School Arts Education Programmes

(ENGLISH AND CHINESE)
For Preschools
  • “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

    — Albert Einstein
  • TLC collaborates with preschool organizations as a core arts education programme partner or as an optional programme partner to offer Arts as curriculum (drama-in-education) and/or Arts-Integrated Curriculum to children ages 18 months – 6 years old. Using the constructivist approach and drama as a critical pedagogy to teaching and learning, we aim to develop children’s critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills, helping them to achieve a more humanistic experience in relation to socio-emotional issues and circumstances in their daily lives.

     

  • Our Educational Objectives:

    • Engaging children in the process of learning in and through the arts
    • Developing children’s imagination and creativity
    • Fostering critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills
    • Exploring and Evaluating ideas from different perspectives
    • Expressing feelings and interpreting feelings of others
    • Enhancing communication and literacy skills
    • Empowering children to be active agents of change
  • The Children’s Drama Club

    The Children’s Drama Club is being offered as a core or an optional arts curriculum for preschools. It provides ‘child-centred’ learning experiences as it draws on children’s current knowledge, understanding, interests and language while it seeks to extend them. The programme incorporates music, creative movement and visual arts to offer children multi-sensory and multi-dimensional learning experiences.

     

    Using “Process Drama” as a teaching methodology for learning

    Process is the purpose. Our drama experience begins with a task to be undertaken, a decision to be made, or a place to be explored. It is a collaborative experience between the teacher and the children, with the aim of stretching children’s imagination and developing a deeper understanding of the issue or challenge encountered, making important discoveries about themselves and others along the way.

    We believe that children inhabit the world as fully as adults do – and our task as educators is to create opportunities, provide meaningful and active contexts for children to explore the relationships between language, identity and human behaviour in social circumstances, thus enabling them to make sense of the world, of themselves and of others, so they can thrive in it.

    We encourage children to creatively use their facial expressions, voices, bodies and imagination to explore personal experiences, ideas and social issues in ways that have artistic, social and emotional dimensions. It is important to understand that the use of “process drama approach” in our programme does not necessarily place an emphasis on a performance-based outcome. This approach allows children to practice life and social skills, develop an awareness and understanding of the characters in the story and thus build perspective-taking skills. It is a very personable approach to teaching and a methodology that we deem to be most appropriate and beneficial when working with preschool-aged children.

  • Testimonials

    • Very impressed by the dedication of the teachers. I can see vast improvement in my boy. He is now more expressive of his feelings. Excellent job!

      Parent of Royhaan (PG1)
      Bright Juniors @ Temasek Polytechnic
    • Aliya is super shy. To see her participate and have fun is quite a development and accomplishment. I am glad she joined this programme. Thank you!

      Parent of Aliya (K2)
      PCF Kampong Chai Chee
    • I like seeing the end result of the months of effort and work put in by Teacher Mira – it was fantastic! The children were engaged, and through play, were learning more about putting themselves in the shoes of others. An age-appropriate way to build empathy and to be exposed to different occupations.

      Parent of Elliot (PG1)
      Bright Juniors @ Temasek Polytechnic
    • We appreciate all your effort on nurturing and encouraging Simoun’s passion for the creative arts. We’ve always enjoyed his boundless imagination and spending time with him sharing all his thoughts about each new experience in class. Initially, we’ve had to squeeze him for stories but his confidence has grown and now he is more enthusiastic about sharing his experiences. Thanks again!!

      Parent of Simoun (PG2)
      Cherie Hearts @ Changi Business Park
    • After joining Children’s Theatre programme, she’s more outspoken. She enjoys very much which she will share with us what she has learned and what she has been taught. She likes to role-play and most of our friends commented she’s well versed in her languages and smart. I hope she will learn more but still need to tame her down at times as she has little patience and emotional at times.

      Parent of Germaine (Nursery)
      Little Footprints Schoolhouse (AMK)
    • Titus is able to express himself better after attend the program. Slowly he is able to speak Chinese compared to last time, Good improvement.

      Parent of Titus (Nursery)
      Chinese Language Programme
      Cherie Hearts @ Changi Business Park
    • We find that Maya has a larger range of scenarios for her toys. They have very imaginative conversations and she has started to come up with rhymes and songs. She often invites me and gives me a character to act out with her. She also seems to express her situations with more words and actions. We find that she’s able to express herself more when feeling emotional. Great program Teacher Mira. We’re super pleased with how Maya has grown and developed.

      Parent of Maya (K2)
      Cherie Hearts @ Limbang
    • It was wonderful to watch the children so engaged in the story. They obviously love and have a bond with teacher Jo. I have noticed that Hailey sings and role plays more at home. She even remembers lines from advertisements and drama shows like Tanglin. Thank you for contributing to my baby’s growth. Well done and keep it up!

      Parent of Hailey (N1)
      Bright Juniors @ Temasek Polytechnic
    • We find that Maya has a larger range of scenarios for her toys. They have very imaginative conversations and she has started to come up with rhymes and songs. She often invites me and gives me a character to act out with her. She also seems to express her situations with more words and actions. We find that she’s able to express herself more when feeling emotional. Great program Teacher Mira. We’re super pleased with how Maya has grown and developed.

      Parent of Maya (K2)
      Cherie Hearts @ Limbang
    • It was wonderful to watch the children so engaged in the story. They obviously love and have a bond with teacher Jo. I have noticed that Hailey sings and role plays more at home. She even remembers lines from advertisements and drama shows like Tanglin. Thank you for contributing to my baby’s growth. Well done and keep it up!

      Parent of Hailey (N1)
      Bright Juniors @ Temasek Polytechnic
    • I love that the entire story was developed by the children including props. I’ve noticed that Layla is less shy these days. At home they often like to role play, using their imagination. Now I understand why. Thank you for your energy, love and dedication, teacher Michele. You are obviously very passionate about what you do and the children adore you. I also appreciate that you also enforce discipline and reason with the children during class. They need that sometimes. Well done and keep it up!

      Parent of Layla (N2)
      Bright Juniors @ Temasek Polytechnic
    • Colette has shown a lot of creativity at home since taking part in this programme. She has been a little bit of an actress and bringing lots of fun and laughter to the family. We also noticed that she plays a lot better with friends of the same age now.

      Parent of Colette (Nursery)
      Chinese Language Programme
      Cherie Hearts @ Changi Business Park
    • Javien has gained more confidence at home and in school. He has benefitted from the class. Thanks for the patience and guidance.

      Parent of Javien (K2)
      PCF Kampong Chai Chee
    • We found that Christian had indeed become more expressive and is able to engage in pretend-play much more. He is able to create stories to tell us too.

      Parent of Christian (N2)
      St. Paul’s Church Kindergarten
    • I am very pleased that my daughter is able to show her confidence in preparing and playing a role in the story and acting. Was glad that she shared with us actively at home on her involvement as well as her excitement. Looking forward to involve her more in future.

      Parent of Sophie (Nursery)
      Cherie Hearts @ Bedok Reservoir