Parent-Child Bonding at Sparkanauts

by - Monday, October 26, 2015

This is another update about Small J's class at Sparkanauts. I shall not go into details of the activities in the class. You can refer to all the previous Sparkanauts's posts, which I have written in detail, the activities we did in class.

Today I'm going to share about what I really like about Sparkanauts, apart from the holistic curriculum.

Parent-Child Bonding

I have mentioned before that Sparkanauts place heavy emphasis on encouraging bonding with the child. In fact, they allow both parents to accompany the child. Some enrichment centres, due to the big class size, are only able to accommodate one parent.

This parent-child bonding can be seen in almost all of the class activities. The teachers will encourage the parents to do the activities together with the child. For example, during flashcard time, parents are advised to say the words to the child because he/she is already familiar with your voice and are better able to remember the words.

During gym circuit time, parents are also engaging in the activities with the child. On the trapeze, the little one is looking and swinging towards the happy and elated face of the parent. As the child tackles the circuit, the presence of the parent standing by, provides confidence and courage for the child to conquer the circuit.

During music and movement, parents are encouraged to do the movements too. If the child sees the parent moving along, they will be tempted to follow too.

I used to count the number of fruits he had collected with him and
now he can count them himself.

Home Activities

Parents involvement is not limited to during lesson time only. After each lesson, Sparkanauts will email a Parent-Child Bonding Package so that parents can continue to practice the activities at home.

Included in the parents bonding package, are the flashcards and materials that were used in the lessons. Parents can use these to revise with your child at home.

With so many activities packed into the class, I can hardly remember what we did when we reached home. With this package, it serves as a reminder of what we have learnt in the class. Other than the lesson taught in class, they also include some bonding activities that you can do with the child. For example, for the transportation theme, they included playdoh mats as an extended activity.

Some of the activities that we did at home as an extension from the lesson

Teachers' Advice

During lesson, the teachers will explain the rationale behind the activities. For example, how some movement activities will help to strengthen the body and how it will benefit the child's development and learning. If the child is lacking in some areas, the teachers will point it out and suggest how parents can help at home.

Of course, the teachers are always so friendly and parents are welcomed to ask any questions after the class. The teachers are more than willing to spend more time to explain.

Small Class Size

Another point that I really like about Sparkanauts is the small class size. The class ratio of the Junior Pilot class is 2 teachers to 9 students. Having a small class size means that the teachers are able to devote more attention to the children. They are better able to understand the child and able to give feedback of the progress of the child. The child will also be better engaged.

Small J is in a weekday class and so far our biggest class was about 6 children in the class. The pace and the attention given by the teachers are still within comfortable range and we do not feel neglected.

If you would like to give Sparkanauts a try, which I strongly feel you should, do drop them an email or give them a call to arrange for a trial. You could also read about our experiences here.

Address: 293 Toa Payoh Lorong 6, SAFRA Toa Payoh, #02-01, Singapore 319387
Contact: 6259 0307

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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  1. Sparkanauts is worth a try for every parent and kid out there. I've heard many good reviews about it. Thinking about bonding with my kid, it's just precious.