The children had a fun day learning on how to knead dough, cutting out cookies and decorating the gingerbreadman cookies and finally, cannot resist the temptation to taste the cookies..
What a great experience for these young small kids to enhance their skill and creativity.
Thank you to White Lodge International Preschool (White Lodge), these kids have some memorable memories.
White Lodge was borne in Singapore in 1999, with three students and two teachers and armed with the ambition to provide better early childhood education and support to parents and children alike.
Since then, it has enrolled over 10,000 students from more than 30 nationalities to successfully grow into becoming one of the very first preschools in Singapore to recognise the value of creative education to preschool-aged children.
Jayne Nadarajoo, Founding Director of White Lodge Education Group Services, said that she was inspired to establish White Lodge after realising that childhood education tends to focus on academic excellence, with little emphasis on long-term intellectual and emotional growth.
Bringing Creative Education to Malaysia
After two decades since inception, White Lodge has seven schools in Singapore and two in Malaysia.
Newly-opened White Lodge Bangsar South and Mont Kiara offer a range of learning facilities for children aged 18 months to six-and-a-half years old. The White Lodge syllabus invites children to explore and learn creatively but at their own pace. Providing flexible two-, three- or five-day programmes, the preschool and childcare provide options for parents to suit their needs.
White Lodge offers a variety of programmes for children aged 18 months to six and a half years in an environment where it includes an orientation towards mastery and students are fundamentally motivated to demonstrate mastery rather than just good grades.
“Early childhood education is undoubtedly one of the most crucial phases children go through as they are taught the many life skills on how to approach the world. Other than learning academic lessons, children at White Lodge are fundamentally equipped with wider skillsets such as awareness, respect, and social interaction – all of which are crucial elements to thrive in a rapidly changing world,” Jayne said.
To help children fulfil their true potential, White Lodge also adopts a uniquely-designed educational programme to foster their growth and development into unique individuals. This is enhanced by a child-centred learning environment that facilitates active learning, involvement and discovery through a hands-on approach that equip them with the confidence, skills and abilities to succeed in school and beyond.
Specially-Adapted Programmes and Theories for Child Development
White Lodge incorporates the creative approach from the United Kingdom National Curriculum and the theories of High Scope, Reggio Emilia and Howard Gardner into the curriculum to ensure personalised learning. This is so that children are empowered to be independent and responsible for their own learning.
The central belief of the High Scope approach is that children are encouraged to construct their own learning abilities through working with physical materials, people interaction and idea building. Meanwhile, the Regio Emilia’s pedagogy is described as ‘student-centred’ and ‘constructivist’ that utilises self-directed, experience-based learning in a relationship-driven environment. The Multiple Intelligences Theory developed by Harvard psychologist Dr Howard Gardner in 1983 claimed that people possess not only an intellectual capacity, but also have many kinds of intelligence, including musical, interpersonal, spatial-visual, and linguistic.
At White Lodge, educators are encouraged to challenge children by engaging them in conversations to gauge their comprehension and responses, and help the school keep track of each child’s unique development.
“We are committed to maintaining a low teacher-to-child ratio, and teach 46 weeks of the year with a comprehensive Primary Years curriculum. Our pool of experienced teachers also encourage open communication and parental involvement,” explained Jayne.
White Lodge also deploys an inclusive approach to instil empathy in children at a young age. This way, children with minor disabilities or developmental delays are included in day-to-day learning and teaching, and learn to interact and socialise with others.
Pinky Panda, Educational Psychologist at White Lodge Kuala Lumpur explained:
“Our child-centric and inclusive approach promote a holistic learning for the children, that apart from academics they are also taught the softer skillsets of being empathetic and kind to others. These are crucial components that form an all-rounded adult, and at White Lodge, we cultivate this from young.”
For more information on White Lodge, please visit https://whitelodge.edu.my/