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(Central Business District)

MONDAY - SUNDAY

10:00AM - 10:00PM

MONDAY - FRIDAY

11:00AM - 8:00PM

SATURDAY 10:00AM - 7:00PM

SUNDAY    CLOSED

137 East Coast Road, Tembeling Centre #01-08, Singapore 428827 (diagonally opposite Katong i12)

18 Cross Street, China Square Central #01-112, Singapore 048423 (facing Capri Hotel by Fraser)

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LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

Speech and Drama is an effectual tool to developing effective communication and language, which is one of the 21st Century Competencies[1] necessary for the increasingly globalised society our children live in. As a host of famous philosophers, educationists, psychologists and linguists tell us: language is crucial to ideation, to making meaning, and to symbolic thought[2]. Our speech and drama lessons are both filled with fun and enriching knowledge, as our learners are introduced to a wide array of educational stimuli for optimal language development.

 

[1] https://www.moe.gov.sg/education/education-system/21st-century-competencies

[2] [2] O’Toole, J., Stinson, M., & Moore, Tiina. (2009). Chapter 4: Drama for Development and Expression. In Bresler, L (Eds.), Drama and Curriculum: A Giant at the Door (70-95). USA: Springer.

EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Drama serves to educate the emotions by providing a controlled emotional outlet. Drama involves exploring, discovering and mastering our emotional and physical selves[1]. Because Astute recognises and values the importance of healthy emotional development, speech and drama is intricately woven into our curriculum. Speech and drama would be the main mode of lesson delivery for our core learning domains.

 

[1] Way, B. (1967). Development through drama. London: Longmans.

SELF-EXPRESSION & SELF-ESTEEM

Drama has been identified as a vehicle for self-expression[1], hence contributing to the enhancement of the child’s self-identity and -esteem. Self-expression is linked to the notion of raising self-esteem via the pathway that expressing self, helps individuals to acknowledge their identity explicitly, therefore, come to terms with it[2]. Because we are passionate about nurturing healthy levels of self-esteem in our learners, speech and drama is a modality we steadfastly advocate for.

 

[1] Finlay Johnson, H. (1907). The dramatic method of teaching. London: Nisbet.

[2] O’Toole, J., Stinson, M., & Moore, Tiina. (2009). Chapter 4: Drama for Development and Expression. In Bresler, L (Eds.), Drama and Curriculum: A Giant at the Door (70-95). USA: Springer.

CREATIVE IMAGINATION

To nurture a learner’s creative imagination is one of the lofty ambitions of Astute Preschool. Drama galvanise the child to become an active agent in the learning process by placing him/her in the center. Children are inspired to think creatively, critically, multi-dimensionally, and freely; show cognitive, social, affective, and psychomotor development; whilst implementing their knowledge and developing cooperative skills through drama[1].

 

[1] Tombak, A. (2014). Importance of Drama in Pre-School Education. Procedia Social and Behavioural Sciences, 143, 372-378.

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

Drama provides a plethora of opportunities for children to grow in social understanding, empathy and cooperation[1]. Collaborative planning, working towards shared goals and listening to one other as we offer and accept suggestions, are some of the pro-social skills an Astute learner develops whilst engaging in speech and drama[2].

 

[1] O’Toole, J., Stinson, M., & Moore, Tiina. (2009). Chapter 4: Drama for Development and Expression. In Bresler, L (Eds.), Drama and Curriculum: A Giant at the Door (70-95). USA: Springer.

[2] Stinson, M. & Wall, D. (2003). Dramactive: Book 1. Sydney: McGraw Hill.

SELF-CONFIDENCE

Pre-school drama education plays a crucial role in facilitating the development of self-confidence[1]. At Astute Preschool, speech and drama would be harnessed to develop mentally adroit learners who possess the ability to think on their feet, marshal ideas under pressure and express their feelings in a healthy manner. The ultimate goal would be to infuse learners with the confidence to articulate their ideas in public.

 

[1] Tombak, A. (2014). Importance of Drama in Pre-School Education. Procedia Social and Behavioural Sciences, 143, 372-378.

 
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