to...

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