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Keeping it Fun: The Benefits of Play-Based Learning

When your friends chat about the enrichment classes that they send their kids to, do you feel a small tinge of FOMO (fear of missing out)? Here in Singapore, many of us spend much of our weekends shuffling our kids from phonics, to mandarin, to abacus, to right-brain classes. I have certainly been tempted to send my pre-schooler to these courses after hearing good reviews (and I have signed her up for some too).   Children however, do learn best through play during their early years. Scientific studies have shown that the brain progresses the most between birth till 8 years old. During this period, children are developing their cognitive and language abilities, motor skills, and their social interactions and self-worth. And the...

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