You may have read my previous post on People Impact. I got the opportunity to observe a class conducted for 5 to 6 years old. Now, I am excited because Naj will be turning 3 years old in 2 months, he gets to have a trial class with People Impact.
I have been an advocate of People Impact from the time I discovered their program and their emphasize on Emotional Intelligence. I am a believer of nurturing both the Intelligence Quotient and Emotional Intelligence. We have been aware of IQ for years now but I am glad that EQ is given its much-needed attention. Emotional Intelligence determines a person’s self-confidence, social interaction, approach to adversities and cognitive thinking.
I was also happy that People Impact got a branch in the East of Singapore, near our place. We were greeted by the friendly teachers as we came in. We were ushered into a room with lots of natural light streaming in. There were a bunch of kids in the room already around 3 to 4 years old of age. Naj was slightly shy at first.
The class is often divided into 3 segments structured as a fun game to appeal to kids. Teacher Constance gave an introduction and allowed the children to settle down for a bit.
LESSON 1: BEAR BRICKS
Teacher Constance showed a deck of cards with different looking bears on it. She asked the children to choose one and study it carefully. Then she laid down several rectangular styrofoams in 3 segments on the floor with the front facing down. She explained that the 1st segment is the bear’s head, the 2nd is the bear’s body and the 3rd is the bear’s legs. Each one has their chance to open one rectangular styrofoam and see if it is their bear’s bodypart. If they have not completed all their bear’s bodypart. They will have to return the styrofoam back facing down. This will strengthen their visual attention skill and enhance their visual-spatial memory. I was reminded me of the game my siblings and I used to play called Memory. I was funny to see the kids so excited when they see one body part of their bear. Naj started saying, “Oh no!” to his delight in seeing a body part of his bear, the other kids followed suit. They were so happy when they would finally build their bear. Everyone would chant, ” Build A Bear! Build A Bear!” When everyone finally got all their bear’s bodyparts, Teacher Constance took a photo of them and their bears. However, there was a little commotion because one kid cried because Naj insist on having his bear positioned slanting. Either one wouldn’t have it. Kids and autonomy at this age. Hahaha! They got over it very quickly soon after.
LESSON 2: INSIDE OUT
I am familiar with the cartoon movie, Inside Out. I love that movie. Teacher Constance introduced the different characters in the movie and their specific emotions by showing a picture of each characters and color-coding them. Then she gave each one a bowl with a different colored buttons. Then she showed them short videos and asking the kids to guess what emotion that person is feeling in the video. It strengthens emotional awareness of self & others, develop confidence to express emotions verbally, strengthen emotion management skill and develop empathy.
LESSON 3: SPIDER WEB CHALLENGE
The last game was the spider web challenge. Naj is all about Spiderman these days. So this is very timely. Upon entering the room earlier, I have noticed the floor with a spider web pattern plastered on the floor. A leader was picked and everyone was give a basket. Teacher Constance scattered colorful butterflies around the spider web as well as black “poisonous” butterflies. The instructions are to step only on the spider web and get only the colorful butterflies. If you don’t step on the web or you get the black poisonous butterfly, you will be paralysed, you can’t move. You will need to ask help from your classmates to tap you so you can move. The leader strategised by telling his members their area to pick the butterflies. It was a fun activity for the kids even if there was a time limit. It helps develop team cooperation skills, strengthens the understanding of team support even working under pressure, enhance team strategic skills, strengthens leadership skill and enhances gross motor skills.
Naj has a fun time learning in People Impact . Naj played with his classmates in another room with the supervision of another teacher while Teacher Constance spoke to the parents on the lessons of the kids that day. I am glad J was with me to listen to the Teacher as well. We also got a one-on-one session with Teacher Constance about Naj and how we can help him in his learnings and skills.
I am so glad there are centres like People Impact to guide our kids to be more confident, self-reliant and equip with effective life skills.
Good news! Here is the special offer for my readers :
ONLY $20 for 2 FULL LESSONS at their newest branch at Eastpoint Mall.
The usual package is priced at $1419 for 12 sessions, so each lesson is approximately $120. Grab this excellent opportunity!
UPPER THOMSON BRANCH SINGAPORE HQ
213 Upper Thomson Road Level 3 Singapore 574348
Tel: +65 64514908
EASTPOINT MALL BRANCH
3 Simei Street 6 #03-01/02
Tel: +65 91769239
CITY SQUARE MALL BRANCH
180 Kitchener Road #08-01
Tel: +65 6509 6570
WEST COAST PLAZA BRANCH
154 West Coast Road #01-74
Tel: +65 6635 8573
Disclaimer: This blog post is a collaboration with People Impact. Naj had one session for free. All opinions are my own. Regardless, I only recommend products which I personally believe will be good for my readers.