I’ve come to the conclusion that to have a balanced childhood, is it is almost mutually exclusive of being in the top 5% of any Singaporean school’s student cohort. I feel it’s near impossible to achieve this level of perfection without compromising on either sleep, recreation, or family time. Of course, everyone has different priorities and expectations, which explains why the competition is so very tough. But that doesn’t mean the primary school experience has to be stressful! And we all have a role to play to make it more sustainable.
This post compares the different schooling approaches to learning Chinese in Singapore (local school vs bilingual immersion), and how this translates into learning outcomes from a native-speaking perspective. It also lists good bridging books to encourage bilingualism and biliteracy.
Should I enrol my child for Chinese at school if I don’t speak the language?
What it is like as an expat in a local Singapore school? Is it stressful?
What is it like to learn Chinese? Here’s our experience.