What age groups do you teach?
Our students are aged between 6-12. However, age is not used exclusively to determine each child’s readiness, and students are grouped according to their unique needs and experiences.
When do you run your courses?
We run our courses during the public school term. There are ten weeks within one term of Kids at SWiTCH. Our children do not need to complete all four terms in order to move up to the next level. Once we believe they are ready, we move them onto the next course automatically.
10 lessons per school term x 1.5 Hrs per lesson x $44 per lesson = $440 per school term
Can my children enroll at any time into a course?
Children joining mid-term are charged for the number of lessons remaining in the term ($44/ lesson). This fee is payable in advance and must be received prior to the child’s first class. However, it is recommended that students join courses from the beginning of the term for the optimal learning experience. If your child is not getting the most out of Kids at SWiTCH, we are more than happy to refund the balance of your term fees if you wish to withdraw within two weeks of your enrolment.
How long is a class?
Each lesson is an hour and thirty minutes. The last ten minutes is spent talking to parents and helping to bring the child’s learning outside of the classroom.
How do I know which course is suitable for my child?
We group our children according to their interests and strengths instead of their age groups. Well beyond “cat, shoe or book”, children are entirely capable of learning university words such as philanthropy, asset allocation and hippocampus. These students have used the words correctly, and we can be confident of their capabilities. All new students are given a trial lesson. This way parents and children can be sure that they are enrolled in the right course.
What is the maximum number of kids in a class?
Classes are limited to 4-8 children. We understand that students comprehend complex knowledge at different rates and different depths. Teachers can only keep track of so many busy minds and there must be a limit on the number of students – we believe the fewer, the better.
Do you give out homework or tests?
Homework and tests demand a very specific approach to answering questions, creating a disconnect between lesson content and the real world. Success outside of the classroom is determined by how well students can collaborate with each other and solve open-ended problems. We are here to prepare our children for life, instead of tests and exams.
Students may find this helpful in the future, but won’t they forget it or not be able to reconcile this knowledge with the real world?
We use modern teaching methods that ensure each segment and activity will encode into students’ long-term memory. Transductive learning involves creating associations between concepts. This experiment has been done hundred of times, always achieving the same results: information is easily remembered when it is elaborate, meaningful and contextual.
Of course, depending on the child, some memories stick with us and some are fragile. To this end concepts are repeated and reviewed – memories strengthen and students become more adept at using lessons to guide beliefs and actions.
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