If the kids are bored or restless from being cooped up in the house, sign them up for virtual classes. They can learn and pick up new skills, and have fun at the same time. Here are some online kids classes and activities to check out – from Scratch coding to ballet dancing!
SG Code Campus
The online classes are live and fully interactive – instructors can view the computer screens of students and assist them in real-time. There are also quizzes and practice sessions for students to get feedback about their work. Students who have been taking online classes have commented that they’re easily able to code while keeping up with their instructor’s live stream teaching. Choose to take part in group classes or opt for private lessons with an instructor.
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The kids can continue to ace their learning at home through the online English, Maths and Mandarin classes offered by Boutique Education. The tailor-made tutoring sessions are conducted by Boutique Education’s regular teachers to provide a smoother transition once regular face-to-face classes resume. With a focus on students attending international schools, the classes aim to support home learning programmes offered by those schools and supplement the curriculums. Classes are held on ClassDo, an interactive learning platform that’s said to be more engaging than other video conferencing tools such as Zoom and Skype. Students and teachers have access to cool features that enable enhanced flexibility and connection for a more effective and interactive learning experience. These include being able to create and edit content in real-time, share multiple screens, co-annotate and watch videos together.
Sessions are conducted one-on-one and there are three membership options: bronze (four classes a month), silver (eight classes a month) and gold (12 classes a month).
Tanglin Arts Studio
Keep the kids active and entertained with online dance classes and activities at Tanglin Arts Studio. Each week, the studio will be offering a variety of classes for all age groups, from open ballet, tap and hip hop to jazz and musical theatre. The littlest ones can enrol in babyballet classes, which are suitable for ages up to five years. Besides these, kids can look forward to themed weeks, fun challenges and storytelling sessions every Monday (at 3pm). There will also be online classes and pre-recorded masterclasses by guest teachers.
Sessions are conducted via Zoom (access from the Parent Portal), with necessary security precautions taken. For all classes, students should be dressed in dance wear and have their hair tied up. Babyballet classes (30 to 45 minutes) cost $10, while others (one hour) go at $15. Payment is made through PayPal. Access the class schedule and register now.
If the kids are struggling with their school work, sign them up for extra classes with IB Super. One of the early adopters of online tutoring, they have students enrolled across Europe and Asia. The centre prides itself on ethical business practices and has been growing over the years by word of mouth. There’s a variety of subjects on offer, including the International Baccalaureate, IGCSE English, Mathematics, Economics, History, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and JC H2 Mathematics. The education centre has a dedicated team of well-trained and passionate teachers, including lead educator Ms Bel Hwang who has over 15 years of teaching experience. Sessions are conducted either in small groups or one-to-one, and are conducted live so students can get feedback on the spot. Before tutoring begins, students take diagnostic tests to find out areas they need to improve in.
The centre acknowledges that students have different learning styles and paces, so tutors take note to accommodate and cater to students’ needs. Topics are approached with real-life examples so learners can better understand and apply concepts. Along the way, tutors provide regular feedback and progress is tracked through mock exams and assessments.
The kids can enjoy fun STEAM activities with Duck Learning from home! They offer interactive lesson plans and courses such as LEGO Education lessons, where kids can dabble in engineering and design, as well as Scratch coding courses that give an introduction to programming. The lessons aim to engage children of different ages and abilities, develop their creativity and critical thinking skills, and help them discover their passions. Choose to try the activities together with your child or have them follow the step-by-step instructions on their own.
Ideal for children aged seven and above, the Coding with Scratch 3.0 Online Course aims to introduce kids to the basics of coding. The block-based visual programming language is easy to navigate – kids can look forward to creating cool animation and games through guided tutorials. The course consists of five hands-on projects plus quizzes, spanning across 10 hours of lessons. After they finish the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion.
The English Curve
The English Curve provides lessons to students of all ages and levels. Lessons are relevant and rigorous, great for students who want to hone their language skills as well as those who are new to English or struggling to learn it. Tutors adopt a flexible and personalised teaching approach and structure their lessons to cater to different learning curves and styles. This allows students to learn at a pace that they are comfortable with. Teachers also aim to build on the strengths of their students while working on their weaknesses. They focus on building personal rapport with their students which helps to motivate and support them. Available all year round, the sessions are conducted over Skype.
