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ILLAC Junior Program (2-6 years old)

Phonics Class and More!

The ILLAC Junior Programme is specially designed based on research by Harvard University. Children in the programme are actively stimulated with fun and engaging hands-on activities and real-life props that make learning impactful and meaningful. Classes are filled with laughter, music and movement to stimulate the curious mind.

Best of all, this programme covers both phonics and Mathematical concepts so you get to sharpen both skills through just one programme!

Through this programme, your child will develop strong sense of phonics and be able to read in no time! Best of all, they will also have a heightened learning ability that enables them to comprehend what they’ve read, count, solve Maths problem sums and become more knowledgeable in general knowledge! The programme will also train them to have better self-control, higher confidence have lots of love for learning!

We achieve these amazing transformation through very stimulating hands-on activities like memory games, tactile words formation, IQ questions, poems, puzzles and many more!

You’ll be amazed at the transformation of your child, just like many parents have. Join us now!

What makes us different?

Rather than paying for a phonics class that trains your child purely on phonics, you get more than just phonics from the ILLAC Programme! In each session, your child will experience

  1. Working Memory stimulation using Phonics and Maths
  2. Mental flexibility stimulation through cultural props and quizzes
  3. Inhibitory Control simulation through music and movement and academic exercises

Class Schedule

The ILLAC Junior Program is further broken down into 4 different Levels:

  1. Level 1 (Parents Accompanied) | 1 hour – typically for children aged 2 to 3
  2. Level 2 | 1 hour – typically for children aged 3 to 4
  3. Level 3 | 1.5 hour – typically for children aged 4 to 5
  4. Level 4 | 1.5 hour – typically for children aged 5 to 6

Children are slotted into classes based on ability rather than age.

ILLAC adopts a scientifically-based assessment tool adapted from Harvard University to recommend the most appropriate level for your child. The assessment is play-based and there’s no requirements for the child to write anything.

Before we can suggest a class schedule for you, kindly get in touch with us to arrange for a Sorting Hat should your child be above 3.

We can be contacted at 9711 8963, call, Whatsapp, or email and we’ll advise you on a date for the sorting activity. You can also visit us at our centers at Vision Exchange #06-15 or West Coast Plaza #01-16/17/18 to make an appointment with our consultant.

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 program.

100% of our students improve in their working memory by at least 40% after 6 months of training!

This is not a random number generated without proof, all our students are scientifically reassessed every 6 months, every single one of our parents can testify to the remarkable improvement.

Not only do parents find it worthy of their investments, children love coming to ILLAC for the stimulating and fun activities in class!

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.

Children deploy this skill to decode letters in words (e.g. soft C for “city” and hard C for “Cat”), solve different problem sums, analyse different science experiments and apply different grammar rules.

In our program, we use specially-designed puzzles and content (e.g. cultures of the world) to stimulate this aspect of the brain to enhance children’s mental flexibility.

Children who graduate from our ILLAC Junior Program are highly knowledgeable about different countries in the world and they could solve puzzles with ease.

They are also more ready for Primary P1 than students of the same age.

We are not referring to success rates of one or two really good students, we are referring to 100% of our students achieving better results in our scientific assessment when compared to students who had come in from other enrichment centers.

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.

Our programme uses specially-designed activities such as role-playing, breathing techniques, and music and movement to train children to activate their self-regulation ability to enhance on their focus and their ability to concentrate.

Many believe in a fierce teacher or a strict discipline to ensure children behave themselves but in actual fact, the most important thing in good discipline is the child’s own ability to regulate themselves.

Above that, the teachers will do a one-on-one consultation with you so that you can be a part of the training process to improve your child’s self-regulation ability.

Benefits of the Program

Direct Benefits

  • Enhanced Working Memory – able to perform tasks of multiple steps
  • Heightened Inhibitory Control – able to focus better and has a longer attention span
  • Improved Mental Flexibility – able to learn and process different information easily and creatively
  • Enhanced phonetical awareness – Can read and write with ease
  • Improved proficiency in Maths – Can do Maths easily

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

How do I know which level my child belongs to ?

We adopt a scientific cognitive assessment tool to determine the level most suitable for your child. Book an appointment with us now to know where your child stands.

Children are assigned into classes based on their cognitive ability and level rather than by age so that all children can learn comfortably and progress at an optimum pace.

Level 1

(Age 2 to 3)

This level focuses on the stimulation of the neurological development of the child so that they can absorb and process new information easily and learn efficiently.

The stimulating activities below are conducted in the company of parents, guiding and learning with the child.

 

Mental Flexibility

  • different sounds of alphabets
  • different languages of the world
  • different cultures and traditions of the world

 

Working Memory

  • phonetical sounds
  • numeracy
  • photographic memory

 

Inhibitory Control

  • role-playing
  • breathing control
  • music and movement

 

Our 60-minute lesson consists of more than 15 different activities conducted in an energetic and fun-filled manner.

All activities are specially curated to ensure maximum involvement through authentic props and manipulatives to ensure a very hands-on experience in learning.

 

Level 2

(Age 3 to 4)

This level focuses on the advanced stimulation of the neurological development of the child for the progressive development of executive functions.

Over and above what is done at Level 1, Level 2 also encompasses the following stimulating activities:

 

Mental Flexibility

  • blending of alphabets
  • critical and analytical thinking through puzzles
  • poems and idioms

 

Working Memory

  • spelling of words
  • skip counting and high-speed processing
  • colour memory and visualisation

 

Inhibitory Control

  • socialising and role-playing
  • posture control and meditation
  • music and movement

 

Our small class size of maximum 6 students ensures maximal learning and stimulation in each 60min lesson.

Authentic props and manipulatives are provided for all students to ensure a hands-on learning experience.

 

 

Level 3

(Age 4 to 5)

This level focuses on the stimulation of executive functions alongside the attainment of reading and writing abilities.

In each 1.5 hour-lesson, students will go through stimulating activities for each of these components:

  1. Worldly Knowledge Exposure
  2. Executive Functions Training
  3. Love for Learning
  4. Academics Training 
    • Comprehension
    • Grammar
    • Vocabulary
    • Word Order
    • Phonics
    • Mathematical Problem Sums
    • Subtraction and Addition

Level 4

(Age 5 to 6)

This level focuses on the stimulation of executive functions alongside the preparation for Primary One.

In each 1.5 hour-lesson, students will go through stimulating activities for each of these components:

  1. Worldly Knowledge Exposure
  2. Executive Functions Training
  3. Love for Learning
  4. Academics Training 
    • Comprehension
    • Grammar
    • Vocabulary
    • Sentence Structure
    • Phonics
    • Mathematical Problem Sums
    • Multiplication and Division

How to register ?

You can sign up by giving us a/an call, Whatsapp, or email and we’ll advise you on a date for the sorting activity. You can also visit us at our centers at Vision Exchange (HQ) #06-15 or West Coast Plaza #01-16/17/18 to make an appointment with our consultant.

What's the class size ?

Maximum of only 6 students per class.