When it comes to prepping for P1, Denise Ho believes Mulberry Learning is tops!
Ask any parent in Singapore and they’ll tell you that prepping for Primary One or P1 can be a nerve-wracking experience. After all, it’s their first big school experience and could shape the rest of their educational journey. Nobody knows this more than Denise Ho, whose daughters, Hannah and Sarah, have attended Mulberry Learning at Fusionopolis since July 2020. Hannah has just graduated from the school and Denise believes her experience at Mulberry Learning has well-prepared her for Primary One.
She believes that the school’s curriculum, its teachers and how attentive they are, and how adaptable they are to different learning needs have helped mold her daughters into great students. Here’s what else Denise had to say…
The teachers’ attention made all the difference
Before attending Mulberry Learning, both my daughters didn’t really adapt well to the independent learning initiatives of their previous school. The classes were bigger as well. Initially, we thought that having bigger classes would help them gain independence and open up as they had more friends. Unfortunately, they didn’t, and the teachers didn’t really know how to cater to their learning needs.
At Mulberry Learning, the student-teacher ratio is kept small, which really allowed Hannah to grow. She really enjoyed herself and wasn’t left out. With the teachers’ help, Hannah was able to be more prepared for Primary 1, which I really appreciated. They helped her level up her learning with a proper curriculum and system in place in terms of learning English and Chinese.
In fact, both girls say that they like their teachers, playtime and all the lessons they’ve learned at school. I’ve never heard them say that learning is boring, or “I don’t want to go to school”.
The Chinese-Immersion programme took language learning for the girls to greater heights
We don’t really speak a lot of Mandarin at home, and Mulberry Learning at Fusionopolis really helped to introduce Chinese in a very fun and natural setting. They use Mandarin all the time when speaking to the children; and that’s where the natural part comes in. The girls learnt through daily conversation, learning all the songs and dances, and they can remember all the poems. They come home every week with a new Chinese song or new Chinese poem – it was very fun for them.
One of the things that I was quite surprised about is that my younger daughter, Sarah, who is K1 this year, picked up one of the Chinese books that was sent back to us after they have completed learning in preschool, and she could read everything!
The teachers have also mentioned that Sarah’s handwriting has improved, as they practise the writing of the Chinese characters in school. In fact, I was quite impressed at how the Fusionopolis centre introduces bite-sized Primary school materials to the children, so that really prepares them for Primary school. As a result, Hannah was definitely more prepared for Primary 1, especially in Chinese. Mulberry Learning really helped to strengthen her foundation in the language and fill in the gaps she had previously. So far, she is on par with her peers which I am very happy with.
What makes Mulberry Learning special
Each morning, the children are introduced to a good habit and moral of the day. Even though Sarah didn’t quite understand it in the beginning, I can slowly see how Sarah has started to form good habits.
One thing I was really excited about was how they recently embarked on the International Friendship Project, where they get to write to a child in Australia. I think it is such a great initiative and I hope that they continue having such writing habits even after they graduate from Mulberry Learning.
Thank you, Denise!
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