Dr Khoo Kim Choo
Preschool for Multiple Intelligences
Dr Khoo Kim Choo has 3 decades of experience in the early childhood field – as a local and international consultant, advisor, chief executive officer, trainer, lecturer, advocate, publisher, conference speaker and author of parenting and children’s books. She has published on child welfare, childcare, early childhood education and parent/community involvement. She has worked with local governments, UNICEF, UNESCO, WORLD Bank, Save the Children and NGOs here and abroad. Dr Khoo was Consultant to the Ministry of Social and Family Development on the Early Years Framework, and is currently Consultant to the Care Corner – Lien Foundation’s Circle of Care Project. She is on various committees including the Early Childhood Development Agency’s Child Development Network, SIM University’s Early Childhood Education Programme and the Lee Kuan Yew Bilingualism Board Fund, among others.
Dr Khoo is also the Founder-Director of the Preschool for Multiple Intelligences (PMI) and PMI International.
International Forum on Kindergarten Education
Early childhood learning starts at home
What is the difference between early childhood education and early learning? One tends to associate education with an academic education whereas learning, which includes education, is more holistic and encompassing. Learning, therefore, begins from birth with parents as the child’s first teachers. Neuroscience research and child development theories tell us that the early years lay a strong foundation for children’s learning and development on which subsequent development builds on. We need to re-think that children only begin to learn when they start kindergarten. What, then, is the role of the State and other stakeholders in supporting parents in nurturing their children’s holistic development from birth?
Parent Seminar on Kindergarten Education
How can I support my child’s learning at home?
Learning and development goes hand in hand. At a certain stage of development, children are physically, cognitively or socially able to understand and do certain things that they were unable to do before. When parents understand this, they will have more realistic expectations of their child. And because every child is different, observing and understanding your child will be rewarded by clues as to the strengths, interest and needs of your child and how you can best help him learn.
This presentation looks at how parents can support their child’s learning at home independently of what goes in the kindergarten and also in partnership with the kindergarten. Both are equally important.