Besides offering private tutoring sessions, The English Curve holds regular online writing workshops for young learners. It also publishes weekly blog posts and book reviews, keeping students engaged and immersed in the English language.
With a focus on UK curriculum and school entrance, popular tuition brand British Tutors from Hong Kong has made its way to Singapore. Well established in the tuition industry, their team of highly experienced tutors are now offering private one-on-one online lessons to families in Singapore. Students can benefit from personalised lessons in core academic subjects as well as other creative courses and academic programmes. If your family is keen on exploring homeschooling, they can even help you put together a suitable programme.
Parents will be kept in the loop of their child’s progress through detailed progress reports that tutors provide each month. Tutors also cater their sessions to each family’s needs and goals. Besides tuition, British Tutors offers specialist help for families who are exploring schools in the UK. The team will be able to guide you through the process of choosing and applying to the schools of your choice.
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Young ones can still enjoy the performing arts with Centre Stage Interactive (CSi), a family-friendly programme of recorded and live classes in drama, dance, musical theatre, voice and storytelling. Catering to children aged 18 months to 18 years, Centre Stage aims to keep the community active, creative and engaged with the arts while at home.
The classes are pre-recorded, on-demand and interactive – and designed to keep kids engaged and moving. Depending on the theme of the course, they’ll use their imagination and creativity to transport themselves to performance stages and fun adventures. Videos are followed up with live classes via Zoom where teachers and students can interact and collaborate in real time. Choose from three course packages: bronze (one course), silver (one department) and gold (full access). After registering, you’ll receive a link to an online portal where you can access video content and the schedule for live classes.
Chelsea FC IDC Singapore
To keep active while at home, Chelsea FC IDC Singapore is sharing a series of skills and drills videos for footballers across Singapore. The pre-recorded virtual classes are free and will be shared on their private YouTube channel every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Lasting up to 20 minutes, each video focuses on a different technique, from passing and dribbling to ball control and turning. At the end of each session, there’s a fun timed challenge for players to monitor their progress. Videos are accessible at any time after their release so players can easily re-watch and try them again.
The skills and drills taught during the sessions are suitable for kids aged six to 12. However, older ones will find them useful for practising basic skills. Besides Chelsea FC Foundation coaches, kids can also look forward to special guest appearances by Chelsea FC’s professional players. Sign up now.
Other great online resources for kids!
- National Gallery Singapore is adding fun activities and resources onto its dedicated website for kids, Gallery Kids!. They include interactive games, masterclasses, storytelling sessions and art tutorials.
- Got little fans of Sesame Street? Get your hands on all sorts of online learning fun, from games, singalongs, colouring and activity pages to free ebooks, as part of Sesame Workshop’s Caring for Each Other initiative.
- Find loads of fun videos, quizzes and animal factsheets on the National Geographic Kids website.
- Enjoy free ebooks and audio stories (titles from over six languages) for children of all ages on Audible by Amazon. Stream them on your laptop, phone or tablet.
- Get access to daily courses for children from pre-kindergarten ages on Scholastic Learn At Home. There are even educational games that you can play with them!
- Keep the kids busy with fun colouring and activity sheets from Affordable Art Fair.
- Head to the Harry Potter At Home hub for fun activities to keep young ones entertained, from craft videos and articles to quizzes and puzzles.
- Your little Harry Potter fans can also take online courses on Hogwarts Is Here. The courses are free and topics include astronomy, potions and the history of magic.
- Get free printables from HP, including colouring and dot-to-dot activity sheets, origami and puzzles.
- SuperColoring offers a great collection of free colouring sheets. There’s loads to choose from, including cartoon characters, animals, flowers and dinosaurs. Print them out or save the trees and colour online!
- LEGO has launched #LetsBuildTogether which offers a variety of great resources for parents. You’ll be able to find fun play ideas, projects, games and creations to keep the kids entertained at home.
- Playeum has started a weekly online series that shares ideas on play using everyday materials. The 45-minute sessions will be held at 3pm each Friday on Playeum’s Instagram.
- Find colouring pages, games, puzzles, quizzes, virtual tours and other fun free activities on Porsche 4Kids. Choose to navigate the website in English or German.
- Listen to readings of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach by popular international stars such as Taika Waititi, Ryan Reynolds, Benedict Cumberbatch and Meryl Streep. Episodes are released on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Access them on the Roald Dahl YouTube channel. These sessions also aim to raise money for Partners In Health.
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