Curious about Leyun (乐云) by Sparkanauts

by - Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sparkanauts has just launched a new mandarin programme in August 2015. Introducing the Leyun (乐云) programme, it is a mandarin class that is catered for children from age of 18 months to 30 months old and 3 to 5 years old.

Small J has been attending the Curious class (18 months to 30 months old) for a while now. Since he has already been exposed to the Junior Pilot class at Sparkanauts, he has no problem adapting to the new Curious class. In fact, he jumped right in and thoroughly enjoyed his very first lesson. 

Free play before the start of lesson.

Nowadays, kids are usually more accustomed to their English name and do not recognise their Chinese name when called. This is the same for Small J. At the beginning of the lesson, teachers will sing a song calling the child's name and showing a card with the Chinese name on it. This encourages the child to recognise his Chinese name in both writing and listening. 

Holding the card with his name, in Chinese character.

The rest of the lesson is fun-filled with stories, dramatic plays, chinese songs and movements and crafts. This is very different from the 'drilling' and 'practising' kind of classes. The programme aims to provide the child the opportunity to learn mandarin in a fun and exciting manner. The key words of the theme is repeated throughout all these fun and engaging activities. I personally feel that making the lesson fun will entice the child to have an interest in learning the language and makes learning much easier. 

Dramatic play featuring cat and dog.
The children were all amused by what's hiding inside the tent.

The very famous mystery box.
This is a good way to get the child's attention before introducing the theme of the lesson.

Music and movement time

Story time. See how attentive he was.

During craft time, the teacher will do a demo of the craft and the children will get to do it themselves. I really like the crafts that are introduced. Not only is it in relation to the theme, it also involves some sensory and fine motor skills, which is very important for toddlers of Small J's age. 

Dotting a dalmatian dog using Q-tip and pasting cotton wool as fur.

Using an egg to paint an egg.
This is a good sensory to discover the slimy texture of the paint.
I almost freaked out because his hands got all red.

Made a duck.
He needs to tear off the sticky tape to stick the parts together.

Looking through the binoculars. He is so happy with this that he can't stop using it to look around.

Another unique part of the class is the Han Yu Pin Yin (汉语拼音) segment. The teacher told us that this is one segment that many kids will like and they will really pay attention to it. Indeed, I am really amazed that Small J is always paying attention to this segment. I guess the action that goes along with the 汉语拼音 certainly helps to capture the children's concentration.

Of course, it is not Sparkanauts if there isn't any gross motor activity. All thanks to the training he received from his Junior Pilot class, he has no problem conquering the circuit. I am so pleased to see him enjoying the circuit with confidence!

Since the 乐云 programme is relatively new, the class size is still small, which means your child will be getting all the attention he needs from the teachers. Small J is getting a lot of help from the teachers and gets to interact and participate in the activities. This is in contrast to a large class size in which a child might not be getting the attention he needs. For the Leyun classes, there will be a maximum of 12 children to 2 teachers.

Check out all my previous posts about our experiences at Sparkanauts here.

Curious Class (快乐班) - Parent Accompanied Class

Duration: 75 Minutes 
Ratio: 2 teachers to 12 students  
Parent Accompanied: Yes 
Age Group: 18-36 months

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


1) From now till 31 October 2015, sign up for a Trial class for $28 (usual price $48).

2) Sparkanauts is offering a promotional package to all readers of The Js Arena. From now till 30 September, sign up for a term (10 sessions) of Curious & Witty Class for $398 (usual price $458). Bilingual programme at $498 (usual price $550).


Sparkanauts is generously giving away 3 Leyun programme trial passes worth $48 each to 3 lucky readers of The Js Arena. 

Just complete all the steps below to win! Giveaway ends Monday, 28 September 2015, 11:59pm.
(This giveaway is only open to fans of The Js Arena and Sparkanauts. Please ensure that you have liked both pages.)

To Win, 
1) Like The Js Arena
2) Like Sparkanauts
3) Like and share this facebook post. Remember to set your post to public.
4) Comment on this facebook post when you are done and tag 3 friends to share the news.

Bonus entries. These are not compulsory but you could earn bonus entries to increase your chance of winning.
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3) Repost the Giveaway photo and hashtag #sparkanauts and #thejsarenagiveaway on Instagram.

Terms and Conditions:
1. Giveaway ends on Monday, 28 September 2015, 2359 hours (Singapore time)
2. This giveaway is for first-time Sparkanauts students only.
3. Open to Singapore residents only.
4. All entries have to be completed. Incomplete or invalid entries will be disqualified without notice.
5. Limited to one winner per household.
6. Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
7. We reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice.


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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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