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Leyun Curious 乐云快乐班 Mandarin Programme

Saturday, 30 January 2016

I previously shared about Small J going for his first Mandarin class at Sparkanauts -乐云快乐班. Time flies, now we have finished a term! We thoroughly enjoyed the class and I'm pleased with his progress. You may read about the details of the class here.

One of the greatest improvement I have noticed is J speaking more Mandarin. He is also able to say his Chinese name. Of course, I can't say it is all due to the class at Leyun, though they do play a role in cultivating his interest in the language. His teacher has told us that the best way to learn the language is to speak more and listen more. Back at home, we do speak Mandarin, read Chinese books and watch Chinese shows. 


Every week, the children will be doing a hands-on craft that is related to the theme of the week. We don't do much crafty stuffs at home so I think this is a very good opportunity for us to bond over some crafts. Apart from learning about the theme, sensory and fine motor skills are integrated as part of the crafts.


Of course, J is no longer a stranger to the gross motor circuit. With the extra practices from his Junior Pilot class, he is a pro at this. He is so much confident in overcoming the circuit. Look at that big jump! Sorry for the blurry photo though.


Another amazing part of the class is the 汉语拼音 segment. In this segment, children are introduced to the phonetic sounds using a rhyme and with actions that goes along with it. The catchy rhyme and exaggerate actions certainly helps to capture the children's concentration. In fact most of the children are able to sit through it, no matter how distracted they were previously. 

One day, I tried saying the rhyme to J and surprisingly, he knows how to say it! I am amazed!.
Me: 嘴巴张大
J: A, A, A
Me: 公鸡一叫
J: O, O, O
Me: 妈妈洗衣
J: I, I, I


Similar to his Junior Pilot class, we are so going to miss going school together. I really treasure the 1-on-1 time spent with him. Small J has always been looking forward to going to school. Even now as we past by any preschools, he will say he wants to go to school to find his friends.


Unlike the Sparkanauts Junior Pilot class, Leyun programme do not have any take-home materials. I really like the Parent-Child Bonding Package given in the Sparkanauts Junior Pilot class because it allows parent to reinforce the learning back at home. I wish the same could be done for the Leyun class too.

Small J attended 乐云快乐班 (Curious), which is for 18 to 36 months. There are other 乐云 classes for different age group. If you would like to try out the 乐云 classes, check out here for more details (scroll to the bottom). 

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