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ILLAC Junior Program
(Prep P1)

Who is it for ?

For Kindergarten 1 or 2 students.
Click here for program for age 2-6, P1-P6 and Secondary.

What is it about?

The Junior Program is a powerful learning ability training programme that effectively prepares your child for the world-stage. Throughout the programme, your child’s working memory, mental flexibility and inhibitory control will be systematically stimulated through our specially-designed activities to ensure they not only excel in class but also in life.

What are Executive Functions?

In the brain, the ability to hold onto and work with information, focus thinking, filter distractions, and switch gears efficaciously, is like an airport having a highly effective air traffic control system to manage the arrivals and departures of dozens of planes on multiple runways. Scientists refer to these capacities as executive function – a set of skills that relies on three types of brain function: working memory, mental flexibility, and self-control. In ILLAC, all our worksheets are structured to maximise the stimulation of executive functions so that our students can learn better and faster.

Working memory is the system responsible for the transient holding and processing of new and already-stored information, and is an important process for reasoning, comprehension, learning and memory updating.

Imagine this:

You have 8 apples, you ate 2 and bought another 3. How many apples do you have now?

If you are stumped for a while, that’s because your working memory wasn’t exactly working effectively.

Working memory can be heightened by an intentional stimulation through our programme.

 

Mental Flexibility is the capacity to nimbly switch gears and adjust to changed demands, priorities, or perspectives.

Try naming the colours of each word as quickly as possible (i.e. the first one is green):

How was it?

The ability to switch gears and see things differently is very important to learning.

 

Inhibitory control is the skill children use to master and filter out thoughts and impulses so they can resist temptations, distractions and habits to pause and think before they act.

Try chanting the 3 times table as quickly as possible but skipping multiples that consist of the number “2”.

Takes a lot to do this without hiccups isn’t it?

Children need lots of inhibitory control and impulse control in order to excel in a crowded classroom of students, noise, distractions etc.

What Are the Subjects Covered?

The ILLAC Junior Programme covers both English and Maths in one programme! 2 subjects for the price of ONE!

How do we do that?
We alternate English and Maths by the week. (i.e. Lesson 1 is English, Lesson 2 is Maths and so on).

Why do we do that?
Because Maths at the lower primary level is actually very language-based. For example, nstead of asking “10 + 1 = ____”, it is common for Mathematical sums to appear like this “What is 1 more than 10?”

Therefore, it is important that students are trained in both English and Maths in order for them to excel in Primary One!

English

The program adopts a very systematic approach to prepare your child for the world stage.

We use very concise terms in explaining Grammar rules because we believe in the importance of a strong foundation.

Above that, we ensure your child develops virtues and learns values through our character building comprehension passages. These passages provide opportunities to facilitate moral discussions, the also improves your child’s comprehension and presentation skills.

Furthermore, with the use of idioms and phrases, we heighten your child’s writing capabilities to produce great compositions.

Last but not least, our special spelling techniques used in class will help even the weakest student spell long complicated words to help them glide through primary school with ease.

Maths

Being experts of the curriculum, we approach Mathematics through strategies that enhances learning.

No expense is spared in providing concrete manipulatives that your child needs in order to understand the abstract mathematical concept.

This is the most critical period for your child in learning Mathematics and you will want him to learn from the best.

Your child will see many different mathematical manipulatives used in class and surface as the one with the strongest foundation when he enters Primary school.

IQ-stimulation

English and Mathematics alone are not enough to ensure your child reaches peak performance.

IQ-stimulating activities are specially designed and infused into the program to drive your child into high gear so that they can effectively deal with the demands of any questions they may face in life.

Many of our questions got even the parents and their friends scratching their heads! But no worries, our highly professional teachers will guide your child to guide you through these stimulating exercises.

With a high IQ that is switched on and ready to rev, your child is ready for the world-stage.

What's the Benefits of the Programme?

Direct Benefits

Your child will be able to function at a high level of 

  • Working Memory – able to read and write and form grammatically-correct sentences.
  • Inhibitory Control – able to focus very well and spot their own mistakes in spelling and counting.
  • Mental Flexibility – able to write short stories using our unique writing methodology where children develop visualization skills.
  • IQ – able to solve higher-order thinking questions and be ready for Olympiad Mathematics at the Primary level

Indirect Benefits

  • An enhanced and stimulated development in executive functions places your child on the upper tier of the population in achievements from preschool, to university and even adulthood (Bailey, 2007; Eakin et al., 2004)!
  • Fantastic verbal and non-verbal reasoning – Able to express themselves comfortably and accurately
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved communication and social skills
  • Improved social and moral competence

Why combine Maths and English into one program ?

We strongly believe in the development of the love for learning at ILLAC. If your child is good at one but not the other, our combination of subjects can effectively help to balance the strength with the weakness thus allowing a healthy balance of achievement in our center.

ALL our students LOOK FORWARD to coming to class because we empower them not just in the area they are weak in, but also push them to greater heights in what they thought they are already good at.

What's the Programme Outline?

Year 1 (Usually aged 4-5)

This is an introductory stage for students to get a good grounding for excellence in Primary school. Without the typical drill and practices, we infuse fun learning with manipulatives for your child to pick up the essential skills they need in order to excel in the primary level:
  • abstract words (beyond phonics)
  • sentence structuring
  • Composition Writing
  • Comprehension
  • Grammar rules
  • number concepts including addition and subtraction with carry-over
  • IQ questions involving fractions, data analysis, before and after etc

 

Through the specially-designed activities, not only do our students pick up academic skills easily and quickly, they are also able to function effectively with an enhanced executive functioning.

 

What you will observe in your child (just after 3 months!):
  • Increased love for learning!
  • Able to read children’s books
  • Able to write grammatically-correct sentences.
  • Able to solve simple 1 step mathematical problem sums.

 

Year 2 (Usually aged 5-6)

This is the most critical stage where students get a good grounding for excellence in Primary school. Without the typical drill and practices, we infuse fun learning with manipulatives for your child to pick up the essential skills they need in order to excel in the primary level:
  • abstract words (beyond phonics)
  • sentence structuring involving conjunctions
  • Composition Writing with elaborations
  • Comprehension
  • Grammar rules
  • number concepts including multiplications and divisions
  • IQ questions involving money, different mathematical heuristics etc.

 

Through the specially-designed activities, not only do our students pick up academic skills easily and quickly, they are also able to function effectively with an enhanced executive functioning.

 

What you will observe in your child (just after 3 months!):
  • Increased love for learning!
  • Able to read books with mostly words rather than pictures
  • Able to write long, grammtically-correct sentences.
  • Able to solve simple 1 step mathematical problem sums involving multiplication and division.

What's the class size ?

Maximum of only 6 students.

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What is the schedule ?

The ILLAC (I Love Learning Achievement Center) Junior Program™ runs ONCE a week, 1.5h each.

Kindly call, Whatsapp, or email us for the available time slots. However, we are quite full, call us to secure a slot in our waiting list NOW!

How to register ?

You can call, Whatsapp, email or visit us at our centers at Vision Exchange #06-15 or West Coast Plaza #01-16/17/18.