Sparkanauts and a Giveaway

by - Monday, April 06, 2015


Small J is now 21 months old. When he was 18 months old, we thought of sending him to school because many of his little friends are going to school. However, we felt that he was still too young then and we do have help from my mum to look after him. 

How about an enrichment class then? I happened to win a trial class at Sparkanauts and we went to test it out. I really love their tagline, 'Learn to Play. Play to Learn' and how comprehensive the curriculum is. After some discussion, we are honoured to be offered a term with Sparkanauts! Of course, this is possible that I am a full-time mother now and have more time to allow Small J the opportunity to go for enrichment classes.

So, what is Sparkanauts?

Sparkanauts is an early enrichment centre for children aged 5 months old to 6 years old. The uniqueness of Sparkanauts lies in its curriculum which combines play with learning. They call it purposeful play.

What I like most of Sparkanauts is that they offer a combination of intellectual learning and physical activities.

Each week, the children are introduced to a specific theme. Flashcards with the words and pictures are flashed to the children. After this, they are to match the words to the pictures. I am amazed that some of the children are really able to match them. To be honest, I have not seen some of the words myself. Through out the class, there are story time and other activities that emphasise on the theme and the words learnt.

For the physical activities, an obstacle course is set up for the child to navigate through. There are stairs to climb, walking on a balance beam, sliding down a slide, swinging on a trapeze and crawling through a tunnel. These activities ensure that the child is working all of his little muscles and thus helping with his physical development. Do you know that having a strong core will help the child to better focus when it comes to learning? That's why Sparkanauts place such a strong emphasis on balancing academic learning with physical development.

Enjoying the fruits relay

There is also music and songs time. The children will sing along to an action song and do the actions together with the teachers. Music notes are also flashed to them in the form of flashcards. Children are also introduced to musical instruments such as piano, maracas, chime bars etc.

Of course, there are many more activities that I have not mentioned here. The pace of the class is very fast so as to capture the attention of the children. Do not worry that your child is not able to catch up because they learn very fast and can absorb the knowledge very quickly.

Sparkanauts understand that parents are an important part of the child's learning process. That's why they encourage the parents to take part in the class activities too. For example, during the flashcards session, they will ask the parents to say the words to the child. This because the child is used to our voice and will be able to grasp the words better. After the lesson, Sparkanauts will send over a Parent Child Bonding Package, which includes the flashcards that are used in the class, so that parents to do the activities with the child at home.

Here is my very honest review of the class:

When we went for the trial class, Small J was very clingy to me. He was scared of everything and koala-bear to me throughout the whole lesson. He was not willing to join in the activities and kept crying. Poor little boy. But the teachers were very helpful. They told me I could do the activities instead and when Small J saw what I was doing, he stopped crying and looked on.

Then, when we went for the first official lesson, he still stick to me but he was also more willing to try out the activities as shown in the above photos. He laughed and smiled at the teachers and participated more in the activities. During that lesson, we sang the action song 'Wind The Bobbin Up'. I sang it to him when we are at home and he was able to do some of the actions together with me. Again, the teachers were very friendly and patient with Small J.

The teachers will also explain how the activities will help the child and how we can encourage the child to do them. After the class, the teachers will stay around and answer any queries that we have.

I can't wait to see Small J's improvements in the next lesson!

These are the classes available at Sparkanauts. Small J is in the Junior Pilot class. Do e-mail or call them for more information.

Address: 293 Toa Payoh Lorong 6, SAFRA Toa Payoh, #02-01, Singapore 319387
Contact: 6259 0307
Operating Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 9am to 5pm


It's giveaway time! Sparkanauts is generously giving away a set of Knowledge Quest Cards to 3 lucky readers of The Js Arena.

The purpose of the Knowledge Quest Cards is to:
1. Introduce specific items/animals/articles associated to the theme.
2. Increase encyclopedic knowledge and vocabulary.
3. Introduce interesting and special facts about the pictures in the cards.
4. Enhance general knowledge on things around the world.

The topic of the Knowledge Quest Cards for this giveaway is 'Camouflage Animals'. There are 10 picture cards on camouflaged animals and 3 facts and information about these animals. These cards can be purchased for $20 per set ($15 for Sparkanauts parents) from Sparkanauts.

Follow the steps in the Rafflecopter to win!
(This giveaway is only open to fans of The Js Arena and Sparkanauts. Please ensure that you have liked both pages.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and Conditions:
1. Open to Singapore residents only.
2. All entries have to be completed. Incomplete or inaccurate entries will be disqualified.
3. Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
4. Ends on Sunday, 12 April 2015 2359 hrs (Singapore Time).

Disclaimer: We were invited to attend the classes at Sparkanauts for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was involved. All opinions, texts and photos are mine.

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