Children pick up grown-up skills in school
More primary schools adding courses on life skills to regular curriculum
Published on May 19, 2014 6:38 AM
Learning table manners, taking personality tests and coming up with business plans - these are what many children are doing in primary schools these days.
Primary 4 pupil Tan Mei Yi from Greenridge Primary learnt goal-setting through a mega snakes-and-ladders board game, where she and her friends raced to reach the end after doing tasks.
Bukit Panjang Primary 4 pupil Chan Wan Keng picked up tips on motivation and leadership while balancing ice cream sticks on a tennis ball. "I learnt to be mindful of the strengths and weaknesses of others, and cooperate with my team members," she said.
More schools are offering enrichment activities, either on their own or through vendors, that teach children life skills usually associated with adult life, from entrepreneurship to public speaking and leadership.
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EXAMPLES OF PROGRAMMES OFFERED
- Public speaking
- Business skills
- Financial literacy
- Life skills like tying knots and basic dining etiquette
I learnt to be mindful of the strengths and weaknesses of others, and cooperate with my team members.
- Bukit Panjang Primary 4 pupil Chan Wan Keng, who picked up tips on motivation and leadership while balancing ice cream sticks on a tennis ball