A six-year-old boy packs his own bag and reminds his mother regularly that he must not be late for school.
A nursery pupil helps his mother with the household chores without being asked to.
A four-year-old child is able to wear his uniform himself without assistance.
These are real-life stories of regular children in My First Skool (MFS). Ever since the MFS centres implemented Character-Building Programme for over 7,000 pre-schoolers aged four to six in its 120 centres, parents have observed a marked improvement in their children’s behaviour.
This first-of-its kind curriculum framework, developed by Dr Connie Lum, NTUC First Campus’ Group Mother Tongue Languages Officer, aims to inculcate in children values through their day-to-day activities, so as to nurture them to become caring and socially responsible individuals.
Parents are key partners in this programme to reinforce values at home. Parents will assess and record their child’s progress in a specially-designed booklet, eg, if a four-year-old child packs his/her own bag, or wears the uniform without assistance. It is through simple activities that children will learn to be responsible for themselves from a tender age.
Mdm Soh Xin Kai, mother of Koh Zhixun, said, “We are very fortunate that My First Skool places such great importance in character-building. In just a few months, my son’s behaviour has improved. He now even helps us with our household chores!”